How to Have a Lucid Dream
If you have ever had a lucid dream (conscious dreaming), you will agree that it is an experience unlike anything else.
Have you ever had a dream where you know you are dreaming? Most people get very excited that they are dreaming and know they are and wake up. Some people go for a flight around the block. These dreams do not happen often to the average individual. But there is a way to harness this skill and do it whenever you want.
Image being able to wake up in your dreams and do what ever you want to do. See lost ones, loved ones, travel anywhere, fly! Anything you can think of can be done in your dreams.
It is not difficult to learn how to lucid dream. Just read the tips/advice below and you can be having lucid dreams in no time. Just remember that it might not happen right away.
Step 1 – Remembering your dreams
Everybody dreams. If you think you don’t dream, it is just because you don’t remember your dreams. The first step to lucid dreaming is to remember your dreams. If you can’t remember your dreams, you won’t be able to remember the dreams in which you became lucid!
Make sure you get plenty of sleep. There are 5 stages of the sleep cycle. Each cycle lasts about 90 minutes. During the last stage in the cycle, REM (rapid eye movement), you dream. When you are dreaming in REM is when you will have lucid dreams.
The first dreams of the night are the shortest (10 minutes). The longer you sleep, the longer your dream cycles get (up to an hour).
Most people only remember dreams when they wake up in the middle of one. Otherwise, they are usually forgotten.
To start remembering dreams, tell yourself before you go to sleep that you will have a dream and that you will remember it. Say this aloud.
Keep a notebook next to your bed and if you wake up in the middle of the night and remember some of your dream, immediately write down what you can remember. If you don’t write it down, you will not remember it again. In the morning it will be gone. If you don’t want to write a whole lot down, just write down a few key points of the dream and when you review it in the morning you can use those to trigger your memory to remember more details and at that point you can write a longer description of the dream.
When you awake in the morning, write down any dreams you can remember. If nothing comes to you, just lay there, don’t move, and relax. Something will eventually come to you. Don’t think about the daily tasks ahead of you. Try and remember something and work off of that. Try and relive the dream. Then write it down.
Sometimes it can be difficult to remember your dreams at first, but it gets easier and easier with practice. After a while, you will be able to remember 3 or 4 or 5 dreams in one night.
Step 2 – Reality testing
Now we are getting into the good stuff and how to induce lucid dreams.
The best reality check by far is the clock. Look at a digital clock, look away, and then look back again. Try and change it with your mind when you are looking at it. Very often in dreams, digital clocks look distorted and you can change them if you look at them and concentrate. When you look at a digital clock, look away, and then look back again… the clock often changes! If it changes, you will automatically know that you are dreaming. There are several other methods, but I have found this one to be the best.
I know what you are thinking. Look at a clock and try and change it while I am awake! That is dumb. But it really isn’t. If you have that attitude, you will say the same thing to yourself in a dream and won’t realize you are dreaming. Dreaming is designed to trick your mind. Give it a try and let me know your results. Enjoy!