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How to: Lucid dreams ( and how to learn to control them )

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Have you ever heard of lucid dreams? Or better yet, have you ever dreamed of lucid dreams?

Lucid dreams are scientifically proven phenomenon. It’s those dreams where a person is aware of dreaming , and he or she can even fully control what is happening in dreams.

Lucidity ( ‘mental clarity’ ) usually starts during sleep when the dreamer realizes that some experience did not happened / appeared in the physical realm, but in the dream. Once you realize that you are still dreaming, you’ll  get a full control of your dream, which is probably the most interesting part of lucid dreaming.

Before we proceed further with the explanation of the control of lucid dreams, we will give you few examples of how truly powerful it can be and how powerful impact it can have on your reality, and the reality of the people around you.

Mary Shelly got the inspiration for the first transcript of Frankenstein after lucid dreams. Paul McCartney wrote the entire melody of the legendary Beatles hit “Yesterday” after a lucid dream. James Cameron’s lucid dreams created several scenes for the film Avatar. Nikola Tesla was a famous lucid dreamer, and it is believed that he even went a step above the lucid dreams. The famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali is known for lucid dreams before they were scientifically validated in the laboratory. Many of his works were created just in dreams that he could not control.

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Many people claim that they can control all the characters that appear in their dreams, and that they can turn a horrible nightmare into a pleasant dream.

How do you learn to control your dreams?

Numerous scientific studies have concluded that gamers ( people who regularly play video games ) are far more likely to regularly dream and control lucid dreams. Gamers have already practiced to manipulate with the virtual world in  waking life, so that manipulation of sleep does not represent big problem for them.

But even if you’re not a gamer, a chance to learn to control the dreams are quite large.

Vivid dreams occur during REM sleep. On average, you will have three to five of these stages in the course of one night, and just in these phases you will have the biggest chance to dream dreams which you will remember the next day.

Phase 1 – Remembering the dream

The first step can be difficult and frustrating for many lucid dreaming beginners. It’s not always easy to remember your dream, because they often come in fragments that do not make sense. However, you must remember that this is one of the most important steps in the exercise of dreams control. It’s very simple, if you do not remember your dreams then how can you expect to control what happens in them?

Phase 2 – Recording the dream

Before you go to bed, on the bedside leave a pen and a notebook / diary. This will be your dream journal. When you wake up, immediately write down every single detail you can think of. What happened to you in the dream? How did you feel in the dream? Where did this happen? Is it a dream in color, or black and white dream? Can you think of any sound ?

Step 3 – Repeat

Let making notes on dreams becomes your habit. At the beginning it will be difficult to remember all the details, but after only seven days of practice it will be much easier to remember your dreams.

Phase 4 – MILD technique

The fourth stage is ready for experiments. There are several ways to control your dreams, starting with Stephen Laberge’s technique for inducing lucid dreams.

  • Set the alarm to wake you up four and a half, six, or seven and a half hours after you fall asleep.
  • When the alarm wakes you try to remember the dream as much as possible.
  • When you remember all that you can, go back to sleep imagining that you are in the previous dream.

Do not worry if you „random“ thoughts begin to roll over your head, or if you fail the first few tries. After some practice you’ll fall asleep, and finally experience the experience of „lucid dreams“.

Phase 4 – WBTB Technique

According to some people, this is the most successful technique.

  • Set the alarm to wake you up five hours after falling asleep.
  • When you wake up, stay awake for an hour, thinking about the previous dream.
  • Sleep again using MILD technique.

Once you master the technique, lucid dreams can become a daily ( very interesting ) phenomena in your life. Once you awake at night, and you realize that, for example, you are flying and choosing the route, destination and flight speed, or you can run superhuman speed, you really are not awake – you are dreaming lucid dreams.

Lucid dream beginners can happen to suddenly wake up when they first time realize that they are awake in the dream, but during the time it ceases to be a shock and after a couple of dreams, they will stop waking up .

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