If you have ever had a lucid dream the chances are high that you are going to want to have lucid dreams. Lucid dreams, for those who haven’t heard of them before, are those dreams you have in which you know that you are dreaming. Lucid dreams are often far more vivid than the other kinds of dreams you have during the night and the details of them are easier to recall. Many people find that they can go back to their lucid dreams if they wake up from them in the middle of the night. So have you ever wondered how to have lucid dreams?
Learning how to have lucid dreams is not an easy process. There is a lot of “prep” work involved in learning how to have lucid dreams that can take a while to master before you move on to being able to fully induce a lucid dream. Here are the preparatory steps that you have to take in order to learn the various methods of how to have lucid dreams:
1. Learn how to remember your dreams. Every morning, before you open your eyes and before you even move, go over the dream you just had. It is important that you learn how to do this before moving in the morning. Movement brings the brain back from the dream state and into a waking state, and as soon as your brain is awake, it begins to forget the details of your dreams. This is why you need to hold on to your dream-like state for as long as possible. Before you can learn how to have lucid dreams you have to learn how to remember the dreams you are already having.
2. Keep a dream journal. The act of remembering your dream is important but it isn’t all there is. Every morning when you wake up, write down all of the details from your dreams that you can remember. The act of writing down the dreams helps your brain get into the habit of noticing the details of your dreams. By spending time remembering and writing about your dreams, you are telling your brain that your dreams are just as important to you as your waking life. It will begin to pay more attention and hang on to the details.
3. Do reality checks. Get into the habit of asking yourself if you are awake. Periodically check out your environment and make sure that you are awake. There are plenty of tests that prove whether or not you are awake. When you get into the habit of checking to see if you are awake, your brain will eventually start to do this on its own, without any prompting. Eventually you will find that when you ask yourself “am I awake?” the answer will be “no.” Welcome to your lucid dream!
These are the steps you need to do to prepare yourself for having lucid dreams on purpose. Knowing how to have lucid dreams is just part of the process.