Even with respect to lucid dreaming, the aspect of dream interpretation is essential. Call it environmental or contextual interpretation, or what you will. There are several methods of dream interpretation, of course, the most prevalent being the psychoanalytical in terms of the Freudian and Jungian schools. It is my strong opinion that while both schools of thought have sound bases of interpretation (and when there are two sometimes conflicting approaches to something, it is always the best to not necessary grab one horn of the dilemma, but to embrace a new way of thinking which integrates, assimilates, and yet transcends the polar paradigms), but the psychosexual-repression approach and archetype approach are both insufficient. They are basic, true, but too bare-bones.
In my opinion, Freud’s foundation of sexually repressed libido is more basic and “factual” than Jung’s “archetype” approach, which in my opinion is a euphemism for Platonic ‘form,’ an ancient Greek philosophical idea of eternal objects of which material, corporeal objects are but mere imperfect copies. There is something deeply unsatisfactory about the idea of eternally fixed forms or archetypes, especially in light of current, cutting-edge biological studies concerning Habit, morphic resonance, and subsets of morphogenetic fields called morphic fields (Rupert Sheldrake, The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature, New York, NY: Times Books, 1988).
Telepathy and remote viewing are also scientifically studied today by cutting edge scientists, and in my opinion, lucid dreaming falls into one of these novel fields of study which brings new knowledge to the academic plate. Lucid dreaming can be empowering and healing, but without the tool of dream interpretation, the mere act of consciously aware dreaming might be no different from extending the waking state, in both cases of which the subject is “asleep.” In other words, there are people who live their lives without self awareness, without self reflection, egocentrically; in short, there are people, and perhaps it could be said that most people, are still “asleep” in spite of being out of bed and doing their day to day activities. Perhaps the real act of lucid dreaming is to awaken from the life of torpor, and this would be more difficult than achieving the lucid dream. It would be akin to Newton’s discovery of the gravitational field, a fish realizing that it is living in water, and so on.
Hence I believe that more tools need to be introduced to the arsenal of lucid-dream studies, methods, and application, because these tools could only enhance the possibilities of empowerment and healing. Interpretive paradigms with conceptual schemes concerning libido (which is biologically universal), concerning habitual “archetypes” (using the Jungian idea in a non-platonic way as feedback loops of deeply entrenched morphic fields), concerning the possibility of connectivity of the landscape of mind of self and others (telepathy and remote viewing).
To conclude, lucid dreaming is an art and a skill, and it is, not only as a field of study, but is something which can enhance an artist’s ability in unimaginable ways. Consider the possibility of having lucid access to the empirically invisible landscape of deep recesses of Mind, and living life awakened in both waking states and dream states, as one seamless continuum. I imagine the possibilities of drawing from the wellspring of such a continuum that exists, and it is my conviction that becoming familiar with deep dimensions of mind and having the tools of interpretations of its elements and contents could truly make for the new kind of “artist” who lives life as art --- who might even invoke deja vus, because they will touch upon the primordial source of art--- the creativity and teleology of nature and the cosmos ---as such.
Artwork by Emi Hensley