Lucid Dreaming

by Vlad Dolezal on June 11, 2008

When I was a kid, I wanted to know how to fly, or to be a powerful wizard in a fantasy world. I wanted to fight evil sorcerers and rescue princesses and all that usual stuff. I can’t say any of these has come true in my real life. And I don’t think they will, either. I’d need a virtual reality machine for that.

A lot of us probably wish the scientists invented a virtual reality machine. Well, guess what…

You already have a virtual reality machine in your head. It’s called your brain. Or, more specifically, the part responsible for dreaming.

Sure, there’s one major problem with dreaming. You don’t control what you dream about. But imagine for a second you could. Imagine you could become fully aware of the fact that you’re dreaming, while you’re dreaming, and decide what you want to dream about next. Wouldn’t that be totally awesome?

It is totally awesome! And it’s called lucid dreaming, and you can do it!

Lucid dreaming

If you ever tried getting yourself to exercise or run regularly, you’ll know the first step is the hardest. It takes incredible amount of effort to put on your running shoes and step out the door. Once you’re out there, the running itself is trivial by comparison.

Similarly, lucid dreaming itself is as easy as riding a bike downhill. The tricky part is becoming aware of the fact that you’re dreaming.

Becoming lucid

If you want to become lucid, you’ll have to notice you’re dreaming. And to do that, you’ll need to notice inconsistencies around you. Stuff that makes you say “hey, this absolutely couldn’t happen in real life. This must be a dream!”.

How often during the day do you check if you’re dreaming? If you’re like most people, then never. And that means that you won’t check it while you’re dreaming either. Dreaming is, after all, just a rehash of your daily experiences.

The first and basic method for achieving lucid dreaming is called reality check. It involves checking whether or not you’re dreaming during the day. And doing it often.

1. Reality check

In movies, the traditional way of checking if you’re dreaming seems to be pinching yourself. Too bad it doesn’t work in real life (or rather, real dreams). You can imagine the pain quite vividly.

Then how do you check? After all you can imagine anything.

It turns out reading something in dreams is damn difficult. The letters tend to blend and jump around, and if you turn away and look back the text will usually change to something completely different. (I can also confirm that you can’t play chess in dreams. Quite a shame, since I was hoping to get some chess practice during dreams. Then again… I could imagine anything in the whole world… and I wanted to play chess??? Talk about unimaginative…)

Therefore a good way of doing your reality check is to carry around a special piece of paper for that. Write a text on both sides, something like “Reality check! Am I dreaming?” on one side, and on the other side “Hmmm… apparently not.”

Then, during the day, simply often check the piece of paper. Read one side, then flip over, read that side, then look away and look back. If the text is still the same, you’re probably awake. If the text has changed and now says “Soviet submarines cause cancer” or “gurbuz mbodut qgzup cthulhu!”, it’s pretty damn likely that you’re dreaming.

Reality check also makes you more sensitive to other inconsistencies around you. When I had my first lucid dream, I became aware of the fact that I’m dreaming precisely because there was an inconsistency. I was locking the door of my flat. I turned the key once. I turned it twice. I turned it a third time. Then I was like “Wait a second, my lock only turns twice.” And bam! I became aware of the fact that I’m dreaming!

2. Wake up and go back to sleep

Another technique that really worked great for me is waking up and getting back to sleep. It works as follows:

1. Set your alarm clock an hour earlier than usual
You could try different times too. Maybe an hour and a half earlier than usual would work better for you.

2. Do something for 20 minutes
Go grab something to eat, or write a journal, or do anything else you’d like. Just avoid activities that could stop you from going back to sleep (like exercise).

3. Go back to sleep

This method is supposed to make you about 20 times more likely to have a lucid dream afterwards. I have no idea how accurate that figure is, but from my experience it could be pretty damn close.

My first couple of lucid dreams always happened in this situation. Sometimes even not on purpose. Like one night, I woke up at about 4 am to go to the bathroom. I was awake for about 5 minutes, then went back to sleep. It was enough – I had a lucid dream afterwards.

What to do once you’re lucid

Ok, now you’re aware of the fact you’re dreaming, while you’re inside that dream. Go wild!

To quote from DreamViews, a website about lucid dreaming:

To fully experience lucid dreaming, you have to remember that you are not governed by any laws in your dreams: you have complete freedom. Instead of walking to school or work, you can fly. While in mid-flight you may spontaneously decide you’d rather explore the elusive depths of the ocean without a breathing apparatus, or travel at incomprehensible speeds and explore the endless heavens around us without a ship. Or perhaps you’ll remember a book or a movie that captured your soul—perhaps you’ll become the main character of that book or movie and live for a short while in that story. Or maybe you’d just like to live your own life, with the added bonus of not being restricted by any consequences of your actions. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to tell off your boss, or push your car to its maximum speed (and beyond) on an open stretch of highway. Regardless, it will likely take a while for you to fully appreciate the idea that you can do whatever you imagine—you’ll likely think things are not possible during your first few lucid dreams, and be unable to do them.

One of my personal favorites is flying. I definitely recommend you to give it a try.

Things to watch out for

Don’t worry. Lucid dreaming is perfectly safe. The only things you need to “watch out for” is things that could prevent you from having lucid dreams.

1. Becoming too excited

This isn’t from my own experience. But I heard that some people, when they first became lucid, were like “Yeey! Yippee! Woohoo! I’m having my first lucid dream!” – and woke up from the excitement.

So, when you first have a lucid dream, try to stay calm. Of course you’ll be terribly excited. Just try to enjoy a calm exhilaration, without jumping around going “Weeeee!”.

2. False awakening

This one was huge for me. I think that most of my lucid dreams ended in a false awakening. Definitely more than half of them.

The thing with lucid dreams is that they’re extremely vivid. And I mean extremely. You can’t easily tell a difference between lucid dreams and real life (that’s why reality check is so tricky).

Often, you’ll have a lucid dream… and then you’ll dream that you wake up (false awakening). You’ll lose your lucid dream. And if you don’t realize you’re still dreaming, you’ll go back to normal dreamless sleep.

Let me repeat – this experience will be extremely life-like. I fell for it the first couple of times, and even later, when I was well aware of it, it still often got me.

So here’s what to do. When you wake up from a lucid dream, do a very, very thorough reality check. The chances are, you’re still dreaming. Best keep some text to read by your bed at night, so you can immediately do a reality check when you wake up.

One time, I had a lucid dream. Then I had a false awakening. But I spotted it (there was some inconsistency, can’t remember what), so I enjoyed another lucid dream. Then I woke up. At least that’s what I thought. Actually, it was another false awakening, but I didn’t realize it this time. Shame, I wonder how many false awakenings I could string in a row :)

Odds and Ends about lucid dreaming

If you want to find out more, check out this website about lucid dreaming. You will find more detailed explanations, more reasons to try lucid dreaming, more techniques, more personal stories, and other stuff related to lucid dreaming. (You’ll also finally get to find out what that bloody word lucid means :) )

And one more thing…

If you had any personal experiences with lucid dreaming, or are going to give it a try after reading this article, please leave a comment or drop me an e-mail. I’d really like to know.

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On my last post a reader suggested I make summaries. I’m giving it a try. Following twitter’s example, I’ll make it 140 characters or less.

Summary: Lucid dreaming means consciously being able to control your dreams as you’re dreaming. You can then enjoy the unlimited dream world.

Stay tuned for the second of six incredibly awesome mind states you can experience. We’ll explore a state very similar to sleep – relaxation. But a kind of relaxation you’ve likely never done before.

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claire madeira November 12, 2008 at 02:35

i have been having lucid dreams for as long as i can remember, but also just found out what they were called. and yes, they are an amazing gift. i have been continuing to try and explore the depths of my mind.. to push forward with lucid dreaming. i am up to having one almost every night, but also have trouble with false awakenings. the first thing i do when i realize i’m dreaming is try to float above the ground, and if i succeed i’m obviously dreaming. from there i start flying away from wherever i am to where i want to go. flying is my favorite thing to do while lucid… you should all try it,
another tip is to look at clocks routinely and then in your dream when you look at a clock, they numbers are all screwed up, maybe letters or other symbols and you’ll realize you’re dreaming. Good luck!

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ricci lee November 12, 2008 at 03:07

had them my whole life. have almost is fun dreaming as when im awake. see numbers letters and unknown faces. I alway at one time know when im dreaming. I get to make up my own story.

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BrewedAwakening November 12, 2008 at 09:01

Thanks for writing this, I can’t wait ot try it!

I used to have Lucid Dreams as a child, but the false awakenings often left me with wet sheets when I thought I had gotten up to go to the bathroom, I was only about 8 years old. I hope if I can acheive a lucid dream again, it will be a much dryer situation LOL!

I will post it if I can get one to work.

Thanks!!

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Donald November 12, 2008 at 10:49

there is one shurefire way of checking if ur dreaming or if ur awake, bite your finger! It works evertime!

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Jennifer November 14, 2008 at 00:37

Okay, I’m still a bit unclear. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been able to take part in my dreams, as in consciously making decisions in them and being aware that I can do so. I was told that this is lucid dreaming, and I htought – hey cool! I’m a natural. This article almost makes me think that what I think is lucid dreaming is not. Although it is a good article, I’m still not altogether clear on what EXACTLY constitutes lucid dreaming. Is it the participation in your dream and the experience of the feelings that are a part of it, or is it the experience of a particular adventure or journey of your choosing from scratch and not as part of another dream?

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Ben July 27, 2011 at 13:27

Its just straight up the most awesome thing, imagine BEING superman, or exploring hogwarts as YOU would imagine it. Your mind is infinite and intuitive , just have fun, its different for everyone

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Jazz November 14, 2008 at 10:41

I’m VERY excited to try this! I’ve never really heard anything about lucid dreaming except in passing, although I have done this on accident a bit–I’ll be in a dream, and then something along the lines of “Is this a dream?” will wander about somewhere in my mind, but it’s like I’m reading a very good book–I’m too involved in the plot of my dream to really notice. Generally another sign is–for me at least–are you looking from your PoV, or are you looking at yourself in third person? During most of my dreams, that seems to be what happens, is that it’s very cinematic, and I’m looking at myself from the outside, which, though it really should be a big indicator that, “HEY! This isn’t real!” Its….not. >.< Anywho, very excited to try this, thanks a bunch!

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Chelissamow November 15, 2008 at 01:43

I just had my first lucid dream last night (a few days after I stumbled upon this lovely article). All I can say is “AWESOME!” The dream was very interesting, I can only remember a few details (including riding my bike down a VERY steep hill O_O) and I remember doing the ‘reality check’ by trying to read the road signs. Alas, I woke up. I woke up and was all excited that I had to tell somebody that I just had my first lucid dream. But first, I had to do the reality check. I don’t know what I checked but it seemed to pass. (I think it was just one word – should have checked more words) Then, my alarm clock rang and I actually DID wake up. xD I wish I had spotted that it was still another dream. xD I shall try again tonight~

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Sarah November 15, 2008 at 14:03

Also…worth checking out an animation movie about lucid dreams called ‘waking life’ Blew my mind! :)

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Anonymous September 19, 2011 at 20:26

Such a good movie

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megan November 16, 2008 at 21:46

Two weeks after reading this article I had a lucid dream, much in the same way you had your first lucid dream– by realizing an inconsistency.
The first thing I wanted to do, of course, was fly. I tried, but all I could really manage was levitating because I was so excited! Then I had a false awakening but went back to sleep and had another lucid dream by realizing that I couldn’t read anything.
Yet alas, I woke up (for real) probably out of excitement.
Thanks for posting; your article was humorous and helpful!

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Miles November 21, 2008 at 18:04

My brother always talks about how he wants to learn how to have lucid dreams, and I thought it was a bunch of bull. Last night after reading this article, I found myself noticing an inconsistency in my dream! I said, “Thats not right, I must be dreaming!” and when i tried to fly I got about 2 inches off of the ground and woke up, in a false awakening. When I woke up for real, I was extremely surprised. I’m going to actively try this from now on.

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jasontimmer November 24, 2008 at 08:50

My most bizarre lucid dreaming experience- I dreamt I was talking to a girl I had a crush on in grade school. Midway through her sentence, I became aware that I was dreaming. (Probably because the situation itself was so unlikely) I said to her, “you know, I’m dreaming and in a few seconds I’m going to wake up and you’re going to disappear.” She said, “It’s ok, I know.” I said, “how can you know that you’re a dream character?” She pulled a piece of paper out of her printer and pointed, “I spelled my own name wrong. No one spells their own name wrong.”

Then I woke up.

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Meg November 24, 2008 at 09:07

I’ll be honest the only time i have a lucid dream is if I lie in bed, thinking or even playing something out in my head. most the time my lucid dream in about that thing I was thinking about but I could control what I did. however, when i first realized that I was in control, I jumped out of a window, wanting to fly. but to my dismay, I only fell. does anyone know why My lucid dreams have limits… on other accounts i can control what I think but not really what I do, but i can control what other people do, but really what they think. it all really confusing.

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sam November 27, 2008 at 11:52

hi there

I have experienced lucid dreams, for many years I am now 25 and it was only since I was 19 that I realised those dreams were called lucid dreams, I experience them often. Sometimes I choose to not control the dream as the number of things become limited once you explored everything you can possibly think of. Now I tend to let the dream run its natural course til I choose to change the dream or explore it. Sometimes I will be in some place I have never been in real life and explore it and see where it goes.
Sometimes I have met people in my dream who have told me stuff which I didn’t know irl.

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gat December 1, 2008 at 05:46

I just “Stumbled” onto this page. I was not aware of a label for structured dreams before I saw this web site.

About four years ago I discovered that I could control my dreams by vividly thinking about what I want to dream as I fell asleep. As I started to dream I could control the content and outcome of the dream – it’s amazing and in color. Prior to the first controlled dream experience, I never had a lasting waking memory of any dream, ever Since I normally only sleep about 5 hours each night, going to bed early forces early wakening and therefore an easier path to a “dream state”. Had I not personally experienced this phenomenon I would have said that it’s both impossible and a bunch of crap, however, I know that it can be done.

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Joseph December 2, 2008 at 22:47

I’ve had some experience with lucid dreaming in the past. There was a point before I had read anything about it that I experimented with it. I had a problem not waking up because of how excited I was that I could imagine anything and it be real in the dream, freaking awesome! Thus hard not to wake up. The last memory I have of being in the lucid dream state me waking up in the dream in a house and as soon as I realized I was dreaming I realized the tendency to get excited so i tried to relax and then thought about flying and i flew out the door and down the street so im flying down the street and then thought I want to be on a four wheeler on a dirt road and bam im on a four wheeler flying down a dirt road and once I got going pretty fast i woke up again because of the excitement, so that the catch with the lucid dreaming in my experience you can really on dream about things that don’t excite you too much unless you can figure out how to do something exciting with out being exciting.

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Exone December 11, 2008 at 23:40

I stumbled upon your old blog, and read that Uberman sleep article/guide and really loved it. And this! this is something a have wanted to do for a long time now! going to create an “realiy checker” right after this comment.
And in one weak I’ll be trying to go into Uberman sleep, so much time, so little to do! its going to be very nice, if I succeed. Probably going to walk the town all night, watch the moon, and have some nice time thinking! thanks so much!

Love Exone Darcius.

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Mike December 16, 2008 at 05:24

ever since i was a child, i have had more lucid dreams than not.
i thought it was normal for everyone to be in control in their dreams and to do what they want.
i used to lucid dream around 6/7 nights a week, but now its more like 2 times a week. i still enjoy it.
as for false awakenings… ive only had it happen to me once, in the dream, i dreamt that my alarm clock woke me up, and it was set to wake me up for school, but in my dream i JUST KNEW it was saturday, so i turned off my alarm and went back to sleep

in real life it was thursday or friday, dont remember. when my alarm actually woke me up, i figured that i had just accidentally pressed snooze instead of turning of the alarm (i turned it off in the dream). so i actually turned of the alarm in real life and went back to sleep.
i was late for school that day.

i hear it isnt normal for lucid dreams to happen regularly.. anyone else experience them regularly like me?

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Mike December 16, 2008 at 05:29

however in my lucid dreams there are things i cannot control. i often find that i cannot control the environment, and i cannot make any things just appear. however i can always fly, most of the time at walking speed, and i am always invincible, and am very good at persuasion, but in my dreams, i am never able to run fast at all, everytime i run, it is slower than walking speed, as if i was jumping more than i was running. any tips on how to break out of this monotony/

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Mad Stratter December 22, 2008 at 18:48

I’m an avid lucid dreamer… I’ve even changed my sleep cycle to a polyphasic routine to increase the chances of lucid dreams, but ah… more on that as I blog about it.

I love flying in dreams, so I’ve come up with a routine to take advantage of false awakenings: i try to fly out of bed when I wake up. It’s a little reality check before I even roll out of bed… it’s awesome when I don’t have to roll but can fly out of bed :) Then once I’m airborn, I start exploring dreamland. But I too am not always in complete control of my lucid dreams… check out dreamviews.com from the link in the post, and on the message boards, there are some great posts about levels of lucidity.

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Dude December 28, 2008 at 03:05

When I was a kid I found some pot substitute in a head shop called dream gauge, some called dragon smoke and something else i cant remember. Anyway I tried smokin it but it wouldn’t get a mouse high so I mixed it all together and smoked it all (probally an ounce) over a period of two or three days (and nothing). Till I went to sleep. This was my first experience with lucid dreams if you leave out the lucid part. I could control aspects of my dreams just not the dream itself and never realized it was a dream till I woke up the next morning. More like say Neo in the Matrix. Once he found out how to use his powers he owned the place but he still had to play using the Matix rules. If that makes sense. One of the most liberating experiences I’ve ever had and brother I’ve had plenty !!!

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dingobully January 2, 2009 at 04:22

I’ve understood the concept of lucid dreaming for years (at least since the movie “Waking Life”) but have rarely been able to do it. So last night, after stumbling this page a few days ago, I was dreaming about driving a car. I had just dropped off a passenger at their destination, and he warned me that the roads would change as I was driving back from where I came from. I immediately recalled what I had read here about inconsistencies and became aware that I was dreaming. It was an amazing experience in that it was the first time I was fully aware of how vivid, colorful, and realistic my dreams actually are. I remember many of my dreams but not in such great detail. I was especially impressed with the greens in the trees and the physical features of the people I was passing who stood at the side of the road. I awoke after only a minute or two, but changed. After the dream I felt unusually creative throughout the day.

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Randomguy January 9, 2009 at 10:52

Well, after reading this article, the only conclusion I can think of is that ever since I as 8 all my dreams have been lucid dreams. Seriously.

btw, once I got 8 false awakenings in a row (I think) but I didn’t realise it was a dream until the next awakening. Basically, I woke up, said bye to my mums friend, found a stick, and woke up. 8 times, but each time the stick was a different shape. this was when I was 6.

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Randomguy January 9, 2009 at 10:57

Oh yeah, sometimes they’re not lucid. But rarely…
Like Mike, there’s some things I can’t change sometimes, but not many of them…

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Accendrez January 26, 2009 at 02:32

I started lucid dreaming when I was about 10, I didn’t do it on purpose, but I spent a lot of my days either swimming or near large bodies of water. In my dreams I would be under water, but i wouldn’t drown. then I’d start breathing under water and it clicked. I’m breathing in my bed, not under water. Since then, I’ve had several lucid dreams all starting with water, continuing for about 8 years now, until I started picking up on other things too. In fact I had a lucid dream last night, with a quite different reality check.

anyway, the thing I’m curious about is controlling the dream. I can do it, but not great. I can move things, but only after a lot of effort. I can fly, but only shortly before losing flight. etc.
So I was wondering if Anyone had any tips about control. It’s not that I have a problem with breaking the laws of psychics, it just takes a lot of effort and doesn’t always work.

also, my record for false awakenings was 5.
I woke up and found a new 360 in the living room. I started playing when I got to a save point and thought, “wait, I can’t save because I don’t have a 360 nor this tv.” then I woke up, went into the living room, and there it was. (again and again and again)

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endo_shift February 5, 2009 at 19:09

I had a problem with false awakenings except I started having false awakenings before I achieved lucidity. This happened a lot when I was younger and I would have bad dreams about monsters chasing me down the hallway. I would then “wake up” in my room and try to turn on all the lights but the bulbs would always burn a dim orange glow and wouldn’t project any light. Then the dream would start over or I would wake up. After a while the bad dreams stopped and so did the false awakenings.

I didn’t discover the concept of lucidity until recently and I find it fascinating. I perform the reality checks throughout my day and have just recently began to have lucid experiences. Usually by looking at my hands or feet I can tell I’m dreaming because they have extra digits or are blurry. However, once I realize that I’m dreaming I usually wake up. I guess I have to calm down, but then again it’s only my first real time trying. I suppose I need some more practice.

On a side note, the characters in my dreams often make fun of me for performing reality checks in my dreams. It just caught me of guard the first time I tried to put my finger through my hand and they started laughing at me. Now that I think about it, I guess that is pretty strange. haha

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anonymous February 8, 2009 at 19:48

I’m a natural lucid dreamer. All I have to do to have lucid dreams is to stay aware while falling asleep. I thought of something though, that might be useful to add to the text, Vlad; I get tired if I lucid dream several nights in a row, it seems my sleep gets less effective. I’ve heard other persons account of this as well. Also I don’t know if it has some psychological effect since we naturally handle some issues in our brain when we dream non-lucid dreams.

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Anonymous February 12, 2009 at 03:59

Actually i have been experimenting with the chess thing. The only problem i have is that the pieces keep moving and i can’t control it. The first thing i did was trying to create a clone or a physical double. I didn’t go as well. I am trying to connect me and my friends dreams at the moment see if two minds are literally better than one in this case. The thing is that maybe with the focus of to minds makes it easier for the game to be played. lol. still in works though

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Jakob February 13, 2009 at 14:02

Very interesting article!

I had llike hundreds of lucid dreams when I was younger, but now they are gone…
But I hope someday (or night) I get one and then I will be very happy!

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Jayk February 14, 2009 at 04:59

I’ve been able to lucid dream since I was 9, and was confused when I learned that other people didn’t know how to… I learned how to when I had a persistent nightmare about a skeleton in my basement. Since then, I’ve teleported and restarted dreams and transfigured things and electrocuted people and once made someone take off clothes and I flew and made grilled cheese and swept stores and moved objects with my mind and transformed into a wolf and kissed a boy and I liked it…

The thing is that I’ve recently been unable to do it without waking up…. it seems like my mind added rules to things. For whatever reason, I cannot try to do too much at once (it seriously overloads, and sometimes this results in dream paralysis… which requires *so* much willpower to get out of). I also often can feel my real body, so I often get woken up by the urge to go to the bathroom.

And I never used to get the false awakenings, but they seem to happen in almost every lucid dream I’ve recently had.

It’s sad.

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Xifihas February 18, 2009 at 23:11

I can actually have lucid dreams without going through the usual procedure. In fact, nearly all my dreams are lucid. I think this may be becuase of my autism. I’ve never had a false awakening and while I sometimes lose the dream, I’m able to pick up on it again.

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Anonymous March 16, 2009 at 20:51

I have lucid dreams all the time but didnt know it had a name…It comes naturally but when I lucid dream I almost always am doing..erm things with people…I do like it though(=…I can only control who…..It’s kind of embaressing when people say how was your dream…then i say it was good…. =)

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Anonymous March 24, 2009 at 22:57

thanks for the information on how to get in to lucid dreams easier.

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svelemoe (psssst! check out my youtube account... ;) ) March 30, 2009 at 17:03

I read this article last night when i stumbled here, and I must say, your series of six incredibly awesome mind states is awesome! keep up the good work :D

I had a dream so tonight that was such an obvious dream that i got angry at myself when waking up and understanding that i didn’t become lucid. It started with that i crashed my RC airplane (which i actually DON’T own yet, it’s still being shipped here) outside of my house, and my mom bought me a spare part that looked like a 80′s computer, but worked… Then I suddenly was on my bicycle, and i fell off, gliding on my side along the street unaffected and just stood up after that… I still can’t understand why i didn’t understand it was a dream….

Today I’m going to try the reality check method, with a note in my pocket. I hope it will work, I’ll keep looking at my post-it until i experience a lucid dream… Oh well, I’ll probably get so excited that I’ll wake up anyways.

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World-of-Lucid-Dreaming.com May 14, 2009 at 01:33

Lucid dreaming is fantastic. There is no limit on what you can do or learn from a lucid dream. In the beginning you learn how to become lucid. Then you learn the laws of the dream world. Then you start fulfilling fantasies and getting all that novelty stuff out of your system. Then you can start interacting with your subconscious, allowing it to show you stuff and tell you what it wants to do. You can even meditate inside a lucid dream and have profound insights from your inner self. Amazing!

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Anglea May 25, 2009 at 18:42

I have enjoyed your site and glad I found this page. Ever since I was young I had terrific nightmares, hallucinations and sleep paralysis at nights. Also lucid dreams and OBE experiences where I could feel myself attached to my body and floating off.

Dreams were often of alien abductions, being operated on without anaesthetic, recognising demons when you’re in crowds of people and knowing that you can’t tell anyone else as they won’t believe you.

I would also have those false awakenings, dozens of times in a row.

I ended up at the doctors lots of times as I’d feel like the bed was being moved while I was in it, or I was dragged out of bed. I used to have to tuck all the bedclothes under the mattress and climb in from the top.

The doctors I saw just told my parents to ignore it and not draw any attention to it.

Eventually it got that bad that I was hallucinating in the daytime too. Eventually got diagnosed with PTSD and had therapy but no medication. Now I rarely get any of those experiences however, I do have scary lucid dreams and paralysis if I ever sleep during the day. They are always the same, I’m in my bedroom and someone is getting inside the bed with me, or there are children jumping on the bed etc. And unlike all the normal dreams (which are always recurring ones in strange places and nearly always in the dark) these dreams are always in my current bedroom and in daylight)

I’m very interested in dream interpretation and always working on mine.

That person who always get’s the Jesus dreams – that was interesting to read. Perhaps there is a part of you that wants to do something ouside your normal culture and religion.

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Anonymous June 1, 2009 at 09:43

i wonder if it’s possible to dream about meeting my girlfriend who lives miles away from me… and i wonder if it’s good or bad for my relationship

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Parteigenosse July 21, 2009 at 13:59

Hi there!
veeery interesting blog indeed, I gonna make “my check reality card” at the moment :)) Thanks a lot, and I’ll write my own report after having that lucid dream.

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Vlad Dolezal July 21, 2009 at 15:28

@Parteigenosse:

Awesome! Looking forward to your report ;)

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Larissa July 25, 2009 at 03:53

So I’ve done something that I can’t find any information about online. I was hoping the lucid dreamers could help me.

I have dreams where I’m in a dreamscape and am in very bizarre surroundings, but I also can feel my body in my bed. In my dream I’ll put my leg up on a table and I can feel myself doing it in my bed with the blankets giving resistance; sort of like the two states of conciousness and unconciousness have blended. Does anyone know what this is?

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Vlad Dolezal July 27, 2009 at 03:40

@Larissa:

I remember one time I had a lucid dream, and I was absolutely 100% sure that I felt myself doing the same movements in bed I was doing in my dream. But when I woke up, I found absolutely no sign of that.

Also, I’m sure there are forums online with lucid dreaming folks discussing this kind of stuff. Try googling lucid dreaming forum or something.

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SuperFreak August 8, 2009 at 06:04

Hi. i read this last week and i can walk through walls, lazer vision, invincibility, teleporting, fly, and shape-shift. Its really easy 4 me. also 2 my little bro. i also have dreams of making out with people i like. once i brouht back hitler from the dead and told him he was a bad boy.

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Danny August 24, 2009 at 15:24

Hi, thanks for great web site. Reason i found you is because of my dream. It was so wierd yet so much fun at the same time. Last night i had a dream and i remember everything what happen still. I dont know if i was in control of it or not not sure if it was lucid dream but it sure was a whole lot of fun. In my dream, i was giving power to be able to become invincible, move from one spot to another, i could walk invincible but the trick was i had to think about something bad, like me duying or something bad, and bam i was invincible and able to move anywhere without being spotted. I had no clue i was draming however when i woke up i was like wow that was fun so i tried to fall a sleep again and bam i was back at the spot i left off. I will definitely try your technice with paper and writting something on both sides, i do remember seeing letters in the dream but i was not able to make out any words, so you are absolutely right when you said you cant read. Not sure about chess play but i believe you. Anyway thanks for the great site and i will make sure i visit you more often, you’re bookmarked :-)
Have a great dreams

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Vlad Dolezal August 31, 2009 at 15:31

@Danny:

You just reminded me…

When I was a kid (about 6 years old), I once had a really interesting dream (can’t remember the details now). But I woke up in the middle of it, and thought “Darn, I really want to know how that dream turns out!” – so I wished really hard to go back to that dream, fell asleep, and continued the dream where I left off!

Sweet dreams to you too :P

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Ro September 10, 2009 at 07:55

Glad I Stumbled this page! I’m really excited to try this lucid dreaming thing. I’ve always had very vivid dreams that I can easily remember.

But… I CAN read (and write) in my dreams! The other night, I was in some sort of classroom, and there was a list of things that you shouldn’t use Google search for. Things like making shopping lists, using it for spreadsheets, etc. At the bottom of the list, I added “you should not NOT use Bing.” It was perfectly legible and in English. The strangest part was that I’m not a Bing fan at all…

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Vlad Dolezal September 10, 2009 at 11:40

@Ro:

Interesting. I actually have this theory that we can (or cannot) do things in our lucid dreams based on what we BELIEVE we can (or cannot) do.

So if I deeply believe that light switches will act all funky in my dreams, they will. And I can then use that as a reality check.

Or you, you believe you can read and write in your dreams, and so you can.

There’s so much cool stuff to explore with lucid dreaming :D

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Gary September 23, 2009 at 03:45

I really enjoy it hen I have lucid dreams. The first time I ever had a lucid dream I was 12 and I finally lost control after my second false awakening. Since then I’ve done it from time to time with them becoming more frequent recently. Altho there are plenty of times I realize I’m dreaming then don’t really pay attention to the fact that I’m in a dream. Specifically I remember a dream where I was in an earthquake while in a large auditorium. People stared running and screaming as the place was coming down. All the while I’m trying to tell people “Don’t worry It is just dream.”

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Joe October 2, 2009 at 02:53

i had the creepiest dream last night. i was at a homecoming but it was a camp. then i realized that i was in a dream and stuff just started screwing up. there was an old lady, and a man with no arms or legs (they were crudely amputated) and some creepy guy and they were in a small room and then were going to do things to me. i barely had control though. scaaary

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Harry November 29, 2009 at 16:12

I pretty much always go for the erotic option. I had my first REALLY vivid Lucid dream a few years ago and woke up feeling like I’d been in another world. The things I made happen made it the most exciting experience I’ve ever had. I tried to explain to my friends that they should try it but I think unless you’ve experienced it firsthand, it’s hard to believe quite how crisp and tangible a lucid dream can seem.

Fighting ninjas and having sex with the most beautiful woman you can imagine while people cheer for you is quite an ego trip. Try it out.

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Aish January 15, 2010 at 12:58

Hi there, Just about two weeks ago I had a terrifying dream (I’ve experienced nightmares but not like this one) I was waiting in a que for getting something then I turn around there are a about exactly 10 tigers.I ran like hell…then there was pit i fell in but before falling in one of the tigers claw pierced in my right shoulder.And then again I climbed out of it and went inside a building shut the doors tight.Next morning after that lucid dream…I was having a sharp pain in my right shoulder. Just a question Is it normal to feel pain while you get a lucid dream?

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Vlad Dolezal January 15, 2010 at 14:12

@Aish:

You can actually imagine pain quite vividly, which is why pinching yourself doesn’t work as a reality check.

Anyway, the way you describe it, your dream doesn’t sound very lucid to me. Lucid dreaming is when you become aware that you’re dreaming, and can control what you dream about. You wouldn’t want to dream about painful things, would you? :)

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roberto March 4, 2010 at 03:17

Reading this, I want to try to convert to polyphasic sleeping for a while, and when I get used to it, try to have some lucid dreams. That’d be awesome. I’d have a lucid dream 6 times a day :D

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Coyoteko49 March 19, 2010 at 04:25

I enjoyed your article. I don’t know how to do thumbs up or I’d give you two. I really liked the piece of paper RC. Its funny & effective!

I have been Lucid Dreaming since I was a kid. I have never made a decision so life changing other than the decision to be happy. Thank you for your article

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krae July 3, 2010 at 11:49

this article is great! i also enjoy lucid dreaming, and flying is one of the best things for me! i also enjoy chasing goons in my dreams as if i’m the hero of my own dream. i even got shot one time but i know it was just a dream so i kept on running as if i’m not bleeding. funny. one time i also tried to review for my exam while lucid dreaming and it’s twice as funny knowing i can actually review while sleeping!

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Anonymous September 21, 2010 at 22:19

Heh, I didn’t realize this was a real thing. This happened to me when I was a little kid for about a week and no one believed me. The first time I startled myself awake from realizing it. The second time was filled with a lot of flying and falling off things without getting hurt. I startled myself awake during that one with a strong falling sensation.

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340super December 12, 2010 at 10:58

Very interesting. I have been on antidepressants for about 15 years. Without fail if I miss a dose (usually taken in the evening) I can count on, without fail, having a lucid dream that evening. The dreams are so vivid and interesting that I will miss a dose just to have the lucid dream. I have always wondered about the effects of serotonin on dreaming. Has to be a connection. Might make an interesting study.

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day February 2, 2011 at 01:39

wow what a great article. im here because i recently had a lucid dream woke up and went back to sleep and had it again. that has never happened to me before. i would like full experiences everytime i go to sleep. that’s why i read your story / article. thank you so much in taking the time to tell us about lucid dreaming. i love the fact of not having boundaries in my own reality. maybe this audio can help you and you audience to feel free while awoke and it may be the first step to feeling freedom while asleep.

Here is some more advice on personal and spiritual growth. http://exclusiveradioshow.podomatic.com/entry/2010-12-27T12_34_07-08_00 on the page provided there is a download link on the bottom. please leave your comments on the page or at my facebook@daecapc

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AlienC August 3, 2011 at 18:08

I think I am dreaming now, I can’t tell anymore, the dream has gotten to deep and is self aware of itself.. help me.

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wallamazoo August 4, 2011 at 02:18

Carrying around the paper like you do is similar to what a “totem” is in Inception, essentially all their dreams are lucid experiences once they’re in, but the transition is seamless. My method is finding a light switch and attempting to turn on or off lights. This doesn’t work in the dream, because the brain doesn’t fully constitute that a light switch actually turns on a light. When I found this out, I was having nightmares of being trapped in a house where doors leading to the exteriors couldn’t open, and the lights did not turn on when I flipped them. So when I need to do a reality check, I switch the… switch. Also, there is an abundance of writing on my walls and doorway that I can check, too.

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Vlad Dolezal August 4, 2011 at 10:48

Funnily enough, light switches DO work for me in dreams. I guess we all have our own dream signs.

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Justin August 4, 2011 at 10:37

I once had a dream within a dream, Leonardo DiCaprio was in there looking through a safe in my house. Wierd huh? What’s it mean?

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lucid dreaming May 4, 2012 at 17:36

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Llyla May 8, 2012 at 21:08

Hi! :)

I’m so glad I’ve come across this site – it’s awesome! I have already read a couple of posts but this one about lucid dreaming has really captured my interest (don’t get me wrong, I also really like your other posts :)!).

Anyway – I would reaaaally love to experience lucid dreaming… and actually I think I have. The problem for me though is that every time I get aware of the fact that I’m dreaming… it’s like my brain is telling me “Oh right, then ANYTHING can happen” and instantly the lucid dream turns into a nightmare. I’ve experienced this so many times. Usually it’s when I have a “false awakening” and I suddenly realise something is not right. Then everything just gets really creepy like, my boyfriend turning into a zombie-monster-kinda thing or I meet the same person in two different rooms.

I do, however, have some dreams where I realise they are dreams, and nothing bad happens. But it’s like I don’t trust it completly. I once got aware I was dreaming and immediatelly tried to fly. But I couldn’t just fly away – I had to practice and practice and practice, until I flew, like, two metres and then fell down again. I guess my brain can’t quite let go of real life restrictions (which is weird since I play a lot of theatre, improv and writing, aka stuff that needs good imagination!).

Any suggestions as to why I start having nightmares instantly after becoming dream-aware? I’m really quite happy in my life so I don’t think I have any repressed traumas I need to deal with :P

Looking forward to answers! :D

Kind regards,
Louise.

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Vlad Dolezal May 9, 2012 at 09:14

Hey Louise!

I find that your sleeping brain works with expectations that you set while awake.

So, my suggestion would be to plan out a couple of cool things you’re going to do once you become aware that you’re dreaming, and then rehearse them and imagine them while you’re awake. The fact is, pretty much ANYTHING is possible in a lucid dream, so just take your time to prepare for making something fun happen.

Then, once you’re dreaming and realize it’s a dream, your brain should work with these new expectations (if you thought about them enough while awake) and you’ll go fly around on a dragon, or whatever your ideal fantasy is.

Let me know how this works out!

Cheers,
Vlad

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Karin Pok May 16, 2012 at 20:13

Thanks for good info :)

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Lucia November 14, 2012 at 21:05

lucid dreaming with binaural beats work

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DWilson January 2, 2013 at 01:46

Lucid dreams have come to me for most of my life. Until about ten, fifteen years ago. Somehow, after reading Stephen LaBerge’s book, I started having what I call “anti-lucid dreams”. For example, I’m sitting with a woman friend at a cafe, and a giant stone sculpture, a bust of some famous dude, a composer or statesman, floats along into our view. “Normally, something like that would make me think I’m dreaming. But look…” I knock on the vividly real table, feeling its hardness, “everything here is real, solid. This is real life. This is the real world and we really do have giant floating stone sculptures.” Then I woke up. Once or twice a year, a dream like that where I question reality, and conclude it’s reality not a dream. Weird, eh?

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Vlad Dolezal January 2, 2013 at 11:05

That sounds really fun! :D

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Agenda Domsitz April 2, 2013 at 22:49

Hi! I’m 11 and trying, really dang hard, to lucid dream. Thing is, I can’t even get to the dreaming state. I’m half awake, on the verge of consciousness, and I even have music playing to let myself know I’m awake. Never works, though. I only dream slightly, for a few moments or so. Is there a way for me to dream? I really want to try this. Thank you :)

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Astral Projection Forum September 19, 2013 at 05:44

Terrific article, thanks for writing. Especially liked the advice re: waking up and going back to sleep. It works like a charm. I’ve had most of my lucid dreams using this method.

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Adam December 27, 2013 at 21:40

Great LD article. Reality checks are really powerful means of getting lucid. Pinching my nose and then seeing if I can still breathe through it is one of my favourites!

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