When it comes to selecting lucid dreaming techniques, you have an overwhelming amount of choice. But don't freak out just yet (save that for when you meet your identical twin in a lucid dream) as these can be arranged in categories: visualization techniques, sleep cycles techniques, mnemonic techniques, and on it goes.
Your approach to lucid dreaming should start with the basics: increasing your dream recall and acknowledge that it is possible to realize when you're dreaming. This is the essence of lucidity.
Once you can remember at least one dream every night, you're ready to step up to any number of the lucid dream induction techniques described below.Confused? For a systematic training schedule including tutorials and audio tools teaching you how to lucid dream, check out my popular online lucid dreaming course.
More ways to lucid dream than you can shake a stick at. Based on both proven and experimental ideas of visualization, subliminals, memory, supplements and more.
Lucid dreams are a life-changing opportunity for all of us. This section gives a flavor of the mindset and the techniques you'll learn.
The first step in lucid dreaming is remembering your dreams - so here are three detailed tips on boosting your dream recall.
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?
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.
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?