About this thread
This thread is a guide to inducing, sustaining and improving lucid dreams.
I’m intentionally focusing on more practical approach here since you can endlessly theorize about nature of lucid dreaming.
English is not my native language and I’m sorry if I use words inadequately or mess up with spelling/grammar etc.
My initial post will be comprehensive but not final and I’m planning on updating it from time to time as well as answering the coming questions.
I’m aware of other great threads about lucid dreaming on ATS like this one: Lucid Dreaming
However I want to share my own experience here. Hope you will find it useful!
What is lucid dreaming?
In Russia we use the term “Conscious dreaming” instead of “Lucid dreaming”. I find it much more descriptive.
Lucid dream is a dream where you are aware of the fact that you are dreaming.
Level of awareness determines vividness and how deep you can control your dream.
In lucid dream it is possible to reach a state where you can literally control everything.
Before we start preparing for diving into the dreaming world I want you to become familiar with concepts of alpha-rhythm state and mnemonics.
I’m not going to explain what brainwaves are since you can always visit wikipedia:
To get into alpha-rythm state you just need to sit (lay) down, close your eyes and relax.
Some may argue that in some cases beta brainwaves are dominating even with closed eyes. That is true.
To make sure that you are in the alpha state do the following experiment:
- Sit next to a wall. Distance from the wall should be 1.5 - 2 meters.
- Focus on the wall
- Close your eyes
After closing your eyes you should notice a slight muscle action sequence in the upper part of your head. That’s your eyes rolling up. If this
transition happens then you are in the alpha state (Alpha brainwaves are dominating). If it isn’t happening then you are not relaxed.
So again, to get into the alpha state you need to sit down, close your eyes and relax. It’s that simple!
Mnemonic is a symbol which helps you to remember something. In oneironautics we use mnemonics as messages to subconsciousness. It’s very simple:
- Get into the alpha state
- Make a statement to yourself
For example, before falling asleep close your eyes, relax and order yourself to wake up 2 hours earlier than usual. If you wake up 2 hours earlier
then your mnemonic worked! I can’t tell you the exact statement you should make because it’s a very personal matter. Just try to experiment
yourself and you will succeed very soon.