Lucid Dreaming Guide

A quick lucid dreaming guide can give you a good idea of how to start lucid dreaming. This lucid dreaming guide is based on my own personal experiences and may help you become lucid more easily in your dreams. If you’re looking for a more detailed lucid dreaming guide, check out specific articles on different lucid dreaming topics on this blog.

Step One: Dream Recall

Any lucid dreaming guide would be incomplete without discussion about dream recall. Learning to recall your dreams can make them more vivid every night and can help you pick out dream symbols that might induce lucidity at first. Recalling your dreams gets easier if you write down your dreams – everything you can remember about them – in a dream journal and review it frequently. Learning to have better dream recall can also help with dream interpretation, even before you start having lucid dreams.

Step Two: Reality Checks

Reality checks can help you distinguish whether you’re in reality or in a dream. You’ll actually want to start doing them during the day so your conscious and subconscious gets into the habit of doing them. It’s a good idea to do reality checks at certain times and when certain things come up during your day that also tend to factor into your dreams (i.e. a particular person, place, or item). That way, when those symbols pop up in your dreams, you’re more likely to do a reality check and to realize that you’re dreaming.

Step Three: Subconscious Priming

This lucid dreaming guide wouldn’t be complete without giving you an idea of how to prime your subconscious mind to have lucid dreams. There are several ways to do this. One is to use CDs and recordings that have subliminal messages related to lucid dreaming on them. These messages can help your subconscious mind get into lucid dreaming mode, and can be very helpful. You can also send yourself these messages through self-hypnosis as well as through repeating mnemonics as you fall asleep. Getting your subconscious mind ready for lucid dreaming is vital, and it makes you much more likely to wake up during your dreams.

Step Four: Brainwave Entrainment

Brainwave entrainment isn’t an essential part of a basic lucid dreaming guide, but it can be helpful. Brainwave entrainment is essentially a way of helping your brain, through audio signals, to get induce certain brainwave patterns. The unique pattern necessary for both dreaming and being conscious is an interesting one, and using brainwave entrainment recordings and CDs can make it much easier to get there.

Step Five: Becoming Lucid

The first time you become lucid, according to many a lucid dreaming guide, will probably not last very long. It’s easy to freak yourself out when you become lucid, causing you to wake up. Work on remaining calm, anchoring yourself in your dream, and focusing on the details around you. These things can often make you more lucid and help you stay in your dream for longer.

Step Six: Anchor Yourself

There are specific ways to anchor yourself in your dream once you become lucid. One option is to focus on tactile sensations, like rubbing your hands together or rubbing them on something in your dream environment. Whatever you do, you want to focus on the details of your dream. The more details you can have in mind, the more you’ll become entrenched in your dream, making everything more real and also making you less likely to wake up.

This quick lucid dreaming guide should give you an idea of how to get started in lucid dreaming. If you have questions about this lucid dreaming guide, you can probably find answers elsewhere on this site, where there are many other more detailed articles to check out.

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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