Dream Stabilization

Dream stabilization is an essential technique for beginning lucid dreamers to learn. If you don’t learn dream stabilization, you’re likely to become frustrated by constantly waking yourself up before you can really accomplish anything in your lucid dream.

The reason beginners often have trouble with dream stabilization is that emotions get in the way. You perform a reality check, realize you’re dreaming, and become lucid for one of the first times ever. Then, you get excited and start trying to rush around the dream, fearing you’ll wake up.

Remember that anything you believe in a dream will become true. So if you’re afraid and believe you’re going to wake up soon, then you probably will. Instead of taking this approach, it’s important to calm and focus your mind, believing that you have all the time in the world to do what you want in your dream.

One thing to note if you’re a beginning lucid dreamer is that you should try dream stabilization techniques and get the hang of them before you start trying dream control techniques. I know, the point is to start controlling your dreams, and you want to jump to that. This, though, can just cause you more problems! The more control you try to take before you’re ready, the less stable your dreams will become, and the more likely you’ll be to wake up too soon.

I, for instance, didn’t have any long lucid dreams until I’d been able to become lucid about six times. Finally, on the seventh lucid dream, I remembered what I’d learned about dream stabilization. I focused and relaxed, and I looked at my hands while rubbing them together. I talk about specific techniques in other dream stabilization blogs, but for now, just know that these techniques were what worked for me.

Still, though, it took me a while to really get the hang of dream stabilization techniques. I spent a couple months’ worth of lucid dreams just working on keeping my dreams stable. After I really had these techniques down, I figured out how to start dream control. But I could only effectively control my dreams after I learned how to stabilize them. This will most likely be the case for you, too.

Basics of Dream Stabilization

Essentially, stabilizing your dreams involves physical movement within the dream or interacting with your environment. These are the most effective techniques for me, although there are a few others that are noted elsewhere on this blog.

Techniques like rubbing your hands together, spinning around, and shaking your head can be helpful. Physical movements help you really place yourself in the dream, and remembering to move yourself physically calms you down, too. These are my favorite types of techniques, but you can also just start walking around and interacting with your environment.

The key to dream stabilization is to make yourself really inhabit the dream. This involves not taking control of the dream too soon, but rather, experiencing it for what it is. Sometimes, dream stabilization will be easier than others. Some days you’ll have a hard time getting your dreams to stabilize at all, and others, it will be easy and you can start taking control right away.

In general, more experienced lucid dreamers are more confident in their ability to stabilize a dream, which means they can get their dreams stabilized more quickly and efficiently. If you’re beginning, the key is to believe in yourself and try out different techniques until you figure out what consistently works for you. Over time, you’ll probably use a few favorite dream stabilization techniques, and you’ll make your dreams more stable in no time flat.

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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