How To Lucid Dream?
Many of us, don’t remember their dreams, but we all know dreams are awesome.
You can do anything in them.
Unfortunately, they are out of our control. You wish for a vacation in the Bahamas and end up having a dream of a dreadful family reunion instead.
But what if you could change that? What if you could actually remember and control what happens in your dreams?
It is possible.
Lucid dreams are what dreams you control are called.
In these dreams, you know you are dreaming and take over.
But how do you do it?
Here are a few lucid dreaming techniques that might even help you lucid dream tonight!
1. Remember Your Dreams
Easier said than done, I know.
But there is a simple trick you can start doing from tomorrow morning that will really improve your dream memory.
Wondering what it is?
Keep a dream journal.
A dream journal is a notebook you write your dreams in. You could call it a dream diary if you want.
As soon as you wake up, don’t move. Try to remember what you were dreaming.
Then take your dream journal from your night stand and write down anything you can remember. It doesn’t have to be in order.
If you want, just write down keywords and come back write the details later.
You forget 95% of your dreams within five minutes of waking up, so don’t postpone this to after you brush your teeth.
Keep doing this every day and you’ll start remember three, four, or even five dreams a day.
2. Do Reality Checks
The main idea of lucid dreaming is to become aware within your dream that you are dreaming.
That seems pretty hard, doesn’t it?
There is a cheat.
Ask yourself during the day “Am I dreaming?” If you make a habit of it, you’ll start asking yourself that in your dreams too.
However, if you simply ask your dream-self if you dreaming, they’ll just tell you to stop being silly.
That’s why you need to do reality checks too.
A reality check is what it sounds like, a test to make sure you’re in the real world.
You have to do them many times throughout the day for these to turn up in your dreams.
Here are a few reality checks to try out (choose one and stick with it):
- Press your hand into a wall.
In a dream, your hand will slip through.
- Look at a clock, look away, and then look back.
In a dream, the time will change. It might be 12:56 the first time you look, then 5:23 then next time.
- Try to push your finger(s) through the palm of your other hand.
Your fingers will pass right through in a dream.
- Look at your hand.
This is my preferred method. In dreams, your hands will never be normal five-fingered hands. You might have 15 fingers or have feet instead of fingers.
- Look in a mirror.
This is a reality check, but I don’t recommend it. In dreams, the person in the mirror will never be you. It is usually something you’d see in a nightmare, so try this one at your own risk.
Try to change the reality check you use every month or so. Your brain can get use to reality checks, and then it loses effect.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Obviously, you can’t dream if you’re not asleep.
But to have a lucid dream, you need to be well-rested.
Here are a few tips to help you sleep better:
- Set a sleep schedule. Decide on a sleeping and waking time and stick to it.
- Turn all electronics off an hour before bed. Yes, I know this is hard, but the blue light coming from electronics delays sleep.
Lucid dreaming is a skill. It might take time to learn, some people start lucid dreaming in the first week, while it might take a month for others.
Don’t get discouraged, it’ll pay off.