Harness the power of lucid dreaming with these easy starting points…
The ‘D’ method
Draw a ‘D’ to symbolise and remind you of the word ‘dreaming’ on the back of your hand. Every time you see it as you fall asleep, ask yourself, “Am I awake, or am I dreaming?” Repeat this every time you see the ‘D’ and make a point of really considering the answer. You want the question to become a normal part of your everyday life. The idea is that when your mind transits into sleep and goes over the day’s events, you’ll remember looking at the ‘D’ and will automatically ask yourself: “Am I dreaming?”. Hopefully, you’ll finally be able to respond with: “Yes!”, as that’s the trigger and key to opening up another world.
When you are feeling sleepy, keep your arm lifted into the air for as long as you can. This is to remind you that you don’t want to slip into an entirely unconscious state. Every time you forget what you are trying to do, your arm will drop and remind you. The effort of keeping it in the air will grow intolerable after a while, but hopefully it will have enabled you to stay awake enough to propel you into a lucid dream.
Only try this if you don’t find it too difficult to get back to sleep once wakened. The aim is to predict when you will be in a dream and to gently wake yourself, then re-enter it again in a lucid state. The dreams you have before waking up are usually the longest, so you want to try to wake yourself up gently after roughly the four-and-a-half hour mark. Then, as we all tend to go through a complete sleep cycle every 90 minutes, set an alarm with a gentle tone to wake you again six to seven-and-a-half hours after falling asleep. When you hear the alarm, try to keep hold of any dreams and allow yourself to float back inside them with a semi-conscious mind by repeatedly assessing whether you are dreaming – just as you would with a mantra. This keeps your conscious mind awake just enough to slip back into a dream in a lucid state.