Lucid dreaming – the art of being consciously aware while you are dreaming, and potentially influencing the course of your dreams – offers us limitless freedom and creativity. But most people simply find it too difficult and give up long before they’ve been able to enjoy the experience. It almost seems unfair that some people can look forward every night to flying through the mountains of Pandora with the dragons of Avatar while most of us are permanently grounded! Is there an easier, better way to lucid dream?
Lucid Dreaming Techniques – The Standard Methods
The foremost scholar of lucid dreaming is Dr. Stephen LaBerge of Stanford University, whose dissertation and subsequent books legitimized the field. He recommends the following methods:
- Develop your ability to remember your dreams by writing down as much detail as you can as soon as you wake up. Dream recall is crucial as it conditions you to recognize how the dream state looks and feels, helping you to recognize when you are in fact dreaming.
- Practice a “reality test” by looking at a set of written numbers, or a piece of text, two or three times in quick succession. The numbers won’t change when you’re awake, but they will almost always change by the third look when you’re dreaming. Ingraining this test into your daily routine will help you know when a dream experience is indeed just a dream.
- While awake, deliberately imagine that you are in fact dreaming, imagine how it looks and feels, and then think about what you’d like to do in your dreams. Have fun with this!
- Study your dreams for characteristic markers (“dreamsigns”) that let you know you are dreaming. These signs will be different for each of us, but there will be particular images, characters, or bizarre representations of places that we recognize as our unique dream “furniture.”
- Before going to sleep, and after awakening from a dream and before going back to sleep, set a firm intention to become lucid during your next dream. Affirm this intention repeatedly until you are sure your subconscious mind has got the message!
The Best Way to Lucid Dream
LaBerge’s research demonstrated that one of the best ways to lucid dream was to take naps, especially in the morning roughly 30 minutes after waking up an hour earlier than normal. This is fascinating, because it is very similar to what Thomas Edison deliberately did to exploit the problem-solving potential of the dream state. The key here is that periods of wakefulness are interjected between periods of sleep.
This finding ties in very neatly with a new approach to lucid dream induction, taking advantage of the audio technology of brainwave entrainment. In this approach, the brain is encouraged to operate in the frequencies that characterize different stages of sleep and lucidity. When combined correctly, the effect can yield results that are much more reliable than the rather hit-or-miss standard methods. To see what this is all about and try a free sample of the technology, visit this website. Start thinking about what you want to do in your dreams, because you’ve just been cleared for lift off!