Is lucid dreaming dangerous?
One worry that seems to crop up quite sometimes is that that by lucid dreaming we may somehow be interfering with the integrity of the unconscious and that this might even be dangerous. Thankfully, this fear is groundless.
Rather than lucid dreaming polluting the pure message from the deeper part of ourselves, it actually allows that message to be heeded more easily, which I believe is exactly what the unconscious mind wants. The unconscious actually enjoys lucidity, because finally a line of direct communication is being set up between it and the conscious mind and it ‘takes joy in dealing with greater awareness and greater consciousness’.
Finally, it can talk to us face to face. With every dream, the unconscious mind is offering us a hand of friendship. But far too often this is an offering we ignore, either by not remembering our dreams or by failing to acknowledge their value. Once we become lucidly aware within the dream, however, we are extending a hand towards the unconscious mind and finally making friends with it.
In a lucid dreaming you are inside your own mind, not out of your body in the astral planes or anything like that, but safely within a vast three dimensional virtual reality simulation of your own psyche.
And yes, you will always wake up, your bladder, alarm clock or the maximum length of a REM dreaming period (60-70 minutes) will make sure of that! Really, the worst that can happen is that you have a nightmare and you wake up. And even nightmares, as I mention in my TED talk, can be “such good news!”