Have you ever had a dream in which you realized you were dreaming?
If the answer is yes, congratulations! That means you have already had a lucid dream. Lucid dreams are dreams in which we become aware that we are dreaming and therefore we can do what we want during sleep. Approximately 50% of people have at least one lucid dream throughout their lives.
You may wonder why you would want to control your dreams. Having lucid dreams has many benefits for your body and your mind. Here are some examples:
For our brain there is no difference between what we dream and what we live in reality. That's why dreams seem so real to us. When we do some activity while dreaming, it is as if we were doing it in reality. The brain sends electrical impulses to the muscles (in the same way as if you were awake) but they do not move. This phenomenon is similar to visualization.
This means that if you practice any type of activity (sports, hobbies, playing instruments, public speaking, ...) during your dreams, cognitively, it is as if you were practicing it in reality. Therefore you will see how training in your dreams will improve considerably in reality.
If we have any kind of problem we can also use lucid dreams to solve it. Our subconscious knows many more things than we could imagine and the answer to our problem may be among them.
Apart from solving problems you can also use lucid dreams as a creative tool. You can create your own workshop in your dream and work on your ideas.
Often nightmares are messages from our subconscious saying that there is something that is not going well in our lives. For example, if we have a recurring nightmare in which there is someone or something that persecutes us, instead of escaping, the solution is to stand in front of him and start a friendly conversation. You can ask him: Who are you? Why do you persecute me? What do you need? Can I help you?
Listen carefully, your subconscious may want to communicate with you to solve any problems you have in your real life.
People learn according to the results of the experiences we live. In lucid dreams we can live experiences that in real life we would not dare to face. This can help us increase confidence in ourselves.
For example, if you are a shy person, in your lucid dreams you can practice being open and assertive with characters from your dream. This will make your brain learn new behavior patterns which you can use when you are awake and encounter such situations.
These are just a few examples of the benefits lucid dreams can have in your life, but there are many more!
Now imagine that you could have lucid dreams at your leisure, that you could control your dreams and do what you wanted in them. Sounds interesting right?
I am going to give you 3 basic techniques that will allow you to start in the world of lucid dreams. With a little practice and patience you will begin to have lucid dreams in a short time.
1. The Diary
If you want to have lucid dreams, you must first remember your dreams. Imagine that you manage to have a lucid dream in which you live an incredible experience and then you can't remember it, it doesn't make much sense.
To develop memory, it is best to use a newspaper in which you write every morning when you wake up what you remember from your dreams. It is possible that the first days you can not remember them all but little by little you will see that you will begin to remember them.
2. Reality Checks
A reality check is simply asking yourself if you are dreaming. When you answer this question, don't do it automatically, look around, look at the colors of what you see, the texture, the people, the sounds ... If you have a clock, look at the time, usually in the Dreams the clocks do not mark the time well.
You can do 8 checks a day, for this I recommend that you use the alarm of the mobile or your watch. This exercise accustoms your brain to ask you this question, so that when you are dreaming it will be much easier for you to do a reality check.
3. Count while you sleep
This technique consists of 3 simple steps:
- Relax completely: When you are in bed before falling asleep, relax your body, close your eyes, relax your head, neck, back, arms and legs. Breathe slowly and calmly, enjoy the feeling of relaxation and clear your mind ... If you just woke up you will be relaxed enough.
- Count until you fall asleep: As you begin to fall asleep, start counting "1 I'm dreaming," "2 I'm dreaming," "3 I'm dreaming," ... keeping an eye on you. If you reach 100 you can start over.
- Become aware that you are dreaming: After repeating the second step, if you have not fallen asleep, there will come a time when you will tell yourself that you are dreaming and you will discover that you are really dreaming!
These are some basic techniques that will allow you to start having your first lucid dreams.
I hope you found this article useful.