You can have a lucid dream tonight… follow these steps below and your chances of having a lucid dream will increase exponentially!
- Research, research, RESEARCH: When you research something your mind begins incorporating that new information into your subconscious. Your subconscious is where your lucid and non-lucid dreams flourish. Google lucid dreaming; find out what scientists say about lucid dreaming; search the sister of lucid dreaming practiced by Tibetan Monks: dream yoga; search what lucid dreaming can do for depression, anxiety and stress. While researching lucid dreams, repeat to yourself: I will have a lucid dream tonight. The term for this type of lucid dream technique is called MILD (mnemonically induced lucid dream).
- Lucid Dream Inducing Supplements: Did you know that there are supplements that can assist in inducing a lucid dream? Surprise! (In case you did not know) yes, there are supplements that are available for purchase that either directly, or indirectly, cause people to have lucid dreams… below are some that I have tried:
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3. When the alarm clock goes off, and you’re not pissed off: This tip is not only my favorite because it works, but it is also going to be the only time your alarm clock goes off and you do not dread the reason. Why? Well, because when this alarm goes off you will not be getting up for work, chores, or anything else negative that alarm clocks bring to our lives. Set your alarm clock to go off two to three hours before you wake up for the day; remember to set the alarm clock so that it will only go off ONCE (aka disable the snooze option); once the alarm clock goes off, completely relax your body and slow your breath; while your body gets heavier and your mind begins to drift off FOCUS on going back into a dream; lucid dream experts recommend to try to keep as much consciousness as possible while drifting back to sleep—this way, the part of your mind that remains active during a lucid dream will be prompted to remain active. The lucid dream term for this practice is WILD (wake induced lucid dream).
4. Am I dreaming?: This is the question you must ask yourself ALL day. Why? When you ask yourself if you are dreaming you are exercising the part of your brain that is active during self-reflection. Self-reflection is the practice of internal dialogue, self-evaluation and deep internal realization. People who self-reflect frequently are the same people who go around saying, “oh yea, I have lucid dreams all the time.” The nerve… but they are right, these ‘self-reflectors’ have frequent lucid dreams because they exercise the part of their brain that questions “reality”. Question your reality often enough and you’ll bring that exercise into your dreamworld.
5. Finger to palm: When I first read this trick, I thought, okay, that is weird and I’m not even sure if that will work—or if I will even remember to do it in a dream. So, naturally, I did the exercise just to see if it was simply hogwash and to cross it off my lucid dream tip techniques. The trick is to take your finger on one hand and try to push it through the palm of your other hand, if it does not go through, or do something unnatural, then you are not dreaming. I did this one day and that same night I fell into a dream and noticed somethings were not right. Could I be dreaming? I suddenly remembered the finger to palm trick and tried to push my right hand pointer finger through the palm of my left hand… my finger began pushing the top of my hand, creating a convex of skin, and eventually push through the other side; I instantly knew I was dreaming and lucidity came to fruition.
6. That ain’t normal: Is there an object in your surroundings, one that you see on a daily basis, one you can describe detail by detail? Look around and pick out something that you see everyday like: a clock, picture, car, billboard, etc. Remember this object and tell yourself you will see this thing in your dream. Your subconscious will react accordingly and the object will appear in your dream world. If this object is different and or changes when you look away and then look back at it—then you are in a dream. For example: I use a clock for my lucid dream technique. I will look at a clock (it always appears) and I will look away and then back again. The time is ALWAYS different whenever I look away and back again. Choose your object and in your waking hours examine it’s details for as long as you need. When the object appears in your dream world, take note of any unique changes and/or look away and back again to notice any changes. From there you will induce a lucid dream and be able to explore your dreamland!