How can you train yourself to lucid dream? That is why we are here, to help you with that. We want you to be able to train yourself to lucid dream and also to be able to have long and deep experiences of lucidity. The simple way to train yourself to lucid dream involves two steps: have a dream journal and use the technique that involves dream signs, as we go over here.
Train Yourself to Lucid Dream: Dream Journal
As you train yourself to lucid dream you need to make sure you keep track of everything. This starts with using a journal to track your lucid dreaming successes and challenges while sleeping. This involves both tracking which lucid dreaming techniques are working and which need to be adapted further and also tracking your waking time activities that might be helping or hurting. Some people find that they are more likely to have lucid dreams some days rather than others for reasons having little to do with their lucid dreaming techniques. Instead they come to realize that their likelihood of having dream control may have to do with the amount of sleep they got the night before, their diet that day, how much caffeine they had, or the amount of stress their day involved. There may even be more subtle reasons such as their mood when they went to bed, how warm it was in their room, the weather outside, or what kind of day lay ahead.
Thus when you are starting to train yourself to lucid dream we suggest that you keep a journal that describes their waking time in detail, in fact in as much detail as possible especially until patterns emerge. You might be surprised at the patterns that do emerge, so keep an open mind an analyze your wake time journal carefully. This can become one lucid dreaming technique that has little or nothing to do with directly setting off dream control, but it can prove to be an important and helpful technique. You should, of course, also be keeping a more traditional lucid dream journal where you write your actual dreams whether lucid or not.
Train Yourself to Lucid Dream: Technique
Techniques will be central as you train yourself to lucid dream, and using dream signs may be the most effective. For example, look at your hands. Since you are certainly awake and reading this post, they should look quite normal to you. Look carefully – does every detail, every freckle and ridge look in place? Good. Now repeat this around 100 times today. Keep it in your mind that you will look at your hands every chance you get.
Does this seem odd? Perhaps, but many people have found that in their dreams their hands do not look normal. Like anything else that requires detail, dreams have a tendency to distort, especially when a specific perception becomes a focus in the dream. Thus looking at your hands can become a trigger while you are dreaming – a trigger that can help you become fully aware and awake when you notice that your hands do not appear right. Suddenly you are having a lucid dream from this simple yet powerful technique!
People report that their hands look stretched out, or they have extra fingers, or are otherwise misshapen in their dreams, especially when they are focused upon. Anything different from real life such as this can become a lucid dreaming trigger. So concentrate today and over the next few days on looking at your hands. If that impulse carries over into your dream life, which it likely will, you may find yourself learning how to lucid dream in no time. This is a great way to train yourself to lucid dream.
Now, look at your hands again…you will suddenly at some point see the dream distortions and realize you are dreaming.
Train Yourself to Stay in the Lucid Dream
Once you have been able to train yourself to lucid dream you will soon want to make sure you are able to prolong the experience and stay lucid. Yet this can be a challenge. There are many proposed techniques to use when you find your lucid dream fading too early. At that point you want to keep your lucid dreaming experience going but you feel yourself waking up and you can sense the background fading out. Prolonging the lucid dream is something that many people naturally get better at, and with practice more advanced lucid dreamers just manage to do it and may not be able to describe how in detail. That said, we want to offer a few suggestions to train yourself to stay in the lucid dream.
The first suggestion is to move around a little in the dream – not fast and excitedly, but slowly and deliberately. Sometimes moving can activate a new part of the dream and re-energize the dream state. We don;t mean that you should do anything too quickly that would be so stimulating that you’d wake up, but rather just a minor movement that might take you to a new place and therefore keep the lucid dream state going. In some cases this might even mean just turning in a new direction or even closing your eyes and opening them in the dream. Maybe a quick jumping in place would work. A secondary effect of this action is that it might take your mind of the thought that you are waking up.
The other action that seems to work to prolong lucid dreams is making sure you continue to do the activity at hand in the dream. In other words, just keep going, whether you are walking, flying, floating, or talking. Too often lucid dreams fade because we get caught up in the thought that they are fading. In other words, we distract ourselves right out of the dream state. Try to jump-start the experience by continuing along your way, doing what you were doing, and maybe the dream will start up again.
Perhaps the combination of using a dream journal, a simple technique of using dream signs, and some steps that will keep you lucid for longer periods of time will be just what you need to train yourself to lucid dream.