You may be familiar with the famous Edgar Allen Poe quote, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream,” but what you may not know is how much control you have to steer those dreams of yours in the direction you want. How do you want your dreams to go? How badly do you want your nightmares—especially the one of you showing up to class in your underwear—to end?
Ask yourself the following:
- Have you ever had the same reoccurring dream about being naked, flying, or jumping off a building?
- Do you have a hard time sleeping through the night because of nightmares or night terrors (especially when you’re feeling stressed or in turmoil at work)?
- Do you wish that you could explore more of yourself in your dreams—your goals, abilities you have yet to realize and your deepest fantasies—but don’t know how to and aren’t quite sure if it’s really possible?
If you’ve ever wanted to explore the world, levitate above ground as though it were a natural ability of yours from birth, free your mind totally and completely and live out your wildest fantasies, let lucid dreaming show you the way and the path there.
So what exactly is lucid dreaming?
Just imagine dreaming, while knowing that you are, in fact, dreaming.
Imagine that as you are chased down the street by the same faceless man (who has chased you every other night in your dreams for the past five years), you can stop running, face that man once and for all, and stop the nightmare altogether. Take your imagination to immeasurable heights and karate kick your enemy, vanish like a magician, or climb up a tree until you’re safe and a world away from all that you know … and then make it everything you want it to be!
Lucid Dreaming 101 (For the Beginner)
When you lucid dream, you’re able to close your eyes, fall into a deep sleep and steer your imagination in every which way to turn those nightmares or dreams into a controllable outcome. You’re able to reconnect with loved ones who have passed away. You’re able to drum up anything and everything you’d like and experience it in your dream world.
So, dream big. Don’t hold back, because when you lucid dream you’re safe, and in the best domain possible—one of your own creation!
When you follow these tips for lucid dreaming (no experience necessary!), you’ll sail, hop, soar and fly beyond the depth of your imagination into a world you created! So nighty-night, sleep tight and enjoy the ride!
Start a Dream Journal
The dream journal is the perfect beginner’s tool, because all it takes is a few minutes each morning, right after you’ve woken up, to write down what you dreamt about. When you make this a daily habit, you’ll discover that it’s also the most important tool for successful lucid dreaming!
All you have to do is jot down as many details as possible about the dream you just woke up from. What was happening? Who was in it? Was it a reoccurring dream, or one you’ve never experienced before?
As you write down your dreams, you’ll begin to train your subconscious that you want to remember them, and by making dream journaling a habit, you’ll soon have a unique skill to utilize in your dreaming state!
Perform Reality Checks While Awake
The more “reality checks” you do during your waking hours—while listening to your boss lecture you about the importance of your upcoming presentation to the CEO, during your afternoon jog or while picking up your kids from school—the more your mind will be accustomed to asking itself “Is this reality or not?” while dreaming.
Train yourself to lucid dream while awake by “checking in” throughout your day and you’ll be well on your way to being aware of your dreams as they unfold. For example, get into the habit of looking at your clock and watching the time change. Look at yourself in the mirror, and notice how you don’t contort in size or shape (as you often do during a dream).
The more reality checking becomes a habit when you’re awake, the more of a chance it will become a habit in your dreams as well!
Write an “A” on Your Palm
The “A” we’re referring to is “awake.” When you lucid dream effectively, you are in an awakened state. Mark an “A” on your palms, and you’ll be reminded many times throughout your day to remind yourself that you are, in fact, awake and not dreaming. Look at it frequently and study it. Pretty soon, you’ll see that “A” in your sleep and stay lucid. As another reality-checking tool, it can drastically speed up your ability to remember you’re dreaming at all times.
The Creative Visualization Approach
Creative visualization is a way to rewire your thinking and program yourself to believe in a positive outcome, which is very useful for lucid dreaming. After settling in for the night, lie in bed and imagine (as if it were true right now in this moment) what being in a lucid dream feels like, and focus on the emotions it brings up.
Do you feel exhilarated, excited, or overwhelmed with emotion?
Does it feel empowering to be able to contort those images from your dreams in the direction you want them to go? Focus on feeling (as intensely as possible) the incredible world of your dreams, and stay with that feeling as long as possible. Then, utilize this next and final exercise as a way to harness your own power of lucidity!
Make the Last Thoughts of Your Night About Lucid Dreaming
Setting your intention for lucid dreaming is a great way to gain control and actively use your imagination while dreaming. After your nightly visualization, tell yourself what you want to accomplish. Use the following phrase: “I will dream about ___________,” or “Tonight when I drift asleep, I will regain total control over my mind and steer my dreams where I want them to go.”
When you wake up in the morning, ask yourself, “Am I awake or dreaming?” After answering your question, reaffirm that tonight, you will be conscious of your dreams as you’re dreaming them.
Keep at it! Although lucid dreaming does take some practice, these tips should accelerate your learning. Before you know it, you’ll have the knack for traveling to new dimensions, meeting handsome strangers and living out the life you can’t while awake!