Have you ever wanted to control or change your dreams? Would you like to experience what it is like to fly or breathe under water? With the world of lucid dreaming you can train, or retain yourself to do just that.
Lucid dreaming is when you become conscious in your dreams and then gain control over them. Once you have control over the dream you can then change it to be whatever you want. Imagine the holo-deck on Star Trek or your own mental video game. You can be the hero, you can be the villain, or you can just fly around the moon and back.You can simulate or experience anything you want without causing any harm to yourself or your physical reality. Follow these three tricks to begin finding success in your dreaming.1. Perform Regular Reality Checks
Many people cannot tell when they are dreaming and when they are awake. Especially as they get older their dreams get more realistic and less interesting. In order to change that, you need to get in the habit of doing reality checks.
During the day, repeatedly ask yourself “Am I dreaming?” Try to do something outside of the normal realm of reality such as hovering above the ground or reaching through a wall. Maybe try to move an object with your mind. The point is to do something that you wouldn’t normally be able to do and it needs to be a bit more complex then just pinching yourself. Our minds can simulate pain even while we are asleep. If you are unsuccessful, in flying or moving that object with your mind, then you know that you are still awake.
Try and do this check a few times per day. Once you get in the habit of checking regularly then you will find a time that you can fly and are therefore asleep. At that point you can take off and start creating whatever you want in the dream.
Once I know I am asleep I try and stay calm, otherwise the excitement of being in control of the dream will wake me up. With practice I have retrained myself to take hold of the dream and stay in it. You have to allow your mind to believe the unbelievable. Like that you can fly, breathe underwater, or create whatever you want right in front of your eyes. Keep at it until you find success.
2. Record Your Experiences
When you first wake up it is easy to quickly forget your dreams and experiences. Even if in the beginning you write down nothing more than “it worked” it will help you to see that the lucid dreaming has been successful.
If you don’t want to write your dream down then maybe try doing audio recordings or something else that you can use to trigger your memory later. List key words that you remember such as places, people and events. Your abstract brain is often in control of the dream making it seem random, but this is actually a symbolic representation of your reality.
Practice recording your dreams even if you were unable to lucid dream. This will help you start becoming more conscious and slowly regain control of your dreams.
3. Aim for the REM Cycles
REM Cycles are the Key to Lucid Dreaming! We typically go into REM or Rapid Eye Movement when we first fall asleep and when we are about to wake up. It is during this part that we dream and the more dreams we have the more chances we get to lucid dream.
If you want to have a great chance of lucid dreaming then try taking a nap a few hours after getting up in the morning for best results.
Interested in learning more about the science of Lucid dreaming?
Tim Post recently gave a TED talk where he talks about the practical uses of lucid dreaming. He has trained many people in lucid dreaming and is interested in using it scientifically to help people simulate different scenarios as well as overcome issues in life such as fear.
Let us know in the comments below about your lucid dreaming experiences.