How to control your dreams?
Being lucid when dreaming is to have a dream, in a deep sleep, in which you are aware that you are dreaming. Perhaps that has happened to you before.
First, you must know that lucid dream (lucid dreaming) have nothing to do with esotericism or religion. This is a purely scientific matter. The professor who exposed this subject, Stephan La Berge (Stanford University) even founded an institute dedicated to the practice of lucid dreams.
In this article, you will learn more about it and you may be an expert one day.
1 What is the Interest of Lucid Dreams?
In fact, the potential of the exploitation of a lucid dream are various, but, in my opinion, nothing worth a try than the experience itself. We have identified several potential benefits from this practice once it is well done:
- Treating chronic nightmares.
- Learning / improving physical and intellectual skills.
- Solving problem in general, etc.
2 Simplified guide to make Lucid Dreams:
Making lucid dreams is a skill, and any skill can be learned. Here is a protocol to achieve that:
1. Keep a “diary of dreams”
We dream every night. What is missing for most of us is the ability to remember the dreams we had. To improve our dream memory, it is necessary – once you wake up – to write down everything that you remember in detail. Take notes in a notebook or a Smartphone about the dream that you just had with whole sentences or keywords and set a date for it. And from time to time, review your journal to understand how your dreams work, which will increase your ability to remember. Do not proceed to the next step until you are able to remember a dream, one night of two least.
2. Make reality checks:
During the day, when you are awake, ask yourself several times “Am I dreaming?”. This is to test the reality, to have a critical look at the real world around you. The more you are critical in reality, the more you’ll be in your dreams, and you will be able to trigger the lucid state. This is also how you can identify “dream signs” (eg, a pink cat, a flying elephant, a dinner with your favorite star… etc).
Tip: find a trigger, such as looking from a window, washing hands, looking at your watch … to do your “reality check.” The most difficult thing is to think about doing that!
3. Forcing lucid dreams
Studies have shown that lucid dreams happen more often during a nap in the day, which was confirmed by many experts of lucid dreaming. If you do not nap in the day, it is possible to force lucid dreams at night in this way:
- Set the alarm clock 1 hour before your usual waking up time.
- Upon awakening, try to remember your dream as precisely as possible.
- Focus on the desire to be lucid in the next dream and imagine that you succeeded in that.
- Perform step 3 until you sleep.
3 How to Control your dream?
This is when things gets really funny!
The main difficulty that beginners encounter during a lucid dream is that they are so euphoric because of their lucidity … they finish waking up!
There are several techniques to keep your lucid dream. When you are dreaming, lucid, and you feel you are going to wake up, do the next steps:
Look at your hand, Lift one leg and turn on yourself, much like a dancer, but also ridiculously.
4 The best is for the End:
Now that you know the basic recommendations for being lucid in your dreams, you might want to guide them so that you become able to do what you could not or would not dare doing in reality. The possibilities are really endless, and you might want to:
- Fly in the air.
- Travel to others countries.
- Sing with a famous band in a concert.
- Travel to other planets and meet aliens.
- Obtain super powers, etc.
There is no reason not to have fun in your own dreams! However by controlling your dreams and being lucid you will find the opportunity to:
- Practice a foreign language already studied.
- Explore your memory and improve it.
- Overcome shyness.
- Increase physical strength.
- Manage stress.
Overcome fears and anxieties, etc.