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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...
In case you're not sure, here's the scientific definition of a lucid dream. It's any dream in which you realize you're dreaming and/or are able to control elements of the dream. That's it.
In terms of brain activity, you'll be working at levels resembling full waking consciousness. Despite the fact that you're fast asleep.
This is the paradox of lucid dreaming. But that doesn't make it any less of a real, scientifically proven state of consciousness.
Best of all, anyone can learn how to do it. Today's quick-start guide will cover some of the essentials.
First of all, commit to learning this truly awesome mental skill. That means accepting that you will have to work for it.
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:
Once you’ve got those fundamentals (I call them fundamentals, because they really are the foundational pillars of lucid dreaming practice) down pat, you should start a duel approach of learning the right technique and supplementing with the right dream herb.
If you’re just starting out – and trying to have you very first lucid dream, pick a nice simple technique like the WBTB .
And use it in conjunction with a reliable herbal supplement.
Of course, you don’t need to take supplements to have lucid dreams, but if you are a beginner and looking for the most direct route to your goal – then they will give you a big helping hand.
Think of them as a tool to help your practice along, rather than a crutch to rely on.
The most reliable herbal support for first timers is Chinese club moss.
Take the supplement around 4-5 hours after going to bed. This will therefore work perfectly with the WBTB technique mentioned above.
The effects will start to kick in after 30 minutes, so make sure that you “go back to bed” around this time - just as it starts to work its magic.
This is a very simple method to follow for a beginner and will almost invariable lead to your first lucid dream.
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.
Initially, I recommend just walking or floating around, touching nearby objects and soaking 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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