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How to Have Lucid Dreams Tonight

by Rebecca Turner, Creator of The World of Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is a fantastic phenomenon that lies within your reach right now. To become lucid simply means to become conscious - inside the unconscious dream world. You literally become an explorer of your own unconscious mind, able to interact with an authentic dreamscape any way you want.

Lucid dreams are also exceptionally vivid, where everything you see, hear, feel, taste and even smell mimics reality. It is your second life, in a world where anything is possible!

So, are you ready to jump through the rabbit hole? You better be!

How to Become Lucid in a Dream

The most common kind of lucid dream is one where you're enjoying a regular, fuzzy dream and something completely illogical happens which forces you to ask "Am I dreaming?" Often the answer is a resounding "Yes!" And that simple observation can set you on a giddy journey into a new world of dream control.

The second you become lucid, your surroundings will surge into focus. You'll have an awesome sense of self-awareness, of being in your body and in the 'here and now'. Your conscious brain is now awake, yet you're still firmly asleep in bed.

While your subconscious will populate the dreamscape on your behalf, you have complete control over how you direct your awareness and, if you like, what happens next in the dream. You may choose to fly over the ocean, dive to its greatest depths and breathe without oxygen, shrink yourself to the size of an atom, pass through a wormhole into an alternate dimension, meet up with your favorite celebrity, dine in the world's top restaurants, practice martial arts in bullet time... The list, of course, is endless!

So, how do you reach that critical realization that you are dreaming?

The key to lucid dreaming is to place the intention in your subconscious mind. After all, it's your subconscious that reigns inside regular dreams. All you need to do to become lucid is have your subconscious ask the question "Am I dreaming? Or am I awake?"

Personally, I have found the most effective ways to program The Question include:

  • Reading about lucid dreaming during the daytime - Freud determined years ago that our dreams are an expression of our daily lives, mixed in with unconscious urges that we consciously ignore. So, place lucid dreaming on the brain during the day, and it will crop up at night in your dreams. What's more (and this may seem like a paradox) if you deliberately try to repress the idea of lucid dreams, you're more likely to dream about them. (After I watch a horror movie at night, I try to repress the idea of a psychotic axe-wielding manic and what happens? I dream about nasty murderers - of course!)

  • Perform reality checks every waking hour - get a digital watch that beeps on the hour, and when it does, try to perform a little impossible action. My favorite one is to try to push my hand through the nearest wall. You can also look at a clock (numbers are regularly distorted in dreams) or look closely at the palms of your hands. At the same time, ask yourself "Am I dreaming?" Soon enough, you will perform a reality check on autopilot inside a dream - and the impossible will happen! Your hand will sink through the wall, the clock will make no sense, or your palms will appear in extraordinarily high definition. This reality check will - about 95% of the time - trigger instant lucidity! (Hearing your digital watch beep in your sleep may also trigger a reality check - so keep it close by at night!)

  • Set the intention to lucid dream as you fall asleep - curiously, your final thoughts of the day tend to impact what types of dream you have. If you go to sleep stressed and nervy, you're more likely to have disturbed sleep and even nightmares. If you fall asleep dreaming of beautiful beaches... you're more likely to find yourself dreaming of that landscape! So the idea now is to picture your ideal lucid dream location. Beaches and gardens work best for me. Then I vow to do a reality check the next time I find myself in that location. I also do a little visualization as I fall asleep, moving around my imaginary garden and inspecting the plants and wildlife. I fully engage my senses, and remember to ask myself if I'm awake or dreaming. You can also chant in your mind "The next dream is a lucid dream." It's a little dull and repetitive but it works!

How to Become an Advanced Lucid Dreamer

The lucid dreaming techniques above are excellent ways to produce spontaneous lucidity in beginners. They're very easy to perform and require little mental conditioning. However, the results may be sporadic. If you want to have lucid dreams every night, you'll want to practice some established techniques, such as Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) created by Dr Stephen LaBerge, Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILD) created millennia ago by ancient Tibetan Monks in their Dream Yoga, and various meditation and hypnosis routines, either self-guided or recorded onto CD or MP3.

World of Lucid Dreaming

There are also a number of products to help you have lucid dreams more frequently. Consider lucid dreaming masks like the NovaDreamer, brainwave entrainment recordings, dream herbs used by shamans, and essential oils.

You can find complete instructions of all these techniques and reviews of top lucidity products at my website, The World of Lucid Dreaming. There, you can also learn techniques to induce related phenomena - including astral projection and out of body experiences, remote viewing and psychic dreaming, and dream interpretation and the exploration of the subconscious mind through dreams.

Remember, anyone can learn how to have lucid dreams with practice and determination. And your first lucid dream can be a life changing event - as you realize there is much more to conscious reality than the physical world you are experiencing right now... so much more!

Rebecca Turner is a freelance writer and an avid lucid dreamer. With more than 10 years of experience in the art of dream control, she aims to teach beginners how to lucid dream in a matter of days or weeks. Rebecca places an emphasis on self discovery; lucid dreaming is much more than dream control - it is an exploration of the inner self.

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