Here’s a question to ponder: if were given the choice to have only lucid dreams for the rest of your life, would you? Even if you could never have a normal dream again, would you choose that? I’m guessing most people here would say no. Of course, lucid dreams are better than normal dreams in a lot of ways: we are aware that we are in a world of limitless possibility, we can do anything we want just by willing it, the list goes on. But in our great interest in the relatively uncommon occurrence, we sometimes fail to appreciate what most of us take for granted: normal dreams.
While the greatest beauty of lucid dreams is the fact that we are aware that they are happening inside of our minds, that can also be their greatest weakness. In lucid dreams, no matter how wonderful the experience is, there is always the unshakable knowledge that you will awaken soon, and this experience will only live on as a memory. In normal dreams, however, whatever is happening is real to us until we awaken. While it is true that both will inevitably end in awakening, in normal dreams, we do not become aware of this fact until the actual awakening takes place. Whether or not its a happy dream, you are in a world where incredible things do happen, whether or not you will them to. Even things that are unpleasant at the time of occurrence can be enjoyable as memories, and the belief at the time that the occurrences were real can make the memories all the richer. But the truly wonderful normal dreams are the happy ones. Its hard to describe some of the feelings of joy I’ve had in dreams, but I can still remember them to this day.
Now, I’m not saying NDs are always better. In fact, as a whole I would consider lucid dreams a superior experience, but I still couldn’t imagine life without normal dreams.