Lucid Dreaming Steps to Success
Introduction to lucid dreaming steps:
Lucid dreaming steps are simple and easy to follow. Let’s back up for a second. Perhaps you’ve arrived at this blog looking for lucidity techniques because you’re just starting out. You want to learn how to achieve lucidity s and while the tips and tricks here are helpful, you are looking for it all to be boiled down to answer the question: What do I do first? The answer to that question is actually quite easy: In order to learn how to have lucid dreams, you need to first make sure you are following a specific number of lucid dreaming steps first, which can be listed and followed in a specific order. So while our “techniques” and “tips” sections may be very helpful, we wanted to present things in a different way by going over these lucid dreaming steps, in order and with a clear purpose in mind.
1. Remembering Your Dreams: The Most Important of the Lucid Dreaming Steps
You cannot go very far without remembering your dreams. We even wonder whether some people are having more dream control than they know, but they may not be remembering them. People want to rush into lucidity and they often skip several lucid dreaming steps to get there, especially the one that involves making sure they are remembering their dreams in general – this is perceived as boring and a distraction because it does not involve lucidity directly. But unless you actually remember the dream you may have no idea whether you are being successful with the lucid dreaming steps here and elsewhere. You have to make sure you remember your experiences of lucidity, so this is what we call the most important of the lucid dreaming steps!
So our first of our lucid dreaming steps involves taking a little while and using simple techniques to remember your dreams. This can include suggestions made to yourself before you go to sleep, the use of a journal first thing in the morning, and even waking yourself up in the early morning hours during the time you are likely dreaming to make it easiest to remember. These simple techniques will help you more routinely remember them, and only then will it be worth investing time.
2. Lucid Dreaming Steps During the Day
The second of the lucid dreaming steps, once you have been reasonably successful with the step of remembering your dreams, is to truly make lucid dreaming a part of your life. Think about your goals a lot, wonder about the possibilities, talk to other who have similar interests, etc. You really want your pursuit of lucidity to be a part of your life. The reason for this step, and why it is such a vital part of our overall lucid dreaming steps, is that almost anything that we think about a lot or do quite often during the day often makes it into our dreams at night. You want to move dream control up that list so that you might find yourself wide awake in a dream. Ask yourself such questions as “what would I be doing right now if this was a dream? Or I wonder if I will have one tonight.
Joining a group, whether of people in your life or a forum online can be a great part of this entry into our lucid dreaming steps. Engaging with others about lucidity can not only teach you new techniques and ideas, but it also immerses you in the world of lucid dreaming even more deeply. Even just reading up on techniques or tips, such as those found on this website and elsewhere, can help. And generally anything you do to bring your goals into focus as often as possible can help. Again, often what we do or think about a lot during the day comes back in our dreams, and that is exactly the goal here.
3. The First Techniques
Let’s assume you are now remembering your dreams and have made thinking about and considering lucid dreaming a large part of your life. Now you want to do the quickest and easiest thing possible to learn how to have lucid dreams.
Lucid Dreaming Steps Using Signs
One way to jump-start the process is to use the power of visual cues to trigger that you to know when you are dreaming and when you are not. This is the third of our lucid dreaming steps. For example, make it a point of looking at your reflection whenever possible today – through the obvious means like when you are in a bathroom and there is a mirror, to less obvious like looking in reflective store windows, your spoon at lunch, or your smart phone. Stare at the reflection and look at the details…and while you are doing so ask yourself “am I dreaming?” Get in the habit of using any and all opportunities when you are awake to look at your reflection or the reflection of any part of yourself, and make there be an automatic trigger that makes you look for your reflection while asking yourself if you are dreaming.
Why are we making such a big deal about noticing reflections in your waking life? In a dream you will not be able to see your reflection, or your reflection will be distorted. So one of these times you will be looking for your reflection, asking yourself if you are dreaming, and the image will become distorted…congratulations – you’ve done it!
Lucid dreaming steps using verbal cues
The first of our lucid dreaming steps was to notice your reflection every day. But what if that does not lead to lucid dreams, or your experiences are not frequent enough. The next in our lucid dreaming steps is to add a verbal reminder that can spark lucidity. Throughout your day today, at least 100 times, ask yourself this question: “Is this a dream?” Make it so that no matter what you are doing, you ask that question. Accelerate this towards bed time, asking the question constantly. Look around you when you do – does this look and feel like a dream? Keep at this wondering and this entry into our lucid dreaming steps can be a spark during your dreams. This may be the most tried and true of the lucid dreaming techniques.
This technique has become one of our core lucid dreaming steps because it will lead you, when you are dreaming, to also ask the question. It has become such a part of your day (and how many times have aspects of your day been incorporated into your dreams!) that you may do it in the dream as well. And you will quickly notice that things are not as they should be – the difference this time will be that the answer to the question is “yes”!
4. Passive Reactions: The fourth of our Lucid Dreaming Steps
We have a suggestion that may be difficult to follow, given how excited you will be to be experiencing lucidity. Yet this excitement can present a problem, causing you to wake up to quickly when you are first learning home to be awake in your dreams. This the next of our lucid dreaming steps involves something we call passive lucidity. During this initial phase of lucidity do not rush into the dream world; instead just relax and consider the distorted reflection for a minute. Enjoy the fact that you have achieved lucidity! Then slowly look around and see what there is to see…even if the dream does not last too much longer you know you are capable, and you know this technique worked. What is great about this one of our lucid dreaming steps is that even at the beginning if you cannot fully take control of your dreams you can still learn a ton from where the dream takes you, and still have fascinating experiences while lucid.
5. The Most Important of the Lucid Dreaming Steps: Keep Trying
The last entry into our lucid dreaming steps is to keep trying. Lucidity is not something you might achieve right away, but it will be well worthwhile when you do. Do not stop trying and make sure to vary your techniques and add some that are not specifically listed on this lucid dreaming steps page. You might want to alternate between wake-induced and sleep-induced techniques, and also keep a journal of what you eat and how much activity you had during the day to see if there are patterns in your experiences of lucidity. Keep at it, and as we mentioned in the second of our lucid dreaming steps, make thinking about lucidity a large part of your days. And when you do experience lucidity, share with others what your own lucid dreaming steps were!
Often forums and other blogs are a great way to find out which lucid dreaming steps worked for others. We hope you will also come back her to describe which lucid dreaming steps worked for you. The site Lifehack.com has a nice article about the 7 steps to Lucid Dreaming.
Best of luck with these lucid dreaming steps!