Consider this:  Is it possible that you're actually dreaming right now? 

Are you sure? 

How would you know? 

If you're trying to have lucid dreams you'd better make sure that you know how to answer that question!

You've just performed one of the more common techniques used to induce lucid dreams:  The reality check.

Are you standing on a beach in the South Pacific drinking cocktails at sunset, but you don't recall actually boarding a plane?  For that matter, you don't remember scheduling any vacation time, either...

The ability to have lucid dreams can be greatly helped if you learn to pay more attention to the world around you. 

Once you start to look for signs that everything isn't quite as it should be the theory goes that you should soon be able to spot your dreams easily.

The obvious drawback of this method of triggering lucid dreams is that you have to make a habit of performing reality checks.  This can be difficult if you're not used to taking much notice of the world around you.

Most people spend more time than they probably think inside their own heads:  Either lost in thought, talking to themselves or preoccupied with a crisis or emergency.   For example, the last time you drove your car do you remember every gear change, every song on the radio or even which way you drove?

Probably not.  You let your unconscious mind take over dealing with the outside world, and you just went along for the ride.

This is precisely why lucid dreams can be hard to achieve using this method.  Unless you make it a habit to take notice of what's going on around you, chances are it will be difficult to make reality checks work for you.

That's not to say you won't be successful.  Like any skill everyone's results will be different. 

If you're having difficulty using reality checks and you're looking for a better alternative fear not - there are many other ways to learn how to lucid dream

I'll be discussing them in later posts.



11/12/2007 20:45

Interesting post for sure. Look forward to reading more from you.

11/15/2007 08:00

I find it very difficult to remember to do the reality checks during the day. I work a lot at the computer and this seems to absorb all off my attention.
I'm trying to find a solution to this problem.

11/23/2007 04:19

Sounds like Matrix if you ask me.

11/23/2007 06:25

I've had a lucid dream once and it was truly awesome. not much really happened but just the fact that you find yourself in this world, where you truly control everything in it, is amazing.

@Kate: It's more vanilla sky than matrix ;)

05/02/2008 10:47

05/02/2008 10:49

it is a n amazing experience
i hav one tip 4 beginners dont think abt ,wat u hav 2 dream abt otherwise it vl not work
go ahead !!!! go lucid dreaming

12/24/2010 18:57

Great articles and it's so helpful.

01/02/2011 01:01

I've been lucid dreaming most of my life and thought everybody dreamed like this. I use it as a tool for designing jewelry and constructing complex projects. I can build anything in great detail taking what seems like weeks in only seconds and if I make a mistake....simply rewind and shoot another take until the project is perfect. Upon awakening I systematically follow my remembered steps and create flawless creations every time. A few times I have had to take as many as 1000 runs at a particular problem before solving it but it always gets done before I allow myself to wake. Time is very different in the dream state.

07/04/2011 18:52


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