How To Lucid Dream, The Basics

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The first thing you want to do when learning to lucid dream (LD) is learn to remember your dreams. The reason for this should be obvious, if you cannot remember your dreams how do you know if you had a LD. You also want to be able to tell when you are dreaming, while in the dream. Prior to starting lucid dream induction techniques you should set a goal of remembering at least one dream per night. A good nights sleep is also a critical step for developing your dream abilities. This helps in several ways, first it is less of a hassle to record the dreams in the middle of the night, second it help in remembering the dream. One last benefit is your dreams tend to become longer and are spaced closer together the farther you are into the nights sleep. Have you ever noticed that the best and most intense dreams are after a good nights sleep when you feel fully rested? When you are at the end of a restful nights sleep your dreams can be up to forty-five minutes long. Dreaming is something that is natural and we all do it. If someone says they never dream, they just cannot recall them. Studies have been done where they wake people up when they start dreaming, after a period of time these people will start to hallucinate because they have not been able to dream. They may have been getting sleep, just not sleep where they where allowed to dream. A very helpful way to remember dreams is to keep a dream diary or small digital recorder to record your dreams. When you wake up and do remember a dream, try to move as little as possible while recording the dream. Movement somehow erases the memory of the dream. Record all the dreams you can remember no matter how insignificant they may seem. If there where words spoken in the dream, record these first. Doing this will help you remember other details of the dream and also words tend to be forgotten first. This is all part of the process of learning to remember dreams.

Another technique to remembering your dreams is to tell yourself to remember them. Each night before you go to bed say "when I wake up I will remember my LD fully in great detail". You can also make the suggestion that you will have fun and exciting dreams or whatever type dream you want that night. This has amazing results, but do not expect to remember everything after the first night. This technique can work in a couple days or a couple weeks.

When waking up your first thought should be what did I dream about. Place a sign some where in the room that will remind you of this. Shortly you will not need the sign as you will have trained your mind to think about this. Prior to even recording the LD, run over the details of the dream in your head. This will help you remember as you will need to move some to record it. Try to clear your mind and focus only on the dream till it is recorded. Remember to record not only what happened, but also how you felt, what you where seeing, colors, what was said, any smells or taste you might have experienced. All these things will help you remember more details.

If you are a deep sleeper and find it impossible to remember any dreams once you wake up, there is another technique that may help. People tend to dream at around the ninety minute period. We want to catch the longest and most vivid dream so you should set the alarm to go off six or seven and a half hours later.

There is another helpful technique you can use before you tell yourself you want to remember your LD. This is to review your dream journal or recordings. This gets you thinking about dreaming and instructs the mind that you have the intention to remember the dreams. After practice you will soon find yourself remembering several dreams every night. Once you are at this point you can start working on lucid dreaming.
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Paul has been a hypnotherapist for 13 years. He has been practicing meditation since 1994. A trained yoga and meditation teacher. His site can be found at Hypnosis Review Quarterly. For information please visit How to Lucid Dream or Lucid Dreaming

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This article was published on 2010/11/13