Learn To Lucid Dream

Lucid Dreaming Techniques For The Beginner: The Basics

Anyone can learn how to lucid dream, but just like any other skill it takes practice and a little bit of time. There are several simple techniques a beginning lucid dreamer can begin practicing right now without the need to invest a ton of time or energy.  One strategy might not work for you, but don’t get frustrated, keep at it. Each technique isn’t going to work for every individual, so try a few different ones to see which one will work the best for you.

First, there are two ways that a person can enter into a lucid dream state:

Dream-Initiated – This is considered the “typical” form of lucid dream initiation. With this way of entering a lucid dream you fall asleep and enter your dreamscape normally. Once in the dream you are able to conclude that it is a dream and take control. This is typically accomplished through recognizing dream signs and/or recognizing the impossibility of certain aspects in your dream.

Waking State-Initiation – In this process you go from a waking state into a dream state entering the REM sleep pattern while keeping your conscious awareness. This can be accomplished by waking up for 60-90 minutes and then going back to sleep. You can also use Waking State-Initiation when you go to bed at night. In order for WSI to be effective when you first go to bed, you must enter a deep meditative state and retain your awareness as you enter the dream. This technique is not suggested for the beginner but if you would like to try it, I suggest doing so after waking up in the morning and going back to bed 60-90 minutes later. This way you have a higher chance of skipping all of the other sleep cycles and going straight into the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle.  This is what I consider the golden hour for lucid dreams and you will understand why once you try it a couple times.  If there was ever a short-cut to lucid dreaming then the Wake Back To Bed Technique is definitely it!  I talk more about this in my free ebook on lucid dreaming.

The exercises that you can use to help develop your lucid dreaming skills can be used with either the dream or waking state-initiated lucid dreams.

Here are a few steps to get you started with a lucid dreaming practice:

  • Reality Checks – This simple process helps you to create triggers in your waking life that should carry over into your sleep. A reality check is taking a moment throughout your day to ask yourself if you are dreaming. Seriously, make time every day to ask yourself, “Am I dreaming”. Obviously you’re not, but this will help you to set up this same trait when you actually are dreaming and this will help to create a lucid dream state.  You can also check a watch or written and typed text. Look at the watch or paper, look away, and then look back at it. If it changed (which it always does in dreams) then you are dreaming. If it stays the same then you can be sure your not dreaming. This technique may sound a little weird but keep in mind, it’s only used so you get in the habit of checking your awareness. This same “checking for awareness” will be carried over to your dream because you are making your brain check for things you normally don’t think about.
  • Create a Dream Journal – A dream journal helps you to keep track of your dreams which will lead you to being more conscious of dreaming. The best way to use a dream journal is to write down your dreams as soon as you wake up. Keep the journal next to your bed so if you wake in the middle of the night you will be able to write down any dreams that you were in the middle of.  If you’re not big on waking up in the middle of the night it’s ok, you can still write down your dreams right after waking up in the morning. The last REM cycle you have prior to waking is your longest and most beneficial anyway.  Since it’s the longest REM cycle and occurs right before you wake up you are more likely to not only experience a lucid dream but also Remember it!
  • Create a Dream Log – As you start to be aware of your dreams you will discover that you have dream patterns. This will help you to learn which time of the day is better for you to sleep and have lucid dreams.  To use the dream log, just write down whether you had a lot of dreams or a little.  If your dreams seemed to be more vivid at a particular time of the night record the time as accurate as possible.  Don’t forget to write down what time you went to bed.

This is just the tip of the iceberg to get your started with a lucid dreaming practice. It is important that you work on remembering your dreams every night. The more you practice the easier this process will be.  I prefer to use reality checks and the dream journal so I do not invest a lot of time into the dream log.

See you next time!



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  1. Hey Gary, I think I found my dreamsign its swimming pool, its always came up in my dream, now what should I do to make my dreamsign work ?

  2. Hey Fahmi, if you continually have dreams of a swimming pool visualization exercises will help you become aware that you are dreaming. Before going to bed every night picture the swimming pool and repeat this while continuing to picture the pool: The next time I see a swimming pool I will know I am dreaming. Continue repeating this in your head silently until you can no longer do it and you begin to drift off to sleep. If it doesn’t work the first few times do not get discouraged just keep trying it. If after several attempts it doesn’t work shoot me an email and I will be glad to give you a few other tips.

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