How to Lucid Dream
Lucid dreaming is a cool skill to master. It's defined as being awake within a dream, or realizing that you're dreaming. Doesn't seem possible? Well, I can assure you, this skill does not fall into the category of pseudoscience or paranormal skills like telekinesis and telepathy. Many people who actually claim that they've astral projected (A imaginary skill that's similar to telekinesis/telepathy) actually confused it with lucid dreaming as it often presents a similar effect. Lucid dreaming occurs during the Rapid Eye Movement stage of sleep (REM).
Why Lucid Dream?
Lucid dreaming is the real inception - rather, Inception is based on lucid dreaming. You can go on a vacation, eat at your favorite restaurant, study for a test (assuming you've already got something semi-memorized, you can make that memory last), you can conquer your fears, perhaps enact a movie, visit distant planets or galaxies, have super powers......
It is whatever you want to do.
What does it feel like to lucid dream?
The feeling of a dream world certain isn't what it is like in real life. One thing is transition from sleep to lucid dreaming. From personal experience, my entire body feels light as if floating on water during this transition as my mind is waking up from my sleeping state. When I get into my dream world, my mind becomes clear as if totally awake.
What is it like inside a lucid dream?
The dream world can take many forms - your house, a different country, world, or a fictional place; the possibilities are endless. My first lucid dream, I appeared in my room. I was able to fly up and down my hall ways. I jumped down my stairs and went into the kitchen. On the table was a yearbook, but the odd thing is, when I opened the yearbook, all the pictures were empty. A lucid dream only has what you remember and in this case, I did not remember what was in that yearbook which is one way to test if you're lucid dreaming or not.
How often does lucid dreams occur?
Once properly trained after a few months, you will begin to have multiple lucid dreams a week.
Lucid Dreaming How To
Lucid Dreaming Techniques
Active Methods (During Bed Time)
- Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming Technique (WILD)
- The WILD technique is the most powerful lucid dreaming technique and is the same technique I use for all my lucid dreams. It is a direct transport from being awake to lucid dreaming. The concept is to wake up 1 hour 30 minutes after you fall asleep, stay up for 3 minutes, and then think of a dream environment while falling back asleep again. If you want more chances to lucid dream in a single night, set the alarm clock to ring every 3 hours. A lot of guides go on and on about trivial stuff, but when you cut the crap, this is basically it.
- Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dream Technique (MILD)
- The MILD technique is really simple to do. While in bed, chant a phrase to yourself (in your head) like "I am dreaming" or "I realize that I'm dreaming". The idea is to think about dreaming as much as you can. While you feel yourself drifting off to sleep, imagine what you want your dream world to look like. Don't try too hard. You don't want to keep yourself awake all night.
* The Lucid Dreaming becomes more effective combined
Passive Methods (After bed or throughout the day)
Keep a dream journal beside you and write down any dream, lucid or not immediately after you wake up. When you are waking up, make sure you concentrate on your dream. If you change the subject, you'll forget instantly. That's because dreams are very lightly stored in memory. Write down everything or just the main points, it doesn't matter. The purpose of a dream journal is to train the habit of remembering dreams which is often the problem of dreaming. We may have multiple dreams a night, but only remember one or two.
Look at Hand Method (Reality Checks)
This is a very effective method of training to lucid dream during the waking day. In most situations, dreams are composed of whatever you do during the day. The basic principle of reality checks is that if you do them during the day, you'll do them while you're asleep.
When you do a reality check, as yourself questions like "Am I dreaming?" AND "Is anything out of the ordinary happening?". During a dream, if you ask yourself these questions and something weird happens, this will shock you into a lucid dream.
What are some tools that can help induce a lucid dream?
- The brain constantly emits different frequencies at every moment of the day. They change depending on what you're doing. There are 5 known brainwaves: Gamma (Fastest), Beta (Fully Awake), Alpha (During Relaxation/ Meditation), Theta (Light/Dream sleep), Delta (Deep, dreamless sleep). Brainwave entrainment audio work by playing a beat which tunes the brainwaves to the beat. The 2 types of brainwave entrainment audio: Binaural and Isochronic. Binaural beats must be used with headphones while Isochronic can be used without.
The brainwave frequency you want to listen to before bed is the THETA FREQUENCY. Theta deals with light sleep and dreaming.
Here is a link to a Theta Brainwave Frequency Audio on YouTube. Make sure it's turned to high quality.
Lucid Dream Mask
Lucid dream Masks are sleeping masks which help induce lucid dreams, obviously. They work by flashing beams of red LED light into the eyes while you're sleeping. These pulsating lights can only be noticed while sleeping. The lights alerts the sleeper that they're dreaming; when they realize that they're dreaming, it becomes a lucid dream. Commercial lucid dream masks are very expensive, but you can make your own at:
What are some foods that can help induce a lucid dream?
- Melatonin (Has been reported to cause vivid dreams). Watch out for side effects.
- Milk and Cheese
- Orange Juice
These foods help induce dreaming, but whether the dream becomes lucid depends on how much you've practiced.
While there's no such thing as a step guide to lucid dreaming but this is what I do.
1. Eat the Listed Foods
2. Play Brainwave Entrainment Music for 30 minutes or so
3. MILD Technique
4. WILD Technique
Mastering lucid dreaming very rewarding. Whenever you feel too stressed out, you always have your "happy place" to go to. It really isn't hard to master, but it takes a while. Some are able to do it instantly, and some a long time, but I think everyone can do it with practice so don't feel frustrated. Frustration with lucid dreaming is like frustration with homework - your mind closes itself off from it and then you'll have real problems progressing. You have your entire life to learn. Just have fun!
Aaron Cooley on November 06, 2013:
I liked this article. I also liked your other hub about the treatment of mentally challenged children. I have actually been trying to keep it up in google's search results. I am definitely going to try lusid dreaming. I use to although not lusidly be able to control my dreams most of the time and I'm sure I still have that ability, but I haven't been able to do it in several years. I have a problem with the reality check thing; when I am dreaming I'm either just watching whatever is happening or doing something I didn't choose to do. Basically I can't ask myself questions, think (if I am able to think I usually wake up) or make decisions. The other part of the problem which is sort of like the other comment menchening the reality check is that I can't remember what I want to remember when I am dreaming. If you have any advice on this that would be great. By the way, I listened to the video with the frequency you gave a link to in your article and I really think I could have a lusid dream tonight because of it.
RobOrlando on April 30, 2013:
It's all about taking control when you want to dream 'lucid'. Here's six really interesting steps to lucid dream by taking charge: http://www.ergoflex.com.au/blog/category/sleep-res...
Rehana Stormme on September 13, 2011:
I have had a semi-lucid dream only once. Though it was a scary experience and lasted less that 30 seconds, I was absolutely thrilled! I've been trying to do it again ever since, but haven't had any luck yet. Thanks for your hub! I'll be putting the techniques you've mentioned into use!
Nathaniel Zhu (author) from Virginia Beach on August 05, 2011:
Well, people like me who lucid dream do it for fun. It actually makes life less complicated for us and why wouldn't anyone want to explore the stars of their own imagination or relive the world war 2 setting taken from a recently watched movie?
While there's no evidence for a God, a lucid dream has been documented, recorded, and experienced empirically by almost anyone who gives it a try. It is a simple thing to test, if a person is able to consciously make a decision while dreaming, then it becomes a lucid dream.
Isabelle on August 05, 2011:
Hello Nathaniel, saw your comment on youtube relating to the idiot who believes in God and thought you were trying to change that. Yeah well, faith for me is the equivalent of superstition and santa claus... About lucid dreaming, I just wonder why one would like to do that. My dreams are what they are and sometimes i remember bits if them and seem to be vaguely aware that they are not real. I can almost always find some kind of interpretation too. They are mostly a representation or a metaphor of what's hiding deep into your mind, you might even say, a reflection of your unconscious or semi-conscious emotional states. I read Castaneda's ideas about dreaming but I don't find that useful or interesting. Life is challenging enough don't you think? Cheers!
Jaymighty2 on May 21, 2011:
fantastic hub I tried lucid dreaming I've only managed to do it once what i remember is being in a field with tents i looked at my fingers and counted my fingers realised i was in a dream but hen felt I was waking up so i tried to calm myself by changing the setting to a beach which worked but then I think i woke up after a few minutes after that. any tips for remembering to do reality checks when awake I always forget until jst before i go to sleep so I don't do them when i'm dreaming but i don't want to rely on an alarm telling me to do a reality check because then you end up relying on it too much.
Nathaniel Zhu (author) from Virginia Beach on April 21, 2011:
Wow. It's fascinating you researched this in Psychology. Lucid dream goggles you mentioned, sound just like the lucid dream mask in my article people still use. I tried to follow the guides to making one, but I had no clue where to get the parts.
Kristy Callan from Australia on April 21, 2011:
A fascinating article! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. I will try it, but even if it works I probably won't remember... I never remember my dreams.
While studying psychology I was looking at lucid dreaming, and the way they researchers in an experiment put people into lucid dreams was by making them wear goggles, and while the participants were in the REM stage of sleep the researchers would make the goggles light up a couple of times. It was a while ago, so I can't really remember, but I think that was a very effective technique.