Techniques for Doing Lucid Dreams, When You Can Control Your Own Dreams

A lucid dream is the moment when you realize that you are actually dreaming because you feel something odd about the atmosphere at the time. For example, you are aware of the sensation around you when you are flying freely in the sky complete with a pair of magnificent white wings. You realize this is just a dream, because you can't really fly-let alone have wings. 

Don't worry, the phenomenon of being aware in dreams is quite common, really. Lucid dreams even allow you to control what happens in the dream. This is the reason why many people want to experience lucid dreams, tempted by the lure of being able to do things they cannot do in real life. Interested in experiencing lucid dreams?

How do you get into a lucid dream? 

1. You need to be more sensitive to your surroundings throughout the day

The ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality is the first step to achieving a lucid dream. The reason is, dreams are not something that is consistent. Therefore, it is by being aware of the inconsistency that you can know that you are really dreaming. 

To be truly awake in a dream, you must be more sensitive and aware of your surroundings while you are awake. Be more observant of what is happening in the environment around you during your activities. In the book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen Laberge and Howard Rheingold, you can practice it in these 8 steps:

  1. See : observe what you see more clearly and in detail. For example, shape, color, dimension, movement, to detail the texture.
  2. Listen : Understand what you hear from the pitch, intonation, volume, emphasis, to various sounds. 
  3. Feel : Be aware of what you touch, what its texture looks like - whether it's soft, rough, dry, sticky, or wet. Also, be aware of what your body is feeling right now, whether it's tired, excited, sick, and so on. 
  4. Taste : Recognize what you're tasting from a variety of different foods-whether sweet, sour, salty, bitter, or bland. Describe clearly the taste of each. 
  5. Smell : Be aware of and differentiate what you smell. The smell of perfume, coffee, onions, the smell of rain, whatever. Clearly imagine the difference in the smell of each of these objects. 
  6. Breathing : Be aware of how you breathe, from how you inhale to how you exhale. Pay close attention to how your chest moves up and down with each breath. To practice it, hold your breath for a few seconds. Then slowly remove it. Now, take a deep breath. Watch the breathing process until you can deliberately change the pattern. 
  7. Emotions : Be aware of and discriminate between any emotions you release. Remember the difference between angry and happy, calm and excited, and any other emotion you can feel. Feel the real emotion. 
  8. Thoughts : Be aware of what you were thinking when you were working on something, or what you are thinking right now. The point is to be aware of everything you think about at every opportunity.

Usually when you dream, you accept it as real. It's only when you wake up that you realize that something is off. By trying to train yourself to be more alert, gradually this self-awareness will enter your subconscious when dreaming and make you realize, "This isn't real, I'm dreaming!" 

2.Practice with a certain pattern as long you are sober

In addition to practicing self-awareness to be more aware of the environment, you can also practice it by doing a certain pattern throughout the day. 

For example by pressing two fingers of your right hand to the left palm. Continue to press slowly until very hard and painful, but imagine your finger going through the left palm. In a conscious state, of course this is not possible. You're in pain, aren't you?

Well, once in dreamland, you can "seduce" yourself to do the same. The difference is, now maybe your finger can penetrate the palm, because nothing is impossible in a dream. You can now become more focused and have a real sense of who you really are, where you are, and decide what you want to do-go back to sleep and change the storyline of the dream or, better yet, just wake up. 

Awareness and alertness: the key to successful entry into a lucid dream 

In essence, the best way to control your dreams is to become more sensitive and pay attention to the details around you. When you see or feel something that is not as it should be, it is a sign that you are dreaming. 

Someone who has or has experienced lucid dreams several times has a higher level of sensitivity than people who have never experienced it. This is one of the greatest advantages of conscious dreaming. 

So, are you ready to explore dreams with lucid dreams?