How to Shapeshift

Shapeshifting in lucid dreams is one of the ways in which you can have a great time with your dreams. It’s also one way to conquer your fears, since you can become what you fear or the enemy of what you fear and lessen your fear of it. Another reason to shapeshift is to make things like flying and breathing underwater simpler and more natural in your dreams.

As with other types of lucid dreaming adventures, lucid dreamers from around the world have formed various opinions on how to make shapeshifting easier in your dreams. The first step, of course, is to become lucid during your dreams. There are many ways to do this, but it’s best to have some experience doing it before you try to shapeshift, as dream control is simpler once you’ve established a solid ability to induce lucid dreams.

Also, you need to believe that you have the ability to do whatever you want in your lucid dreams, including shapeshift. Willing and believing that something will happen is essential to controlling your dreams, no matter what you want to do.

Popular Ways to Shapeshift

While there are as many methods for shapeshifting as there are lucid dreamers who try to turn into something else during their dreams, there are a few methods that are more popular than others. You might start with these methods, and then find that a modified version of one of them works best for you. In the process of working on shapeshifting, you might even discover that you come up with a totally unique method that’s all your own.

Here are three popular techniques for shapeshifting in lucid dreams:

  • Make a Mirror. One of the main tools people use for shapeshifting in lucid dreams is a mirror. One option is to look into a mirror, change your body shape in a mirror, and then jump or walk through the mirror. When you come out on the other side, you’ll be the thing you’ve shapeshifted into.Some people like to use the mirror kind of like an artist’s canvas. They’ll use their hand – or other tools, if necessary – to paint or sculpt themselves a new shape in the mirror. When they get done, they’ll be the shape they’ve come up with in the mirror. Your body can be like paint or like dough in this case, depending on what you prefer.
  • Potions and Magic Items. Sometimes you can use an outside influence to change. Imagine that on a table or in the next room there’s a pill or potion that can magically transform you into what it is that you want to be. This can help you believe more fully that you’ll become what you want to be. It’s a helpful technique for beginners who don’t like the mirror method, particularly.
  • Just Do It. Some people find it helpful to simply become what they want to be. For some, this means envisioning changes in all the major parts of the body section by section. For others, it means simply knowing that you’re going to become something and then becoming it. For instance, you might say “I’m going to become a cardinal,” and then jump into the air so you start flying and automatically become a cardinal.

One of the problems with shapeshifting for some, however, is that it can also lead to a change of scenery. You might have to become more adept at it before you can keep this from happening. You can always shapeshift, as well, and then practice teleporting back to where you want to be, though this may be too much dream control at first.

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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