Some years ago, I had a VERY lucid dream. It was awesome! I'd like to repeat the experience. I've been doing some research and I've read it has a lot of advantages. Quote:
I find this exremely interesting.
I was wondering if some of you have also had Lucid Dreams?
And in your opinion, what are the best techniques to accomplish this the faster? I have read you can get to have 4 - 5 Lucid Dreams per week!!!
The most successful, but probably one of the more difficult to adopt, ways of influencing the induction of lucid dreaming is to cultivate a mindset that always questions if you are dreaming or not. Work this kind of critical evaluation into your daily life and you will not only have a higher chance noticing the idiosyncrasies that indicate that you're dreaming, but also a steadier awareness and higher lucidity in your waking life.
There are lots of other techniques, but the general undertone is to structure your life in such a way as to be thinking about your dreams often. Start a dream journal, record what you remember, and look over past dreams before bed. This will prime your brain to be thinking about them while you sleep, as well as slowly start to show you some of the common themes and patterns of your dreaming mind that have likely gone unnoticed.
Meditate. The states of calm abiding and awareness that are cultivated by meditation transition very well into lucid dreaming. The trick is to pay attention and be engaged without being super excited or attached. This will either wake you up or pull you back into nonlucidity. And aside from that, dreaming or not, meditation is a good idea!
There are audio tracks you can listen to (or make yourself) that are largely silent, except for the approximate periods you're dreaming. Then a gentle voice reminds you that you are dreaming, and you may hear it in the dream and respond with increased awareness and control. There are masks that take this a step further, detect your REM periods and blink subtle lights when appropriate. Likewise, you can repeat a phrase or mantra to yourself as you fall to sleep, even something simple like "Am I dreaming?" over and over, as long as you actually try and answer that question! Look up MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming) and there will be many more examples.
You can also mess with your alarm clock, to try and catch yourself or increase your chances. Time and alarm for maybe 4.5, 6, and 7.5 hours after you fall asleep to boost the odds you will wake up during a REM period. For those with faith in the mind and body, simply telling yourself that you will wake up at x o'clock after a dream will be enough. If youre flexible with your morning routine, being able to wake up for an hour or so (get the "awake" mind going by reading old dreams, meditating, or even just take care of what you have to do usually in the morning) and then sleeping for another 90 minutes is often highly recommended. These types of things usually fall in the category of WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming).
Basically, step 1 is start a dream journal. Step 2 is think about it all the time. Step 3 is get crazy with your waking time.
answered 11 Aug '10, 15:10
According to Tenzin Wengyal Rinpoche in his book The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep,
Thank you for reminding me of the Great Dream with your question Bridget!
May you find what you seek!
answered 06 Dec '10, 09:03
I had a lucid dream not long ago, though I was so excited when I realised it that when I started to fly I couldn't navigate properly and ended up crashing and waking myself up. The way I knew it was a dream was to look at my watch face and see the numbers spinning round quickly. Like you I have been trying to repeat the experience but so far no luck.I'll let you know if I do.
answered 11 Aug '10, 14:33
James Twyman has a technique where you go to sleep and tell yourself you will wake up prior to when you have to wake up, stay up for about a half an hour, then go back to sleep and tell yourself you will remember what you are dreaming. This happens in the last few hours of your sleep. He has even developed a way to connect with the non physical during the sleep state. Look up Dream Dancing by James Twyman. That is where I found it.
But there is a wonderful CD you can get from the www.jonahlifeinstitute.com called "Sleep". There is much learning we receive during the sleep state and you can get answers to your questions if you work with this information.
There is also a book called "The Artists Way" that says if you ponder a question prior to sleep and then when you first wake up don't move for at least 30 minutes and simply recall your dream and then as soon as you get up write it down. Much can be achieved and learned from our dreams.
I do much of my lucid dreaming whilst riding in a car. I am awake but dreaming. I would guess I am in either a Theta brainwave or Delta brainwave. There is breathwork you can do to get into those brainwave states, see Jack Schwartz books, "The Human Energy System" or "The Method of Atogenics".
Hope this helps!
From the Heart!
answered 12 Aug '10, 22:06
I get them about once or twice every six months. I have no idea how they come about. Something just clicks mid-dream and bingo! I say to myself "I am dreaming" then its party time.
I like that it is always a surprise and I do not bring it on by request.
answered 07 Dec '10, 03:48
it comes with practice!just be aware that you are not in the physical body anny more! most of my dream i am aware! some time i do around 3 to 4 dream in the same night! yes it is fun you can fight nightmare and after a while you will not have anny nightmare anny more they get tired to try to scare something more powerful then them! in creative dream you can control annything!(change enviromment colors etc.) also you can rewind dream and pass in slow motion!yep it is very fun!
answered 24 Apr '11, 05:41
Somewhat a deviation from the question of your initial post, but Bashar of the Sessani, in one of the many Bashar videos on youtube, stated that he/she and their race are currently in, or are approaching, a state of conscious existence of what we would call 'Lucid Dreaming'. I found this statement not only interesting but a highly resonating reminder of our directional manifestational abilities. Unfortunately, I do not recall the particular video in which Bashar made this statement; but in the event I come across this video again, I will most certainly post it to this particular forum stream.
answered 06 Apr '14, 01:53
Scientific researchers have recently discovered how to make people aware of themselves during a dream ... by zapping the brain with a weak electric current, "we can really quite easily change conscious awareness in dreams"
answered 14 May '14, 11:30
First of all, if you don't already, you need to keep a dream journal so that you develop a better dream memory. This will take some time but after 2-3 weeks you will be able to remember up to 4-5 dreams every morning.
As an astonishing side effect your dreams get extremely vivid.
While developing your dream memory you can start training your awareness with "Reality Checks."
Here are the very basics of this easy lucid dreaming technique:
During your day start observing reality for situations that seem weird,odd or "out of place." Every time you happen to have one of these moments, you do a reality check by looking at your hands. IF you are dreaming - you will see your fingers in a funny, deformed way. If not, your hands, of course, will look normal.
This works because you will develop the habit of being more critical and doing reality checks in your dreams too. If you're disciplined with this you will find yourself doing reality checks in your dreams, discovering that your hands look "funny" and recognizing, "Wow, this must be a dream!"
I've had great success with this technique. It's easy and enhances your awareness - brings you from day's "sleep mode" to high-awareness mode.
answered 12 Oct '15, 23:48
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