Mastering the Art of Lucid Dreaming

A lucid dream happens when you become aware that you are dreaming. Once you master the ability to recognize your dreamstate you can observe and control your dreams. This opens up your unconscious and transports you into a world where literally anything is possible. Not only does lucid dreaming allow you to play out your wildest dreams, but it can also lead to personal growth by allowing you to face your fears and develop a sense of self. Additionally, it transforms your sleep time into productive time.

To have lucid dreams regularly you need to be able to recognize your dreamstate. Here are some of the ways you can get there:

REALITY CHECKS

Reality checks are important because they help you determine whether or not you are in a dreamstate. The goal is to get in the habit of doing reality checks in waking life so that you will do a reality check in your dream and come to the realization that you are in fact in a dream.

  • Look at your watch, look away then look back. Did the numbers change? Can you manipulate them?
  • Plug your nose and cover your mouth. Can you still breathe? 
  • Are the characters you face changing? Are they normal? Sensible?
  • Look at your hands and feet. Are they distorted? Abnormal?

DREAM JOURNALS

Get into the habit of recording your dreams, as this will help you remember your dreams. In the end, what is the point of mastering the art of lucid dreaming if you can’t remember all of the amazing things you did in the dream? 

RECOGNIZing REOCCURRING SYMBOLS

Recording your dreams will also help you identify reoccurring patterns. Once you successfully identify the symbols that are unique to you, it will become easier to identify your dreamstate. See our last blog post on some of the most common reoccurring dreams here.

GOING BACK TO SLEEP

Lucid dreaming can be such an exciting experience that it causes you to wake up as soon as you realize you are in the dreamstate. To help you beat this beginner's problem, here are a few tricks you can do:

  • If you remember your dream, think about it as you drift back to sleep.
  • Try to anchor yourself to the dream by grabbing onto something
  • Rub your hands together and spin yourself around. This will distract from the excitement you are experiencing 

Like most things in life, when it comes to lucid dreaming practice makes perfect. In fact, researchers believe everyone has the ability to control their dreams (that is those who are willing to devote time and effort to the practice). 

We want to hear about your most outrageous lucid dreaming experience in the comments section (keep it PG, people).