Rubbing Your Hands

Rubbing your hands together is one of the most-used ways to increase lucidity and stabilize lucid dreams. Rubbing your hands doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s one of my personal favorite techniques.

Sometimes you wonder what makes techniques like rubbing your hands work for some people and not others. It really has a lot to do with your personality and the way you think. I, for instance, am a very tactile person. I can’t walk through clothing racks without running my hands along all the textures, and in school, my favorite art projects always involved textured paper or clay instead of just crayons.

This is why, I think, the rubbing your hands technique works so well for me. However, even if you’re more of a visual, spatial, or audible thinker, this technique may work for you for a couple of reasons. For one thing, rubbing your hands is a great way to establish that you have a dream body. For many people, this is an essential part of making a dream more lucid.

Also, when you’re rubbing your hands together and looking at them, you can focus on the details of sensation and visualization. This can make the other details in your dream more vivid. As a general rule, the more vivid the dream, the long you’ll stay lucid and the more your lucidity level will increase.

So, rubbing your hands is a great stabilization technique, but there are a few things you need to know if you’re going to try it.

One is that the rubbing your hands technique doesn’t work for everyone. For some people, it will just seem to make them wake up every time. Some techniques are just like that. However, don’t be afraid to try things in lucid dreams just because of this, because you never know what’s going to work for you and what won’t until you try things out. If you try rubbing your hands and end up waking up while you’re doing it, then you just know that you have to try something else the next time.

Another thing to know about rubbing your hands is that it will probably work better if you’re also looking at your hands. As I stated before, stabilization techniques are all about connecting you with your dream work and making details stand out in the entire dream world. While watching your hands rub against one another, let yourself feel them. Yes, you should be able to feel physical sensations in a really detailed lucid dream!

Also, notice the visual details while you’re rubbing your hands – the texture of your skin, the jewelry you’re wearing, the color of your nails, etc. When you look up from this exercise, you might find that you notice a lot more visual and tactile detail in the dreamscape around you. Noticing detail simply makes you more lucid so your mind can put more detail into your lucid dreams after this exercise.

Something else to note about rubbing your hands is that you may need to repeat the action multiple times in the dream. Some dreams – particularly vivid ones, especially – stabilize very well, and you don’t have to re-stabilize them too often. Other dreams, however, need to be stabilized every few seconds if you want to keep them going. If the detail of the dream starts to fade, you might want to look down and start rubbing your hands again to re-stabilize it.

Finally, there are alternative options to rubbing your hands. For instance, you can reach out and touch something in your dreamscape while you’re looking at it. Anything that helps you notice both your dream body and the vividness of the dream world or dreamscape can help increase lucidity.

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