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How To Lucid Dream: A Definite Guide

When put into its simplest terms, lucid dreaming involves realizing that you are dreaming while in a dream. Ever wanted to fly around like a superhero? then keep reading because you can; in fact, you can have any thought you want instantly transformed into the reality around you (while dreaming, of course.)

With enough practice, you too can take control of your dream world and do anything you want within it; the only limits are your imagination. Now this will not happen overnight, lucid dreaming requires a lot of dedication and practice. However, I would say that the efforts are worth it to literally become the god of your own world while sleeping, wouldn’t you? Here are four basic steps to get you started on your own dreaming adventures. I will call this the Janderson method, giving credit to where I got the inspiration to lucid dream.

Step 1: Dream Recall

Everyone has multiple dreams every night while they are sleeping. However, the majority of people do not remember them, because they have not trained themselves to do so.

Sleep is divided into five separate stages, and almost all dreaming occurs during the fifth period, also known as REM (rapid eye movement). One REM cycle lasts 90 minutes, and is characterized by increased brain waves, rapid and shallow breathing, muscles relaxing, an increased heart rate, and of course the rapid movement of the eyes while they are closed. The brain waves increase to the same levels as when you are awake, which makes sense as to why dreaming occurs during REM. The average person experiences three to five REM cycles each night while they are sleeping.

The first step is to increase the amount of dreams which you remember each night, and to do so you need to start a dream journal.

Each time you wake up during the night, it means that a REM cycle has just ended. Lay perfectly still, and focus on remembering the details of what you just dreamed about. Once you have an idea, write down EVERYTHING that you remember in a notebook, your phone, or your computer. Once this becomes a habit, you will start to have and actually remember more dreams every night. The key is to immediately become aware of when you wake up, and write down your dream. Most people, when they wake up, instantly try to fall back asleep, or start to think of other things which is why they never remember their dreams. Once you master this you will start to have (and remember) upwards of six to eight dreams per night.

Step 2: Reality Checks

So how are you supposed to actually notice you are dreaming? You need to start asking yourself multiple times per day “is this a dream?” Take it seriously, and deeply question the reality around you.

Pay close attention to your surroundings: what do you see? hear? feel? does everything seem to be normal? This is key to developing awareness, which is an important step to having lucid dreams. Most people never become lucid dreamers because they go through life on autopilot, never questioning what is going on at the time. This habit carries over into dreams, which is why people don’t remember them. If you just accept everything that happens in your waking life, you will accept everything, no matter how strange, that happens in your dreams as well. How can you know for sure if you’re dreaming, if you never know for sure that you’re awake?

This is a list of many reality checks you can perform to check if you are dreaming:

• Look at your hands, they will seem strange while you are dreaming.
• Plug your nose and try to breath, if you are dreaming you will still be able to breath.
• Look at a clock, look away, and look back. If the time instantly changes (by more than a minute), you are dreaming.
• Jump, and if you are dreaming you will notice that you fall slowly, or sometimes not at all.
• Try to flip a light switch, nothing will happen if you are in a dream.
• Try to remember exactly how you go to where you are at this moment. If you are dreaming it won’t make sense and you won’t remember.
• Nothing electronic, like your phone or your watch, will ever work correctly within a dream.

Pick one, or a couple things from this list and perform it multiple times per day.

Step 3: Dream Stabilization

Congratulations, you will now find yourself becoming lucid while having dreams. However, if you become too excited, that lucidity will disappear as quickly as it came. Dream stabilization is exactly what it sounds like, trying to stabilize a lucid dream. You should perform these techniques as soon as you realize you are dreaming.

Immediately when you realize you are in a dreaming, stop everything. Relax and focus; when you have a grounded, confident, and focused frame of mind, it gives you a stable base to begin your lucid dream. This results in more dream control and clarity as well.

It is also very important to stop yourself from waking up. If at any point at all during your dream you feel it ‘fading’, there are some techniques to bring you back to your dream world.

Rub your hands together. This will stimulate your senses and bring your attention back to your dream.
Spin around in a circle. This will bring back clarity to the dream and instantly make your surroundings more vivid. Sometimes you will even end up in a completely different environment.

Step 4: Dream Control

Now that you have mastered the basics, it is time to have fun. This is the best part of lucid dreaming, and makes all the previous steps worth it.

Whenever you want to do something in a dream, you have to know and believe that what you are about to do will happen. You need to realize that the rules of the real world do not apply. A good example of this is in the Matrix. When Neo is first introduced to the matrix world, his mind is still stuck in the ‘real’ world. In order to make that huge jump, he had to do as Morpheus said and “free his mind” to believe and know that he could make the jump. In a dream there are no laws of physics or gravity, you create your own laws.

Don’t try to fly, KNOW you can fly. The only limitation is that you still believe gravity exists in this world, and it doesn’t. Then take off!

A good method to get what you want in a lucid dream is through the power of expectation. For example, let’s say you’ve always wanted to meet a celebrity. Now if you were in a house in your dream and you were lucid, you need to imagine that this particular celebrity will be in that room. Don’t wonder if they will be there, KNOW and expect that they will be there like its a fact. Now open the door and they will be there. If you want a katana, reach around your waist and pull it out. I do this because I find that pulling things from outside your line of sight is easier than making them appear out of thin air.

Now that you are a master of lucid dreaming, have fun. Share your experiences in the comments section!

Author: Janderson21

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  • good post, you condensed the information well! I like your posts, they are instructive and quick! Keep going!

  • Vanya says:

    -Look at your hands, they will seem strange while you are dreaming.
    -Plug your nose and try to breath, if you are dreaming you will still be able to breath.
    -Look at a clock, look away, and look back. If the time instantly changes (by more than a minute), you are dreaming.
    -Jump, and if you are dreaming you will notice that you fall slowly, or sometimes not at all.
    -Try to flip a light switch, nothing will happen if you are in a dream.
    -Try to remember exactly how you go to where you are at this moment. If you are dreaming it won’t make sense and you won’t remember.
    -Nothing electronic, like your phone or your watch, will ever work correctly within a dream.

    Sorry, but this the way you’ve worded this is incredibly wrong… I know from personal experience that heaps of what you said is false… You’ve worded it it incorrectly.

    If you look at your hands they will NOT ALWAYS be strange while you are dreaming. Light switches can also work in dreams. You’re brain can make up exactly how you got to where you are, and electronics can work perfectly normally in dreams…

    Just because those things SOMETIMES don’t work, doesn’t mean that it is a ‘fact’ that they don’t work..

    It’s good that you mentioned awareness, as that really is the key, but RC’s aren’t always how you said they were… Just saying..

    If it’s possible I think you should change it. Say something more along the lines of this: “When performing a reality check, expect it to work (i.e. expect it to do what it’s not meant to in real life), so actually EXPECT that you will be able to breathe with your nose plugged, or for the time to change when you look back at a clock, or that your phone won’t work correctly, or when you jump you will fall slowly… If you don’t do it with an expectation, then your mind will get used to it not working (i.e. everything acting normally) that it will be the same in your dreams. If you get into this habit it will be very hard to get out of it..”

    But overall a good guide! :)

    • Kratos says:

      Thanks for the feedback, you are correct that you should EXPECT your reality check to work (when it wouldn’t in real life). This is represented well in the movie Inception. Anyone attempting to lucid dream should take this into consideration.

  • Tia says:

    I researched dreams in grade 6 for a science project. Have been lucid dreaming ever since.

    The only “reality check” I use is pinching myself. I pinch myself before I go to bed (when I can feel the pain) and then once I start dreaming and pinch myself in the dream, I can’t feel the pain.

    Love your suggestions on how to continue the dream if it starts fading. Haven’t heard those before so will definitely try those out. Thank you!

  • William Frazier says:

    I was reading this while listening to the Inception soundtrack. When I got to Dream Stabilization, that was when the track Dream is Collapsing played. Had to make sure I wasn’t in a dream already lol. But this article is great. In fact this entire site is amazing. Going to try this along with the 16 daily things and the Warrior Diet.

  • Jimmy Rustles says:

    Brah this is quickly becoming my favorite site, Im mirin. Thanks for these articles will keep reading, along with implementing many of them

  • OhManManMan says:

    Just discovered your blog.
    I already plan or working on a few of your cycles for a better
    Sleep, Dreaming and Better Lifestyle
    Thats if I ever stop reading, been on the site for a few hours now.

  • Max says:

    This is cool. Always wanted to know, how to dream lucid. How long those it take, from the first reality check to the first lucid dream?


  • cma033 says:

    im gonna be trying this and seeing if i can get it to work for me so, lets hope i can get dreaming soon

  • Pendulam says:

    I have been lucid-dreaming unknowingly in my past and I can share that it is a wonderful feeling. You just kick in the air and you start flying and the moment you realize that it can’t be true in reality that is when the fun begins.

    One of these times I was going somewhere to attempt some examination in my dreams. All along the way I was confused as to when did my college start holding their exams at outside centers in the city. I got late for the exam and by the time I reached there, it was over. I was feeling a little odd about the whole situation, so I started analyzing things a little and I realized it was actually a dream. I just somehow managed to not wake up and then did some real crazy stuff after that.

    I sometimes try hard to dream lucidly but I didn’t really have a method to help me with that. This post gives some interesting suggestions. I’ll try to implement them. Thanks! :)

  • SHILPI says:

    Can you please tell that is it good to have lucid dreams.
    I often have lucid dreams.
    Sometimes in morning I feel like I have been working all night.

    • Achshei says:

      good or bad solely depends on what sole purpose yu have before performing lucid dreaming (with or without awareness). lucidity along with intentions, works more powerfully, but occurs slowly. But once it start occurring, yu will find the impact of those dreams ( frankly speaking, those aren’t dreams ) in real life too. now, will it be good, or bad, as i said, it depends on the intention behind lucid dreaming.
      (astral projectionist for past 20 years)

      :- any doubts – contact me at achshey@gmail.com

  • John says:

    I learned lucid dreaming with this!

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