The following review of Lucid Dreamer App is written by the developer, Matthew Silber.
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Lucid Dreamer is an iOS and Android app that may help you experience a lucid dream through classical approaches like dream journalling and reality checking, as well as modernized methods like brainwave entrainment. It's currently one of the most popular lucid dreaming apps on Android, designed to help you master the art with seven core features:
This is the opening feature and we feel it's all you really need to experience a lucid dream tonight. The Dreamer repeatedly plays a short binaural beat tone after you have fallen asleep, with the aim of triggering a conscious state of awareness in your dreams. Combine this with the other app features to support your lucidity practice.
Did you know that writing down your dreams has actually been shown to help you remember them better? We try to make that easy by enabling you to create a spoken record of your dreams, as well as noting which dreams were lucid and what techniques you used. The Dream Journal comes with an optional lock feature to keep all your private dreams just that - private!
One of the oldest and most reliable dream realization techniques involves reality checking, such as creating a habit of looking at your hand and asking yourself "Am I dreaming?" To help you create this habit, our Reality Checker reminds you to ask this all-important question at regular intervals.
One advanced induction technique uses Sleep Paralysis, whereby your body falls asleep, but your mind remains awake, allowing you to easily slip into a lucid state. The Paralyzer is designed to gently stimulate your consciousness as you're falling asleep, easing you into a state of Sleep Paralysis, and ultimately, lucidity.
A word of warning: sleep paralysis is not for everyone! We suggest reading up about it first, as it can be overwhelming to beginners. During the process you will lose control of your body as it falls asleep (this happens to you every night, only this time you'll know about it).
Your dream content is programmed by your waking experiences, thoughts and feelings. The Focalizer allows you to focus on images of significance to you, in an effort to unconsciously pre-program components of your dreams. The more frequently you see these images, the more likely dream permeation will occur. The focalizer principle is experimental but may mimic visualization.
The Dreamscapes are similar to the concept of the Focalizer, except that they use more color psychology. Each color is designed to help direct your dream environment. Again this helps with dream incubation, a proven lucidity inducer.
The custom music tool enables you to use your own binaural beats, sound effects or music with the Dreamer's other functions.
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?