“To be lucid is to doubt everything” – Marie-Josée Christien
“Am I not dreaming?” is the question most frequently asked by people who are trying to have lucid dreams. But what is it? It is a dream during which the dreamer is conscious of dreaming. Have you ever come face to face with an unimaginable monster and realized that you are in the middle of a nightmare? Do you understand the situation and have you tried to wake up? This is a moment of lucidity! Congratulations!
Anyone can succeed in becoming conscious during a dream, but it takes motivation, training, daily involvement, and perseverance.
Motivation because it won’t happen overnight. That being said, learning about the subject, reading books, watching videos, or reading articles, imbues you with the idea of lucid dreams and can only be an additional help.
Training because you will need to do “exercises” every day. To become aware that you are dreaming, you need to have a trigger that will tickle your critical mind, you will have, while you sleep, to question your dream: Why is it snowing on the beach? Since when can cats fly? Why is Barack Obama eating burek with multicolored dolphins? There are several types of exercises for those who want to question themselves:
1. Several times a day, take a good minute and answer these questions: What am I doing? How long have I been doing it? Where was I before?
This is important because we often change environments and activities in our dreams. Thinking about this in reality can make us think about it at night.
2. Every day and many times, stare at your hand, count your fingers, and think: “I am aware, if I were in a dream, I would have a deformed hand; more than five fingers, hair, pimples, a huge hand. ” The idea is to encourage you to do it instinctively in a dream, which will trigger the trigger that will help you become aware of your lucidity.
3. Write down all your dreams, in a notebook, in your notes, or even with the “lucidity” application. Take a few minutes when you wake up to remember the movies of your night, don’t move and remember, visualize them. Then write them down. There will be recurrences (places, emotions, characters) that you will learn to recognize later, and can also serve as a trigger.
4. Set yourself a goal for the day when you will be lucid: taking big leaps, running fast, driving a car are pretty simple missions. It’s up to you to find what works for you.
They exist in many other ways, but these are the main and most effective.
Let’s say that you manage to get a trigger and that you become aware that you are dreaming:
1. Don’t panic, stay calm, take your time. Rubbing your hands, fixing the lines of your hands, touching the ground will help you stabilize the lucidity and make the decor clear and fluid. It is very important to do this and not to miss the steps. If you escape from your lucidity the first time, don’t get frustrated, it’s completely normal. Many people go through this stage.
2. When you have managed to stabilize the dream, try to achieve your goal, without rushing, step by step. You are in a new universe; you will have to learn all the subtleties.
3. Try new experiences when you feel more comfortable: teleporting, flying with the birds, meeting stars, questioning characters and so much more to discover.
4. Get information on the internet, in books, on blogs, with other people on Facebook pages so you don’t lose touch.
There is so much to say about the world of lucid dreams and the world of dreams in general that one article will never be enough. I hope that these few tips and this short introduction will make you want to give it a try and why not go flying on the back of an elephant across a rainbow towards your favorite city.