Lucid Dreams: Techniques
and Tips on How to Induce Them
by: Eric Head
The ability to have a lucid dream
(awareness that you are dreaming) is something that anybody can
do. Some pick it up easier than others, but with enough practice
even the most resistant can induce this ability.
Being able to induce a lucid
dream is really just a matter of training your mind to realize
when you are dreaming and when you are awake. You practice by
asking yourself this question throughout the day:
“Am I dreaming?”
I know, not much to it. However,
many people just assume they are awake when they are awake. When
someone asks them how they know they aren’t dreaming, they
respond “I just know”.
Well, it’s this “I just know”
attitude which is what keeps them from having lucid dreams. The
reason is that they are too confident about their surroundings
and that confidence carries over into when they fall asleep. So
when they are dreaming, they look around and except everything
as “real”, when it is actually a dream. The craziest things
could happen in their dream, like meeting an alien, and they
will continue to think it’s real.
The first thing you need to do is
to start questioning your environment. While you are at work or
home and you are awake, ask yourself “Am I Dreaming?” and don’t
just say “Yep”. Really look around your environment and think
One way to tell if you are
dreaming or not is to look at some detail of an object, then
look away, then look back again. If the detail of that object
has changed in some way, then chances are you are dreaming.
Now all you have to do is
remember throughout the day to ask yourself if you are dreaming.
One popular method is to draw a tiny dot on the palm of your
hand. Whenever you see this dot, then that is your cue to ask
yourself “Am I Dreaming” and look around the room, exploring the
possibility that you might actually be dreaming.
If you ask yourself enough times
in real life whether you are dreaming or not, then what will
happen is that you will eventually ask yourself if you are
dreaming while you are asleep. You will then realize (in your
dream) that you ARE dreaming and that’s when the dream becomes
So that’s the most common
technique in a nutshell. There are other methods, such as
wearing a special electronic visor on your head that sends light
flashes to your eyes, but these are costly. The method in this
article is much cheaper.
Good luck, keep at it, and try to
be patient. It might take up to 2 weeks to a month before you
are able to train your mind to become lucid while dreaming.