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Reality Checks to Improve Lucid Dreaming

Updated on August 14, 2019
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I read many books on lucid dreaming, and I am able now to create a lucid dream, whenever I want to, using some of these simple techniques.

The human mind is fragile and complex. Even when in a sleep state it is still at times working at a fervent and expansive pace. The brain is one of the most powerful and useful gifts ever given. When it comes to lucid dreaming the mind is at the essence of importance. As a beginning lucid dreamer there will be many things we will need to be able to do with our head to assure success. One such necessity will be for us to control our thoughts. Once we learn what to do and how to do it the chance of recognizable lucid dreaming becomes more realistic.

When we are dreaming we are simply in an altered state of reality. Although we are not technically awake our mind still has the ability to reference and process many real life circumstances and experiences. While we are maneuvering around dream worlds even though we are connected to reality there are still a number of items we can key in on to help us distinguish between what is a dream and what is alert reality. One lucid dreaming technique we can employ to accomplish this is what is referred to as checking reality.

As we consciously practice checking our realities our mind should become trained enough to be able to transfer this power across mental states. The basic goal of this beginner’s lucid dreaming method is to identify attributes that cross-transfer from both worlds and then learn how to acknowledge those physical and sensual alarms that tell us which world we’re in. Let’s take a look at some of these lucid dreaming reality check situations to get a better understanding of the characteristics we will need to develop.

Why is it important to get better doing reality checks?

Getting better in the practice of reality checks is a crucial step in learning how to create lucid dreams. The most often, the hardest part is actually remembering to perform these reality checks, while inside a regular dream. We usually get carried away by our dreams, and tend to forget to check on their reality. Therefore, most lucid dreamers practice reality checks also in real life, even though it is obvious for them that they are not dreaming. Usually, while dreaming, we believe that we are awake, and therefore we skip reality checking. For this reason, lucid dreamers are told to never be sure that they are not dreaming, and therefore perform reality checks even when they are certain they are awake.

When it comes to the dream world and the waking world, there are often minor details that are slightly off. A great lucid dreaming reality check is looking at your hands and feet. When we are dreaming our body parts often become distorted or exaggerated and this is a great way to determine state of mind. Another lucid dreaming type check is jumping or falling down. When we are dreaming physics and gravity is not treated the same and this should be evident after we test.

What other methods can we use to check on reality?

We can also try to use power and electronics. In dream capacities these real world concepts do not cross-over the same. Something else we can do is take note of the time, location and surroundings. When we are dreaming these objects and truths are likely much different then we would normally expect. A final mind exercise we can do while we are awake to better perfect our lucid dreaming skills is to try and do something we could easily and quickly do in real life.

For example send an email, make a cell phone call to a friend, write a letter or go to the car to run a standard errand. When we are dreaming many of our routine daily tasks are not accomplishable as they normally would be. Regardless of what approach we take it is clear that the only way to get better at lucid dreaming is to train and exercise our minds in a manner that allows state distinguishing.


Someone really wanting to elevate there lucid dreaming capabilities should be practicing similar exercises to these three to five times a day. The more we workout out our brain with meaningful programs like these, the easier it will be to fall into and out of lucid dreams. Checking your mind in controlled and deliberate situations will allow lucid dreaming to become that much more advanced.


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