Here are my top lucid dreaming techniques for beginners. They range from simple memory exercises (like Reality Checks and Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams) to specialized meditation (like Wake Induced Lucid Dreams).
For step-by-step lucid dreaming tutorials and audio tools, check out my Lucid Dreaming Fast Track home study program - for beginners and beyond. See you on the other side.
A complete list of 52 ways to have lucid dreams - based on visualization, memory, supplements, sleep cycles and more methods than you can shake a stick at.
A summary of my favorite lucid dreaming techniques, from improving dream recall, to programming your dreams, to meditation and self-hypnosis.
To lucid dream, you must first remember your dreams. This increases your self-awareness and enables you to remember your lucid dreams when they do happen.
How to keep a dream journal: why this simple tool is vital for remembering and interpreting dreams - and most importantly, for become lucidly self-aware.
A guide to reality checks: simple lucid dreaming techniques designed to increase your self awareness by day and penetrate your unconscious dreams by night!
To be habitually self aware in waking life means to be more self aware in your dreams... and when you determine your world isn't real, you become lucid.
Why do some find lucid dreaming easier than others? It may be down to prospective memory - the forward-thinking ability to remember set goals in dreams.
How to have Dream Induced Lucid Dreams (DILDs). Simple lucid dreaming techniques for beginners to create spontaneous conscious dreams.
How to perform Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) - an easy lucid dreaming technique created by Dr Stephen LaBerge using reality checks and affirmations.
How to have Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (aka WILDs) - one of the powerful lucid dreaming techniques that produces conscious dreams from a waking state.
How to have Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dreams (aka DEILDs). The effortless lucid dreaming technique to slip into a consciously controlled dream at night.
Did you know that learning how to visualize with maximum definition can give you more lucid dreams?
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The 61-point relaxation technique primes you for any kind of wake-induced lucid dreaming technique (WILD, HIT, OBE). A fascinating way to enter dream land.
Four ways to recognize surreal dream signs and use them to trigger conscious lucidity in dreams. With details of LaBerge's original Dream Sign Inventory.
The Cycle Adjustment Technique (CAT) developed by Daniel Love is a simple method of adjusting your sleep patterns to increase the likelihood of conscious dreams.
Meditation is an excellent primer for lucid dreaming. Here are two easy breathing and guided meditation techniques to improve your visualization skills and self-awareness.
Self hypnosis incorporates the lucid dreaming techniques of MILD and incubation. It produced some of my very first lucid dreams...
Watch our free lucid dreaming subliminal induction video. Although experimental, this video has already been shown to improve recall, vividness and lucidity.
The Wake Back To Bed (WBTB) method is one of the most effective lucid dreaming techniques for beginners. It can help you to have lucid dreams in a week or less.
Why don't you dream of doing reality checks every night? Are you sleepwalking through your days? Author Sean Kelly shares his secrets of reality checking.
How to do guided meditation, increasing your self awareness and visualization skills for lucid dreams. Includes my favorite guided meditation CDs online.
The best sleep postures for lucid dreaming, from the fetal position to lying on your back. Includes tips for spontaneous DILDs and WILDs.
The five most common ways I become lucid in dreams - from recognizing dream signs, to conversations with dream characters, to Wake Induced Lucid Dreams.
Some people discover how to lucid dream on their very first night. Others take longer; perhaps weeks or sometimes months. I can't predict how long it will take for you to have your first lucid dream - it's like asking how long will it take to learn the piano or become a good chess player. Some people take to it naturally, while others need to practice longer to achieve the same results.
However there is one factor that will ensure you progress: practice as efficiently as possible! As with any new skill, the more effort you put in, the more reward you get out.
Make sure that you are performing your lucid dreaming techniques as accurately as possible and weave the ideas of self awareness, reality checks, dream recall and lucid dreaming into your everyday life.
In time, you will begin to wake up inside your unconscious dream world and discover a wildly realistic virtual reality world, where everything you can conceive of comes true... For many people this is an exhilarating experience, bringing benefits for years to come.
Here's a good question. If a lucid dream is any dream in which you know you're dreaming, then why aren't we always lucid in dreams? Why doesn't it just become the default state of dreaming? Why do we accept our dreams of flying pigs and dinosaurs as an extension of waking life? What is the mechanism for defaulting to non-lucid dreams? Intriguingly, scientists have approached this question from three different angles./p>
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.
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?