OK, so by now you probably know what Lucid Dreaming is BUT what is the best, natural and quickest way in inducing it?
Preparing For The Journey Ahead!
Use a dream journal to document all of your dreams-Daily! (Further detail on this below)
See all life as a dream… Your interactions with people and the situations you encounter. Question your physical reality in how you perceive your day to day life.
Say to yourself throughout the day- ‘Am I Dreaming?’ (Set an hourly bleep on a watch to remind you). Reality check your environment – Jump up and down to see if gravity exists!
- Don’t watch T.V./Movies before bed. It makes it incredibly hard to dream!
- Plenty of Vitamin B (essential for dreaming)
- Eat more fresh fruit and green leafy vegetables
- Plenty of regular exercise
- Fresh organic fish
- Lamb liver
- Spirulina (Blue-green algae superfood- high in B12!)
- Organic wild salmonGreen Tea (caffeine substitute)
- Fresh clean water throughout the day (Mineral)
- Ashwagandha (Indian herb)
- Brahmi (Indian Herb)
- Freshly squeezed Lemon/honey tea (just add hot water)
- Chamomile Tea
- Lavender Oil/Jasmine Oil (essential oil drops on pillow at night)
- No Alcohol/No Drugs and plenty of rest.
- Napping in daytime is also good on occasion!
- Lots of meditation when you wake, daytime, and just before bed with setting your intention
- Plenty of sun for the Vitamin D & Melatonin (don’t wear sunglasses)
- Ground yourself as much as you can during the day. Walk in Nature barefoot!
The MILD Technique
Many studies over the years have shown which techniques have a bigger success rate than others. The first one I tried was the M.I.L.D technique (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams)
The MILD technique employs prospective memory, remembering to do something (notice you’re dreaming) in the future. Dr. LaBerge developed this technique for his doctoral dissertation and used it to achieve lucid dreaming at will. The proper time to practice MILD is after awakening from a dream, before returning to sleep.
Setup dream recall
Set your mind through intention to awaken from dreams and recall them. When you awaken from a dream, recall it as completely as you can.
Focus your intent
While returning to sleep, concentrate single-mindedly on your intention to remember to recognize that you’re dreaming. Tell yourself: “Next time I’m dreaming, I will remember I’m dreaming,” repeatedly, like a mantra. Put real meaning into the words and focus on this idea alone. If you find yourself thinking about anything else, let it go and bring your mind back to your intention.
See yourself becoming lucid
As you continue to focus on your intention to remember when you’re dreaming, imagine that you are back in the dream from which you just awakened (or another one you have had recently if you didn’t remember a dream on awakening). Imagine that this time you recognize that you are dreaming. Look for a dream sign–something in the dream that demonstrates plainly that it is a dream. When you see it say to yourself: “I’m dreaming!” and continue your fantasy. Imagine yourself carrying out your plans for your next lucid dream. For example, if you want to fly in your lucid dream, imagine yourself flying after you come to the point in your fantasy when you become lucid.
Repeat until your intention is set
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until either you fall asleep or are sure that your intention is set. If, while falling asleep, you find yourself thinking of anything else, repeat the procedure so that the last thing in your mind before falling asleep is your intention to remember to recognize the next time you are dreaming.
For me this particular technique served as a great foundation for my dream studies because it trains your subconscious mind into focussing on an intention. I still use this at times depending on what my body wants.
I believe it is always good to know a few different methods so that you can keep your subconscious mind entertained and varied. You see the subconscious mind prefers things repetitive, simple and clear. When you constantly use the same technique over and over it will adapt and could, not always, work against you. You somehow build a tolerance for the method. So the secret is to use a few of your favourite different methods and alternate them throughout the week. This will prove to be more successful for you.
There are many other methods available and I can’t list all of them unfortunately. Instead I will give you a particular method that has served me proud over the years and has given me countless lucid dreams!
Many experienced lucid dreamers know that in the early hours of the morning i.e. 4:00am till 6:00am this is when your brain occupies high levels of serotonin and melatonin. This makes your chances in becoming lucid extremely high!
This particular time in the morning is when our dreams are most vivid and interactive. Studies show that this is when we experience ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ or the ‘R.E.M’ period.
They call this method the ‘wake back to bed method’(WBTB)- with a few minor improvements of my own!
Here is how I practice the ‘Wake Back to Bed Method’
- Go to bed as normal (preferably 10 pm). Set your intention whilst sat up in bed with closed eyes and clear your mind.
- Say to yourself the following: “When I Dream I Will Know I’m Dreaming” repeatedly for 10/15 minutes.
- Allow yourself to sleep for six hours. Set your alarm clock to wake you up at 4:00am.
- After six hours, get out of bed and half wake yourself up (the less lights turned on the better- I use a torch so I don’t fully wake up!).
- Get up and use the toilet if need be, drink a glass of water and occupy your brain with reading about lucid dreaming. I prefer to go back to bed after a quick toilet break and prop myself up with pillows and meditate on the intention which I find is more effective: (‘When I Dream I Will Know I’m Dreaming…’) Do this for 20-45 minutes. (Hint: you must get out of bed to begin with!)
- Go back to bed or move the pillows back to there original position and lay down to relax.
- If your mind is too alert, practice ‘relax breathing’ techniques or meditation (Link below)
- You may also use your visualisation skills to place your mind back in the dreamscape and plan your next lucid dream as you fall asleep.
- The idea is to fall asleep again so try not to get too excited about what will happen, this in turn will work against you. Just try to relax and fall asleep again with the intention in mind.
Lucid Dreaming – “Behind the Looking Glass” Nick Barrett & Dr Rory Mac Sweeney
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