Lucid dreams are a life-changing opportunity for all of us. If you want to learn how to have lucid dreams, this section gives a flavor of the mindset and the techniques you'll learn.
I'll be absolutely up front with you. If you're going to learn how to have lucid dreams, you need to inject three things in your life starting today:
It takes time to learn a new skill like lucid dreaming.
If your lifestyle is an insane rush between work and screaming kids and a severe lack of sleep, this is not the time to start having lucid dreams.
Learning how to have lucid dreams is a bit like learning to play a new instrument.
The early days don't tend to generate much gratification as you bash out three repeating notes on the piano to songs such as Mr Crocodile, Are You Hungry?
But you're laying the groundwork for much bigger things to come, and your early commitment now will pay great dividends later.
What subject did you hate most in school? How much effort did you put into that, compared to your favorite subject or hobby?
Passion makes learning a reward in itself, and when you combine that with the joy of lucid dreams, you have all the motivation you need to stick with your lucidity training until it becomes self perpetuating.
This is where my analogy to learning piano sometimes flies out the window. Because no-one can play like Chopin on their first attempt.
But surprisingly often, this can happen with lucid dreaming.
Lots and lots of my readers have written to me saying they had a lucid dream within 1, 2 or 3 nights of trying. That's because there is only one requirement for having a lucid dream: realizing you're dreaming. Of course, that's easier said than done.
Some people are already primed to become lucid dreamers and they just need a gentle tap in the right direction.
Others need to be hand-held all the way and that's where the need for discipline comes in.
Once you get the knack, having lucid dreams still tends to require some mental preparation. However, you know exactly what you're doing and it becomes much easier to have lucid dreams on demand.
One day you'll put in a fraction of the effort, and you'll be able to achieve long and intense conscious dreams, in which you can achieve anything you want.
I know, I know, you're raring to go! So...
I offer two routes for learning lucid dreaming:
Not yet sure if lucid dreaming is for you?
Let me summarize some of the training goals. You will:
You'll have more lucid dreams if you incorporate the techniques into your everyday habits. After all, your dreams reflect the content of your thoughts, experiences and emotions from waking reality.
That's why just thinking about lucid dreaming can produce a lucid dream tonight.
Here are five really easy techniques you can start right now to kick-start your lucid dream training:
Ok, go away and do steps 1-3 right now. Don't just read this and forget about it. Actually DO IT!
These techniques feel a bit strange at first, and you may ask yourself why you're doing them. That's normal. When you get to advanced techniques you'll be able to get instant feedback. And when you have your first lucid dream, it will all make sense why you're behaving like reality isn't real any more.
As you may know, I taught myself how to have lucid dreams when I was 14 years old.
I read Stephen LaBerge's classic book Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming which, although written in 1990, remains a hugely relevant goldmine of information for would-be lucid dreamers.
At the time, I practised a number of beginner techniques to produce my first lucid dream. The key for me was total immersion and determination to control my dreams.
Today, my routine has evolved. I've already laid the groundwork, so I have spontaneous lucid dreams whenever I combine these techniques:
I've touched on a number of lucid dreaming techniques here but we've still only scratched the surface.
Jump in with both feet and explore the deeper world of lucid dreaming. Sign up to my online course and see if you have what it takes to become a master lucid dreamer.
Chloe is a natural lucid dreamer. That's to say that all of her dreams are conscious (lucid), highly realistic and incredibly vivid. She can remember these dreams as far back as being a toddler. That level of mindfulness we regular folk strive to achieve in our dreams is always present in her nightly escapades. Her dreams, by default, are highly intense, profound and acutely self aware.
Lucid dreams are a life-changing opportunity for all of us. If you want to learn how to have lucid dreams, this section gives a flavor of the mindset and the techniques you'll learn. I'll be absolutely up front with you. If you're going to learn how to have lucid dreams, you need to inject three things in your life starting today. Time: it takes time to learn a new skill like lucid dreaming. For instance, time to record your dreams each morning. Time to meditate and incubate a self-aware mindset. Time to perform a pre-sleep lucidity routine.
It's the most frustrating thing about lucid dreaming. You finally realize you're dreaming, get excited about the infinite possibilities... and immediately wake up. What's the point of all this lucid dream training if the experience only lasts a few seconds? How much more effort is it going to take to learn how to prolong your lucid dreams? The answer is: none at all.
Learning to have lucid dreams -- it's fun, intensive, frustrating, euphoric, bizarre, daunting -- yet ultimately, lucid dreaming is a hugely rewarding and life changing experience. Learning how to lucid dream is like any other skill that you develop over time. There is no magic secret. But there are a number of tried-and-tested methods that you can employ. Below I've listed a number of those techniques to get you started. Happy dreaming...
This week I was the recipient of a ten-year anniversary gift from Pete (meaning I opened a package with his name on it and was all "Hey cool! Is this for me?!"). The gift was a set of AcousticSheep SleepPhones - wireless headphones embedded in a plush headband which receives audio from your nearest device. The main reason he got this for me was to listen to music and podcasts more comfortably in bed. It's also a top selling product among joggers, air travelers, the partners of snorers, and insomniacs. AcousticSheep SleepPhones have applications in entertainment, leisure, sport and sleep therapy.
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?