How To Have Your First Lucid Dream
And What Is Lucid Dreaming?
Before I get into how to have your first lucid dream... I want to explain what is lucid dreaming exactly. In a nutshell, lucid dreaming is the ability to dream consciously. A lucid dream is a dream in which you are aware of the fact that you are actually dreaming! It's an amazing experience and I intend on teaching you how I had my first lucid dreams.
How did I have my first lucid dream?
There are a couple of tips you need to remember if you intend on having your very first lucid dream. The most important thing you have to do first is to begin keeping a dream journal. A dream journal is a journal you write in first thing every single morning that allows you to practice remembering your dreams. After all, what's the point of having a lucid dream or any other dream for that matter if you don't even remember it as you wake up?
As you keep a dream journal, you'll notice that your dream recall will get better and better every day. At first you may only be able to remember one short dream but rather quickly you'll be able to fill several pages with details about your dreams.
How to keep a dream journal:
Get a notebook or a binder with some paper in it that you dedicate to tracking your dreams. Leave it next to your bed. First thing the next morning as you wake up before you do anything else(try to not even change the position you were sleeping in), write down every single little detail you can remember about the dreams you had during the night. The more you write, the better. Ask these questions about your dream: Who? What? Where? Why? How? This exercise will start to reinforce within you that dreams are now very important to you and worth paying attention to...
An additional tip is that right before you go to sleep set the intention of both having a lucid dream and remembering your dreams. This affects your subconscious mind and might not always work but it definitely helps with dream recall and lucid dreaming. How does this work? All you really have to do is say to yourself out loud before falling asleep: "I intend to remember my dreams tonight and to have a lucid dream".
Of course, there are other techniques that will help you induce a lucid dream... Here is what worked for me: I began testing whether I was dreaming throughout the day. How can you test whether you are dreaming? And why do these techniques work? My two favorite ways to test whether you are dreaming are these:
1. look at your watch and make a mental note of the time. Then, close your eyes for 5 seconds and open them again. Look at your watch again. Have only 5 seconds passed or is it later or earlier than when you first checked? Interestingly enough, when you are in a dream, watches and time get distorted. What I mean by this is that if you were checking and you'd actually be in the dream... the time you see after closing your eyes would be totally different and it would not make sense.
2. hit a light switch every time you come across them. Interestingly again, if you were in a dream, you the light switch would not work. I don't know why this is so but that's just the way it is in the dream world.
These two techniques work because as you test throughout the day to check whether you are sleeping, this idea will continue to be reinforced in your subconscious mind and eventually you will see yourself beginning to check to see if you are in a dream while actually dreaming!
Your first lucid dream will not happen over night but if you continue to practice these simple techniques that I suggested, you will have a lucid dream sooner than later.
Also, there are a lot more techniques you can use to induce a lucid dream. Some people have become experts in lucid dreaming and can induce a lucid dream almost every single night. There are induction techniques that you could look for on Google if you are interested.
What are the benefits of lucid dreaming?
There are many reasons you may want to practice lucid dreaming. First and foremost, it's just really fun! Once you're in a lucid dream, you could basically do whatever you want... One of my personal favorite things to do in a lucid dream is to fly. It's the most amazing feel whizzing through the air like a bird. You feel so free. In a lucid dream, you have total control. It's sort of like the movie Inception where you can create your own dreams...
Another interesting fact about lucid dreaming is that you can apparently learn how to share dreams with other people. It's a little strange but true. I've never personally knowingly shared a dream with someone else but it's something I've always wanted to learn how to do. This is an advanced technique though...
Some Buddhists have practiced lucid dreaming for centuries now because they believe it was a good way to prepare for the after life. They believe that the after life is much like a dream world - a different world altogether!
I hope you found this article interesting and I wish you a lot of success in your lucid dreaming journey!
PS. If this kind of thing really interests you, there is a movie about lucid dreaming I'd like to recommend to you. It's called Waking Life. I was first introduced to this movie many years ago and I really loved it. It was really entertaining and thought-provoking and it's a fun movie to watch. It will give you more ideas of what you could do with your lucid dreams.
Other important resources you should get if you want to master the art of lucid dreaming are books about lucid dreaming by Stephen Laberge. He is an expert in the field and his books are awesome.
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