The pioneer of lucid dreaming Dr Stephen LaBerge of Stanford University and the monks of Tibet are proof enough that it is possible to train yourself to control your dreams and affect the way they unfold. “Lucid dreaming” means ‘being conscious enough while you dream, so you could steer your dream the way you want to be”. To do this, you need to train your conscious mind to stay awake even when the body goes to sleep.
Sounds impossible, but it is not. With a little practice, deep understanding on the matter and a lot of patience you can experience lucid dreaming at will. Here are 7 tips that will help you learn how to have a lucid dream fast enough:
1. Take naps often. Interrupted sleep usually aids lucid dreaming. Also keep a pen and paper always handy. As soon as you open your eyes write down what you have dreamt. Every time you fall asleep plan to start from you left the dream last.
2. Put on binaural beats before you retire for bed. Binaural beats will improve your rate of success manifold. With the help of these beats, your brain can trigger non-REM sleep and you could learn to control your dreams better.
3. Practice noticing your surroundings more carefully – one very important tip about learning lucid dreaming is to develop your ability to scan your surroundings and gather as much information about it in the shorted time possible. By developing this sense, you would be able to do the same in the lucid dream.
4. Install a tape-recorder in your bedroom – sometimes, when the training simply does not work, you could start with clues you may get from your taped cassettes. First, it will help you remember by listening to the playback. Sometimes, you will have difficulty remembering your dreams; hence, a tape-recorder would help you remember with whatever words you have used aloud.
5. Spicy food is good for this exercise – In many guides about how to learn to have a lucid dream it is mentioned that spicy food is recommended. It has been observed that most people, who consume very spicy foods, are able to control their dreams better. So, go ahead have enjoy your favorite Oriental food before starting to practice.
6. Affirm that you can do it – it is important that YOU believe it. Yu are not doing just because your best friend/ spouse/ trainer tells you to do so. It is important that you believe that (1) there are lucid dreams, (2) you and anyone who wants to) can learn how to have a lucid dream, and (3) you can do it. Say to yourself before going to bed, “Today, I can manage my dreams.” or “I know I can do it.” – and then practice. It will make a tremendous difference.
7. Note down all you dreamt immediately after you woke – “immediately” means just that. Do not wait until you drank a glass to water, or until you visited the bathroom, etc. You need to write down all the dream down to the last detail.
It takes practice, perseverance and plenty of patience; but the good news is that anyone who wants can learn how to have a lucid dream can do so. You too!