Lucid Dreaming: How Do You Do It?

Updated on April 26, 2016
"we're going on a trip..."
"we're going on a trip..." | Source

1. Start A Dream Journal

A dream journal will help you remember your dreams and identify patterns in your dreams. This will help you realise you are dreaming in the future, which is technically the main goal in lucid dreaming. So find a small unused book, and write down your dreams first thing in the morning, before you forget your dream!

2. Try Different Methods.

There are various methods of lucid dreaming. A nice, simple one is the FILD (Finger Induced Lucid Dreaming) method. It works like this:

1.Go to sleep and set an alarm for 3/4 hours after you go to sleep.

2.When you wake up, you will be tired and directly go back to sleep. When you are going to sleep again, lift your index and middle finger, as if you were playing piano, but press very softly. Do this for about 30 seconds.

3. After those 30 seconds, do a reality check (next heading) , block your nose as if you were trying to stop to breathe, if you manage to breathe, you're in a dream, if you can't, tough luck. :( -- BUT no worries, you can try again next time, this time tapping your fingers longer, maybe a minute.

It sounds too easy to be true but it works, and works fast!

Otherwise of course, there are different methods you can try, such as the WILD method, which is more advanced, but this one works quite fast and easily.

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3. Reality Checks

Reality checks are just asking yourself "is this a dream?" or "How do I know this is real life?". Taking a habit of doing this will remind you to do it in a dream, leading you to realise you are in a dream and having a lucid dream!

There are lots of types of reality checks, for example, trying to fly. If it's real life you won't fly, or you might discover that you're a superhero, and if you are dreaming, you will most probably fly. But there are lots of different types, and you can choose which one is best for you. Just one question, how sure are you that you're not dreaming RIGHT NOW? (I just did a reality check for you).

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4. Get Enough Sleep

Ok you probably just read that heading, laughed, and closed this page. If you're still reading this then..cool. I mean, who even has the time to "sleep enough" and why would you do that? Trust me, this rule is hard for me too, i'm more of a night owl, and you'll often find me binging on red bulls at 4 in the morning getting my stuff done.

But dreams only happen when you sleep (unless you take acid), so get your beauty sleep on!

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Extra Tips

--Playing video games apparently can help with lucid dreaming, as your brain is controlling a virtual you.

-- There are drugs and supplements that can help with sleeping/dreaming more, so you should read up on that

--try to make your room as dark as possible, this will help your body realise that it's night and time to go to sleep.

--Thinking of what you're gonna do in your dream and telling yourself you're going to lucid dream will help.

--If you experience sleep paralysis, try and turn it into a lucid dream, and do not freak out whatever you do.

The average human lucid dreams only once in their lifetime

How many times have you lucid dreamt?

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      dragonfire 

      12 months ago

      What is the WILD method?

    • AshutoshJoshi06 profile image

      Ashutosh Joshi 

      13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Yea, I did read about the flouride thing not sure how relevant or well researched that stuff is though.

      Hindu and Egyptian mytholgies do talk of the power of pineal gland or the 'third eye' but again it mythology and perhaps there's still lot to be explored.

    • Kenny Duncan profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenny Duncan 

      13 months ago from South Africa

      @ashutoshjoshi Yes, to answer your question dreams are commonly associated with the pineal gland. Interestingly, it is known that lots of our drinking water and toothpaste contains fluoride, which is a chemical known to be neuro-toxic, especially to the pineal gland.

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      Ashutosh Joshi 

      20 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting hub. I am new to this. Do you think lucid dreams are associated with pineal gland activity?

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