Top 5 Reality Checks And How To Use Them
Reality Checks (RC) are a crucial tool in utilizing some of the top techniques in lucid dreaming. 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. You would typically do this multiple times throughout the day.
This action creates a mental habit of testing your reality during the day, penetrating into your dreams at night, causing lucidity.
A good reality check is something that tests your reality with an "impossible" action, something you are able to do anywhere at any time without social questioning and misunderstanding, and something your subconscious mind will mimic through habit.
The Top 5 Reality Checks are grouped into: Breathing, Reading, Palming, Mental, and Lucid Dreaming Rings.
This is the top reality check because obviously you are always breathing. No matter what you are doing and where you are, you breathe, even in your dreams. This is a great RC for increasing awareness because it is tied with the breath, which is a focal point in many meditative techniques.
⦁ Plug your nose and try to breathe through it. In your dreams, when you try to breathe through a plugged nose you'll actually be able to and you'll know you're dreaming! This is a good RC because you can do it discreetly, just plug your nose for 2 seconds. It's a common gesture to touch one's face.
2. Lucid Dreaming Rings
This is a great RC because it combines the next three reality checks into one. Your hands have great potential for RC's because they are almost always in front of you, directly in vision, and you always use them (if you have them).
⦁ Look at your Lucid Dreaming Ring and look closely at the words "Am I Dreaming?" These are spinner rings, so spin the words around, and if they say the same phrase you'll know you aren't dreaming. In dreams you are able to read but not able to focus on words without them changing. Focusing on the words and seeing if they change can help prompt lucidity.
⦁ Lucid Dreaming Rings also act as anchors and great reminders to do other reality checks.
While you are looking are your hands, perform the other top reality checks below, confirmation is key.
This is a great RC for the same reasons number 2 is. Your hands have great potential for RC's because they are usually always in front of you, directly in vision, and you always use them (if you have them). Didn't you read this somewhere before?
⦁ Try to push your palm through a solid object. In a dream you will be able to do this. If you're able to, then you know you're dreaming. This is also a discreet RC you can do without social questioning and misunderstanding.
⦁ Try to push your finger through your palm.
⦁ Count your fingers. In dreams, if you were to count your fingers you would usually see either less or more fingers than you have in waking life.
⦁ Look at the palms of your hands. In dreams, when you look at your palms the lines on them move and change in different ways. This is a good sign that you're probably dreaming.
If you don't live under a rock, then most likely you'll be able to find something with some writing on it anywhere you are. This is a simple reality check that works effectively.
⦁ Read something, anything, and check to see if you can re-read it. Look away and try reading it again. Focus on the individual words, see if they change. In dreams, words are not constant and always shift, move, and change into other word & characters.
⦁ Check the time. Can you read the time? Do the numbers or hands on the clock change and shift?
Constantly survey your surroundings and your awareness. Constantly question your reality on a regular basis. Mental reality checks are some of the most powerful reality checks because they depend on pure awareness to induce lucidity during waking and dreaming states. This can easily be incorporated with the All Day Awareness (ADA) Technique.
⦁ Look around your environment and really consider if it's real or not. Ask yourself, "Am I dreaming?" "How did I get here?" "Is anything out of place?" Try questioning the solidity of your surroundings. For example, looking at the bowl sitting next to you and questioning, "Is this real or am I imagining it?" "Does it disappear when I stop looking at it?"
TIP: Perform these top reality checks as many times as you can remember per day. Allow yourself the time to RC anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.
TIP 3: Be sure to come to a well-informed and thought out conclusion each time you do an RC. Don't simply ask if you are dreaming and forget about it. Truly mean what you say and mindfully come to a decision.
TIP 4: Keep Livin' Lucid Dreams.... ;)