Have you ever wanted to fly, travel at the speed of light, walk across water or reliably predict the future every time? These are things that you probably cannot do in your everyday life, but lucid dreaming can help you experience all of this and more. Lucid dreaming can also help you overcome your fears and experience your fantasies. There are many techniques and tips to help you induce lucid dreams or become lucid during your dreams.
Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams
One way to increase your changes of experiencing lucid dreams is to focus on remembering your dreams while you are falling asleep. This method was developed by Stephen La Berge. One way to do this is to repeat a mantra either in your head or out loud, such as “I will remember my dream after I wake up”. The exact mantra is not important, as long as you genuinely believe that you will be able to remember your dreams and expect to do so.
See Yourself In Your Dream
When you wake up in the morning, stay in bed and imagine that you are still in the dream, but you know that you are dreaming. Look for things that show you that you are dreaming and tell yourself that you are dreaming until you are fully back in the dream.
Nap Induced Lucid Dreaming
Another technique that can be combined with MILD is nap induced lucid dreaming, or NILD. To use this technique, set an alarm to wake yourself up after you have been asleep for around four or six hours. When you awaken, stay awake for an hour or two and then go back to sleep. Do your best to remember what you were dreaming about and go back into your dream using the MILD techniques. If this technique is not working for you, try going to sleep somewhere other than your bed after you awaken from your dream.
Do you know when you are dreaming? The reality testing technique will help you determine whether or not you are dreaming by looking for dream signs and performing reality checks several times each day. A reality check can be as simple as asking yourself throughout the day whether or not you are dreaming. Some people ask themselves as often as every 30 minutes, while others only ask themselves once or twice per day. When you are routinely asking yourself if you are dreaming when you are awake, you will probably begin to ask yourself if you are dreaming when you are. This allows you to become lucid during your dream. To see if you are dreaming, try reading the text on a sign or reading the time on your watch. These things are easy to do when you’re awake and very difficult to do during a dream.
Keeping a dream journal will help you focus on your dreams and see which of them are recurring often. It’s best to keep a notebook next to your bed so that you can write down everything you remember about your dreams. Some dreams you may remember very vividly, while you may remember very little of others. Make sure to write down everything you remember, even if it is only a scent or a feeling. Your dreams don’t have to make sense and you are unlikely to remember details of your dreams if you don’t write them down right away.
Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming
Another technique to help you have lucid dreams is called wake initiated lucid dreaming, or WILD. This technique will help you consciously fall asleep and go straight into a dream where you are lucid. This technique takes some practice, but it can help you have great control over your dreams. The downside of the WILD technique is that it can cause you to have sleep paralysis at times, which can feel scary. The WILD technique works best when performed after waking from an afternoon nap or early in the morning, when you have slept for at least five or six hours. If you don’t usually wake up naturally in the early morning, it is a good idea to set your alarm for about six hours after you went to bed.
The first step is to find a place that is quiet and you can be totally alone. It is best if the room you are in is completely dark. Spend a few minutes waking up your mind by doing a few math problems or part of a crossword puzzle. This will keep you awake enough to avoid falling back to sleep before you are ready. After you are awake enough, go back to bed and relax your body. Some people relax by focusing on their breathing, while others relax and tense their muscle groups from the bottom of their feet to the top of their head in sequence.
It is common to see random streaks of colors or flashes of light during this time, as your body is entering into hypnologic imagery. You may even experience sounds and see images, but try not to focus on the things you see and hear. At this time, you will probably feel a sink sensation or a mild vibration in your body. This means that you have entered sleep paralysis. Keep concentrating on your surroundings and you will soon experience total blackness, followed by entry into a dream world. Perform a reality check to see if you are actually asleep, but don’t get too excited about being lucid in your dream or else you will wake yourself up.
It may take months of practicing these techniques for you to have lucid dreams. Try incorporating several techniques each day and soon you will find yourself lucid during your dreams. It is very important to truly believe that you will have lucid dreams and not listen to people who tell you it’s not possible.
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