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6 Easy Steps to Lucid Dreaming

by Gary Beckwith

By simply reading and following the 6 easy steps outlined here, you will attain the useful skill of Lucid Dreaming. You are welcome to read this entire paper before you begin, or while you are in the process of following the instructions. However, it is important that you finish each step before you go into the practice of the next. If you follow each step, completely and in order, you are on your way to becoming a master of the Dream World.

1. Know What Lucid Dreaming is and it's Uses.

In normal dreams, we are "players" in a play. We don't know the plot or the outcome until it happens. Things happen "to us." It can be scary, confusing, dull, stressful, and frustrating at times. We are not in control. In lucid dreams, we are in control. We can do anything we want. We can change the scene at will - just wish that the monster chasing you was a beautiful woman (or man) and POOF! Or better yet, stop and ask the monster why he's chasing you. The benefits of lucid dreaming are endless. Being in a lucid dream is a very special time and place. The wonderful thing about it is that it's as real as "real life." Can you imagine a place exactly like this world, except for the fact that you have magical powers, can do absolutely anything you want, and where wishes come true instantly? The only difference is that in the Lucid Dream World, you know, in the back of your mind, that you are dreaming. But that doesn't decrease the real feeling of it. And because you know you are dreaming, you can do anything you want, without "screwing up" anything in your real life. You can even fly, go to the bottom of the sea, walk through walls, and satisfy your wildest fantasies. Our normal dreams are so real that we usually have no idea that we are dreaming. Likewise, in Lucid Dreams, our experience, our senses, and everything is the same, or even MORE vivid and brilliant, than our waking hours. The key to lucid dreaming is simply to be aware that you are dreaming. The door then opens to infinite possibilities of learning, adventure, healing, fantasy, and awe.

2. Remember Your Dreams.

If you don't remember a fair amount of your dreams already, don't fret. Here's a recipe sure to help: First, keep a notepad or dream journal right next to your bed. When you wake up each morning, before you move a muscle, and before you open your eyes, ask to yourself, "What was I dreaming?" When you get an answer, right it down right away. Many times, we remember our dreams right when we awaken, but we forget them by the time we get out of bed. If you're like most people, it will only take a few days until you start writing. Do not attempt the next step until you are remembering some of your dreams.

3. Check-in Often.

Again, the key to the lock that opens the door of the Lucid Dream World is the knowledge that you are dreaming. In regular dreams, we usually assume that we are awake, even though odd things happen. The strangest thing might be happening, but we usually don't suspect that we're dreaming. Because everything is so real, we f"all for it" and think it's our waking life. Even when we do wonder, "hey, I could be dreaming," we don't use this valuable suspicion to our advantage. The best way to learn how to realize you are dreaming is to "check-in often." By this, I mean to get in the habit of asking yourself, "Am I dreaming right now?", even when you're awake. You must have a way of checking to see if you are awake or dreaming. One way is to look at some words, on a sign or paper, or anywhere. If you are dreaming, the words will be illegible, funny looking, or they might just not make any sense. Somehow they'll be different than normal. Another way is to look at the palm of your hand. If you are dreaming, you will just know it. Once you have chosen your method of checking, use it at least 6 times per day, while you are awake. The best time to check is when anything seems just a little weird. It may seem silly at first, but it only takes a second or two, and it's well worth it. By doing this often, you create a habit of doing it, which stays with you even when you're dreaming. One day soon you will ask yourself the question when you are dreaming, just out of habit. You'll ask yourself, "Am I dreaming?", you'll do your check-in, and you'll find the answer is yes. This is a sacred moment. While you are practicing your check-ins, and developing the habit, you must also complete step 4, so that you know what to do when this moment arrives.

4. Have A Plan For What To Do When You Get A Yes.

If you aren't prepared for this special moment, you won't be able to use it. As stated above, people often suspect they are dreaming, or even know they are dreaming, but they just go on with their dream, still being a player in the play. Knowing you are dreaming is extremely valuable information and this information should be used, not wasted! For one thing, if you know you are dreaming, you don't have to worry about getting hurt. It's "just a dream." (Actually the words "dream" and "just" don't belong in the same sentence). Still, you need to have a plan for what to do when you realize you are dreaming. A simple plan is to fly. All you have to do is take off! If you want to, you can take a running start and leap into the air. Think to yourself, "I am going to fly now." An alternative plan is to manipulate your surroundings. If there is another person there, you can "will" him or her to do anything, without saying a word. Or, you can change an object into something else. Whatever you choose for your plan, stay with that one plan until it gets used. Start with something simple and the rest will follow. If you do not have a concrete and simple plan, you may wake up out of confusion. To avoid waking up like this, set your plan firmly in your mind while you are awake. Tell yourself, "when I realize I'm dreaming, I will stay in my dream and start to ..."

At this point you will have your first lucid dream.

5. Consider Your Dreams While Awake.

Now that you've succeeded in having a lucid dream, think how you can use lucid dreams. Think about what your dreams mean to you. Think about how you can learn from them. Think up some fantasies that you would like to live out. The best thing about lucid dreams is that your mind will feel as if you have actually done these things when you awaken. So, if you always wanted to swim with dolphins, go for it! Do it in a lucid dream and you will be fulfilled! While you're awake, think about all the uses of lucid dreaming, and make your plans for the next time it happens. Set the plan firmly in your mind. Each time you do your check-in, remind yourself of what the plan is for today. The possibilities are endless.

Just a few examples:

  • Flying and space travel
  • Being with your favorite famous person
  • Performing in front of a live audience
  • Sexual fantasies
  • Asking questions and receiving guidance in real life issues
  • Going to sacred places
  • Confronting situations
  • Being in awe of your surroundings - your senses are heightened if you focus on them. Scenes are more vivid, sounds are more intense, etc... If you take a moment, you can really feel the beauty.
  • Experiment!

6. For A More Complete Discussion

I highly recommend the book Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge, PhD. It is filled with more uses of lucid dreams and other ways to develop the skill of having lucid dreams. Best of all, this is not just something to read about - you can experience it yourself!