Want to have a lucid dream? Soon?
Then reality checks are the easiest way for a beginner to experience one in the quickest time possible.
I think finding out how a reality check worked was the first time it sank in how it was possible to intentionally wake up in my dreams, and I’m going to explain it as best I can.
Reality checks definition?
A reality check is a test you perform which tells you whether you’re dreaming or not. To do this, you need to find a test you can perform where you’d get different results depending on whether you were asleep or awake.
When you dream, certain parts of your brain are asleep. Trust me when I tell you it’s impossible to read a digital watch in a dream like you could in the real world.
The part of your brain that deals with the numbers counting down in a proper sequence is fast asleep. Do you like my scientific explanation? Ha-ha.
So the aim of the game is to constantly check your watch while you’re awake. Do it enough and it becomes a subconscious habit and you will automatically perform reality checks when dreaming.
When you do… BOOM! You realize you’re dreaming and you’ll become lucid.
Reality check examples
The digital watch technique…
… is for me, the easiest reality check you can perform. If you’ve just discovered lucid dreaming and have no idea what you’re doing I’d suggest you use this test, so it’s the only one I’m going to go over in detail at the moment.
I can’t even see a digital watch face in the dream world. It’s hazed over by a big black smudge. When I look at my watch I know I’m dreaming straight away. Some people have reported seeing lots of strange things in place of the numbers, such as symbols.
But please note that some people can actually see the numbers on the watch face. Because of this, there’s a system in place which will prevent any false readings.
You have to look at the watch face three separate times in each test. This will take away the possibility of getting a false reading and wasting a chance to become lucid.
You can either turn your head away three times, or what I like to do is cover the face of the watch with my opposite hand and move it back and forward three times.
When to perform the reality checks
So basically, you check your digital watch multiple times during the day. For those of you who hate your job I’m sure this will be easy. There’s lots of times you can perform the test, and feel free to choose your own, but here are a couple I think are pretty good:
- When you wake up
- On each hour
When you wake up
This is required. You must perform a reality check when you wake up. You could have a false awakening and waste a chance to become lucid for the sake of a quick check. Not recommended.
On each hour
I have a simple Casio watch that beeps every hour. It makes sense to perform a test whenever I hear the beep, and since it beeps 24 times per day I always catch a good number of them. Simple.
Like I said, make up your own if you want, but those are easy and the ones I do.
Are your reality checks not working?
If your reality checks don’t work you have a problem. Don’t just give your watch a quick once over. Self-awareness is very important. You need to be constantly asking yourself if you’re dreaming while performing the reality check.
After you’ve finished, have a look around just to make sure it’s not a dream. Or is it a dream? This will become more apparent as you become more experienced. Just be aware you must constantly be questioning your reality.