It’s been a while since I first started telling friends and acquaintances about how to achieve lucid dreams, and a few have reported back on their experiences to me. For the most part, they haven’t been positive!
So why aren’t they getting the lucid dreams they’re after? After a little inquiry, the general report goes something like this:
“I tried to learn lucid dreaming for a few nights, I even set up a dream journal. But after a couple of days, I hadn’t noticed any difference. I think I started to have one this one time, but I got too excited and couldn’t stay with it. I want all the fun that a lucid dream can bring, but it’s just too hard!”
I’m sure many of you have felt the same way. I know I have. Lucid dreams present a tantalizing possibility, but when we come up against difficulty, it’s easy to just get disheartened and forget about it.
But so long as we remember that anyone can have lucid dreams and we stay committed, it won’t be too long before we’re having long, fully lucid dreams.
Stick To It
If you decide to try really hard to have a lucid dream for one night, you probably won’t be very successful. It’s far better to make an effort throughout an entire week or month to commit yourself to lucid dreaming, take moments to question whether we’re asleep or awake, and write in our dream journal. Check out the other lucid dream articles at this site for more tips.
The way lucid dreaming works is somewhat contrary to the way we usually understand learning. Since we’re dealing with something that is so close to the mind, our actual mindset is going to have a massive impact on our success or failure. Maintaining a belief that you’ll succeed in lucid dreaming, even if there’s no evidence to support this belief, will actually result in a higher chance of success. You just have to take it on faith!
Setting Out a Dream Journal
Having a journal that’s well set out and easy to use can make a big difference in having consistent lucid dreams. While writing down your dreams in any fashion will be a big help, it’s good to have a book that’s neat and has a bit of respectability to it. It sounds strange, but like I said, the attitude you have towards lucid dreaming will affect your success.
Something I have to continually tell everyone involved in lucid dreaming, especially myself, is that you need to write as much as possible in your dream journal. When we wake up from a dream, we might be still half-asleep and ready to get out of the waking world, but it’s this time we have to force ourselves to write our dreams down. We might be able to convince ourselves that we’ll remember and write it down later, but important details (if not the whole dream) will be missed, and we won’t build the strong connection to the dream world that we want.
So get a nice lined book, mark out the date each night, and perhaps write a little note every night before you sleep, saying “I will have a lucid dream tonight”. Keep at this for two weeks, and I can gaurentee you’ll experience at least a small amount of lucid dreaming.
Is Practicing Lucid Dreaming Worth it?
This is an interesting question. It might seem like a waste of time to put a decent amount of effort into something that isn’t going to make you any money or give you any tangible rewards. But that doesn’t mean it won’t improve your life.
Also, lucid dreaming can be the first step to unlocking deeper levels of psychic power. Once you start investigating the dream world, you’ll train your brain to not get too excited when having experiences that are out of the ordinary. This way of approaching life is what we look for when attempting meditation, out-of-body experiences and remote viewing.
Remember that lucid dreaming isn’t something new. Tibetan Buddhists used “Dream Yoga” as a a way to achieve enlightenment, and even to meet other sentient beings! I can’t say I’ve achieved this yet, but it’s certainly worth investigating!