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.
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Humans are unique in our endless capacity for imagination. According to Steven Mithen, an anthropologist at the University of Reading in the UK, we needed to evolve seven critical mental skills before we could have imagination as we know it. Each of these abilities serve a distinct purpose in their own right, while imagination is the culmination of them all.
The coolest brain hack I've ever experienced is the Wake Induced Lucid Dream - or WILD. The name says it all: during a WILD, you literally hand-off your awareness from a physically waking state directly into a sleeping lucid dream state. Though not the easiest lucid dream technique, it does have two big advantages. Lucidity on demand - choose when you have a lucid dream. Peak lucidity - it's the most vivid type of lucid dream available. In this tutorial, I explain how to have a Wake Induced Lucid Dream via two routes: visualization (using your hypnagogia) and the out-of-body exit. Buckle up, Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye bye.
So here's a quirky little nighttime oddity that can strike terror into your soul. Sleep paralysis. It's the mechanism that stops you from acting out your dreams. It happens to you every single time you go to sleep, and you've probably never even been aware of it. There's a lot to say about sleep paralysis. One the one hand, it's a very normal bodily process. One the other, it can be a terrifying sleep disorder. And on the third hand (yes, that's three hands now) it's the gateway to the lucid dream world. It covers quite the spectrum of emotions.
Want to get your hands on some futuristic technology? Then why not use your lucid dreams to explore new scientific concepts and developments? In fact, it's thought that numerous well-known scientists including Nikola Tesla exploited their dreams to simulate theories and prototypes in action. Here are five futuristic concepts to get your dream cogs in motion.
So you want a real challenge for your next lucid dream? Check out these thought experiments. They have no right or wrong answers, at least as far as we can prove in 2015. If you undertake any of these - please add a comment below. The beauty is that everyone's experience will be different and I'm eager to read your results.
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?