How To Have Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreams are a life-changing opportunity for all of us. If you want to learn how to have lucid dreams, this section gives a flavor of the mindset and the techniques you'll learn.

What You Need

I'll be absolutely up front with you. If you're going to learn how to have lucid dreams, you need to inject three things in your life starting today:


Time to Lucid Dream

It takes time to learn a new skill like lucid dreaming.


  • Time to record your dreams
  • Time to meditate and incubate self-awareness
  • Time to perform a pre-sleep lucidity routine

If your lifestyle is an insane rush between work and screaming kids and a severe lack of sleep, this is not the time to start having lucid dreams.



You Need Self Discipline to Learn Any New Skill

Learning how to have lucid dreams is a bit like learning to play a new instrument.

The early days don't tend to generate much gratification as you bash out three repeating notes on the piano to songs such as Mr Crocodile, Are You Hungry?

But you're laying the groundwork for much bigger things to come, and your early commitment now will pay great dividends later.



Develop a Passion for Lucid Dreaming

What subject did you hate most in school? How much effort did you put into that, compared to your favorite subject or hobby?

Passion makes learning a reward in itself, and when you combine that with the joy of lucid dreams, you have all the motivation you need to stick with your lucidity training until it becomes self perpetuating.

How Long Does It Take to Have Your First Lucid Dream?

This is where my analogy to learning piano sometimes flies out the window. Because no-one can play like Chopin on their first attempt.

But surprisingly often, this can happen with lucid dreaming.

Lots and lots of my readers have written to me saying they had a lucid dream within 1, 2 or 3 nights of trying. That's because there is only one requirement for having a lucid dream: realizing you're dreaming. Of course, that's easier said than done.

Some people are already primed to become lucid dreamers and they just need a gentle tap in the right direction.

Others need to be hand-held all the way and that's where the need for discipline comes in.

Once you get the knack, having lucid dreams still tends to require some mental preparation. However, you know exactly what you're doing and it becomes much easier to have lucid dreams on demand.

One day you'll put in a fraction of the effort, and you'll be able to achieve long and intense conscious dreams, in which you can achieve anything you want.

Soon you'll be able to study a piece of art and visualize it as you fall asleep, knowing you'll enter that dreamscape on your adventures tonight...

A Home In The Green by Jeremiah Morelli


How to Have Lucid Dreams

I know, I know, you're raring to go! So...

I offer two routes for learning lucid dreaming:

  1. My website right here has a ton of learning materials to pour though. Go explore everything I have to offer. There are 300+ articles and it's all free. I teach people of most ages how to have lucid dreams.

  2. My online course is a set of streamlined tutorials and meditation audios for lucid dreaming. This is a paid course, but fully refundable if you change your mind. It's well worth checking out on that basis alone.

Not yet sure if lucid dreaming is for you?

Let me summarize some of the training goals. You will:

  • Increase your dream recall (you have 100 minutes of dreams each night!)
  • Increase your dream intensity (so sights, sounds and tactile sensations feel real)
  • Learn how to consciously recognize when you're dreaming (this is lucidity)
  • Enhance your self-awareness in waking life (an essential precursor)
  • Enhance your self-awareness in dreams (leads to more lucid dreams)
  • Develop awesome visualization skills to dream yourself to sleep
  • Actively program your dream content before you sleep

You'll have more lucid dreams if you incorporate the techniques into your everyday habits. After all, your dreams reflect the content of your thoughts, experiences and emotions from waking reality.

That's why just thinking about lucid dreaming can produce a lucid dream tonight.


Oasis by Jeremiah Morelli

5 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams

Here are five really easy techniques you can start right now to kick-start your lucid dream training:

  1. Spend an hour learning about lucid dreaming today - You're already in the right place.
  2. Every time you open a door, do a "reality check" - Try to push your hand through the solid door and ask yourself whether you are dreaming.
  3. Plan your first lucid dream - Close your eyes and vividly imagine your first lucid dream.
  4. Incubate a lucid dream as you fall asleep - Recall your desired dream as you fall asleep.
  5. Repeat the last step when you wake up in the night - especially after 4-5 hours of sleep.

Ok, go away and do steps 1-3 right now. Don't just read this and forget about it. Actually DO IT!

These techniques feel a bit strange at first, and you may ask yourself why you're doing them. That's normal. When you get to advanced techniques you'll be able to get instant feedback. And when you have your first lucid dream, it will all make sense why you're behaving like reality isn't real any more.

My Lucid Dream Routine Today

As you may know, I taught myself how to have lucid dreams when I was 14 years old.

Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming by Dr Stephen LaBerge

I read Stephen LaBerge's classic book Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming which, although written in 1990, remains a hugely relevant goldmine of information for would-be lucid dreamers.

At the time, I practised a number of beginner techniques to produce my first lucid dream. The key for me was total immersion and determination to control my dreams.

Today, my routine has evolved. I've already laid the groundwork, so I have spontaneous lucid dreams whenever I combine these techniques:

  1. Meditation - There is a half-sleep state I explore when I feel calm and/or drowsy, day or night. I lie very still and relaxed and allow my mind to drift. I hold on to that thin strand of consciousness while training my body to fall asleep consciously.

    Not only is this deeply relaxing, it creates all kinds of interesting hypnagogic sensations: floating, seeing geometric patterns, auditory hallucinations and fleeting dream impressions.

    Meditation is a really good tool for lucid dreamers to enhance self-awareness and visualization skills. I teach a lot of meditation and visualization skills with a specific slant on lucid dreaming in my course.

  2. Dream Journaling - If there were one technique that is absolutely essential to frequent lucid dreaming, it is to keep a dream journal.

    Spend 10 minutes writing down your dreams each morning and you will find that not only will your dream recall and intensity increase, but you will have many more moments of spontaneous lucidity in the dream world. Ignore this at your peril.

  3. Incubation - This means planting a seed of an idea into your unconscious mind, so that you may dream about it later. It's is nothing to do with Inception - this idea is self-seeded :)

    One way to incubate a lucid dream is to fantasize/visualize about a specific dream plot or character during the daytime. In the same way that horror movies can incubate nightmares, your happy thoughts and daydreams can incubate positive dream content too. Especially if it feels visceral.

    Bonus: As you fall asleep at night, silently think the mantra: I will lucid dream tonight or the next scene will be a dream. Make it the last waking thought of your day.

Final Thoughts

I've touched on a number of lucid dreaming techniques here but we've still only scratched the surface.

Jump in with both feet and explore the deeper world of lucid dreaming. Sign up to my online course and see if you have what it takes to become a master lucid dreamer.


About The Author

About the author

Rebecca Turner is the founder of World of Lucid Dreaming. She is currently studying for a science degree in Auckland and becoming famous as a science writer. Try our free lucid dreaming course and connect with the team on Facebook and the lucid dream forum.