How to Lucid Dream
Access to mystical realms is not reserved for the sages alone. Each night in dream time you have an opportunity to transcend the mundane and fly among all creation. Sleep is the state that unites all beings. A delicate respite of vulnerable slumber that we must all succumb. It is a mini death, entering the unknown landscape and the rebirth that morning brings. For those adventurous enough to transcend the material world, a portal to the universe awaits.
The most basic of human functions is the need for sleep. Yet deep within this nebulous state, awaits an opportunity for profound healing and spiritual evolution.
Lucid dreaming is a gate on any consciousness explorer’s journey.
Lucid dreams offer the quickest and most direct pathway to our spiritual destiny. Lucid dreaming is a state of consciousness, when we are aware that we are dreaming. Some might suggest it gives us the ability to control our dreams; this view is driven by ego. Lucid dreaming is best understood as a spiritual state present within each of us that heightens our human experience.
Dreams are our birthright and grant us access to the most potent channels of healing and spiritual enlightenment. Explore the steps below to cultivate your lucid dreaming skills.
KEEP A DREAM JOURNAL
Track your dreams to learn the themes and landscapes. If you dream of a passed relative or your childhood home, your mind recognizes this as a dream. The goal is to become cognizant of these motifs so your brain can alert you to your sleeping state.
It is best to write down your dreams upon first waking to capture as much as you can. Also, don’t jump out of bed in the morning. To record the most vivid details, stay in the same space and wake gently.
SET AN INTENTION
Before sleeping state, “I will remember my dreams. I will have a lucid dream.” This affirmation sets within your brain and body the fertile possibility for it to occur. When you can enter into sleep with a clear intention of what you want to experience, your brain can easily conspire to orchestrate this in lucid dream time.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
If your body and brain are tired, you won’t have enough time in the REM cycle to explore the spaces where lucid dreams occur. Go to bed a bit earlier to honor the sacred space you wish to traverse.
SET AN ALARM
Lucid dreams happen during the REM phase, a few hours before waking. Set an alarm to go off 1-2 hours before you normally wake. Stay awake for 15-30 minutes in a calm space and one which you can gently return to sleep. This will aid you in being more aware that you are dreaming.
LUCID DREAM TOOLS
There are many aids that can improve our chances of a lucid dream.
Quartz is a great stone for memory and can help you recall the details for your dream journal. If you want to up your likelihood of a lucid dream, scolecite and danburite when combined are powerful allies to trigger this state.
Binaural beats are sound frequencies that aid the brain by playing tones at slighted altered intervals. Specific waves to induce REM and our theta state have assist in lucid dreaming when played at the right sleep cycle.
LET TECHNOLOGY HELP
A plethora of apps exist to alert you when you are in REM and prepare you consciously for your lucid dream time. The Aurora Dream Headband goes one step further to detect brainwaves and flash mild lights when you reach REM. None of these will guarantee a lucid dream but they will significantly up your chances!
Sacred plants have long been a boon to the spiritually aware. There are many herbs to support lucid dreams including valerian root and mugwort. Your best bet is ready made blends you can find online and will save you countless trips to the apothecary.
Performed while awake, these playful tests will bleed over into your dream state to trigger the awareness that you are actually asleep.
- Push hands together – in a dream your hands will go through each other
- Pinch nostrils to stop breathing – in a dream breath will be unaffected
- Look at a book – in a dream, the words will change or be indecipherable
- Count – in a dream, easy brain functions like math and numbers don’t compute
- State “I am awake” – in a dream, state “I am dreaming”
When you want to move into the deep study of your dreams for healing and total transformation, dream yoga is the graduate level. It is an ancient practice employed by the Tibetan Buddhists. This observes the spiritual development that lucid dreams offer. As shamans honor the dream space for their continued work, so too do the yogis revere this time for continuing their mindfulness training.
Holecek states “The purpose of these practices is to integrate lucidity and flexibility with every moment of life and to let go of the heavily conditioned way we have of ordering reality, of making meaning, of being trapped in delusion.”
Learn more about the benefits of lucid dreaming below.
BENEFITS OF LUCID DREAMING
Popularized by shamanic explorer Carlos Castaneda, lucid dreaming was a pop culture phenomena in the 1970s. It gathered many a devoted following and has matured as the early nighttime explorers have deepened their paths. Thanks to their passion, much research exists which validates its use for sincere spiritual development.
One need not be a shaman to reap the blessings of lucid dreaming. Beyond the delight of directing your dreams there are countless benefits.
Nikolai Telsa (arguably the greatest mind of our time) was an avid lucid dreamer. Through his “dream experiments“ he would build and design his paradigm shifting inventions. Tesla relied on his dream state to perfect his illustrious technologies.
Many of us have had the experience of going to bed with a problem only to find a solution clear when we wake. To actively engage this space during trauma or uncertainty offers immeasurable blessings.
Andrew Holecek shares “When we fall asleep, we drop below the dualistic ego. We temporarily disconnect from the superficial layers of mind and connect to our shared awakened nature. You can go to sleep confused and wake up transformed.”
INCREASED COMPETENCE AT A SKILL
Lucid dream researcher Stephen Leberge shows that during lucid dreams “neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, and other physiological functions” are activated. The brain responds to the dream as though it is happening in reality!
Research confirms that to practice physical activities during the lucid dream, we actually enhance our waking performance. It is a technique used by athletes and professionals alike to achieve greater success.
SUCCESS & ACCOMPLISHING LIFE GOALS
Dreaming offers us a space to transcend our goals and visions for ourself. Daydreaming is a trusted pastime to relax the mind and explore new possibilities! Lucid dreaming then is day dreaming turned to 11. To use lucid dreams to experience life goals actually aids us in achieving them. Think of it like a training ground of your greatest desires.
In a lucid dream we can try out being who we want to be. When we allow ourself to model the big goals in dream time we can more easily step into them in the waking state. The brain knows not the difference, and we can use the lessons of the dream landscape to overcome obstacles with ease. Much like the tarot is used to perceive possible pitfalls, the dream landscape can be used similarly to play with scenarios and outcomes to avoid missteps.
HEALING PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA
Of the most impactful benefits of lucid dreaming is the ability to heal. We can use the lucid dream to revisit events from our past. There we can confront the perpetrator and regain our power. In the case of grief, dreaming also allows us to have closure with the loved ones we have lost.
The most documented therapeutic benefit involves those with recurrent nightmares. In the lucid dream we have control to change the situation. This is a powerful transformation that reminds us we create our reality and can overcome any adversity.
ENHANCED PSYCHIC ABILITIES
The practice required for effective lucid dreaming lies in our increased awareness of the world around us. To heighten our sensitivity naturally parlays into the psychic arena as well. Many fascinating experiments ask dream participants to acquire information in the dream state they would have no way of knowing. Consistently people return with information and details which can be proven. This establishes lucid dreaming as slipping between the realities just as shamans do.
Lucid dreaming gives us the ability to explore the unused parts of our brain. When we recognize our ability to see and sense beyond the waking state, the pineal gland stimulates and our higher psychic functions activate. The more we practice our psychic prowess the more readily it can spontaneously come to us during the day.
As the brain plays in these multi-dimensional spaces, the faster our spirits evolve. The bounds of reality begin to dissolve and we reclaim our true co-creative nature. We experience our ability to affect the dream and exercise it in our waking state. If we recognize the world is an illusion of our own creation, we begin to write better stories for our current lives.
Once you learn to navigate through dreams, you will navigate through life with ease. This is the blessing of our conscious evolution. And it is yours for the asking!
Ancient Practice Lets You Explore Deep States of Consciousness in Your Sleep
Roughly a third of our life is spent sleeping, or at least attempting to get some rest in order to take advantage of the other two-thirds in wakeful consciousness. Ideally, this state is rejuvenating and accompanied by pleasant dreams, allowing the body to clear out all the toxins and amyloids that build up throughout the day.
But what if you could get some of that time back, or use it more productively, while also getting the regenerative benefits of deep slumber?
Don’t worry, this isn’t some new biohacking regimen with bizarre, intermittent naps, but rather a method referred to as dream yoga. Despite its name, dream yoga isn’t an attempt to perform asanas in reverie, but instead to meditatively explore the myriad levels within our minds.
A number of enlightened, spiritual masters are said to have achieved an interminable state of consciousness during their lifetime, in which they maintained awareness while they allowed their bodies to rest at night. These gurus took advantage of every minute of life to explore their inner sanctums and spelunk the deepest caves of consciousness.
Other contemporary dream state explorers, or oneironauts as they’re sometimes called, have attempted to map out the topography of the mind based on eastern philosophy, namely John C. Lily. Lily’s psychic explorations led to his development of the sensory deprivation isolation tank, in order to cultivate a dissociative state where one could detach from the body and explore the levels of satori-samadhi.
But according to Andrew Holecek, a student of Buddhist philosophy and evangelist for dream yoga, one needn’t be an ascetic or employ an expensive float tank to delve into the depths of the mind on the nightly. Instead, a little discipline and technique can allow a dreamer to travel through cosmic consciousness while still getting a good night’s rest.
Holecek says there are up to nine nocturnal states one can enter in preparation for and during dream yoga. The first of which is called “liminal dreaming,” otherwise known as hypnagogic dreaming; a state in which one is not quite awake nor asleep, but in an in-between state before dozing off.
This state is when things become blurry, but by intentionally maintaining a modicum of awareness, one is able to become active in the dream state — a practice known as lucid dreaming.