What is Lucid Dreaming?
“Lucid Dreaming is dreaming while being aware that you are in a dream.”
Also called conscious dreaming, this is something humans have been doing for thousands of years, from the ancient Tibetan Monks to the Native American Shaman. Today we understand the science behind this phenomenon and thankfully with the right kind of training can be learned by practically anyone: safely and effectively.
Most of us have had varying levels of consciousness in our dreams, some people have even had spontaneous lucid dreams but it’s rare. A lucid dream is unlike anything most of us can even imagine; it’s so much more than just knowing you are dreaming. There is an entire world to explore with complete conscious awareness, you can touch, taste, think like you do in the real world with one exception you know this is a non-physical reality you are exploring so there are no rules – you can fly, meet anyone, go anywhere, pretty much do anything.
Best of all it feels real, just as real as you reading this so an apple, for example, will feel and look like an apple unless you want it to taste like a strawberry or turn into a butterfly and watch it fly away which, with proper training, you can achieve.
Of course, the simplest and most straightforward way to learning lucid dreaming is to take Rebecca Turner’s excellent video course on lucid dreaming, which is 23 videos that cover everything you need to know to try lucid dreaming. It’s kind of the “Headspace of Lucid Dreaming“.
WHY PRACTICE THIS?
We are standing at the edge of human evolution witnessing a revolution in our understanding of our own reality. Neuroscience and molecular biology are the pillars bridging our understanding of the brain-mind paradigm; we are on the cusp of a conscious revolution. Lucid dreaming is an elusive state of consciousness that allows us the freedom to roam around inside our own imaginations to experience events of impossible fantasy.
Forbidden fruits can be tasted, fantasies lived out, dreams literally fulfilled….. Sounds too good to be true? – How do you know you’re not dreaming right now?
WHO CAN PRACTICE THIS?
We pretty much all dream every night, so you’re already half way there. The Out of Body Conscious Simulation (OBCS) technique method engineered by Dr Rory Mac Sweeney relies on training yourself to be able to become lucid in the dream at will and then using the techniques taught to help you interact with the environment you create. It requires mental focus to train but anyone who puts the work in can expect to have some profound results.
There are many sites teaching lucid dream techniques but most really lack the deeper science of how to achieve the state predictably and consistently. OBCS has been engineered specifically to give you a real understanding of the science of lucid dreaming, allowing you to take yourself as deep as you like into the dream experience. Few systems offer the level of insight OBCS pursues giving you the opportunity to develop your own personal understanding of the lucid dream experience.
Want to Lucid Dream Tonight? Here’s a Quick and Easy Guide:
While we have laid out 26 Lessons that will enable you to better understand what lucid dreaming is (as well as being able to enter it more consistently), we can give you a quick and easy way to experience lucid dreaming right now.
This method is commonly known as mnemonic induced lucid dreams (or, the MILD technique). The first two steps of this plan you can take action on right now. The subsequent steps can be practiced tonight, as you go to sleep.
- Recall Some Recent Dreams – Your ability to enable lucid dreaming depends on your dream recall rate. If you have a high recall rate, then lucid dreaming will happen more readily for you. If you don’t have good dream recall, then there’s a chance that, even if you do achieve lucid dreaming, then you may not remember it even happening! Keep a dream journal each morning and write down your dreams. This will help strengthen your dream recall.
- Create Reality Checks….in Reality – Reality checks are reminders you can give yourself that you aren’t dreaming. Hands tend to be distorted in dream state, so you should practice putting your hands in front of you as a quick ‘reality check’ reflex that you can use.
- Create a Mantra – These are called lucid affirmations. There are alternative ways to achieving lucidity, but this is the most straightforward. This is a phrase that you repeat to yourself over and over. Why? You are programming an affirmation that you can recall when you in a dreaming state. Some of the most popular mantras are: “I’m dreaming now”, or “I will have a lucid dream tonight”. But you’re affirmation can be anything. Just repeat it to yourself over and over again. The most important thing is to put real feeling into each affirmation as you say it. This should take anywhere from 2-10 minutes.
Now, we’re ready to begin the actual process of lucid dreaming. Find a quiet place where you want to enter the dream state. The most popular is, of course, your own bedroom. But it needs to a place where you can lay down comfortably and not be disturbed.
- Visualize Your Lucid Dream – Remember that last dream you could recall? Recreate that dream in your mind’s eye. The setting, what you were doing, every detail you can imagine. Make these images as vivid as you can (and don’t worry about getting it perfect. You’ll get better at visualization with practice). When you’re navigating this dream state that you’ve recreated, look around to see if you find something unusual, something you didn’t actively create that appears in your dream. It should be something fantastic: something you would never see in real life. Now, say your lucid affirmation!
When you first start out, the goal is to create these small moments of lucidity before you go to sleep. This will increase the chances of you having spontaneous lucidity in the future. So don’t be disparaged if you fall asleep tonight after only experiencing a fleeting moment of lucidity.
The next morning you should capture anything you remember about your dreams in your dream journal. The more you journal, the more dreamscapes you’ll have to call upon, and the more likely you’ll be able to achieve lucidity with little to no effort.
Quick Tips For Lucidity:
Different supplements can increase the likelihood of these dreams. Also, they can affect the nature of those dreams. Check out our guide to lucid dreaming supplements here.
Clear your mind before you attempt lucidity. Staying calm is essential to remaining in that lucid state (otherwise you’ll just wake up!).
Focus on your senses as you start out: smells, the feeling of your hands on the bedsheets, etc. These textures will help and may even enhance the vividness of your dreams!