We recently looked at lucid dreaming and touched on some of the methods to bridge the gap between reality and your dreams. In this article, we’ll be exploring these techniques further and building a foundation for your lucid dream training…ensuring even sweeter dreams!
While it takes time to have your first lucid dream (averaging between three weeks to two months) don’t be discouraged if you try for a while and don’t succeed. By following these rules, and with a bit of practice, you’ll be lucid dreaming in no time.
1. Do The Mental Work
This is most crucial part of your lucid dreaming experience. And to get you started, there are four questions you need to ask yourself before you embark off on this magical journey.
- “Do you think you can do this?” – For starters, you must have a positive attitude. If you have any doubts, then your first task is to replace every doubt with a self-empowering belief.
- “Do you think dreams are important?” – The simple act of believing that your dreams are important will dramatically increase your results. Most people don’t place any emphasis on their dreams so they in turn don’t recall many dreams, or are aware that it is possible to have lucid dreams.
- “Do you really want to have lucid dreams?” – The key to this question is desire and enthusiasm. The more you cultivate your desire to have lucid dreams, the more emotionally charged your intent will be.
- “Do you know what you will do when you have a lucid dream?” – It sounds so simple, but just by having a plan you increase the odds of becoming lucid. If you have a goal or a mission planned, you will have that much more reason to become lucid and carry out your mission.
2. Learn How To Recall Your Dreams
If you have difficulty recalling your dreams, there are a few steps you can follow to help you get in touch with your sleeping fantasy world.
1. Upon awakening, don’t open your eyes or move. Allow yourself time to naturally remember your dreams and resist the urge to start thinking about what you are going to do for the day. Once you remember one part of a dream. Relax and allow the rest of the pieces to fall into place.
2. Drift through your dream checklist. If you have absolutely no initial recall, then start running through a dream checklist in your mind. This list should include people you know, activities, movement, emotions, places, foods, smells and music, anything that may trigger a dream fragment to surface.
3. Think and question backwards. Try to work your memory backwards from what you can remember. You will usually remember the most current dream scenario first so for maximum retrieval it is helpful to think backwards, or think in terms of effect and cause instead of cause and effect.
4. Try different sleeping positions. Try all your common sleeping positions before getting out of bed to maximize your recall. You will have the best recall when you are lying in the same position that you were in when you were dreaming.
3. Keep A Dream Journal
The single most important thing that you can do to increase your dream recall and to maximize your lucid dreaming progress is to keep a dream journal.
This increases your recall by ingraining the idea that dreams are important into your subconscious mind. It also helps you become familiar with your dreams, which is the focus of the next step. The habit of writing down your dreams soon becomes a habit of recalling your dreams.
4. Becoming Familiar With Your Dreams
As your dream journal grows and your dream recall increases, naturally you will become more familiar with your dreams. These recurrent patterns in your dreams are your dream signs, and they will be the first stepping stones on your path to lucid dreaming.
For example, you may have a majority of dreams in which you are in your hometown or with a particular person. By learning your distinctive dream signs, you will be able to further increase your recall and develop an intimate relationship with your dreams.
Step 5: Adding Awareness To Your Waking Consciousness
If you are more aware during the day, you will become more aware while dreaming. The fact is that you can be fully conscious, semiconscious, and not conscious at all in your dreams as well as in your waking life. It is all a matter of mindfulness. It all boils down to your level of awareness.
Not surprisingly, meditation and lucid dreaming are intimately linked. By learning more about meditating and practicing it regularly, you will be stacking the odds in your favor when it comes to lucid dreaming.
6. Differentiate Between “Reality” And “Dreaming”
While awake you should be regularly doing “reality checks”. There are two parts to a reality check. The first part is asking yourself if you are dreaming or not, and the second part is testing your surroundings to verify if in fact you are dreaming or not. By doing these during the day, this habit will eventually spill over into your dreams.
Try examining your surroundings for anything that logically should not be there. Ask if this could happen in your normal life. Look for inconsistencies. Are you somewhere you have never been before? Are you with people who live on the other side of the country? Is there an elephant in your kitchen? These are the kinds of questions that can spark your lucidity.
Step 7. Linking Your Awareness To Your Dreams
The final step is to combine what you have learned about your dreams with what you have learned about your awareness. By merging your reality checks with your dream signs, whenever you encounter one of your dream signs you’ll automatically start doing reality checks.
Inevitably you are going to dream about one of your dream signs and eventually you are going to remember to do a reality check and eventually you are going to realize that you are dreaming.