Spinning Around

Spinning around is one of the most popular dream stabilization techniques, but it doesn’t work at all times or for all people. Personally, I prefer rubbing my hands together to spinning around, but that’s just because I’m more of a tactile than a kinetic person. If you’re the type of person who’s always on the go and experiences the world through movement, though, you might love spinning around as a stabilization technique.

Remember, when it comes to stabilization techniques like spinning around, sometimes they can have the opposite effect. Spinning around works well for many people, and it can also be a method of dream control – particularly for teleportation. However, you need to know a bit about how it works so you can make the most of this technique.

If spinning around sounds like a technique that might help you be more grounded in your dreams, causing you to stabilize your dreams more easily, you should try it. Essentially, next time your dream starts to become fuzzy, you can try spinning around to see if that makes things become clear again. The feeling of your dream body moving in your dreamscape is often enough to increase lucidity and lengthen your dream.

Tips for Spinning Around

Don’t start just spinning like a top, though! Before you try spinning around, read through these techniques, and try to keep them in mind when you’re having your next lucid dream:

Go slowly. Spinning around like a top will probably make you wake up. At least, that’s what it does for most people I’ve talked to. In your dream, you mostly want to move with deliberation. If you start to lose clarity or can feel your physical body lying in bed, stop where you are, and do a slow, controlled 180.

Eyes open or eyes closed? Some people find that spinning with their eyes closed will make them wake up every time, and others find that spinning with their eyes open has no effect at all. You might want to experiment with both. Even if it makes you wake up one way or the other, it’s fun to see what type of experience spinning is for you in a dream. For instance, some people can actually get a little dizzy, and others experience blurred vision like they would if they were spinning with their physical body. Spinning around can be done either way, and it’s your best bet to try each option before you decide what works best for you.

When to spin. Some people who are very kinetic love spinning any time their dream starts to get a little fuzzy. It may totally work for you. For me, I prefer to only use spinning when I’m finding myself in a void of blackness, which means I’m definitely about to wake up. My advice would be to try spinning around a couple of times to simply stabilize a fuzzy dream. If it doesn’t work for you, use another technique, but try spinning around next time you wind up in a void. Many times, people will find that they’re transported to a new dreamscape this way, but at least you’re still in a lucid dream!

Combine with other techniques. Spinning around can be even more effective if you combine it with other techniques. For instance, saying “Increase lucidity” while you’re spinning can set your intentions to boost your lucidity. You can also intentionally try to use spinning around as a way to change your dreamscape when you want to teleport, since sometimes changing the dreamscape can actually increase your lucidity, too.

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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