The Best Lucid Dreaming Techniques
Have you ever seen the movie “Inception“? When I first saw this movie, I thought how amazing it would be if controlling your dreams would be a real thing.
A few years later, I discovered this term “lucid dreaming“. I couldn’t believe that I’ve never heard about it before. The idea of being aware of my dreams got me hooked immediately.
I knew that I had to find the best lucid dreaming techniques and master this art, because it sounded way too good to just forget about it.
When you’re lucid dreaming, you can do absolutely anything you ever wanted and more! You could go visit the moon or any random planet, fulfill all your deepest fantasies and simply do anything you can imagine.
There are simply no limits to what you can do and most importantly it all feels real. You can eat food and actually feel the taste, you can have sex with anyone you want and it will feel like the real thing. I think that’s enough to get you hooked as well!
And you might be surprised but being aware of your dreams is actually beneficial for your mind.
Lucid Dreaming Benefits
There are quite a few lucid dreaming benefits but the main one is the ability to access your subconscious mind. Our whole lives are basically controlled by the subconscious mind.
We can’t access it while were fully conscious, because it’s locked away. But while you’re sleeping, you are actually in your subconscious mind.
And if you can control your dreams, this means that you have full access to it. All your deepest interests and fears, simply everything is there. You have all the information right in front of you and it’s all up to you how you will use that information.
It’s a way of self discovery. Once you access your subconscious mind, you will most likely realize that you are not the person you thought you are
Eliminate Your Deepest Fears
When you have the ability to be aware of your dreams, you can actually face your fears. Anything you might fear in real life, can be faced in the dream world.
For example, if you have anxiety or depression, you might find the reason why it’s happening and you can face the problem without leaving the dream!
Or let’s say you’re afraid of snakes, you can jump in a pool full of snakes and just chill out with them! You can’t get harmed in your dreams, so you will be reprogramming your mind to never fear snakes again.
Afraid of talking to girls? Well, you can practice talking to them while you’re dreaming! You will eliminate fears and phobias from your subconsciousness and in waking life you won’t feel stressed and scared about it.
Fixing my problems while I sleep? That’s mind blowing, if you ask me!
Boost Your Creativity Big Time!
When you get to interact with a world that has absolutely no limits, your creativity will naturally get a big boost!
The subconscious mind holds so much information, like memories and experience. You can tap into that information while you’re sleeping and actually “relive” all your favorite memories or experiences.
Lucid dreaming can simply remove so many blocks that you might have in your life. For example, if you’re a writer and you feel like you can’t come up with anything to write about, lucid dreaming can give you so many new ideas.
Many people were inspired by their dreams and did wonderful things in real life, because of those dreams. Many scientists have made discoveries during their sleep.
A lot of book writers had dreams about their plot even before writing about it. Even some music producers heard their melody in a dream before producing it. Dreams can be the biggest source of inspiration and creativity in your life.
Becoming much more creative while I sleep? Count me in!
Improve your real life skills
You can actually become better at anything if you practice it in your dreams. Yes, you can improve a real life skill in your dreams!
Quite a few studies were taken where participants practiced real life activities in their dreams. Everything they did (for example, exercise, sing or even have sex), the same neurons in their brain activated as if they were actually performing those tasks in waking life.
This means that you can actually practice any skill you want while you sleep. Want to become better at basketball? No problem! You can boost your dribbling skills or improve your shooting percentage.
You can even practice things like public speech or even learn to play an instrument. It’s all up to you.
Of course, it’s not like you’re going to improve those skills at the same level as if you were doing it in real life. But, while it might not be as effective, it’s going to give you a big advantage over everyone else, because you will be learning and improving much faster.
Polish my skills while I sleep? I wouldn’t wanna miss that!
No More Nightmares!
Nightmares can be a real problem if you’re having a lot of them. It can put additional stress on your mind and make you fear of dreaming.
When you can stay aware of your dreams, even if you had a nightmare, you could turn it around and create a different dream for yourself. Or, if you lose control over your dream, at least you know it’s a dream and nothing can harm you.
This way you will never wake up with a cold sweat because of a terrible dream.
Eliminate stressful nightmares from my life? I’ll take that any day!
The Best Lucid Dreaming Techniques
So, now that you know the benefits of lucid dreaming it’s time to talk about the best lucid dreaming techniques. There are quite a few ways to actually start being aware of your dreams but firstly, it comes down to 2 important factors: Dream journal and reality checks.
Without these 2 factors you will find it really hard or even impossible to become a lucid dreamer.
Keep A Dream Journal
A dream journal is basically like a diary for your dreams. When you wake up, it’s really important to write everything down about the dreams you’ve just had.
Since our dream memory fades really quickly, don’t do anything else after you wake up. Make this a habit. Write down your dreams first thing in the morning.
Make sure to keep a notepad and a pen next to your bed. It will remind you that you need to write your dreams down.
While it might take some time until you achieve lucid dreaming, you’ll quickly notice that you are having a much better dream memory and all your dreams will be much more vivid, colorful and amazing.
Before you go to sleep, make sure to read at least a few of your dreams to remember them. It will trigger your subconsciousness that controlling your dreams is the goal right now.
Whatever you focus your attention on, it grows, so simply by having the intention of inducing a lucid dream increases your chances of it actually happening.
Do Reality Checks Regularly
Another important factor when it comes to lucid dreaming, is reality checks. It’s basically simple checks if you’re dreaming or not.
You have to do this while you’re awake and make it a habit. Do it at least 5 times a day for better results.
The reason you have to do reality checks while you are awake, is because when you’re dreaming, you don’t realize that you are in a dream, no matter how crazy it might be.
But once reality checking becomes a habit, you might actually perform a reality check in a dream. If you do that, you will quickly realize that you’re dreaming.
The first couple of times will lead you to waking up, because most likely you will get really excited about it. But that’s completely fine. It’s a part of the whole process.
Even though you might wake up, at least you’ll know that your consistency is paying off and it’s working!
There are quite a few ways to do a reality check:
- Try reading something twice. The text might be different when you’re reading it the second time.
- Close your nose and try to breathe through it. If it’s a dream, you’ll be able breathe even though it’s closed.
- Look at the mirror. When dreaming, you might see a weird shape or nothing at all.
- Try to push your hand through a wall. It will go right through if it’s a dream.
- Look at your hands and count your fingers. In a dream you will more or fewer fingers.
Whenever you pass through a door, consider doing some reality checks. Walking through a door in a dream can take you to an entirely different place, like a portal.
So it’s a good idea to make this a habit and always ask yourself if you’re dreaming when you go through doors.
Eventually, reality checks will become a regular thing for you and you will definitely do it in your dreams.
Now that you know the 2 most important factors when it comes to inducing lucid dreams, we can talk about the best lucid dreaming techniques!
Technique #1 – MILD
MILD means Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming.
It is a fairly easy method. Before you start, I suggest you clear your mind of any negative thoughts and worries. I would be great if you meditate before bed.
The point is, you have to be completely relaxed mentally. If you don’t want to meditate, just focus on your breath and with each breath imagine that you are throwing away all the worries and negative thoughts.
Then get comfortable in your bed and prepare to sleep. All you have to do, is keep repeating some sort of mantra or affirmation.
For example, “I will become lucid tonight” or “I will become aware that I’m dreaming“. Just come up with any affirmation and keep repeating it as you drift to sleep.
The affirmation has to be based on your situation. Let’s say you find it hard to remember your dreams in the morning, then your affirmation should be something like “I will remember my dreams when I wake up“.
While you keep the affirmations going, it’s a good addition if you keep visualizing some sort of environment that you would like to be when you’re dreaming.
Or you could even visualize a previous dream. Just imagine something calm and relaxing while you affirm yourself to lucid dreaming.
It’s really as simple as that. No need to make it any more complicated.
Technique #2 – WBTB
WBTB means Wake Back To Bed.
When you wake up after deep sleep, your body is still warming up and is not fully awake. Because of that, you can induce a lucid dream if you know what to do.
Let’s say you usually wake up at 10AM. What you have to do, is set an alarm 2-3 hours earlier than 10AM. Once the alarm wakes you up, turn it off and go back to sleep.
Now, try not to move your body anymore after turning your alarm off. Let your body fall asleep but focus on lucid dreaming. Just think about it and try not to drift away too much.
Your body is still not fully awake so it will fall asleep pretty fast. But your mind has to always focus on lucid dreaming. Affirmations and visualizations come into play with this method as well.
You will basically combine WBTB with MILD.
I don’t recommend doing WBTB all the time, because it involves interrupting your sleeping cycle and rhythm. Once you are able to achieve lucid dreaming regularly, stick to MILD technique only for a healthier sleeping cycle.
When it comes to reality checks, always believe that you are dreaming right now, because your mind can actually trick you.
For example, if you close your nose and try to breathe through it, even if you’re in a dream, you might not be able to breathe, because you don’t believe that it’s actually a dream.
Also, I’ve found a great app on google play that might help you a lot. It has a dream journal where you can write your dreams down as you wake up and it has a reality check reminder.
A regular sleep cycle is very important if you want better and faster results, because your brain loves when you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
When it comes to techniques, there’s not one technique that works for everyone. Different techniques work for different people. For me, MILD has been most successful.
Also, stay consistent. For some people it takes just a few days to achieve lucid dreaming, for some it takes months. But it’s achievable for everyone if you simply stay consistent.
In my situation, it took months. At first, I thought I couldn’t do it, because nothing was happening. Yes, my dreams became more vivid and colorful right after I started writing them down, but I wasn’t getting close to lucid dreaming.
But I didn’t give up, because I really wanted to control my dreams. After some time, consistency really payed off and I’m very happy with the results!