5 Steps to Lucid Dreaming

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A lucid dream is where you are aware that you are dreaming while it’s happening, and this gives you the ability to control what goes on during the dream. It can be great fun, and the ability to lucid dream can make people enjoy going to sleep more than ever. If, however, the ability has thus far eluded you, this guide should help you.

With just five steps, you should find that you can develop the ability to lucid dream.


1. Remember your dreams


We all dream every night, but many of us don’t remember what those dreams were. Before you go to bed at night, you should remind yourself that you need to remember what you dream. This puts the action of recall at the front of your mind, and should make it easier. It is also a great idea to make a record of your dreams as soon as you wake from them, as this means that you can read back over them and jog your memory. If you don’t want to write down your dreams, then you could record them in a voice memo on your phone.


2. Find ways to check if you’re dreaming


Reality checks are one of the best ways to tell whether you’re awake or if you’re dreaming, and performing these are key to lucid dreaming. To do this, you should try to do something that you wouldn’t normally be able to do, such as walk through a door without opening it. If you’re in a fully-wakened state, the idea of doing this will seem absurd; in a dreamlike state it may seem completely logical.


3. Relax with meditation


In order to lucid dream, you need to be completely relaxed and aware of your body, mind and feelings. Meditating regularly can help you to get into this habit, and doing it for even ten minutes per day can make a huge difference. One of the reasons that this can help you to lucid dream is because it can train you to influence your own mind to enter different states – and this is key to lucid dreaming.


4. Study lucid dreaming


There is no “right” way to lucid dream, and there are many different ways that people use to achieve it. For this reason, you will need to read through all of the ways that people choose that work for them, and try them for yourself. The more knowledge you have about the different ways, the more likely it is that one of them is going to work for you, and this means that you can look forward to lucid dreaming.


5. Be patient


If you expect to be able to have a lucid dream on the first night that you try, you are almost certain to be disappointed. It may take days, weeks, months or even years to be successful at it – and some people never manage it at all. You may find that you wake up as soon as you realise you’re dreaming, but this is something that should change with practice.


Having lucid dreams every night


Over time, provided you put the above steps into play, you should find that you are able to achieve the lucid dreams that you aim for, and this will have a great impact on your sleep experience. Before long you may find that you’re having lucid dreams every night without even meaning to, meaning fabulous adventures await and you’ll never be short of a talking point when someone asks: ‘Sleep well?!’

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