How To Lucid Dream
Let’s get the basics down...
So you already know what lucid dreaming is... now how does one go about achieving the seemingly allusive state of lucidity?
Whether you have just discovered lucid dreaming or you have been dabbling in it for a while with little success, we at Livin' Lucid Dreams are going to take you step by step to begin mastering the basics of lucid dreaming.
Because when you master the basics...you're basically a master.
Step #1: Will
You are going to have to really want this, and I mean REALLY want this. You will need to commit to developing the skills that are needed to pull off lucid dreaming. This means accepting the fact that you will have to work for it. This drive also tells your subconscious mind that lucid dreaming is important!!
Some of you prodigies out there may have a lucid dream the first night you hear about it, though if you are a normal person, a regular ol' joe shmoe, than chances are you won't and you'll need to continue on with the next step...
Step #2: Improve Your Dream Recall
I cannot stress just how important dream recall is. This is the number one most important thing you will need to do.
You will need to improve your dream recall so that you are remembering at least one dream per night. (The average person has multiple dreams per night.)
Inception: Repeat after me: “I need to remember my dreams" "I will remember my dreams" This is what you need to tell yourself throughout the day and especially at night before you go to sleep. This anchors the notion into your subconscious mind that 1)Dreams are important, and 2) You need to remember your dreams.
Dream Journal: Next you need to start recording your dreams when you wake up. Start a dream journal to write down your dreams the moment you wake up, use your phone, tablet, or laptop to type them down, or a recording device for a verbal record of your dreams.
TIP 1: Before you go to sleep at night, read or go over in your mind what you dreamed about on the previous nights. This takes you into the mindset of already remembering your dreams before you fall asleep.
TIP 2: When you first wake up in the morning try not to move. Before you get yourself unsettled and start thinking of other things, be still for 5 minutes and try to remember your dreams. Most likely if you wake up with no memory, a few things will come back to you.
TIP 3: The best thing to do is writing dreams down in a notebook. If using a tablet, phone or computer screen, use a blue light filter and turn down the screen brightness.
TIP 4: You don't have to write everything in full detail, J.K Rowling style...Just try writing about things that allow you to grasp the whole story. For example "At park, saw friend, they were laughing about something, alien poked my belly button, etc."
Step #3: Perform Reality Checks
Throughout the day you'll need to ask yourself, " Is this a dream?" Because while you are dreaming, dreams feel just as real as what you are experiencing now. (I know, trippy huh?)
A reality check involves performing an action such as plugging your nose and trying to breathe through it, or trying to push your finger through your hand while asking yourself if you're dreaming. These help with achieving spontaneous Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams (DILDs), or basically realizing that you are dreaming while you are in a dream.
Reality checks during the day form a great habit and impression on the subconscious mind, so that at night, when the habit crosses over into your dreams, you will spontaneously do a reality check and become LUCID!
Try to do at least 10-20 reality checks randomly throughout the day, even more if possible. This increases your self-awareness and drives the question into your mind, "Am I dreaming?"
Are you dreaming? (You should have done a reality check just now.) ;)
Step #4: Anchor Your Desire and Study
Discuss your dreams with someone. Watch, read, and listen to inspirational things about dreaming. Continue reading other articles on lucid dreaming, chat about them in online forums, etc. Do as much as you can to be constantly thinking about dreaming, driving home the message that dreams are important and must be remembered.
Study as much as you can about lucid dreaming via articles, videos, books, courses, and audiotapes. Learn the other induction methods and see what works best for you, and be sure to check out our resources page.
The more you think about lucid dreaming during the day, the more you will think about lucid dreaming at night, enabling yourself to be conscious during your dreams. Lucid dreams come more frequently and faster to those who obsess about it.
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Step #5: Meditate
We're not asking you to shave your head and become a Buddhist monk, but we are suggesting you spend around 10 minutes per day observing your breath and your surroundings. Learn a basic meditation.
There have been studies linking mindfulness meditation with lucid dreaming. Meditation can help you become more aware of your inner state, induce feelings of peace and calm, and induce interesting experiences of the mind such hypnogogic hallucinations and altered states of awareness, all of which play a role in lucid dreaming.
Meditation can form a foundation for many lucid dreaming techniques, especially when learning advanced techniques like WILDs or Wake Induced Lucid Dreams. These are the most powerful types of induced lucid dreams, which were actually developed by Tibetan Buddhists in the form of Dream Yoga. It basically involves taking yourself directly from your waking state into a lucid dream.
Step #6 Try Not To Depend On Supplements and Technology
Many out there will advocate the use of dream herbs, supplements, and brain technology for lucid dreaming. While there is an inherent recognition of its value when used responsibly, it seems these tools have the potential to inhibit one from actually building up the awareness and physiological responses necessary to completely master lucid dreaming.
In short, using these tools as crutches, in the long term will not allow you the mastery that comes with consciously ingraining the awareness, the recall, and the recognition of lucid dreams into the conscious and subconscious mind. With long term use, they could prevent the neural memory that forms from having a lucid dream directly from using one's own awareness.
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Step #7 Do it!
Taking all these steps will ensure that you are lucid dreaming in no time. But once you are lucid dreaming, what should you do? How can you prolong the dream? Make the dream more vivid? Control your environment?
We answer all these questions and more in our article The First Thing to Do when You're Lucid. Be sure to check out our articles on Lucid Dreaming Techniques for other ways to keep Livin' Lucid Dreams! :)