How To Control Your Dreams
Whether changing the scenery, summoning/creating characters, teleporting, flying, slowing time, creating dream objects, time travel, or anything else, it is crucial that you understand exactly how to control your dreams.
Once you've realized you're dreaming, increased your lucidity, got down the stability, and have learned to prolong dreams, it's time to get down to the really fun part and begin controlling them.
The two essentials to control the dream
1. Will and Expectation
When controlling a lucid dream, you have to truly expect what you want to happen. In life, when you decide to reach for a glass of cold limeade, you expect it to happen. Same principle. You need to truly believe that what you want will happen. Your conscious expectation plays a critical role in dream control.
2. State your intention
There is a power to your words.
State the lucid dream intention out loud before attempting it. Saying things aloud in a dream is like talking to your subconscious. It further facilitates your will for things to happen. Your own words will empower you and the dream will respond.
You can learn how to do anything in lucid dreams if you have the creativity and put your mind to it. Controlling dreams typically takes some playing around with certain techniques to reach your end goal. We are going to review some of the most popular ways people can control their dreams and what you can do.
How to Change the Scenery
Only the most advanced lucid dreamers can make a dream scene transform right in front of their eyes. Normal lucid dreamers usually can't just up and change the scenery, because they don't expect it to happen or don't have that level of lucidity. Luckily for us there are other ways to change the scenery.
The main principle for changing scenery is to visualize and expect the things or people you want to see while they are out of your view. Changing scenery is basically done through teleportation, portals, and flying in the dream world.
Remember when changing the scenery that you can either actively will a scene to emerge, or just change the scene and passively let the dream take you elsewhere.
Turning around or spinning in circles: If we are in the middle of a desert we can get to a tropical beach simply by turning around and expecting it to be there. As you turn around you would visualize the beach and the dream would respond with one. If we also spin in circles a few times and visualize the beach, when our vision settles it will be there.
Doors: If we are in a random building and want to go to the moon or anywhere else, we can simply go through a door. Turn the door knob and expect to see the surface of the moon on the other side. Doors are portals in the dream world.
Mirrors: If we are in a boring room and want to be in Atlantis, we could visualize Atlantis on the other side of the mirror and go through it. Mirrors are portals in the dream world.
Screens: If we are sitting on the couch watching Rick and Morty and then desired to be in Egypt, we could turn the channel or navigate to a site with Egypt on it and jump through the screen.
Pictures: Jumping through pictures are also a great way to change your dreaming scenery. Get your blue skidoo on...
TIP: Before you change a scene, do a reality check, increase your lucidity, state what it will be and then attempt to change it.
Air: To change your dream scenery through flying, simply bust that cape out and fly to another place. Remember to visualize what you want the place to be.
Clouds: Another cool trick is to fly straight up through the clouds so that you can't see the ground. When you fly back down, the scene should be changed.
How To Fly
One of the first things people do when they learn to lucid dream is fly. However, flying dreams aren't always easy to control. In your normal waking life, your brain is conditioned the think flying isn't possible, so when dreaming, you could have trouble achieving it.
You may find that you can only float, or can only fly so high. This is resulting from a mental blockage, so what you need to do is free your mind!
Remember the scene in The Matrix when Morpheus asks Neo how he beat him in the sparring program. He says, "Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place? You think that's air you're breathing now?" Morpheus believed he was better, so he was. In the same way, in lucid dreams you are only limited by your own mind.
In order to fly you may need to gradually decondition your mind. Instead of just trying to take off from the ground and fly, try a running start first, try leaping far like the hulk, then build up to flying. Soon you will blasting through the air like Neo trying to save Trinity.
TIP: Once you are flying, try using dream objects to help you, such as wings, jet packs, or riding on the back of a sky bison.
How to Create Dream Objects
Dream objects typically will not manifest right in front of you, it takes a little bit of finessing.
As discussed before, creating a dream object is done with visualization in a place that’s out of sight. Turn around and look on the ground, open a door, look in your pocket, look behind a tree, open your purse or backpack. Get creative.
Some people may think in more practical terms and may experience difficulty trying to pull a bazooka out of their back pocket like in a video game. Try going to a place where you would normally find that object, like Costco...
It's important to be creative with the dream object you create. Dream big! Create a time machine and go back in time, create a remote control that pauses life. It's up to you to explore and create new ways to control your dreams.
How to Talk to Your Unconscious Mind
Lucid dreaming provides you with unlimited access to your subconscious. Psychological healing can occur with lucid dreams because you are able to experience yourself and your subconscious in very real and direct ways. Need a psychologist? Look no further. Use lucid dreaming to gain insights about yourself and how you perceive the world.
One of the easiest ways to communicate with your subconscious is to summon a dream character that represents your most inner self. Your dream character can be a person, animal, mythical creature, or anything else, as long as you can talk to it. Ask it questions about your personal life or your fears, ask for suggestions or give it commands, whatever you want.
Another way to communicate with your unconscious mind is directly talking to the dream world. For example you could yell out loud, "Show me my greatest fear through this door!" Then walk through the door and face whatever is there. Use your unconscious mind to help control your dreams and your waking life.
TIP: If you are having a nightmare, don't dismiss it. Use lucidity to engage in a conversation and discover the source of your fear. This will help you explain the cause, have a meaningful exchange, and prevent future nightmares.
Now that you know the basics of how to control your dreams, it is up to you to continue being creative and finding new ways to do it. Try the impossible or unthinkable, challenge yourself to push the boundaries. Become an expert lucid dreamer who can change every detail of their dream reality with just a thought.
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