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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