Lucid dreaming is the process by which a person dreams consciously. That is to say, at some point in the dream the person dreaming realizes that they are, in fact, dreaming. From there the person might try to control the events of the dream or attempt actions that they know could never work in their waking life.
A lot of research has been done on lucid dreams and on dreaming in general and there is a lot to read on the subject. This article, however, is less about the psychology of dreaming and more about how to have a lucid dream. If you are curious about lucid dream induction then this article is for you.
Lucid dream induction can be done in a number of ways, and the more you practice them, the better your will be at consciously entering a dream state. Here are a few of the ways in which you can induce lucid dreams:
Become skilled at Dream Recall. Dream recall is just what it sounds like: the ability to remember your dreams. Some lucid dream experts claim that the first step in lucid dreaming is good dream recall. There are many ways to become skilled at dream recall. The first is to keep a dream journal. As soon as you wake up, write down anything you remember from your dream. Scientists also advocate staying still when you wake up and giving yourself a few moments to remember as much about your dream as you can before you move. Movement brings the mind back to the body and you will have a harder time remembering your dream after you’ve started moving around.
Learn MILD. MILD stands for Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams. This technique for lucid dream induction was developed and perfected by Dr. Stephen Laberge. It is a process by which—while you are falling asleep—to pay attention to the fact that you are falling asleep and keep your brain somewhat detached during the process so that when the dream starts you will be able to look for significant dream signs for later interpretation.
WBTB Technique. WBTB stands for Wake Back to Bed. This is the easiest way to start a lucid dream. In this method you wait until you are completely exhausted to go to sleep and then making yourself wake up five hours later. Then, keep your thoughts focused on lucid dreaming and stay awake for an hour. After an hour, go back to sleep using the MILD method. This method takes advantage of the best REM cycle of the night and will give you a longer, deeper lucid dream.
These are just three lucid dream induction techniques for you to take advantage of. Lucid dreaming is something that most people are curious about and often wonder how to achieve it consciously. These are three techniques to encourage your brain to have lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming is quite an amazing experience and if you have ever had one, you will recognize the pull to have one again. Try these three lucid dream induction methods and see if they work for you!