Learning How to Lucid Dream: Tips for Beginning Lucid Dreamers
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.