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Beginner’s Guide to Lucid Dreaming in 3 Easy Steps

Is this real, or am I dreaming? A question we all have pondered at one point in our lives. What if your dream was real? Real to you that is. Have you ever wanted to control the outcome of your dream? Was there a confrontation you had in a dream that you wish you handled better? Or is there a place you’d love to visit with your loved ones, but it seems too good to come true? Lucid dreaming can make your dreamscape your personal playground. Imagine controlling your body, reactions, and even your environment while you are fast asleep. With 3 easy steps, you will be able to take control of your dreams, and perhaps make them a reality.

1) Reality Checks

Throughout your day make it a habit to check things constantly. Check the time on the clock at 2 pm everyday, for example. Look at your hands and remind yourself you are not dreaming. This will leave an imprint in your brain, and if you come across a clock showing 2 pm in your dream, you will pull yourself from dream state to lucid state. The conscious awareness of seeing 2 pm on the clock, or looking at your hands, gives you control over your dream. While awake, feel the ground with your feet. Be mindful of the steps you take when you enter and exit rooms, you most likely are not just appearing in different rooms, so it is important to take note of the path you take to get there. You will be able to notice the difference between your movements while you are awake vs dreaming. The constant mindful observation will give you control in your dreamscape.

2) Recording

As you practice your skills of being mindful, it will help you remember moments you once would let pass by. This will help you remember your dreams. Keep a journal by your bed, and when you wake up write down your dream as soon as you can. You could draw pictures, speak your dream into a voice recorder, or even use one of the many online tools to track your dreams. Which ever way works best for you, it is important to constantly record your dreams. Try to remember the emotion you felt, colors, structures, events, and people. Perhaps you noticed what time was on the clock. Maybe you noticed how you entered and exited rooms. Make a practice of this, and see how much is in common with your everyday mindfulness practice.

Chinese symbol that represents dreams

3) Remembering

Practicing mindfulness and making a habit of recording your dreams set the foundation to lucid dreaming. To gain more control of your dreams in a lucid state it is important to revisit your reality checks and your dream journal. Go through your dream journal and highlight moments that stick out, strong emotions, and events that tend to repeat themselves. As you remember these patterns, your brain maps them out. You will start seeing the same lucid triggers, reality checks, in your dreams as you keep practicing. By your brain mapping this out, you gain control in your dream state. Instead of just observing, you are able to control your dreams. The more aware you are of your movements, emotions, and reality checks, the easier it becomes to take action in your dream.

With these 3 steps you have a strong foundation to begin lucid dreaming. With practice you will be able to hone in on this ability and lucid dream with ease. You can lucid dream in any sleeping environment. It all depends on how you train your mind.

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