Is it possible for everyone to lucid dream? Because I have been trying since the beginning of last summer and all that has happened is I got like a 5 second lucid dream. What am I doing wrong?
Rebecca says: Experts tend to agree that anyone who dreams can also lucid dream. It is a matter of bringing waking consciousness to the dreamworld.
Children can spontaneously lucid dream; one reader remembers having lucid dreams as early as three years old. And even those in ill health, like sufferers of Parkinson's Disease can have lucid dreams as a side effect of their medication.
Lucidity is a state of awareness where the conscious meets the unconscious mind. Like people who practice OBEs, hypnosis and meditation. These are all different states of mind that come with practice and the right techniques.
The only way to guarantee lucid dreams is consistency of practice. Write down at least one regular dream every day. Question your reality as often as possible, because this self awareness is how you become lucid in a normal dream.
Keep the idea of lucid dreaming on your mind during the day. I have more lucid dreams when I read books on the subject, so see what you can get at the library or online (even this website!) All this information filters through to the unconscious at night, and can help you realize when you are dreaming. Your first one was the hardest to achieve, so congratulations! Don't be put off because it only lasted 5 seconds - that happened to me at first too. It's the act of becoming lucid that counts. The next few may come quickly in succession, then you may not lucid dream again for weeks. As long as you are consistent and rack up more lucid experiences, it will get easier and easier, and soon you will have really long lucid dreams with amazing dream control.
If we're completely honest, lucid dreaming isn't really known for being the most social of interests. In fact, often it's a lone pursuit - just you, your dream journal and the landscape of your mind. But this technique called PAL (or Partner Assisted Lucidity) breaks down that wall and turns lucid dream exploration into a social event.
Members of our lucid dream forum have been asking how to create dream characters in lucid dreams. The most common problem is having characters who look nothing like they should. Or they seem disinterested in your company. Or they fail to show up on command altogether. So, how to combat this? It's a matter of finding creative solutions that bypass logical expectations.
To lucid dream, I recommend being able to remember at least one vivid dream per night. That will boost your self awareness in dreams (making lucidity more likely) and also means you can actually remember your lucid dreams. Which is nice. Here are four detailed tips on how to remember your dreams more frequently. And if you don't think you dream at all - trust me, you almost certainly do. It takes an extraordinarily rare sleep disorder to deprive someone of dream sleep.
It is estimated that these wise and wily Indians have been using mugwort in their healing and ritual practices for 13,000 years, where it is known as the ‘dream sage’. They use the herb to promote good dreams, which they consider an essential aspect of normal human functioning! But that’s not all...
Silene Capensis has been used for millennia by the Xhosa shaman of the river valleys in the eastern cape of South Africa, where it is known as Undela Ziimhlophe or 'white paths'. It's fragrant white flowers open only at night, when they emit a fragrant and almost hypnotising aroma. Also known as African Dream Herb or Ubulawu, Silene Capensis induces spectacularly vivid dreams - yet has never entered the mainstream and remains a fringe taste within western culture.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?