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Lucid Dreaming Techniques

 

The three previous articles of “Keeping A Dream Journal”, “Preparations For Lucid Dreaming” and “Tips To Optimize Your Sleep” are the core foundational exercises of lucid dreaming.

 

You should practice those exercises for at least a month to make them a habit of your daily bedtime routine. Do not attempt the following lucid dreaming techniques until you have been doing the foundational exercises for at least one month.

 

You can experience occasional lucid dreams just by doing those exercises. However, lucid dreaming techniques make it possible to have lucid dreams more regularly and on demand.

 

All the techniques that we’ll discuss below require substantial mental preparation which can only be achieved through consistent dream journaling, dream goal setting and meditation.

 

Recommendations

 

Many of these techniques require interruption from your sleep. Therefore, I would not recommend attempting these every day because excessive sleep interruption is not good for your health.

 

Keep it to once or twice a week, unless you are a student, on vacation or retired and can afford to sleep in. Then you can do it every day if you wish. 

 

If you have work the next morning, then go to bed an hour earlier so you won’t be tired the next day. If you are busy during the week, you can try these techniques on a weekend when you have more time.

 

Not all lucid dreaming techniques are suitable for everyone. Experiment to see what works for you. However, I would recommend that you focus on mastering one technique at a time.

 

Do not jump from technique to technique. If after a few attempts the technique just doesn’t seem to work for you, then you can try another one. Here are the techniques:

 

Techniques:

 

A. Before going to sleep, tell yourself you will remember your dreams. Use an affirmation such as: “I always easily totally recall my dreams as soon as I awaken”.

 

B. Set your alarm to go off every 90 minutes so you’ll wake up around the times that you leave REM sleep – when you’re most likely to remember your dreams.

 

C. Drink a lot of water before you go to bed to ensure you have to wake up at least once in the middle of the night.

 

D. Try to wake up slowly to remain within the “mood” of your last dream.

 

E. If you have trouble remembering dreams, you can use a lucid anchor. Just before you go to sleep, choose an object that you can see clearly from your bed, such as a picture or a clock on the wall. This is going to be your anchor. Look at the object when you go to sleep, wake up during the night, and first thing in the morning. When you look at it you think “I will remember my dreams”. Look at that object several times each night.

 

F. Try the reflection technique devised by Paul Tholey.

 

Ask yourself several times throughout the day: “Am I awake or am I dreaming?” The purpose is to achieve a critical attitude towards your state of consciousness.

 

In the dream world, it is possible for events to transpire which are not possible with normal perception in a waking state. Such unusual events (or dream signs) made it possible for us to recognize that we’re in the dream world and not in 3D waking reality.

 

For example, you saw yourself flying a starship; you interacted with your grandmother who has been dead for many years; you lived in an underground cave. Practice recognizing these odd occurrences so that when you see them in your dream, you would wake up and become lucid. These unusual dream signs indicate that “this is a dream” rather than reality.

 

G. Try the MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams) technique devised by Stephen LaBerge.

 

The MILD technique involves similar reminders to the reflection method but focuses those reminders at night rather than throughout the day.

 

Step 1

Before drifting off to sleep, make the intention to notice each brief, natural awakening from sleep you experience during the night. Many of us experience several mini-awakenings throughout the night, but we rarely notice them.

 

Step 2

When you awaken from sleep, write down your most recent dream in as vivid detail as you can remember.

 

Step 3

As you return to sleep, focus on your intention to remember to recognize when you’re dreaming. Try an affirmation such as “The next scene will be a dream” or “I will know when I am dreaming”.

 

Step 4

At the same time as you are focusing your intention in Step 3, imagine you are back in a recent dream, but this time you will recognize that it is a dream.

 

Visualize the dream in as much clarity as possible and then look for a dream sign or odd occurrences. Once you spot that dream sign tell yourself: “I am dreaming” and perform your dream goal.

 

This could be to communicate with your Divine Self for guidance on how to create more money and abundance in your life, to solve a problem or a mystery that has been eluding you, to time travel to the future of Earth in 3000 AD, to fly across the sky, to teleport to another planet, etc.

 

Do whatever you would do if this was a real lucid dream.

 

Keep in mind this is just a conscious day dream at this point. However, by visualizing yourself successfully having a lucid dream you will increase your chances of having a lucid dream.

 

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you fall asleep. The purpose of MILD is to have the last thought in your mind be about lucid dreaming before you fall asleep. Later on, you will have a much higher chance of becoming lucid in one of your dreams.

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