Lucid Dreaming Tutorial
I have been lucid Dreaming for quite some time now and I figured that I would share how to do it. Remember that lucid dreaming takes dedication and much practice. I will run through the steps one at a time. Make sure you read the entire article and practice lucid dreaming daily in order to become better at LD.
This step is just as important as all of the other steps. In order to prepare for this, you need to be already well-rested. If you are tired, you will tend to fall asleep before you actually hit LDs. You also need to be in a dark, quiet room with very little distractions. It is very important that you stay concentrated and focused throughout the process. If your mind wanders even a little from concentration, you need to catch yourself and try to focus again. So it’s time to start. Lay down in your bed (with or without sheets/covers) and lie on your back. Make sure your legs are uncrossed and your palms are face-down by your side. Look straight up at the roof and close your eyes.
This is the hardest step to maintain. Once you close your eyes, begin taking large, deep breaths. Breath in for five seconds and count “one”. Then exhale and pause for three seconds. Inhale for five seconds and count “two”. Then exhale and pause for three more seconds. Continue to count like this until you get to around 30. Getting to 20 is when it gets very difficult because you will notice that your mind will tend to make thoughts up and you will begin to daydream. It is VERY important you catch yourself before you get stuck in a daydream. If you notice that you are daydreaming, go back to counting and attempt to make it to 30 counts. If you are daydreaming for a long enough time, you will fall asleep and you will not enter LDs.
The Lucid Dream
By this point, you will either begin to experience vertigo. This is where you begin to feel the room spin. Once you feel this, it is important you focus on this. You no longer need to count above 30. Notice which way you spin, how fast you spin, how slow, and if you change directions. Focus on every detail of the spin. Focusing on vertigo reduces your chances of being “jerked”. This is when you are caught off-guard by a spin and you are “jerked” awake. This is the mind’s last check that you are awake before dreaming. This spinning effect will last for around 10-20 good seconds. After this, you should enter your LD.
How do I Know if I’m in a LD?
There are a few tests you can run on yourself to see if you are in a LD. The first major one is a question. You should ask yourself, “Am I asleep?”. If this question is hazy and you’re not sure if you’re awake or sleep, you have most likely entered your LD. The next small test is called the finger test. What you do, is holding one hand up and physically touch each finger while you count how many fingers you have on that hand. In a LD, you will usually have more or less than 5 fingers on a hand. You may want to count two or three times. Another test you can perform is called the time test. Look at a clock in the dream or a wrist-watch (if your projection is wearing a watch). Note the time and look away from the clock/watch. Count to three and look back at the time. It should be different by hours of many minutes the next time you look at the clock. This is a personal test to remind your brain you are in a LD and to not actually fall asleep.
How to Maintain Long LDs
Remember that you will assume you have full control over the dream when in reality, your sub-conscience brain will control 95% of the dream. The only aspect of the dream you can control is where you want to be and what you want to be doing. Your sub-conscience will take care of the rest. Since it takes very little effort to actually maintain a LD, you need to keep your brain active in order to stay awake and not fall asleep. To do this, you need to make a quick LD check every once in awhile to confirm to your brain that you are indeed in a LD and not in an alternate reality. Check the time often, count fingers, or ask yourself if you are awake. If you fail to perform these tests, your brain will forget you want to stay awake and it will automatically put you to sleep without you even noticing. If you are in a loud setting, the noises will interrupt your LD and possibly wake you up. Also, if the room is lit, your brain will become confused and jerk you awake without any means of controlling the jerk in order to confirm your location. This sounds strange but if your brain has no idea if you are in a dream or you are awake, it will perform a jerk. You may have noticed this if you were sleepy and you began daydreaming during the day. Your brain will become confused and you will spasm physically and semi-violently. Keep this in mind during preparation.
How to Wake from a LD
This step is very hard to do. You may want to wake up from your dream but you will notice that you are paralyzed when it comes to waking up. You have been physically paralyzed by your brain so that your dream motions do not mix with your physical movements. Sleepwalkers won’t have this paralyzing phenomenon because their brain doesn’t have that check. In order to overcome this mental check, you need to jerk yourself within your dream. To do this, you need to do something that will scare your brain so badly, that it will need to physically “jerk” or react to save yourself physically. In other words, since your brain thinks an LD is a reality, you can do something that threatens your dream life and your brain will have to overcome that dream-reality check and physically jerk you. You can imagine you are skydiving and you hit the ground without a parachute. This was enough to jerk me back into reality and I opened my eyes.
Awaking from a LD
It is important to perform reality checks after you wake up. Look at the clock, count fingers, and ask if you’re awake. What this does is makes it a sub-conscience habit to do these checks. So in the future, you will be able to perform DILDs (Dream Induced Lucid Dream). This makes it easier to enter LDs in the future because as soon as your reality changes perspectives, you will automatically perform these checks and may find out you are actually LDing. After you have done these checks you may now walk away and enjoy the rest of your day or night.
I really hope this tutorial helps you guys out to reach a LD!!