“Am I Dreaming?”

—Keanna Banks, Staff Writer—

“Not all lucid dreams are useful but they all have a sense of wonder about them. If you must sleep through a third of your life, why should you sleep through your dreams, too?”  

                                                             -Stephen Laberge

Lucid dreams are dreams during which the dreamer is conscious and aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is taking place. During lucid dreaming, dreamers can often manipulate or control dream content to shape their desired dream experience.

According to the British website Independent, there are 10 crucial steps taken before and during the lucid dreaming experience…

 

Remember ordinary dreams – The majority of people claim to not be capable of dreaming at night since they can’t remember their dream the next morning. Before getting into bed at night, repeat “I will remember my dreams when I wake up, I will remember my dreams when I wake up, I will remember my dreams when I wa…” After a couple of days of saying this, it may seem easier to remember.

Keep a dream journal – Keeping a dream journal further opens minds to being receptive to dreams. Therefore, individuals tend to remember dreams more vividly and become more aware of them. Writing down any repeated dream signs and analyzing the content to try and figure out what they mean will increase the chance of a lucid dream. After writing dreams down, drift back to sleep and try to resume the dream. This is crucial for the next step.

Pick out dream signs – Analyzing any repeated dream signs is important because ordinary dreams have certain people or objects. These signs can act as cues and prove to the dreamer that they’re not having a regular dream.  

Notice the waking world – Noticing the waking world means the dreamer should see, feel, hear, smell, and touch the world around them and voice these senses aloud. In order to do this it is important to be consciously focused and awake. If the dreamer pays close attention to the world around them and speak while they touch, taste, feel, see, and smell, they will most likely carry this over into the dream world.

Visualize where you want to be – If a person daydreams a certain environment, objects, smells, and sounds, the dreamer will find themselves in that environment once they are asleep.

A dreamer should ask “Am I dreaming?” – A dreamer should tell him or herself the obvious: that they’re are not having a normal dream and ask “Am I controlling my dreams?” Typically if a dreamer does have control, they can read text longer than a few minutes. Have a couple of reality checks!

Reality checks – Lucid dreaming is all about a dreamer proving to their brain that they’re controlling their dreams and that the environment they’re in is not real.

Push your finger through your hand – According to Independent, if a dreamer tries pushing their finger through the palm of their hand, 90% of the time it will pass straight through. This indicates that they are for sure controlling their dreams.

Stay lucid and don’t get overexcited – A dreamer should stay calm once they realize they’re now controlling their dreams, notice the things around them like their bed, any lamps, tvs, doors et., and remeber, they can dream with their eyes open while lucid dreaming.

(Header Photo Courtesy of Keanna Banks)