Would you like to learn how to lucid dream? Exploring the world of dreams and tapping into the unconscious mind has gained much attention lately. Thanks to Hollywood and its productions, dream states and what they are capable of has become the topic of research and debate.
Science has long tried to unlock secrets hidden deep in the mind to find answers. Making the connection between what is real and what is not has been pursued through lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming is one way in which many look to enrich their lives, both conscious and subconscious. What is lucid dreaming? Here we will discuss what it is and also give a synopsis of how to lucid dream.
What is a LUCID DREAM?
Every time you fall into a deep sleep, your brain goes through several stages of activity. REM (rapid eye movement) ‒ it is during this time that you dream. Whether you remember your dreams or not, you are having them. Lucid dreams are when you are conscious of the fact that you are indeed dreaming.
Most everyone has experienced this at one point or another in their lives. You realize that while what is around you seems real, it is not. This consciousness during a subconscious state is lucid dreaming. The art of controlling your dreams is what those who practice lucid dreaming strive for.
Why would anyone want to control their dreams? There are different reasons for this, some to tap into a surreal world to look for inspiration, others for self-awareness or to resolve issues within themselves. There is a long list of reasons. Here are some of the benefits we will explore and then we will go on to discuss how to lucid dream.
Benefits of LUCID DREAMING
Those who lucid dream and those who study lucid dreaming claim multiple benefits to doing so. Seeing as the unconscious mind holds memories, inspiration and creativity, many feel that lucid dreaming aids in recalling and tapping into this storehouse of information. This is a list of some of the more commonly noted benefits of lucid dreaming.
- Improved Memory: As previously stated, delving into the unconscious part of the mind opens up a plethora of information. This information includes a reserve of memories.
- Enhanced Creativity: If you think about dreams in general, they are usually colorful, surreal and are known to be sources of inspiration. For musicians, artists, writers and any one else looking to explore a more creative and inspired side, lucid dreaming may help.
- Increased Energy/ Better Sleep: Many who do lucid dream say they look forward to sleeping and dreaming. Their restful nights increase energy and productivity in their waking moments. Increased energy and better sleep are signs of decreased stress as well.
- Better Problem-Solving Skills: Many claim that they can face their fears, challenges and unsolved problems in their dreams. This is said to help clear their minds while awake and improve focus and attention. This in turn helps individuals solve problems more objectively and skillfully.
HOW TO LUCID DREAM
To start controlling your dreams, you will need to begin to recall them. Have you ever felt that maybe you did not dream during the night? Actually, chances are that you did and just did not recall it. As long as you were in REM, you probably dreamed. So how do you begin to train yourself to remember your dreams?
Keeping a journal by your bed to record what you remember of your dreams is a good start. As soon as you wake up, and before you do anything else, write down what you remember. At first you may not have much to report. However, after a few weeks, you will gradually train your mind to remember what you were dreaming. You may be surprised at your recall.
Once you have a journal, you can start to see patterns or recurring elements in your dreams. Think about what objects you see over and over again. Once you have established what you see often, you can then move on to practicing what is called ‘reality checks’.
When you see the object during your awake state, ask yourself “am I dreaming?” This will eventually become a habit. While you sleep and you see the object in your dream, you will automatically ask yourself if you are dreaming. This is the beginning of a lucid dream.
After this you can begin to develop techniques and tricks to help you gain even more control of your lucid dreams and enhance the experience. For example, the employment of Mnemonic-Induction of Lucid Dreaming or MILD can help induce lucidity.
Generally these techniques include things like waking up during the night with intent to sleep again and lucidly dream for 10-15 minutes. Other more in-depth practices can make you even more aware of your dreams while you sleep. These and other more advanced techniques will be discussed in another article.
Learning how to lucid dream can create for yourself your very own dream world. It is the ultimate video game. Controlling your dreams allows you to explore your own world. Once you master these and other techniques, you may be able to reap benefits that come from tapping into your unconscious mind.