Learning How to Lucid Dream: Tips for Beginning Lucid Dreamers

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Beginning Your Dream Journey

To most people, dreaming is nothing but a nightly, collective stream of garbled thoughts and images from the day or days before. But there are those that view and use their dreams as a pathway to enlightenment...or at the very least a pathway to a great adventure. Are you looking for one of these pathways? Maybe conscious (also known as lucid) dreaming is the right choice for you! What is conscious dreaming? It is when you are in a dream and realize that you are dreaming. Many people also call this lucid dreaming, but as Robert Moss explains in his book Conscious Dreaming ...conscious dreaming is different from lucid dreaming techiques in the aspect that you do not try to control your dreams...you simply know that you are dreaming, and let the dream play out the way it is supposed to.

I started my dream-journey when I was a young child, probably around the age of 6. The first dream in which I realized I was dreaming went a little something like this - I was in my grandparent's garage, being taught by a little boy, from my class, how to fly by quickly flapping my bony, pale arms. He showed me that I was dreaming and that I am able to fly in my dreams, especially if I feel threatened or if I just want to explore. Since this first dream experience, I had many more to come and they continued into my teen years. The dreams ceased for a short period of time in my mid-adolescent years...probably because my mind was too focused on high school drama and family issues. When I hit my early twenties, my dream-journey started back up with a large amount of zeal. I have been having conscious dreams ever since. My conscious dreams come more sporadically now, but if I follow the steps that I am about to reveal to you, I am able to be conscious and remember up to four separate dreams a night. Some of these techniques I have learned from books such as Conscious Dreaming by Robert Moss and Lucid Dreaming by Steven Laberge....but other techniques I have learned from experience.

If you want to have your own dream-journey and be able to discover parts of your mind that you did not know existed, maybe practicing these techniques could assist you on your pathway into the dreamworld. If you do the simple mathematic calculations, you can estimate that we sleep about one third of our lives...so if you live to be seventy-five that means that you will have slept twenty-five years of your life! I do not know about you, but I want to be experiencing and learning things in those twenty-five years...I do not want to spend those twenty five years in a dead-sleep and braindead to the world inside of my mind and soul.

Are you a Dreamer? Clip from Waking Life

Suggestions from a Conscious Dreamer

When I realized that I could have a conscious dream every night (sometimes more than one conscious dream a night) is when I decided to follow one of the techniques that most avid lucid dreamers suggest...start a dream journal. Even if you do not remember a single dream each night, when you wake up in the morning write down whatever your feelings or thoughts you are feeling upon waking. This could possibly trigger dream recall...and if during the day you remember pieces of dreams...jot those down, too! The more you write, the more dreams you will recall and the more conscious you will become of your dreams while you are in them. I am not sure why this works...it just works!

My second suggestion is to go to bed at night thinking positive thoughts, as negativity will not help your dreaming amount to anything in this process. Lucid Dreaming authors claim that if you go to bed with a certain goal that you would like to accomplish in your mind in your dreams that night, that they will come true after practice...well, I have tried to do this numerous times with not much luck. If you can accomplish in your dreams what you went to bed to accomplish, then by all means...share your secret with me! My most spiritual and awakening dreams came on nights when I went to bed in a positive state of mind with an openness to whatever was to come that night. Robert Moss emphasizes this in his book, Conscious Dreaming, which I highly recommend as a first dreaming guide for beginners.

The last practice I recommend that all beginners perform is to do a quick meditation. Go into a room that is private and quiet so that you are not disturbed by crying babies or barking dogs or nagging husbands or wives. Give yourself at least thirty minutes to do this. You do not need to be experienced in meditation to perform this specific meditation...you just need an open mind and a relaxed body. Sit in a comfortable chair and think back to any of the dreams you had as a child...remember how you felt in these dreams. Remember why you knew these were dreams and not reality. Move on to thinking about dreams you may remember from your teenage years...even if you can only remember miniscule pieces...they are worth remembering and meditating on. Finally, think about your most recent dreams and focus in on the differences between the dreams in your past. When your mediation time has come to a halt, write down all that you thought of and any pieces that you may have remembered that you did not recall before the meditation. Try to think about this meditation throughout your day or even the rest of your week. Piece together possible meanings and ways to teach yourself how to remember that you are dreaming, while you are dreaming. Your dreams can take you anywhere...as cliche and corny as that sounds, in sleep...this is absolutely true! It's up to you to make it a reality and make your dream-journey a fulfilling and exciting one.

Written and copyright © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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kittythedreamer 12 months ago from the Ether Author

Kristen - Awesome! I didn't know you were a dreamer. :) Thanks for the support.


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Kristen Howe 13 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Nicole aka Kitty, this was a great hub about how to dream lucid dreams. I'm a dreamer and a dream plotter. This is very handy on how to deal with them. I too have a nightmare every once in awhile. Good luck with your book sales too! Nice hub!


SimonEer 4 years ago

This hub is very well done. It's useful and it gave me ideas on how to have a dream with the same place in it. (I want to have a dream with a place I dreamt of many other times before.) I don't think I've ever stumbled across anything on the internet that was this helpful. So, thanks.


Maharris 5 years ago

Hi kittythedreamer,

I stumbled across your site when I was searching for google responses to a weird sensation I've been having with my dreams. I feel as if some of the places I've been to in my dreams are real places. I can remember the layout of the locations and can visualize how to drive to the locations. The main places I have this weird deja vu sensations with are a mall, a shopping complex in a downtown area, and a small town. Each of these locations are like strange duplicates of places I know but are off enough that they have to be different. It's almost like these locations are an alternate version of places I know in real life. Any ways I guess my point is that I can recall in detail for example what stores are located on what side of the mall and where to find the fitting rooms or the shoe section, the same with the small town...I can drive from one side of the town to the other remembering exactly where to go and I even know shortcuts to get to the downtown shopping complex. Any thoughts on the level of detail in both my dreams and my recall? I can remember these places so clearly it feels as if they are real...like maybe I visited them once as a child and even though I know that I haven't I can't shake the feeling of how real it seems...like maybe its not a dream at all, instead it's a memory resurfacing. It's just the oddest sensation! Any way, if you have any thoughts or reference material that would be great! Thanks so much!


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Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

Great hub thank you. I love lucid dreaming but dont always do it and have never known how to bring it about.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Mark, no problem! I used to be a heavily avid lucid dreamer and so therefore I do know a lot on the topic. I'm not so much of an every-night lucid dreamer anymore, as my life has been almost too busy to record my dreams and spend the time cultivating my dreaming abilities. Do try my advice in this hub, the dream recording in a journal is especially helpful in building your dream memory/dream recall which also aids in more lucidity in dreams. Remember to let the dream take you where you're supposed to go, don't fight against aspects of the dream no matter how lucid you are! :) Thanks and good luck!


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Mark Sparks 5 years ago from Charlottesville, Virginia

I'm grateful to you for writing this hub! My friends and I have always been intrigued by the idea of controlling dreams-we even mused we can save time by studying for exams in our dreams. It will take some discipline to get there, and I'll try what you recommend!


tebo 5 years ago

Hi kittythedreamer, now I see where your name comes from. I have had a number of dreams when I have said/thought to myself this is a dream. Thanks for the tip about writing whatever you feel when you wake up because lately I can't always remember my dreams, but bits do pop in during the course of the day. Great hub.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Hi again, Purple Dreams! Sounds like your dreams are more lucid than mine have been lately. When you're too busy with life, you forget to dream...if that makes any sense. I think I still have lucid dreams but I forget them too easily because I'm not writing them down anymore. I'll have to rent that movie. Thanks for commenting.


purple dreams 5 years ago

Great hub. I will definitely keep in mind the difference between conscious and lucid dreaming in the future. I have yet to be able to control my dreams!

A positive mindset is so important. I often have doubt within a dream and cannot truly believe I'm dreaming. This happened last night. I was skeptical if I was dreaming, so I tried to fly, but 'gravity' kept me on the dream ground. ha.

Also, love that you included a clip from Waking Life. Another favorite dream-related movie of mine is The Science of Sleep.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

hi, msquestion! lucid dreaming really is a wonderful thing that i can never fully describe in words. it seems indefinitely spiritual and totally enlightening! i don't lucid dream every night...the lucid dreams seem to creep up on me when i least expect them to nowadays, but oh how i love them when they pay a visit to my mind! thanks for stopping by!


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MsQuestion 5 years ago from New Jersey

Very informative! I would love to do more lucid dreaming..it happened to me just two times, and it was a phemonenal experience, like ANYTHING was possible!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

dolores, you simply must try lucid dreaming. especially if you have had the moments where you realize that you are dreaming...that's the first sign that you have the ability to learn lucid dreaming! one word of advice, try hard to not leave the dream...even if it seems scary...many times the scary dreams turn out to be wonderfully spiritual and exhilarating if you stick it out. :) thanks for stopping by!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Kitty - I remember so many dreams where I suddenly say 'hey, wait a minute,' realizing that it is a dream, then wake up. I hate that because it often comes when things are getting really cool. I need to try this lucid dreaming so I don't ruin my dream fun!


Germaine Reilly 5 years ago

I usually spend several minutes hashing over my dreams in the morning, or else I get bursts of dream snippets throughout the day. Any aspect of my dream which resonates is important, I think of it as a conversation between my selves - if that makes sense! Absolutely agree that going to bed in a positive state of mind encourages positive dreams. Thanks for the suggestions, voted up!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

hey, silva. thanks so much! i love that picture, too. it looks like something i would really enjoy doing...taking a long nap in a field with butterflies whispering in my ears and the breeze gently caressing my face. i'd love to read some of your strange dreams!


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Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

I love your hubs! I wrote one about my weird dreams; I like to write down my most memorable ones! Also the first picture above, the blue-jeaned boy in the field, is great. Thanks!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Hey, Ryan. Thanks so much for reading my hub and for the compliment. Isn't it strange how lucid dreaming can be confused with dream control so often...then again, I guess it's not that strange when most people teach that lucid dreaming is dream control. Love your hubs, too and I can't wait to read more! Happy New Year!


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Ryan Hurd 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

great hub - I especially like how you show how lucid dreams are not the same as controlling your dreams. good book list too!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

hi, happyboomernurse! Thanks so much for taking your time to read my hub! Dream journals are such a powerful tool to possess...I love to go back and read some of my dreams from years ago...it really gives you a sense of immortality...if that is possible. Nightmares are all in the mind of the beholder...they can turn out to be scary and beautiful at the same time if you can remember that they are all what your mind has created! Thanks, again. And Happy Winter Holidays!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Cool hub and a great guide for beginners. I love working with my dreams (actually it feels more like playing with my dreams) and I keep a dream journal. I find this especially helpful in times of stress when dreams feel like they're trying to help guide me to a more peaceful state of mind or reassure me everything will be okay.

Of course, sometimes the opposite occurs and I may have a nightmare. That usually means I may be unaware of something that's troublesome and exploring the nightmare can sometimes shed light on real issues I need to deal with.

Thanks for sharing this hub.

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    Kitty has been a lucid dreamer her entire life. These dreams and experiences drive her desire to help others understand their dreams.



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