How to Lucid Dream

The benefits of lucid dreaming are many. Maybe you’ve heard this and are wondering how to lucid dream. The truth is that how to lucid dream looks a little different for everyone, since no two minds are alike. There are lots of different tried and true techniques for how to lucid dream that can be helpful for different lucid dreamers.

Since I mostly speak from experience, I’ll let you in on the secrets that helped me most in my quest for learning how to lucid dream. These are obviously not the only techniques that can teach you how to lucid dream, but they happen to be some of my favorites and the most useful for me. Here are a few different techniques you can use for learning how to lucid dream:

First, keep a dream journal. There’s just something about writing things down that makes them seem more solid and real. When you’re learning how to lucid dream, it’s imperative that you first remember your dreams. I like picking out a slim journal I can keep with me, and I like keeping it innocuous looking just so it doesn’t make other people curious because I tend to carry it all day. Other people prefer really cool-looking journals with intricate covers that seem to invite them to write inside. Either way is fine, but keeping a dream journal is essential for most lucid dreamers.

When you start out, you may not have a lot to write about. Just write whatever you can remember as soon as you wake up – don’t wait or you might lose important details. Then, if you remember snippets of your dreams or even just emotional reactions to them throughout the day, jot down those notes too. Writing dreams down can improve memory recall, which is why it’s so important in learning how to lucid dream.

Next, do reality checks. There are as many ways to do reality checks as there are lucid dreamers. I personally like wearing a digital watch. Normally I have it on in dreams because it’s so much a part of my everyday life. In my dreams, my watch tells time differently or acts strangely, so that’s my reality check. If it’s working normally, I know I’m awake, and if it’s not, I’m pretty sure I’m dreaming.

The key with reality checks is to actually do them throughout the day. You need to get your subconscious mind into the habit of performing reality checks. Otherwise, you won’t remember to do them during dreams because your conscious mind won’t be awake to prompt you to do them.

Finally, figure out what works best for you. There are literally hundreds of techniques to help induce and control lucid dreams. I certainly can’t say which ones will work best for you. Personally, when I was learning how to lucid dream, I found MILD – mnemonic induced lucid dreaming – to be one of the best techniques. There’s just something about telling myself something over and over again that makes it more likely to actually happen. MILD is still one of my favorite techniques, and now I even use it in combination with self hypnosis, which makes it more effective.

Another technique I really like is RILD – reward induced lucid dreaming. My mind and body really like getting rewarded when I succeed in having a lucid dream. I don’t always use that technique now, since I’d gain so much weight from my chocolate rewards! But if I’m going through a rough time and I need a push on the road for how to lucid dream, I’ll go back to this fun and valuable technique.

And lastly, if you’re looking to bring your brainwaves down to a state more susceptible to achieving lucidity, you may want to give the Lucid Dreaming MP3 a try.

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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