Lucid dreaming for dummies

The art of lucid dreaming is all about waking up inside your dream, becoming conscious that you’re dreaming and realizing that you are in control of what is created. My own lucid dreams are relatively infrequent… about once every two months, but when they happen, I love to take off flying.

Lucid dreaming takes a bit more work than dream recall.

Critical State Testing

One method to wake up in dreams is to ask yourself if you’re dreaming or not. To do this you need to build up the habit while you are awake.

Pick 5-10 occasions during the day to ask yourself “Am I dreaming or awake, right now?”. Make sure you stop and become intently aware of your surroundings. Look carefully for oddities or inconsistencies. Think back to events of the last several minutes. Do you have any trouble remembering what just happened?

Be careful not to just answer to yourself, “of course I’m awake” without thinking about it, otherwise in your dream… you may do exactly the same.

Scheduling time for lucid dreaming

Another step is raise your awareness before you dream. Here is a technique:

  1. Set your alarm to awaken 2-3 hours earlier than usual, then go to bed at the normal time.
  2. When alarm goes off, get out of bed immediately. Stay away for 2-3 hours.
  3. A half-hour before returning to sleep, think about what to accomplish in lucid dream: where to go, who to see, what to do.
  4. Return to sleep in an undisturbed place, keeping your intention focused on having a lucid dream as you fall asleep.
  5. Give yourself at least 2 hours to dream.