Lucid Dreaming Techniques for Beginners

Lucid Dreaming Techniques for Beginners

When it comes to selecting lucid dreaming techniques, you have an overwhelming amount of choice.

But don't freak out just yet!

These can be thought of in categories: visualization techniques, sleep cycle techniques, mnemonic techniques - and so on...

Your approach to lucid dreaming should start with the basics: increasing your dream recall and acknowledging 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 below.


If you want this all laid out in simple steps, day-by-day, over two weeks - check out 10 Steps To Lucid Dreams.


52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams

More ways to lucid dream than you can shake a stick at. Based on both mindset and proven ideas of visualization, subliminals, memory, supplements and more.

Remember Your DreamsHow to Remember Your Dreams

The first step in lucid dreaming is remembering your dreams - so here are three detailed tips on boosting your dream recall.

Keeping a Dream JournalKeeping a Dream Journal

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.

How to Perform Reality ChecksHow to Perform Reality Checks

A guide to reality checks: simple lucid dreaming techniques designed to increase your self awareness by day and penetrate your unconscious dreams by night!

How to Improve Your Self AwarenessHow to Improve Your Self Awareness

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.

How to Have More Lucid Dreams with Prospective MemoryLucid Dreams and Prospective Memory

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.

Dream Induced Lucid DreamsDream Induced Lucid Dreams (DILDs)

How to have Dream Induced Lucid Dreams (DILDs). Simple lucid dreaming techniques for beginners to create spontaneous conscious dreams.

Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD)Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD)

How to perform Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) - an easy lucid dreaming technique created by Dr Stephen LaBerge using reality checks and affirmations.

Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILD)Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILD)

How to have Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (aka WILDs) - one of the powerful lucid dreaming techniques that produces conscious dreams from a waking state.

Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dreams (DEILD Technique)Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dreams (DEILD)

How to have Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dreams (aka DEILDs). The effortless lucid dreaming technique to slip into a consciously controlled dream at night.

Finger Induced Lucid DreamsFinger Induced Lucid Dreams (FILDs)

How to have Finger Induced Lucid Dreams (aka DEILDs). A powerful mind hack that makes use of the pre-frontal cortex area of your brain.

How To Visualize a Lucid DreamHow To Visualize Your Way to Lucid Dreams

Did you know that learning how to visualize with maximum definition can give you more lucid dreams?

The 61-Point Relaxation TechniqueThe 61-Point Relaxation Technique

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.

How to Recognize Dream SignsHow to Recognize Dream Signs

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)The Cycle Adjustment Technique (CAT)

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 for Lucid DreamingMeditation for Lucid Dreaming

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 and Lucid DreamsSelf Hypnosis for Lucid Dreaming

Self hypnosis incorporates the lucid dreaming techniques of MILD and incubation. It produced some of my very first lucid dreams...

Subliminal Induction of Lucid DreamsSubliminal Induction of Lucid Dreams

Watch our free lucid dreaming subliminal induction video. Although experimental, this video has already been shown to improve recall, vividness and lucidity.

Wake Back To Bed (WBTB)Wake Back To Bed (WBTB)

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 You've Been Doing Reality Checks Completely WrongWhy You've Been Doing Reality Checks Completely Wrong

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 MeditationHow To Do Guided Meditation

How to do guided meditation, increasing your self awareness and visualization skills for lucid dreams. Includes my favorite guided meditation CDs online.

What is The Best Sleep Posture for Lucid Dreaming?The Best Sleep Posture for Lucid Dreaming

The best sleep postures for lucid dreaming, from the fetal position to lying on your back. Includes tips for spontaneous DILDs and WILDs.

5 Ways to Become Lucid in Dreams5 Ways to Become Lucid in Dreams

The five most common ways I become lucid in dreams - from recognizing dream signs, to conversations with dream characters, to Wake Induced Lucid Dreams.

What to Expect from Lucid Dreaming Techniques

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.

"No-one can be told what The Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."

~ Morpheus

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.

About The Author

About The Author

Rebecca Casale is a lucid dreamer and a science writer with a special interest in biology and the brain. She is the founder of World of Lucid Dreaming and Science Me.