How to Lucid Dream
So now that you know what this amazing phenomenon is all about it’s time to learn how to lucid dream. It does take some practice and persistence, but if you keep at it then you should be able to experience it in no time.
It’s important that you don’t try to rush or push having a lucid dream. This will cause you to fail and then discourage you to try again and you will miss out on this wonderful new world you are about to experience. The average person takes about 2 months to have their first lucid dream, but I can guarantee that if you are serious about it and implement all of the techniques described here then you should have your first one in less than two weeks.
The first step on how to lucid dream is to have excellent dream recall. Before you can even begin attempting to have one you should be able to remember at least one dream every single night. The more details about them that you can remember each night the better chances you have at lucid dreaming. Remembering your dreams allows you to become familiar with the dream world making it much easier to recognize that you are in a dream while it’s happening. Besides, what is the point of trying to lucid dream if your not going to remember anything in the morning. Once you have mastered remembering your dreams you can then move on to attempting to lucid dream.
Keeping the intention that you will lucid dream is the first step. Constantly thinking and reading about lucid dreams automatically triggers your subconscious to think about it, and chances are you will think about it in your dreams causing you to realize that non of it is real. Just like remembering your dreams, you should also tell yourself the night before that you will have a lucid dream over and over.
In a world that is so bizarre and strange with nothing rational happening, we go through it accepting that we are awake and that it’s real. This is the repercussions of how we go through and accept waking reality. We’re so busy running around that our subconscious has taken over and controls most of our thoughts. Push this button, push that button, do you want fries with that? Most people can’t even remember what they had for dinner last night.
If we would start to pay more attention and become more self aware in the world around us then we would do the same in our dreams and realize that everything we are experiencing is only in our heads. Look for moments of awareness throughout the day. Whether you are waiting in traffic, performing routine tasks at your job, or even watching your favorite TV Show, become consciously aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions at all times. This will increase your self-awareness thus helping you become more aware while you are dreaming.
If you have been attempting to lucid dream for awhile with no success, or you are just looking for a way to induce them easier, then you should consider trying out brainwave entrainment. Brainwave entrainment will influence your brain to perform on the exact frequencies needed for lucid dreaming.
Every person’s body reacts a little differently to brainwave entrainment. Some people have very open minds and they will lucid dream every single time they listen to them. Other people might not be affected by brainwave entrainment as much and it may take a few times of using them before they experience it. Either way, brainwave entrainment dramatically improves your chances of having lucid dreams. If you want to learn more about this then read my review on Lucid Dreaming IsoBeats.
Performing reality checks is a great way to induce lucid dreams. Reality checks are nothing more than tests that you preform while you are awake to make sure that you are not dreaming. It may seem silly when you are performing these tests but by constantly doing this you will automatically carry this on into the dream world. When you perform one of the tests in the dream world they will fail and you will instantly realize that you are dreaming.
There are so many things that you can do to perform reality checks. Here are the most practical and effective ones that I know of:
- Lights – Every single time you walk into a room and turn on a light, you should double check it again to make sure that it works properly. This is a very simple technique that can be done multiple times a day with no effort. When you are in a dream the light switches will not work correctly. You will most likely be able to switch them on and off and nothing will happen.
- Time – Another simple technique to perform is to double check the time. Every single time you look at a clock or your cellphone for the time, turn away and look back to make sure that it still says the same time as before. When you are in a dream and do this it will be a completely different time and you will know you are dreaming.
- Memory – When you are dreaming chances are that basic waking life memories are forgotten. The date or day of the week, your birthday, address, or even your own name will be very difficult to remember. You should stop and constantly ask yourself these questions to make sure you know the answer to them.
- Breathing – Cover your nose and your mouth and make sure that you still can’t breath.
- Hands – Count your fingers and make sure they are all there, then recount them again. Another thing that you can do is see if you can push your fingers through your hand.
- Where am I? – Ask yourself where you are and how you got there. Do you remember where you were at before this place?
- Vision – Look around and make sure that everything is where and how it is supposed to be. Does the sky look normal today?
As you preform each of these checks you should make sure and ask yourself if this is just a dream and be prepared to find out what the answer is. Make sure that each check that you do you are fully conscious and not just performing them like a habit or unconscious action. If you perform these reality checks already knowing that your awake and expecting them to pass then chances are you will do the same thing in your dreams and they will not work.
Cycle Adjustment Technique
The cycle adjustment technique, also known as CAT, has been scientifically proven to be 80 percent effective for inducing lucid dreams in the first two weeks of performing this technique. Its main purpose is to raise your conscious awareness during the early morning hours that you are REM sleeping. It’s one of the best techniques on how to lucid dream but it requires some discipline and can be impractical for most people.
The first step with CAT is to set your alarm and get up 90 minutes earlier than you normally wake up. Do this for an entire week. After this the next step is to alternate the time that you wake up each day from normal to early. Wake up at your normal time the first day, and then 90 minutes early the next day.
What this does is cause your conscious mind to be more awake and alert on the days that you sleep normal because it is used to waking up 90 minutes earlier on all the previous days.
Wake Back to Bed Method
The WBTB method is simpler than the cycle adjustment technique and in my opinion it is more effective. This technique does not have to be performed every single day and can be done whenever you want to try and have a lucid dream.
The first step is to set your alarm and wake up after 6 hours of sleeping. Once you wake up you want to get out of bed and do something that keeps your brain active. You can check your emails, read a book, write in your dream journal or anything as long as your thought process is working. I would recommend that you don’t watch TV or perform any actions that a zombie could do. After you have been awake for about 30 minutes you want to go back to bed for at least another hour. This causes you to enter REM sleep after being in a fully conscious state making you more aware and alert in your dreams.
Role Playing Technique
This is one of my favorite techniques that works best for me. It works by making you become more aware of the dream world and tells your subconscious how to react once it enters that world. It also helps you visualize and think about becoming lucid which carries on into the dream world. It is a technique derived from other techniques but one that I have created myself.
The first thing that you want to do is scroll through your dream journal and pick one or two dreams that you remember very well and is still fresh in your head. As you are laying down to go to bed start to imagine that you are back in that dream. Close your eyes and picture everything happening just as it did when you were dreaming. Then after you imagine yourself in that dream exactly how it happened, imagine that all of a sudden you became lucid. Say out loud, “Hey this is just a dream!” After that keep imagining that you are still in the dream fully lucid and aware, experience everything you would want to if you were really lucid dreaming. You should keep imagining this until you fall asleep. This is a visualization technique that works very well and trains your mind to expect having this experience.
The Ace Technique
This is another technique that I have invented. After you have learned the other techniques you should then move on to trying out this technique. If you are truly wanting to lucid dream then this method is your door into the lucid dream world. This is the method that I use to induce my lucid dreams. I do it about once or twice a week and I experience it almost every single time.
The first thing is to preplan the night before that you are going to lucid dream no matter what. I recommend that you go to bed a half hour early in order to prepare for it. The next thing that you want to do is set your alarm to wake you up after about 6 hours of sleep. Once you’re ready to go to bed spend the first 10-15 minutes doing nothing more than reading your dream journal. I would recommend that you read the dreams where you became lucid if you have had any yet.
The next step is to lie down and perform the role playing technique until you feel yourself falling asleep. Keep repeating to yourself over and over, “I am in a dream.” Repeat those words as long as it takes until you fall asleep. When your alarm clock goes off 6 hours later get up for at least 10 minutes. You should be able to remember at least one dream once you wake up and you can spend this time writing it down in your dream journal. After you have been awake for at least 10 minutes you should go back to bed listening to the Lucid Dreaming IsoBeats recording. Meditate on the sounds and as you drift off keep repeating the same words with emphasis, ‘I am in a dream’ over and over. Once you fall asleep you should enter into a dream within a few minutes and become fully lucid.
Take the time to learn all these techniques and I hope you enjoyed our guide on how to lucid dream.