This is a step-by-step guide to waking up in your dreams.
It’s for all the people who haven’t signed up and read my Exploring the Mysterious World of Imagination guide. If you have the book then don’t bother reading.
This only deals with waking up in your dreams, not what to do when you get inside. And obviously being a single article it won’t contain as much information…
But it’s everything you need to know to become lucid.
Remembering your dreams
Here is a link to the Remember your Dreams article
The first stage is the easiest to explain. If you can’t remember your dreams, you won’t remember being lucid, so it’s the most important thing to do before you even start. People can remember their dreams without filling in a dream journal, but it’s a lot better if you do.
So the idea is to write down your dreams when you wake up in the morning. You do this by keeping a dream journal and having each page dedicated to a dream. As soon as you wake up you should remain still and keep your eyes closed, or at least build up to this. Close your eyes quickly if you forget.
Then start going over the dream you’ve just had in your head. Start from the end of the dream and work your way towards the beginning.
Try to remember:
- Who you spoke to
- Where you were
- What you tasted/smelt/touched/heard
- What you were doing
- What happened
And once you’ve went over the details, trying to use as much senses as possible, you can then open your eyes and quickly write it down in your dream journal before you forget.
Here is a link to the Reality Checks article
You need a way to flick the switch on in your head to awaken your conscious mind, that way you will know it’s a dream. A reality check is a cheat that can flick the switch.
To make it easy to understand, just know that you can’t read a digital watch in a dream. The part of your brain that deals with the numbers changing every second is asleep. So if you happened to look at your watch in a lucid dream you would know you are dreaming because you couldn’t see the numbers.
Start looking at your watch throughout the day as much times as you can, and I like to say 30, but at least 20 times. Or you can use your hands instead and study them in detail.
Your subconscious mind will now develop a habit and you will automatically check your watch/hands while you are dreaming. When you do you will become lucid.
Important to note:
You can’t just glance at your watch/hands (well maybe you could, but don’t). You need to shift your awareness onto them so you are really paying attention. And always ask yourself if you are dreaming and believe you could be.
If you check your watch/hands when you are dreaming and question your reality, it’s obviously going to flick the switch on a lot easier.
Here is the link to the Lucid Affirmations article
The easiest way to explain an affirmation is saying it’s an auto-suggestion. This works better inside a lucid trance, but you can easily do it at any time. Hypnotists reprogram your mind by speaking to your subconscious when you are under a trance, right? So it’s better. It just means there’s a clearer path to the subconscious and it will hear it better because there’s no noise.
So before you go to sleep at night just tell yourself you will become lucid. Repeat the phrase (for a few minutes):
When I’m dreaming tonight, I’ll become lucid
Say it silently or out loud. Whatever you feel comfortable with. I don’t particularly think it’s the best technique in the world, but it takes a few minutes to do and you might as well combine the techniques together.
Visualizing a lucid dream
I don’t have an article up for this yet because I want to explore it more before I talk about it. I don’t really use this to become lucid anymore, but soon I’ll spend time on it and write an in-depth article.
But for now you just need to know this happens right before you go to sleep. You will visualize being inside a dream and realizing you have became lucid after using a reality check.
Now the idea is to use as much of your senses as possible, for example:
- You are on holiday. What does your hotel look like as you walk through it?
- Can you hear the holidaymakers joking and laughing?
- You walk into the dining room. Can you smell the food?
- What does it taste like when you eat it?
- You pick up a burger. What does the burger roll feel like in your hands?
You get the idea. Just visualize being lucid in a dream and keep visualizing until you naturally fall asleep.
Now what will happen?
It takes a while to become lucid. Rough estimates are 1 day to 3 months. It took me one week using the details in my book. Using these techniques you will probably become lucid from a reality check.
Can you become lucid faster?
Yes, and I’d strongly recommend you read these articles and put them into action:
Soon I will add an other article that explains the basics of what to do when you first become lucid. Stay tuned and good luck.