52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams

Learning to have lucid dreams… Fun. Intensive. Frustrating. Euphoric. Bizarre. Yet ultimately, conscious dreaming can be a very rewarding and life-changing experience.

Being able to lucid dream is like any other skill. There is no magic secret to behold. But there are a number of tried-and-tested methods that you can learn and develop.

Below I’ve listed as many as I can. There are probably more than 52 ways to have lucid dreams but I think that’s more than enough to get you started. Some methods may not make much sense on their own so I’ve linked to articles which explain them in full.

It’s also crucial that you can remember your dreams to lucid dream. Good luck!

 

  1. Start a dream journal and write down at least one dream every morning.
  2. Do a dozen reality checks each day – such as trying to push your hand through a wall and asking “Am I dreaming?”
  3. Perform a daily 10-minute breathing meditation and examine your self-awareness as you become sensitive to your surroundings.
  4. Listen to scientifically proven forms of brainwave entrainment before sleep.
  5. Learn to interpret your dreams and record key recurring themes.
  6. Supercharge your dream intensity and dream recall with lucid dream supplements like Galantamine or Choline.
  7. Experiment with a dream herb like Calea Z for vivid and memorable dreams.
  8. Perform Dr Stephen LaBerge’s Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) before you go to sleep tonight.
  9. Practice the Wake Induced Lucid Dreams technique whenever you can.
  10. Observe your own hypnagogic hallucinations as you drift off to sleep.
  11. Make a dream pillow filled with aromas that promote relaxation while you sleep.
  12. Rid yourself of any sleep disorders which disturb your quality of REM sleep.
  13. Listen to a lucid dreaming hypnosis session as you go to sleep to place targeted auto-suggestions in your subconscious mind.
  14. Listen to subliminal messages for lucid dream induction.
  15. Watch our free subliminal lucid dreaming video before bed.
  16. Figure out your best sleep posture for lucid dreaming (usually on your back for WILDs, although you may be different).
  17. Try the Wake Back to Bed method by waking early for 30 minutes.
  18. Get a comfortable mattress – not too firm, not too soft – so you always get a good night’s sleep.
  19. Experiment with the OBE Exit Technique, a fun visualization technique, as taught by Nick Newport of Lucidology.
  20. Use aromatherapy to induce specific memories and associations while you sleep – also known as a Smell Induced Lucid Dream (SILD).
  21. Eat cheese before bed to increase your dream intensity (“cheese dreams“).
  22. While lucid, ask the dream to help you become lucid more easily in future.
  23. Incubate lucid dreams by reading lucid dream fiction.
  24. Allow yourself to daydream – any time – pushing your conscious awareness into a range of different realities.
  25. Practice having Out of Body Experiences (OBEs) which is a phenomenon closely connected with lucid dreaming (as well as Astral Projection).
  26. Wear a digital watch and perform a reality check every time it chimes on the hour (the sound may also filter through into your dreams).
  27. Learn about the ancient art of Dream Yoga from Tibetan Buddhism.
  28. Encourage false awakenings when you sleep in different locations or anticipate an unusual event when you wake up in the morning.
  29. Deliberately induce sleep paralysis — and relax.
  30. Set an alarm every 90 minutes of sleep to wake you during your most likely period of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep to boost your dream recall.
  31. Count backwards from 100 as you fall asleep: “100. I’m dreaming. 99. I’m dreaming. 98. I’m dreaming…” Strange things will happen…
  32. Take afternoon naps when you feel tired, especially after meals.
  33. Allow yourself more lie-ins and practice lucid dreaming techniques.
  34. Don’t smoke marijuana or drink excessive alcohol as this inhibits REM sleep.
  35. Don’t be afraid of lucid dreaming; there is nothing to fear inside your own mind.
  36. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night – or more if you need it.
  37. Perform the Cycle Adjustment Technique by alternating your wake up times.
  38. Visualize your next lucid dream in advance; how you will become lucid, what it will feel and look like, and what you’ll do first.
  39. Try a Finger Induced Lucid Dream (FILD) when you wake up in the night: lie still and minutely wiggle your index and middle finger till you fall asleep lucidly.
  40. As you fall asleep, lie perfectly relaxed, melt your awareness into the mattress, and repeat the phrase: “The next scene will be a dream.”
  41. Listen to lucid dreaming hypnosis session as you fall asleep.
  42. Expect to have spontaneous lucid dreams, also known as Dream Induced Lucid Dreams (DILDs) where you become lucid through a flash of logic.
  43. Use a lucid dream mask such as the NovaDreamer, created by Dr Stephen LaBerge, also known as an Electrically Induced Lucid Dream (EILD).
  44. Play first-person video games like Prototype or Left 4 Dead to stimulate the proven phenomenon of Game Induced Lucid Dreams (GILDs).
  45. Go to bed thirsty and place a glass of water in the bedroom, far enough away so you have to get out of bed to reach it. Your dream body can separate in a false awakening or out of body experience and fetch the drink.
  46. Conversely, perform reality checks every time you use the bathroom, then go to bed with a semi-full bladder and dream urination can induce lucidity.
  47. Sharpen your visualization skills: lay in bed with your eyes closed and visualize the room in vivid detail. Visualize outdoor scenes as well.
  48. Imagine kinesthetic sensations like riding a bike, floating on a cloud, or running through a field as you fall asleep.
  49. Take a Vitamin B6 supplement which converts tryptophan (found in cheese, chicken, salmon, eggs and milk) into serotonin, for more vivid dreams.
  50. Set at least three clear lucid dream intentions before you go to sleep.
  51. Create your own art inspired by dreams to bring dreaming to the forefront of your imagination and boost your dream recall.
  52. Listen to the lucid dreaming induction below as you fall asleep.

Article source: World-of-Lucid-Dreaming

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