Lucid dreaming is when you are conscious in a dream. Let’s say you are dreaming about running, it will be like real life. An estimated 55 percent of people have had one or more lucid dreams in their lifetime. During a lucid dream, you’re aware of your consciousness. Often, lucid dreaming also lets you control what happens in your dream. You can usually choose what happens.
A dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and function of dreams are not fully understood, although they have been a topic of scientific, philosophical and religious interest throughout recorded history.
Something a bit creepy about dreams is that when you are in one, you can press your finger on your palm and it will go right through it, like you are a projection or not really there.
After asking Alexa, a speaking computer, here’s a bit more I found out about how to lucid dream.
According to wiki how, if you want to lucid dream, start a dream journal where you write down the details of your dreams as soon as you wake up each day. This will train you to remember more of your dreams which can improve your dream lucidity. Dream lucidity is the awareness that you are dreaming, so you need to be able to remember your dreams before you can start to control them throughout the day.
Try performing reality checks where you ask yourself, “Am I dreaming?” every few hours to double check that you’re awake. you can also try pinching yourself to see if you’re dreaming or not. Once these reality checks become a habit, you’ll likely start asking yourself the same question in your dreams, which will help you realise that you’re sleeping.
If you ask yourself: “Am I dreaming?”, and if you think you really are, try pushing your finger through your palm. If it goes through, your dreaming. Once you know you’re dreaming, you can start controlling your dreams by going to a new place, introducing new characters, or even flying!
After translating what Alexa said, here are some of the steps to lucid dreaming.
- Start by recording a dream journal. Get yourself a notebook or some paper and as soon as you wake up each day, write down your dream.
- Try performing reality checks. Ask yourself: “Am I dreaming?” each day, every few hours. Once this becomes a habit, you’ll start asking yourself that in your dreams, this will help you realise that your sleeping.
- If you ask yourself, “Am I dreaming?”, and you think you actually are, try pushing your finger through your palm. If it goes through, you’re dreaming.
By lucid dreaming, you can start introducing new places and characters or even flying!
Dreams are pictures and images that your brain creates inside of your head. One of the best things is that anything, and I mean anything, is possible. You can have magic powers, go to a mystical land, and it’s just like real life.
One funny thing that I do…
I once had a dream that I was in a magical land and, for some reason, I really wanted to wake up. When I want to wake up, I find a way to knock myself out. Last time I wanted to wake up, I ran into oncoming traffic and got myself ran over by a car and I felt a hit, then I woke up!
A creepy fact I learnt about lucid dreaming…
Your dreams are heavily based on your memories and expectations, and this creates an interesting conundrum which we can explore with dream mirrors. Looking in to a dream mirror allows you to look at your unconscious in the face, this can unravel a wealth of insight in to your own psyche.
- Call out for help. It’s said that yelling in your dream tells your brain it’s time to wake up. Or, if you manage to speak out loud, you might wake yourself up. I do not like this one as it makes me feel a little scared, as if I am trapped in a dream.
- Blink. Repeatedly blinking may help your mind get ready to wake up.
- Fall asleep in your dream. If you’re aware that you’re dreaming, go to sleep in your dream so you can wake up in real life.
- Read. Try to read a sign or book in your dream. This could activate parts of your brain that aren’t used in REM.
An amazing thing is that if you learn how to do something in a dream, e.g boxing, you’ll be able to get better/do it in real life!
I hope this helped you to start lucid dreaming and since I am so interested in dreams, you may see more dream themed posts soon!