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background information on lucid dreaming
quick tips on learning how to lucid dream
tips for maintaining and prolonging your lucid
info on the MILD technique
other random tipzzzzz
lucid dream occurs when you realize
that you are dreaming. With practice, you
can induce lucid dreams, (LDs),
and maintain your lucidity for extended periods.
Anything you can do while awake you can do
in a lucid dream.
are also many things you can do that you cannot
do in the waking world like flying, taking
a free one night vacation to Hawaii, Nepal,
or even Mars, going to that board room meeting
a day early, brainstorming and problem-solving
while having greater access to your subconscious,
exploring amazing dreamscapes, encountering
dream figures who often have marvelous insight
and sage-like advice, to name but a few. The
possibilities are only limited by your imagination,
speak about following their dreams and having
a dream or being a dreamer. I am talking about
being fully conscious in your dream and experiencing
them with the full awareness that you are
in a dream. It is beyond description the feeling
you get once you become lucid within a dream
and realize that you are immersed in a full-blown,
completely interactive dreamscape.
experience could best be described as magical,
mysticaleuphoric, ecstatic, profound and awe-inspiring,
but all of these descriptions are just words.
Words by nature are limited reflections of
the experience itself, as the map is definitely
not the terrain, and the menu is not the
There is a lot of scientific
research being conducted in this field recently,
Institute is one of the premiere organizations
collecting information on lucid dreaming.
has recently been an increase in awareness
and acceptance of lucid dreaming, probably
due to the fact that it has now been scientifically
proven and accepted. If you are interested
in getting involved in some research, you
should check The
Lucidity Institute or The
dREaM Initiative website for ongoing lucid
dreaming research projects.
is also a growing number of books and literature
on the subject. I have read most of what is
available. Absorbing the hundreds of books
and articles on lucid dreaming and related
topics really helped speed up my progress.
I strongly suggest reading as much on the
subject as you can. It helps to embed your
subconscious mind with the concept of lucid
dreaming. These ingrained notions then begin
to carry over into your dreams. You may have
dreams representing these waking experiences.
It definitely helps solidify your intent to
have one. So read up!!
want to take a look at some pre-sampled good
reads, take a look at the Recommended
This page has a lot of
brief, summarized information. If you are
interested in more in-depth, step by step
instructions then you should take a look at
Six Basics Steps of Lucid Dreaming, which
is a page from my lucid dreaming website. But
while you are here these tips will
work as a summary version, but be sure to
check out the extended version because it
mentions a lot more that isn't covered here.
your dream recall and write your dreams down
in a journal. You cannot have lucid dreams
if you cannot remember your dreams and keeping
a journal is a crucial step towards solidifying
your intent. By keeping the journal, your
mind becomes saturated with the idea that
dreams are important. Your dream journal will
become one of the most frequently used tools
in your lucid dreaming bag of tricks.
have trouble recalling your dreams then try
the following tips to increase your dream
in the morning, do not move!! Stay in bed
for a while and recall your dreams before
you flood your mind with everything you are
going to do for the day
have trouble remembering them try to change
your position in bed: lie on your right side
for awhile, then your back, then left: sometimes
the position you where in when you had the
dream helps increase recall of that dream.
familiar with your dreams.
Get to know the places, things, and actions
you see and do in your dreams (beaches, classrooms,
is why a dream journal is so crucial in identifying
your dream signs.
consistent reality checks, that is,
ask yourself frequently throughout your day
"Am I dreaming?" Do this regularly.
In the beginning of my training, I would set
the alarm on my watch to go off every half
hour. These constant signals ensured that
I would remember to do my reality check".
you ask yourself if you are dreaming, check
your surroundings to see if you are in fact
dreaming. Try to read something like text
or a street sign. The words or letters may
look unstable, or they may have a tendency
to change or morph into different letters
and words entirely. Upon checking, looking
away and then looking back again, if the letters
have altered then it is safe to assume that
you are dreaming.
test to see if I can fly or levitate as my
reality check, but I do that quite often in
my lucid dreams so you may have to explore
which checks will work best for you. Basically,
you are looking for any strange nonsensical
things in your surroundings that would indicate
that you are in a dream.
get to know you dreams and learn some of your
common dreamsigns, you can combine these dreamsigns
with your reality checks. Whatever you dream
abou becomes linked to a reality check. You
perform a mindstate check whenever you see
an object you frequently dream of or whenever
you are in a common dreaming landscape (a
beach, in a classroom, or whatever you find
that you dream about). Linking and asking
questions will create a habit of analyzing
your surroundings and monitoring your actual
follow the advice just given, you are bound
to eventually have a lucid dream. The key
is to be doing these things so often and consistently
that your subconscious mind becomes filled
with this new habit. With time and practice
this habit will carry over into your dreams
and hopefully you will come to the conclusion
that you must be dreaming.
Dreams - Maintaining Lucidity
The key after
becoming lucid in your dream is to
to prolong and maintain your lucidity
without slipping back into a normal dream
or waking up from it. This is a more difficult
matter which takes some experience but here
are some pointers.
do not get overly excited! That
is a lot easier said than done but with practice
it becomes manageable. You may find that your
first LDs will be so thrilling that you simply
cannot handle the intense rush of excitement
and euphoria. As a result, you may prematurely
abort your first few lucid dreams due to this
emotional overload. Do not worry too much
about it though because with time you will
be able to handle it. Becoming emotionally
excited is counterproductive so try to be
as calm as you can. It may help to maintain
the attitude that you are a detached observer,
especially in the beginning stages of development.
Secondly, if you
find yourself lucid in one of your dreams,
simply use verbal commands to guide and
control your dream. I have found this
to be the MOST successful approach, for me
at least. Anything that you need can be summoned
or intended. With practice you will be your
own best guide. For example, in the beginning
say, "BE CALM NOW!" or if you are having trouble
seeing, say "INCREASE CLARITY NOW!" or "CREATE
VISUALS NOW!". I try to always use a
positive form of expression in the present
tense and add a touch of urgency, confidence
lucid dreaming techniques
around in circles when you sense that your
lucidity is fading within a dream
-rubbing your hands together or any
other action that uses your sense of touch
-focusing on any one particular detail
in the dream: your hands, the ground beneath
you, a stone on the road, a tree, etc...
These all work
to certain extents but each have their own
drawbacks which is why I recommend the verbal
control technique. For example, if you
start spinning, the odds are that you will
create a whole new lucid dream once you stop
spinning, and for me sometimes I would rather
stay lucid in the same dreamscape instead
of losing my visuals. If you lose your sight,
it makes it impossible to focus on any detail
in the dream because there are no visuals,
and you probably would not have any sense
of a body without visuals so you would not
be able to rub your hands together.
if you lose your visuals you just say, "CREATE
VISUALS NOW!!" I have even found
that if you are losing your lucidity you can
simply say, "INCREASE LUCIDITY NOW!!"
or "AWARENESS NOW!".
I will say this at regular intervals throughout
my lucid dreams and it creates a remarkable
results. Use whatever wording you feel is
appropriate. The power comes not through the
words but through the intent and the expectation.
You need to intend and expect
that what you intend will occur.
Just be sure that you
are thoroughly grounded in your lucidity before
you start increasing your lucidity because
if you can barely maintain the level you are
at when you attempt to increase it, you will
not be able to handle any higher levels until
you have gotten a good handle on your current
level of awareness.
Look around at your dreamscape
and allow it to stabilize. Allow yourself
to become confidently in control of your awareness.
After you are intentedly and awarenessly
stabilized in your lucid dreamscape, then
you can heighten your levels of lucidity and
se* what happens. Doing this, you will
have less likelihood of losing your lucidity
altogether once the levels intensify.
I have also found that
one of the most common things that ends lucid
dreams is having your visuals go out on you.
You could accidentally fly into a wall or
building or sometimes just be going too fast
for the dreamscape to remain stable. As a
result, you will not be able to see anymore.
Sometimes, it happens spontaneously especially
if your dreamscape is no stable.
visuals do go out on you, then you often will
find yourself in a black void much like a
cave or a womb. If you find that you have
lost your visuals, you may verbally intend
more visuals to appear which sometimes works
or you can just wait it out. Just DONT
GIVE UP AND DECIDE TO WAKE UP! Hold onto
your lucidity and stare into the blackness.
Eventually, a whole new dreamscape will appear.
Once the dreamscape appears you will already
be standing in it and you will be lucid or
sometimes you may even have to consciously
step into the dreamscape.
This technique has helped
me on countless occasions. It has allowed
me to reenter new LDs sometimes over and over
again whenever my visuals blow out.
This method of waiting it in Limbo-Land
for new visuals to appear will really come
in handy once you become better acquainted
with the dream realm. You can use this visionless
void to prolong your lucidity exploring as
long as you do not wake up from the dream.
find that I can successfully use this reentry
technique around seven times or more in one
night. Depending on how long the dream is
and how well I am maintaining my lucidity,
I usually wake myself from the LD after the
seventh reentry from Limbo-Land. I find that
any more than seven reentries and I may slip
back into a nonlucid dream unintentionally
fogging my overall dream recall.
Lucid Dreaming Tips
tips or inside tricks I have read
or picked up along the way. I use them regularly
and they seem to work very well. Hopefully,
if you add these to your routine along with
the top four steps, you should have a lucid
dream in no time.
effective method is called the MILD technique.
You lie in bed and say to yourself over and
over, "Next time I'm dreaming, I will realize
that I'm dreaming". Like counting sheep until
you fall asleep you repeat the affirmation.
You need it to be the last thing on your mind
before you fall asleep and that will help
enormously. This technique is very effective
when used with the Wake-Back
to Bed Method, outline as the BEST
METHOD. The idea is to wake up earlier than
you normally would, say an hour or two before
you normally would. Set your alarm early,
recall your dreams for the night, get out
of bed (*crucial to get out of bed!) go to
bathroom or kitchen, write down your dreams
or read a book for 15 to 20 minutes (preferably
Over time I hve
found that this is THE best method
for maximizing your odds of having a lucid
dream. Around six hours of sleep seems to
be the perfect timing. If you want to a description
of this technique. I also have found that
staying awake for 15-20 minutes also works
for me. If it does not work for you, try to
stay up a little longer before going back
to bed. You need to be relatively awake before
you go back to bed, not groggy or sleepy-headed.
Then lie back down and do the MILD technique.
This is the most successful way to do it since
most of your dreams happen in these early
morning hours. Most of my LDs happen using
this technique in the early morning hours
between 5 and 10 AM .
to Lucid Dream
*there is a lot of information
available at this site so take advantage of
it. It is wise to not only read it and learn
it, but to internalize it and ACT upon it.
If you follow the guidelines and adhere to
Basic Steps, you will succeed. It
is that simple!
from Gandhi, "To make a change you must
become the change." And while I am in
am quoting mood, remember Yoda's astute advice,
"You do, or you do not. There is no
*Have a consistent
sleeping pattern. Going to bed and waking
at regular times really helps your body/mind
get into a synchronistic rhythm that increases
the odds of becoming lucid.
but detached from it as well. Thinking
too hard will hurt your results. It WILL come,
just believe it, expect it and that will speed
up the process.
*Visualize yourself as
moving. Motion and movement are crucial
aspects of the process. Try to feel as
if you were flying through the air. This type
of imagery before going to bed usually triggers
the brain to repeat such imagery later in
your dreams. Hopefully, you will have a dream
where you are flying and attach a reality
check to flying so you will become lucid whenever
you are flying. Rollercoaster imagery also
works for me. If you are really lucky or once
you get more experience, you can go directly
from watching this imagery into a fully interactive,
3-Dimensional dreamscape. Explore and find
what type of imagery involving movement/motion
will work best for you.
*I ordered a lucid dream
induction tape from the Lucidity Institute
and that helped me a lot, but maybe I am easily
suggestible since I do try to focus on having
a fluid belief system. Anyway, now I can just
replay the tape in my head from memory and
it seems to work pretty well. Not sure fire,
but then again what is. Since I had good results
with it I began developing my own audio approaches
and have made some pretty interesting audio
awareness aids. If you are interested in checking
out these perceptual tools, check out the
Brainwave Mind Voyages (BMV) site for
more info about them. I am quite happy to
say that these brainwave entrainment CDs
have been helping lots of people along
their lucid path. Click here to read the BMV
Feedback from users.
* I have
been experimenting with this brainwave entrainment
for some time. It is an amazing audio neurotechnology
used in the BMV cds that allows the user to
tune brainwaves to specific frequencies. Having
your brainwaves synchronized to a certain
mindstate is conducive for lucid dreaming
and meditational purposes. The brainwave entrainment
process can also be used for things other
than lucid dreaming and out of body experiences
like brainstorming, visualization, problem-solving,
creativity, relaxation and a host of other
things. If you want more info on brainwave
entrainment and even some step by step
directions on how you can do this stuff yourself,
*If you are really serious
about it and have got some money, you may
want to consider buying a NovaDreamer
Lucidity Institute. It is a sleep
mask that flashes light cues at you when you
are dreaming. It can detect your random eye
movements which indicate when you are dreaming
and then it flashes a light cue. I have one
and think that it is a great tool especially
in the beginning stages or during dry spells.
I think they cost about $250 ( $175 students)
but in my opinion it is well worth it. You
definitely DON'T need one, but it may helps.
My philosophy is "It doesnt hurt to
try." You can use them as lucid
training wheels until you dont
need them anymore.
tips should help you. A great book on LDs
with the best methods and techniques is called
the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen
LaBerge who is a cofounder of The
Lucidity Institute . He also came up with
the MILD technique. Check that book
out first if you have not read it already.
Another great book is Robert Moss' Conscious
Dreaming and his second book, Dreamgates,
which is great for the beginners or more advanced
dreamers, but slightly more tailored to the
advanced. There are many other books and authors
with great books on the subject. I have just
added to this growing group of lucid dreaming
literature by finishing my book, The
Ultimate Lucid Dreaming Manual. My manual
has been receiving rave
reviews and I am proud to announce that
it will soon be available in six languages!
If you would like to enter the contest to
win a free copy of my manual, click
here and send me an email for info. I
would recommend starting with these books
as the basics because they have more practical,
applicable advice. Once you have gnawed through
these, check out the Recommended
Reading List for a huge list of pre-approved
Keep acting on it and
think positive, it will come as soon as you
commit to doing these things. It is only a
matter of time! I started seriously pursuing
and developing my lucid dreaming ability as
recently as 1998. It took about a month or
so to have my first one, and after that I
was hooked. I became more focused and dedicated
to the mission after my first experience because
I wanted so desperately to have another one.
Sure enough, they started increasing in frequency
and now I average between one and three lucid
dreams per week. I even had one week where
I had twenty-five lucid dreams in one week!
The dreams increased in length as well. I
have had countless lucid dreams in which I
have been lucid for 20 to 40 minutes or more,
and lately I have even had a few that have
been an hour or more of lucidityt. Talk about
maximizing experience while asleep!
been experimenting with inducing out of body
experiences from lucid dreams. I have had
some amazing results. Many years ago, I had
heard about out of body experiences or astral
projection and near death experiences, but
I always thought it was just some hair-brained
scheme to sell books to gullible New-agers.
However, once I started lucid dreaming, I
opened my mind and strtched my beliefs toward
these types of experiences. Not surprisingly,
I have experienced firsthand that our consciousness
CAN be projected from the physical body.
I have had a few unexplainable
experiences in which I have seen things while
out of body that were verified later.
There is no normal
way to ever explain how I could have known
these things unless it was a true real-time
projection, meaning it was not obscured with
dream material superimposed upon it nor was
it just a figment of my imagination. I saw
something while out of body and the next day
I checked what I saw and, sure enough, I had
either dreamed true or had a verfied out of
experience, our awareness exists as a spectrum
of consciousness. Lucid dreaming and out-of-body
experiences are just two points on that endless
spectrum. The continuum of consciousness can
only be experienced, and I am not trying to
prove anything to anyone, as I claim to be
no expert just a seeker like yourself. The
experience will speak for itself so you be
I would also like
to stress that I have no special talent or
unique gift that you do not already possess,
unless you do not have an open mind and dedication.
Our mind is the only tool needed to start
experiencing and learning. Lucid dreaming
is like any other skill that needs to be developed
and practiced. If I can do it, you can
too as long as you believe that you can
and know that you WILL.
is either helped or hindered by your belief
systems so keep in mind that if you do not
believe it can be done, then this will probably
become a self-fulfilling prophesy for you.
With that in mind, try to open your
mind and start developing this incredible
ability today. I guarantee it will fill your
life with wonder and magic.
you the best of luck and please feel free
me if you have any questions, comments
or concerns. I am always willing to help others
who are interested since it has changed my
life so much for the better. I only wish someone
had come to me sooner and clued me in to this
Me Posted and Sweet Lucid Dreams,