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Have you ever wanted to act out your wildest (or most ordinary) fantasies?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could influence your dreams, where you could literally go anywhere or do anything? Take a second to imagine the possibilities…
Feels good, doesn’t it?
Luckily for you, there is a way you can achieve this. And no, we’re not talking about some futuristic virtual reality machine. What we’re talking about is lucid dreaming.
In order to lucid dream tonight, or in a super short period of time, you have to literally do anything, that will increase the chances of becoming aware that you are dreaming.
This might be from doing a specific technique to eating a banana before going to sleep. Yes, a banana! Keep reading to find out more…
Before we start, think about do you want quick results ASAP, or you would like to develop a long-term skill.
The truth is that this guide can work for a lot of people. However, there are going to be some of you, which will need extra effort.
This is why I’m working on an e-book that contains 4-week training, which will help you to develop a lucid dream skill exponentially.
Soon, you will be able to find out more about it here. Now, let’s go back to our quick guide.
Keep reading, and you’ll discover:
What is lucid dreaming
What are the benefits of lucid dreaming?
What do I need to lucid dream?
How to induce a lucid dream
How to lucid dream… tonight
Tips for lucid dreaming
1. What is lucid dreaming?
In case you are not familiar with it, lucid dreaming is when you have an awareness and ability to influence your dreams.
To understand lucid dreaming, it helps to know about REM sleep.
And, while we all experience dreams, have you ever thought about what a dream actually is?
When you go to bed at night, you go through several cycles consisting of deep and light sleep.
After several hours of this (somewhere in the region of 5 – 6 hours) you start to hit intense REM sleep.
This is when your eyes rapidly move back and forth while you’re actively dreaming.
This is the period where the magic happens and when your chances to trigger a lucid dream are higher!
Keep reading to find out how…
2. What are the benefits of lucid dreaming?
Before learning to lucid dream, here a some of the benefits that you can expect:
You get to live out your fantasies
Have you ever wanted to go to outer-space?
Interact with a celebrity or historical figure?
Or, go to a faraway paradise island and relax by the beach? Lucid dreaming gives you that opportunity.
You learn to fall asleep quicker
Do you ever waste time and energy lying awake at night?
Learning to lucid dream will help you be more effective when it comes to switching the ‘off button’ and enjoying a better quality of sleep.
Become better at solving real-life problems
Do you have an important decision to make?
Lucid dreaming helps you get to grips with life’s challenges and will aid you when it comes to problem-solving.
Explore each possible outcome when you dream.
Expect a better quality of life
You spend a third of your life asleep, so why not make the most out of it. By having greater control over your “sleeping” life you’ll feel more refreshed and happier throughout the day.
Still want to learn how to lucid dream? Let’s continue…
3. What do I need to lucid dream?
Here is what you need (and other optional stuff) in order to lucid dream:
1) What you need (essentials):
• A state of awareness
Have you ever meditated? This state of mindfulness will come in handy when it comes to lucid dreaming.
If not, then try and remember a time when you were completely aware of the present moment…
Like when you visited a new destination for the first time. Learning to become “AWARE” is essential.
• Dream journal
This is merely a notebook and pen where you’ll be writing what you dream about.
You’ll be using this in a hazed and sleepy state upon waking up, so make sure it’s easy for you to open up and start writing.
• Reality checking
A simple action, that will let you know whether you are dreaming or not (more about it – below!)
What you may need (optional items):
• Dream pillow – you can read how to make it under our “Tips” section
• Incense – essential oil that can help you to lucid dream
• Pillow spray
• Background sound – for example, white noise, nature sounds, or binaural beats
4. How to lucid dream
So, how do you lucid dream?
Remember how we said that “awareness” is the key to lucid dreaming?
Here is how you become aware:
You have to perform reality checks.
When it comes time to lucid dreaming, you need to know whether you’re awake or not, right?
Before teaching you a preferred reality check method, know this:
If you practice over and over again during your waking hours when it comes time to perform your reality check during a dream it’s going to be second nature.
Now, while there are numerous methods, one of the easiest and most effective is a “finger palm push”. *
Take your finger and push the palm of your opposite hand.
Do the finger palm push regularly throughout the day, and each time you do, say to yourself, “I must be awake.”
Your mission is to start performing the reality check during your dreams, too.
When your finger goes through your palm, you will become aware that you’re dreaming.
Now you know what to do when you’re dreaming, what’s the best technique to start dreaming in the first place?
* reality check option 2: you can count the fingers of one of your hands
Again, there are many methods, but one of the simplest is the Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming (WILD) technique.
In the WILD method, you need to set an alarm so you gently wake up around two hours before your normal waking time.
At this point, you can allow yourself to fall back to sleep.
However, you need to do the following:
Try and stay aware of your transitional state from wakefulness to sleep
Set the scene for the dream to come
Let your body fall asleep as the mind lags behind, remaining awake
If you’re unsure whether or not you’re dreaming, perform your reality check
Are you ready to have a lucid dream tonight?
5. How to lucid dream tonight
Without further ado, here are the 12 easy steps that you need to follow:
1) Tidy your room
Get rid of all the clutter and make sure space is nice and comfy without any distractions.
2) Try to limit electrical devices in your bedroom and go for maximum darkness
If you don’t have black-out curtains then try and reinforce your current curtains with an extra blanket or two.
3) Focus on lucid dreaming
Spend the rest of the day immersing yourself in lucid dreaming (by reading and enjoying the many articles on this blog).
4) Perform reality checks
Practice lots of them at regular intervals up until you go to sleep. A great method to use is the finger palm push, described above.
5) Preparation before going to bed
Start getting into a sleepy mood at least one hour before bedtime by turning off screens, dimming the lights and relaxing.
Your brain produces more melatonin when it’s dark – that’s the sleeping hormone who makes you feel sleepy. Melatonin also helps the body to enter deep sleep faster.
Why you shouldn’t use electrical devices before going to sleep?
Your phone, tablet, TV, or computer emits an especially disruptive blue light – which can mess up with the production of melatonin.
Tip: A simple trick is to use a sleeping mask that will block all of the light when you go to sleep.
5) Try eating a banana before going to bed
The truth is that specific foods, consumed right before bedtime are more likely to promote sleep. Banana is one of them! It is an amazing snack to help get you asleep and enjoying dreams.
This is due to it having a great blend of nutritional components. If you want to get really crazy, why not try making our favorite dream-promoting banana smoothie?
6) Before going to sleep would be an excellent time to practice a few minutes of meditation
If you’ve never meditated then try sitting for and counting your breaths. (or check our beginners guide here)
By focusing your attention on your breathing, you’re leaving behind all your stresses and worries, and you’ll be in a better state to relax… and become aware of your dreams easier.
7) Set your alarm for 2 hours before you usually wake up
Choose a softer alarm tone that gently brings wakes you as opposed to one that jolts you full of adrenaline.
Important note: Be sure that alarm will stop automatically in 10-15 seconds.
8) When your alarm goes off, try to wake up with your eyes closed
And try to stay as relaxed as possible! Be sure you are laying comfortable. While you are laying, it is important to not move and to lose all of your muscles.
9) “Drift off’ into a dream using one of the lucid dreaming techniques, such as the WILD method
After you are totally relaxed, you might start seeing some images and shapes. This is a state called hypnagogia.
These “hypnagogic hallucinations“ appear because you will be in the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep.
It often includes visions, sounds, and bodily sensations.
10) Take advantage of the hypnagogia
Start thinking more and more intensively about your dream landscape. Try to imagine everything as much as you can, even some small details.
When making the background of the dream, in your mind, try to see it, as you are there at the moment.
Important note: If you remember the dream you had before waking up, try to recreate it.
11) Stabilize your dream
If things have gone to plan, perform your reality check and stabilize your semi-lucid state.
12) Experiment with your lucid dreaming state
When you think the dream is more stable, figure out what you want to do!
What to do if you don’t have control over the dream?
Don’t worry, that is completely fine. Even if you just reach the point that you are AWARE that you are dreaming – it is a success!
By practicing more, you will achieve higher awareness as well as control over it. Until then, explore your subconscious actions!
6. Tips for lucid dreaming
While following the above steps should allow you to lucid dream, here are some key tips to keep in mind:
• Don’t try to seize control of your dreams
– By trying to control your dreams you’ll likely stimulate yourself into being awake. Instead, it’s far better to try and gently guide them.
• The key to lucid dreaming is awareness
– A simple meditation practice whereby you sit comfortably with your eyes closed while you follow your breath is invaluable.
Always try to cultivate a better state of awareness… This will eventually translate into your dreams.
• Stay healthy
– To optimize your chances for lucid dreaming, it helps to follow the basics of a healthy lifestyle.
Eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise or even yoga, recover from the day with a good night’s sleep, and don’t forget the occasional banana smoothie.
• Add to your dream journal every day
– Don’t forget to create the habit of recording your dreams.
When you wake up, the first thing you have to do is to get your dream journal and write.
• Reality check, reality check, reality check
– keep performing your reality check regularly throughout the day. Trust me; this will pay off when you start doing it in your dreams.
• Binaural Beats
Binaural beats are an ideal trick to induce lucid dreaming easily!
They are providing us a small shortcut to the fascinating world of lucid dreaming.
They are an ideal way to prepare your mind for lucid dreams. Find more about these special beats (PLUS free samples) here.
• Dream pillow
Something so easy like a dream pillow can make a huge difference in your level of dream awareness.
The simple way to do it is:
– place a pillow inside the pillowcase and remember to turn the side with the dried herb beneath.
– as you are drifting off to sleep, you can inhale, smell the aromas.
Note: You can use any other essential oil that can affect your dreams – find the best ones here.
Now you know the basics to lucid dreaming, go forth and have fun with it.
Keep an open mind, and you’ll discover that the possibilities are endless as you “dream the life of your dreams.”
Don’t forget that if you have hard times with lucid dreaming, that means you will need to put some extra effort into it.