Lucid dreaming techniques and tips have been shared online by many practitioners of lucid dreaming and have been the subject of a small number of research studies.
To date, there is no known, reliable way to induce lucid dreaming consistently. However, some techniques and supplements can be used to increase the likelihood of experiencing lucidity in your dream state.
Many people believe in the powers of lucid dreams to help them solve difficult problems, increase self-knowledge, improve health and enjoy life more. It is also used for visualization purposes, wish fulfilment and to explore memories of past events
What tips and techniques are recommended for inducing a lucid dreaming state when you fall asleep? Here is a guide for beginner’s on some of the strategies used for controlling your dreams.
Lucid dreaming happens when the person having the dream knows he or she is dreaming. Without fully awakening, the dreamer is often able to influence the happenings within the dream.
With practice, a lucid dreamer can manage and use her dreams to gain insight and understanding not seemingly possible during waking times.
Research on lucid dreaming from past decades has yielded little useful knowledge in this topic. However, some results show potentials for using lucid dreaming as a therapy for combating various conditions associated with declined cognition and/or psychosis.
Researching how to attain a lucid dreaming stat may help scientists to better understand altered states of consciousness, mental illness, psychosis, recurring nightmares, depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
If a dreamer does not know she is dreaming, then she has no conscious capacity to influence the dream’s happenings.
Scary or otherwise “bad” dreams, when uncontrolled, can leave the dreamer feeling frightened, weak or upset upon waking.
Conversely, controlled positive dreams can be very fulfilling and result in improved mood, inspiration, ambition and general feelings of well-being.
Most of the lucid dreaming techniques studies in research involve cognitive training. Strategies for training the brain during wakefulness may be helpful for recognizing when a dream is occurring. Knowledge of the dream is the first key to controlling the dream’s content.
Other methods tested for inducing lucid dreaming include taking natural supplements, certain drug therapies, and utilizing external stimuli, like flashing lights or binaural beats for instance.
Many lucid dreamers claim that it is very helpful to keep a journal on the bedstand. Upon waking, write down the details of your dreams you can remember.
Do this before stirring or speaking. Lay still and collect your memories, thoughts and feelings of the past night’s dreams.
In this way, you train yourself to become more in-tune with your dream states, enhancing your chances for at-will lucid dreaming.