Put your hands up if your life is hectic at the moment?
That doesn’t mean you don’t have enough time to practice your lucid dreaming skills. I’ll show you why, but first you’ve got to admit that you don’t want it enough.
That’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that, and for most of us life will end up getting in the way at some point.
I’m guilty too
I go through the same thing on a regular basis. I’m pretty consistent with my awareness training, but I can’t always be bothered to devote a lot of time to building up my dream memory.
My dream recall is good, so having a day off won’t hurt
I can still remember my dreams from this morning. I don’t need to keep thinking about them anymore
I can remember my lucid dream after waking up and that’s all that counts
This last one is an absolute killer and it’s what I want to speak about now. I’ve started to notice lately that my regular dreams are a lot different. I’m beginning to realize I can recognize it’s a dream more than ever before. Maybe my awareness is slowly becoming as good as those natural lucid dreamers who just know they’re dreaming all the time.
I’ve actually had a sneaking suspicion this has happened in the past. I’ve woke up thinking I was lucid at some point during the night, but because my dream memory wasn’t strong enough I couldn’t remember for sure.
It’s happening to you too
If you are working hard to build up your awareness on a regular basis it’s likely you will be becoming lucid too, at some point during the night. You might not be fully lucid, but you will have a slight inclination you are dreaming.
You need to remember those times when you’re a whisker away from lucidity.
Because you’re spending a lot of time inside the trance state (I hope) your awareness inside your dreams will be getting stronger and stronger all the time. Don’t lose out when lucidity is being served to you on a plate.
2 essential skills to master
I’ve spoken about this in my book, Lucid Dream On Command, but I want to talk about it here because it’s something everyone must know.
You need to find the time to practice, but it can definitely get a little overwhelming. There are so many techniques you can choose from. You can take 10 of them and combine them together because that should give you quicker results, right? Probably, but it’s more likely you will freeze because it’s too much.
You just need to work on 2 things:
- Awareness training
- Memory training
I’m not going to go into detail about each one because I’ve covered them a few times in the past. If you want to learn how to carry out awareness training you can read the article about meditating while lying down or there is also a basic one that will help you get started.
Do you know why you’ll succeed?
Do you work? Maybe you’re still in school. You have to go to work or school every day. The point is: you show up because you don’t have any other choice.
If you don’t go to work you will get fired. If you don’t go to school you will fail your exams. You already know you can do something if you have to, so you just need to tell yourself YOU MUST practice your lucid dreaming skills on a daily basis. Make it an integral part of your life and you will show up.
We just need to make it as easy as possible for ourselves because we’re all lazy.
Aim for 100 percent
Awareness and memory are alike because they are measurable. If you spend time in the trance state your awareness will increase a little. If you go over your dream when you wake up your memory will increase a little.
Your affirmations are not measurable. Your reality checks are not measurable. Only your awareness and memory are measurable. That means you can always strive to improve every day.
Let’s all start off equal. Both our awareness and our memory are sitting at 0.
When you meditate your awareness might increase by 1. If you enter the trance state and spend at least 20 minutes there your awareness might even increase by 2. Every day you practice your awareness training your awareness increases until it reaches 100.
It’s the same with your dream memory. Do I have to write it all out again? Write down your 3 dream seeds and it increases by 1, etc. Eventually you get to 100.
Don’t go backwards
When you skip a day because you don’t want to meditate your awareness will drop. It will be less than it was the day before, so you’re lucid ability is actually deteriorating. If you don’t wake up and go over your dream your memory will get worse. Eventually they will both get so bad that your chances of becoming lucid are low.
You need to keep your awareness and memory sitting at 100 at all times. This means practicing your awareness and memory training every single day. It’s going to be easy because we’re only going to focus on the essentials.
Let’s start with memory
Grab your hammer and chisel because we’re going to start chipping away at everything you don’t need to do. Remember, I’m not saying you shouldn’t spend 10 hours writing down your dreams each and every single day. We just need to decide what the minimum requirements are that will allow you to keep bumping your memory up until it reaches 100.
I know you don’t record your dreams. Don’t lie to me. You do it sometimes, but hardly ever. I’m sometimes guilty too. We go through phases where it’s too hard to pick up a pen. I’m not talking to all you great people who constantly fill in your dream journal. Well done, by the way.
The minimum requirements
I’ll just tell you what I do, because it’s easy and I think you’ll like it.
- Wake up and go over my dream for a few minutes
- Write down my 3 dream seeds
- Try to keep the dream fresh in my memory for as long as possible
If you can do this every day you will see great results. Not overnight because that’s asking a bit too much, but you will soon reach 100 if you keep doing it. You’ll also start doing more to record your dreams once this easy stuff becomes a habit, but don’t think about that right now.
And now awareness
Awareness training is even more important than memory training because this is what will help you become lucid. If you wake up from a lucid dream you’re probably going to remember it. You need to become lucid first, so you can see why this is important.
When you stop practicing your trance work it does take you longer to master it again. It’s like a muscle and it needs to be worked consistently. There is a lot going on inside your head and I don’t even want to begin to talk about it right now. Just know that you can keep your mind sharp by lying still and going into the trance state every day.
Don’t pretend you’re too busy
Whenever you have 5 minutes to spare, you can go to your special place. You just need to learn how to flick the switch. Are you ever a passenger in a car? Your head is touching the head rest, so focus your attention onto the sensations on the back of your head.
If you are sitting on the couch watching TV you can spend 5 minutes doing the exact same thing. And I’m 1,000,000% certain you go to bed at night before you go to sleep.
You don’t have any plans in between the time your head touches the pillow and when you go to sleep. You can practice your trance work right before you drift off. There really are no excuses.
You can also do it when you wake up during the middle of the night. You can do it when you wake up in the morning if you press snooze on your alarm clock. You can do it while you look out of the window for 10 minutes at work. Anyone can flick over to awareness mode.
It will probably help if you know how to flick the switch inside your head that will take you into awareness mode. You don’t have to be lying in your bed concentrating on the back of your head.
Just switch off. Let your thoughts disappear. Focus your awareness onto something by feeling and watching it. I know this example gets used a lot, but you could suddenly start focusing on your breathing. I’ve even wrote a great article that will explain how to do it.
Do this whenever you have some time to spare. It does take a while for your mind to eventually fall into a trance state. It usually takes around 5 minutes of being completely thought free, give or take. If you can’t spare 5 minutes you can still do something. Anything is better than nothing.
So this is what we know (recap)
- Wake up and go over dream (2 minutes)
- Write down 3 dream seeds (1 minute)
- Keep dream fresh in memory (Ongoing, but doesn’t take up any of your time)
Total time per day = 3 minutes
- Switch over to awareness mode during the day (1X = 5 minutes)
- Practice trance work once you’re in bed (20 minutes)
Total time per day = 25 minutes (but it doesn’t eat into your day)
Are you really too busy?
That is less than 30 minutes per day and it will keep you moving in the right direction. You don’t even have to make time for your trance work when you’re in bed because you are doing nothing anyway.
So I’ll ask you again: are you really too busy to dedicate any time to lucid dreaming?
I’ll answer first:
No, I’m not too busy. If I don’t cover the essentials every day it’s because I’m a lazy fool
2 simple things
I hope you feel a lot better after reading this because you know how little effort is required in order to see results. I feel better after writing it because I don’t have any excuses now.
Just work on your dream memory and your awareness every day if you want to see great results.