Wednesday, February 12, 2014

52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams - Wake from your limited life into your Infinite Self

Lucid Dreaming is like a practice run for a waking realization. We often hear that reality is an illusion and within the context of consciousness, the prime reality, the material world and its deterministic tendencies are the illusion. What actually underlies all those manifold out-workings is the core reality; consciousness. 

And as a result, your ability to expand and develop omniscient capacities of consciousness will enrich your life and provide the holistic template for a grander awakening.

As you read through these methods, pause to consider what your consciousness is doing with each state. Take a moment to consider your consciousness when doing ALL THINGS, and you'll be surprised how much it can be affected by the seemly mundane.

Waking in a dream is a microcosm of a macrocosm, and it helps us develop an intrinsic and unified perspective of our waking life. For all of life is but a grand allegory for consciousness!

- Justin

Related Fractal Universe | Proof of Consciousness and a Creator, the Dreamer within the Dream – Understanding the Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Ratio

Source - Waking Times

Rebecca Turner, World of Lucid Dreaming

Learning to have lucid dreams can be fun, intensive, frustrating, euphoric, bizarre, daunting – yet ultimately, lucid dreaming is a hugely rewarding and life-changing experience.

Learning how to lucid dream is like any other skill that you develop over time. There is no magic secret to behold. But there are a number of tried-and-tested methods that you can employ.

Below I’ve listed a number of those techniques to get you started. There are probably more than 52 ways to have lucid dreams but we might start to stumble into repetition and overlap of techniques. Besides, 52 is more than enough to get you started.

I’ve kept them short for simplicity, so you may need to delve into the links for elaboration. You may find it useful to bookmark this page and return to it weekly for new ideas, or print and check off the list daily as you explore new lucid dream induction routines.

To supercharge your skills, I recommend daily meditation as this forms a part of numerous well-known practices (such as MILD, WILD, incubation, OBE-exits and hypnagogic induction). It’s also essential that you can remember your dreams, so #1 on my list is a no brainer. Good dream recall is the foundation of lucid dreaming.

Happy dreaming…

52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams

  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 brainwave entrainment during afternoon naps and early morning meditation.
  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 specific dream plots by reading evocative fiction and watching powerful movies before bed (warning: horror movies beget nightmares!)
  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), a type of sleep paralysis induced lucid dream.
  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 then visualize your desired lucid dream scene.
  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…”
  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. Let go of any fears that are holding you back. There is nothing to be fearful of when you understand how it all works.
  36. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night – or more if you feel you need more (I do!)
  37. Perform Daniel Love’s Cycle Adjustment Technique by alternating your daily 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. Hypnotize yourself as you fall asleep, visualizing your way into a beautiful garden that represents your subconscious.
  42. Expect to have spontaneous lucid dreams, also known as Dream Induced Lucid Dreams (DILDs) where you become lucid through flashes of logic.
  43. Use a lucid dream mask such as the REM Dreamer, 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. Some swear by this one: go to bed thirsty and place a glass of water the other side of the bedroom. You may dream an out-of-body experience in an attempt to 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 at night.
  51. Learn as much as you can about lucid dreaming from books and online resources.
  52. Create your own art inspired by dreams to bring dreaming to the forefront of your imagination and boost your dream recall.


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