Today’s post is quite… hum, special? I’m going to speak about dreams, especially Lucid Dreams. We spend almost 1/2 of our lives sleeping. This means that a 50 years old man spent an average of 25 years sleeping. Lucid dreaming becomes an amazing way of using this time to explore our inner selves, limits and sometimes even our deepest fears. Lucid dreaming may sound like a myth to some because they never tried, but science has proven that LD’s are indeed a very normal phenomenon that almost everyone can experience during his sleep. I had many lucid dreams in my life, most of the time I used to get so excited that I’m actually lucid, in a dream, that I would wake myself up. But then I learned few tricks thanks to the internet and some books about the topic and started to discover the dream, speak to people (parts of my unconsciousness), fly and so much more.
Lucid dreams aren’t as huge and dramatic as in the Inception movie, and the odds are that you won’t be able to choose a location or a scenery for your dream but will be ‘waking up’ in a completely random dream. Some more experienced Lucid dreamers learn skills such as chosing the location of their dreams, being able to recall a certain scenery and visit it again, or imagine an entire imaginary world where they can go each time; but these are Pro dreamers, and it’s quite difficult to get to their level. If you think these people are crazy, that Lucid dreaming is bullshit, that all of this can’t be happening… Well, just try it out. Give it some time and you’ll see for yourself. It can take one thought about Lucid dreaming to make some people experience it, as it could take many months of training and exercising (like me) to finally realize I’m in a dream, fly and then get too excited and wake up.
No matter how much time and effort you put into it, let me tell you It’s all worth it because 1) you’re using the years of sleep you’re wasting away at the moment, 2) you’re exploring your own mind limits, and feeling how wonderful your brain can be, 3) having the possibility to do everything you can’t in real life!! And the number 3 is the most important reason, in your dream you can fly buildings, you can turn into a cat, get inside a mirror, taste wood and think it tastes like chocolate (yes, it happened), drive a car upside down, discuss with the people inside your dream (who can both be very funny, interesting, wise and friendly, or rude and extremely evil, they might even insult you, hit you or wake you up, but that’s another topic), you can literally do anything you want. It can sometimes be a very creepy experience as your dreams are affected by your mood, and the same happens when lucid dreaming : if you get scared by something, or freaked out, or remember you hate blood, then odds are that your dream is going to turn bloody scary.
Anyhow, here are 5 easy (baby) steps for everyone to try in order to have a lucid dream. You can google the topic and see how many forums and articles are dedicated to lucid dreams and what are the most common ways of inducing the dreams.
- Keep a dream journal. No one can explain how important this is, what’s the point of having the most amazing dream during the night and not remembering it in the morning. So the first step is remembering, if you work on your dream memory, your sleep process will benefit, your dream quality will benefit as well. So keep a journal and remember to write all you dreamed about the minute you wake up, if you do this regularly, you’ll start seeing the difference and how your dreams will become more and more detailed and elaborate. Instead of dreaming of a car, you’ll dream of a purple car with a baby Jimi Hendrix driving it next to a barber shop called Banana that looks like a blue lotus flower.
- Before you sleep, tell yourself that you’ll have a lucid dream that night. Tell yourself this with conviction, and if it doesn’t work out the first couple times, just keep on going because our brains are pretty simple: if you give them an order, they may take time to make it happen but if you just insist a little bit longer, your order turns into a reality. That’s why it’s so important to keep positive thoughts and ideas, because the brain actually soaks in what you think and works towards making it happen.
- Have reality checks during the day and work on your critical mind.Our brain can’t figure out he’s being played and that the dream isn’t reality, that’s why we have real emotions in our dreams: we’re happy, excited, sad, scared… But if you work on your critical brain, the one that gives signals to your brain about how sketchy the situation is, well you’ll gain a lot. “Am I dreaming?” is the first question you should ask yourself, if this is regular, your brain will ask the same question during a dream and realize that you’re wearing a banana suit and dancing with mariachi at your brother’s wedding… And you don’t even have a brother. This ability to tell either what you’re experiencing is real or not is very important, not only while you sleep, but in everyday life situations.
- When you wake up, try to stay still for a couple of seconds without moving a single bone, close your eyes again and imagine yourself rolling backwards or to the side, it does sounds weird at first: how can I imagine myself rolling if my body isn’t moving? Well believe me, the first thing you realize when you get into the lucid dreaming world is that we are made of a soul or spirit, when you roll your ‘spirit’ and not your body, you’ll jump into a lucid dream instantly. The most successful lucid dreams I had happened when I rolled or jumped or backflipped (in the dream), because you can actually feel yourself moving, and what’s weird is that it’s more real than actually moving your body. It’s like you’re out of the body for a little while, some call it OBE (Out of body experience). Maybe astral travelling is just another type of lucid dreaming, who knows?
- Meditate! Meditation broadens the mind. So does lucid dreaming, so If you already have an experience in controlling your thoughts and mind, you will have an easier time inducing lucidity in your sleep. I feel bad for people who have no idea what their minds are capable of, and who simply live by without once trying to meditate, or try something different while they sleep instead of just closing their eyes and waking up without at least one good souvenir out of their night, or one good vision (sometimes the scenes in our dreams are beyond beautiful and can inspire us to write songs, books, to paint…).
That’s it for today’s entry, I hope you enjoyed it, feel free to comment and discuss down bellow, if you have more tips or some experience concerning lucid dreaming, make sure to add to the conversation. Have a nice day everyone, xx.