Lucid Dreaming – “… a dream in which the person is aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress. During lucid dreams, it is possible to exert conscious control over the dream characters and environment, as well as to perform otherwise physically impossible feats. Lucid dreams are known to be extremely real and vivid.” (www.wikipedia.com)
I think many people will agree that dreams are not a compilation of random thoughts, irrelevant to the world, and irrelevant to one’s mind. In fact, I believe many will agree with the assumption that they’ve a certain revealing aspect to them, in terms of the mind.
Well, anyway, this is not as much an informative piece on the mechanics of a lucid dream as it is a suggestion for you to try something different. Surely, many of the people reading this have had dreams; dreams that they’ve had no conscious control over. Wouldn’t it be a fantastic thing to be able to dream, and have complete control over your dream? To be able to move about in your own mind’s fantasy (what that is, I don’t want to know).
I’ve read a lot on various methods for doing so, some of which can be done by anyone. Now, these, most likely, won’t work the first time, or second time. If anything, it will take a while for you to be able to train yourself to consciously recognize when you’re dreaming, but it’s worth it.
I find that the easiest way for one to accomplish this without any professional help deals with writing. When you go to sleep, make sure there is a notebook and writing utensil nearby, close enough that you can easily reach over and make use of them. Write several times, “I will remember my dream.” This, as you may be able to tell, will help imprint that goal into your mind, even when you’re sleeping.
There’s a second use for the notebook, though. Whenever you wake up write, as detailed as possible, what you remember of your dream (if anything). If you wake up during a dream, or directly after a dream’s ending, regardless of how tired you are, muster up the energy to scribble down a few notes of that dream, and go back to sleep. In the morning you, most likely, won’t even remember it, and reading those scribblings will help you to. It will help you reach back into whatever depths you store things, and recall that memory, better allowing you to be consciously aware of what occurs in the recesses of your mind.
Read it several times. If you forget it through out the day, read it again. If you remember something during the day, add it to the notes. The more organized things are, the better.
These are methods that will assist you in recalling, and being aware of dreams. Now, for honing in the conscious control of them, it’s best to imprint (via whatever way) certain signs. By that, I mean take certain objects – and try to burn into your mind that said objects may be signification of whether or not you’re dreaming. The more you do this, the more you will recognize that, say, a clock is in your dream, and when you consciously recognize that, you will thus be aware of your dreaming state. Try to will the clocks numbers to move, or reach out to it.
Create things, habits that come forth when you dream. What they are is up to you.
(I’ve, personally, only had a couple experiences with lucid dreaming. One of which included me sitting in my room, making things float around. It seems as if the mind takes a while to grasp the fact that it has complete control over a dream, so I wasn’t able to create epic explosions or landscapes at will. It was a bit frustrating: I knew I was dreaming, knew I could do things, though, something just wouldn’t allow for much progress!)