Lucid Dreaming and the Art of Dream Control.
Can you really control your dreams?
Lucid dreaming is becoming more and more popular, which leads to more and more people seeking to explore them, so they can have their own lucid dreams.
Are you one of these people looking to unlock the secrets of lucid dreaming? Maybe this hub will be the key to your lucid dreaming success! I assure you, if you enter the world of lucid dreaming you'll never turn back! I had my first lucid dream accidentally, but you can induce them with time, patience and some know-how. Keep reading to learn how.
I love my lucid dreams!!!
Seriously, I love them!
Lucid dreaming, if you're not aware, is dreaming while in a state of full consciousness. The dreamer, by accident, or through techniques, has become aware that they are dreaming and in many cases remain in the dream fully conscious. This hub is about what they are and how to have them, with one of my own lucid dreams thrown in for good measure.
First, I will tell you how I became aware of lucid dreaming.
I was lying in bed before going to my third shift job, which was seriously depriving me of sleep. I dozed off for a bit and started dreaming. I found myself in the downstairs bathroom. I was looking in the mirror and suddenly became aware I was dreaming. I looked at myself and said "you are upstairs in bed dreaming this right now" and woke up. I was very surprised at what just happened. I had never experienced it before and I didn't know it was possible. Later, I looked it up and found it was something people have been doing for years.
My first lucid dream was in the late '90s and it would be over ten years before I had another one. I never forgot about that first lucid dream, but I pursued it in a less aggressive way. Which is how you are supposed to pursue them. Years later, I became very serious about having them and started to read more on them to find out what it was that made them possible. I am now up to 76 lucid dreams and most of those took place in the last two years. So, I think I know a little bit about the subject.
Here's what I've learned.
Get yourself some vitamin b6, I take 250mg's, but find out the right and safe amount for you. I say this because there can be some side effects from too much b6. Some lucid dream "purists" believe you shouldn't take supplements. I don't agree, but of course, it's up to you. It's not like I'm recommending you snort draino. I suggest only vitamins and natural means. If you meditate, that's a big plus. Ginko Biloba is good too. The b6 aids in dream recall and your dreams are much more vivid. Getting sunlight is a big help too. I recommend getting sun anyway, it's a great source of vitamin A and D. A very popular technique is doing reality checks. This is where you look at your hands throughout the day and ask yourself if you are dreaming. I know this sounds silly, but have you ever done something over and over during the day and then dream of that repetition at night? Well, it's based on that same principle. Looking at your hands every day and asking yourself if you are dreaming, should lead to you looking at your hands in your dreams and asking yourself if you are dreaming. Then you say the magic words "Is this a dream?" Look away from your hands (in the dream) and then look back, if they look different, you're dreaming. You can also look for a clock and see if the numbers are backward. Now that you're aware that you are dreaming, go explore, fly, meet dream characters, swim underwater, knowing you can breathe.
There are supplements online that help too. some of these supplements include galantamine and choline, both are natural substances. Two things to consider with supplements. They are expensive. Also, They only work well the first couple of times and then you have to skip taking them for 4 to 7 days. I would say they really increase your chances of having your first lucid dream. One more thing, and this is true with lucid dreams in general, but especially true with the supplements. It's best to do a technique (well known in the lucid dream community) called "wake back to bed" or WBTB. You wake up around four in the morning, stay up a bit and then take the galantamine and go back to bed. Even if you don't use the galantamine, the WBTB method is still the best method for lucid dreaming.
There is one more useful tip I will share.
It's called "phasing" A.K.A. WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dream) You are trying to enter a dream but remaining conscious. It is a technique that also works best with WBTB. When you go back to bed lay with your eyes closed (duh) and concentrate on stepping into your dreams, while awake. Does it sound tricky? The tricky part is not staying fully awake or falling fully asleep. I have used this technique and it works, but it's a skill. Also, I always have a blackout during the transition. It's like this. Think of yourself at a play, you're an actor going on stage and you pull the curtain aside and you step into the play. I actually and repeatedly think of myself stepping into the dream, remaining conscious. Then, tah dah, I'm in the dream and I'm fully conscious.
Here's a list of things I've done in my lucid dreams
- Surfed on an orange rug.
- Shot lightning out of my hands at a would-be attacker.
- I Fly at will.
- jumped up on top of tall buildings.
- Jumped off of tall buildings, knowing I won't be hurt.
- Shot straight up in the air as fast as a rocket, stopping when I'm as high as a jetliner and let my self freefall to the ground.
- Visited island of paradise.
- Plunged into the water and breathed underwater.
- Imagined two beautiful girls in front of me, the rest of that dream remains with me.
- I talked to dream characters.
Here's one of my lucid dreams I kept in my Dream Journal.
I was sitting at a table playing cards with some older men.
I suddenly realized I was dreaming, so I looked over at one of the gentlemen across from me and said "I think I'm dreaming"
and he said "oh yeah?" I said that if I was dreaming I
I could float through the ceiling. I then got up and grabbed a
chair and stood on it and concentrated on floating
through the ceiling and that is what happened.
I then walked out of the pub and there was a man standing there.
It now seemed it was a pub/railroad station and I told the man to
watch because I was going to fly up in the air, but he wouldn't
look over. I often do this. I try to show off my flying skills and no one wants to look.
I think this is a dream lesson to not be such a show-off.
Anyway, I started flying and saw my
youngest son Shane and he was younger and was walking dogs.
I was still floating in the air and talking to him. I was worried
because he was so young and alone. Wait, if this was a dream and I knew it was a dream, how did I not know my son was part of the dream? That is the thing about lucid dreaming. You initially know your dreaming, but as time goes on, you forget. It all depends on the level of lucidity.
Here's a list of movies that have lucid dreaming as the theme.
- My Waking Life
- Vanilla Sky
- The Goodnight
lucid dreaming YouTube videos
Does the Idea of lucid dreaming scare you?
Would you attempt lucid dreaming if you could?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Paul Ferland