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!