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Lucid Dreaming Techniques

Written by Kerry Dulin

dream reality5 Techniques to become a Lucid Dreamer

This article describes several techniques to assist you in achieving lucid dreams. Because each of these techniques will have the effect of disrupting your sleep I recommend that you do not attempt them on a work night or when you otherwise have something planned for the morning.


Wake Induced Lucid Dream (WILD):

This has been one of my favorite techniques to achieve the lucid dream state. Basically the concept is to not just become conscious while dreaming, but to remain conscious when going to sleep. The condition can be described as Mind Awake/Body Asleep. Though this definitely takes practice it is likely the swiftest way to achieving the lucid dream state.

This is best accomplished when you are very physically tired and to be successful you must maintain focus. While lying in bed with your eyes closed, try to visualize a pleasant dream. You may try recalling a pleasant dream which you have already had or imagine a new one. Add as much detail to your visualization as possible. This includes sights, colors, sensations, actions, feelings and so on. Continue to hold on to and build this mental environment and fight the urge to simply drift off to sleep. With practice you will find that you actually fall asleep while still constructing your dream environment. At this point you will be able to fully enter the dream world which you have built and go from there.

Wake Back To Bed (WBTB):

This technique is exactly what it sounds like. Most of us experience several periods of REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) each night. During REM sleep it is highly likely that we are dreaming even if we are not able to recall it the following morning. By inturupting your sleep while in REM you are more likely to recall the dream that you were disturbed from. Do not let yourself immediately return to sleep but rather focus on the dream. If you do not recall a dream at first, concentrate. Try to recall what was going through your mind just before being awakened.

If you don’t recall a dream then use this time to practice the WILD technique described above. Either way, seek to renter the dream state which should now be easier considering that you have not fully awakened.

Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dream (MILD):

Mnemonic (the “M” is silent) simply means related to memory and is typically associated with memory techniques.



Below is a list of simple steps to prepare yourself to experience a lucid dream

Lucid Dreaming Techniques#1 Regularly affirm your desire to experience a lucid dream. Don’t just say it, write it down on paper. The written word is the tangible expression of the inner desire and so the act of mentally affirming and physically writing expresses the desire on two levels of reality (mental and physical). Make it a goal to both mentally affirm and physically write your affirmation at least 10 different times each day. This does not include just sitting down and writing it out 10 times,,, but writing it out 10 different times throughout the day. “I will become conscious and fully in control while dreaming”.

#2 Perform frequent Reality Checks. While the dream state can seem just as real as waking reality there are profound difference that can alert you to the fact that you are dreaming. For example,, in a dream you may find that physical laws behave differently or that you have a different job. You may find that you levitate while moving or a host of other things that differ from your normal waking state. By making a habit of the reality check in your waking life you are creating a habit that you will carry with you into your dream life. To do this you simply make a habit of looking at an object or event while in waking consciousness, “is this real? Am I dreaming?”. Consider the circumstance, environment and your feelings while doing so. Look for incongruities,, anything out of the ordinary or that is not normal. Repeat this mental practice throughout the day and in time you will find yourself repeating the exercise while dreaming. The difference is that while dreaming your mind will be tuned to recognize the difference between both waking and dreaming reality sets and alert you to the fact that you are dreaming. This will be your launching pad into your personal dream world.

#3 Irregular waking schedule. Set your alarm for an hour earlier than normal but do not get out of bed unless you have to. Upon waking try to recall any dreams which you may have been experiencing. If you are able to recall a dream, try to recreate as much of it as you can in your mind and then while still relaxed, try to return to the dream only now bring your conscious awareness with you. This particular state of consciousness is referred to as “mind awake, body asleep”.

The mind awake/body asleep state can also be achieved when first going to bed however it is easiest to achieve when briefly waking from a dream.

Do make it a point to try to capture this state of consciousness when first going to bed also. The technique is to become fully relaxed while focusing your mind on a dream like environment. For example,,, hold a previously recalled dream in your thoughts when you relax. As you feel yourself beginning to drift into sleep,, try to remain conscious of  the recalled dream. Keep it as real and current as you possibly can. The goal will be to enter consciously into the recalled dream with a high degree of clarity and control. While this does require regular practice the technique can be very productive.

dream reality check#4 Practice Dream Recall. If you awaken from a dream, lie completely still with eyes closed and try to recall as many details of the dream as possible. Do not focus only on what happened in the dream but also your feelings and reactions to it. Immerse yourself in the dream sensation to the best of your ability. Practice this exercise even if you do not recall a dream. We all dream and the odds are that you did dream during the night and simply don’t recall the experience. Concentrate, try to recall any details or feelings throughout the night. The odds are that as soon as any dream detail comes to mind, a host of others will as well. It only takes one small trigger to bring the dream back to the forefront.

Practice this habit regularly as this will strengthen your ability to recall dreams much like exercise strengthens a muscle.

#5 Keep a Dream Journal. Keep a journal handy and write down your dreams as soon as you can. Don’t put this off as it is much more difficult to recall the dream latter in the day. Write it down while it is still fresh in your mind. Do not just record the details but also record how you felt and reacted to the events in the dream. Be sure to note the time also if able. It is likely that you will begin to notice a pattern to your specific dream schedule and you can use this to your advantage.

Keeping your dream journal will enhance your powers of dream recollection. After all,,, what good is a lucid dream if you are unable to recall that it even occurred. So learn from your dreams and enhance your dream recall by keeping a regular dream journal.

Thanks for reading and sweet dreams

Kerry Dulin

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