The question I have is lucid dreaming also a controlled dream? Is imagery or visualization a form of lucid dreaming or wakeful dreaming? Finally, if true can it be used to train martial artists to apply their art in the waking state?
According to this wikipedia entry, "A lucid dream can begin in one of two ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness."
Celia Green did a study of lucid dreams and in part stated, "concluded that lucid dreams were a category of experience quite distinct from ordinary dreams." Then the philosopher Norman Malcolm states in his text on dreaming, " ... the realization that eye movements performed in dreams may affect the dreamer's physical eyes provided a way to prove that actions agreed upon during waking life could be recalled and performed once lucid in a dream ... "
Then in " ... a later study in Barrett's book, The Committee of Sleep, she describes how some experienced lucid dreamers have learned to remember specific practical goals such as artists looking for inspiration seeking a show of their own work once they become lucid or computer programmers looking for a screen with their desired code. However, most of these dreamers had many experiences of failing to recall waking objectives before gaining this level of control. ... "
Certain studies suggest, ... "If the brain perceives something with great clarity or intensity, it will believe that it is real, even when asleep. Dream consciousness is similar to that of a hallucinating awake subject. Dreams or hallucinatory images triggered by the brain stem are considered to be real, even if fantastic. The impulse to accept the experience as real is so strong the dreamer will often invent a memory or a story to cover up an incongruous or unrealistic event in the dream." ...
" ... many lucid dreamers report using dreams for problem solving and artistic inspiration ... "
All said and done the question of lucid dreaming in relation to martial practice and application is a bit iffy, to say the least. There is no apparent correlation between dreaming, lucid dreaming and it use in improving our training and practice. I endeavored to find any correlation to any sport activity. I do know that imagery/visualization in a waking state does provide improvement on action especially in the stress induced state of the adrenaline dump.
I have found through the reading of fringe-ology, the book by Steve Volk the brain, or mind, is a funny thing and it is not exacting as we would like to think. I will provide more from my studies there to help expand my understanding of its workings in the hopes of improving - in all areas to include martial.
Take a moment and access the two sites below. If you find data there that may open the door a bit so we can see how dreaming, lucid dreaming and wakeful dreaming (is this actually imagery/visualization?) work in relation to practice, training and applying martial systems.