In today’s article you’re going to learn everything you need to know about how to lucid dream tonight.
What is lucid dreaming? A lucid dream is a dream that one has, in which they are aware that they are dreaming.
Early 20th century Dutch writer Frederik Willem van Eeden coined the term ‘lucid dream,’ indicating a sense of mental clarity; as the word lucid comes from the Latin lucidus “light, clear.” It is also called ‘conscious dreaming.’
The subconscious mind and dreaming
The subconscious mind is a part of consciousness that lies under the conscious mind.
It is affected by subliminal stimuli (“below threshold”), which is any stimuli incapable of being perceived as it is below one’s threshold of consciousness.
To put it easier, your subconscious deals with thoughts, beliefs, memories, skills, experiences and images that it has stored in your mind without you being aware of it ever having done so.
The thoughts that are most prominent are thoughts that you constantly feed.
Dreaming is the process of your conscious mind taking a rest as your subconscious mind takes over. Your subconscious simply recollects you’re most prominent thoughts or memories, which could be memories from years ago, and arranges them into a dream.
The thoughts you think about most are the ones you put the most importance on and vice versa.
This is why your dreams will sometimes seem completely random, not knowing that that random part of your dream could’ve been something your subconscious stored and you weren’t aware of it.
Your subconscious mind stores everything but needs practice in recalling.
Why lucid dream?
Other than the fact that lucid dreaming is really fun and exciting, lucid dreaming can benefit you in many ways.
Lucid dreaming can relieve stress, guilt, social pressures, fear, and it also boosts creativity, problem solving skills and practical skills.
Because you are not limited in any way physically or creatively in a dream, you can play out scenarios in a dream to help deal with problems you are experiencing in reality.
For example, a person who fears heights can lucid dream to play out a scenario where they are falling from a considerable height but they have complete control, manipulating boundaries and going outside the limitations of reality, thereby allowing themselves to feel more comfortable about and dissolve their fear of heights.
A person with a fear of public speaking can create a setting where they are publicly speaking and, because they know it’s just a dream; will feel completely comfortable in the situation and will overcome their fear.
In a dreaming state your brain can make connections out of the things you experience, allowing for muscle memory, which can be carried on into the state of wakefulness.
This allows you to experiment with and enhance your creativity (music, arts, ideas etc.), practicality (physical skills) and logic (reasoning, mathematics etc.).
While dreaming your imagination has no limitation; you can do whatever you want in a lucid dream. Why not take control of it?
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How to lucid dream tonight:
Because your dream is run by your subconscious, you can incorporate subliminal stimuli into your everyday life which will recur in your dreams.
How do you utilize this to help lucid dreaming? Well, you can make a habit of doing reality checks throughout the day.
A reality check is a simple ritual that you can create in which you question whether you’re in a dream state or not. The simplest reality check you can do is to ask yourself; “Am I dreaming?”
Other reality checks can include gestures that will make you question whether the world you’re in is real or not.
For example; you can stick your finger of one hand into the palm of the other and imagine it going through your hand, the idea being that in a dream your finger can go through your hand.
The more you repeat reality checks, the more your subconscious will pick up on them and form a habit of it, incorporating them into the dream world.
You can repeat the reality check as many times as you like. Remember, the more you repeat your reality checks, the easier your subconscious will pick up on it.
The most important way of increasing your ability to lucid dream is to keep a dream journal (1).
A dream journal is a journal you keep by the side of your bed so that when you wake up, you can write (or draw) in the journal, in as much detail as you can in hopes of remembering your dream.
Doing this increases your ability for dream recall and tells your brain that dreaming is important.
It’s best to add a date to each dream to help you keep track of which dreams you had when and to see the change in your dreams and experiment with them.
The best method of remembering your dreams is to stay in the same position you wake up in and try to remember, not thinking too hard, as much as you can of the dream, then write or draw it in your journal.
Don’t worry if you don’t remember your dream, it comes with practice. The more you do it the more you will start remembering.
Meditation helps a great deal when trying to achieve lucidity. You can meditate during the day, for a half hour or so, or before you fall asleep.
While meditating, keep your mind focussed on achieving lucid dreams. Listen to binaural beats while you meditate as they can help achieve a state of relaxation.
Some binaural beats also contain triggers that will assist you in performing your reality checks.
Methods of achieving lucidity
There are a few different ways you can induce lucid dreams.
The dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD)
This method makes use of reality checks most significantly. Fall asleep as you normally would. While in the middle of a dream your subconscious will perform a reality check, if it already has become a habit, which will induce lucidity.
The mnemonic induction of lucid dreaming (MILD)
- Set an alarm to wake you up 2/3 of the way into your sleep
- Remember as much as you can of your dream
- Get into a relaxed state
- Repeat to yourself, “I am aware that I am dreaming”
- Repeat this until your subconscious picks it up, around 10 minutes
- Go back to sleep
The wake back to bed (WBTB)
- Set an alarm to wake you up 2/3 of the way into your sleep
- When you have woken up, meditate for 30-40 minutes, focusing on only lucidity Go back to sleep using the last half of the MILD method
The wake initiated lucid dream (WILD)
- Lie down on your bed
- Get comfortable and relax
- Put headphones on and listen to Delta binaural beats to help you fall asleep Repeat to yourself, “I am aware that I am dreaming”
- When you feel yourself falling asleep hold on to your awareness, which should then carry over into your dream
How to prolong lucidity
The first time you have a lucid dream, you can get too excited.
This can cause you to wake up right after becoming lucid. However, there are a few ways to keep yourself from waking up after achieving lucidity. The most important thing to remember is to keep absolutely calm.
Use these methods to prolong lucidity;
- Repeat your reality checks
- Spin around
- Fall backwards
- Do math problems
- Rub your hands together
- Stare at your hands, focusing on the details of your hand
- Yell something relevant i.e. “Clarity now!”
One of the best methods to use is the anchoring method; which is creating a habit out of a gesture that has certain intent. This will anchor you in your dream.
The anchoring method
During the day, while meditating, create some simple gesture that you repeat when you are feeling completely calm and confident, and tell yourself that that gesture means you are completely calm and confident.
Feel that you are calm and confident.
After doing this a few times, repeat the gesture every time you do your reality checks, make sure you tell yourself and feel that you are completely calm and confident each time.
Here’s an example;
- Achieve a state of relaxation through meditation
- While completely relaxed, think back to a time when you were completely calm and confident As this is happening, gently rub your fingertip of one hand against the palm of your other hand Visualize yourself being completely calm and confident and tell yourself that this gesture means that you are calm and confident
- Pour the energy of those feelings into the gesture
- Do this for enough time, about 10 minutes, and your subconscious will pick up on it.
- Repeat this process as many times as you want, daily.
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Guide for the beginner
For those who are just starting on the path of lucid dreaming, I have put a guide to follow each day, which will help kick start your experiences.
Follow this guide and when you have become comfortable enough, you can create your own reality checks, your own methods and your own techniques to induce lucid dreaming.
Here are the steps to follow;
Step 1 – Dream Journal
Upon awakening, write down everything you can remember about any dreams you had during your sleep cycle.
If you don’t remember, don’t give up. It takes time and practice when trying to achieve lucid dreams.
Sometimes, during the day, you might randomly remember parts of a dream. Write down anything you can remember or make notes on an electronic device that you keep with you so that you can fill in your dream journal when you arrive home.
Step 2 – Meditation
Begin the day with 10 minutes of meditation (2). Be sure to focus only on achieving lucidity in your dreams. Repeat to yourself, “I am dreaming,” to stimulate your subconscious.
Step 3 – Reality checks
Include more than one reality check to repeat throughout the day. A good combination would be;
- Ask yourself, “Am I dreaming?”
- Rub your palms together to create a small amount of heat and friction Repeat, “Am I dreaming?”
- Count to five with your fingers, doing so on each hand.
- Repeat, “Am I dreaming?”
- Try a solving math problem
- Repeat, “Am I dreaming?”
- Place the tip of your pointing finger into the opposite hand’s palm. Push as if you intend for your finger to go through you hand. Tell yourself, “If I am dreaming, my finger will go through my hand,” this will make your finger go through your hand in a dream.
Repeat this 50 times throughout the day.
Alternatively, you can draw a symbol or make a note on your hand, or somewhere you look frequently, to remind you to do your reality checks.
Step 4 – Meditation
Find a time during the day to do some meditation. You won’t need any more than a half hour; maybe you can do this during a lunch break.
Sit in a comfortable position where there won’t be any distractions with a device that has internet connection. Plug earphones in and find a video on YouTube of binaural beats with a lucid dreaming induction.
If you do not have internet connection, you can find a quite spot where you can do your meditation.
Breathe deep, focussing only on lucidity and performing a few reality checks throughout you meditation.
This is the time you will want to use the anchoring method. While in a relaxed state, try to think back to a situation you were completely calm and confident in.
Let that feeling absorb you as much as possible; feel the feeling.
As you visualize and feel the feelings, rub the tip of your index finger on your thumb in gentle, circular motions. Do this on both hands. While doing this, tell yourself that that gesture means you are completely calm and confident.
Focus on pouring the energy of your feelings into the gesture. Feel that the gesture makes you calm and confident. Repeat this 2-3 times. After having done this, include this gesture with your reality checks you do throughout the day.
Remember to tell yourself you are completely calm and confident each time you do it but most importantly, feel completely calm and confident when you do it.
Step 5 – Sleeping
On the first few nights trying to achieve a lucid dream, perform the WBTB or MILD method to help achieve lucidity. This step is not necessary but will help you in achieving lucidity, especially if you are a beginner.
Step 6 – Repetition
Repeat the cycle of steps 1-5 daily.
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