7 Steps To Begin Lucid Dreaming
A lucid dream is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. In relation to this phenomenon, Greek philosopher Aristotle observed: “often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream”.
As far as we know, the person who coined the term is Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik (Willem) van Eeden (1860–1932). In a lucid dream, the dreamer gains control over their the dream and can manipulate their imaginary experiences in the dream environment.
A lucid dream can begin in one of many ways. One technique that is becoming popular is listening to a lucid dream audiobook or audio file. The lucid dream audiobook puts you into a dream-like meditation state and guides you through the process. Other people use lucid dream goggles or masks specifically designed to help them reach their destination. A dream-initiated lucid dream starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream. A wake-initiated lucid dream occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness. The wake-initiated lucid dream occurs when the sleeper enters REM sleep with unbroken self-awareness directly from the waking state. If having a lucid dream is something you would like to try, it will require practice on your part for several nights. Here is the most successful way to induce it:
1. First off, you have to remember your ordinary dreams. You can stop saying, “I don’t dream.” Everybody dreams. There’s a simple way to remember your dreams:
Each night before drifting off, repeat the phrase ‘I will remember my dreams immediately after waking’. Say it over and over until you fall asleep, after a few days you will start to remember your ordinary dreams.
2. Write down your dreams. Some people keep a journal of all of their dreams. This will get you into the habit of remembering your ordinary dreams and to start looking for dream signs within your dreams. Its important to do this immediately after you wake up, as you most likely to forget what you dreamed about within an hour of getting out of bed.
3. Find the signs. A lot of your dreams will have things or people that could cue you to wake up in your dream. Try to pin-point what these are and write them down.
4. “Am I dreaming?” This is a popular question to ask your. Get in the habit of asking yourself even when you are definitely awake and the obvious answer is “no.” It’s important, even when you are sure you’re awake, to test it. When you are dreaming you cannot read text for longer than a few seconds, so try reading text to prove to yourself you are not dreaming.
5. Notice the world around you. Being consciously aware of what’s around you means looking around you and saying what you see, feel, hear, smell and touch and voicing it. If you start to consciously focus on the world around you, you will carry this over into the dream world.
6. When you have your first lucid dream, don’t get mad at yourself, but you will probably get so excited that you wake yourself up. It’s to be expected.
7. Learn how to spin in your dream. Dream spinning is when you feel you are losing control of your dream you mentally spin like a tornado to stay within your dream. This is focusing the mind on staying lucid.