52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams
Learning to have lucid dreams. It's fun, intensive, frustrating, euphoric, bizarre, daunting... yet ultimately, lucid dreaming is a hugely rewarding and life-changing experience.
Learning how to lucid dream is like any other skill that you develop over time. There is no magic secret. But there are a number of tried-and-tested methods that you can employ.
Below I've listed a number of those techniques to get you started. There are likely more than 52 ways to have lucid dreams but we might start to stumble into repetition and overlap of techniques.
Besides, 52 is more than enough to get you started.
Happy dreaming ;)
52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams
dream journal and write down at least one dream every morning.
Do a dozen
reality checks each day - such as trying to push your hand through a wall and asking "Am I dreaming?"
Perform a daily 10-minute
breathing meditation and examine your self-awareness as you become sensitive to your surroundings.
brainwave entrainment during afternoon naps and early morning meditation.
interpret your dreams and record key recurring themes.
Supercharge your dream intensity and dream recall with
lucid dream supplements like Galantamine or Choline.
Experiment with a dream herb like
Calea Z for vivid and memorable dreams.
Perform Dr Stephen LaBerge's
Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) before you go to sleep tonight.
Wake Induced Lucid Dreams technique whenever you can.
Observe your own
hypnagogic hallucinations as you drift off to sleep.
dream pillow filled with aromas that promote relaxation while you sleep.
Rid yourself of any
sleep disorders which disturb your quality of REM sleep.
Listen to a lucid dreaming
hypnosis session as you go to sleep to place targeted auto-suggestions in your unconscious mind.
subliminal messages for lucid dream induction.
subliminal lucid dreaming video before bed.
Figure out your
best sleep posture for lucid dreaming (usually on your back for WILDs, although you may be different).
Wake Back to Bed method by waking early for 30 minutes.
comfortable mattress - not too firm, not too soft - so you always get a good night's sleep.
Experiment with the OBE Exit Technique, a fun visualization technique, as taught by Nick Newport of
Use aromatherapy to induce specific memories and associations while you sleep - also known as a
Smell Induced Lucid Dream (SILD).
Eat cheese before bed to increase your dream intensity ("
ask the dream to help you become lucid more easily in future.
Incubate specific dream plots by reading evocative fiction and watching inspiring
lucid dream movies before bed.
Allow yourself to
daydream - any time - pushing your conscious awareness into a range of different realities.
Out of Body Experiences (OBEs), a type of sleep paralysis induced lucid dream.
Wear a digital watch and perform a reality check every time it chimes on the hour (the sound may also filter through into your dreams).
Learn about the ancient art of
Dream Yoga from Tibetan Buddhism.
false awakenings when you sleep in different locations or anticipate an unusual event when you wake up in the morning.
sleep paralysis -- and then visualize your desired lucid dream scene.
Set an alarm every 90 minutes of sleep to wake you during your most likely period of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep to boost your dream recall.
Count backwards from 100 as you fall asleep: "100. I'm dreaming. 99. I'm dreaming. 98. I'm dreaming..."
Take afternoon naps when you feel tired, especially after meals.
Allow yourself more lie-ins and practice lucid dreaming techniques.
Don't smoke marijuana or drink excessive alcohol as this inhibits REM sleep.
Let go of any fears that are holding you back. There is nothing to be fearful of when you understand how it all works.
Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night - or more if you feel you need more (I do!)
Perform Daniel Love's
Cycle Adjustment Technique by alternating your daily wake-up times.
next lucid dream in advance; how you will become lucid, what it will feel and look like, and what you'll do first.
Try a Finger Induced Lucid Dream (FILD) when you wake up in the night: lie still and
minutely wiggle your index and middle finger till you fall asleep lucidly.
As you fall asleep, lie perfectly relaxed, melt your awareness into the mattress, and repeat the phrase: "The next scene will be a dream."
Hypnotize yourself as you fall asleep, visualizing your way into a beautiful garden that represents your unconscious.
Expect to have spontaneous lucid dreams, also known as Dream Induced Lucid Dreams (DILDs) where you become lucid through flashes of logic.
Use a lucid dream mask such as the
REM Dreamer, also known as an Electrically Induced Lucid Dream (EILD).
Play first-person video games like Prototype or Left 4 Dead to stimulate the proven phenomenon of
Game Induced Lucid Dreams (GILDs).
Some swear by this one: go to bed thirsty and place a glass of water the other side of the bedroom. You may dream an
out-of-body experience in an attempt to fetch the drink.
Conversely, perform reality checks every time you use the bathroom, then go to bed with a semi-full bladder and dream urination can induce lucidity.
visualization skills: lay in bed with your eyes closed and visualize the room in vivid detail. Visualize outdoor scenes as well.
Imagine kinesthetic sensations like riding a bike, floating on a cloud, or running through a field as you fall asleep.
Vitamin B6 supplement which converts tryptophan (found in cheese, chicken, salmon, eggs and milk) into serotonin, for more vivid dreams.
Set at least three clear
lucid dream intentions before you go to sleep at night.
Learn as much as you can about lucid dreaming from
the bestselling books and online resources.
Create your own
art inspired by dreams to bring dreaming to the forefront of your imagination and boost your dream recall.
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