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...
What do blind people dream about? Can they "see" in their dreams? Take a look at scientific studies into the dreams of the blind, colorblind, and black-and-white dreamers. In 1999, dream researchers at the University of Hartford analyzed 372 dreams of 15 blind people. They found that both the congenitally blind and those who went blind before five years old did not have any visual dreams at all. That's because our dreams are made up of real world experiences and our innermost thoughts, anxieties and desires. So for someone who has never perceived images or light (or can't remember any) their dreams simply can't manifest visually.
Not long ago, scientists at Frankfurt University discovered how to produce lucid dreams with electronic stimulation. It was a world first. And - astonishingly - it worked in non-lucid dreamers 77% of the time. Now you can buy the same technology for yourself. The foc.us V2 - which delivers the proven optimum 40 Hz transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) - was originally developed to increase working memory in video gamers and improve sleep.
As technology continues to move us towards more immersive dreamlike experiences, one can only wonder what digital wonders lay just beyond the horizon of tomorrow. We may also question just how the future of virtual reality will impact the study and practice of lucid dreaming. Are we, perhaps, the last generation to whom lucid dreaming will maintain an appeal?
Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller. He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination. He's also a school teacher, and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork. Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams.
Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland, artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where "a space of surprises creates a space that creates surprises." Based on photos of Istanbul, Buyuktas explains: "We live in places that most of the times don't draw our attention, places that transform our memories, places that the artist gives another dimension; where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise. These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality, ironic as well as a multidimensional romantic point of view."
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?