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Become aware of your dreams through lucid dreaming

You saw a wonderful dream but when you woke up, you only remember that it was beautiful. But what was the dream? You hardly remember glimpses of it and that annoys you. 

Sometimes you watch a dream that is relevant to you, tells you a secret about who you really are, or something that would relate to your future. But you forget that too. No matter how hard you try you can not remember it. 

Dreams are the way our subconscious speak. They are fascinating to us. Philosophers say that our dreams are much more than just random emotions. They can confide in them the meaningful secret and lessons of our life. But how do we access them if we can not remember our dreams? Enters the technique of lucid dreaming. 

Lucid dreaming 

A Dutch psychiatrist, Frederik Willem Van Eeden, coined the term ‘lucid dream’ in 1913. You become aware of your dream while it happening. We can say that you are aware of your awareness. Lucid dreams can sometimes let you control what happens in your dream. 

Every person has a lucid dream at least once in their lifetime. But one out of 10 people can have frequent lucid dreams. 

How to lucid dream? 

You can have the power to consciously explore your unconscious mind. Over 1000 years ago, Buddhist monks used dream yoga before they went to bed to control their dreams. While they had to practice it, you do not have to do this intense meditation. There are simpler methods to easily lucid dreams. 

  1. Reality-testing - it is a form of mental training to make your mind notice its own consciousness. You can do reality checks every 2-3 hours by 

  • Pinch your nose and check if you are still breathing. If you are still breathing, you are in a dream. 

  • Check the clock. If the time changes quickly, you are in a dream. In reality, time will barely change. 

When you practice this, it will train your mind to do reality checks while you are still in a dream. And hence, will induce lucid dreaming.

  1. Wake back to bed - it involves REM sleep. I.e. Rapid eye movement. Set an alarm for 5 hours after sleep. When the alarm goes off, stay awake for around 30 minutes. Do an activity that requires full alertness. When you go back to sleep, you are more likely to lucid dream. 

  1. Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams - This is one of the first scientific research for lucid dreaming. While you are falling asleep, think about a recent dream. Notice what was strange in your dream (like you have a superpower) and think that it will happen only when you dream. Tell yourself that the next time you dream, you will remember everything. 

A recent study shows that a combination of WBTB, MILD, and reality testing works best to induce lucid dreaming. It is not about the activity that you do, but more about the level of alertness that you have. 

Lucid dreaming has the ability to cure nightmares, PTSD, insomnia, etc. When you are in control of your dreams, you know that the nightmare is not a reality.

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