Doing mathematics has long been a popular way to increase lucidity in dreams. It works for a few different reasons. One is that basic math problems are already stored in your brain in an accessible location. You don’t have to think too hard to get math problems to work out in your dreamscape, but you also have to think a little bit. Plus, doing mathematics awakens that part of your brain that is the lucid part of you – the part that actively thinks and makes logical decisions.

You can awaken this part of your brain by starting with essential math problems like two plus two. However, if you know advanced mathematics, you may need to work out some problems that you don’t necessarily know by heart.

If you want to do more complicated mathematics problems in your lucid dreams, one of the best options is to simply pull a pencil and a piece of paper out of your pocket. If you want them to be there, then they’ll be there! Then, assign yourself a challenging mathematics problem to work out. As you’re working out the problem, you’ll find yourself becoming more and more lucid. In fact, many times when you look up from the completed problem, you’ll find that your environment has much more detail, which is a great sign of increased lucidity.

Mathematics and lucid dreaming – a long history

Mathematics and lucid dreaming have a long history together. In fact, some very intelligent people use lucid dreaming as a way to solve complex mathematical problems. When you’re in a dream, your brain can often make creative new connections that it would not have otherwise made. This means you can often look at mathematics problems in new ways and can discern how to solve them, even if you have been stumped by the same or similar problems before.

In “Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming,” Stephen LaBerge writes about several very intelligent people who have used lucid dreams to work out the answers to long, complex mathematics problems. I’m not a math whiz myself, but sometimes I use my dreams to work out personal problems I can’t seem to find an answer to when I’m awake, so I definitely understand the concept.

Tips for using mathematics for dream stabilization

Using mathematics for dream stabilization is relatively easy. The type of mathematics you use will depend on what level you’re at as far as mathematical learning goes. One rule of thumb is not to just use problems you have memorized since you were a child, like 2+2=4. That type of problem might stir the logical part of your brain a little, but you’re really more relying on memory than on actual thought processing.

What you want when you’re using mathematics during a lucid dream is to actually get your brain to think. When you first become lucid, you might find your logical faculties are a little sluggish. They were obviously awake enough to do a reality check and find that you were dreaming, but they might still be moving a little slowly.

If I use mathematics as a form of dream stabilization, I’ll often simply use more difficult multiplication problems. I normally only use multiplication problems with one single-digit number and one double-digit number. That’s enough for me to have to think because I’m such a poor mathematician! Mathematics can work as a form of dream stabilization for just about anyone. However, you might have to use more difficult problems than I do.

Some people who enjoy mathematics say that they prefer geometric problems to algebraic or simple math problems. In your dreams, the figures you use for geometry can be moved and manipulated right before your eyes, which can make geometry a great way to wake your logical faculties at the beginning of a dream.

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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