We’ve all experienced it once or twice. You’re dreaming, observing yourself and your actions as if watching a movie and suddenly you realize it - this is a dream.
You have now entered a state of lucid dreaming.
Dreams occur when the conscious mind takes a rest and our subconscious mind takes over. Sometimes dreams are attempting to communicate important ideas and feelings. Sometimes they spotlight the fears and worries we try to ignore in our waking life. Sometimes dreams are just strange and random. Sometime they’re just flat our terrifying. Whatever they may be trying to tell us, they occur whether we want them to or not, so why not try to have some fun with them?
Lucid dreaming happens when we come to the realization that we are dreaming. Once this realization occurs we can then take control of our dream – the whole entire dream if you get good at it. Your actions, your surroundings, even the characters in your dreams can be entirely up to you. With simple but diligent practice the possibilities for what you can make your dreams is endless.
Let’s start with your basic, essential techniques for lucid dreaming on demand:
INTEND TO LUCID DREAM
At night, while you’re waiting to drift off to sleep, devote a minute to telling yourself that you will become conscious in your dream. Even imagine what you might do once you become lucid. Envision yourself flying, dunking a basketball, or engaging in… conversation…. with your celebrity crush.
If you can dream it, you can lucid dream it!
KEEP A DREAM JOURNAL
What’s the point of having a lucid dream if you can’t remember that it happened? Writing in your dream journal will strengthen your dream recall muscle, which will not only help you to remember a dream that you’ve already had, but also allow you to realize when you are currently experiencing one. Here’s what you do…
Right when you wake up in the morning reach over for your journal and begin writing down everything you can remember from your dream. And I mean everything. Every detail, as much as possible.
Tip: Do this as soon as possible after waking. The longer you wait to get it down on paper, the faster your dream will fade from your memory.
There are certain things that, if casually noticed while in a dream, can snap you into a state of awareness and catapult you into lucid dreaming. It is important to perform these reality checks often in your waking life, so that you can remember to do them while dreaming.
Check your clocks! In a dream, digital clock faces are a jumble of random characters that don’t make any sense. You’ll think to yourself, Oh that’s weird…OH! And bam! You’re lucid dreaming. Also, watches do not obey the normal rules of time when you are dreaming. Let’s say you’re wearing a watch in your dream. You look down at the watch and it’s 9:02, then you continue on with your dream. It feels as if several ‘dream’ hours have passed and you look back down at your watch; it’s now 9:05. DREAMING!
(This is actually how I ended up experiencing my first lucid dream.)
Flip your switches! Light switches don’t work in your dreams. So, as you’re going about your waking life, flip a switch now and then just to make sure you’re not actually dreaming.
Look at your hands! When I had my first lucid dream, I was amazed at the control I had over my own body. I kept staring down at my wiggling fingers; that really pulled me into the experience. Do this often enough while awake and the habit will follow you into your dreams.
There you go! These simple instructions will greatly up your chances for lucid dreaming.
Dream on dreamers!