How Dream Totems & Accessories Help Induce Lucidity
Using dream totems and accessories can aid in the Mnemonic Induction Of Lucid Dreams and Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams. As we've discussed before, a mnemonic is any technique that aids in memory.
Though not needed, we recommend any lucid dreamer, especially a novice lucid dreamer, to take advantage of anything and everything that will aid in becoming lucid throughout your waking and dream state.
Lucid dream totems and accessories can be used to plant an anchor in or incubate your subconscious mind in a way that will aid you in:
1. Remembering to remember dreams.
2. Remembering to be present and aware of yourself.
3. Remembering to do reality checks.
4. Remembering to recognize dream signs & themes.
For example, say you're walking down the street in, completely oblivious to what is really going on around and within you. Suddenly, you see a shimmer out of the corner of your eye and look at your hands. You notice your lucid dreaming key-chain with the words "Am I Dreaming?" on it. It reminds you to be lucid, you regain composure, take a breath, become aware, and do a reality check. This is a successful example of using a dream totem.
Another example is walking around your living space, completely oblivious to what is happening around or within you. You turn around and see a dream catcher hanging from the ceiling. This reminds you of dreams and your desire to be lucid, and you regain composure. Take a breath, become aware, and do a reality check.
Dream catchers are very useful when you hang them above your bed as well. When you wake up you can look at them and use them as a reminder for you to remember and to write down your dreams.
Begin thinking about different ways you can use your dream totems to induce lucidity. If they are not wearable, position them in places where you will easily notice them. Check out our shop page and look at different things like dream-catchers, lucid dream accessories, lucid dream journals , lucid jewelry etc. to aid in lucidity.
A fun one is wearing one of our shirts with the phrase "Ask Me If I'm Dreaming" on it. Every now and then a person or dream character (haha) will actually ask you! Or they will ask about the phrase, giving you the opportunity to talk about lucid dreaming throughout the day, sharing your interest in dreaming socially.
Using totems like this definitely adds a social and environmental dimension to the practice of lucid dreaming. Dream totems and accessories use surpise and novel social interaction to influence lucidity in dreams. Whether socializing or surprised, you engage one of the most powerful principles for creating memories and behaviors. Being surprised or engaging in social interactions creates meaningful memories that can be transferred over into your dreams.
A typical reality check is self-generated and occurs when the mind is already aware. Dream totems are advantageous in that they are designed to spark your awareness in unpredictable moments or in times when you otherwise may be lost in thought, engrossed in the senses, and lacking in awareness.
These totems and accessories outwardly convey that you are interested in dreams and/or lucid dreams. It can be a great method to meet and connect with other like-minded oneironauts. Check out our lucid shop for more ideas.
Remember to remember the importance of dream totems and how they can be used to keep Livin' Lucid Dreams...