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A lucid dream is a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik (Willem) van Eeden (1860–1932). In a lucid dream, the dreamer can actively participate in and manipulate imaginary experiences in the dream environment. Lucid dreams can seem real and vivid.
A lucid dream can begin in one of two ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness.
Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically, and its existence is well established
Originally posted by myselfaswell
The most effective method I've ever found is what I term Post Sleep Relaxation (PSR). To achieve this, try and wake up a little earlier than you normally would, say 2-3 hours or more if you need. Feel free to get up for a bit or you can just lie in bed. The important thing you need to do is when your attempting PSR is to tell yourself that I'm not getting up, there is no reason for me to get up so I'm just going to lie here, relax and let the mind wander. Eventually you should fall into a fairly light sleep normally followed by some fairly lucid dreams.
Originally posted by Q:1984A:1776
He suggested making a conscious decision to try to find your hands in a dream. What I got from this was that if you program yourself throughout the day to keep thinking about finding your hands in your dream, your mind will eventually recycle that idea in your dream. My variation was to add the question, "am I dreaming" whenever I looked at my hands throughout the day.
Originally posted by alfa1
2. Try reading something, then read it again. If the words have changed, you're asleep.
3. If you put your hands up to your face and can still see through them, you're asleep.