A Brief Guide to Lucid Dreaming
Have you ever been asleep, started dreaming, and suddenly realized that you were in a dream? Lucid dreaming is the ability to recognize when you’re in a dream and use that knowledge to control what happens to you when you’re asleep.
If you’re able to teach yourself how to lucid dream, you’ll be able to imagine all kinds of fantastic scenarios in your mind. This type of dream allows you to place yourself within a fantasy world to experience the impossible, and the only limit is your imagination.
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Lucid dreaming is quite rare, but that’s only because most people don’t know how to get into this state of mind — it’s a skill that you need to develop and practice.
Here are some tips that will help you get started.
Tell yourself over and over that you will remember your dream
Teaching yourself to remember your dreams, either lucid or normal, is a great way to help yourself get in the right mindset for lucid dreaming — this technique is called dream recall. If you tell yourself multiple times a day, out loud, that you will remember your dream, that idea starts to become a reality.
Start a dream journal
In order to start lucid dreaming, and know that we’ve succeeded in our goal, we have to remember the dreams that we have, regardless of whether they’re lucid or normal.
The best way to help ourselves remember our dreams is to write down the dream in a journal as soon as we wake up. Buy yourself a notebook, ensure it’s right beside your bed, with a pen or pencil ready to go, and get in the habit of writing first thing every morning. Even if you only remember snippets of your dreams, it’s important to write it down so you can practice your dream recall.
Highlight the recurring patterns in your dreams
In addition to helping us with our dream recall, our dream journal allows us a place to highlight the reoccurring patterns within our dreams, which gives us a way to track the elements or themes that we tend to see again and again.
You can do this by going through a few days of dreams and highlighting any elements that you see multiple times. You can also use a dream dictionary to look up what some of these dream signs mean for example, seeing a kite in your dream is thought to symbolize lofty goals, or the idea that a beautiful gift has strings attached. The more familiar you are with your reoccurring dreams, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to notice a pattern mid-dream and kick yourself into lucidity.