Five Successful Techniques for Lucid Dreaming
© Robert Waggoner 2009
Clear your mind. Relax. Repeat to yourself thoughtfully one of the following:
“Tonight in my dreams, I will realize I am dreaming and become consciously aware.”
Imagine yourself happily writing down your lucid dream in the morning!
2) Waggoner’s Modified Castaneda Technique: Finding your Hands
Using the Carlos Castaneda approach consistently each night before sleep is how I had my first lucid dream. I believe it works by establishing a simple stimulus-response associational link. Practicing repeatedly develops the association between the stimulus (the sight of your hands) and the response (“This is a dream!”).
1) Sit in your bed, and become mentally settled.
3) Stephen LaBerge’s MILD Technique
The following is my interpretation of LaBerge’s visualized role-playing technique:
1) Get into the practice of memorizing your last dream in detail, when you spontaneously wake up at night. Simply lie in bed, and recall the last dream in detail.
3) Next, intend to become lucid in the next dream by suggesting, "Next time I’m dreaming, I want to recognize I’m dreaming."
LaBerge also recommended that lucid dreamers conduct a "reality check" to verify that they were dreaming. A "reality check" could be something as simple as levitating or flying -- if you can do these actions in the dream state, then obviously it is a dream!
4) Paul Tholey’s – A Critical Question? Or a Lucid Mindset
In 1959, Paul Tholey developed an idea to achieve critical awareness in dreams, writing: “If one develops a critical frame of mind towards the state of consciousness during the waking state, by asking oneself whether one is dreaming or awake, this attitude will be transferred to the dreaming state. It is then possible through the occurrence of unusual experiences to recognize that one is dreaming.”
Throughout the day when confronted with an odd event, ask yourself, “Am I dreaming or not?” Then consider, “How do I know?”
Some have suggested putting a red ‘C’ on your hand with a marker, and then each time you see it, ask yourself, “Am I dreaming?” You could then do a reality check, like try and levitate. Eventually, this may transfer over to your dream state, and when you wonder “Am I dreaming?” and do a reality check, you will find yourself levitating, and realize, “This is a dream!”.
Independently noticed by many lucid dreamers (and confirmed by the Lucidity Institute), the Nap to Lucidity Technique significantly increases the probability of a lucid dream.
A) Wake about 90 minutes before your normal waking time.
B) Spend the next 90 minutes reading or thinking about lucid dreaming, then return to sleep with the intent to become lucid.
Using this technique, the number of lucid dreams skyrocketed in the final sleep period, when compared to baseline records. ( Lynne Levitan, Nightlight, Vol 3, # 1, “Get Up Early, Take a Nap, Be Lucid”)
For some people, lucid dreaming requires some persistence. So try to do one of the above practices consistently.
Also, consider what you might like to do in a lucid dream. Get interested, curious and excited about that! This develops emotional energy. If you don’t know what you’d like to do, start reading the lucid dreams of others at The Lucid Dream Exchange www.dreaminglucid.com and find something that make you wonder, “Could a person really do that in a lucid dream?”
If this is your first lucid dream, remember not to get too excited upon becoming lucid, since this normally will wake you up. If getting excited, look at your hands, or the ground or focus on something boring in the lucid dream to stabilize it. Good luck!
If you have additional successful techniques, you can send them to Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org He will consider them for inclusion. Thanks!
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October 12, 2012