- Mental Health
Wake up to Lucid Dreaming
The missing link to not only reclaiming that 1/3 of your life spent sleeping, but the link to literally living your dreams. What is lucid dreaming? My short definition would be; becoming conscious while dreaming.
Like most people, I discovered lucid dreaming by accident. I suddenly became aware while dreaming. I was awake in my dream. What would you do in a dream world with no limits and no consequence? Anything you wanted! The question is how do you achieve this lucid dream state at will? It's not hard, but it could take some time!
Leaving the particulars of what you're going to do to you, I'll jump into the how .
The first and most important step is to remember your dreams. Don't worry about becoming lucid just yet, you'll be taking control soon enough. The idea is that you start to remember details. Once you can recall your dreams on a nightly basis, you're ready to lucid dream. If you don't remember your dreams or have trouble, a good way is to keep a dream journal. Keep an audio recorder or a pen/paper next to your bed and recall everything you can when you wake up. Take your time and don't forget the details.
The key to making this work is to ask yourself, "Is this real? Am I dreaming?" Questioning your surroundings in your waking life will make you question them in your sleeping one. The point is, after all, to realize you're dreaming. "I was just at home. How am I at the ocean?"
Create your own challenge questions throughout the day. The more often, the better. Once you start to experience success, it will have a snowball effect!
Once you're lucid, it's easy to get caught up in your dream again and lose lucidity. One of the best ways to combat this is to look down and spin in place. It's surprisingly simple, but incredibly effective. This will "refresh" your dream and keep you conscious.
Using these techiques will start you on your way to lucid dreaming.