My first lucid dreams came naturally. Only later did I start to explore the meaning, basics and techniques of this practice. And practice it is if you want to become in control of your dreams and beyond.
I don’t get into it every night, but when I do I explore it to the max.
Was it a premonition? No. At no stage was I afraid of what was happening or what was going to happen. And this helped me start my own lucid dreaming journey. And I hope these tips and tricks may be of help to you too.
Lucid dreaming is being aware you are dreaming while dreaming. For first-time lucid dreamers, this usually happens due to a strange occurrence in the dream, such as flying or seeing a strange creature appear. Some first-time lucid dreamers are able to stay in this dream for a while, but many become disturbed and wake up from the dream.
If you are in a lucid dream, you will usually have some power over your dream- anything from being able to fly or making an object or room appear behind a door or inside a pocket, right up to being able to change into animals and manipulate your dream world. It is like being a director of your own movie. Through dream research, lucid dreams have been scientifically proven to exist.
Step #1: Improve Your Dream Recall
Go to your local bookstore and buy a nice journal which you will devote solely to capturing your dreams. Also purchase a book light which you can clip on to this journal, and a nice pen. Place your dream journal, pen, and book light close to your bed or under your pillow. Tell yourself that when you wake up the next morning, you will remember your dreams
Make a conscious effort to remember dreams before you go to sleep
As you’re falling asleep, suggest to yourself that you will wake up remembering your dreams. You can use a mantra (such as “I will remember my dreams”). Instead of putting intentional effort into the suggestion, try to genuinely expect to remember your dreams. Instead, try to genuinely expect to remember your dreams.
Upon awakening, stay in bed as long as possible and replay the dream in your mind
It is generally accepted by dream researchers that dreams are not remembered unless the dreamer awakens during a dream. Even after awaking during the dream, it is usually not remembered for long. Therefore, every time you wake up in the night, and the next morning, ask yourself, “What was I just dreaming?”
Write about the dream in a dream journal
Capture as much detail as possible, including the estimated time of the dream.
Extra info: How to Induce Lucid Dreaming
Step #2: Perform Reality Checks
Reality checks help bridge your waking life with your dream life. The habits of thought you have in your dreams are similar to those in your waking life. So by performing reality checks throughout the day, you will start performing this habit in your dreams as well, allowing you to discover you are dreaming.
Make sure you create a habit of performing reality checks in the morning when you wake up. This ensures that you did not have a false awakening (dream where you believe you are awake but are really still dreaming).
Extra info: Lucid dreaming changes us not only during the night
Step #3: Recognize the Dream-Like Nature of Life
You need to truly recognize the dream-like nature of life until the same recognition begins to manifest in the dream. This practice is even more important than your daily reality checks.
How do you do this recognize the dream-like nature of life?
1. When you wake up, you must think to yourself, “I am awake in a dream.”
2. When you eat breakfast, you must think to yourself, “This is dream food.”
3. You should continue this throughout your day, reminding yourself that “This is all a dream.”
This practice will help you build lucidity into your waking life, and begin to manifest it in your dream life.
Extra info: Lucid Dreaming is not a Product of Our Imagination
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