There are many ways to have lucid dreams. Some people can do it naturally, other people have to try very hard to accomplish the lucid state.
Everybody can do it!
If you really want to have lucid dreams it is advisable that you don’t lead a stressful life. You must have the time for yourself and for your
dreams. I’ve had periods that writing down my dreams alone took 2 hours. Nowadays I have a busier life and I see that my lucid dreams have
decreased. I would advise to start the exercises in a quiet period. Maybe in your vacation.
Once you have had your first lucid dreams you will see that the next ones are easier and sometimes you will become lucid completely by surprise.
Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) Technique------------------------------
Set your mind to awaken from dreams and recall them. When you awaken from a dream, recall it as completely as you can.
While returning to sleep, concentrate single-mindedly on your intention to remember to recognize that you’re dreaming. Tell yourself: "Next time
I’m dreaming, I want to remember I’m dreaming.". Try to feel that you really mean it. Focus your thoughts on this idea alone. If you find
yourself thinking about anything else, let it go and bring your mind back to your intention to remember.
At the same time, imagine that you are back in the dream you just woke from (or another one you have had recently if you didn't remember a dream on
awakening), but this time you recognize that it is a dream. Look for a dreamsign. When you see it say to yourself: "I'm dreaming!" and continue
your fantasy. Imagine yourself carrying out your plans for your next lucid dream. For example, if you want to fly in your lucid dream, imagine
yourself flying when you come to the point in your fantasy that you realize you are dreaming.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until your intention is set, then let yourself fall asleep. If, while falling asleep, you find yourself thinking of anything
else, repeat the procedure so that the last thing in your mind before falling asleep is your intention to remember to recognize the next time you are
Or, as you can also call it, adjusting your sleep patterns.
For example, set your alarm clock a few hours before you actually have to get up. When you are awoken, read something about lucid dreaming, do a
reality check, or whatever, to keep your mind on lucid dreaming. Then go to sleep again with the intention to have a lucid dream.
This also works if you have woken up naturally and are still dozing a little. You don't have to get up so you doze off to sleep. If at that time you
keep in the back of your mind that you are dreaming you have a high change of a lucid dream.
If you can time your REM-cycles (the time in which the actual dreaming takes place), you will be able to set your alarm clock exactly on a time when
you have finished dreaming.
Other ways to become lucid---------------------------------
Look at your hands
A many used technique and one that seems to work pretty good is to look at your hands. Just remember to look at your hands and the moment you do it
you know that it is a dream.
The best way to do this is to consciously look at your hands during the day and ask yourself whether you are dreaming or not.If you do this often
enough you will look at your hands in a dream too.
Then you can realize that you are dreaming.
Before you go to sleep, drink a lot. In that way, you will have to go to the bathroom somewhere in the middle of the night.
Lie down, close your eyes and concentrate. Say to yourself that whenever you are in a bathroom or looking for one, you will be dreaming. In most cases
you will have a dream in which you are looking for a bathroom or are in one. It is then that you can realise that you are dreaming.
warning: It can be possible that you're so convinced everything is real you'll wet your bed...
How did I get here?
During the day constantly ask yourself:"how did I get here?", and playback the actions that got you were you are now.
If you do this long enough you will eventually ask yourself this question in a dream. And then you really cannot remember how you got there. Bingo,
you must be dreaming!
Once I dreamt I was climbing on a building. Then I asked myself:"how did I get here anyway?" and really couldn't think of how I got up there.
Convinced I was dreaming, I jumped off the building and flew away.
There is some Dream Food around, try some out
Orange juice, or any pure fruit juice helps your nervous system to stay active, while your muscles "sleep". This way you have more vivid dreams, and
increased change of a lucid one as well.
Milk and Cheese
Milk and cheese have amino acids in which have been found to stimulate the production of melatonin, a neurotransmitter associated with sleep and
dreaming. So warm milk before bedtime might really help you sleep after all!
A Mirror Traveler wrote:
I have found that lettuce is a great stimulator of dreams, in general. (I'm not too familiar with the lucid variety of dreams.) I don't know how or
why it works, but i know of two friends who have confirmed that lettuce did indeed either induce memorable dreams, or aided in remembering them. I
have tried this on three occasions and it worked all three times.
Mustard and pickles
Another account from a Mirror Traveler:
I was listening to a local radio station, one morning on the way to school. They reported that a dream researcher found that if you eat a tablespoon
of musterd and a medium size dill pickle, immediately before bed, it will induce lucid dreams. Of course I tried it, well it worked! (The third time)
Now I do it about 1-2 a week, the results are good, good enough to make my-self gag down a tablespoon of musterd. I wish that I could remember the
researchers name or where he was from. I told my friends to try it and they get about the same results, sometimes it works. For me sometimes is better
then no times.
Someone on a.d.l. once reported that they tended to have lucid dreams after eating ice cream. Could be the amino acids again, or the temperature of
the ice cream causing your digestive system to go haywire and thus raise your overall arousal level...
Another alleged lucid dream inducer. No idea why it might work...
This is mentioned in the alt.dreams FAQ. Perhaps something to do with the protein contained in it again?
Once you realize you are dreaming, it is sometimes difficult to remain lucid, or even to remain dreaming. Here are some techniques to keep you
Don't get too exited. If you do, chances are you will wake up after the immediate realisation that you are dreaming.
Twirl around your own axis (you won't get dizzy) and say to yourself:"The next scene will be a dream." When you stop spinning, if it is not obvious
that you are dreaming, do a reality test. Even if you think you are awake, you may be surprised to find that you are still dreaming!
look at your hands or the ground.
Focus at a stable reference point in the dream, like your hands or the ground. This helps you stabilize yourself in the dream.
rub your hands together
The rubbing will give you a vivid sense of movement and friction. While rubbing your hands repeat to yourself: The next scene will be a dream.
According to research the spinning technique is the most efficient, followed by the rubbing-hands technique.