The Art of Lucid Dreaming

One of the questions I get asked the most when it comes to dreaming, is how do I lucid dream?

I know people who are brilliant at lucid dreaming.  Like it is second nature to them.  I still struggle with lucid dreaming. However, I can tell you what I know and works for those who are skilled experts in lucid dreaming.  

Let’s start off with defining what exactly is lucid dreaming?  The most common definition of lucid dreaming is to either know you are dreaming, and moreover to be in control of your dreams.

When you know you are dreaming or can control your dreams, you can manipulate what happens.  You can ask specific questions and do certain things. 

Remember, lucid dreaming is just as individually diverse as dreaming and people.  Lucid dreaming is going to be different for everyone. And as with life, the more you practice something the better you get at it.

Here are a couple tips to get you started with lucid dreaming.

1.     Play in the twilight. 

The twilight is the stage between sleep and consciousness.  That time when you are falling asleep, starting to dream, however still conscious of the world around you.  Perhaps you can still hear the television set, music or the traffic outside.  However, your mind has started to wander as you start to engage in a dream state.  Start here.  See if can’t decide on where you will be in this space- another planet, another country.  See if you can’t control who you see, are you meeting with an old friend, a celebrity?  What are you doing?  Can you change what you are doing? See if you can’t start to manipulate the twilight.  Play with where you are, what you are doing and who you are with.

2.     Set an intention before you go to sleep. 

Say out loud, repeatedly if you can.  This sends a message to your unconscious mind of what you want to experience when you are dreaming.  For example, “Tonight I want to_____in my dreams.”  “Tonight I want to see____.”

3.     If while you are asleep, you come to the realization that you are dreaming. 

This usually happens before an alarm goes off.  See if you can direct your dream.  Can you change locations? People?  What can you control?

4.     Know that you are dreaming. 

Can you, in your dream, say “I am dreaming.”  This is critical to start to be able to control what is going on in your dream.

Make sure to journal your experiences and dreams.  (Click for the PDF)What worked? Didn’t work? 

Be gentle with yourself.  Remember you are actively engaging your conscious with your subconscious.  It’s going to take time.