ZP.tech Lucid Dreaming Guide
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Benefits of Lucid Dreaming
One of the biggest benefits of lucid dreaming is the time recovered from sleeping. Life is short and limited! Most humans sleep an average of 8 hours per day over a lifetime. If you lived to be 90, you will have spent 30 years of your life unconscious! Lucid dreaming can help you spend a good amount of that time doing what you want to do, experiencing life the way you’ve always dreamed of – literally.
Live by Your Rules
Break the bonds of reality. We live in a world full of rules. What’s acceptable and proper, what’s allowed or forbidden. Lucid dreaming lets you live in a world run by your rules, so let your imagination run wild.
Dreams can carry over feelings into the waking world – just as a nightmare can induce stress into your daily life, an inspirational dream can keep you happy and motivated throughout the day. Many people use lucid dreaming techniques to give themselves that needed kick to jumpstart their day.
Lucid dreaming isn’t just a form of mindful entertainment; it’s also an excellent skill that can be used to learn just about anything. Use it to reinforce your education, recall old memories, or prepare yourself for important tasks ahead.
Fears and nightmares can devastate people to the point that sleep becomes a painful association. With lucid dreaming, you can face these fears and nightmares knowing that you are safe and cannot be injured. Imagine also being able to change elements of your dream in order to help you defeat those nightmares.
Aside from bad dreams, it’s possible to use lucid dreaming techniques in order to help you solve difficult problems that challenge you in the waking world. Look for solutions to your most pressing problems and you can really honestly say “the answer came to me in a dream.”
Prerequisites for Lucid Dreaming
While most anyone is capable of lucid dreaming, there are certain factors that will affect how successful you are in becoming proficient. Like any skill, lucid dreaming requires time and effort. If you are unwilling to commit the time to practicing the techniques, you will unlikely be able to have willful lucid dreams. Diligence is key!
Other than motivation, you will also need to have a sufficient amount of sleep each night. Unlike a day dream, you can’t lucid dream while you are awake, so adequate sleep is absolutely vital. Another important thing to note is that you experience REM sleep (where dreaming occurs) longer as the night progresses, so you must be able to commit around 8 hours to sleeping.
Let’s begin with dream recall – your ability to remember your dreams. You can improve this primarily by recording your dreams into a dream journal throughout the night and after you wake up, and putting out the intention to remember your dreams before sleeping. Developing a stronger dream recall is important for a few reasons:
Most important – without the ability to dream recall, you wouldn’t be able to remember any successful lucid dreams you have. It would be pointless to put in the effort to learn lucid dream techniques if you forget many of the rewarding experiences soon after.
Secondly, being able to dream recall well will allow you to record your dreams in good detail into your dream journal. Later when you review your journal, you will have an easier time finding your dream signs – unique events that will help you with becoming lucid.
“Dreamless Sleep” and How It Happens
If you can remember at least 1-2 dreams each night, you’re already a few steps ahead and can probably skip this section. If you’re a self-proclaimed “dreamless sleeper” though, it’s important to improve your dream recall.
The fact is that dreamless sleep is rare – most people dream every night. The reason why many people believe they haven’t had any dreams is because they have forgotten them. There are a few reasons for this:
The brain generally clears your previous dream memories when you have your next dream in the same sleep period – so if you have 6 dreams in a night, the memory of your first dream is erased before you have your second, the memory of your second dream is erased before having your third, and the process continues until your last dream.
The memory of your last dream is easily forgotten from the overwhelming feeling of waking up. Before being able to lucid dream successfully, I would only dream recall experiences that were particularly memorable or frightening, which suggests that your mind can prioritize the importance of a dream. Waking up to a stressful alarm clock or worrying about your daily problems first thing in the morning will most likely hinder your chances of successful dream recall.
I would suggest not thinking about anything other than your dream the moment you wake up. It will be particularly difficult at first especially if you lead a stressful daily life, but it will get easier with effort. Focus on recording as many details of your dreams as possible before doing anything else.
Here’s a quick review on Dream Recall:
- Improved primarily by using a dream journal recorded to throughout the night
- Important to remembering and benefiting from lucid dreams
- Important for finding dream signs
- Many people that have “dreamless sleep” simply forgot their dreams
The brain clears dream memories before the next dream – record your dreams as soon as possible
Stress will make it difficult to dream recall – focus first on your dreams, then your daily plan
Developing Greater Dream Recall
One factor that can affect your ability to dream recall is how much sleep you are getting each night. Being overly tired will not only add stress to waking up, but will also make it much more difficult to recall the dreams you have in the middle of the night. On a quick note, getting plenty of sleep (~8 hours) is also important because your dream periods increase throughout the night, giving you longer dream times closer to the end of your sleeping session.
Common Dream Recall Techniques
So how do you record the dreams you have in the middle of the night if they’re cleared before you have the next dream?
Some people suggest setting an alarm to wake yourself up at 90 minute intervals (important because dream periods occur at these times) from the time you sleep. However, this technique may not work for everyone. I found that my alarm clock woke me up during dreams, which countered my efforts of recording dreams. Not to mention that it was just plain frustrating.
Another technique people have used is to drink plenty of fluids before sleeping. This would ideally wake you up during the middle of the night to allow you to record your dreams. The problem I had with this technique is that it was completely up to chance that you woke up at the proper times. When I did wake up after having a dream, the urge to pee was stronger than my willingness to record the dream and after getting back from the bathroom, I forgot most of the dream.
Dream Recall Intention
What eventually happened was that I would wake up after having a dream in the middle of the night without any external help. This was pretty ideal because I wasn’t distracted by any external cues like alarm clocks and the urge to pee – giving me a good opportunity to record detailed experiences.
I found that the best way to achieve this ability is to put out the intention to wake up after each dream. Do this simply by saying aloud that you will wake up after each dream right before you sleep. Though it may seem foolish to think that you can cause something to happen by intending to do it, you’ll be surprised at how well it works. If using an alarm clock or trying to time your bathroom needs with waking up just isn’t for you, it’s definitely worth a shot.
Here’s a quick review on developing greater dream recall:
- Common Technique: Setting your alarm at 90 min intervals from the time you sleep to record dreams
- Common Technique: Drinking fluids to induce urination in the middle of the night to record dreams.
- Intention is exceptionally effective for some people – ideal because there are fewer distractions while recording
Getting plenty of sleep is important – strive for 8 hours or more per night.
Dream journals are important tools that will help you find trends and ultimately dream signs, and improve your dream recall. When you make entries in your dream journal, you should always include details like the location your dream took place, the people you saw, and what you were doing. You should include other strange anomalies like being able to pass through walls, fly, etc.
What to Use as a Dream Journal
Your dream journal can be anything you can comfortably write on. Some people choose to use computer programs to log their dreams. While this can be beneficial when you later analyze your journal with search features or organize your dream entries, it’s not as easily accessible as pen and paper is. Using the programs would require you to turn on your computer to record your dreams in the middle of the night, or leave it on all night, which can be impractical.
One way you can effectively use dream journal software is to first record your dreams using pen and paper, then enter it into the program to analyze and organize your entries. Entering your entries into the program should be quick and easy – as people generally type faster than they can write.
Some people also choose to use tape recorders as dream journals. This is beneficial because you can quickly log details of your dream by speaking – which is faster than both typing and writing.
However, using a tape recorder should be used more as a supplement to another dream journal, because it will be almost impossible to later organize and analyze your dream entries. Another thing to beware of is anyone else you share a room with. If you sleep with a light sleeper, you could end up with a cranky spouse or roommate…
Here’s a quick review on dream journal basics:
Dream journals should be comfortable to write on and easily accessible
Computer software can be used but should be used more as a supplement
Tape recorders can be effective if not sharing a room
Important Tips for Maintaining Dream Journals
Your dream journal should also be easily accessible (next to your bed) so that you can quickly jot down notes of your dreams after you wake up. It’s very important to do this immediately after you wake up, because the slightest shift in attention could quickly wipe away your memory of the dream.
One quick tip is to stay still when you wake up and give yourself a chance to remember as much of your dream experiences as possible. If you can only remember bits and pieces of a dream, try closing your eyes and focusing as much as you can on those remnants – hopefully you will recover the full dream. After you have recalled as many of the dreams as possible go ahead and record them into your dream journal, including any dreams you could only remember pieces of.
Many people find that after waking up in the middle of the night, they can remember their dreams in crystal clear detail and decide not to write it down believing they will still remember it in the morning. More often than not, this won’t work because any other dream you have later that night will most likely prevent you from remembering the first set of dreams. Don’t let this common mistake frustrate you – write it down no matter how tired you are!
Another quick tip is to have a light source next to your bed so you can see what you’re writing without having to get out of bed. I remember one instance when I recorded into my dream journal without being able to see it, and woke up in the morning to find nothing there because the pen had run out of ink. You should preferably have a dim light so you don’t disrupt your eyes (which can make it harder to remember details of your dream) or anyone else in the room.
Each night before you sleep, you should look over your dream journal – particularly for unusual recurring events. For example, I found that I frequently dreamt of people that I hadn’t seen or spoken to in years. Something like this could be used to make you realize that you are dreaming. If
I find myself interacting with someone I normally don’t see, then it could be a dream sign, a cue that tells me that I might be having a dream.
Take note of any potential dream signs in your dream journal, and focus on them as you sleep. You’ll not only improve your chances of becoming lucid, but you’ll also make the most of your journal.
Here’s a quick review of properly maintaining dream journals:
Dream journals should be nearby to avoid unnecessary movement
- Stay still when you wake up to remember as many dream memories as possible
- Focus on pieces of dream memories to hopefully recover complete dream
- Record into dream journal regardless of how well you remember when you wake up
- Have preferably dim light source nearby to see
- Review dream journals each night before sleeping to find dream signs
Dream signs are unique signals and events that will make it clear you are dreaming. If you’ve ever had a dream where something so incredibly bizarre happened to the point that you said to yourself “I must be dreaming…,” the unusual event was your dream sign. If you’ve never had this experience, this section will help you find your dream signs and how to best use them to become lucid.
Finding Your Personal Dream Signs
Dream signs that occur frequently in your dreams will be your unique personal dream signs. You can find out what these are by looking through your dream journal entries to find recurring themes, events, objects, etc. One common event you might find is occasionally dreaming your teeth fall out. While it can be very frightening to experience this, you can use it as a dream sign to realize you are dreaming and gain lucidity.
A common dream sign I have revolves around location. As someone who rarely travels, sometimes I’ll find myself across the globe in Egypt, staring blankly at the pyramids – a likely sign that I’m dreaming. In this instance, touring the pyramids is one of my personal dream signs – a recurring, unusual event that likely means I’m dreaming. Another common dream sign I have is when I find myself living in my old apartment – interacting as though I’m still living there today.
If you are having difficulty finding your personal dream signs, you can try expanding your search by looking for signs that aren’t necessarily unusual. An obvious example is if you are an avid tennis player and frequently dream of being on the court, then you’ve likely found a dream sign that is realistic and matches your normal activities. This will make it somewhat harder to realize you are dreaming, but can still serve as an effective dream sign. On the other hand, if you hate golf and frequently dream of being on the green, you will likely have an easier time realizing that you are dreaming because it is so different from what you would normally do.
Using Dream Signs to Gain Lucidity
After you’ve analyzed your dream entries, you should keep note of potential dream signs you discovered, and write them out as a list separate from your entries. Before you sleep, you can look over the list, and intend to realize that you are dreaming if you encounter them. You’re basically training yourself to recognize your potential dream signs moments before you may possibly encounter them.
One of the barriers you will have to deal with is the fact that your mind will rationalize and accept many of the unrealistic experiences you will have while dreaming. We generally lose the ability to question why we’re able to perform supernatural feats and other unlikely tasks, making it extremely difficult to realize that it’s a dream and become lucid.
If you’ve ever realized that you’re dreaming because something stood out as too improbable, you already know it takes a lot of absurd dream signs to get to that point. The good thing is that with training, recognizing dream signs for what they are will become much easier. You’ll spend less time questioning dream signs and more time experiencing lucid dreams.
Before being able to intentionally lucid dream, I would sometimes dream of being a wizard capable of throwing fireballs and lightning bolts, without ever questioning why I could do it. This makes it all the more important to keep a good dream journal that has plenty of details and entries for you to extract potential dream signs from. Be persistent in maintaining a good dream journal and reviewing it before you sleep, and you’ll find that lucid dreaming isn’t as difficult to achieve when you’re well-prepared.
Here’s a quick review on dream signs:
- Dream signs are cues that will help you become lucid
- Personal dream signs can be found by reviewing and analyzing your dream journal for recurring strange events
- Dream signs aren’t necessarily unusual – they can be recurring normal events
- Write out a separate list of dream signs on your dream journal
- Review the list of dream signs right before sleeping
- Consistent practice will make becoming lucid much easier
Reality testing is one of the most common and effective ways of inducing lucid dreams. Also known as the reality checking, reflection technique, or critical state testing, the idea is to determine whether or not you are dreaming by performing a few tests described below. If you can successfully perform a reality check while you are dreaming, becoming lucid will be second nature to you.
How to Perform a Reality Test (aka Reality Check)
There are a variety of ways to perform a reality test – but they’re all pretty common in that they challenge the possibilities of reality. For example, one of the most common techniques is to look at a digital clock or text book, look away, and then look at it again. If you’re dreaming, the words and numbers will probably have changed drastically – helping you become lucid.
One of the strange inconsistencies in the dream world is the inability to maintain numbers and words in digital clocks and books. Though this makes the dream world slightly less realistic, it also makes becoming lucid easier. Imagine if the dream world were perfectly realistic – you would have a much harder time realizing that you’re dreaming because reality tests wouldn’t be possible. And if the dream world were perfectly realistic, you would never be able to enjoy the sensations and benefits of lucid dreaming. In short – it’s the inconsistencies that make the dream world more easily accessible and enjoyable.
Here are a couple of reality tests you can perform, organized by theme – you’re most likely dreaming if something unrealistic happens.
Example Reality Tests
- Look at your hands – are there extra, missing, or disfigured fingers?
- Look at a mirror – do you look normal?
- Touch your hair – does it suddenly seem longer or shorter than it should?
- Try to fly or levitate – jump off the ground see how long you remain off the floor
- Try teleporting – close your eyes, imagine yourself somewhere else, and open
- Try breathing with both your nose and mouth closed – can you still breath?
- Try turning off lights with your mind – close and open your eyes to see the results
- If you’re outdoors in daylight, try making the sun set with your mind
- Close your eyes and imagine a sandwich appearing in front of you – open your eyes
Tips for Performing Reality Tests
Go ahead and try some of the above tests and see which ones work out best for you. Some people may have dreams that are more realistic than others, so different tests will work for different people. The best thing to do is to experiment with as many different reality tests as you can, and stick with the one that works best for you. I listed tests that you’ll be able to do, regardless of where you are, but you can also come up with your own tests, as those can be the most effective.
Sometimes you’ll have to do more than one test to be sure you’re dreaming. It’s always a good idea to be absolutely sure you’re dreaming before you go wild and act like there aren’t any consequences :). A good way to do this is to combine two or more tests. A common combination is to look at a mirror to test your appearance, and touch the mirror afterwards. Mirrors also don’t hold up well in the dream world, so if you’re dreaming your hand should go right through it.
If you have a bad experience with one of the tests, you should obviously stay away. Looking into a mirror can sometimes cause people to look so disfigured to the point that they wake up frightened. If this happens, just choose another test to perform as waking up will make it harder to become lucid.
When You Should Perform A Reality Check
Now that you know how to perform a reality check, the following sections will help you find out when you should perform one.
Perform a Reality Test Whenever You Encounter A Dream Sign
You should obviously question whether or not you are awake whenever you encounter a dream sign because it’s one of the easiest ways to induce a lucid dream. Most people accidentally become lucid in a dream when they realize something is too bizarre or unlikely to occur in real life. Instead of waiting for a dream sign to become strange to the point of you gaining lucidity, you can quickly question whether or not you are dreaming by using a reality check on a more subtle dream sign – maximizing your chances of becoming lucid.
Another way to think about this is instead of waiting for a dream sign that may or may not become more obvious, you can become more doubtful and test whether or not you are dreaming. This way you’ll take a more active role in becoming lucid, rather than depending on the chance that your dream will be odd enough to make you realize you’re dreaming.
If you read my example dream journal entry earlier, it makes much more sense. In the beginning of the dream, I was playing poker with my friends James and Isabella. There was a boulder in the room that I hadn’t questioned. If I had performed a reality test when I saw the boulder, I would’ve likely realized I was dreaming earlier. It was chance that had James pick up the boulder like a small rock and hurl it at the roaches. Though the dream ended with me waking up from the boulder’s impact, I could have become lucid if I were more active in questioning strange objects in my living room.
Perform Reality Tests Throughout the Normal Course of Your Day
Now why should you perform reality tests throughout the course of the day? The answer is that your daily habits will generally be reflected in your dreams. Most people don’t question whether or not they are awake throughout the day, and so this mindset is carried over to the dream world, where the same people will find reasons to rationalize and explain strange or impossible events – making it much harder to become lucid.
If you make it a habit of performing reality tests throughout the day, you’ll find your dream self doing the same thing. For example, I perform a reality test every time I leave or enter my apartment. In a dream if I happen to leave or enter my apartment, I’ll perform a reality test out of habit and realize I’m dreaming, becoming lucid in the process. This will increase your chances of having lucid dreams because you won’t need to depend only on encountering dream signs, but rather a combination of dream signs and the events you perform reality tests on.
Example Times to Perform a Reality Check Throughout the Day
- When you check your e-mail
- After you make a phone call
- When you have a meal
- When something stops working properly (aka device failure)
- When you encounter one of your dream signs
- When you leave or enter a building
- When you see a house pet
- When the clock reaches each hour
Other Tips for When to Perform Reality Tests
You don’t have to perform a reality check for all of those times, but aim for about 15-20 checks every day. A good tip is to choose a variety of times, not only when you’re at home or work. This way, you’ll have more chances of becoming lucid in a variety of dream scenarios. Ideally, the checks should be distributed throughout the day, and not clustered in one part of the day.
When I was beginning to perform reality checks, I found that I was only performing them whenever I was at home because I happened to choose events centered on being home. This meant that if I had a dream that took place outside of the house, then I would have less chance of becoming lucid because I was more used to performing reality checks indoors. This made the reality testing technique less effective because I was excluding performing a check whenever I was outside the house. After I started to perform checks in a variety of indoor and outdoor situations, I noticed having more lucid dreams by realizing I was dreaming.
Looking at it another way, you can also center when you perform reality checks during times you dream about frequently. This is basically like finding your dream signs. For example, I have many dreams about relaxing with my friends. I could then schedule most of my reality checks around socializing. I could perform a check whenever I saw my best friend or whenever I’m at our common meeting place. Go over your dream journal and find a common theme that you can schedule your reality tests on – it can certainly help you become lucid more often.
Here’s a quick review on Reality Tests:
- Reality tests are common in that they all challenge the possibilities of reality
- Inconsistencies in the dream world make it easier and more enjoyable to have lucid dreams
- Everyone is different – experiment with different reality tests to find what works best for you
- Combine different reality tests to make sure you’re dreaming before indulging
- Simply perform a different reality test if you have a bad experience with one
- Perform a test when you encounter any of the dream signs you found in your dream journal
- Also perform a test throughout the day to increase your chances of becoming lucid
- Aim for 15-20 reality checks throughout each day, in a variety of scenarios, not just when you’re working or at home
- Find common themes in your dream journal and schedule your reality tests on them
- In general, you’ll have an easier time becoming lucid if you don’t take reality for granted – question it often!
Maintaining a Lucid Dream
Your first few times becoming lucid in a dream may lead to frustration if you find yourself waking up soon after being aware. Many first-time lucid dreamers will get very excited immediately after becoming aware in a dream. This excitement can lead to premature-awakening, pulling you into the waking world before you can begin controlling your dream. If you’re a light sleeper, maintaining your dream lucidity can be especially difficult. Using the following techniques can help ground you to the dream world, allowing you to explore to your mind’s content.
In general, the best techniques to prevent yourself from waking up revolve around increasing your focus on the dream world. This means filling up your senses with as many visual, tactile, audible, aromas, and even tastes that your dream body can handle. Touch your hands and stare at the ground, or take a deep breath and eat anything that looks remotely edible – you won’t have to worry about food poisoning.
If you panic and shut out your dream senses, you’ll find yourself waking up soon after. Don’t act as a spectator – interact with your dream world as much as possible and keep your senses constantly pumped with information.
Maintaining Lucidity by Dream Spinning
If you find the surrounding dream scene beginning to fade, a common and effective technique is to spin your dream body – also known as dream spinning. Do this by putting both your dream arms out and swinging your body round and round as though you’re trying to become dizzy. This technique was pioneered by Stephen LaBerge, and is one of the best methods of grounding yourself to the dream world. Dream spinning works primarily by increasing the demand of sensual feedback on your dream body – specifically the sensation of turning round and round.
As you perform the spinning technique, you should also be wary of your surroundings. You may find that your surroundings have changed when you stop dream spinning – this is a common side effect. In fact, dream spinning is also a technique used to quickly “teleport” yourself to another location in your dream world – more on this in the dream control section.
Dealing with False Awakenings
Some people might find themselves back in their bedrooms after dream spinning – if this happens to you, don’t confuse it with having woken up. This is called a false awakening – when you find yourself waking up, but you are really still dreaming. In this case, it’s important to perform a reality check when you wake up in order to regain lucidity.
Recovering a Lucid Dream After Waking Up
If you lose lucidity, find yourself awake, and performed a reality check verifying that you are really awake, the best thing you can do is to remain completely still. Don’t move a muscle, and most importantly, don’t open your eyes. Do your best to filter away anything that is grabbing your attention in the real world. Think about the details of the dream you just had and imagine yourself back in that situation. If you can do this, you stand a good chance of recovering your previous dream, and re-entering the dream world. Another good tip is to remain calm and don’t forcefully think – frustration will almost always prevent you from recovering a lucid dream.
Here’s a quick review on Maintaining Dream Lucidity:
- Light sleepers and first-time lucid dreamers are likely to suffer from premature-awakening
- Ground yourself to the dream world by filling up your dream senses – interact as much as possible!
- Dream spinning is an effective way of staying in the dream world, but be aware of your surroundings
- False awakenings occur when you dream of waking up – you aren’t truly awake but you believe you are
- Test false awakenings just as you would test whether or not you are sleeping – perform a reality test
- If you wake up prematurely, remain completely still with your eyes closed and imagine yourself back in your dream
After your hard work with developing your dream recall and practicing reality testing, the biggest reward in lucid dreaming awaits you with dream control. The ability to control dreams is probably why you started to develop lucid dreaming skills, but regardless of the reason you’re here, get ready to start exerting control over your dreams with the following techniques.
Beginning Dream Control
As with most skills, you should start slowly – you shouldn’t attempt to change too much at once, or you may cause yourself to wake up from the excitement or excessive mental exertion. Start with closing your dream eyes and imagine that the brightness of the surrounding light has changed. Then open your dream eyes and see if your mental command was effective. Closing your eyes is a good beginning dream control technique because instant gratification in a dream can be very difficult to achieve, especially for beginning lucid dreamers.
Another popular basic technique to use is verbal commands. If you’re planning to change the weather, close your eyes and say it aloud. This is another way to reinforce the desire and make it more likely to happen.
Transportation and Movement in the Dream World
With an infinite number of dream scenarios for you to experience, navigation to your desired situation or location becomes a problem. One of the most common techniques lucid dreamers use is dream spinning. Close your eyes, and spin around while picturing yourself in your preferred dream. After opening your eyes, you’ll hopefully find yourself where you want to be, but it may take another try if necessary. Remember that if you find yourself awake in bed, it may be a false awakening, so remember to use reality tests.
Another good technique you can use to navigate your dream world is to use doors. If you happen to be in a room with a door, imagine your desired location on the other side of the door, and open it. In many dreams, I found myself entering through doors of my house and ending up in completely different locations. I’ve used this as a dream sign many times, and as a way to control my dreams.
Escaping the Dream World
Sometimes you’ll find that you want to get out of a dream – whether you’ve lost control, have a nightmare, or just simply want to wake up. So how do you wake yourself up? A good way to do this is to become excited – remember when over-excitement caused you to wake up from your first few lucid dreams? Use this to your advantage to get out of a dream!
You might find it hard to simply become excited, so another thing you can do is to do nothing. Close your eyes and shut out your senses. By cutting off the stimulation from the dream world, you’ll likely go back to the waking world. This is basically the opposite of grounding yourself to the dream world by interacting as much as you can with it. Once again, remember to perform a reality test after waking up to determine whether or not it was a false awakening.
Other Things to Keep in Mind for Dream Control
Many people expect to have Superman-abilities after having only a few lucid experiences, this will only lead to disappointment and frustration. Remember to start slowly and gradually improve your dream control skills. Practice and experience will ultimately make you the master controller of your dreams, so be positive and most importantly, have fun. Also remember that your experiences will be different from others, so don’t take these tips as absolute rules. As you develop better dream control, you’ll discover the best way to take command of your world. Dream control can be tough at first, but it’s definitely worth it. Some people may give up before reaping this reward, but you’ve already come this far, so don’t give it all up!
Here’s a quick review on Dream Control:
- Start slowly – trying to do too much in the beginning can cause premature awakenings
- Closing your eyes and using verbal commands are effective ways of controlling dreams
- If you want to move around your dream world, try closing your eyes and imagining your desired location
- Another way to move around the dream world is to use dream doors – imagine your desired location on the other side and open the door
- If you want to leave the dream world and wake up, try building up excess excitement – just how it can cause you to prematurely awaken, it’s your ticket out of the dream world
- Another way to leave the dream world is to have your dream body shut away any stimulation – the opposite of grounding yourself
- Practice and experience will ultimately make you an effective dream controller – don’t give up!