How to Have Your First Lucid Dream

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So you want to learn how to have your first lucid dream? Join the party.

Rest assured, you have come to the right place.

Whether you've dabbled in lucid dreaming without success, or have just recently discovered this wonderful mental skill and want to get started ASAP, I'm here to take you by the hand and show you exactly how it's done...

3 Ways to Trigger Your First Lucid Dream

In case you're not sure, here's the scientific definition of a lucid dream. It's any dream in which you realize you're dreaming and/or are able to control elements of the dream. That's it.

In terms of brain activity, you'll be working at levels resembling full waking consciousness. Despite the fact that you're fast asleep.

This is the paradox of lucid dreaming. But that doesn't make it any less of a real, scientifically proven state of consciousness.

Best of all, anyone can learn how to do it. Today's quick-start guide will cover some of the essentials.

First of all, commit to learning this truly awesome mental skill. That means accepting that you will have to work for it.

You'll be very lucky to start lucid dreaming the first day you hear about it (although it happens, thanks to the power of unconscious incubation).

Most people need to start with some background reading and mentally prepare themselves. This website is a good place to start.

A very simple 3-step plan for beginners to get going is to:

  1. Write down at least one dream in your dream journal each morning
  2. Perform at least 10 reality checks throughout the waking day
  3. Do at least 10 minutes of mindful meditation, day or night

Ok, I'm really skimping on the details. There's a lot more you need to know.

But so many people ask me for the most direct route to lucid dreams - and let's face it, you've got to start somewhere. This is the best place.

For most people, those are the basic minimum steps to start lucid dreaming, because they systematically train your mind to:

  • Remember more dreams, more vividly
  • Become more self-aware (observant of your reality)
  • Incubate your desire to recognize when you're dreaming

Once you’ve got those fundamentals (I call them fundamentals, because they really are the foundational pillars of lucid dreaming practice) down pat, you should start a duel approach of learning the right technique and supplementing with the right dream herb.

If you’re just starting out – and trying to have you very first lucid dream, pick a nice simple technique like the WBTB .

And use it in conjunction with a reliable herbal supplement.

Of course, you don’t need to take supplements to have lucid dreams, but if you are a beginner and looking for the most direct route to your goal – then they will give you a big helping hand.

Think of them as a tool to help your practice along, rather than a crutch to rely on.

A Dream Herb to Stimulate Lucidity

Red Spider Lily Dream Herb

The most reliable herbal support for first timers is Chinese club moss.

The active ingredient is called Huperzine-A and will induce wonderfully colourful and profoundly clear dream scenes that are leagues apart from your regular dreams.

Take the supplement around 4-5 hours after going to bed. This will therefore work perfectly with the WBTB technique mentioned above.

The effects will start to kick in after 30 minutes, so make sure that you “go back to bed” around this time - just as it starts to work its magic.

This is a very simple method to follow for a beginner and will almost invariable lead to your first lucid dream.

The First Thing to Do When You're Lucid

When you realize that you're dreaming -- while dreaming -- it's important to stabilize your lucid dream using a few simple techniques:

  • Look at the palms of your hands and study the details
  • Rub your hands together and feel the friction
  • Say out loud "I'm dreaming!" or "Clarity now!"
  • Spin around and feel the sensation of movement

There is a method to this madness. Each of these techniques stir the higher conscious brain in one way or another. And that is the switch that will turn your half-lucid dream into a full blown lucid experience.

What Else to Do in Your First Lucid Dream

Once you have stabilized yourself within your first lucid dream, it's important to stay calm and simply explore your environment.

Generally speaking, don't try to do anything too fancy too soon, like teleport to the moon. It could prove too exciting and cause you to wake up.

How to Have Your First Lucid Dream

Initially, I recommend just walking or floating around, touching nearby objects and soaking up the atmosphere. Relish the fact that your fuzzy internal dream has just been transformed into a living, tangible virtual reality.

This will help you stay in your first lucid dream for as long as possible.

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About The Author

About the author

Rebecca Turner is a science writer, illustrator, explorer of consciousness - and founder of World of Lucid Dreaming. She is currently studying for a biology degree in Auckland and blogging at her site Science Me.