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How to Easily Fly While Dreaming

Updated on January 4, 2013

Flying in Dreams is a Breeze

Dream flight - so easy a child can do it!
Dream flight - so easy a child can do it! | Source

Dream Recall Skills

Everyone dreams--every single person, every single night.

Even the people who claim they never dream are, in fact, dreaming each and every night. What those people are not doing is remembering their dreams.

It sounds obvious, but unless dreams are recalled, dream activities are forgotten. One might achieve dream flight every single night, but if the dreams are forgotten, so is the experience.

What this means is that the very first step to dream flight mastery is dream recall.

Introduction to Dream Flight

Taking to the skies, free from all gravitational limits, equal to all winged creatures, rivaling jets in the ability to soar--sans the need for fuel.

Those who take flight in dreams report feelings that border on euphoria, both during the dream and even after they awaken.

Some flying dreamers even report something akin to a "dream hangover" after taking to the skies while sleeping, with the feelings of liberation and exhilaration lasting throughout their entire day.

While most flying dreams occur spontaneously, there are some tricks that one can learn to achieve dream flight on command.

Forgotten dreams are forgotten experiences.
Forgotten dreams are forgotten experiences. | Source

Steps to Remembering Dreams

While some people have natural dream recall, others must learn to master the skill -- and dream recall is a skill. Since dream recall is a skill, it can be learned, and anything that can be learned is something anyone can learn to do!

Here are steps for mastering the skill of dream recall:

  • Get enough sleep. It sounds obvious, but if one doesn't go to sleep, one will not dream. Dream phases begin lasting only a few minutes and increase throughout the night, so the longer one sleeps, the more time one spends dreaming.
  • Make dream recall a priority. This is as simple as repeating, "Tonight I will remember my dreams" while drifting off to sleep. The purpose of this is to alert the brain to the fact that it has a new task to master, something new on which to focus--and given a little time, it will. Sometimes, telling one's self to remember the night's dreams is all it takes to trigger dream recall.
  • Keep a dream notebook. At first, simply keep a pen and paper by the bed. Whenever awakening from a dream, reach for the pen and write any remembered image. Try not to move too much or think about anything other than the dream. Do not worry if the images are incomplete or incoherent or if there is no story. Even if the only memory is of a word, a number, or a color, write that image down. The dreams will become more and more complete the longer one practices recalling them.
  • Start a dream journal. A dream journal is simply an extension of a dream notebook, only with more details. Once one begins recalling one's dreams they will start becoming more coherent, more "story" like, and filled with much more detail. Certain themes, patterns, symbols, and dreams will begin recurring. Keeping track of those themes and finding a way to catalog them is essential because after learning the dream recall skill, the next step is learning to recognize the mechanics of one's own dreams in order to begin recognizing when one is dreaming, the importance of which is covered in the section on lucid dreaming.

Once one dream per night can be remembered, it is time to move on to the next step in learning to fly.

Lift-off for lucid flight.
Lift-off for lucid flight. | Source

Spontaneous Flight

There are two ways to fly in dreams. One way is to have a non-lucid, spontaneous dream.

To accomplish this, the simplest thing to do is to perform the same activity as when learning dream recall. Simply focus the brain on the subject of flying, making dream flight the brain's new area of focus. While lying in bed drifting off to sleep, repeat the phrase, "Tonight I will fly in my dreams" while simultaneously envisioning scenes involving flying,

Remember, when dreaming there are no limits, so don't place limits on pre-dream visions. If flying like Superman is a dream goal, then envision that. If flying off planet and to the stars is a desired dream achievement, see that accomplishment in the mind's eye as sleep takes over.

Whatever the dream, see it fulfilled while waiting for sleep's arrival.

Lucid Dreams and Flying

For those unfamiliar with the term, lucid dreaming refers to a more or less paradoxical state of consciousness wherein one is completely asleep, yet completely awake in one's dream.

The state is very different from the state of awareness one has when drifting off to sleep. In a lucid dream, one is not in an in between state of consciousness--the body is completely asleep, it is the dreaming mind that is awake.

When one is awake, one is aware of sensory input coming from one's surroundings and responds appropriately to that input. One is, more or less, in control of what one will do while awake. The body is used to put thoughts and plans into action and to give life to one's ideas. Images form inside the mind and the body acts on those images.

Almost the exact reverse is true in a lucid dream. Images form in the mind, but the mind,itself acts on those images while the body remains still and asleep. The dream one is having continues, but when one is lucid, one controls the dream much like one controls the body's actions.

The experience might be something like being on a Holodeck in Star Trek. At the very least, the feeling is one of having magical powers--anything one wants to do, change the color of the sky, create a fairy land where the dreamer is sovereign, or even fly to another planet is possible.

And all of it is done at the dreamer's command.

So what do lucid dreams have to do with flying dreams and learning how to fly in dreams?

Flying dreams are quite similar to, and often precursors of, lucid dreams. The way one masters dream flight is almost exactly the way one masters the art of lucid dreaming.

Roll up for the mystery tour.
Roll up for the mystery tour. | Source

Lucid Flying

While some flying dreams occur spontaneously, there is a way to learn to fly on command in dreams. That way is to learn the art of lucid flying.

In a lucid dream involving flying, one will be in control of the flight. One can consciously decide where one will fly, how one will fly, if one will have companions on the flight and who those companions will be. In fact, one will be completely in charge of the entire dream experience, which will be an event very similar to having magical powers!

Lucid dreaming is, itself, a skill that can also be learned. As anyone who has experienced the phenomenon can attest, it is a skill that is well worth the effort it takes to learn.

Again, keep in mind that lucid dreaming is a skill and a skill is something anyone can master given a little time and effort.

It's Almost Like Really Flying

Steps for Mastering Lucid Dreaming and Lucid Flight

There are many different methods for achieving lucid dreams. The following method was selected because it builds upon the same method used for achieving dream recall as well as the method for achieving spontaneous dream flight.

  • Dream recall. This part is repeated again and again because of its importance to achieving success in any dream work endeavour. Simply put (one more time), if one cannot recall one's dreams, one cannot remember if one's goals were achieved or if the mark was missed.
  • Perform "reality checks." Is this a dream? Seriously, is it? Are the words on the screen something the conscious mind is reading or are they being created in a dream? Asking this question, in all seriousness, is what a reality check is. Throughout the entire day, preferably at regular, specific times, look around and ask the question, "Am I dreaming?" When asking this question, take a look at your surroundings, really noticing them, looking for anything that seems dreamlike. Some people even perform reality tests, such as jumping to see if one can fly. The purpose is not to look or feel silly, but to make questioning one's surroundings a habit. The idea is that if one consistently asks the question, "Am I dreaming?" while awake, at some point, the question will automatically be asked while dreaming--and one night when one jumps to test the ability to fly, that test will occur while dreaming and the ground will fall away beneath one's feet!
  • Program the mind for lucid dreaming.This is accomplished in exactly the same way one learned dream recall skills and the way one learned spontaneous dream flight. While going to sleep, envision have a lucid dream--since flying is the goal, envision lucid flight, that is, envision flying in a dream while being awake and in control of that dream. While doing this, repeat statements such as, "Tonight I will have a lucid dream," or "Tonight I will wake up in my dream," or "Tonight I will realize I am dreaming." One may even be proactive and repeat the phrase, "I am dreaming right now" if one wants to do so.
  • Establish dream sign posts. Once one has begun recalling dreams and seeing the pattern and themes in those dreams, one can set up "sign posts" to help one realize when one is dreaming. A dream sign post is basically any symbol that one can identify in a dream as a trigger for realizing that one is dreaming. For example, if one has recurrent dreams of lamp posts, one can program the mind to remember that seeing a lamp post means one is dreaming. This can be useful not only as a lucid dreaming aid, but as an aid to combat recurrent nightmares. Take the nightmarish image, visualize it, and simply say, "The next time I dream about zombies, I will realize I am dreaming."

Sometimes, simply placing focus on the idea of lucid dreaming will bring on a lucid dream. If this occurs, it will encourage one to move ahead, but do not be disappointed if other lucid dreams do not follow. Again, lucid dreaming is a skill and skills to time and practice to master. Consider a spontaneous lucid dream something along the lines of "beginner's luck" rather than an indication of proficiency at lucid dreaming.

If however, no beginner's luck lucidity occurs, do not be discouraged. Keep practicing and the skill will develop.


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    • EsmeSanBona profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Macon

      So far, I share something in common with both of you who've commented. Like bravewarrior, my first lucid dream involved getting away from monsters. And like you, that first lucid dream occurred spontaneously after my ex-husband told me about his lucid dream! How funny!

      You know, it took me forever to lucid dream and even now it comes in spurts and cycles. I used to be so irritated because I have unbelievable dream recall and I used to tell people all the time that having good dream recall is the foundation of lucid dreams yet I couldn't wake up to save my life. Sometimes I would actually be in a dream making comments to someone else about the dream but still fail to realize I was dreaming. I mean I would literally make comments like, "Oh, look at that. I wonder whose dream that is they're showing on that TV" and still never get that it was MINE! LOL.

      I hope the articles did give you some ideas--as I always say, I hope that people only use what I write as a starting point for their own dream work, not as the end all be all of everything in dream land!

      Keep me updated as to your progress!

    • Audrey Baker profile image

      Audrey Baker 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I only recently started having lucid dreams. After hearing about my husband's lucid dreams several times, one night, out of the blue, I had one.

      After a few lucid dreams I figured I was an expert so I tried to fly for the first time. No such luck! I haven't had any lucid dreams since so I haven't been able to practice take-off, but you've given me ideas of where to visit should it ever happen. I didn't even have a destination in mind!

    • EsmeSanBona profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Macon

      I believe that one's own personal dream interpretation is always the right one. When I write, I hope to inspire readers to find their own interpretations and use what I write as a starting rather than ending point.

      Do you remember what was going on in your life at the time you had the flying dreams? Did your life change, that is, was the situation one that you remember overcoming?

      On a personal note, when I first started lucid dreaming, the dreams were always preceded by nightmares. I think this is because I can usually recognize when I'm having a nightmare and will wake myself up. However, at some point before actually becoming awake, I would look around and realize I was dreaming. What parallels your comment is that I, too, would immediately start flying--and my nightmares always involved personal demons. In fact, I used to wonder if I would still be able to have lucid or flying dreams without the nightmares.

      My flying dreams were similar to yours at that point--I would always either just hover, or get caught in power lines, or something would always send me crashing back to earth.

      I'm happy to say that I overcame those demons and can now fly and become lucid without the nightmares. My dream flight is now much more pleasant, I don't have to remind myself that if I can hover, I can fly. :-)

      My thought is that your interpretation is spot on and that you will probably find yourself flying more easily now that you are demon free.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I have flown often in dreams, but it was to escape danger. I get a running start, move my arms counter clockwise in order to enable the air to lift me, then I 'tread' air just above the treetops (otherwise the height scares me). I always seem to manage take-off just before whoever is chasing me can grab hold of me.

      I have not had this phenomenon in my dream world for years now. My interpretation is I've made peace with myself and no longer have demons chasing me.



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