Experiencing lucid dreaming is something many people thrive to accomplish.
Usually when they realize that they are indeed dreaming, they get so thrilled that they wake themselves up and interrupt the dream.
If you are unaware of what lucid dreaming is, we can associate it with conscious dreaming. Knowing we are dreaming at some point while we are having a dream.
Due to some being able to control who and what appears in their dream some define it as mind or dream control.
With the guidance of more experienced lucid dreamers, we all stand a better chance of experiencing this amazing euphoria. Here are some of the best lucid dreaming techniques from Art of Bedtime:
Mnemonically Induced Lucid Dream is the extended version. With this technique, we have full intention and can visualize forcing ourselves into lucid dreaming while we are falling asleep.
Most times the combination of setting our alarms to wake us up while in the middle of the night is the first step. After we go to bed the process begins of focusing, using our mantra and visualizing what it is we want to dream.
While falling asleep, we need to make a conscious effort of remembering our dreams and then concentrate heavily just on that idea.
Repeating to ourselves, I WILL remember my dreams. This process tells your brain that it needs to pay close attention to the next dreaming episodes
By concentrating and paying close attention to our next dream, chances are high that when our dream begins we will be aware that we are indeed dreaming. Welcome to lucid dreaming.
Walk back to bed is this longer version of its name. This version is basically just a smaller version of the MILD listed above, or what could be considered part of a MILD.
What we need to do with using the WBTB technique is schedule our alarm or any other version of waking up in the middle of the night. Many individuals drink extra amounts of liquids prior to going to sleep.
Where we benefit from the WBTB technique is having increased dream recall as well as experiencing a broader chance of becoming lucid when we go back to our beds.
This technique is successful because we go right back into a REM version of sleep. This method constitutes three basic main skills.
- We must be able to recall our dreams
- We must can discover dream signs from analyzing our journals
- We must can recognize our dream signs in tonight’s and other nights dreams.
This particular technique requires us to save extra time in the morning.
If we plan on staying awake for 30-45 minutes during the night and want to enjoy as many dreams and lucid dreams, we will need to sleep as long as we possibly can.
What this means is that its best if we practice the WBTB techniques on weekends. Its imperative that we save room and time to apply consistently all of the techniques without being disturbed.
The great news is, it should only take a few successful sessions before our minds understands what lucid dreaming is about. At which point we no longer will need exclusively to make use of WBTB technique to create lucid dreams.
Externally Induced Lucid Dreaming involves having the external stimuli, making us aware that we are dreaming. Triggering these should be only during REM sleep.
Using this method, we can make use of lights, an item that vibrates listen to music or use the device called a Nova Dreamer. Testing each one to see what works for us is the best approach.
Many EILD devices are a mask that we would put around our eyes while we sleep. Most come with a detector that will tell when we drift off into the REM phase of sleep.
As the mask acknowledges that we have reached the REM stage, it sends signals to stimulate one of ours senses. An example being flashed lights that we will see in our dreams to make us aware that we are indeed dreaming.
Dream Induced Lucid Dream is the most commonly used methods as well as the oldest. This phase can happen without us realizing it. Meaning we merely induce our lucid dream while dreaming.
This step is the technique where we notice one of our dream signs, do a reality check of just something randomly. In order to succeed in DILD, we need to practice over and over recognizing reality from a dream.
Being the most common and popular technique for lucid dreaming induction is the factor behind many newbies to achieve our first lucid dream by using this method.
When succeeding in a DILD, we will become lucid in the dream. This occurrence happens when our dreams are so wild, ridiculous or extreme that there is no other logical explanation for other than its a dream.
These dreams are the ones that shake us up or when we think OMG this is insane it has to be a dream then TA-DA we become lucid. Just think of all the visions of when you were with a deceased loved one carrying on a conversation with you.
Or you see yourself flying through the air. How about that vivid sex scene with your boss or your boss’ daughter. Seemed very real, eh? We then reach a euphoria than nothing else can make us feel.
So many times I dream about times talking with my mother and I will wake my brain up just to see if she is really here only to realize I am in my dream talking to her.
It may sound creepy, but its the most rewarding feeling when I do wake up. I feel as though I can go to her and bring her in my dreams to be with her again. It is an incredible feeling.
There are the times where I will remind myself in my sleep that she is no longer alive here on this earth, so I then manipulate my thoughts so that I can spend time with her once again.
As crazy as it sounds I don’t feel as much grief as long as I can see her again, and it feels real.
Lucid dreaming is real, and it is amazing. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again because you will have no regrets by doing so.