There's no question that your first lucid dream will be the hardest to achieve. But that's not exactly helpful is it - hardest compared to what?
Until you start lucid dreaming, you have zero basis for comparison. And that's why, it seems, a lot of beginners flounder in this realm for a few weeks or months before deciding that lucidity is an impossible dream, and they give up.
I'm writing this article to help you over the brink from vague fuzzy dreams, to the heady world of lucid dreaming. I'm going to give you some specific advice and equip you with some advanced knowledge - so the next time you are on the verge of a lucid dream, you are automatically prepared to jump right in...
First, commit yourself to learning this incredible new skill. You'll be very lucky to start lucid dreaming the first day you hear about it (although it happens, thanks to the subconscious incubation technique). But most people will need to start with some background reading and mentally prepare themselves - this website is a good start. The most popular section of which is Lucid Dreaming Techniques.
A very simple plan for beginners to get started is to:
For most people, these are the minimum requirements to start lucid dreaming. That's because they systematically train your mind to:
Other techniques described on this website will teach you to:
Lucid dreams are exceptionally vivid.
When someone reports a vague lucid dream, where they "sort-of" knew they were dreaming, or "sort-of" had control, it is a form of semi-lucidity. These types of dreams are landmark events for beginners, however some may also find them disappointing because they undermine the brilliance of true lucid dreaming.
If you have had a few semi-lucid dreams and want to experience greater intensity in the dream world, I recommend the following exercise. It will create intensely vivid dreams on any given night. It does not guarantee lucid dreams, but it does offer considerable insight into a realistic dream world where you will understand the power of the subconscious mind to create tangible landscapes.
I am talking about dream herbs.
My favorite dream herb to date is Calea Zacatechichi. This is safe and natural herb discovered by Mexican shamans to induce vivid and meaningful dreams. Though only sometimes lucid, these dreams are leagues apart from regular dreams.
In my Calea Z dreams, I've lived alien lives that seemed to last for years, and followed complex and dramatic plots involving many characters. The dreams can be completely normal or out-of-this-world... and they are always exceptionally vivid. They may lead you to your first lucid dream; but if they don't, they will certainly give you a taste of what an intensely vivid dream life can be like.
Another excellent way to start lucid dreaming if you are on the brink is to increase your consciousness within a regular dream. It's known as a Dream Induced Lucid Dream. The most famous method is called reality checking. But there are other ways to spontaneously increase the clarity and focus of your dreamworld.
First of all, the opportunity must present itself within a regular dream. If you're reading, talking and thinking lots about lucid dreaming during the day (and especially before sleep) then you're already incubating that subconscious desire to lucid dream.
Later, when you have that vague inkling that you're dreaming, or you begin to will things to happen in the dream (but they just don't work), seize the moment by:
There is a method to this madness. Each of these techniques stir the higher conscious brain in one way or another. And that is the switch that will turn your regular-but-vaguely-lucid dream into a vivid lucid dream that lasts.
Once you have stabilized yourself within your conscious dream, it's important to stay calm and explore your environment. Don't try to do anything too fancy too soon, like teleporting to the moon. Think baby steps.
Initially just walk or float around, touching nearby objects, and soaking up the atmosphere. Relish the fact that your fuzzy internal dream has just been transformed into a living, tangible virtual reality.
This will help you stay in your first lucid dream for as long as possible. For many people who start lucid dreaming, the early ones only last a few seconds - usually because they get too overwhelmed or excited or try to do too much, and jolt themselves awake. You now have the benefit of knowing that you must consciously make your first lucid dream last longer. Remember this - and build your lucid experience slowly.
For more step-by-step tutorials in lucidity, check out The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track, my digital course that shows beginners the fastest way to lucid dreams.