Conscious Daydreaming Exercise

The Conscious Daydreaming Exercise, or CDE, is a technique I created to help me with my Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams. It’s an exercise you can practice to help you always have full awareness of the fact that you are daydreaming. This conditioned mindful awareness during the waking state will transfer over to the sleeping state, and you’ll become lucid much more often when dreaming at night.

The main goal of the Conscious Daydreaming Exercise is to apply the aspects and intentions of your daydreams to your nightly dreams. It sort of serves as a prelude that will affect the actions, environtment, plot, and overall mood of the actual dream you’ll have the same night. By practicing this daydreaming exercise on a daily asis, you are able to control any aspect of your dreams.

This exercise is best used right when you’re about to drift off to dreamland, or in tandem with Wake Back to Bed. Just continue daydreaming as you’re dozing off to sleep. Feel free to daydream about anything that crosses your mind, but try to daydream about actually being in a lucid dream. Don’t let your mind wander off too far into the daydream, because you want to remember the fact that you are dreaming every 15 seconds or so. Try to strive for a continual state of awareness that you’re daydreaming, so that this habit will cause you to become lucid during one of your actual sleeping dreams. Sooner or later, you’ll fall asleep and enter the dream world. This time, your nightly dream will share many of the aspects of your previous daydream, and you’ll remember to achieve lucidity.

You can improve your dream control by using CDE, too. Just practice stuff in your daydreams that you want to do during your lucid dreams. Practice things like teleportation, weightless flying, and shapeshifting get into an eagle. Practicing your dream control during your daydreams will aid you in thinking about the concept of maintaining lucidity in a real dream, and will strengthen your dream control during a fully lucid dream. You can also improve your dream control by modifying certain aspects of your daydream that you never usually think about modifying, such as turning one of the dream environment’s cloud into a giant apple.

The Conscious Daydreaming Exercise can also assist you in accomplishing lucid dream goals you’ve set for yourself. If during one of your daydreams you visualize yourself fulfilling a specific goal, you will significantly improve the likelihood of you accomplishing — or at least, trying to accomplish — that goal during an actual lucid dream. If one of your lucid dreaming goals is to successfully fly through the dreamscape, then you should practice flying in your daydreams. During your daydreams, don’t just visualize yourself accomplishing a goal. Visualize the means by which you’re going to accomplish it, and firmly believe in yourself that you’ll be successful. So, for example, you should first daydream about your arms turning into wings, and then gliding yourself off a mountain.

The Conscious Daydreaming Exercise can be used to influence the scenery of your nightly dreams, so that you can dream of specific vacation spots that you might want to visit. If you want your dream to be in outer space, all you have to do is visualize yourself flying about in space during your daydream, while paying attention to the imagined environment around you. Think tons of stars, nebulas, comets, asteroids, planets, and galaxies of all varying sizes. Concentrate on your senses, and concentrate on the visual details, in order to influence the scenery of your nightly lucid dreams.

To influence the plot, timeline, and events of your lucid dreams, all you need to do is to daydream about them. For example, if you plan to dream about going on an adventurous quest to discover ancient relics and forbidden treasures, just daydream your own story. Incorporate the scenery into the story, and imagine the plot as you wander into your daydream. Visualize all the significant events that you’d like to see take place in your nightly lucid dream. Try not to visualize anything you wouldn’t want appearing in your actual dreams, though. Such unpleasantries could establish themselves in your lucid dream and ruin the whole thing.

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