Right off the bat, I have to tell you that lucid dreaming does take some practice before you get really good at it. However, it is possible for you to learn how to lucid dream tonight.
There are a number of different techniques that can be used to reach the lucid dreaming state and you should explore them and find what works best for you. This blog is fairly new, but you may find some ideas to use from here. There are also a good number of decent resources on the internet to check out as well just by searching on the topic of lucid dreaming. People have also found it useful to train their brains using binaural and monaural beats. You can get free audio samples by joining our free newsletter if you would like to hear what they sound like.
Even with brainwave entrainment, it can take some time before you get the hang of lucid dreaming. There is a good chance that your first time will be brief. When I was first learning how to lucid dream, it was often that the realization that I was dreaming would excite me enough to wake me up. It is important to try to stay as calm and as even keel as possible.
One of the easiest ways that I have found to realize I am dreaming is to look at my hands in my dream. This may seem like an easy thing to do, but it is actually pretty difficult. There seems to be two main effects of looking at your hands that causes one to realize they are dreaming. The act of looking at your hands alone seems to trigger the realization itself. Plus, in your dreams, your hands don’t look like your hands, and that seems to be just jolting enough to assist the realization process.
It helps to prepare yourself and your mind for purposefully taking an action such as looking at your hands. You can choose to perform a different action in your dreams rather than looking at your hands. I suggest looking at your hands since I know this works very well and have read that it works well for others too.
To prepare yourself, start making a mental note that you are going to look at your hands while dreaming. Literally tell this to yourself as often as you can before you go to sleep. The earlier you start this in your day, the better. If you repeat this enough to yourself, it will act as sort of a reminder while in your dream. It is strange, but while in a dream, it doesn’t quite seem to occur to you until after you have woken up that you were even in a dream. Even when there are very strange things going on in your dream, it always seems perfectly normal.
When you are ready to go to sleep, keep reminding yourself of your plan of action. You can literally just spend your pre-sleep time thinking of this plan to look at your hands in your dream. Try to take nice long breaths; slowly inhaling and exhaling. It doesn’t have to be super deep breaths, but long relaxing breaths work the best, I have found. If possible, you want to fall asleep gradually. This gives you a better opportunity to maintain some of your consciousness while part of your brain is in the sleep and dream stages.
Something you may notice as you are falling asleep are images on the back of your eyelids. First these will appear as lighted abstract shapes. You may see these changing shapes start to take form and turn into recognizable scenes or objects. These are known as hypnogogic images or hypnogogic hallucinations. This is part of a technique called WILD. Try not to control these. Just let them do what they are going to do. Your mind will start to fill in the blanks on it’s own. Just try to roll with it. If you catch this moment just right, you may be able to jump right into a lucid dream, but don’t be disappointed if you don’t make it. This takes some getting used to. You still have plenty of opportunity while dreaming to experience lucidity.
The big trick, once you realize you are dreaming, is to stay in the dream. For me personally, I use something I have dubbed, the smile technique. The reason behind smiling is that it helps to keep you calm and present in the dream. Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin into your system. These are the natural “feel good” chemicals in your body. Try smiling right now and you should be able to feel the effect. I have found this to be very useful in the dream state.
There is a fine line between excited and scared that you want to stay in. With practice, you will be able to let your emotions go a little bit more as you learn to remain in control of your dreams.
If you can manage to stay calm and realize you are dreaming, you will find yourself in one of the best and wildest environments you could ever hope to imagine. The limits are really up to you.
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To summarize how to lucid dream tonight:
If you don’t get to lucid dream on your first try, don’t give up. Keep trying because it is well worth the experience and well worth the benefits that come with learning to lucid dream. You can continue to work on the techniques I pointed out above or look into other ways to learn how to lucid dream. If you are interested in audio assistance, check out the audio samples for free by joining our newsletter and also check out the Unexplainable Store for all kinds of brainwave entrainment audio types.