Lucid dreaming is the most exhilarating experience one can have. When you are awake or consciously aware in a dream, you are able to interact with your dream just as you would interact in the real world. Everything is saturated with vibrant colour, it is as if it feels far more real than waking life does.
There are many benefits to lucid dreaming. For me personally, it reminds me of how much life just simply a dream. It helps me appreciate the impermanence of my physical being and to remind me that we are simply consciousness in an energetic body. It helps me cultivate awareness and mindfulness in my waking life by always reminding me that I am not a victim of my surroundings, I am the creator of my surroundings. Making it possible for me to take back control.
But most profoundly, lucid dreaming was the gateway for me astral projections or OBE’s., which then confirmed to me my identity as an eternal soul like a star that is simply bound to a body.
Below are the top ten ways to induce lucid dreaming:
1. Dream Diaries. Spending at least 10 minutes in writing and recording your dreams in the morning is most beneficial. It is something I do every night or part way through the night. We don’t remember a lot of our dreams, but we dream every night. Writing down anything and everything can help unlock what is stored away in your subconscious mind. This step will help later to unlock the akashic records. The akashic records lie within you, not outside of you.
2. Reality Checks. Performing as many as 5 or more spaced out reality checks during the day, will increase your chances of become lucid more regularly. The common ways to give yourself a reality check are: Look into the mirror, does your reflection look normal in the mirror?Look at your hands, do the palms of your hands look normal close-up? You could also try making a marking on your hand and make a conscious effort to look at it throughout the day. In your dream later you will notice it missing and will become lucid.
3. Manifest. Spending up to 20 minutes in the afternoon to incubate a lucid dream. The techniques to use here include meditation, self hypnosis, and visualization of what you wish to experience in your dream.
4. Affirmations. Before you go to bed at night, repeat this to yourself: “I will remember that I’m dreaming”. Fall asleep repeating this in your head, and this awareness will subconsciously carry into your dreams. Know that in your dream, you will remember that you are dreaming. Affirmation is important.
5. Identifying Your Dream Signs. You may also have that nasty experience of always running out of fuel whenever you are on your way to write a final exam. Again, it may be that you always have that horrible experience of your teeth falling off from your mouth. The best and most reliable way of determining your personal dream signs is by keeping a dream journal. Whenever you check it, you can easily identify those dream signs that
are regularly occurring. When your future dreams contain them, you will realize it’s just a dream sign.
6. Imagination Of Desired Dream. Imagine yourself back to a previous dream, however this time, you are going to give it an alternate ending. Next, search for the dream signs. Of course, this should be some unusual characters, locations and objects which should reveal the dream to be mere fantasy; something you wouldn’t normally see in your waking state. Next, confirm your affirmation tell yourself that you are dreaming. Although you are just day dreaming (and this is by no means a lucid dream) continue to experience an imagined lucid dream fantasy. Do whatever you would do if this were a real lucid dream.
7. Waking in the Night. Various research has shown that waking up during sleep can increase your chance of being lucid. So, in order to have more lucid dreams, you may want to wake yourself up in the night and bring yourself to full consciousness for a few minutes. You can spend those few minutes in reading about lucid dreams, meditating, visualizing, etc. Make it a point to wake up in the middle of the night by setting your intention in step 2. affirmations.
8. Direct Your Half-Awake State. You may wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself in this dreamy state. When this occurs, there is no need for you panic because your body and mind are already relaxed. Just drift away into the “dream world”.
9. Snap Out and Step In. Submerge your awareness fully into the lucid dream, and stabilize the dream to eradicate any chance of waking up. Stay calm, don’t get over excited and wake yourself up. To do this you must realize that you are dreaming, and keep your attention concentrated in the that exact moment within your lucid dream.
10. Enjoy Yourself: It’s a wonderful experience to have, and there is nothing anyone or anything can do in a lucid dream to harm you. This is all mental you can’t actually be hurt. You have the power and control to wake up at any time you wish. I assure you, when something comes over you that is really “out there” chances are you are going to spring awake very fast. Always know that you are always being guided and protected, and that you can wake yourself up at any time you wish. Talk with people, manipulate your surroundings, try to leave your body, appreciate the vividness of the world around you.
There is nothing to fear in a lucid dream. Some encounter may scare you, but remember that every encounter is a mirror, it is you. When you can accept this aspect of yourself and love and forgive them, you can be assured that you are loving and forgiving an aspect of you. Here is an awesome TED talk video about nightmares and lucid dreaming as a medium for spiritual development: