Like many awesome experiences, lucid dreaming is not the same for everyone. There are certain criteria that a lucid dream must meet, but how to get there is going to be unique for each individual.
What is lucidity?
You may have heard that lucid dreaming is a mystical experience. Some people believe that having an LD (abbreviation for lucid dreaming) is really a trip to some other world. Some believe it is a way to visit the astral plane. While those experiences might exist, an LD is really just a dream in which you are conscious, and doesn’t have to be anything more than that https://slashdot.org/~LuzidTraeumen.com.
Step 1: Keep it simple.
Now that you know what lucidity is and what it isn’t, you can begin to figure out a way to become lucid during your dreams. You don’t even need to know the various techniques for achieving lucidity to do this. All you have to do is figure out how to be conscious when you are asleep – something which is much easier than it might sound.
Step 2: Keep a dream journal
The first thing that potential Lder to do is to start a dream journal. This will do three things. It will help you keep a record of your progress. It will encourage you to pay attention to your dreams so that you know when you’ve had success. Finally, it will train your brain to remember that your conscious self has an interesting in your dreams, which will make it more likely that you can consciously break into them.
Note: You should record your dreams as early as possible after waking, when you remember the most about them. It is best to use a note-taking device that is possible to use when you are groggy. (IE: Don’t rely on pen and paper if you can’t turn the light on when it is dark, and if your handwriting is illegible while you are sleepy.)
Step 3: Keep track of patterns.
Once you have a backlog of dreams, you will be able to search for patterns. With a bit of thought you should be able to figure out what those patterns mean and what certain items and characters symbolize in your dreams.
Your waking mind can distinguish between items that are similar but not the same. Your sleeping mind interprets similar as absolutely the same. This is what leads to the bizarre transitions that dreams are noted for. For example, let’s say that you are dreaming about your boss. If your boss is kind, then you might suddenly find yourself dreaming about an angel or a cuddly bunny. If your boss is horrible, you might find yourself talking with a dragon or a snarling dog.
There are a few reasons why these patterns are useful to know. If you have been keeping track of your dreams and recognize symbols and metaphors within them, then when you actually have lucid dreams you’ll be able to figure out what triggered them. There are various techniques you can use to try and dream about certain things, which means you could try to dream about the things which make you likely to LD.
If you know the patterns, you can also try to encourage yourself to do better each time. For instance, I have only had luck with lucid dreams when I encounter doorways, portals, and people who ask me to go on a journey with them. I was fearful of such things before I discovered that doing what these people wanted me to do would let me be conscious. After much trial and error, I have finally been able to go through these doorways and go on the missions, only to find myself lucid and able to enjoy my dream in a different way.
Outside of Lding, knowing what your dreams symbolise to you will help you better interpret your dreams. While it is debatable whether dreams can predict your future, they are pretty good indicators of problems that you are having, because a dream is a way for your brain to talk to itself. If you are feeling anxious but can’t figure out what is causing the anxiety, a dream in which you are symbolically encountering the source of that anxiety will be very helpful – provided that you can figure out what it means.
(Note – Please don’t rely on ‘dream meaning’ books. The people who write them mean well, but everyone has different life experiences. Your symbols are different from everyone else’s because you’ve lived a different life. The classics of falling, flying or being chased may be universal, but seeing a rabbit or encountering a talking sandwich is bound to be more individual.)
4. Try some lucid dreaming techniques
You don’t actually have to do all that stuff before trying lucid dreaming techniques. It would be just as effective and interesting to try various techniques alongside keeping a dream journal and analysing your dreams. However, just trying the techniques without trying to understand your dreams will usually end up being ineffective and difficult. You may succeed, but why try being so hard on yourself?
I could list out the techniques for you, but the best place in all the world to find out about lucid dreaming techniques is the website LD4ALL. Its first page offers to guide you through all the various techniques used by lucid dreamers. Once you finish that, you might join the forum – a place chock full of people who love lucid dreaming. There are even contests to see who can do certain lucid things, like flying to exotic countries. You’ll find the web address listed in the resources below this.
One of the most fun ways to test reality in a dream that I found there is to try and read something. I told my boyfriend about this. He told me that he was talking to me in a dream about something weird that was going on; I told him he might be lucid dreaming and that we should try reading something to see if it really was. He wasn’t able to read anything, and so he became lucid. In my case, I never find it extraordinary that I can’t read in dreams. In fact, I don’t know if I can’t because I never try to read anything there.