learn to lucid dream

i think im gonna start trying to actively learn to lucid dream again. its happened once or twice, but at complete random and i want to be able to do it intentionally

How to Lucid Dream for Magickal Purposes

Lucid dreaming can be used for divination, astral projection, and communicating with the spirit world. I am a Lucid dreamer, and after learning about the link between lucid dreaming and hag syndrome (a terrible thing I am plagued by) I did a lot of research about it. I found some scientifically backed ways to learn to lucid dream.

1.) Every morning, take a few minutes to reflect on what you dreampt. Most people remember dreams immediately after waking up, and then forget them shortly after. If you don’t normally remember dreams, taking a few minutes just after waking up to think about them can help you develop the ability to remember your dreams! Write down details, do your best to remember everything you can. The more often you take time in the morning to try and remember dreams, the more naturally it will come to you. This is also useful for dream interpretation!
2.) As you fall asleep each night, try to focus on what you would like to dream about. Don’t start out trying to do anything magical with your dreams, just tell yourself a story you’d like to act out. Imagine yourself flying, on an adventure, on a date. Completely immerse yourself in the fantasy as you fall asleep. Think of the details, focus on your senses. What do you hear? How does the grass feel under your feet? What do you see? This is also helpful for people who suffer from anxiety and toss and turn all night thinking about past or future stresses. Instead of pouring over the conversation you had 3 years ago, you can imagine you’re flying on the back of a dragon. This is another thing that gets easier the more you do it. The first few times you may find your mind wandering to other things, or just feel awkward. Keep trying!
3.) After a while of trying steps one and two, you will find yourself dreaming closer to what you imagine at night and remembering it more vividly in the morning. The next step is the one that is the hardest to start, and usually ends up being like switch flipping: taking control from within the dream. While dreaming, try to alter small details. This will take time, don’t be discouraged! You can get there. Eventually, you will be lucid dreaming with the best of them, and can utilize this skill for different types of magic.

WARNING
Lucid dreaming is scientifically linked to sleep paralysis, or hag syndrome. It has to do with REM sleep. If you don’t know what it is, it is when you lay awake, eyes open, completely paralyzed with the sense that there is something horrible in your peripheral vision (yes, you hallucinate) attempting to harm you. They used to believe that hag syndrome was when a demon or an evil spirit attacks or possesses you. If you believe lucid dreaming helps you navigate the spirit world, i suppose that makes sense. I experience it a lot, and it is terrible. It would feel immoral to post about lucid dreaming without including a warning about the increased likelihood of hag syndrom.

Lucid Dreaming Techniques

For those of you who would like to learn to lucid dream, or who have achieved lucidity but would like to be capable of doing it more often, the following techniques are those that I have used and have had good results with:

First of all, before you begin your practice, you’ll need to discover your own personal dreamsigns. These are recurring themes/objects/people in your dreams that you can use as signposts to help you recognise that you’re dreaming.

For instance, in my dreams there are a few themes that pop up at least weekly, and they are: strange appearances of the Sun & Moon (either more Suns in the sky than is normal, holes or markings on the Moon, luminaries that grow or shrink as I walk towards them, etc.), pine trees moving or growing in strange formations, my late father, and certain celebrities that frequent my dreams on a weekly basis.
It’s important to choose themes that recur frequently, as these are likely to pop up in your dreams in the future. Having a dream journal can greatly aid you in this practice, so if you do keep a journal, sit down with it, read through your dreams from the past few months, and make notes of the items/people/themes that appear more than once in your dreaming reality. Themes that are absurd or impossible in real life work best, as they are less likely to slip past your watchful eye.

Once you have made a list of your personal dreamsigns, copy them into your notes on your phone and read them often, if not once a day (before bed works best) but anytime that you remember. Before you sleep, say out loud “I will recognise any dreamsigns in my dreams tonight, and thus recognise that I am dreaming.” That is really the key here, to recognise in your dreams that you are dreaming and that you have control over your dream. Planting that intention in your mind before you sleep will help you to achieve this.

Once you achieve lucidity, you are free to use it in innumerable ways: to seek answers about your life, to understand the cause of your nightmares and thus ascend them, even to commune with your Gods or meditate/scry. I’ve had some intense scrying sessions in my dreams, where I’ve predicted all kinds of things that came to pass in my waking life. Because here’s the thing: in your lucid dreams, you are the omnipresent, omnipotent God of your own reality; you have unlimited power and potential, and can exact powerful changes in your waking reality and in your consciousness.

The technique is as follows: throughout the day, whenever you encounter your dreamsigns, or the mundane versions of same (for me those would be pine trees, the sun and moon [in the sky or elsewhere, such as art or on tv], photos of my dad, etc. – see how they are mundane versions of the above list I gave? That’s what you should be looking out for), do a reality check. And by this I mean, stop what your doing, look around you and ask yourself “am I dreaming?” Look for a clock or for writing in the space around you (paperwork, notes, posters, etc.), read them, look away, and then read them again. Did the text change? Is it still the same time or have the digits become garbled? Even though you know you’re awake, this is a fantastic habit to get into, because as I’m sure you all know, if you do/encounter something enough in your waking life, it will eventually show up in your dreams. So if you conduct reality checks enough (at least 5-10 times a day – I know this seems daunting but it just became a habit for me after only two days of doing it, and now I do it every few hours just out of habit) eventually you’ll do it in your dreams, and since the nature of dream reality is that it is fluid, and constantly changing, you’ll see a dreamsign, look for any discrepancies in the realism of the world around you, see that it is unstable and dreamlike, and realise that you’re dreaming. After this the (dream)world is your oyster!

So, to recap:

- Make a list of your personal dreamsigns.
- Look for their themes in your waking reality.
- Once you’ve spotted a dreamsign, or anytime you remember, conduct a reality check.

Hope this is helpful. Happy dreaming!

- Brigitte

I wish I could enter and manipulate other people’s dreams at will. I’d craft up some terrific nightmares for a few special people… though one in particular claims to sleep only 2-4 hours per night. Catching him in a REM cycle would be extremely difficult. But boy, he’d be so busy trying to learn to lucid dream, he wouldn’t get anything else done.

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Lucid Dreaming tips for beginners! – Where to start?

Once again I’ve been getting lots of questions through on where to start lucid dreaming, requests for the rough basics of what’s going on and other similar ideas. I thought I would help you all out and simply put together a tick-list of the steps that I went through myself when learning how to lucid dream.

These are key points or ‘milestones’ if you like for you to tackle on your journey, and also areas for you to research and get up to speed with before putting the theory into practice in a lucid dream.

Research Lucid Dreaming as much as possible!

As a lucid dreamer, getting all the theory in first will help out a lot with the practical side of things. Every lucid dream is different and no set method or technique will work each time – so the more you know the better. Imagine it as a guidebook built upon your own knowledge of tips and tricks for each and every situation you come across. The more you know the quicker and more easily you’ll get the hang of actually being in a lucid dream and manipulating it.

Remember your dreams!

What’s the point of trying to lucid dream if you won’t even remember your experience? A lucid dream is just like any other dream and can be just as easily forgotten. Ensure you have great dream recall, remembering at least a couple of dreams each night. Better dream recall has lots of benefits aside from this, and helps you to get to know your dreams a little better.

Keep a Dream Journal!

This is the best tool there is for remembering you dreams – writing them down each morning before you forget (which is all too easy). It also allows long term storage of dreams so you can flick back through your dream journal and see if there are any reoccurring themes. Such ‘dream signs’ are themes you can look out for in future dreams to indicate that you’re lucid (like spontaneous flight).

Induce your first lucid dream!

Dreams are either induced from being awake (WILD) or from being asleep (DILD) with all methods being categorized into these two groups. DILDs are something I’d recommend for beginners – where you set up good habits in your waking life which will effectively ‘carry over’ into your dreams if you repeat them enough. As dreams mimic reality somewhat,  keeping your waking thoughts focused on dreams will mean that so too will your ‘dream thoughts’ be focused on recognizing if you are dreaming.

Knowing you’ve had a lucid dream!

A lucid dream is a dream in which you are aware of the fact you are dreaming. ‘Dreams-about-lucid-dreams’ are irritating for in all senses the content of the dream is exactly as you’d imagine it to be – but the awareness and understanding that you in a dream is not there. This means you are not lucid dreaming by definition. Lucidity itself is a way for us to more reliably influence our dreams into an outcome we prefer.

Use Reality Checks as much as possible!

For DILDs where we cannot directly influence our dreams we have to use the fact that dreams naturally mimic much of what goes on in waking life. Frequently checking if you are dreaming when awake will mean you’ll soon be doing reality checks in your dreams. The point of a reality check is to practice ‘getting lucid’ so much so that you start doing it in your dreams – Thus you actually get lucid.

Do Reality Checks properly!

Yep, learn what’s really behind reality checks. These shouldn’t just be mindless actions as in a dream the outcome will be ‘rationalized’ and you won’t get lucid. Lucidity itself is a state of awareness and it is this that you should be practicing – your own understanding of the reality you are in rather than mindlessly doing a physical action. Also make sure you research lots of different reality checks and find the ones that work for you!

Keep dreams in shape!

Whenever you are in a lucid dream make sure you keep everything stable. It’s easy to get caught up with what’s going on only for the dream to collapse – so practice multi-tasking and focus on the structure of the dream. This is based upon stability which is mostly affected by your own lucidity (which is all too easy to lose if you are doing something and forget you are in a dream). Your first lucid dreams will likely collapse due to intense emotions so practice by trial and error until you get a feel for it – stabilization techniques will help and are defiantly worth researching.  

Keep an eye out for false awakenings!

These are interesting for it simply appears that you wake up but for the fact you are still in a dream. False awakenings exactly mimic you waking – up to the point where it’s a near perfect imitation of reality. These can happen repeatedly or not at all and affect various people differently. Practice doing a reality check every time you wake up and not only will prevent false awakening but you’ll get lucid every time you have one.

Experiment to find what works for you!

That means going through different induction methods for both DILDs and WILDs, as well as stabilization techniques, reality checks and much more! We’re all individuals and our experiences, dreams, as well as both strengths and weaknesses differ. It’s easy to get caught up with ‘fool-proof-work-every-time-techniques’ which just don’t exist. Find what works for you as an individual and adjust methods to focus on your strengths! Don’t feel worried about giving up on methods or sticking with them to see how they work out – it’s all up to you.

Open your mind to the possibilities of the dream environment!

Work with the dreams you have rather than trying to create your ‘perfect dream’ each time. Explore the dream within its own limits before creating your own and see what wonders there are out there waiting for you. Each dream is different and gives you a new experience to explore how you see fit. Simply overpowering a dream to create what you want will collapse it most of the time. Indirect methods of control are the most effective for many situations you’ll encounter.

Don’t give up!

Lucid dreaming requires a lot of effort pretty much continually to keep you knee deep in lucid dreams – so stick to it! If you’re doing everything right, the more effort you put in the more lucid dreams you’ll get. Typically things are hard for beginners due to inexperience but as soon as you get lucid a few times and get a feel for what’s involved things will get progressively easier. So don’t give in.

I hope that help – Good luck and sweet lucid dreams!

RTW

A useful trick for all my friends who have trouble distinguishing reality from dreams:

If you’re not sure if you’re dreaming/in reality, close your mouth and pinch your nose shut. If you can still breathe even though you have no air source, you’re dreaming. If you’re unable to breathe, its real.

I first learned of this trick for lucid dreaming purposes but it’s really helpful when you’re having reality problems too :)

Dream Skipping: Hypnagogia

by Samsaran

There is a useful technique to learn lucid dreaming I call “dream skipping”. It involves disciplining oneself  to barely enter the dream state but not enter full sleep. The technique involves pulling oneself out of the dream state before fully entering into deep sleep. When I practice it I can usually do this four or five times before I actually fall into sleep.

Here is how it is done. First you should be very sleepy. Try getting up several hours earlier than usual.  You should be fighting back sleep. I use the “arm rest method”. I lay on my stomach propping my head up with one hand. The dream imagery will start to swirl but if I slip into unconsciousness my head will fall waking me back up.  Each time a dream comes yet I am still partially awake and aware. 

I call it “dream skipping” because it is like skipping a stone across the water. Every time the stone skips is a dream until the stone finally stops and sinks into slumber. In this way I am increasing my ability to recognize and control my dreaming. 

I can use this technique to continue dreams and to remember them more vividly. I am far from anything like full control and it does not always work but it works often enough to be fascinating and enjoyable. One of the main obstacles though is eliminating the fear of sleep paralysis. One interesting thing I learned is that you can do a whole lot of dreaming in just a few minutes.

I’m not gonna lie to you guys like 99% of the reason I want to learn how to lucid dream is just so I can have sweet ass usuk dreams like how fucking sick would that be man I’m gonna make them dream canon

Benefits of learning how to lucid dream.

1. Get your revenge on childhood nightmares, and more easily deal with current ones. Bwahahaha, sweet vengeance! Best form of therapy there is!

2. Story ideas. No brainer. It’s what gave us Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein after all.

3. You pretty much have your own virtual reality simulator. Granted, it gets a little buggy sometimes and often cuts out right when you get to the good part, but it’s still cool.

4. SEX!

5. Okay, you know those “I’m naked in public, what do I do?” dreams? Lucid dreaming not only allows you to summon up an outfit, but make it as classy as fuck, call up a bunch of backup dancers, and start rocking out to Uptown Funk.

All of the above are based upon personal experience.

Dream control is almost entirely an act of learning to focus your expectations for the desired result. Those new to lucid dreaming can, on occasion, unwittingly project negative expectations, such as lack of belief that something is possible; as such, the dream complies with your expectations and gives you exactly the outcome you subconsciously expect.
—  Daniel Love – Are You Dreaming?

the more i learn about astral projection/lucid dreaming, the more i understand how anti-establishment they are, especially the former. it’s really not in the best interests of certain people with power to validate either, or to have folks astral projecting in their free time. i have friends who literally planned an astral meet-up, went to bed that night and found each other. like…can we talk about the implications?  like. can we have black activist meet-up on the astral plane? shit could be hella useful in more ways than one.   😂😓

discuss: any of my followers have any extensive experience with astral projection? i’m curious about your stories. imo there is real power in more people learning how to do this, yet not enough folks know about it yet. 

Kylo Ren is the kind of dick who would sulk for a week if he had a dream about Hux cheating on him, as if waking Hux had any influence on Kylo’s sleeping mind.

Armitage Hux is the sort of arsehole who’d learn lucid dreaming just to influence Kylo’s dreams in his sleep and rile him up because the irrational-jealousy-fuelled sex is amazing.

"Dream Skipping"

by Samsaran

There is a useful technique to learn lucid dreaming I call “dream skipping”. It involves disciplining oneself  to barely enter the dream state but not enter full sleep. The technique involves pulling oneself out of the dream state before fully entering into deep sleep. When I practice it I can usually do this four or five times before I actually fall into sleep.

Here is how it is done. First you should be very sleepy. Try getting up several hours earlier than usual.  You should be fighting back sleep. I use the “arm rest method”. I lay on my stomach propping my head up with one hand. The dream imagery will start to swirl but if I slip into unconsciousness my head will fall waking me back up.  Each time a dream comes yet I am still partially awake and aware. 

I call it “dream skipping” because it is like skipping a stone across the water. Every time the stone skips is a dream until the stone finally stops and sinks into slumber. In this way I am increasing my ability to recognize and control my dreaming. 

I can use this technique to continue dreams and to remember them more vividly. I am far from anything like full control and it does not always work but it works often enough to be fascinating and enjoyable. One of the main obstacles though is eliminating the fear of sleep paralysis. One interesting thing I learned is that you can do a whole lot of dreaming in just a few minutes.