originally posted by: influencetheabove
I also have problems with lucid dreaming as well. I preform reality checks, keep a dream journal, wake back to bed, use binaural beats, but nothing
seems to work for me. Sometimes I will have pretty vivid and intense dreams, but I never can take control of them. It seems to me I can only remember
my dreams after waking up, having no ability to realize that I'm dreaming only until after I have awoken. Would anyone recommend taking supplements
to enhance my dreaming ability? Any tips for my problem would be appreciated!
This is as much a reply to everyone in this thread who is having problems achieving lucidity, as well as yourself.
As an experienced and fully fledged oneironaut, I will try to lend my two cents here.
It has been said by quite a few, but I'm going to repeat it because I can't stress the importance of this rule enough!
1. Keep a dream journal! That is absolutely rule number one. Without a dream journal, you will never be able to have regular and lengthy lucid dreams.
The other factor also is, what is the point of having lucid dreams at all if you aren't going to write them down?! Write down your dreams, as many of
them as you can remember, in as much detail as you can remember. If you are having trouble remembering your dreams, then there are some methods you
can employ in order to help you remember them. Trust me, once you get into the habit of training your brain to remember your dreams, you WILL remember
more of them. Even if you only remember a single small detail, WRITE IT DOWN. When I first started out many, many years ago, I could hardly remember
anything from my dreams. But within a month, my journal expanded from being a scant few sentences each morning to four to five full dreams a night
spanning several pages in minute detail.
A good technique to help dream recall is once you wake up from a dream, do not move, do not sit up; in fact, do not do anything for a moment, just
continue to lie in bed. Do not let your mind wander onto thoughts about the coming day, or anything like that; instead immediately focus your thinking
on the dream you were just having. Relax for a moment and try to relive it. If you find that nothing comes to you, don't give up and worry about it.
Instead simply focus on remembering the very last thing you were doing in the dream before you woke up. Nine times out of ten it will come to you
pretty quickly, and from this starting point, work backwards through the dream to recall the rest. I found this method of recall to be an absolute gem
when starting out. Your memory of a dream is always strongest after you have just woken, so do not wait to write it down later in the day. Write it
down as soon as you are awake and have remembered it. You do not need to remember every detail before you start writing, because as you put pen to
paper, more will come back to you. So with this in mind, always keep your dream journal and a working pen right beside your bed so that it is within
Another thing to remember when training and improving your dream recall is that as you start to remember more dreams, and your brain begins to get
used to remembering, you will start to wake up in the night after each dream you have. Now, you don't want to disturb your natural sleep cycle too
much, and there's no point fumbling about trying to write pages and pages in the dead of night. So just quickly grab the pen and write down a couple
of key words, and then go back to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, after writing down the most recent dream, you'll only need to look at the
key words you jotted down and the dreams will come flooding back to you.
Training your brain to recall your dreams can be a fairly quick process if you have the right intent. The brain is very susceptible to Stated Intent
and Repetition. If you go to bed telling your brain quite clearly of your intention to remember your dreams, and repeating this as you fall asleep;
you will be surprised how quickly your brain responds to this. The main reason that many people do not remember their dreams is because it is not
important to their brain to remember them. By changing their level of importance to your brain, you will notice almost instant results.
2. Learn your dream signs. Do not even try to lucid dream until you have kept a solid dream journal every night for, at least, a month if not more.
Once you have a good amount of dreams written down and your mind is used to dream recall, you will need to go back over your journal and try to
identify your dream signs. These are basically certain things that occur on a regular basis in your dreams. These can be mundane or fantastic. Both
are equally important. For example, one of my own dream signs is train travel. In at least 7 out of 10 dreams that I have, I either see trains, am on
trains, pass through train stations, etc. So, the key here is to build this into your reality checks. As well as doing regular reality checks, if I am
ever on a train or see a train, I will automatically do a reality check. The reason for this is to train your mind into doing it instinctively every
time you see this dream sign. The intended result is that hopefully I will also check whilst dreaming if I encounter trains, and then hey presto! Of
course, as mentioned some dream signs can be fantastic or surreal, for example, flying or dragons; but it is important to remember them and identify
with your brain that these kinds of things will only ever occur in dreams. Then, once you are dreaming and they do happen, you shall hopefully
remember to do a reality check.
3. Do Reality Checks. This is vital to lucid dreaming. Raising your own conscious awareness of waking life will help raise your conscious awareness of
your dreaming life. Do reality checks often. Once every few hours is a fairly good rule. And also do them after waking up and just before you go to
sleep. And also every single time you see a dream sign in your waking life. Some people have different techniques for their reality checks, but these
are some that I use:
The twenty questions. Stop what you are doing and ask yourself questions. Usually I ask things like, where am I? How did I get here? What am I doing,
or where am I going? What time is it? These are things you should know the answer to in waking life, but in a dream, you will rarely if ever know the
answer to any of these. If you can't work out what the time is by looking at your watch, or don't know where you have just come from, then you are
The observer. Stop what you are doing and look around carefully for a moment or two. Slowly and carefully look at the four corners of a room in turn,
focusing on each for a little while. Relax and try to clear your mind of thoughts as you do this. If you are outside, focus on different objects in
turn. Look back over each object after you are done. If you are awake, things should appear stable and normal. But if you are dreaming, they might not
seem correct and will usually have changed when you look back at them again.
The dab hand. Stop what you are doing and look at your hands. See if they look ordinary and like they usually do. Pull your fingers and press against
the skin. If you are dreaming, 99% of the time your hands will look and feel strange.
(To be continued...)