Conscious Dreaming

Conscious dreaming – also known as lucid dreaming – is essentially when you know that you’re dreaming as you’re doing it. Many people unintentionally experience conscious dreaming at different points in their lives. It’s particularly common during short naps, periods of wakefulness at night, and even during illness.

At first, conscious dreaming often just means you know you’re dreaming, but you still can’t really control your dreams. As you get better at intentionally using conscious dreaming, though, you can actually start to take some control over your dreams. Thousands of people around the world practice conscious dreaming on a regular basis, as it’s a great way to escape the worries of life, to work out personal problems, or to explore the inner workings of your own mind.

Start conscious dreaming

You can begin lucid dreaming any time you want to put in the work to learn how to do it. Conscious dreaming comes more easily for some than for others. Some people, for instance, have conscious dreams without even trying, and may even have some level of control in these dreams. Others, though, will need to use a variety of techniques to become conscious during their dreams and particularly to practice control of their dreams.

One of the best ways to start conscious dreaming is by doing reality checks. Basically, you pick a symbol, person, or place that is often featured in your dreams. When you see that thing in real life, you do a reality check. Check a digital clock, look away, and check it again. If the time hasn’t changed in a weird way, you’re probably awake, but if it has, you’re probably dreaming. Another popular reality check is to pinch your nose and try to breathe through it. If you can still breathe, you’re obviously in a dream.

Doing reality checks during the day means you’re more likely to do them during a dream. Then, obviously, you might discover you’re dreaming, which can lead to conscious dreaming. As you get better at doing reality checks, you’ll practice conscious dreaming more often.

At first, you should just observe your dreams to see how they go. After you get better at becoming conscious during your dreams, you’ll be able to start practicing control techniques that will allow you to do all sorts of things. You can fly, or swim miles underwater, or become invincible, or face your greatest fears – all in your dreams!

One of my favorite things to do when conscious dreaming is to travel. I’ve been all over the world without leaving my bed or spending a dime in my dreams. As long as I know something about the place I’m going to, it’s as real as can be. Whatever details I don’t know, my brain just fills in for me, and that’s just fine with me!

Conscious dreaming can also be a great way to open windows into your own mind. Dreaming is, after all, part of your brain’s working out of the day’s learning and events. What comes up in your dreams is usually something you’re concerned about or have been thinking about during the day. So you can sometimes go back over problems – personal problems, work issues, even math problems – that you’ve worked on all day and find their solutions in your dreams. It’s certainly been done by many lucid dreamers before you.

There are all sorts of resources out there that can help you with conscious dreaming. And here, you’ll find all sorts of techniques that will help you get started on your journey towards amazing, fulfilling dreams.

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"The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation." - M. C. Escher