Jumping

Jumping can be a great way to stabilize your dreams when things start to get fuzzy or when you start to feel yourself waking up. Like spinning around and shaking your head, this kinetic technique is useful particularly for kinetic learners. When you practice jumping, you’re essentially grounding yourself further in the dream by making you feel your dream body rather than the physical body that’s lying in your bed.

This particular technique can take all sorts of life of its own. You can jump through things or over things, or you can just do some small hops to get your dream body moving again. Jumping can also be a good way of interacting with the environment, which can be a very helpful stabilization technique.

Whether you’re just phasing into a dream and starting to get it stabilized, or have been in the dream for a while and are starting to lose the details, this stabilization technique can be helpful. As with many other stabilization and dream control techniques, though, when you’re using this one, you might want to learn about a few tips about it before you start using it in your dreams.

Here are a few things I’ve learned about the jumping stabilization technique in my own experience and by talking to other lucid dreamers who like using this technique to stabilize their dreams:

Move deliberately. Any time you’re using any sort of kinetic technique, such as jumping, spinning around, or shaking your head, it’s normally best to move slowly and deliberately rather than quickly or wildly. While some people have good luck with moving randomly and quickly, most lucid dreamers I’ve spoken with say that kinetic techniques like jumping work best for them when they’re moving intentionally. If they move too quickly or erratically, they can actually end up waking themselves up rather than increasing or prolonging lucidity.

Experiment with different types of jumping. With the jumping technique, there are so many different options that you’ll probably have to play around to see what works best with you. Try launching yourself over a building for an exhilarating experience that might re-ground you in the dream. Another option is to jump some small hops in place while concentrating on your surroundings. This can simply put more feeling back into your dream body and help you stabilize the dream quickly.

If you want to stabilize your dream while launching into a new dreamscape, you can also try jumping through a hole or a door while imagining a new dreamscape. It’s not a great idea to try this dream control technique when your dream is quickly de-stabilizing, but if you’re just starting to get a bit fuzzy around the edges, a new dreamscape can help you re-establish detail and stabilize your dream.

Add in other techniques. As with most techniques, the jumping dream stabilization technique can actually be more effective when combined with other stabilization techniques, including shouting, “Increase lucidity.” This can just establish your intention to increase your lucidity and make almost any technique more effective.

Be mindful. The key to making any stabilization technique work is to be mindful while you’re practicing it. Focus on really experiencing your dreamscape and being a part of your dream world, and any technique will become more effective than it would be otherwise.

As with other stabilization techniques, jumping can be a great thing for many lucid dreamers to use. However, it may not work for everyone. But once you’ve started becoming lucid, you don’t need to worry about techniques potentially disrupting your dream further. Eventually, you’ll figure out which stabilization techniques work for you so you can stay more lucid for longer.

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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