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...
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Humans are unique in our endless capacity for imagination. According to Steven Mithen, an anthropologist at the University of Reading in the UK, we needed to evolve seven critical mental skills before we could have imagination as we know it. Each of these abilities serve a distinct purpose in their own right, while imagination is the culmination of them all.
The coolest brain hack I've ever experienced is the Wake Induced Lucid Dream - or WILD. The name says it all: during a WILD, you literally hand-off your awareness from a physically waking state directly into a sleeping lucid dream state. Though not the easiest lucid dream technique, it does have two big advantages. Lucidity on demand - choose when you have a lucid dream. Peak lucidity - it's the most vivid type of lucid dream available. In this tutorial, I explain how to have a Wake Induced Lucid Dream via two routes: visualization (using your hypnagogia) and the out-of-body exit. Buckle up, Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye bye.
So here's a quirky little nighttime oddity that can strike terror into your soul. Sleep paralysis. It's the mechanism that stops you from acting out your dreams. It happens to you every single time you go to sleep, and you've probably never even been aware of it. There's a lot to say about sleep paralysis. One the one hand, it's a very normal bodily process. One the other, it can be a terrifying sleep disorder. And on the third hand (yes, that's three hands now) it's the gateway to the lucid dream world. It covers quite the spectrum of emotions.
Want to get your hands on some futuristic technology? Then why not use your lucid dreams to explore new scientific concepts and developments? In fact, it's thought that numerous well-known scientists including Nikola Tesla exploited their dreams to simulate theories and prototypes in action. Here are five futuristic concepts to get your dream cogs in motion.
So you want a real challenge for your next lucid dream? Check out these thought experiments. They have no right or wrong answers, at least as far as we can prove in 2015. If you undertake any of these - please add a comment below. The beauty is that everyone's experience will be different and I'm eager to read your results.
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?