Writing Induced Lucid Dreams

Before I explain this extremely effective induction technique, I’d first like to give my readers some helpful information on what led to my discovery of this method. While browsing through the appendix of a popular lucid dreaming book by Stephen Laberge, I came across a list of exercises for increasing one’s willpower. One of these exercises was to write “I’ll write a useless exercise” 100 times. A vivid childhood memory flooded my mind after reading this list of exercises. My dad used to always punish me by repeatedly writing lines of text whenever I would do something wrong, in order to learn from my errors. Nevertheless, as soon as I completed writing a list that was 500 lines long, which consisted of “I will never forget the front door key”, I always remembered to carry it in my pocket each and every time before leaving for school.

In psychological terms, repetition is the best method for memorizing important things, and learning in general — the effectiveness of writing down whatever it is that you want to learn as opposed to thinking it or speaking it, especially over and over and over again, can work all sorts of wonders.

So… I theorized that if I were to write down my induction mantra over and over and over again, each line being exactly the same, then I would definitely remember it a lot more — even during my dreams.

The first night I tried out this writing induced technique, I wrote down the words, “Every single night I will know that I am dreaming, and I will be able to recall my dreams” about 40 times. That same night, I was able to induce a single lucid dream.

For my second attempt, I wrote down the above sentence 80 times — and I was able to experience a whopping three lucid dreams that night.

During the third night of my experiment, I did the same thing before bed, but 120 times. Like the previous night, I also had three lucid dreams, but these were extremely vivid.

During the times that I was lucid, I just had a gut feeling that I was dreaming. I never performed any reality checks, and I didn’t have to look out for any weird dream phenomena. I think this was a direct result of the intentions of the mantra that I scribbled down.

If you’re going to try Writing Induced Lucid Dreams, here’s a list of items that you need before getting started:
1. A journal or notebook used exclusively for this technique.
2. A pen.
3. Your own mantra.

Some examples of a mantra that you can use are:
A. When I see my hands tonight, I will question my lucidity.
B. I’ll recall all of my dreams and know that I am lucid during my dreams.
C. Tonight I will know that I am dreaming and will recall my dreams afterwards.

Here are the instructions for Writing Induced Lucid Dreams:
1. Take out your journal and get rid of any distractions. This needs to be a physical notebook that you can physically write in using handwritten notes — this technique will not work if you are using an electronic notebook to type out your mantra.
2. Choose a mantra and establish a number for how many repetitions that you’ll write down. This will become more difficult when you start experiencing cramps in your hand.
3. Make sure to concentrate on the line being written, when you’re writing it down. It’s good to read what you’re writing as you’re writing it at the same time.
4. Reach the previously set number you established for yourself, and close your journal – you will begin your line count back at zero the next time you use this method.

I never need to perform any reality checks when I use this writing induced technique, nor do I ever have to verify the validity of my mantras before going to bed. However, this doesn’t mean that this technique will be successful for you if you don’t use any reality checks – it may not even work for you. Anyway, I find this to be a highly effective technique, and you can also use this technique for setting dream intentions – such as practicing sports or doing specific things during your lucid dreams. For example, you could change your mantra to “I will practice basketball when I’m lucid tonight.” You can also intend to exercise increasing amounts of dream control in your lucid dreams.

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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