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How to overcome fear with lucid dreaming

Updated on May 24, 2010

What are you feeling?

A few years ago I was terrified of spiders and an image like that would feel me with irrational dread... Until I found lucid dreaming!
A few years ago I was terrified of spiders and an image like that would feel me with irrational dread... Until I found lucid dreaming!

Lucid dreaming is a skill

What is lucid dreaming?

Lucid dreaming is an act of taking conscious control of your dreams while still sleeping. This experience is very different from regular dreaming, because the mind becomes much more active, while the body is still asleep.

Lucid dreaming has been around for a very long time and there are volumes written on the subject. With proper techniques and guidance, one can become reasonably skilled at lucid dreaming in as short as 45 days

My experience with lucid dreaming

I was first exposed to lucid dreaming over 6 years ago and learned it primarily through lucid dreaming forums and techniques of Dr. Stephen Laberge. Altogether, it took me about 7 months of dedicated everyday practice to get to start having lucid dreams more or less at will.

Almost immediately, within 2-3 lucid dreams, I noticed a peculiar phenomenon - my lucid dreams has no sensation of fear! That was replaced by mild disgust or anger or curiosity. But no fear whatsoever!

  • I used to be very afraid of spiders, and seeing a 3 feet spider in a dream is not an issue.
  • Heights used to bother me a lot. After flying in a dream, this is no longer an issue, and in fact I tested that with skydiving, where the fear was only present when the door of the plane opened.
  • Public speaking, interacting with unknown audiences, all used to bother me. After experiencing lucid dreaming, I was able to venture to my first airsoft game, all alone
  • After exploring multiple dream landscapes, a solo trip to Europe wasn't scary.
Experiencing fearlessness, and being aware of that is a great feeling, and is one of the reasons why I think lucid dreaming deserves to become more mainstream!

How to have a lucid dream

Every lucid dreaming article seems to have a few tips and tricks, and there are over 200 books available on the subject on amazon, along with multiple self-study programs promoted through the internet.

The true secret of lucid dreaming is persistence. Most lucid dreaming techniques rely on memory or making some act habitual. Here are a couple dream signs which are 99.5% accurate for all people:

  • if you are looking at a digital clock and it changes with every glance, you are dreaming. The dream brain has trouble processing something as logical as a digital clock. Text changes as well, but it is harder to detect changes.
  • Light switches - mind has a great difficulty turning a dark room into a well lit room in the short time frame that it takes you to flip a switch. If you enter a room and a light switch doesn't work, you may be dreaming!
Dreams occur during 90 minute window, known as sleep cycle. Typical 9 hour night would have 6 sleep cycles and a 6 hour night would have 4. Dreaming sleep is happening at the end of each sleep cycle,with each consequent sleep cycle having more dreaming sleep. As a result, it is a lot easier to get a lucid dream if you sleep longer. There are advanced lucid dreaming techniques which rely on the use of actigraphs and sleep watches, but those are a topic for another article!


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    • stylezink profile image

      stylezink 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      Great info and hub! Thanks for the tips. I read on another hub about the clocks. I think I'm going to try it.

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      Anumanu 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks for the valuable information provided.