Have you ever wondered what it would
be like to fly? Ever wanted to be the President? Maybe you’ve always wondered
what it would be like to time travel; perhaps even take a ride on the back of a
brontosaurus. Once you learn how to
lucid dream all this and more is available to you on command. The only
limit to what you can do is your own imagination.
Lucid dream defined
Put simply a lucid dream is a dream
in which you become aware of the fact that you are dreaming. For most people
the ability to differentiate between a dream and reality is only available when
they are awake. It may happen like this: We have a nightmare that causes us to
jolt awake. It may take us a few moments, but once we wake up we can usually
reassure ourselves that “it was only a dream”. If you have lucid
dreams you are able to realize that you are dreaming before you wake up.
Not only that, but if you’re having a nightmare you can consciously pursue many
options to make the dream less distressing.
Most people already have some level
of lucid dreaming skill. Many people have had the occasional dream where the
sequence of events is so unusual or unexpected that they can only conclude that
they must be dreaming. Often when this happens the person will either wake up,
or continue dreaming passively. Unless they have learned how to lucid dream,
rarely they will be able to take control of the dream from that point and
direct the action as they see fit.
If you want to learn how to lucid
dream you’ll need to first learn to recall your dreams. Often you might find
that you’ll recall a dream from the previous night only when something happens
during the day to remind you. Dream recall is important for two reasons.
Firstly if you can’t recall your dreams it’s possible that you may have
achieved some level of lucidity and forget all about it when you wake up.
Secondly the ability to identify common themes, symbols, people or places in
your dreams will become an important aid to your becoming aware of a dream.
With these steps, you will get a
chance to learn how to interact directly with your own subconscious mind. Some
techniques are especially powerful way to overcome long term phobias, confront
limiting beliefs, and enhance your problem solving skills and your creativity.
If you are a beginner, you can start
off with exploring a few easy techniques (will talk about that later). Try and
test a few of them, and stick with two or three that suit you best. Your goal
is not to become an expert on lucidity within the first few weeks or months.
Instead you want to train your subconscious mind to follow new rules. It may
take a little time, but stay focused, be patient and the rewarding feeling of
having first successful vivid lucid dreams arrives soon!
To become a proficient lucid
dreamer, first you need to build up a good dream recall. It is one technique
that is absolutely essential. The simplest and most effective method on Earth
is to keep a dream journal during the entire process of learning. The next step
is looking at your recorded dreams to find dream-signs that appear most often
in your dreams. These dream-signs will become reliable signposts of a dream
state, and will considerably help you succeed with induction of your lucidity.
Practice, commitment and level of
motivation are crucial components as well. Selection of the right method
depends on your personality, level of proficiency and lifestyle.
Keen to learn to how lucid dream
easy? Here are a few techniques which you can try out:
Top Lucid Dreaming (LD) Techniques for
a very easy exercise (looking at your hands, pushing fingers of one hand
into the palm of another, asking if you are dreaming etc.).
a simple mind-training exercise. You can think of having a lucid dream
tonight, repeat affirmation “The next scene will be a dream”, or
to daydream about what you might lucid dream.
All Day Awareness-
this easy method was discovered by the dreaming community. Basically, you
are paying attention to everything around and inside of you (your
palms, blood flowing in your body etc.).
Mnemonic Induction of LD – this technique teaches you to increase your self-
awareness, making it easier to recognize when you are dreaming. It
consists of performing reality checks during the dream, combining it with
affirmations and visualizations. It is easy to master, therefore a very
effective method for beginners. Contrary, it requires more time to learn,
because you need to do these checks during the day as well.
Cycle Adjustment Technique- another really simple and easy way; the idea is
adjusting your sleep cycles to raise your conscious awareness during the
early morning (during REM sleep phases) and thus increasing the chance of
having a lucid dream.
Wake Back To Bed –
it is a variation of CAT with one key difference: the results are
immediate. It comprises the ability to recall dreams, discover dream-signs
by analyzing your dream records, and recognize those dream-signs in
dreams. A great method for beginners.
Guided Meditation -it
is a form of meditation, where you are assisted through the course of your
meditation. It is in itself an excellent way of building self-awareness
while awake (it forces you to maintain concentration on what you are
listening to and guides your thoughts). It is an easy method of
familiarizing yourself with your mind and prepares the brain for lucidity.
Self-Hypnosis – a
more focused form of meditation. During self-hypnosis your intuitive brain
is guided through autosuggestions towards your ultimate goal: lucid
dreaming, while your logical brain is silenced.
If you are a newbie, select two to
three methods from the category of top lucid dreaming techniques listed above.
Find out more about them here and practice them. Once your first lucid dream
occurs and your practice becomes regular, you may want to try a couple of more effective techniques for
those with broader experience.
Other In-depth Lucid Dreaming (LD)
Wake Induction of LD-
It is the most powerful technique inducing lucidity on Earth. It
enables you to dream consciously any time you choose, and produces the
most vivid kind of dreams, because there is no lapse in consciousness.
Imagine being able to transit into a dream directly from the state of
wakefulness, without first falling asleep! The WILD technique comprises
several stages, such as physical and mental relaxation, hypnagogic stage,
dream scene creation, and lucid dreaming itself. Once mastered, you can
practically have a lucid dream any time you want. Even every night!
Subset of WILD is Dream Chaining – Here you exit
from a lucid dream, wake up and go into the next one right away.
Dream Induction of LD – This technique can be performed only when you are
already dreaming (becoming aware of the fact that you are in a dream can
be done mostly by questioning reality). This technique comprises learning
your dream-signs, being confident, performing reality checks, dream
incubation and many more.
In addition, here are a few powerful
tips for beginners:
#1: Practice your dream recall by keeping a dream journal.
#2: Practice reality checks.
#3: Choose two to three effective induction methods.
#4: Learn to meditate or incubate your lucid dreams.
#5: Be consistent with practice.
#6: Do not give up!
I have listed all these techniques
to guide you in determining you own dreaming practice, not to overwhelm
you with information. Remember, you do not have to try out all of them. Instead
select a few that offer you an easy-to-follow, structured approach to training
your brain for lucidity each night. Getting a complete lucid dreaming guide
that will take you through the learning process and possible challenges might
also save you a lot of time.
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