Lucid Dreaming

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Introduction to Lucid dreaming and some methods

Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming is basically dreaming and knowing that you are dreaming. In Lucid dreams you control your dreams. Lucid dreaming enables you to have power over your dream, thus you don't have to be afriad or scared when attampting lucid dreams. In lucid dreams you will be able to fly, you can change into anything or anyone, you can go all Superman without worrying about Kryptonite. You can create an entire world and live in it. Lucid dreaming is a lot of fun and should be tried by everyone. Lucid dreaming is often practiced because in that state of mind, you have complete access to your unconcious mind which will give you unlimited access to information and abilities. Lucid dreaming is a way to find refuge within your mind.  
How to Dream Lucid:
The first step is to improve your dream recall.
This is important because we often have lucid dreams but we don't remember them when we wake up.  The whole point is to try and train yourself to remember your dreams, thus also remember your lucid dreams.
This can be done by keeping a dream journal. A dream journal is a journal that can be of any size or shape, its purpose is to write in dreams and dreams alone. Keep it next to your bed and every morning when you wake up, before you even think about getting out of bed and into the shower, write down everything you can remember. Carry your dream journal with you during the day, because we often remember more information relating to our dreams as the day carries on.
The second step is starting to do reality checks.
We do reality checks to differentiate between dreaming and reality. This is the most important step because here you will realize whether you are having a lucid dream or not. Some methods that I find excellent for doing reality checks are:
  • Look at any sign or anything that you can read. Read it aloud look away for about 5 seconds and read it again.
  • Look at your watch, pay attention to the time and firstly ask yourself is there a time like this? If there is then read the time aloud, look away for 5 seconds and look at the time again.
  • Look into a mirror or something in which you should be able to see you reflection. Can you see your reflection? And if you can do you look the same?
  • Get yourself to an electronic device such as a macrowave or light switch. If you click buttons do they respond, and do they perform the correct instruction?
  • Try doing something that you know won't ever happen in real life, like throw your hand up in the air and see if you can fly. 
  • Are the laws of physics in place? Is gravity still pulling you to the ground, and does water still only run in a downward direction?
  • There are billions of ways to perform reality checks.
Pick about 2 or 3 reality checks which works the best for you, and start doing them every single day. In fact do them about 2 or 3 times a day. By doing this you are training your mind to do reality checks, so pretty soon you will start doing them without realizing it, and then in your dreams. If you do a reality check in your dreams you will immediately realize that you are dreaming and it will become lucid.
The Third step is controlling your dream and ensuring that you don't wake up the second you realize you are dreaming. (Stabilizing the dream)
Often times the second we realize we are dreaming we wake up or the entire dream starts to fade away. When this happens there are certain things you can do to overcome this and stay in the dream realm.  The overcoming of waking up and staying in the dream by ensuring it doesnt fade away is called "stabilizing the dream".
We stabilize the dreams by:
  • Rubbing your hands together. This takes concentration off of the dream and onto you hands.
  • Spinning around is circles is also a good way of stabilizing your dreams.
  • Stop and focus on one thing, then at another, this stimulates the visual part of the dream and ensuring that you don't leave the dream
  • Don't stare. This is contradictory to the previous method. By doing this we don't over stimulate ourselves which will help us relax and stay in the dream.
  • There are more ways of stabilizing your dream but these are the most common methods. I also suggest you do anything you find works for you.
If you can perform all 3 steps explained above you are capable of lucid dreaming. Go sleep and have some fun :) Hope you liked this and Blessed Be!

Added to on Dec 01, 2013
Last edited on Aug 04, 2018
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May 27, 2019
I need help when I sleep thank you

Aug 25, 2019
Okay.....ummmm....oh my my entire life here ,i been having lucid dreaming and now i came to know what its about or it meaning...

Jul 03, 2020
that is not possible because our minds are always in a different state at different times and i highly doubt that you can remember all of your dreams... liar...

Jul 13, 2020
Some people can naturally remember far more of their dreams than others. You can also train your brain to remember the dreams by writing them down the second you wake up. You can begin with simply ''yellow ball'' and ''red cat'' and moving on, but as you practice, you will remember more detail and have a broader picture. Some [and I'm speaking from experience] can even train their mind to wake after each dream to write it down. If you can identify when you're dreaming [personally, I check the lights] you can train your mind to remember more of the experience.

Oct 31, 2020
You're probably a natural lucid dreamer. About 5% of people are natural lucid dreamers.

Sep 30, 2019
My dad told me when I was little that he could fly in his dreams. And that is anything got too scary all I had to do was fly away. I've been doing that ever since. Luckily nothing usually follows me into the air and if they do they just can't catch me.

Feb 20, 2020
So i can dream of unlimited tacos? Joking!( maybe) good article!

Apr 29, 2020
I cannot control my lucid dreams. Only my actions within my lucid dreams. The only control is knowing I'm asleep it's like being the mouse in someone else's dream maze. I've never had a pleasant lucid dream the entire event is terrifying. The only escape for me is waking up, and even that is just the beginning of the waking paralyzing nightmare.

May 13, 2020
Sounds familiar. Hey at least your lucid dreams don't involve getting strapped down too something and experimented on. That was not a pleasant month. Magic usually manipulates the soul, you could try casting defensive spells during your lucid dreams but i personally don't know the outcome it may have.

Oct 12, 2020
To do something in a lucid dream, you have to believe you can do it. Or, if you have very bad dream control, just have fun by doing things you aren't allowed to do in real life. Also, being afraid will make you have a nightmare.

Jun 16, 2020
one time i realized i was dreaming, and the entire world just started to slowly fade. i was running while this happened and it sort of looked like i was abt to go to a minecraft flat world lol. if only i knew how to stabilize dreams back then!

Aug 15, 2020

Jul 11, 2020 article is truly amazing. Thank you.

Aug 21, 2020
Ok so most times when im dreaming its like i know im dreaming and im fairly conscious but i cant seem to pull myself out of the dream or change it any way. Like i dont wake up when i realize, but i cant seem too control myself or my surroundings. Any help?

Oct 12, 2020
I had trouble with dream control before too. But now, I have a tip: to do something in a lucid dream, you have to believe you can do it. Also, to wake up on purpose, close your eyes and wait.

Jun 02, 2021
I am a natural lucid dreamer

Oct 28, 2021
I can remember every dream, every morning for past 2 years.

Jun 06, 2022
I don't remember dreams. The second I wake up I have no memory of thm. In Fact when I wake up I feel I haven't been to sleep but closed my eyes and then opened them. How can I resolve this?

Jan 11, 2023
It will come to u thru out the day

Jan 11, 2023
How can I take control of a normal dream and make it lucid?

Jan 11, 2023
Dreaming happens closer to an awake and aware state than most people realize. We stop dreaming in deeper sleep, and dream again as the sleep cycle fluctuates out of deeper states of sleep. We usually remember more of the dreams which happen closer to waking up from sleep than the ones which happen throughout the rest of the night. Finally, lucid dreaming happens at an even shallower state of sleep than most dreams. All of these things can be used to the advantage of people trying to induce lucid dreams. Basically, lucidity in a dream is becoming aware of the dream state, or at least coming awake enough to act autonomously, independent of the dream. It can be variable for different people. So, because of these factors, it is why people often advise to set an alarm with something adjacent to the bed so the sleeper can be awoken, turn off the alarm, and go back to sleep more easily than after having to get out of bed to turn off the alarm. From there, another alarm is set anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour later most often, to allow sleep but not deep sleep to occur. This means the mind is recently disturbed, still sleepy, but when sleep occurs, it will take longer to enter a deeper state. It keeps the mind in a shallower sleep state, more likely to dream, more likely to remember. This alone is the start. Journaling the dreams helps tell the subconscious that remembering and being aware of dreams is important, and so you'll be more likely to remember them. It also makes the mind more aware of when dreams are happening, which is another important gateway into dream lucidity. Some people practice checks. Some people just realize their mildly surreal experiences are not reality. Some people just start choosing their actions instead of being along for the ride within a dream.

Apr 17, 2023
A few questions on this great article. #1: Is it Lucid Dreaming if you don't realize you are dreaming? In other words, what separates Lucid Dreaming and a really, really, really Vivid Dream? (I'm assuming autonomy and realization of dreaming are two components of Lucid Dreaming, this question is more asking what if one of those is present, but not the other?) #2: Is it Lucid Dreaming if you become aware you are dreaming, but can not control the dream? #3: Why is it especially important that the Dream journal is only used for Dreams? i.e, why can't a Notebook used for other things also be used to Journal Dreams?) I have much experience with many sorts of dreams over my life. I have yet to understand how to properly control one while in a Lucid state (i.e., realizing I am dreaming.) Part of this may be because of the very nature of my dreams. I have 'Normal' Dreams, Vivid Dreams, Bad Dreams, Nightmares, and Night Terrors. This requires a little explanation. Normal Dreams: As it sounds. Strange things happen, just like in many peoples' 'Normal' Dreams, sometimes it is only a slightly exacerbated version of Reality, almost as if a Parallel Universe I have walked into. (i.e., Laws of Physics are about equal, living situation is about equal, usually a change of house or scenery, but that's about it. Maybe sometimes certain details from Reality are omitted, i.e. a missing tooth in Reality becomes whole in the dream.) Vivid Dreams: Usually supernatural in nature. I often change point-of-view in these dreams (almost like a Director of a movie setting up differing camera angles for the viewer at home.) For example, I once had a Vivid Dream I was Spawn, and Angela was with me. (Spawn is a Demonic Comic Antihero, for those who don't know.) I was at her side, then she went to the air in a dramatic pose with her arms spread and I teleported right under her to complete the pose. After I teleported, my POV changed from First-Person to Third-Person POV. Bad Dreams: I had some sort of incident in my past, as a child. I believe something happened to leave me vulnerable to sexual ideations (in dreams). I had dreams of a certain nature with relatives. They have Haunted me my whole life. Nightmares: As it sounds, scary dreams. Night Terrors: A bit different than the Clinical definition, in Night Terrors I experience unreasonable fear and about 70% of the time they combine with the Bad Dreams. These are often tied to my Kanashibaris--which I will address in a minute--as well. In these dreams, there is a sense of a Malevolent Entity coming after me. Once I explain this Kanashibari, this will make sense to people familiar with them. Kanashibaris: Japanese for 'Iron Sleep,' it actually more commonly known in the West as 'Old Hag Syndrome.' It is where one dreams of being unable to move, with heavy chest, and a Malevolent Entity either watches or chases one.I have lived with these most my life. Also responsible for numerous claims of Alien Abductions. There have also been what appears to be demonic attacks on me, but I generally try to rule this as something else. (Kanashibari, by its own definition, would appear as an attack.) There have been odd circumstances that are harder to explain, however. (Instances when I am awake, though rare; and instances where the Malevolent Entity's nature becomes known to me.) There have been two of particular note, where the same woman--identified by Aura (if you will), as I did not see her, came at me with the full force of a Hatred I could not even begin to imagine. I was saved by my Guardian Spirits. (But again, this blurs the lines between Reality and Fantasy, because the saving of me by my Guardian Spirits, as well as the attack, may have simply been part of a seemingly realistic Kanashibari.) I had actually trained my mind to try and break Kanashibaris the second they began. It has sometimes worked, and sometimes not worked. At any rate, with Kanashibaris, in the dream, I do--often--know I am dreaming, but cannot control the dream. I had turned to Empiricism when younger in order to prevent a breakdown with Reality--i.e., believing things which could not be, which defied the Laws of Physics, could be and could happen. It becomes easy to list all of these as 'Dreams,' but the two 'attacks' by the woman entity, and a couple of other instances, are a bit harder to dismiss as 'dreaming.' (In several of these dreams, I have felt physical sensations impossible for me to recreate in a dream, as I have never felt them in real life, such as being stabbed in the back, biting down on a muzzle and shattering the bone in my mouth, and having someone from behind me hold down and smother my CPAP Mask which has never happened before.) I also deeply appreciate the ''Reality Checks'' included in the article so one can know if one is in Lucid Dreaming State or real life. Hopefully, people who learn Lucid Dreaming techniques will not use them to permanently escape reality.

Apr 17, 2023
Yeah. so...sorry about the Wall-Of-Text. SOM apparently doesn't let the formatting in the text box come through when the posting actually occurs.

Apr 29, 2023
There is some old formatting you can do a p inside triangle brackets like at the start of the paragraph and a /p inside the triangles at the end will create a page break. I think there's an article somewhere listing all of them. They don't use it for spells anymore, but it works in the comments.

Apr 29, 2023
What my tech challenged friend is referring to is HTML. I have not tried all of the coding, but the paragraph one works so the others should too.

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