Have you been enjoying the Netflix adaption of The Sandman?
Would you like to visit the world of dreams yourself?
Would you like to know what it feels like to become an all powerful dreamer?
Well, maybe you can...
It may have taken decades in development, but finally The Sandman, the legendary comic book by Neil Gaiman, has finally come to life.
The surreal dream world of The Sandman takes the dazzling beautiful form of a live-action Netflix streaming series. And it's good, really good. So good in fact, that it might just inspire a whole new generation of lucid dream explorers...
What is The Sandman?
The Sandman is one of the most popular comic book series of all time. First debuting in 1989, it increased in popularity throughout the early 1990s, and eventually reached the cult status it enjoys today.
It was produced by author Neil Gaiman along with the original artists Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, who together created over 75 issues of dream-bending lore.
Today The Sandman has been given a new lease of life, with the surreal landscapes of The Dreaming given an all-immersive realism, with the help of a little CGI and Netflix magic.
The Sandman follows the adventures of Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) the lord of the dream world (aka The Dreaming). Interestingly, the name Morpheus originates from the Ancient Greek God of dreams.
After over a century in captivity, Morpheus escapes his prison only to find his home, The Dreaming, in tattered ruins. So begins his quest to reclaim his lost powers and rebuild the world of dreams.
In his adventures, Dream (the other name for Morpheus) discovers many profound changes in the world around him, perhaps it's time for him to adapt?
How To Visit The Dreaming, the Realm of The Sandman
While the world of The Sandman is clearly a dramatic work of fiction, it is not entirely without factual basis.
The story itself is loosely based on concepts first developed in Ancient Greek mythology. But more interestingly, the idea of exploring the magical world of dreams is very real and accessible to all.
For decades the concept of lucid dreaming (the ability to know that you are dreaming while you are dreaming, and to use that knowledge to take control of your dreams) has been growing in popularity.
Films such as Inception explored and popularized the concept of lucid dreaming and inspired many to investigate dream control, but oddly Inception lacked much of the magic and surreal wonder of the dream world.
Neil Gaiman's The Sandman is different, while it obviously isn't attempting a scientifically accurate portrayal of the experience of a lucid dreamer, it beautifully captures the otherworldly nature of the dream world.
Indeed, it is likely that The Sandman will inspire a new generation of dreamers to investigate their own dreams and explore the world of lucid dreaming.
How To Lucid Dream
The ability to lucid dream offers you a genuine chance to play the role of Morpheus in your own dreams and explore the world of The Dreaming.
Lucid dreaming is the scientifically verified state in which a dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming, while dreaming, and maintains a high level of critical thinking and cognitive clarity.
In other words, you "wake up" inside of the dream, and know that you are dreaming while dreaming.
Fortunately, lucid dreaming is a skill that can be learnt, and with a little time and patience, you too could be living out magical adventures in another world!
This course offers a verified and no-nonsense introduction to lucid dreaming for absolute beginners, and is shared by lucid dreaming teacher Daniel Love.
For those looking for a more in-depth exploration of lucid dreaming, covering the science, history and techniques of lucid dreaming, a good place to start would be the best-selling lucid dreaming guide book Are You Dreaming?: Exploring Lucid Dreams: A Comprehensive Guide.
The Joy of Exploring Your Dreams
Whether you remember them or not, every night of your life you visit the magical world of dreams multiple times.
In fact, a staggering 11% of your lived experiences occur in the dream world!
Exploring your personal world of dreams is a deep-dive into the nature of psychology, myth, and wonder, and it's an experience that isn't worth missing out on.
While The Sandman may be a dramatic take on the world of dreaming, it certainly isn't far-fetched. With the experience of lucid dreaming there is little that occurs in the The Sandman that you cannot replicate in your own lucid dreams.
We hope that the Netflix adaption of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman inspires a new generation to explore the world of dreams.
So what are you waiting for dreamer?
Isn't it time you stopped sleeping through your dreams and became your very own version of Morpheus?
Add a little magic to your life, become a lucid dreamer.