Lucid Dreaming Step By Step Guide For Beginner Dream Control
A lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. They say between 51% to 82% of people end up experiencing a lucid dream at least once in their life. The reason why many can't lucid dream is that they wake from their dreams. The trick of lucid dreaming is to stay in the dream state and explore it.
Expert Lucid dreamers can even master techniques that influence their brains to dream about a particular problem or idea. They use their dream to play out problems as to figure out solutions to them. They end up using lcuid dreaming to improve their confidence or even certain abilities. But we're not there yet and that's okay. Let start with the basics.
Turn Your Bedroom Into A Rest Inducing Sanctuary
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You want to increase all odds of your sleep being restful and plenty. Keep technology and screen time away from the bed as to not have the mind associate that space with anything but sleep. Remember that dreams happen during REM which is the last stage of your sleep cycle. This happens usually during the second half of the night so you want to make sure that you're letting your body sleep all the way through till then.
Optimize your bedroom space and sleep by keeping the room dark, cool and quiet. You could also try falling asleep to a noise machine or using blackout curtains. As you start falling asleep, plan your dream in advance.
Keep A Dream Journal Nearby
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This is the most important part for beginners. To be able to control your dreams you first need to understand them. That means that you need to tune into them and keep track so that you can start to take notice of anything that stands out.
Keep a dream journal like this one by your bedside so that it's easily accessible and doesn't require you to get up and break up your rest when you write. Keep in mind that if you skip this, you're likely to forget important detail of your dreams. You can opt for voice memos instead, the goal is to trigger your memory.
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Look For Dream Symbols And Patterns
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Once you have your dreams recorded, take some time when you're fully awake to figure out their meanings. Once you've practiced this for a while, you'll start to notice certain symbols and reoccurring patterns that may be your unconscious mind way of communicating with you.
You can use a dream dictionary like this one to interpret their meaning. The more you understand your dreams and are aware of the signs, the more that you'll be able to take control of your inner psyche and recognize when you're in a dream state as opposed to letting the dream guide itself. j
Create A Reality Anchor
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Reality checks are what helps you confirm whether you're awake or asleep. This is especially important when you're asleep as once your brain makes the distinction, it'll be like it'll wake up within the dream and give you reigns on where you want to take.
The get your brain used to the idea of identifying whether you're dreaming you'll want to practice reality checks by establishing certain anchors. They say that you should practice them about 10 times per day while you're awake. For example, look at a clock or a page of text in a book, then look quickly away and back. If you're awake, the content will stay the same but if you're dreaming it's likely to change.
Try The MILD Technique Of Affirmations
The MILD technique is short for Mnemonic Induction to Lucid Dreaming. It's basically an affirmation practice that encourages you to repeat the same mantra every night as you're falling asleep. It encourages you to be aware of when you start dreaming and it decreases the odds of lucid dreaming.
Remember that the mind is a powerful tool and that you can affirm your dreams. Find a phrase like "I will lucid dream tonight" or "I will know that I am dreaming" and repeat the same phrase to yourself.
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