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Lucid Dreaming

Last posted Apr 10, 2014 at 07:27PM EDT. Added Mar 24, 2014 at 04:24AM EDT
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As the title suggests, this thread’s all about lucid dreaming, since I can’t find one in the first five pages. Lucid dreaming’s been around for quite a while, I suppose and from what I read, it seems like a fun thing to do. The bad part, it sounds, looks and feels like a lot of work. It sort of is, mostly just creating habits of doing stuff but there are certainly other ways to lucidly dream. It’s a skill everyone can learn if they put work into it. Don’t expect to be able to summon Loki and Thor battling it out with giant swordfishes against Ted Turner and Bob Saget within a week, you gotta be dedicated to following the strats for quite a while before you can even fly in your dreams.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

Lucid dreaming is basically being aware of your consciousness while dreaming. You know you’re in a dream and you can, with plenty of practice, fully control your dreams to your imagination’s extent, assuming you’re aware that you’re dreaming, that is.

But I don’t have dreams!

Yes, you do. You go through 3-7 dreams per night but the problem is that you don’t remember them.

How do I get Lucid Dreams?

Plenty of different ways, varying from hypnosis all the way to making a habit of doing reality checks. Some ways that I’m going to describe include a technique called Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming. And remember, practice often and you’ll increase chances of inducing lucid dreams! Also, you will lose a little bit of sleep doing this kind of stuff due to the fact that you may or may not encounter some pretty terrifying situations such as sleep paralysis and some rather zany situations like Out of Body Experiences.

Dream recalling is important, I should add, because it helps you get the grasp on what the dreams are like, help you become familiar with the wonderland that is your dreams. It’s best to keep a dream journal and to write your dreams down immediately once you wake up, cause there’s a very good chance that once you’re out of the door in your room, you’re not going to remember it that well. Describe that dream, no matter how fragmented it was. Get at least one dream down every night for a bit before starting on the techniques below or on the Internet.

Dream Induced Lucid Dreams, or D.I.L.D., are basically dreams that you figure out is a dream while in said dream. How to achieve this is through forming habits. Make constant reality checks such as looking at your hands and counting your fingers, look at the fine details engraved into your palms. Your dreams aren’t usually able to form hands and fingers and toes perfectly, and you will be able to phase your hand through your other hand, so check to see if you can put your finger through the palm of your hand as a reality check. Try looking at the clock and watch the hands move, or the numbers on the clock. In dreams, the clocks either don’t move, have different signs on them or move sporadically. That also is a good way.

One more thing, dreamsigns. Some of you might remember that episode of American Dad where Steve learned how to lucid dream via seeing a red, rubber ball bounce through, acting as a trigger to his lucidity and allowing him to indulge in his lewd fantasies. They’re basically that, they’re to help you realize you’re in a dream. Learn the elements of your dreams and find out what’s reoccurring so you can take advantage of it and use it as a dreamsign. There might be a chance that those reoccurring signs mean something though.

Another way would be Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams, or MILD. The best time to do this is when you’ve just awoken from a dream in the middle of the night and before going back to sleep. What you do in this time frame is to recall as much of the previous dream you just had, as much as possible. Next is to focus on the fact that you’ll be dreaming in a short bit. You need to repeat to yourself in your head, “I’m going to be dreaming.” Or something like that like a mantra. Keep your entire focus set on that, nothing else. If anything else comes into your mind, brush it aside as quickly as possible and focus on the task ahead. Next is to place yourself back into the dream you just woke from (or a previous dream from the night before). Think this time that you’re dreaming, make sure you convince yourself. Look for dreamsigns, check your fingers, check the time, anything to help you realize you’re not awake.

Once you’ve got that down, you can go pro and do some Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming. This one can get really terrifying because of one thing: Sleep paralysis. I’ll dive into that later. What you do is basically lie in your bed as still as you can, arms by your sides, eyes closed and ignoring any form of impulse that your brain sends, such as getting an itch, turning over, moving your eyeball. Ignore all of that at, the point is to make your body fall asleep, but keep your conscious active. If you manage to stay awake for about half an hour, you’ll experience a weight on your chest and most likely will hear some voices. This is where sleep paralysis kicks in and where it can get really, really terrifying for first-timers. If you open your eyes, you will see hallucinations, vivid or faint, which will probably scare you because they could be scary looking hallucinations and you can’t move your body to hide yourself. Quickly go to sleep unless you want to be have ghosts haunting you, and you’ll have a lucid dream. If you see blackness, open your eyes, do some reality checks and you’ll be good to go.

How do I make lucid dreams last longer than when I first realize I’m dreaming?

Try not to get too excited. Too much stimulation while dreaming can cause a sensory overload and cause you to wake up. If you feel like the dream is going to break apart from how exciting it is, spin around and say “stabilize” multiple times until it feels safe again. Practice is also key, the more you get accustomed to being in lucid dreams, the less exciting the realization will be and it won’t cause you to wake up from an overload (I actually don’t know what the proper term is, so I’m using sensory overload).

My dreams are blurry/aren’t vivid!

Don’t know much about it, but if you focus on making the dream more vivid or shout stuff related to making it more vivid, it could work.

Why do this?

Plenty of reasons, although it seems to have the reputation of being able to get dream sex with anyone because you can basically do anything as long as you have the skill to. You can access your subconscious and ask it questions, you can use it to find yourself, have fun and relax, not even the sky’s the limit when it comes to lucid dreams! Although, be honest here, who’s going to use it for dream sex?

That’s about all the info I can give without going full science textbook chapter on this. Please discuss any techniques that helped you achieve lucidity, because I only explained the bare minimum of some of these and skipped others, give tips and helpful tricks, talk about any lucid dreams you can recall, this is the place to talk about it! Please, go!

Mar 24, 2014 at 04:24AM EDT
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This is a great guide! Would you mind if I used it in my LD article on KYM?

Mar 24, 2014 at 09:34AM EDT

Go ahead. However, you’re better off looking up other guides. I missed plenty of details and research while writing this.

Mar 24, 2014 at 11:20AM EDT
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I went ahead and added your guide to the entry. Thank you!

I don’t have Lucid Dreams very often myself, I have tried WILD but my brain always goes into a spin with ideas of what I could do beforehand. I always do DILD, and that usually occurs once every month for me. I should really practice so that it occurs more!

Mar 24, 2014 at 12:37PM EDT

I have tried recalling my dreams but none of the methods I used worked. I honestly don’t think I do dream except for very, very rare instances and even then It’s more likely a nightmare.

Mar 24, 2014 at 01:16PM EDT
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Snowie

Try some other stuff like sleep hypnosis or bin aural beats. You just need a pair of earbuds and just relax while listening to the audio. It won’t work the first time, obviously, but it’ll work eventually.

Spider-byte

Make a dream journal. Even if you don’t recall your dreams, just make a habit of it. While you’re at it, make a habit of doing reality checks too, that probably would help.

Mar 24, 2014 at 04:16PM EDT
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In the rare occasions I had lucid dreams, it feels like a great sense of victory. It’s way too brief, but it’s still satisfying.

I once thought of the initiative to elaborate a dream journal, but I haven’t had the chance. Perhaps in the near future.

Mar 25, 2014 at 07:24PM EDT
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I’ve had great lucid dreams, but it’s depressing that literally once I wake up, I forget them.

I’m going to try what you’re suggesting either today or in the weekend, I might post results.

Mar 25, 2014 at 07:27PM EDT
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Interesting topic. I’ve tried lucid dreaming plenty of times but I never got it to work. I haven’t tried using habitual reality checks though. Sounds crazy enough to work.

Mar 26, 2014 at 01:54AM EDT
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I’ve had two instances where I’ve become aware that I was dreaming. The first time, I looked at a clock and I realized it, slightly. Like, I was aware enough to try and do stuff I wanted to do like fly. Sadly, I didn’t. It was more like I leaned over and fell very slowly, like I was floating to the ground. Second time, forgot what triggered it, think I just found out over time, and then I tried to contact my subconscious and the moment I looked at a face my heart rate rose and I woke up. I got spooked a little. It’s progress, but it’s a shame I couldn’t make them last more than a minute…

Mar 26, 2014 at 02:48AM EDT
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So combining this with the Tulpa thread shortly for a theory.

Would it technically be possible to activate a tulpa into a lucid dream? And because it’s a dream in where you yourself are a mirage as well just like a tulpa, wouldn’t it be so that you can actually “physically” interact with a tulpa?

That sounds like some serious mental mindfuck.

Mar 26, 2014 at 08:08AM EDT
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@Randomman

From what I’ve been told that is indeed possible.

I have not had that experience myself but other people I know with Tulpas have done it and confirmed that when you get down to your Tulpas level, shit gets pretty realistic

I’ve met my Tulpa’s in my dreams before and it’s like multiplayer dreaming. I could visually perceive and hear them very naturally and that wasn’t even a lucid dream.

I imagine that if I did have a lucid dream, it would be like being in the same room with them.

Mar 26, 2014 at 08:22AM EDT
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I’ve only ever had one lucid dream about a year or two ago. I’ve never actually tried for one, it sort of happened by random chance. I don’t even remember the dream (I usually don’t remember my dreams) but I have a feeling it had to do with music. It was one of those moments where it only lasted a couple seconds before I woke up. I have had dreams where I was aware of being in a dream, but never having control.

Mar 26, 2014 at 09:16AM EDT
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Oh, this is just tons o’ fun:
I’ll have a dream where I’m… lying in my bed. Yeah, that’s it. And I can’t fucking move. So I think to myself “oh shit, now I have to try and wake up again”. After a while, I finally jostle myself up. The problem is that I’m so tired when that happens that I’ll invariably so back to sleep. And then guess what happens? I’m back to being paralyzed in my mind.
This has only happened a few times, but when it does it can keep going like this for up to ten trips back into lame-dream-land.
On the plus side though, I also have the ability to close my eyes within my head if I’m having a freaky nightmare. It’s kind of funny, because I’m not scared like I should be, I’m just thinking “okay, will you fucking end already”.

Mar 26, 2014 at 02:18PM EDT
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My brother’s training to have lucid dreams too. But he’s having a hard time.
I haven’t had many recently, but I have enough to be happy.
He said there was a method where you’d sleep in an uncomfortable position to increase your chances of lucid dreaming. I can see how it makes sense, but it’s not guaranteed. If you try this, do it after lunch or when taking any nap. You’re not going to sleep uncomfty for the whole night.

Mar 27, 2014 at 11:42PM EDT
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I practice this for meditation purposes. The issue I have, is I CAN become lucid, but can only remain lucid for about 10 seconds, before I wake up.. So the average lucid dream,is only 10 to 20 seconds. I would try to prolong this by, spinning around in circle or rubbing my hands together to prolong the dream, but then I wake up. Otherwise I have excellent dream recall. I can’t seem to control the “dream environment” though.

Apr 02, 2014 at 11:25PM EDT
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Man, some of you got some better luck that I do with this whole lucid dreaming stuff. Even if it’s just for ten seconds, I’d still like to experience these occurrences more often than I usually do, which is next to never.

Apr 05, 2014 at 02:00AM EDT
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Scrub wrote:

Man, some of you got some better luck that I do with this whole lucid dreaming stuff. Even if it’s just for ten seconds, I’d still like to experience these occurrences more often than I usually do, which is next to never.

The easiest way is to do the “WILD” or “MILD” methods. Set your alarm for 4 hours when you get to sleep. Then 4 hours later, that alarm will wake you up in the middle of REM sleep. Hit the alarm reset button and stay awake for about an hour. Then go back to sleep and you will find it easier to become “lucid”, since you are tired and more likely enter REM, (while still being aware), and enter a dream where you are more likely to realize you are dreaming.

Apr 06, 2014 at 09:29PM EDT
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I would usually have Lucid Dreams during the weekends or during my holiday breaks. But it was very common during my Elementary School days.

Apr 06, 2014 at 09:38PM EDT
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So I just finished doing some research on Lucid Dreams for a term paper. Rad Stuff. In 1981, scientists first communicated with a dreaming person, when a group of lucid dreaming volunteers performed a set signal of eye movements and hand twitches WHILE IN REM SLEEP. Scientists could detect these signals 80% of the time without asking the subjects if they had done it. RAD STUFF DUDE.

Apr 10, 2014 at 01:13PM EDT
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