Jason Rai

Designer. Minimalist.

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The correlation between lucid dreaming and your wake reality

A few days ago I had a philosophical epiphany regarding these two conscious states and how alike they seem to be. If you don’t already know what lucid dreaming is, it’s a phenomenon that occurs when you become self-aware in a dream — ergo being able to consciously control the outcome.

Much like life, you are (most of the time) in control of the outcome. Your thoughts affect your decisions, and your decisions affect your future. Sadly, some people don’t realise this soon enough — sometimes not at all. They live their lives autonomously, assuming life is something that happens to them rather than the opposite, and as a result, their true potential is never reached — nor do they ever get what they truly want.

When you attain lucidity in a dream, there are no limits to achieving what you want. The false perception that wake reality is any different is incorrect.

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Become like water my friend

You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.


There comes a time in your life when you read a quote and have a ‘holy shit’ moment because of how profound it was. A quote that shifts your whole perception of reality by a small fraction, a quote that resonates with you so deeply that you didn’t even consciously register that it did — you felt it.

Bruce Lee’s quote above is one that has become a small integral part of who I am. It’s the crux of embracing change and not breaking because of it. It’s an understanding of having the ability of being comfortable outside of your comfort zone.

Become like water my friend.

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