So you want to learn how to have your first lucid dream? Join the party! You have - rest assured - come to the right place.
Whether you've dabbled in lucid dreaming without success, or have just recently discovered this wonderful mental skill and want to get started ASAP, I'm here to take you by the hand and show you exactly how it's done...
For step-by-step tutorials and audio tools for lucid dream induction and exploration, check out my Lucid Dreaming Fast Track study program for beginners and beyond.
Today's quick-start guide will cover some of the essentials.
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 power of unconscious incubation).
Most people need to start with some background reading and mentally prepare themselves. This website is a good place to start.
A very simple 3-step plan for beginners to get going is to:
Ok, I'm really skimping on the details. There's a lot more you need to know.
But so many people ask me for the most direct route to lucid dreams - and let's face it, you've got to start somewhere. This is the best place.
For most people, those are the basic minimum steps to start lucid dreaming, because they systematically train your mind to:
Other techniques I recommend will train you to:
I often call dream herbs and supplements as the lazy man's way to lucid dreams. That's because they don't require any mental training, but they can produce wildly vivid and tangible dreams, which more easily become lucid.
My favorite dream herb for beginners is called Calea Zacatechichi - available here from Amazon.
This dream herb was discovered by Mexican shamans to induce vivid and meaningful dreams. These are leagues apart from your regular dreams.
In one of my favorite Calea Z dreams, I lived an alien life that seemed to last for years, and followed complex and dramatic plots involving many characters. It was an amazing experience. Such dreams can be completely normal or out-of-this-world... they are intense and seem so real, that's why I enjoy them.
Calea Z may well lead you to your first lucid dream. That's because the "realness" will trigger you to recognize that you're dreaming. It stirs the conscious brain and creates instant lucidity. Even if not, such dreams can certainly give you a taste of what an intensely vivid dream life can be like.
For more on this dream herb, see my Calea Z review.
When you realize that you're dreaming -- while dreaming -- it's important to stabilize your lucid dream using a few simple techniques:
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 half-lucid dream into a full blown lucid experience.
Once you have stabilized yourself within your first lucid dream, it's important to stay calm and simply explore your environment.
Generally speaking, don't try to do anything too fancy too soon, like teleport to the moon. It could prove too exciting and cause you to wake up.
So initially just walk or float around, touch nearby objects, and soak 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.
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