How to have lucid dreams
For the majority, lucid dreams happen after some tensions of a nightmarish situation, or after an irrational element during a dream that raises attention.
But those lucid dreams are random ones. So are there any techniques to experiment lucid dreams in a less random way?
The answer is yes... at least they allow you to put yourself in better condition to be able to experience lucid dreams.
In order to create the right frame of mind, you must be convinced that your dreams are important to you. Are you enthusiastic about lucid dreams? Enthusiasm is the key. The subconscious is strongly influenced by emotions. The more you wish to have a lucid dream, the more likely you are going to achieve it.
Dream lucidly for a purpose
Wanting to dream lucidly for the only purpose to make a lucid dream is very complicated. When the time will come, you won’t want to wonder "What do I do now?".
You need to find purposes for dreaming lucidly. Do you want to talk to a specific person? To fly away? To go to a specific place? To train to speak in public? The scope of possibilities is very large! Everyone could have a reason to dream lucidly.
Keep a journal of dreams
The goal is to train your brain to get closer to your subconscious, to link your dream with reality while learning about your dreams. You have to precisely remember your dreams and write them down in a journal. You will notice recurring themes (places, people, actions) that come back in your dreams, which will later help you to realize that you are dreaming.
Tips: When you take time to remember your dreams in the morning, it is very important that you stay perfectly still, do not move or you will risk dissipating all your memories.
The stabilization of lucid dreams
If you are at a stage where you get to realize that you are dreaming but yet can not take control of it or where you wake up instantly when you realize it, then you need to practice a stabilization of your dreams. One of the techniques is to analyze the details during your dream, look closely at your environment, your hands, or your body while realizing that it's a dream. This will reinforce the stability of your dreams and will train you not to panic when you realize you are dreaming lucidly.
The reality checks
You have probably seen the movie called Inception where they use a spinning top to find out if they are in a dream or in reality.
This is not a random invention of the film director, it is really one of the techniques used to test reality. These reality checks will confirm the answer to the question: “Am I awake or do I dream?”
Even if you end up doubting your environment while in a dream, the conclusion that it is a dream is not automatic and far from obvious, and if this conclusion eludes you, you quickly lose the spark of lucidity and plunge back into an uncontrolled dream.
You need to get used to doing these tests throughout your daily life to end up doing it during your dreams. Many other techniques exist such as checking if you correctly have your watch on your arm or your Circular ring on the finger. Checking if the details of the lines of your hand or your ring match with reality or if you have the correct number of fingers.
Conclusion: The introspective observation
By following these tips, you should be able to be in good condition to dream lucidly by helping you to be more and more conscious during your dream.
It is normal that there are times when you will be able to make lucid dreams in abundance and other times when you can not do it at all.
Denholm J. Aspy of the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide and his colleagues conducted a study that allows subjects to have lucid dreams much more frequently. If you want to know more about it and how Circular can be a tool to do it click here: “Lucid dreams: Circular Ring, the perfect tool”.