Lucid Dreaming has been an increasingly popular topic once more as people rediscover the wonder of controlling ones’ own dreams. Lucid Dreaming is the act of being aware of the fact that you are dreaming while dreaming. Everyone can lucid dream, and can occur as early as early childhood. It’s regaining momentum in the occult scene as people once again look inwards for answers. Lucid Dreaming is often seen as the prerequisite for Out-of-Body Experiences, and can allow one to explore your own consciousness and personality, or to work out issues that you have not been able to work out while conscious. The most common obstacle to Lucid Dreaming is maintaining lucidity; once you realize you are dreaming, you also wake up most of the time.
The best way to begin working on lucid dreaming is to improve your dream recall. This is commonly done by the keeping of a dream journal. Kept beside the bed, one is to write down any dreams remembered immediately upon waking, and before doing any other tasks. Through the journal you are able to track dreams recalled, how frequently you remember your dreams, look at common dream motifs, etc, and the act of writing them down helps.
The next thing that one can do is begin implementing a practice known as Reality Checking. You can easily come up with one of your own, but the most common are trying to breathe through your nose, put a finger through your hand, check text, etc. (You can read more about reality checking here.) My favorite is to try to read something, although that has backfired on me on occasion. So it can be useful to have a backup method.
This month’s #MagickMondays posts will be looking at Lucid Dreaming (obviously), and we will be covering several of the most popular methods used for Lucid Dreaming, as well as a review of Stephen LaBerge’s book.
Some Resources that may interest you on lucid dreaming:
Exploring Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge
Lucid Dreaming Wiki Book
Reddit’s Lucid Dreaming FAQ