Lucid dreaming means dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming. The state of lucid dreaming or “lucidity” sometimes starts at the beginning of a dream. The dreamer understands that the experience is not occurring in physical reality, but in ones dream. Often this understanding is noticed once one is either floating, flying or meeting a deceased relatives. In some instances one may lucid dream randomly during ones dream, suddenly realizing that you can control the settings. The state of lucidity can range from high and low. If the dreamer is at a high level, one might be cognizant of all the details of the dream. You will not be in any danger as you move with free will possibly manipulating your dream settings. However the low lucid state is quite different. In the lower frequency of lucidity, one may be able to float or fly around, though will still feel one is in the dream.
Why Lucid Dream:
If you have ever experienced flying or floating in your dream you will know the experience was exhilarating. It feels as if you where on top of the world. You have the ability to feel as if you are superman, scoring through the clouds and looking down on earth. Waking up from this experience can alter your mood to being more positive through out the day. Many people report that their dreams are filled with adventure and fantasy, that they have become more creative in their walking life. It feels almost like a drug taking over your body as you enjoy the euphoric feeling. You would be able to control your nightmares by simply changing your settings in a blink of an eye.
You might hear only positive and rewarding benefits about lucid dreaming, though it might not be all what its cracked up to be. In order to debate weather lucid dreaming is either good or bad, one must see the importance of dreaming. For many people dreams and the symbols in them are powerful tools that connects the conscious to the unconscious. Dreams interpretation has not only been around for centuries, but is a way many cultures to be aware of our hidden shadows. Our internal issues might be causing us havoc in our walking life and a dream might be the only tool used to make us aware. Disrupting your settings in order to benefit you in the short run might have some effects in the future. Dreams and the symbols in them are a forgotten language that we should take serious.
Learn to Lucid Dream:
Learning how to lucid dream isn’t something that you can just learn over night. This is something that takes time but when accomplished is very rewarding. Be confident and don’t let it discourage you even when its not working. Learning how to prefect the art of lucid dreaming can take weeks or even months of practice. Once you do have the ability to lucid dream your dreams are just not dreams anymore. Lucid dream techniques.
Benefits of Lucid Dreaming:
* Strengthening your problem solving skills
* Able to confront your fears first hand
* Becoming more creative
* Great way to improve your confidence level
* Become more in tuned with yourself and others around you
* Experience a different way to dream
* Understanding more about our unconscious mind
* Healing aspects
Lucid Dreaming Steps:
Step 1 - Repetition:
Though out the day working or at home you must practice repetition. You will have to keep asking yourself “am i dreaming right now?”. After a couple tries an hour it might sink into your head that you are not dreaming. This repetitive thought process helps you unknowingly remember this when your dreaming.
Step 2 - Record Your Dreams:
You must learn how to record your dreams when you wake up. Keeping a dream journal is vital because it improves and expands your dream capability. Once you are able to remember the events and symbols in your dream you have a better chance getting to that lucid state. Taking the time and going through your previous recorded dreams before bed helps build a sence of awareness when your in a dream state.
Step 3 – Control Your Sleep:
Controlling your dreams consists of being mindful of your sleep schedule. Changing your sleep behaviour will greater your chances of having a lucid dream. Scientists reveled the lucid dreaming works best when taking a quick nap after you have gotten up from a long sleep. Randomly interfering with your sleep schedule usually increases Lucid dreaming as well.
Step 4 - Believe:
Start believing in your dreams and the significance behind them. People who feel a dream is just a dream would have trouble trying to lucid dream. You must understand the symbols and the mystic power behind them. Try your best to remain positive and confident. You must have a desire to want feel lucid.
Step 5 - Meditation:
For thousands of years meditation has been directly linked for human inner peace. Learning how to meditate is a great way to build your awareness on in your conscious and unconscious world. Practicing mindful meditation at least 10 minutes a day can increase states of lucid dreaming.
Step 6 – Conscious Mind Awareness:
The most important step is training your “Conscious Mind”. You want to start by becoming more aware of your daily surroundings and the objects around them. Any items in your walking life that you would usually over look, now has to be taken into consideration. Anything from the tiniest detail that was once overlooked like stop signs to billboards, now needs attention. You must observe everything in full detail. This means the color, shape and feelings of objects so when it appears in your dream it will connect. Dreaming about an object that you analyzed in detail in your walking life you can apply it to your dream to see what is real and what is not. Once you can convince your mind that its just a dream the fun starts. Stretching your awareness in your day will help you gain more control of your dreams. You don’t need to keep focus on every single detail in your life because it would drive you mad. Just start with a couple of small observations a day that you would normally never look at in detail.
How To Stay In Your Lucid in Dreams:
The hardest part about lucid dreams are trying to stay in them. Learning the proper technique provided below will turn an armature dreamer to a experienced one. If trained properly you can last up to 30 minutes in the lucid state.
Relax – Relaxing is key when you want to stay longer in your fun lucid dream. Most of the time we tend to get over excited and wake up from sleep. In order to achieve a long period on lucidity you must calm your mind.
Hand Movement -Once relaxed state rub try and remember to rub you hands together. This help prolong the lucid dream because its constantly stimulating the conscious brain. Doing this technique you can last up to 10 to 30 minutes in a lucid state.
Focus -Focus on your hand in your lucid dream. Don’t loose track of them, keep them in front of you. Also focus on wanting to be in your dream. Keep repeating out loud “attention or focus” and you will become more in tuned with the dream for a longer period of time.
Spelling Test – Think of spelling word or doing an easy math question. This will help engage the logical part of your brain when your loosing focus of the dream.
Circles – Going around in circles helps you ground your awareness in your lucid dream which in turn brings you to a new dream scene.
Types Of Lucid Dreams:
“I am flying since many years until a short interruption of last 7-8 months when i could fly only once. My flying started almost 10-12 years back when i was participating in a triple jump even in my dreams and and did not come down even after usual 7-8 Mtr. leap. Distance of my jump kept increasing and i was flying quite consistent after continuous improvement. I fly having my hands spread as wings of a aeroplane, thought not much higher but low to the ground level.I fly in cities i know, i see ppl. i know on ground, even i try to help ppl. if i see anybody in trouble.I must clear here that neither i am attached to Superman nor the sport of triple jump as someone might conclude. I am always in a jolly good mood during my flying session. Even i am happy the day i see this kinda dream. I wish to fly all nights but i don’t know the trigger which start this dream”.
“In my most recent dream I realized I could do what I wanted and I was dreaming. So I jumped onto a fence post, looked around, and then started flying. I wanted to go straight, but kept going up, I then realized I was going in different directions without deciding which way to go and my body decided for me. Then I crashed into a fountain, and the water was frosty and there was snow. I am still confused as to how I knew I was dreaming and yet still couldn’t control my actions, but only when I was in flight.”
“I am a 42 yr old disabled IRAQ vet. Over the past few years I have started to fly in my dreams. At first just kind of jumping away from the ground by also flapping my arms once and floating up then floating back down at an angle some distance away maybe 60 feet up and maybe a block away landing. I notice that the flapping motion with my arms is a shared happening with others who dream of flight. Now I am able to achieve any height and most of the time if i go high enough upon landing the dream scenario changes and it always something very interesting yet kind of strange. It is been hard to decipher these dreams except for the fact I am aware I am dreaming and can control my ability to fly. I will continue to try and master my flying and with enough work I will continue to try and leave the earths orbit and achieve faster flight. Maybe one day flying up to the moon or further. Thank you to everyone sharing something as personal as their dreams”.
“My flying dreams have to do with running then flapping my arms and then in the air I go. like how big birds have to start flying like cranes. The flying dream I had this morning I was riding a purple dragon with purple stones the dragon landed and i got on and i looked above me there was a portal with another city with a horse standing looking at me.. the portal was up side down. it would be like the dragon was on my floor in my house and looking up at the ceiling would be the horse standing. The whole world was up side down. I did a clockwise spiral on the dragon and was in the other world looking back at my world that was now upside down. I was no longer wearing my cloths but that of renaissance clothing had an arrow hit the side of the dragon i went down crashed and woke up as by body hit the ground. I have had this dream so many times i lost count”.
“My friends laugh at me when I tell them that i dream i could fly. I remember the first time I dreamnt it, I was high over the trees. I felt almost invincible, so free, so happy I never forget the feeling. Then there was a time i thought if I can control my dream then maybe I can fly to heaven and see my mom. I did try to fly there in one of my dreams but got scared when I saw darkness. Last night I dream I was flying but got caught in electrical wires, i didnt get hurt or anything i just fell back down. I remember from that dream that a friend was sick and i was trying to fly with her. It not like a plane or anything, i usually have to run and take off or jump, or if the wind blows hard enough. the first time i had a flying dream, it was different though i felt as was like superwoman. i was just stop fly in mid air and was just like floating in the air”.
“I just had a flying dream for the first time in my life a couple nights ago. (And I’ve been trying to lucid dream for a while now) I recently read an article referring to how before the 17th century humans used to sleep for four hours (first sleep), wake for an hour or two and then go back to sleep (second sleep) for another four hours.I did that the night I had the dream. The dream came during second sleep.I live in LA, but in the dream, I had moved to New York and was conscious of having woken from my first sleep and was using the time in between sleeps to “discover” more about NYC. I was in a car at first going up and down large hills with scenic views and then it turned into a magic carpet. There was a presence of a male (I am female) above me telling me to “come on” and that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, so I started flying. We would get up high and SO close to reaching monuments, but there were balloons and confetti in the way so I got frustrated and we would start over again about 10 feet from the ground. This happened probably 3 times and then I was suddenly with a female (maybe she had been there the whole time?) and arrived to where she thought my parking spot was. Somehow without knowing the city I knew that the real spot was not that one, but a block away”.
“I have had a few close encounters with the corner of the walls/ceiling much like you posted. I used to be able to fly freely. but then one night the walls i used to fly through all the time turned solid and i kinda ‘face slid’ down the walls until i would lash out and try another wall, but they remained solid. I haven’t been able to fly since and that was about 15 years ago, when I was 25. I had been a flyer since I was young when I dreamed dreams of explosive colors and used flying to get away from bad guys or just for fun (used to make a cycling motion with my feet and kind of rode an invisible bike up, ‘stepping-up’ but i eventually started to fly ‘superman’ although i never have a physical body when flying. Only other time I had trouble flying was when I was 17 and an angry cloud told me off for going too fast and too high!”