Lucid dreaming is a state of dreaming in which you are semi-conscious or in full control of the dream. When you become lucid, you are aware of the fact that you are dreaming and can start to control what takes place in the dream. This turns your dream into a place where anything can happen or be experienced in the dream state. You can visit a place you always wanted to see, learn something new, or spend time with a loved one that you miss. If you are new to lucid dreaming and looking for a good place to start, then you are in the right place! In this lucid dreaming tips for beginners guide, I am going to share some techniques that can help you get lucid in no time!
The first thing you need to start doing that will help you become lucid is reality testing. Reality testing on a regular basis during the day will make doing so a subconscious habit. Thus you will start doing it while dreaming as well. The goal of reality testing is to determine whether you are in a wakeful state or if you are dreaming.
You can achieve this through various different practices. You can ask yourself throughout the day if you are dreaming to help discover if you are in a wakeful state. Another trick is to try and put one hand through another. In a dream state, you will able to do it. You can also try to make an object appear before you. If you are awake, then the object won’t appear, but if you are dreaming, the object will appear.
This may seem like a tedious practice to do during the day, but it actually doesn’t take very much time to do throughout the day. Then when you do it while dreaming, you will immediately become aware that you are dreaming, and you will be lucid. From that point, you will then be able to control every aspect of your dream.
Practice Words of Affirmation Before Bed
Before you go to sleep, affirm that you will become lucid during your dream state and that you will remember your dream. This can be something as simple as, “I will lucid dream tonight, and I will remember my dream when I wake up.” I recommend saying this 20 times before going to bed.
Wake back to bed (WBTB)
The WBTB method is the easiest to start with, which is why I am starting here. That being said, this disrupts your sleep and should not become a regular habit. It can be a powerful tool when starting out, but please make sure you get plenty of rest between sessions of this method.
During the WBTB method, you wake yourself up after you have been asleep for hours, stay awake for 30 minutes, and then go back to sleep. When you go back to sleep, lucid dreaming will become easier to accomplish. Let’s break this down step-by-step.
The first step is to set an alarm for 5 hours after you go to sleep. The alarm will wake you up, and you will stay awake for about 30 minutes. Don’t do anything too strenuous during your time awake. I recommend doing something like reading.
Once the 30 minutes have passed, go back to sleep. This will heighten your chances of being able to lucid dream. You can also do those affirmations we discussed earlier before going back to sleep, and that will also help.
Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD)
MILD is a method of dreaming that uses your memory of a dream to induce a lucid dream. This method can be used before you go to sleep or after you wake up in the morning and doesn’t disturb your sleep as the WBTB method does.
To start this method, lie down and think of a dream that you remember. Make sure to imagine that dream in as much detail as possible. You want to imagine it so well that it is as if you are having that dream all over again. Then you are going to set the intention of returning to that dream.
I also recommend using the affirmations that we spoke about earlier before trying this method. The more you use those affirmations, the more you train your brain and prepare yourself to enter into a state of lucid dreaming. So practice those affirmations as much as possible!
The next tool that I highly recommend is dream journaling. I recommend you buy a journal and keep it on your nightstand. As soon as you wake up in the morning, before you even get out of bed, write anything you remember about your dreams in that journal. The act of recording the dreams programs tells your brain that you find your dreams important. This will help you remember your dreams more.
If you have difficulty remembering your dreams or wake up and don’t remember anything, then write down something like, “I did not remember my dreams from last night. From now on, I will remember my dreams so I can write them in this journal.”
If you do remember your dreams but want to remember them in more detail, then write down everything you can remember about your dream, then end the journal entry with something like, “I will remember my dreams in greater detail in the future.”
Once you start recording your dreams, you can go back and read them later and use the information you have written down to recall that dream to practice the MILD method.
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