When most of us were younger, we called it "controlling our dreams". Now, most of us know it for it's true name: Lucid Dreaming.
Lucid Dreaming means to become aware that you are dreaming during a dream, and control that dream.
To some, they can become aware of and control nearly every dream. To others, it is hit and miss. And still to some, they just can't.
This guide will combine numerous sources to explain to you what Lucid Dreaming is, how you can achieve it, and what you can do with it.
Buckle up, we're in for a wild ride!
Part 1 - What is Lucid Dreaming?
defines a lucid dream as the following:
A lucid dream is a dream in which the sleeper is aware that he or she is dreaming. When the dreamer is lucid, he or she can actively participate in
and often manipulate the imaginary experiences in the dream environment. Lucid dreams can seem extremely real and vivid depending on a person's level
of self-awareness during the lucid dream.
defines a lucid dream as the following:
A lucid - or conscious dream is a dream where you know you are dreaming. You are aware of the fact that everything around you is a dream and made up
by your own mind.
By these two sources we can deduce the following about Lucid Dreams:
*it invovles one being self-aware of the dream
*after one becomes self-aware, they can sometimes control the dream/parts of the dream.
But how do you begin to have Lucid Dreams? The next part of the guide will explain this to you.
Part 2 - How to Lucid Dream
As I mentioned earlier, it can be very difficult for some people to have lucid dreams, while it can be very easy for others. It all depends on the
Nevertheless, I will provide you with information that works for everyone if they put enough effort into it. They will be given in "steps"; each
"step" can work on it's own, and do not need the combination of other "steps", although it is highly recommended that you try as many as
possible; even at the same time.
STEP 1: Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dream (MILD)
MILD is one way to induce a Lucid Dream. Follow these steps to achieve lucidity:
a.) Wake up from a dream.
b.) Once awake, try to remember as many details from the dream as possible.
c.) Set your intent on becoming lucid in your next dream that night.
d.) As you drift back to sleep, try to imagine yourself becoming aware in your previous dream (if you can't remember your previous dream, focus on
one you CAN remember).
d.)2.) if your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to the previous dream.
If all works according to plan, you should enter a lucid dream!
For more information, read this about MILD
STEP 2: Wake Induced Lucid Dream (WILD)
WILD is one of my favorite techniques. WILD, in essence, is stepping from being awake directly into being in a dream. It occurs during the
hypnagogic state of sleep, the barrier between sleeping and being awake. It can be observed as anything from colored dots to flashes of color or
complete images. As you go deeper into this state, the images you see will become more vivid. You may even hear noises too. Follow these steps to
make it work:
a.) Relax. Think calming thoughts. One nifty trick is to follow the rhythm of your breathing (breathe in, breathe out. breathe in, breathe
b.) If you can keep these images from the Hypnagogic State clear, you can began to feel like you can literally step into a dream. With this feeling,
you can grab an object before, or look closely at an object before you.
c.) This will pull you into a dream.
For more about this, read this about WILD
STEP 3: Wake-Back-to-Bed Method (WBTB)
This one has worked favorably for me as well. It invovles waking up and actually leaving your bed in the middle of the night. Once you do this,
focus on something entirely lucid dream related. Follow these steps to use this method:
a.) Set your alarm clock to wake you up a few hours early (I know this is hard for some people, but try it).
b.) Get out of bed and read something/do something lucid dream related. Read a book about lucid dreams, go on www.ld4all.com and read/add to
people's posting. Do whatever you like.
c.) When you think that lucid dreams is ALL you can think of, return to bed.
d.) If you perform these properly, this should pull you into a lucid dream.
For more information, read this about WBTB
STEP 4: Reality Checks (RC)
This method is the most widely used method to achieve lucidity. Basically, it involves checking yourself throughout the day to see if you're either
dreaming, or awake. If you prolong this enough, it will become a habit and will likely carry on into your dreams. Here's how to do it:
a.) Look at a clock. Read the time. Look away for a few seconds, and look back to ensure it is the same time. In a dream, the time either will have
changed, or it won't even be numbers anymore.
b.) Read a sign. Look away. Read it again. Ensure that the letters are the same.
c.) Pinch yourself; feel the pain.
d.) Everytime you do these, ask yourself if you are dreaming.
e.) With any luck, you'll end up doing one of these in your dreams and becoming self aware.
Reality Check: Read this twice!
For more information, read this about RC
Those are all of the basic methods of achieving lucidity. Next, I will talk about what to do once you have achieved it.
[edit on 25-8-2009 by gatorboi117]