Sep 9 2011

How to Lucid Dream, or Trials and Errors of Me

Imagine a night life filled with fun and impossible things. Flying, visiting countries you have only seen once, overcoming fears. We use a quarter of our life sleeping, so why not make that time more exciting? I am going to try this through lucid dreaming. I have always been interested in the benefits of it. So I am going to put it to a thirty day trial. I am going to make it a goal to start lucid dreaming in the next thirty days. I will blog about my progress and my methods! We will have to see how this goes. If you want to learn how to lucid dream then follow along and hopefully I can stumble over the mistakes so you don’t have to make them yourself.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

Lucid Dreaming is ability to be awake within a dream. You are conscious that you are in a dream and once this happens then you have the ability to control the aspects of the dream. So, you can live out fantasies in your dreams because you get to control what happens.

What is the use of Lucid Dreaming?

As I have listed before. In a lucid dream you can do whatever you want! But some other possible uses of Lucid Dreaming is:


  • Performance: If you need to review test material, then do it in a dream. You can practice your dancing in a dream. Or you could even do practice a sport.

  • Overcoming Fears: Shy? Practice talking to strangers in dreams. Want to ask someone out in a lucid dream? Go through the motions and then when you actually do then you will have more confidence. If you are scared of heights, then fly high in your dreams.

  • Nightmares: If nightmares are a common occurrence in your nights then taking control might be a great solution. Once you know that you are in a nightmare then you have the ability to stop it and change it into a pleasant dream.

  • Problem Solving: Maybe you have some issue in your life that you need to overcome. Lucid dreaming can help you problem solve by giving you the ability explore your subconscious for solutions. You can focus on the problem fully and explore new ideas.

  • Health: Stress is a problem, and creating pleasant dreams will help you lessen your stress a bit. I have read that it can help you heal your body. I am not sure of its validity, but there are claims that lucid dreams allow people to overcome illness and disease faster. I might try to test this later in my study.



My journey through lucid dreaming

This is just a short list of the benefits, but even if just one of these benefits is true then that is enough reason for me to try it out. So I am going to conduct a thirty day study of lucid dreaming. I have only had one lucid dream that I can remember. This dream was when I was around 12 or 13. I didn’t know what was going on or that I could control the dream. I just found myself stuck in the dream without a way. I remember trying to pour water over my head in a vain attempt to exit the dream. I am excited to be able to control the dreams with my new found knowledge.


My Methods

I am mostly relying on the book Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life for information on how to start lucid dreaming. I will be documenting the process in this blog so that others can use it as a reference point when they begin to lucid dream.


Dream Recall

I need to increase my dream recall so I will start keeping a dream journal and focusing on remember dreams every night. I will record dreams in the morning when I awake. Once I can remember at least one or two dreams a night consistently then I will begin only recording dreams that stand out and lucid dreams.



Reality Checks

Well, this could be a dream. So I am going to be do reality checks multiple times a day to get in the habit. It sounds crazy to have to reality checks, but dreams seem so real until you do a reality check. One way is to check a watch and then check it again. If the time is different that is a sign of a dream. This works with books also. If the content changes, then it is a dream. You can also try use reason. Are you flying? Yup a dream. So on. Other reality checks: Check for abnormalities, such as on your body.



Intention

I am going to repeat over and over I will have a lucid dream to myself before going to sleep. I will continue to this night after night until I achieve three lucid dreams. This intention will help me to focus on becoming lucid in a dream. I am hoping it will remind me to do reality checks so that I can become lucid.


Emergency Measures

If I have not had a lucid dream after two weeks then I will begin waking myself up 5-7 hours after falling asleep and then staying awake for 30 minutes. After being awake I will go back to sleep. This has a high percentage of success to inducing lucid dreams. I do not want to resort to this because it is not sustainable and my girlfriend might kill me for waking her up.


I am excited to have my first self-induced lucid dream! I have big plans for self-improvement with lucid. I want to see how far I can take it. Let’s see. Now it is late, so I am off to bed to pursue a lucid dream

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  1. as said:

    cool post…

    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:58 am

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