How to Start Lucid Dreaming
Since most articles about lucid dreaming involves long reads and wordy paragraphs, we’ll cut it short here and I’ve divided it up into sections of what, why, and how.
It’s pretty much the self awareness of yourself dreaming. According to professors and researchers, it’s more of a style of dreaming and not really a sleep experience. In the sleep cycle, lucid dreaming happens during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage, so our minds are running, but our bodies are paralyzed in sleep (sorry for the term used).
By becoming more aware of yourself within a dream state, you start to become more comfortable within it. Instead of just following a dream like a movie, wouldn’t you want to take control? By lucid dreaming, you’ll be able to change your dreams direction. If you don’t want to end up in an action scene with the Avengers, you can walk out and walk onto a beach and dive into clear blue waters. It’s like flying a plane and you turn off the autopilot to fly manual.
Besides this, it’s the mere fact that when we dream, all those situations pop up are from our deep subconsciousness or thoughts we don’t speak aloud about it. Say if you have an issue and you want to figure out ways to deal with it, you can actually face it within dreaming and figure out ways to confront it in reality.
1. Like every skill, you need to master it and practice it. For starters, you need to open your eyes to the idea of lucid dreaming. It’s like prepping your mind to open your subconscious. You do your best practices for this when you’re awake. Like the entire idea of lucid dreaming is becoming aware, you have to start doing that during your reality waking hours. Be aware of your surroundings, like every little detail about yourself, things around you, people, and situations. These evidently are the building blocks for when you dream.
2. Create the right environment. You don’t want disturbances to inhibit your sleep in the first place. Make sure no light enters your room or even sounds. A blackout curtain usually helps with this. If you want your bed to be extra comfy, get a mattress topper for one. Condition your mind by meditating or listening to something calming if that helps you sleep easier.
3. Use a dream journal. Take note of all the details you can remember of your dreams once you wake up. This allows you to take note of similarities or differences within your dreams every night.
4. Understand your dreams. From all your notes, try to see if there are any patterns that recur or people, things, and places. This can help provide insights to any deep concerns you may have, but will also help you mentally note when you’re in a dream or not.