“Dreaming is the vehicle that brings dreamers to this world,” the emissary said, “and everything sorcerers know about dreaming was taught to them by us. Our world is connected to yours by a door called dreams. We know how to go through that door, but men don’t. They have to learn it.” ~ Carlos Castaneda
Lucid Dreaming Is A Skill That Can Be Learned
Lucid dreams are the dreams in which you are consciously aware that you are dreaming. Such dreams are usually very clear and give a great sense of freedom.
Although we all get a few lucid dreams over the course of our life times, one can cultivate the ability to lucid dream and become a lucid dreamer on a regular basis.
Dreams, and the ancient Art of Dreaming is a Royal road to self knowledge. The art and science of lucid dreaming was an important part of the culture of old civilizations and is still practiced in many tribal societies.
All the prophets were lucid dreamers, and you too can become lucid in your dreams. It is a skill that can be learned, developed, and eventually mastered, just like any skill.
Recollection Is The Key
One never fully controls one’s dreams, but you can choose before you fall asleep to accomplish certain tasks in your dreams; you can decide to go to certain destinations, meet with certain individuals — or spirits — and gather information.
It starts with dream recollection and proceeds, over time, to lucidity. If you are dedicated enough, lucid dreaming will energize your waking life, lifting your spirits and increasing your insight, all due to the clarity you now have of your unconscious mind.
Ultimately, you are the judge of the meaning of your dreams — though many of the signs you may encounter are indeed part of the wider collective consciousness, the symbols you come into contact with are not. As Jung painstakingly documented over the course of his life’s work, and outlined in ground-breaking Man And His Symbols, they are highly individual.
Each of the following 4 points are stand-alone, well tested methods that work.
1) Keep a dream diary next to your bed.
Upon waking in the morning, stay a while in bed, without moving and reflect on your dreams. Then, without opening you eyes, turn around or change the position of your body and continue to reflect. This will bring to the surface of your mind new fragments of your dreams.
Now, open your eyes and move gently to fetch your diary. Record your dreams in the present tense, i.e., “I am dreaming that I do this and that… I see this and that… and I feel these sensations in my body…” etc. No interpretations until you have finished recording everything directly.
Getting in the habit of doing this will increase your chances of spontaneous lucid dreaming in the future.
2) Set the alarm to wake you a couple hours prior to your usual rising time.
Get up, or stay awake for about 10 minutes. Then go back to sleep. This would make the last portion of your sleep lucid, provided that you intend it.
3) Do a reality check during the day.
From time to time, ask yourself out loud the following question: “Am I dreaming?” This practice will get carried over into your dream state and you will be doing it in your sleep.
Then, when in your dreams impossible events occur, your habitual question will pop up and you will find yourself doing a reality check.
You may see people with two heads and a tail, a flying cow, a girl who jumps up but does not land back, green elephants, so on and so forth. You may find yourself walking through walls and diving for long periods of time without the need to breathe, along with other impossible feats.
If you practice it enough in your waking state, the reality check will start taking place automatically in the dream world, and will trigger the realization that you are, indeed, dreaming.
At this point, tell yourself: Be Calm! There can be a tendency to panic with this realization, which will often wake you up. If you can avoid this, your dream will now become lucid, and you will be able to proceed and act in it consciously. Go ahead: Fly! Go visit someone! Explore!
4) Find your hands in your dreams.
Over the course of your day, look at the palms of your hands a few times and say to yourself (or even better out loud): “I am going to find my hands in my dreams, tonight.” Repeat a few times…
Then in bed, before you fall asleep, look at your palms again and say: “I am going to find my hands in my dreams tonight and remember it.” Repeat a few times…
Eventually, you will find your hands in your dreams, but they will look different — larger than in everyday life and made of light is the most often reported appearance — but they could be distorted in other ways.
Regardless, witnessing this will bring the realization that you are dreaming. Remember: Stay calm… and proceed.
I’ll be waiting for you over the rainbow.