Lucid dreaming is to actively be aware that you are dreaming. You are conscious of your surroundings and can control what happens in the dream.
A year ago I watched a video of a seminar all about people who could control their dreams. You’re free to explore your wildest fantasies, dive into the unknown and explore your subconscious mind.
This is called Lucid Dreaming.
I have a friend, let’s call him Alex, who seemed to be able to have these dreams easily, without that much practice. It seemed that he had an innate ability to control them. He would speak about flying in his dreams and that was enough to cultivate my curiosity to give lucid dreaming a try.
Since then I have become a self-taught lucid dreamer.
Today I’m going to take you through my experience learning lucid dreaming and give you an idea on the best way to go about learning yourself. Along with the how-to, we’re going to explore some interesting ideas together on how lucid dreaming may enable you to achieve your goals and successes in life.
This sounds odd and a bit woo woo but hear me out.
You may have some presumptions about lucid dreaming. I’d like this point to resonate with you before we move on. Whether you like it or not, to be able to fully be in control of your dreams is something that requires discipline, commitment, and hard work.
Think about how subconscious and out of control your dreams are. Do you really think it is easy to grab a hold of them and manipulate them to your will? Don’t be disheartened, there is some good news. I believe anybody can lucid dream. It’s an innate capability we all possess.
Before setting on a journey to learn something new, whatever it may be, it is vital to understand why you are doing so. What is behind your curiosity to lucid dream. Did you friend say it was fun or does your intellectual curiosity signal at the thought of controlling your dreams, what is that reason?
There’s no right or wrong answer.
The first step is to accept and tell yourself that you are capable of doing it. Say it out loud. This sounds silly, but vocalizing what you want to happen increases the likelihood of something legitimately happening. When you speak and you hear the words yourself it separates the idea from the ego and becomes more real.
Anyway, I’m getting a bit off track here, but just remember to reaffirm to yourself that you can do this.
Now I’m going to quickly speak to you about the similarities between getting fit and lucid dreaming. I never thought I’d be comparing these two things, but here we go.
So when you start getting in shape you see some of the benefits quickly, you feel better, you have more energy, your body starts to change. Lucid dreaming is similar as you experience certain benefits quicker. These include heightened awareness and brief periods of tranquility.
Over time as you’ve been consistently staying in shape it becomes more natural to do so and much easier to maintain. This is the same for lucid dreaming. At first, you will see the benefits and sometimes you may fully be in control of your dreams but as time goes on and you have been consistent with it will become second nature. Your baseline dream will be lucid, this is what you want to aim for.
Just like getting fit, once lucid dreaming is habitual, the benefits create certain incentives to continue progressing.
A great way to start is to try to remember your dreams. Now most people are just going to claim they cannot actually remember their dreams.
This is fact, not remembering comes down to a lack of effort in actively seeking this memory. You must place effort into trying to recall what you dream about the moment you wake up. With time, this will allow you to recall small moments from your dreams. This is a very simple and fundamental technique.
This can be a rather monotonous task. If you are really keen to lucid dream, it’s worth the time and it can become enjoyable over time. A few brief sentences, even just a few words is enough to help. If you do this most mornings your brain will start to register that recalling the dream is important to you. Also on a side note, this is also a great way to better understand your own thought processes.
To be fully in the present in your dream means you must master this state of mind while awake. Meditation helps with this. Being as present as possible and grounded in the now will allow you to understand how to place your thought processes to more focused details. To pull your energy into the present energy is a skill, you must practice this skill through meditation.
Once you can do this at will, during the day it becomes easier to reapply this feeling to the realm of dreams. This was probably the most important skill for me to practice before I could truly go forth and step into the night as a master of my own dreams.
To ask yourself this question seems pointless as you already know the answer, right? The answer is no, I’m not dreaming. But how do you actually know? This is when it may become a bit confusing.
If you are dreaming, that means you can fly or go to space. Even though you are not dreaming during the day time, by sporadically asking yourself this question practices the meditative concept of mindfulness. This seems silly but by doing so during the day you raise the likelihood of your mind asking this same question while you’re dreaming.
I’ll rephrase it. You know how people say if you chew gum and study, then take an exam and chew the same gum you’ll perform better. Think of being presented and consciously aware of your surroundings as the gum and your awake reality as the study. Your dream is the exam and the question the material you studied.
Hopefully, that didn’t confuse the hell out of you. If you didn’t understand this point or need further explanation feel free to contact me.
Your first lucid dream will happen when you least expect it.
Dream spinning is something you will encounter once you have lucid dreamed a few times.
What this term means is that you are losing the control you have over your dream otherwise known as ‘spinning out of lucidity’. The best way to ground yourself and remain lucid is to check out your surroundings rather than focusing on the fact that you are ‘spinning.’ The more you focus on this to more it becomes a part of your overall reality.
This is a bit more advanced, but it’s importance to know that this will happen to everyone. The key is to accept setbacks as the failure you need to stay resilient. In the end, you’ll master the art of lucid dreaming, but only if you’re consistent.
Have you ever had a lucid dream? If you have tell me about it in the comment section.
Now as you may already know, for any goal, especially fitness orientated ones–visualization is key.
If you visualize yourself losing 10 kg, chances are that you will accomplish this goal. By visualizing the goal you are reaffirming this potential to succeed. Positive reinforcement is very real.
Since dreaming is so heavily ingrained in our subconscious I have been thinking lately and trying this out for myself. In the past few months, I have been attempting to improve my speaking skills for my YouTube videos. I have attempted to use lucid dreaming as a tool to improve my speaking.
Guess what? It worked…
In my dream, I pretended I was speaking in front of a crowd of thousands in my underwear. This sounds silly, but it genuinely improved my confidence.
We spend roughly half of our entire lives asleep. It makes sense that even though we are not awake during this time, dreaming may very well be more important to our overall development than we once believed.
The mind is what makes us human, it’s what makes us ‘special’. We are self-aware. This state of mind can be further actualized while we sleep. These are the hours we spend exploring our subconscious and to be able to have some sort of control over what we do. What this means is that we can change our ‘awake’ world. I’ll leave you with a cool quote to get you thinking.
But what if we could harness the two or three hours a night when we actively dream? What could we achieve if we could take back 10 years of productivity time by learning to lucid dream, so when our bodies are resting our minds are still actively exploring, learning, and growing?