Lucid Dreaming – The Art Of Controlling Your Dreams
Lucid Dreaming is becoming aware of that fact that you are dreaming, while still in the dream, and learning to become the director of the dream rather than just a character.
Everyone dreams – but only some of us control our dreams, creating our own exciting and magical experiences. This is lucid dreaming – flying like Superman, walking through walls, breathing underwater, crossing time and space whenever desired, creating fantastic new worlds, and sometimes sharing these experiences with other sleeping but lucid dreamers!
When you are in a normal non-lucid dream you are accepting the reality, not realizing it is a dream often until you wake up. This website will teach you how to realize you are dreaming, while still in the dream, teach you how to stay there – and show you many tips, tricks, and methods to turn your dreams into the greatest experiences you can imagine – literally.
Being lucid when dreaming is just about the coolest thing I’ve experienced. I started lucid dreaming at age 7, spontaneously with no training. About 10% of people become aware of the fact that they are dreaming without any previous training, but just about anyone can learn how to do it with a little help and information. I’ll give you this information, largely based on my own experiences over the last 35+ years, and you won’t have to buy a book, CD, join a club, be placed on annoying marketing lists, or anything you aren’t comfortable with.
What Will I Do When Lucid Dreaming?
While consciously controlling your dreams you will initially just have a lot of fun with it. Once you learn that you are the master of your dreams, that almost nothing can hurt you while you are dreaming, that there are almost no rules to be bothered with, and that you can create and experience the most wondrous experiences you can imagine – you’ll experience a new sense of freedom that will likely carry through to your waking life in the physical world. After some time, you may start to look for practical applications of lucid dreaming – lucid dreaming to improve relationships, using lucid dreaming for creative inspiration, and solving problems which are difficult to overcome in the physical state. Unlike many new-age wishy-washy theories and ideas which seem unrealistic and unattainable, lucid dreaming is indeed real, and attainable by pretty much everyone who puts in a little effort. We all dream, we just need to recognize it at the time!
Lucid Dream Supplements
Just like most people do not need lucid dream induction devices to help them become lucid when dreaming, most people will also not require lucid dream supplements to have lucid dreams. But it is also true that certain food supplements and other substances can indeed dramatically increase the number of lucid dreams that you experience. These supplements vary, and can also improve the vividness of the dreams, the intensity of your dreams, the length of your dreams, the depth of your sleep, and so on. Some of these substances can also inhibit, increase, or delay REM sleep, where most (but not all) of our dreams occur. Contrary to popular belief, my experience has been that some of the best lucid dreams can occur in non-REM sleep. The lucid dream supplements section of this website will give you my personal experiences with the most revered substance loved by lucid dreamers across the world – Galantamine, a substance used to treat Alzheimer’s, polio, and brain trauma victims. I’ll also share my experiences usingCalea-Zacatechichi – the dream herb used by the Chontal natives of Mexico for divination dreams, also called “The Leaf Of God” it was sometimes used to find missing people or objects. I will also share with you my experiences of several other commonly available substances which I have found useful to increase the frequency of my lucid dreams. Simply taking some vitamin B-6 or B-12 can make a significant improvement in your ability to lucid dream, and I use them both regularly, but some of the other supplements I will describe in detail can really put you on the fast track to having more dreams, and therefore having more lucid dreams!I do recommend learning to lucid dream on your own, without the use of any supplements or vitamins, before you begin to experiment and find out which substances you like best. Learning how to navigate the dream state is best done without supplements, once you’ve mastered it then start using supplements if necessary. In my case, I use them regularly.
Lucid Dream Induction Devices
Most people do not need any special devices or supplements to have lucid dreams. However, there are devices that do work, and there is no reason to not use them as a tool to improve your lucid dream experiences. Lucid dream devices can help you more easily recognize that you are dreaming by sending audible or visual cues to your brain when the device detects that you are in REM sleep, and these signals are translated into cues you can recognize in the dream.
There are many different devices, which utilize different methods of helping you to become lucid. Here is one description of how it works – you go to sleep with a special mask over your eyes, the mask has tiny sensors that detect rapid eye movement, when it detects a few seconds of consistent eye movement the device knows you are in REM sleep and it signals your brain. How does it signal your brain? Well perhaps it lights up tiny LED lights in the mask you are wearing, or it may play a special beeping tone in your ears, or both. There are various devices available.
So there you are in a dream walking along the beach, and you have no clue that you are dreaming… then suddenly the sky turns a bright red color and you know that this is your cue that you are dreaming! The light from the LED is bright enough, even through your eyes are closed when you sleep, the light is still received by your optical nerves and sent to the brain, the brain transfers and translates this data into your dream. When you see an unusually red sky, or anything else that suddenly turns a bright red, you realize it is a dream and off you go! Why is it usually red? Close your eyes and hold a bright light in front of your face, you’ll get the idea.I do not recommend purchasing a lucid dream induction device for novice or beginning lucid dreamers, I think it is most important that you first become adept at becoming lucid on your own before you start to rely on external devices for help. More information on various lucid dream induction devices is available throughout this website.
Your First Lucid Dream – Where To Start
Dream Journal –
Having a dream journal is an absolute must for beginning and experienced lucid dreamers. A simple notebook and pen will do. You should write in your dream journal every day without fail – write down your dreams, regardless of whether or not you became lucid. Write down every little detail. The act of writing about your dreams solidifies the memory of the dream in your brain, and helps with attaining lucidity later. You should also write in your journal your personal notes about what you want to do when you are lucid in a dream, what your overall goals are, and what steps you have taken to reach those goals (meditation, reading about lucid dreaming, reality checks, day dreams). This might seem like an unnecessary and tedious task to some, but I cannot stress enough the importance and value of having an actual dream journal, and actively contributing to it on a day to day basis. I believe so strongly that writing in your dream journal is important that I have added a dream journal tool on this websites so that you can come here, log in to your dream journal, and write down your dream experiences. Our online dream journal tool can be found here:
Meditation For Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming and meditation go hand in hand. Sure, you can have lucid dreams without ever meditating, but meditation makes it easier. Why is this? Meditation is another form of consciously being aware and in control while in a slightly altered state of consciousness – in other words it is good practice. It gives you a chance to be in control of your thoughts and actions while the body itself is relaxed and not providing much sensory input to the brain, just like when you are asleep and dreaming. Set aside some quiet time in the morning or evenings, or both, when you can relax and meditate. While you are meditating, reflect on your past lucid and non-lucid dreams, envision yourself again inside those dreams and controlling them, and then envision yourself consciously aware and in control of the dreams you would like to have in the future. Do this on a regular basis, at least once daily if possible, for the best results.
Is This A Dream? Reality checks.
A popular and useful technique for beginners is to ask yourself if you are dreaming, many times throughout each day. I like to do this at least 20 to 30 times per day, particularly when I see something that is even slightly unusual or out of place, or when I see something particularly odd, or even particularly beautiful. Whenever I see anything that stands out in any way, I automatically ask myself whether or not this is a dream. I do it even though I can easily tell that I am indeed not dreaming, but it is the act itself, asking yourself whether or not you are dreaming, and actually considering whether or not your immediate experience is a dream, which helps you become lucid. If I see a particularly beautiful basket of flowers, or see a car that has been in a crash, or an unusual formation of clouds – these are all things which will cue me to ask myself if I am dreaming, even though I know I am awake. Why does this work? Most of our normal non-lucid dreams are actually quite mundane, dreams of work at the office, shopping at the grocery store, and other regular and repetitive things that we do each day.
We tend to dream about our habitual activities, so it stands to reason that if we make it a habit to start asking ourselves repeatedly throughout the day if we are dreaming, this habitual activity will start occurring in our dreams. When we are in these dreams there doesn’t seem to be anything particular unusual in them, and most of us have no idea we are dreaming – we are accepting our current situation as waking reality. When the non-lucid dreamer catches himself asking whether or not this is a dream, and actually considering whether or not it is a dream, this becomes a very useful tool to waking up within the dream. It in effect can cause lucidity. Start asking yourself many times throughout each day whether or not you are dreaming, do this at random, and especially do it when you notice anything unusual, odd, or otherwise particularly notable – it will translate into your dreams. Thinking about lucidity many times per day, reading about lucid dreaming, day-dreaming about lucid dreaming, these are all things that will help you to achieve lucidity when you are dreaming. Making the idea of lucid dreaming a constant and regular part of your waking life, will make it a more frequent and regular part of your dreaming life. Start right this very moment, as you are reading this text – stop and ask yourself whether or not this is a dream!
Dream Planning And Setting Your Intent
An important tool in your lucid dream arsenal is pre-planning your dream beforehand from the physical state (while you are still awake.)
Throughout the day or days before you try to have a lucid dream, think frequently about what you want to see, feel, and do once you are lucid. Pick a pleasant, non-threatening scenario – for example “I want to fly like Superman next time I dream!”Think about what you imagine it will be like, how it will feel, and where you will go. Thinking, envisioning, and daydreaming about your upcoming lucid dreams helps them turn into reality. You may actually find yourself in a non-lucid dream, thinking about flying in a lucid dream, and it may be this very thought that cues you to the fact that you are already dreaming! Write in your dream journal about the lucid dreams you hope to have in the future, add intricate details, and see them as if they actually happen before they do. Writing about normal non-lucid dreams, lucid dreams that you do have, and lucid dreams that you hope to have, are all part of a very important process of solidifying past dreams into memory, and solidifying your desire for future dreams into memory.
One of my earliest difficulties with lucid dreaming was not about becoming lucid in a dream, but remembering what the waking version of me wanted the dreaming version of me to do when I became lucid! Writing about and thinking about the lucid dreams you want to have, beforehand, as if they had already occurred, is an important and useful tool. I will delve more into setting your intent later, but in addition to thinking about what you would like to happen… something else is even more important – many lucid dreamers call this ‘Setting Your Intent”. In essence what this means is that no matter how much you desire to lucid dream, it won’t likely go anywhere if you don’t actually intend for it to happen. You must intend to lucid dream, not just hope for it. This is sometimes a difficult concept to grasp for beginners, but setting your intent, and expressing your intent is key to not only having lucid dreams at will, but in accomplishing what you want to accomplish while you are lucid. Imagine yourself in a dream, standing around with nothing to do, and then you remember that you wanted to better understand the universe next time you were in a lucid dream – at this point, upon remembering your goal, you scream out in the dream “I Intend To See The True Nature Of The Universe! ” and when you do this be ready for a mind-blowing unforgettable experience! Dreams are like a vacation, they are better when you have planned ahead, and know what you intend to do when you arrive.
Sharing Lucid Dreams With Other People
I have read on other websites, published by what seem to be otherwise knowledgeable people, indicating that they do not believe that two or more people can share the same lucid dream experience. It is hard for me to understand where they are coming from, because shared lucid dreaming is quite possible, I’ve done it many times, and sadly for them they are missing out on the most meaningful dream experiences you can imagine. Two or more people can indeed share the same lucid dream experience. They need not be asleep in the same location, and they need not have discussed ahead of time what the dream would be about (although it certainly can help to do so). Shared lucid dreams can foster a significant improvement in your waking relationship, and shared lucid dream sex is as good as it gets (which is really a merging of two energy bodies in the dreamstate unlike a more physical interaction in the waking world).
Whereas two consenting individuals can share the same lucid dream experience, and literally have the best time of their lives – there is also a darker aspect to shared lucid dreaming. This is because it is possible to share a lucid dream without the other party giving permission or having foreknowledge. This is what I call dream-invasion, where you become lucid in your own dream and then from there you seek our and invade another person’s non-lucid or lucid dream without their permission. You can observe their dreams from a distance, or insert yourself as a character into their dreams, or you can take it even further and take control of their dream. In the end this is the dark side of lucid dreaming, and it can result in the most egregious forms of invasion of privacy, and it can be used for still more nefarious purposes.
Lucid Dreaming And The Movie Inception
The movie Inception was perhaps the best rendition of lucid dreaming to ever come out of Hollywood – it had great special effects, perhaps decent acting, and an intriguing story line. The premise of the movie, which is in essence combines shared lucid dreaming with dream invasion, for the purpose of planting an idea in a targets consciousness, is correct. It’s actually doable. But it’s not doable as presented in the movie.
There are also several other problems with the movie – for example in the physical world the actors inject themselves with a special concoction of some dream formula that will allow them to go several levels deep in the dream state, which is reasonable to this point. People like me do take dream supplements like Galantamine, Calea-Zacatechichi dream herb, and vitamin B-12 to have more and better lucid dreams. It works. But once the actors were lucid in a dream, and they wanted to go another level deeper, they had to inject their dream bodies with this special concoction again? That simply makes no sense at all, at that level the injection of something into the dream body can be nothing more than a symbolic gesture. It is akin to finding yourself in a dream and taking a dream hit of LSD – you can do it that way if you want to, but the action is not necessary – merely stating your intent, within the dream, to have an LSD-like experience, or to go into deeper levels of the dream state is all that is required.
Similarly the movie Inceptionportrays the passage of time in different levels of dreams as being something which follows a strict formula or schedule, which is simply not true – you can live a lifetime in the dream state while your physical body is merely asleep for a few minutes. I once spent three and a half months of dream time, 98 days actually, stuck in a lucid dream unable to wake up, while my sleeping physical body was in an extended REM period for roughly 210 minutes. In this particular case, a very rare and unusually long dream lasting a bit over three and a half hours, translated into three months in the dream state. In this particular case it was three months of hell and despair at being unable to escape my captors and wake up, having been trapped in the situation in part by my own actions and thereafter by a third party (a situation which I will write about elsewhere on this website).
In the end, Inception was an excellent movie, but it was only a movie and Hollywood could and should have done better – to its credit the movie has garnered an impressive amount of interest in lucid dreaming and has resulted in many more lucid dreamers, and I see this as a great thing. None the less, I love movies about lucid dreaming and cannot wait to see what they do with the sequel.
Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Lucid Dreaming
You probably didn’t just show up on the website by accident, and if you’ve read this far you probably aren’t just a casual reader – you are here because you are meant to learn about lucid dreaming and I am here to serve you.
Soak up all the free information you can, I truly hope you find it helpful in reaching your lucid dream goals. Read through the various sections of this website, doing so will help to foster more lucid dreams for you. Share your dream experiences in the discussion forums, feel free to ask questions, all I ask is that you be respectful of others. If you find the site useful, share it with others.
Remember that fear is the enemy of the lucid dreamer, Fear Nothing and Dream On!