Learn how to do guided meditation with this easy practical guide. In this article I will show you the best guided meditation audios and tips for deeper relaxation. The aim is to improve your self awareness and visualization skills for lucid dreaming. With time you may find yourself slipping directly into the lucid dream state...
When you first start to meditate you may find it difficult to let go of your inner voice, being plagued by busy thoughts...
"Is it garbage night?"
"Did I set my alarm?"
"I must remember to book the car in for a service."
Arrghhh SHHH brain! Why won't you leave me alone so I can get some peace!?
Yup, it can be very frustrating when your mind is in a busy beta state and all you want to do is relax. It's times like these that meditation alone isn't enough and you need some help... some way to focus... and that's where guided meditation audios come in extremely useful.
Guided meditation is a way of focusing the mind rather than demanding perfect silence when the time isn't right for it. The result is still deeply relaxing and it's ideal for lucid dreaming because you are increasing your self awareness of an inner world - complete with imagined sensory perceptions.
The purpose of guided relaxation is to diffuse your busy thoughts and step into the world of your imagination. So begin by using your visualization skills to create a peaceful place where you can relax undisturbed - a beach, a forest, a tropical garden - anything you like. It usually helps to have a water source (like a lake, waterfall or the sea) and a big, broad landscape so you can focus on mountains or hills in the distance as well as objects up close.
Engage all your senses. See the ocean glittering in the sunlight. Hear the waves lapping at the shore. Feel the warm sand underfoot. Smell the sea salt in the air. This will truly immerse your senses in this daydream land and build your self awareness - perfect for more vivid and lucid dreaming.
Often, a self guided meditation can have the same limits as a standard quiet meditation - it's easy for the uninitiated to get distracted. Guided meditation audios are a great solution. I produced this lucid dreaming hypnosis session as part of my beginner's digital course for this effect. Narrated by Gale Van Cott, this deeply relaxing hypnosis recording will lead you into a dreamy trance state whenever you listen.
Once under, you will be guided into a natural wonderland that you will come to visualize in vivid detail, engaging multiple senses. This is your trance-state gateway to a lucid dream. Besides fueling your guided meditation and incubating lucid dream triggers, the recording can even prompt spontaneous lucidity.
You will probably find that it feels very comfortable focusing all your awareness on the natural beauty that surrounds you. However, some people take it a little further and use guided meditation as an excellent psychological tool.
Once established in your new surroundings, call into being an imaginary character - it may be yourself from the future, an ancestor, or some other entity you would like to meet. Sit down with them and ask anything you like. Assuming you haven't begun lucid dreaming by this point (it happens!) you may have to consciously speak for them. The point is, in this deeply relaxed state of mind, you are drawing insight and inspiration from your unconscious mind. And in time you may find the other characters start speaking from another place altogether...
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?