Hi everyone! It's time for some more info on lucid dreaming.
Today I'm going to start explaining some techniques you can use to attain lucidity. There are a few different ones, and some may work better for you than others, so try them out and see which one you prefer. Now, let's get started!
Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dream (MILD)
The MILD can be a very effective technique for almost anyone if used right. When going to sleep at night, start by relaxing your body and mind. Then, tell yourself that you will wake up from a dream and recall it when you awaken. Keep telling yourself that until you fall asleep. When waking up, try to recall as much as you can of the dream you just had. (And of course, Reality Check)
Now, you are going to go back to sleep, and this time, concentrate on your intent to be aware that you are dreaming. Repeat to yourself something like: "I am dreaming. I am aware that I am dreaming." Repeat this, and visualise becoming aware in the dream you just had, until you fall asleep. You can also visualise what you are going to do once you have become lucid. If you can keep this visualisation and intent on becoming aware in your mind as you fall asleep, there is a great chance that you will become lucid in your next dream.
The most important part about this is the intent. You have to believe in what you say to yourself in order for it to be effective. When you do, you will enhance your chances of becoming lucid drastically.
So, in short:
1. Be intent on recalling your dream.
2. Have a dream.
3. Wake up and recall your dream
4. Be intent on being aware that you are dreaming.
5. Have a lucid dream.
The reason that this works best after waking up from a dream, is due to the timing of the REM cycles. Since they get longer and longer towards the end of the sleep, doing this technique near the end is much more effective, since you will more likely enter a REM cycle immediately after falling asleep.
However, this is just one technique you can use. There are many others, so stay tuned for the next post in this topic! Until then, sweet dreams!