How to have Lucid dreams

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Lucid dreaming:

How to have lucid dreams: Lucid dreaming is when you develop the ability to be aware that you’re dreaming while still in the dream state. It is with this awareness, you can control and direct the dream, and you can even make changes to the dream environment.

Lucid dreaming has been used for a variety of purposes, including problem solving, creative expression, personal growth. Here at Healing Light, we are fans of dreams/dreaming – and encourage you to try the lucid dreaming techniques, as outlined below.

Lucid dreaming has been the subject of scientific study for several decades and has been shown to have a number of potential benefits. For example, lucid dreaming can help people overcome fears, help you work through traumatic experiences, and even improve physical skills like playing a musical instrument or sports. Not that we can promise you will wake up with an ability to play Beethoven over night!

The process of becoming a lucid dreamer is a slow process, and it involves several steps, including keeping a dream diary, increasing dream vividness and clarity, inducing dreams, and regularly practicing.

Keeping a dream diary:

Keeping a dream diary and writing down your dreams every morning can help increase your dream recall and improve your ability to recognize patterns in your dreaming. This process of noting your dreams will also help you become more familiar with the elements of your dreams, making it easier to identify when you’re dreaming. Below is a link to a Dream diary for sale in our New-Age shop.

Reality testing:

During the day, regularly ask yourself if you’re awake or dreaming. Although it initially sounds odd, it will train your mind to do the same while dreaming. When you start to develop the habit of asking yourself if you’re dreaming, you’ll be more likely to do so while dreaming. A sense of repetition, to train the mind. This should increase your chances of becoming ‘aware’ that you’re dreaming and increases the chance of your dreaming becoming lucid.

Increase dream vividness and clarity:

You need to try to make your dreams as vivid and memorable as possible. This can be done through techniques like visualization, meditation, and mindfulness. Visualization involves imagining the details of a dream before you go to sleep. This can help your mind get into the right state for dreaming and make your dreams more vivid. Meditation and mindfulness can also help you become more aware of your dreams and increase your ability to control them.

Another technique you can use is the same pattern before you sleep. One recommended is imagine you are connected to a beam of white light, or are bathing in white light. If you do this each time before you go to sleep you set a pattern.

Inducing lucid dreams:

There are several techniques that can help increase the likelihood of having a lucid dream, such as using affirmations, keeping a dream journal, as mentioned above, and doing reality checks. Affirmations involve repeating a phrase or statement to yourself, such as “I will have a lucid dream tonight.” Dream journals allow you to reflect on your dreams and identify patterns that can help you become more aware of when you’re dreaming. Reality checks involve testing your surroundings to see if you’re awake or dreaming. For example, you might try to levitate, or fly.

Practice (makes perfect):

Whatever the skill you are learning, the more you practice, the better you will become. Try different techniques and find what works best for you. Have fun, as this is an important road to learning. With time and practice, you should become more skilled at inducing lucid dreams.

Let us know your experience of lucid dreaming and techniques. We would love to hear and learn from you.

Happy dreaming!!

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