Lucid Dreaming is conscious dreaming When you are dreaming, you take everything that happens for granted. It seems that your critical, rational side is absent. The strangest things happen, and yet it is absolutely normal. In a lucid dream you don't take that anymore. You are conscious of your environment, and of the fact that everything that happens is not real. In other words: you dream consciously. So the only difference between a normal dream and a lucid dream is that in a lucid dream you are aware that everything around you is created by your own mind.
Having a lucid dream doesn't mean you can control everything you want, or have some kind of double life in the dreamworld. There are several gradations of consciousness in a lucid dream: Pre-lucid: You have a nagging feeling that something is not right, but you can't put your finger on it. When you wake up, you realise:"Of course something wasn't right, I was dreaming! How couldn't I see?" Low level lucidity: For a brief period you are conscious of the fact that you are dreaming, but you can't hold on to that thought. You get to interact consciously with your dream but without realizing you soon go with the flow of the dream again. High Lucidity: You are conscious of the fact that everything that happens is a dream and, that there is no real danger, and your body is safely asleep in bed. Everything is very bright and clear. Colors are more intense, scents smell better, and it seems you can look infinitely far. High lucidity will give you an enormous kick. Absolute lucidity: From the moment you fall asleep you know you are dreaming and you have everything under control. Rather than becoming conscious while dreaming, you go into the dreamstate consciously.
How to be a lucid dreamer ?
Remember your dreams Before you can have a lucid dream, you'll have toremember your dreams. How else would you know you had a lucid dream when you wake up?
If you are somebody who wakes up and can write whole books of your dreams, you can skip this part. However, are you someone who can only remember dreams sporadicly, or you can just remember some dreams from your childhood and you have the feeling you don't dream anymore, then read on.
How to remember? One of the most important things is to not want it too much. When you are trying to force yourself to remember a dream, it won't work. Try to let it come naturally. Practice makes perfect. When you are consciously intending to remember your dreams, your subconscious will pick this up and you will notice that you remember more and more of your dreams. In the beginning it may be just a fragment, or a feeling. But it will develop into complete dreamscenarios. Be patient and persevere. Dream remember exercise : The following exercise you can do while you are in bed, ready to go to sleep. You can adapt it to your own insights, what's important is that you feel good doing it, and the things you say to yourself sound right. To start you are going to clean your head a bit of everything that happened during the day. Relaxand go with your attention to the center of your head. This is the point between your ears, behind your eyes. Feel how you are in the center of your head. Now visualise a big vacuum cleaner that cleans the inside of your head.
Feel how you breathe. Breathe in and out. Breathe in and tense the muscles of your feet. Breathe out and relax the muscles of your feet. Breathe in and tens the muscles in your lower legs. Breathe out and relax them again. Go on until you have come to your head. When you feel completely relaxed say to yourself:"I'm going to sleep now, and I'm going to dream. When I wake up I remember my dream" Now visualise how you wake up and write down your dreams in your dream diary, or record them otherwise. Keep repeating your intention to remember your dream until you fall asleep. Ask for help : You can also ask for help. Ask your subconscious, your Higher Self, God, the Universe, your spirit guide, or whoever you want. Make contact with the one you ask for help and ask him/her to help you remember your dream. Water trick You can also take a glass of water, and consciously drink half of it. While you drink you tell yourself that you are going to dream and remember your dream. Then visualise how you wake up, drink the rest of the water, and remember your dream. When you awake, you empty the glass and if everything goes well, your subconscious will be triggered to let your dream surface.
Keeping a dream journal To help you remember your dreams (and also to keep track of all your lucid ones) the best thing you can do is to keep a dream journal.
Recording your dreams will give you a reason to remember them, thus improving your dream recall right away.
Choosing your means of recording First make a conscious choice on how you will keep track of your dreams. Will you write them down by hand or on the computer? Do you prefer to speak your dreams into a dictaphone and write them out later?
Make it special If you are going to write by hand go out and buy yourself a journal that appeals to you. Also get yourself a pen that will only be used for writing in your journal. Consciously decide that this journal is the place where you will be recollecting your experiences in the dreamworld.
This will make your dreamwriting some sort of ritual. Another hint to your subconscious that remembering dreams is important now. If you chose another method of recording your dreams, try to find something that will make it special and fun. It will really help your dream recall. Do not wait Keep your dreamdiary right next to your bed so you can write down your dreams directly when you have awoken. Let recording your dreams be the first thing you doin the morning. The longer you wait, the more your dream will fade away. If you wake up in the night with a dream fresh in your head Don't wait until morning to record it. No matter how clear they are at the time, they will have disappeared entirely from your memory by the time you get up in the morning.
Let the memory come When you awake, don't get out of bed immediately, but keep the position you awoke in. Let your mind wander back to your dream. Let the memory come to you. Don't force yourself to remember, it won't work. Write down anything If you cannot recall a dream then be aware of how you feel on waking up and write that down. Maybe you have a particular song in your head. Write down anything you can remember... emotions, colors, sounds, anything. Title your dreams Give every dream a title and don't forget to put the date in as well. Dream titles help you to remember what the dream was about when you go through your diary. Make it a habit Make writing down your dreams part of your morning ritual. Set aside time in your schedule for writing down your dreams. If you make a habit of writing down your dreams your dream recall will improve. It is like exercising your muscles.
Reality check : When you start trying to have lucid dreams, you will find yourself sometimes wondering whether you are really dreaming or not. To answer that question a reality check is an excellent way. One thing you must keep in mind is that whenever you are not sure it is a dream you are probably already dreaming! In the dream world, other rules apply than in waking life. This is what we take advantage of in a reality check. re are several reality tests you can use:
Read something Read something, look away and read it again. If you are dreaming the text will have changed. It will maybe not even be text at all but weird symbols.
Look at the time Find a clock and tell the time. Then look away and look back again. If you are dreaming, the time will have changed. In a dream clocks never tell the time right. Sometimes they will not even tell the time. The clock may have no hands for example. Digital clocks will have too much numbers or strange symbols on them.
Hold your nose Simple and effective. Hold your nose and try breathing through your fingers. If you can breathe you are dreaming.
Use your hands Look at your hands and see if they look weird. Alternately: try sticking a finger through your hand. If you succeed you are definately dreaming.
Try to levitate Go on, just try it. Try to levitate from the ground and let yourself float. If you can do that you must be dreaming.
Try to switch on the light Lichtswitches work erratically in dreams. Flip the nearest lightswitch. If you are dreaming the light won't work. Or it might work but will shine in a different color or less bright. If you switch on a light and it works not like it should you have a big change it's a dream. Or a fuse has blown - so don't go jumping from high buildings yet.
Through the mirror This one is my favorite. Try to stick your finger through a mirror, the window, or a wall. It gives a very strange tinkling feeling in your finger when it works as well as the utmost conviction that you are dreaming. And after that, just step through and see where you end up...
MILD : Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dream This method is familiar under the name MILD and has been invented by LaBerge. According to LaBerge this method should be used when you have just awoken from an ordinary dream and you go back to sleep. The most important thing is your intent. You really have to believe what you say to yourself. MILD in 3 easy steps:
1 - Remember Tell yourself that you will awake from a dream and you will recall that dream upon awakening. When awakening from a dream, try and remember as much as you can.
2 - Set your intent While drifting back to sleep, concentrate on your intent to be aware that you are dreaming. Repeat the following text, or one you write yourself: I'm going to dream now. I'm in a dream. I'm aware of my dream. If you find your thoughts wandering, bring them back softly, and keep repeating the words.
3 - Visualise Now imagine yourself becoming lucid in your dream. Go back to the dream you had before you woke up and imagine you realize it is a dream. (If you couldn't remember any dreams when waking up, use another dream you previously recalled). See yourself realising you are dreaming. Visualise what you are going to do once you are lucid. (for example flying)
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you fall asleep. If you are successful you will be inside a dream and you will suddenly realize that you are dreaming.
WILD : Wake Induced Lucid Dream When using the WILD technique, you go from being awake, directly into the dreaming state. That's why it is called Wake Induced Lucid Dream The trick is to recognize the hypnagogic state and stay conscious while it develops in dream images. You will then be able to literaly step into your own dream world. The hypnagogic state occurs on the border between waking and sleeping. It can be anything from colored dots to flashes of color or complete images. As you keep paying attention to it they will develop into more detailed images and if you stay aware you will find yourself inside your dream. WILD in 3 easy steps The below steps are interwoven. I separated them to make the process clearer. 1 - Relax The hypnagogic stage occurs when you are relaxed. So first you do a relaxation exersise. Feel yourself breathing in and out. Breathe in and tense the muscles of your feet. Breathe out and relax the muscles of your feet. Breathe in and tense the muscles in your lower legs. Breathe out and relax them again. Go on until you have come to your head. 2 - Be aware The next step is staying conscious, and not drifting off. Ways to do that are: Counting 1 - I'm dreaming, 2 - I'm dreaming, 3 - I'm dreaming, etc.Paying attention to yourself breathing, while counting every breath in and out.Imagining yourself walking down stairs, counting every step.A combination of all of the above.3 - Enter your dream If you succeed in staying aware your hypnagogicimages will become clearer. You will suddenly have a feeling you can now step into your dream. This is very hard to describe. The word that comes close is "knowingness" With this knowingness you can grab an object you see before you or zoom in on an image. This will pull you into the dream. Keep practising The hardest thing is to stay aware and not drifting off to sleep. If you don't succeed, keep trying. WILD can take some time to master but it is worth it. Experienced WILDers can reach this state without the counting - they just relax, keep paying attention to the hypnagogic images and then consciously enter the dreaming state (Personal comment : One day , I used this method and I had a sleep paralysis . It' was fuckin' scary . So be carefull . ) WBTB
Wake-Back-to-Bed Method WBTB stands for Wake-Back-to-Bed. It is one of the most effective ways to become lucid. Set your alarm clock a few hours earlier (I know, it is difficult, but this method is worth it). Then get completely out of bed and do something lucid dream related. Read something about lucid dreams so you will have your head completely filled with the subject. Surfing lucid dreaming sites for an hour or so does miracles too. When you are confident that Lucid Dreaming is the only thing you can think about go back to bed. Tips:
If you have trouble getting out of bed try putting your alarm at the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off.Combine this with other methods like WILD or MILD for better results.Be sure to go to bed earlier or be able to sleep longer, don't deprive yourself of needed sleep this way.Conquer your nightmares If you have nightmares you can overcome them through lucid dreaming. If you realise you are dreaming, you know you have nothing to fear. Confront your enemy The best thing to do is to confront your enemy. If something is chasing you, turn around and look at it. Sometimes this is enough and the scary thing turns out to be nothing to be afraid of at all. When the enemy is still hostile, ask him what he thinks is doing in your dream and defeat it. Feel the power of the knowledge that he is part of your imagination, that you are in control and that it should listen to you. Demand a gift If the enemy is defeated, demand a gift. The purpose of the gift is to transform the negative into something positive. You will always get a gift. These gifts are really amazing and give you a very powerful feeling. Once I got a gift of really beautiful music, and I could still hear it when I woke up... Give a big hug Another approach is to hug your enemy. Essentially, all parts in your nightmare are parts of you you are afraid to see. If you hug your enemy in your dream you will transform your fear into love and thus dissolve it. ( don't try to wake up in a lucid nightmare , it's just gonna give you shit .; Don't try to open your eyes if you don't wanna have a sleep paralysis ) .
Have fun : There are so much fun things you can do in a lucid dream. Imagine yourself to be in some kind of spiritual virtual reality where everything is possible. Transforming Try to transform yourself into an animal, such as adolphin , a dragon or an eagle. It is very strange to actually feel yourself be another shape. Often you will experience the senses of the animal. For example a bird-like vision or the experience of walking on four legs and having a tail. It isn't limited to animals ofcourse. How about changing yourself to the opposite sex, a tree or an inorganic being. Become Invisible Something I like to do is become invisible and then pinch the people in my dream. Step through a mirror My personal favorite. Step through a mirror and see where you end up. I've been to the strangest dreamworlds. Do some magic A fun thing is to do some magic. Let the sparkles come out of your hands. Teleportation Instead of flying, try to teleport yourself to the place you want to be. If you have difficulty teleporting try these tips: Step into an elevator and press the button of your location.Stand in front of a closed door. Know that the location where you want to go is now behind that door. Open the door and enter.Go creating Try to materialize something out of thin air. If you find it difficult to conjure up the desired item try wanting to find it in your pocket, or knowing it is behind a door. Holodeck Somebody mailed me he loves to play 'holodeck' in his lucid dreams, just like in Startrek. He starts with the black background with the yellow squares and from there he calls forth his desired environment. Showing off It is really fun to show off in your dreams and amaze your dreamfriends. Like stepping through a wall or taking off flying while exclaiming:"Look what I can do!"