Lucid Dreaming

There is a level of consciousness that we sometimes experience in our dreams that can be useful in helping us gain as much as possible from them and their access to our inner wisdom. This level of consciousness is called lucid dreaming. When you have a lucid dream, you become aware that you are dreaming while you’re still in the dream. Most of us have had this experience occasionally, if only fleetingly. There have been books and articles written about how to encourage lucid dreaming with the idea that such experiences can help us to get the most out of our dreams by, not just remembering them, but experiencing them consciously at the time of dreaming.

One way to increase your chances of becoming lucid during your dreams is to practice being lucid while you are awake. By that I mean that from time to time during the day get in the habit of asking yourself whether you are wide awake or dreaming at that moment.  In fact, you can practice this technique right now. Look around the room and ask yourself if everything is obeying the normal laws of physics. For instance, does the table beside you feel solid? Is the light from the lamp or coming through the window the right color and brightness? Now get up out of your chair and walk around the room. Does the floor beneath your feet feel the way it usually does? Look at a clock and see if the hands are slowly moving as they should and if the clock showing the correct time.

The idea of practicing this technique is that, if you ask yourself these kinds of questions during the day, you will prime yourself to ask these questions while you’re dreaming. And when you ask these questions while dreaming, you will often discover that the usual laws of physics are being violated and that your environment in other ways seems strange. These kinds of observations will often lead to you becoming aware that you are dreaming.

There is a recorded self-hypnosis induction available on this website to encourage lucid dreaming. The bedtime self-hypnosis technique that is described elsewhere on this website, can also be used to encourage yourself to be lucid during your dreams. A phrase you might use is: “I will become more aware while I’m dreaming.”

Our goal is to listen and to be alert to what we are being taught from the wellspring of our inner mind. The advantage of becoming lucid is that from the lucid place we are more likely to remember our dreams and also to understand our dreams from the inside. So give these techniques a try. You may very well find more enjoyment and depth in your dream work.

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5 thoughts on “Lucid Dreaming

  1. This happens to me sometimes, typically when I’m having a high-stress dream, like I’m trying to find someone or something or someone is about to hurt me. I’ll completely recognize that it is a dream, and fight to wake up and stay awake so it can end. I’m typically comforted by the fact that it’s only a dream, kind of like when you’re watching a scary movie and you know that it didn’t really happen (although it’s still frightening to watch).

  2. I once had a dream that was so strange, I realized that it had to be a dream. I turned to one of the characters in my dream and told him I thought I was dreaming. He said that he didn’t think so, it all seemed real to him. I decided to slap myself in the face to see if it would wake me up, and I found myself sitting bolt upright in bed.

  3. Once I was able to realize I was dreaming I began having fun with my dreams. Dreams are fantastic places to experiment with things impossible or taboo in real life.

  4. I’m not sure if this counts as lucid dreaming exactly, but I have super vivid dreams on an almost nightly basis, which I almost always remember and enjoy. I’ve come to see my creative dreams as proof of my waking creativity (I’m a writer). But sometimes my dreams will just be a remix of a show or movie I watched right before going to bed, or, the symbolism or metaphors will be so obvious, so easy, that I’ll become aware that I’m dreaming and become annoyed with myself. I’ve had a few times where I basically interrupt the dream, like a director walking onto a set and say to myself, “Really? This is your dream? This is the best we could come up with?” Similarly, I’ve been in the middle of a bad dream, almost always based on something I watched, and I’ll “walk on set” and tell myself that I’m just remembering something I watched, and I’ll tell myself not to get scared because its just an uncreative dream and its not worth the effort to get scared and wake up and then have to fall back to sleep. Sometimes if I’m still anxious I’ll stay in my dream and mock what’s happening to prove to myself that its not scary.

  5. I sometimes become aware in the middle of a dream that I am in a dream. I love to be naughty when this happens. I often find myslef walking down a street and I will walk into peoples houses and start looking through their rooms. I can’t believe how real everything looks and I chuckle to myself as I think “this better be a dream or I am in big trouble!” Sometimes I find people sleeping in their rooms or in their showers getting ready for the day. It really does feel so real…

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