Why you should learn to lucid dream

If you’ve never experienced it then you may find it hard to understand what lucid dreaming is all about. In fact you may be thoroughly sceptical and dismiss the whole thing as silly nonsense. But I can tell you from personal experience that lucid dreams are very real and something that many millions of people regularly enjoy.

Note: Due to the huge amount of interest that this post has generated I am now seriously considering writing a book on the subject, and I would welcome input from anyone with an interest. If you have any anecdotes, suggestions, dreams or anything else you’d like to share with me for possible inclusion in the book, please email me. Your contribution can be anonymous and you may change any and all names/characters as you wish. I’ll send a free copy to all contributors if the book is published.

These types of dreams are hyper-real in that when you experience one it is bursting with vibrant colour, there’s often marvellous music playing in the background (if you listen for it), the air is the freshest and sweetest you’ve ever smelled, and you are the healthiest you have ever been (or could ever be).

Lucid dreaming is when you experience full consciousness while dreaming. You know that you are in a dream and you discover that you can do absolutely anything you like in it. What generally causes you to become conscious without waking up is when you notice something so incongruous that you would never see in real life that you instantly realise you must be in a dream. But, you may be thinking that so much of what you dream is weird and wonderful and could never occur in real life. And you’re right. It’s only sometimes that the incongruity stands out, and there’s no way of knowing when it will happen. However, there are techniques you can use to increase the possibility, which I’ll explain a little later.

You may also have another question on your mind, along the lines of “What’s the big deal with being conscious while dreaming, anyway?” And that’s a good question to ask if you’ve never experienced it. The answer is that when you dream you create a world that is far more real than you remember when you wake up. Usually it’s packed with colour and texture that you rarely see in real life.

When you ‘wake up’ inside a dream you can consciously appreciate just how wonderful dreams really are. And because you’re awake you will remember the dream in exquisite detail. I promise, you’ll never forget your first lucid dream.

Experiencing a lucid dream

The dreamworld your unconscious mind creates for you is so intricately constructed that you can pluck a leaf from a tree and examine it in tiny detail. Every little vein and pockmark is there. You can walk over to a building and examine its brickwork, where you’ll discover every item of sand or other material that went into its making. You can also feel all manner of fine and rough textures.

The only thing you don’t feel, though, is pain. Nothing actually hurts you physically in a dream, which is why pinching yourself inside one is a sure way of proving that you are, indeed, dreaming (although, it turns out from the comments below, that some people can feel pain while asleep – which just goes to show how different we all are).

When you are experiencing a lucid dream you can do absolutely anything you want. You can float, bounce or fly around. You can dance and run super-fast. And you can even participate in dream sex. What you do is entirely up to you, and whatever you desire to manifest, your unconscious will create for you to enjoy. Most lucid dreamers also report that they experience extreme joy when in the state.

You can also use your awake time in a dream to work on your personal growth because it’s the perfect time to slay any nightmare monsters or demons that bother you. Seek them out and cuddle them with inescapable love. Envelop them with goodwill and optimism and turn them from black and menacing ugly things (which dream monsters often are), into tiny, colourful collectable figures that couldn’t hurt a fly. This will go a long way towards reducing the incidence of nightmares if you have them.

Becoming lucid while sleeping

I most frequently used to lucid dream after working the night shift at the home for disabled people where I spent my first few years after completing my education. The night staff had to stay up all night and regularly attend to the resident’s needs, so napping wasn’t an option, and copious amounts of coffee would be drunk to keep us alert throughout each 12-hour shift.

We used to work only a few nights at a time and then would go back onto day shifts, so our internal day and night clock was constantly changing, and by the morning after the first night shift in a series, I would have a combination of sleep deficit, exhaustion and caffeine, which would make it quite hard indeed to get to sleep. It also meant that sometimes my dreams would become lucid – since then I have learned to recognize the first hints of becoming conscious during sleep and am able to “wake myself up” once or twice a month to enjoy a lucid experience.

One way to help bring on a lucid experience is to think about the concept as you go to sleep. This will prime your unconscious mind to be more willing to relinquish control when it thinks appropriate. So imagine having a lucid dream (even if you’ve never had one) and visualize all the things you would like to do, and allow yourself to drift off to sleep as you do so.

You can also get into the habit of pinching yourself regularly throughout the day. Try to do so at least once an hour so that it becomes standard routine and quite normal for you. After a while you may find that the habit carries over into your sleeping, and if you do pinch yourself while asleep, the lack of pain should be enough to awaken your consciousness.

If your partner doesn’t object another method that often works is to set your alarm clock for about five hours after you normally go to sleep. When it sounds turn it off and try to remember everything you can about your interrupted dream. Sit up in bed while you do this and keep the concept of lucid dreaming firmly in your mind. Imagine what it is like and what you will do. Try to stay awake for at least fifteen minutes (or longer if you can), then settle back down and let yourself drift back off to sleep, and sometimes this will help provoke a lucid dream – but you may have to try it quite a few times before it does.

Making the most while it lasts

Sadly, lucid dreams last only about five or ten minutes in most cases. Either your conscious mind gets tired or your unconscious mind decides to seize the reins again. So as soon as you know that you have become lucid don’t waste any time before doing all the things you have been waiting for. Quickly go and examine all the objects around you to see how exquisitely detailed they are – this alone will tell you how amazing lucid dreams are – and how much more powerful than the most expensive computer graphics card your brain is.

Seek out other people, animals or things to interact with. As you move around, notice how  the 3D parallax is absolutely perfect, with the vanishing points moving slower than things near you. Listen quietly and see if your unconscious is playing music for you. If it is, sometimes it may be a tune you know but often it will be a new kind of music that’s rich and almost angelic – somehow the best music you’ve ever heard. Go and fly and look down on the world – the trees and houses and everything else you can see. It’s all there in perfect detail, and you can fly to any part of it. In fact you can fly as far and high as you like, even to the moon, where the air you breathe will be just as fresh as on earth.

As you become skilled you will even be able to create your own imaginary worlds, islands, buildings, animals, aliens, or what have you. Just like in the movie Inception, it will all instantly come to life and you can then experience it to your heart’s content.

If nothing else, once you have dreamed lucidly, you will forever be in complete awe at the depth, ability and creativity of your unconscious mind. And if you use creative visualization you will understand just how it is that your visualizations manage to bring your goals to fruition.

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  • http://www.onr.com Lily

    I have lucid dreams pretty often. I didn’t realize you could train yourself to trigger them though as mine just always kind of happen. Thank you for the interesting article!

  • Crockettman

    I learned about lucid dreaming from watching a Nightmare on Elmstreet movie on tv about 10 years ago, saying how you can control your dreams while you’re in them. Literally within a couple days I was having lucid dreams, where I can control conversations or other peoples reactions… It was crazy. I had a few for a couple weeks then just kinda stopped…

  • Samantha

    I have been able to do this since i was a kid, i didnt know there was a name for it :)

  • Shaan

    I don’t know if it is something to do with Astral projection, but I have lot of similar experiences from my childhood.. especially flying in the air at super speeds and ultra slow motions is my most common and favorite part of it.. somehow these days i lost it..

  • Neil Moffatt

    I have dreamed lucidly a few times in recent years. On a number of these occasions, I have been as spellbound as you have been in the staggering detail of the dreamscape. So much so that I have made a point to pan around and see how accurately the sense of 3d is maintained. And it is very plausible. There have been places that I really cannot ever remember visiting. But even I had been there, I would expect it impossible for a 3d record to be maintained in such detail. So my brain must generate this in real time as it were.nnEither way, no one seems to be interested in why or how! To generate a plausible, detailed 3d landscape in real time with no sensory input is hard to believe.nnWhat are your thoughts on this?

  • anon

    I had dreams like that as a child, as well. Every now and then, about 2 times every 6 months it returns and I can control almost everything. I love it when it happens.

  • http://robinnixon.com Robin Nixon

    I suspect that the mechanism that processes visual images before presenting them to our consciousness is also harnessed during dreaming, such that a simple set of basic concepts can be processed into a complex visual image. In other words, we have the equivalent of a computer’s graphic processing unit that we use all the time simply to interpret the real world, but which is also in use during sleep.nnI also think it has a short memory buffer because when I pick up a newspaper or book to read while dreaming I can see all the words as clear as a real newspaper, and can read them. But as my eye moves along the text, if I then go back a word or two they have changed to be replaced with identical looking but quite different words. Also I think this is mainly a visual and not a comprehension thing because the words (although they are real) form nonsense sentences.nnI am currently trying to see how ‘intelligent’ the characters I meet in lucid dreams are. They seem to use very short sentences and I am not sure whether I actually hear what they say or just know it. In a funny incident while recently lucid dreaming one character told me very clearly that my dream name was Kevin! But I still can’t remember if I heard the words. Lucid dream exploring and understanding is something that takes years to piece together…

  • http://robinnixon.com Robin Nixon

    Speaking of childhood dreams. I have noticed that a good third or so of all my dreams take place in circumstance the same as or very similar to those when I was a child (roughly ages 5 – 10). I have a theory that much of our dreamworld landscape is fabricated during this time and then drawn on in later years.nnAnyway, enjoy yours when they happen. I have learned that many people have never had a lucid dream, and those who have generally report them as being far too infrequent.

  • Jay

    i have them while driving down the freeway.

  • Gsbelusojr

    I think our subconscious can go beyond just recording things around us, In some of my dreams, I was able to experience future events. The scenes were so vivid that I noticed even the small details, then after a month, I went to another place I never been yet, then it happened, my dream being replayed LIVE around me. It was so weird, I hope there is someone here who can explain to me my experience. Please e-mail me – gsbelusojr@yahoo.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5ATKLFR3ULYYZPS27PD6KR6MAY Lisa Sheppard

    Is this really such a big deal? This is how I’ve dreamed all my life. I just assumed that was how everybody dreams.

  • http://www.facebook.com/baaaylen Baylen Brown

    I’ve been so interested in this for so long, and I’ve tried absolutely everything to make it happen. Nothing has worked. It’s so disappointing, if anyone has any specific tips that worked really well for them, PLEASE let me know! (baaaylen@yahoo.com)

  • Thera

    Wow, as a lucid dreamer, I can say this is mostly crap for probably the majority. I have done it often and even when I knew it was a dream I still couldn’t affect my environment all the time. And when you’re lucid and STILL can’t do anything, it’s very frustrating. I can’t count the number of times I have realized mid-dream that I’m dreaming, and then spent hours wandering around doing nothing. I have also, when taking Ambien, been able to slip directly from wake to sleep without any transition. Now that was cool.

  • Cn Putnam

    When i was at overnight camp and had very few options, my main technique was keeping a dream journal. you write down anything in your dream you remember. doesnt matter what it is- its everything. after a few entries, keep a list of common themes- places, characters, or emotions. also, as you do this do it immediately after you wake up, and your dream recal will improve. if you cant do it immediatly, atleast try to remember the dream in your head while you are doing other things. i rarely had time to write my dreams down before lunch. as long as you think about it when you get up, thats the idea

  • Cn Putnam

    there are different levels of dreaming. what you are describing is often what my dreams end up to. the main difference is i can control the dream. i think it takes practice to try to make it as lucid as possible, and there are a few different techniques to this

  • Mgreen506

    I have considered lucid dreaming , my only concern is that i have a lot and i mean a lot of messed up stephen king type of dreams almost every night to the point of when im not i feel like somethings wrong. would lucid dreaming be good for me ?

  • Ttgarcialau

    If you manage to have lucid dreams, you may choose what to dream, and you can even use dreams liko those all messed up like a sign that you are dreaming! And then realize inside the dream you are dreaming and change it to whatever u want

  • Gwerdu

    This has happened to me too and I’ve come to what I think is a fairly reasonable conclusion of what is happening. After I noticed this happening too many times to be considered coincidental (I am a statistics major after all!), I decided to do an experiment. I started writing down all my dreams in as many details as I could remember (some days this would be multiple typed pages). What I found was that when I experienced something in the real world that I thought I remembered from my dreams, I would be unable to find anything written down about it. What I think is happening is that when this “future event” happens, your brain invents a memory of you having seen it in your dreams, rather than your dreams actually predicting the future.

  • http://ryzeonline.com/ JasonFonceca

    I’ve had them off-and-on through my life, and to me it’s another example of leveraging the power of one’s mind, which I’m pretty sure most people agree is immensely powerful.

  • Kellyoconnor33

    last night i was dreaming about a dress getting sent to me and then my phone started ringing and it kept ringing so in my dream my dress was getting sent to me by text and i was trying to pull the dress out of my phone somehow. I knew i was dreaming but at the same time when i woke up I was kinda surprised that my dress hadn’t arrived :L

  • chicken

    wont hurt to try

  • Brody_16

    that just means you suck at controlling your dreams..dont say its all bullshit because you cant take grasp at your own consciousness. just keep practicing little by little. it takes years and decades to master.

  • Bbrooks5790

    i love this. i always try to explain this phenomena to my friends the morning after I wake up from one of these dreams. Everyone just looks at me and tells me that I am dumb. But I know how awesome these dreams are and fell. I have been able to take control of the majority of my dreams for years now. I have noticed that there are definitely some similarities in the dreams, for instance I always have the ‘power’ or ‘ability’ to jump extremely high and begin to levitate, not fly, but just float from place to place. When you fully experience you can even manipulate the other people in your dreams to do what you want. After all they are figments of your own imagination. my only problem with this is that I manage to control my dreams for what seems like hours in my mind and when I wake up in the morning I don’t feel as rested as on a morning in which i don’t dream lucidly. but otherwise I believe it is something every single person should get the chance to experience. Its the one place where you can do anything with no repercussions.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I know that ‘dumb’ look. My wife still insists I’m crazy, after all these years. But, as you say, once you’ve had a lucid dream there’s absolutely no denying how powerful and amazing the experience is.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Hi Kelly, rather than being a typical lucid dream I think this one was more like your unconscious mind expressing your inner desire for a new dress. Next time you get a strong dream like this try to ‘wake up’ in the middle and you’ll actually be able to see and feel the dress in all its finest detail, and then put it on and feel and see what that’s like.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    In my experience, when you become lucid you gain complete control over the dream, and many other people report this too. You can use lucid dreams, therefore, to deal with nightmares by examining them in the light of lucidity. If there is something horrible there you can laugh at it, or gently blow on it until it floats away. Just do anything to make the thing you don’t like seem ridiculous, small or inconsequential, and it will also be less likely to occur in regular dreaming too.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Absolutely. You are in control and can totally change the types of dreams you have once you can lucid dream. My dreams are now far more interesting and enjoyable than they ever were, and I used to suffer from some quite scary dreams too – hardly ever happens now, though.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This is interesting. You are the first person who has ever reported having lucid dreams where you are not in control. I would say that to counter this you might want to look into practicing creative visualizations while awake. Simply spend a couple of minutes every day imagining that you are lucid dreaming and that you have total control. See yourself being completely in charge and imagine flying or doing whatever you would like to do in your dreams. After a few days of practicing these visualizations you will have begun to make new, more positive, neural pathways in your brain, that will help you override your previous inability to act and release you into having full control when lucid. It’s amazing but true, when you visualize something enough, your brain incorporates what you imagine and it becomes a part of you. Go on, try it and see if it helps.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, since lucid dreams seem to come few and far between (at least at the start), it can take many years to get the hang of them and use them in positive and enjoyable ways. I’ve had lucid dreams for many years but still only get about one five minute lucid dream a week.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    A dream journal absolutely will help because it trains you to remember your dreams and analyze them, which then leads to being more able to spot when you are dreaming and become lucid. If you lay in at the weekend try getting up for 10 minutes early in the morning then go back to bed with a desire to lucid dream. Often this can prompt the state because lucid dreams occur more when you are nearer to consciousness and are less tired.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    All I can say is that if you are lucid all the time then you’re an exceptional and very lucky person. Most people never have a lucid dream.

  • HiddenInsight

    I’ve only had one lucid dream. It was about 2 weeks after I watched a Star Trek episode that actually talked about lucid dreaming. One time I had the same dream twice. I was walking toward school and I remembered having this dream before so I tried walking in a different direction. My dream wouldn’t let me off course though and it was similar to a video game glitching. It was very frustrating -_-

  • Anonymous

    I find it interesting how so many websites seem to portray lucid dreaming as a good thing and help people achieve that state. I suffer from it and would do anything to go back to being able to actually sleep again. I can go one morning having as many 10 false starts (when you think you’ve woken up and start going about your day but you’re not). I get stuck inside my dreams and rather than being pleasant it becomes like the most horrifying nightmare, I may be in control of what I do but the scenarios I end up in are terrifying. My limbs disappearing is something that happens to me frequently. Often I can’t distinguish between my dreams and reality and it takes a few hours after waking before I can. It sometimes leaves me paralysed for as much as 12 hours because rather than my actions being carried on in the physical world they’re carried out in my dreams. I’ve had nights where I’m literally screaming for help and frantically calling and texting people asking them to come get me and I always wake up exhausted because I have effectively been up all night. Of course when I check my phone not a single text or call has been made. I wouldn’t want to wish it upon anyone. I wish my head would switch the hell off. I hate lucid dreaming. I need sleep.

  • Mjs2435

    This is not lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming implies you are aware of the fact you are in a dream and you can manipulate it.

    What you have sounds a lot like a rem sleep disorder. My friend had really similar experiences. You should talk to a doctor.

  • Rowan

    Hi Robin (Kevin),

    I really enjoyed your post. I’m a university student that has experienced many lucid dreams throughout my life. I often have very VIVID dreams, but only every couple of nights are they actually lucid and I can control them.

    One dream that really stands out to me happened to me a few months ago and has inspired a goal for my future lucid dreams. I dreamed that I was in my home town grocery shopping with friends. I realized that I was indeed not at my school and the realization ‘woke me up’ like you said and I became lucid. One of the friends I was with looked at me and said “Your dreaming Rowan.” I was amazed to find out that I could fly and run around. I stayed with this one friend and I was beginning to wonder what to do in this dream. I asked my friend if he was dreaming as well and he said that he wasn’t that he was just part of my dream. I then suggested we fly to my house to see if I was sleeping in my bed. It felt like it took hours to travel to where I was sleeping, I remember the landscape as it flew by beneath me. It was breath-takingly detailed. We arrived at the place I was sleeping, and I tried to get into the house but I remembered that I had locked all the doors before going to bed. I ran around the house to my bedroom window and it was PITCH BLACK inside, as were all the other windows. As much as I tried I could not get inside to see myself sleeping. Everytime I’ve started lucid dreaming since this dream I’ve tried to find my sleeping body and so far have never succeeded. Everything else in the dream I can control except the ability to see myself sleeping. Any tips or suggestions?

  • Jacob

    I was able to lucid dream once or twice, in which I ran up the side of a building at night, visualized a restaurant on the roof of a building, and then rained shards of liquid diamond upon it as they ate, then flew over to some floating platforms in the sky and jumped across them until I went into a free fall stopping before I hit the ground. Crazy as hell.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    That’s a fascinating concept – trying to locate your sleeping body. A few days ago I was convinced that I had woken up and was lying on my back, but the world was going too quickly past my window and I noticed I was actually a passenger in a plane. Until that point was absolutely sure it was time to get up, but it woke me to lucidity and I then had a strong sense of myself both lying asleep on my back, and also lucidly traveling in a plane – I felt like two people almost. The odd thing is that when I woke up for real a little later I was lying on my front!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I agree. There are sleep therapists who can assist with things like this. ‘shadowshecries’, do some Googling and speak to your doctor – I think you can resolve this issue.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    So, the dream was hyper real and very vivid – but you couldn’t control it? It sounds like you are able to lucid dream, and if you think about the concept more you should experience this again, and each time you do, if you are certain you are awake while dreaming, flex your imagination and try simple things like turning around, picking up interesting objects or other stuff your unconscious mind won’t object to. And then (if you continue to get lucid dreams) do more and more until you find you are in full control

  • Evelyn

    i reallly enjoy reading about lucid dreaming i have experienced it a few times, and there really is nothing else like it, to be able to create anything, its almost a godly power, in reality we cant create something without destroying, but in a lucid dream we are the creator

  • Stormyj05

    I enjoyed this article very much, I have a fascination with the inner workings of the human mind. I have never had an outright lucid dream, but I have occasionally realized that I am dreaming, but it wakes me up immediately. I will try some of these strategies to see if I can manage a lucid dream, we’ll see what happens!!

  • Matthew

    I really like the concept of lucid dreaming, and I’m thinking about trying it. However I also have read some other texts that say that getting into a lucid dream is horrifying and scary… Also the idea of being in an unpredictable environment while being fully aware does sounds like a great possibility for scary stuff to happen.

  • Pangirl

    I really think you should also mention the dangers that comes with lucid dreaming.
    a lot of people report they can’t distinguish between reality and dreaming after having a lot of lucid dreams. some even go crazy and try to hurt/kill themselves in an attempt to “get out of the dream”.
    there are also those who get addicted to the control and sensations they have while in the dreams and lose the willpower to progress with their actual life.

    also, trying to gradually get into lucid dreaming often results in half-awaken terrors – in which you cant move (because your body is in its sleeping mode) but you are aware of the room and usually involves a “dark figure” which either is on top of you, at the edge of you bed or just beside you tho you can’t see it. the figure feels like its pure evil and out to get you. sometimes if the figure is on top of you many report they feel like breathing is harder.

    i have had a few lucid dreams and as you say they are a lot of fun and have the potential to help resolve some problems but i have also experienced the dark figure state and won’t ever forget the pure fear i felt even after waking up.

  • Max

    i have had a lucid and after reading Rowans post i have tried to locate my sleeping body… I DO NOT ADVISE IT the first time i found it my dream immediately became bad and i saw the dark figure as a future me and i started to feel immense pain that kept increasing and i thought it might hav jus been a mistake but i did it again and the same thing happend and the pain was even worse… PLZ DONT TRY TO FIND YOUR SLEEPING BODY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kailani

    I think I may have experienced something similar to this, or at least ALMOST experienced it, but I forced myself awake because it scared me. I “woke up” but could tell I was still sleeping, so I closed my eyes as tight as I could. I felt myself floating above my sleeping body, but I was terrified to actually look at myself. I basically told my brain “NO!” and felt myself fall back into my body and physically wake up. I never knew exactly what it was. I figured I had just watched too many paranormal shows about out-of-body experiences, but now I wonder if it could have been the beginning of a lucid dream???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=692625352 Cyan Thorburn

    Some of you guys are making the common misconception of thinking that lucid dreaming is sleep paralysis. They’re two completely different things that should not be confused with each other.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I agree. Sleep paralysis is indeed frightening when you don’t know what’s going on. It’s not lucid dreaming, though. In a lucid dream you are asleep but your consciousness is awake within the dream. In sleep paralysis you actually are awake but your body hasn’t yet woken too, and you can feel trapped as if the sheets are a heavy weight. Curiously, many people encountering sleep paralysis talk of the dark figure. I don’t know how to explain that, but I do know it seems only to happen during sleep paralysis and not during lucid dreaming.

    As with our awake world we have many types of experience, so it is with sleep and dreams, in which there are also many different types of possible experiences. So lucid dreaming shouldn’t be confused with sleep paralysis, which is a quite different thing, and which disappears on its own if you are calm and realize that is what’s happening – and you will also lose fear of it too.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Some people do indeed report out of body experiences when dreaming. They are similar to lucid dreaming in that you are conscious, but seem to also be a dream type of their own. And some very weird things have been reported by some people claiming to have found lost things (for example) while out of body, which they then go and get in real life.

    I don’t know much about out of body sleep experiences from a personal point of view though – but it’s something I am researching.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for sharing your experience Max. Though from Googling it seems other people do not feel get the same way as you in these circumstances. It may be that your unconscious mind had a reason to not want you to do this. Your unconscious is the part of you that is always awake and oversees your dreamworld, for example.

    It has a pretty good idea of your own psychological makeup (it works best in emotions and feelings), and will guide you in the ways it thinks are best for you. And to its mind perhaps it wants you to investigate other things, for reasons unknown to you or I.

    Don’t forget that psychologists state that our conscious mind may only be 5-10 percent of our full persona, and that 90 percent or more is unconscious. This means there’s a lot bubbling under the surface that we are mostly unaware of, and your unconscious mind will always navigate you through this very carefully, as it always has your best interests at heart.

    That’s why I say people shouldn’t be afraid to try lucid dreaming, or creative visualization. Your unconscious mind will work with you – it wants you to be happy and rarely will it throw you in at the deep end of a difficult to handle experience or dream.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I suspect you’ve watched Inception one time too many :)

    Virtually all lucid dreamers enter the state infrequently and only for a few minutes at a time. And there’s never any confusion between the dream and real world that I have heard of.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Your unconscious mind always has your best interests at heart. If you rarely get nightmares, it is unlikely to bring up anything bad in a lucid dream. In fact, you can create the environment you like. I often create tropical beaches or Garden of Eden type paradises and just enjoy a few minutes in them. And being already conscious in a lucid dream, I have found it very easy to wake up from them – so much so that sometimes I have to concentrate not to wake up. This is because lucidity generally occurs late into a sleep when you are much less tired and almost ready to wake up anyway.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Good luck. Please share how you get on.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    My experiences exactly.

  • http://authorandrewkincaid.com/ Andrew Kincaid

    Interesting post! I’ve managed to lucid dream a few times but it has been difficult to recapture that recently. I’ve read that meditation can induce a lucid dream state, if you do it before/as you fall asleep. Also, I’ve read that lucid dreaming is a practice in Eastern philosophy to come to a better understanding of oneself. Tibetan Dream Yoga has four gates of dreaming, and claims you can induce lucid dreaming by recognizing that all life is a dream. At the very least, if you always believe you’re in a dream, when you really are in one it should be easier to recognize it!

  • Darian

    i write this because of how interesting it was. but if you think you have an answer, feel free to speak your mind. a little while ago think i had a lucid dream (a pretty intense one). one of those dreams where you feel dizzy and everything is out of context but you KNOW whats going on. i was sitting cross legged in the middle of the floor in my room at what appeared to be the dead of night. i then heard what sounded exactly like the lowest key of a piano being struck hard and for some reason it gave me the urge to walk to my window and look outside. the being i saw in the distance was disturbing looking. it was a tall guy (around 6 1/2 ft) wearing a suit and it had what looked like a small vanity mirror in place of its head. it then communicated with me through my mind and let me know right off the bat that it was only a visual representation of my deep subconscious. it then told me of a realization i had come to in the back of my head that i would have otherwise had great difficulty conceptualizing without his (my) help in bringing it to light. my subconcious explained it to me in very clear understandable terms this fascinating conclusion of existence itself. it could have only been extremely complex because i recall it telling me about algorithms and equations. the problem with the entire episode was with every false awakening that followed, the realisation grew more and more faint. and when i finally woke up, aside from what i listed above, the only thing i could really recall from the conversation (if thats what you want to call it) was an odd reference to face-less pilgrim children. what do any of you make of this? and do you think it couldve been sleep paralysis instead?

  • guest 11964

    I remember when I was younger I had lucid dreams almost every night. Everything you said in your post was absolutely correct. Flying was the best part of lucid dreaming. In my case when I had a dream I could switch what I was dreaming about by flying up to the sky, break some transparrent barrier, and found myself looking at a frame on a roll of film. The frame contained the dream I was in. Moving onto another fame on the roll of film brought me to another dream.

    I haven’t had that type of experience while dreaming in a long time, so I thank you for posting this and inspiring my to try and have a lucid dream again

  • Karsten

    I’ve had one lucid dream in my life and it was one of the most amazing experiences. It was about a year ago, before I could drive, and in the dream I was driving, with one of my friends in the passenger seat. I realized I was dreaming and thought to myself that I should try and control it. At first I was driving in my home town, which is just a small town, but after realizing it was a dream, I made one turn, and was in a city that I think was my version of New York (I’ve neve.d him that this was a dream and that I had to go explore. His reaction was really funny, and I feel like if I had said this too him in real life he would have reacted almost the same exact way. After he told me I should stop messing around with him, I told him that he’d be fine then got out of the car. After I closed it I looked back and the car (along with my friend) were gone. Then for a while I just walked around and enjoyed how realistic everything looked. Then I started to move stuff with my mind. First small stuff, like newspaper ect, but then I moved a car. I remember people around me freaking out over the car, and again, I was surprised by how real their reactions felt. Then I flew away and enjoyed flying around until a cramp in my neck forced me to wake up. I’ve been trying to lucid dream again ever since but to no avail. I’m not gonna give up though, because that was certainly one of the funnest, most amazing experiences ever.

  • Blauveltp

    I generally become aware that I’m dreaming if I have to read something in my dream. Newspaper, book, whatever. I initially discovered this years ago when I realized that I couldn’t make sense of what I was reading, that every time it said something different. I tried to concentrate and suddenly the words fell away from the paper and I knew I was asleep. Though this happens to me fairly often, I have never been able to control my dreams, I always wake up within a few seconds.

  • Blauveltp

    I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of lucid dreaming but never able to make it work. I often realize that I’m asleep and dreaming, but it always cause me to wake. Sometimes this is a blessing as one of my triggers seems to be terror. I have frequent nightmares, but find that when they become unbearable in their intensity, I will quite suddenly, and deliberately state to myself (my sub-conscious, or whatever) I’ve had enough of this shit, I’m waking up. I have also noticed the ‘dream-reading’ phenomona you mentioned in an earlier post. If I find myself reading in a dream it will make me aware that I am asleep because the words don’t make sense. Trying to read them again, trying to concentrate, I think is what causes this.
    Any time that I notice my own body, my hands or feet, or my reflection in a mirror will also cause this awareness. At one point I had such frequent nightmares of being chased by dogs that now I will wake up when I encounter one.
    I also have a sleep/dream project in the works I call ‘The Full-On Flyer’. The title is meant to be humorous as it describes not only the common ambition to fly in one’s own mind, but also the position of one’s physical body while sleeping. I would be interested in contributing such content if it was needed. Dream on!

  • A Kantlis

    I’ve heard stories about lucid dreaming where people claim to witness demon like things, is this at all true?

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This could have been a lucid dream because if you go with the flow while in one your unconscious will give you things to do, people to interact with and so on. It communicates in emotions and images more than language, but it will use simple words too. Perhaps it was offering something up to your conscious mind, and maybe it made sens toi you at teh time, and maybe you did with it what you needed to. So perhaps there is no need to recall exactly what it was.

    Like many lucid dreamers I know that your unconscious mind sometimes uses dreams to provide answers to things troubling you in the real world. In my case I have had solutions to difficult programming problems reveal to me, and also been made aware of relationship issues I should work on. But it’s different for every one and so you must interpret what is going on and its meaning for yourself.

    But certainly what you recount seems typical of a lucid dream.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think the best time to lucid dream is at the end of the night because you are most awake then. For me, if I get up and go to the bathroom and then go back to bed with the thought of lucid dreaming on my mind that can help to bring one on.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    As well as occurring more frequently towards the end of the night you might find that the next time you are sleep deprived and have become so tired that you can’t sleep, think about lucid dreaming as you try to drop off. In this state you may often have lucid dreams at the start, rather than the end.

    I suspect one reason is that you mostly get sleep deprived when you are shift working or have an assignment to complete before the morning, and so drink loads of coffee to stay awake. The caffeine is therefore still quite concentrated in your blood when you try to sleep, and thus will help to allow your consciousness to awake when you sleep.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think a couple of years (or maybe more) passed between my first and second lucid dreams. So don’t give up hope. Keep telling your unconscious mind that becoming lucid is something you desire and believe would be good for you and you would enjoy. Do do in imagery rather than words, by imagining a lucid dream and feeling how it feels. Your unconscious is always listening and will be more inclined to let your consciousness rise to the surface during sleep.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I’ve heard of this but never experienced it. If it’s true (and not simply a nonsense myth) it’s also very rare as nobody else I know has reported it. That said, if someone had been taking a psychedelic substance or strong prescription medication not long before sleeping, then weird things could manifest. Perhaps that’s where the notion originated.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for the share, and good luck with your project – keep us posted on how it’s going!

  • Kerenmulia

    The experience to even lucid dream once is truly amazing and unforgettable. I’ve only experienced it once, a few months ago. The dream started out really weird and freaky though… Nevertheless, the last scene was me at my condominum’s parking lot area. What happened was that I opened my car trunk and this swarm of insects just kept bugging me, going through my skin and I felt highly uncomfortable. But after this, I think that’s when my mind was ‘triggered’ to become conscious. I realized and knew that this can not be true, and therefore realized that I was lucid dreaming. So what I did was to think that I can truly control whatever happens since this is unreal and is a dream, and I told myself to change everything and make everything disappear – and that was what happened. I was in a black room, with nothing. Just emptiness. And as I walked around, a few moments later I woke up. I was perspiring with my hands marked with a couple of scratches because of the bug-related scene, but realized that what I truly experienced was a lucid dream. Amazing topic to write here. Cheers.

  • Cochrangraphics

    I try to wrap my mind around lucid dreaming almost every night before I sleep. I never have.
    However, something one of you might be able to explain: No one talks in my dreams; everything is implied. Also I usually dream in third person and I watch myself die a lot-rather than waking up, I see it.

    Any thoughts?

  • Tokutanee

    You can feel pain in lucid dreams. It’s all about expectation, if you expect pain you will feel it.

  • Dreihill

    I myself have never experienced any demon-like apparitions but have lucid dreamed on a few occasions to vary degrees of severity. As far as I know this is where the succubus/incubus myth came from. It is usually experienced as demonic presence which you experience without being able to move. It is basically when you are conscious enough to be lucid dreaming but to a higher degree as you are fully aware of lying there. The neurophysiological response when dreaming is to partly keep the body from movement (otherwise we would move about when asleep); sleep paralysis is when this action (or lack thereof) is still intact but we are still lucid dreaming. Apologies for the sketchy knowledge there. I believe the demonic presence to be an external manifestation of power that is able to hold the sleeper down and because of our own lack of control we most often imagine it as ‘evil’.

  • Carl Beckelheimer

    Hmmm.. posted as guest and my full name and face came up. That’s it, I’m officially quitting commenting on the internet. Edit: and I can’t even delete it :(

  • Anonymous

    Have been seeing sleep therapists and psychiatrists for over 2 years.. I’ve been told it’s lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis that developed probably as a result of other mental issues. I’m on various medications which have helped with everything apart from this. Nothing has worked so far so I’m trying accupressure now. It’s to early to tell if that’s working I guess.. I am aware of the fact that I’m dreaming and can control it. That is why it is so terrifying, all my actions are carried out in my dream world. I can’t wake up.

    In terms of having dreams where I’m flying or sleeping with whoever I want or fulfilling all my wildest fantasies. I have those several times a week bu tI can’t enjoy it anymore because when I realise I’m dreaming I start panicking because I find I can’t wake myself up. Then I hallucinate within the dream if that makes sense at all…

    Letting those vivid fantasies happen I find always pushed me into depression because it was so much better than my real life. That’s not healthy. I don’t want dreams like that. I want normal dreams where I don’t hate myself in the morning after a handful of false awakenings that scare the shit out of me and taking myself to a world that makes me despise this one.

  • A Kantlis

    Cool insight! That is an interesting thought, it makes a lot of sense also… Thank you for the info to both of you and I can’t wait to try lucid dreaming out.

  • Kassidy Mitchell

    Posting as guest:, sorry dude that sucks, its always good to be reminded that its all most likely getting logged

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. I hope you will find a way to deal with these issues in a positive way. Have you tried using creative visualization and imagining having a good night’s sleep – really spending five minutes once or twice (or more) a day pretending to be fully asleep and feeling what it is like. That you are relaxed, and can wake up at any time (so that’s not an issue) and that you are more of a participant in your dreams, which just develop in the normally strange ways of regular dreams, with you not thinking about being lucid.

    By visualizing in this way you prime your unconscious mind. This is the part of you that is always awake (and is about 90% of your complete self – consciousness being only about 10%). It doesn’t use language and concepts very well but is very good with feelings and emotions. It particularly gets the message when you visualize, as it’s so easy to understand what you are communicating.

    You never know, by visualizing regularly that you are dreaming more naturally, you may find that your sleep becomes a little less stressful, and it may continue to improve over time if you keep visualizing.

    If you want a good book on creative visualization you might like to check out my book “Creative Visualization for Dummies” in the right-hand column.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This is one reason I am fascinated by lucid dreaming – it can be so different for each person, yet most lucid dreamers report how amazing it is.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I’ve been considering the subject of people talking in dreams quite a lot recently. In my own case it seems that dream characters are very one-dimensional and say very few words, yet often a lot of meaning. It is your unconscious mind that creates these dream characters and like you I often get the feeling that my unconscious passes thoughts directly to me along with the words to ensure I understand. I have even been suspicious that what I remember as words may have been only thoughts, particularly when I cannot recall the tone or sound of the voice.

    Dreaming in third person is something I have not experienced. I will see if I can manage it though. I wonder whether your dreaming of dying a lot is because your unconscious is concerned that you may have dangers in your life (either real such as being a sky diver, or emotional), and it’s trying to raise its concerns, which is often what dreams that you recall are – comments from your unconscious mind.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    It’s interesting that you have been able to feel pain in dreams. The most I have felt is sort of a numb thump or thud sensation. If I remember, next time I’m lucid I will try slapping a wall or something…

  • MistahB

    I have been working at lucid dreaming for about a year and a half now. In this time I have successfully accomplished it about 8 or 9 times. To test whether or not I’m dreaming, I try to move something with my mind. When successful, the feeling of intense excitement takes over and I feel like a kid in a candy store lol. It truly is an amazing and mind expanding experience. I also find that when I lucid dream, I feel ten times more rested than normal and my day is generally better.

    My first lucid dream was nothing short of spectacular. I found myself at an intersection in the middle of a deserted city. I thought “There has to be someone. How am I the only one here?”, and then it clicked. I was dreaming. I checked both ways down the street, nothing. Then, I thought to myself “car crash”. No less than two seconds later, I heard two cars screaming towards each other from opposite ways. They met in a high speed, head-on collision right in front of me. As they came together, time slowed to a crawl and I could see every little piece that came flying off. When everything was done, I looked into the cars and found no sign of a driver. Just shattered glass and deployed airbags.

  • lucid1111

    I’m sorry to say, but pinching doesn’t induce lucid dreaming. You know little to anything of the subject

  • dave

    I’ve been through sleeping paralysis multiple times and it is frightening. When I woke up with one last time I became aware of my body and my mind going through the phase. Yes, not to scare anyone, I did see a dark figure and sometimes even hear demonic voices. I wanted to follow through everything with my eyes but, oddly fear kicks in like none other that it’ll make you want to sleep and forget such thing. I found out if you slowly wiggle your toes and fingertips while working up to your limbs that your body will be able to get out of the paralysis.

  • Wordsmyth

    Hmmm.. it has worked for me in the past. It doesn’t necessarily induce lucid dreaming, but it does help to verify that you are indeed dreaming, once you have verified this, the natural next step is controlling the dream. I don’t know why you would tell someone they know little to nothing of a subject that they obviously have experienced several times. That’s kind of crazy, if you ask me. Why on earth would someone write so prolifically about something they haven’t experienced, as if they had? And if they have experienced it, then obviously they know something about it. Perhaps the pinching doesn’t work for you, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for anyone and it’s certainly not a point of contention, unless you are simply a contentious person.

  • Insomniac’s_Passion

    I don’t know if this is rare or anything, but I often control my dreams, when I dream that is. I usually don’t dream, or at least I can’t remember them. When I do dream though, it lasts far longer than 5 to 10 minutes, and I feel pretty much in control most of the time. The most memorable time is when I went through an entire day in a dream, and only woke up after I went back to sleep the following night in my dream. It felt like instead of going to bed I just woke up instantly and it was morning, and I somehow squeezed another day in while I was sleeping. Weird.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Everyone is different. If it doesn’t work for you then try another technique to go lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for recounting your first lucid dream. It’s amazing when things go into slow motion and you can see every tiny thing that’s part of the scene (such as your shards and splinters of cars), like an ultra high-definition 3D movie. Your comment may serve as inspiration for readers who have yet to lucid dream – when it first happens it is really quite astonishing.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for the useful tip on dealing with sleep paralysis,

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I like this description of shards. It’s similar to the other poster who wrote about the car crash dream. It seems that when lucid we love to create complicated imagery, because we can. And I’m sure you could clearly see see every separate shard and follow its descent.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You must be close to getting lucid control of your dreams. Try something other than reading as soon as you become aware. I have trouble with the written word too. I can read every word in clearly defined writing, and each word is a proper word, but the ones next to it don’t make sense. I think the unconscious mind has trouble with words (its better at pictures and feelings), and when I look away and back again all the words have changed.

    By quickly trying to do something else when you notice you are lucid from attempting to read you may distract your unconscious enough and be able to take control. Maybe you could suddenly choose to be on a tropical island with a cool breeze, warm sun, lapping waves, and palm trees – or anything highly visual and sensory – because you can really smell when lucid, and feel things like sand between your toes, for example.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Rather like the phenomenon of deja vu, where you are sure you have been somewhere before, but couldn’t possibly have.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    As you say, weird. You now hold the record for the longest lucid dreams of anyone I know :)

  • annonymous

    Do you think being creative when awake , and easily inspired has anything to do with it? I find almost every dream i have i can go on and on about the detail. I have tones of stories, like this one time i DID actually choose to fly over the city and i even road a motorcycle and i knew how to ride it, i was a bit nervous but i did hahahaha.

  • Barretoart

    I talked with a lady in a lucid dream just following the situation and then I told her .. Okay I know I’m dreaming now what!? and she started to laugh hahaha… and suddenly she transformed into a cactus. Then I had 2 more lucid dreams where this woman appeared she was talking me about her job and I was just looking at her thinking how the heck my mind was creating all of this. In the third one she asked me about my beliefs but I was so distracted with all the surroundings that I couldn’t talk to much. Strange strange… Since that my lucid dreams have changed drastically, so much that I can’t find the words to explain them. What about you people ? have you ever talked with people on your lucid dreams about the dream itself ?

  • Erin

    lucid1111 seems negative in a lot of his comments. Kudos to you for your reaction. I immediately wanted to call him a jackass.

  • Guest

    In my dreams I am usually aware that I’m dreaming, but never take control of the dream or whatever. Does that count at lucid?

  • Barretoart

    Robin what should we look besides looking the high definition of the dream… ?

  • Barretoart

    I think that’s called Semi-lucid or something like that

  • Deannab92

    I used to experience what you’re talking about, it’s called sleep paralyzation. People usually get it when they’re young and it fades as you get older. Basically the mechanism in your brain that controls your movements shuts off as you sleep. Usually, as you begin to wake up, that mechanism shuts off and you regain normal movement upon waking up. However sometimes the mechanism fails to turn off, and you’re stuck being unable to move and being awake. It’s strange in that you get trapped in a half dream world. It’s like you’re made of cement and it truly is scary. The worst part is that you’re generally still dreaming, so once you manage to get an eye open you usually have hallucinations or hear voices. Once I saw little goblins sitting stacked in the corner of my room…it’s giving me chills just thinking about it. I think that the experiences I have had with sleep paralyzation have scared me away from the idea of lucid dreaming sadly enough. I’d like to try it, but now I’m scared in a way of all things that have to do with dreaming and sleeping.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Confirmed!

    I don’t know why I never tried it before, but last night I conjured up a handrail while lucid and slapped it hard three times. My fingers stung for about 30 seconds. Very interesting.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You may be right that having a creative outlook on life could make it more likely you will go lucid. It could also make you more interested in having more after your first one.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I only ever get a few words from dream characters, and I also have noticed that rarely (if ever) do I hear them talking to each other. It’s something I;m trying to explorer at the moment. Curiously, although British, I had a weird chat with Barack Obama last night about US/UK colleges and universities and on being President – while we were both running in a marathon race! This was a semi-lucid dream in which I knew I was conscious but simply went with the flow.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, I get that state when I just choose to go with the flow, while still conscious.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    There can often be music if you listen – and it’s usually amazing. You can often go anywhere you choose and create any scenery and objects you choose (or go with the flow). Often you experience intense happiness. You can feel textures and temperatures such as the wind blowing on your face. You may experience solutions to problems – for example two nights ago I had been working on converting the garage to a home office and couldn’t decide how to work around insulating the slide up door so that it could still be used but keep the cold out – I went lucid that night and the first thing I saw was exactly how to proceed.

  • Vince

    I have read a few different articles on the subject, it’s always been an interest of mine. In life, I have been a “look forward, march straight, nothing matters” living day to day in emotional isolation. I’ve only been lucid somewhere around 3 or 4 times, and they were very close together, when I used to keep a dream journal (hey, it helped me get lucid).
    I stopped it after a while, I don’t know why, and reading this, I think I’ll start again. Living in a world of black and white, the mind can be a beautiful place…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXZTF5R6WURBJFFUG7I7TB5PCY Adam mulia

    I have read of a true life-story of a person who had an OBE during a surgery concerning his own life and death. Upon returning to his physical being, he was able to recall every step of the operation – he could see what the surgeons did to him.
    I have also heard of OBE’s before from a friend who claims to have a relative who is able to have OBE’s as he wishes, and feels no fear or worry as he was also fully aware of his situation and has experienced it many times. Could this be a mix of Lucid Dreaming AND OBE?

  • A1panda7

    The closest thing to a lucid dream I’ve had is when i’ve woken up after having a bad dream, and for some reason going back to sleep with the will of continuing the bad dream. Like, it usually has to do with my boyfriend cheating or something (I know, immature, whatever) and then when I go back to sleep I end up like beating up the girl. Haha but the thing is I’m not really controlling it, it’s just so vivid and I know it’s not real, like I’m letting myself do it, but I’m not really a violent person. And then I wake up and I’m like.. Wow, and I can remember everything about this made up girl that I created just to beat up. And this was just one time, I don’t frequently fight people in my sleep but it was weird. Could that be considered lucid dreaming?

  • http://danabaguley.com/ Dana

    I find the idea of learning intentional lucid dreaming attractive, but also frightening. I have semi lucid dreams perhaps once a year. I’ve never done anything to try to lucid dream, it’s just something that happens. The problem is, the main salient feature of these semi-lucid dreams is knowing I’m asleep and thinking I won’t wake up. Certainly, I can’t wake up just by wishing for it, or I would. It really is terrifying.

  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    Sometimes dreams come true…

  • Sue Salmon

    If you accomplish lucid dreaming. keep this in mind. There is an EVIL, NEG. FORCE out there. Sooner or later you will cross it. Just beware.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I doubt that you are a lucid dreamer and suspect you are simply repeating something you heard somewhere. From my research I have found no evidence for what you suggest.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    And mostly they don’t :)

    It’s good when they do though.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    When lucid you can usually wake up at will. Although some people who practice frequently report they have phantom wake-ups, and maybe more than one when they do so. I had one the other night when I was sure I had woken, only to find I was on a plane. So I instantly realized I was lucid and enjoyed looking down at the amazing view – it was like leaving LAX at night (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever seen that). Only later did I properly wake up. So it can feel a little like Inception sometimes. Being scared that you cannot wake up is a common feeling, but you have to learn to relax and not be bothered by the thought.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think what you recount is not really lucidity – it’s simply that you have recalled these dreams. To be lucid you must be completely and fully aware that you are in a dream at the time of the dream.

  • Sue Salmon

    Think what you want but if you are a lucid dreamer you know what I’m saying is true.

  • Troy

    Hello Robin. I very much enjoyed your writng. Lucid dreams have always fascinated me. I have always had very vivid dreams and basically always remember my dreams, every night. Sometimes I remember 2 or even 3 dreams in one night. I have had only several lucid dreams though. I agree about the intense feelings of happiness and general satisfaction after experiencing a lucid dream. I have worked hard to try and extend my lucid dreams, make them happen more frequently, and control them further. While my normal dreams are random, my lucid dreams are always the same. Every time I have lucid dreams I give myself superpowers. At first I could only fly. Which was amazing and insanely beautiful to say the least. I can feel the wind so harsh on my face because I am going so fast. So fast that my cheeks blow to the side. It feels so real it’s unbelievable. In other lucid dreams I had the power to fly and also gave myself super strength and teleportation. In another lucid dream I had I flew to a city.I did not recognize this place. It’s crazy how your mind can create a whole city block with perfect vivid detail. I landed next to a lamp post and tested my strength by ripping it from the ground. Where I met a girl (who i also have never met before) she also had super powers and informed me I could teleport. So I thought about the moon. Because I wanted to go there. And I couldn’t do it. Then the girl told me to concentrate hard. So I closed my eyes and thought REALLY hard and then I did. I was floating above the moon looking down. What a wonderful dream. Then I teleported back. Thanks for reading. :)

    And btw I have found from experience that if you are lucid dreaming and something is going wrong or getting too weird and you want to wake yourself up. Try closing your eyes and try really hard to focus on your real body. And hold your eyes straight ahead of you. This wakes me. Try it :D

  • Kissmeimurzxo

    I have had a lot of crazy sleep/dream experiences. I think that this whle process is something thats always come pretty naturally to me however it was mor semi-lucid cus i never took FULL contrlol of the dream. A lot of times i got nervous as i also felt i was never going to wake up. Sleep paralysis also was something i used to experience. To put it lightly, it used to scare the crap out of me. I got to the point to where it would happen to me a couple times a night. I used to wake up gasping for air from trying so hard to just wake up and move my body. Its something thats very hard to explain but if you’ve been through it you know. Back to the lucid dreaming though. I never realized how many other people experience this and in a way i rejected it and this is why i never got the best out of it i could. I would find that a lot of times i would wake up in my room and see myself still sleeping. This would freak me out and i would go into my mothers room and ask her for help but she could not hear me. This was always a problem for me in my dreams. I found i could not communicate with others. The dreams were not always bad like this though. They got bad when i started going through rough times.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I love the way you describe lucid dreaming – it’s exactly how I experience it. I haven’t tried teleporting yet – and must give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion about how to get out of a lucid dream that is bothering you.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Dreams will generally echo the things going on in your life. But lucid dreams can be freeing and release you from problems in the real world. Perhaps like a trip to Disneyland.

    Maybe if you awake to see yourself sleeping again, think how amazing the experience is, rather than disturbing. Wonder at the power and flexibilty of your mind, and try to enjoy the experience.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I have heard of such things too. As I have a scientific background I am somewhat skeptical, but would happily change my view if I encountered this myself. But yes, lucid dreaming and OBE seem to be closely related for some people – Although, whether we can leave our physical bodies seems to be unproven at this point in time.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    And you won’t know unless you try.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I don’t mean to sound harsh or dismissive, but what you say definitely seems at odds with what I (and many other lucid dreamers) have experienced. Would you care to expand on your comments?

  • Christian Doscher

    I’ve had some experiences like this. I think it was me though rather than an outside force. The worst part is that I kinda have awareness of my physical body but I’m paralyzed. It’s like a dissociative experience. I don’t think it’s the same thing as a lucid dream as described here, although it is definitely some grey area of conciousness. I’ve have lucid dreams fairly regularly also. All I ever do is bounce around and do flips and stuff due to fear that I’ll wake up any moment.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This sounds like another instance of sleep paralysis, a common and sometimes frightening experience, but one that is not lucid dreaming.

    You might want to try being a little less active when you go lucid. Spend some time closely examining your surroundings and you may extend the length of the dream. Also listen hard and see if there’s music – when I do that I hear unearthly music that’s impossible to describe.

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewTF Andrew Fielden

    My partner informed me of this article as she knows that I have dreams that are similar to the ones you describe on a very regular basis. To be frank I absolutely love them. Flying plays a regular part to them and I tend to invent landscapes to explore which are very obviously not part of the standard world that my conscious mind inhabits. I am also well aware that I am dreaming and I often fight waking up, this very often takes the form of a need to go to the toilet for my body which is represented in the dream by running water of some sort that in the dream I need but can’t stop, e.g. a tap. I know in the dream what it represents and I will do my best to turn that tap or block the stream but I know I am fighting a losing battle so in the end I get up and visit the toilet. The only reason I mention this is to give my backing to the whole concept.

  • Austin

    There are no negative forces at work beside your own lack of control over your own consciousness.

  • Austin

    Lucid Dreaming is defined by Stephen Laberge as simply being aware that you are dreaming..you don’t have to be in control..however, it’s a waste not to be. :)

  • Austin

    Pinching is a form of reality checking and it’s helping your mind get in the habit of asking if you’re dreaming or not..which in fact will lead to lucid dreams. Nothing will induce lucid dreaming beside the realization that you are in fact, dreaming..and the lack of a pain from a pinch would do that. I actually bite my lip instead of pinching myself, and it’s worked countless times. You know little to nothing of the subject.

  • Ajhhackett

    Whenever I lucid dream, theres generally something trying to harm me (Although not all the time). No matter how hard I try, it doesn’t go away.

    And mine aren’t generally colourful and vibrant when I’m conscious while dreaming most of the colours are dim, and I do feel physical pain while dreaming like this.

    Is this normal at all? If not how can I change this?

  • Jordan

    I actually have the same thing Christian, and I hate them. Feels like your trapped in your own body until it wakes up. I read about it in my psychology class last year, its called Waking Dreams. Its simply when your coming out of sleep and your body is still in paralysis from the REM stage of your sleep cycle. (We go into mild paralysis so that we don’t get up and run or punch things in our sleep). Its just a waiting game as far as I’m concerned… Not fun.

  • sam

    I don’t know if this is lucid dreaming but every once in a while I’ll notice in my dream that I’m dreaming but then I instantly get bored with what I was doing in the dream and for the life of me I can’t get interested in anything in the dream now that I know it’s not real and then I find a door that shouldn’t be there (like the door in the horizon on the Trueman Show) and there’s nothing behind it ever except for the occasional object or person or a foggy scene for another dream but if I keep walking it goes dark and I can see myself but nothing else and then I either wake up or the dream just stops..

    sometimes also I’ll notice in the dream that I’m dreaming and then I try to change things in the dream and nothing happens.. like I’ll try to move a chair and I can’t or I’ll try to leave the room and I can’t get out or I’ll be stuck in the character I was just in (like if I’m dreaming I’m peter pan and I notice I’m dreaming and try to do something else.. nothing happens I just keep acting like peter pan only with the awareness that I’m dreaming) peter pan was just an example btw.. but yea that’s what I’ve got

  • kitty

    I have personally experienced lucid dreaming where I am aware that I am dreaming and I am in control of what happens in my dreams. My lucid dreams are never vibrant or textured. I’ve never experienced the sound of music or smells either. My lucid dreams almost always contain sexual pleasure. I find it extremely satisfying and it’s crazy because it’s almost better than real life intimacy. After reading descriptions of what lucid dreaming is I am beginning to wonder if my dreams are in fact lucid or perhaps something else? My lucid dreams are dull and I’ve never experienced having superpowers or anything related to that. In fact, I’ve experienced the complete opposite. I am often unable to run away from situations and I am unable to speak or scream. The HD visions that are described are foggy and unclear in my dreams.
    I have also experienced dreams where my dreams are interrupted by a shock of fear. I have felt actual (and I hate to say this) demons tormenting my body while I am asleep. Is this normal? I have, on several occasions, been disturbed to the point where I can feel the breath of something on my neck; and my body, although still dreaming, is paralyzed. In my dream I am screaming and tossing and turning to the point where I think I am actually screaming for help in real life. I wake up and I am exhausted. I know there there are night terrors but could it be possible that what “Sue S” said could be true? I know this is out of subject but they feel so lucid to me; I just need to know if they are abnormal and why they could be happening.

  • Ajhackett

    I have dreams like that aswell and when I wake up, the pain i felt in the dream is still there when I wake-up.
    Sometimes I’ve woken up and realised that I’ve just been screaming outside of the dream aswell.

  • Abhishek Bhatia

    try imagining a story when you are in bed and trying to sleep, you will slowly drift to sleep but you can still control the dream. If this doesn’t help during a few times try imagining the same story over again and continue making it up, I am sure this will help

  • Rob

    The simplest way I use on a regular basis is that I set my alarm in ten minute intervals on my phone a few hours before I normally wake up. Not only does it allow lucid dreaming to last longer because you’re not giving the unconscious time to take over, but sometimes causes time compression where several hours can be days or weeks.

  • kokoro

    If you go to http://www.eckankar.com, you can learn about using your dreams to reach higher states of consciousness. Try singing HU (hue) before you go to sleep, as softly or loud as you like and in any rhythm but on the out breath. Not only can you go to higher planes where things are clear as life, but where one is spiritual learning. Lucid dreams often consist of being with others, with Masters and those we are close to or have things to work things out with. They are very real, but way different from the quality of a hallucination. It is good to have a spiritual guide which you can call on and/or who will look after you, as you move through the different planes. My first lucid dream, I was taken to 3 places, and it was around a year before I found anyone who understood it.

  • http://angelo-saxon.tumblr.com/ Antonio Ke

    I occasionally go lucid in my dreams. However, I rarely actually try to go. If I do I usually end up waking myself up and experiencing sleep paralysis. Not fun. Terrifying actually. While lucid dreaming is fun, there is always the chance that you’ll end up in a temporary paralysis state. However, those little tricks do work a great deal of the time. I will say that reading is strange in dreams, though. When you read in a dream, you have to continue staring at the page. Or else the book will change or the words will change order. It is quite interesting to look at the broad range of topics your brain will put on the page, though.

  • Melancholia

    Your brain cannot create new faces, every person you see in your dreams is someone you’ve seen in real life, whether you know them well or passed them on a street. When it comes to imagination, your brain cannot imagine new faces. It’s true. I also wake myself up from bothersome dreams by shutting my eyes. Often, I will realize I am dreaming when things start becoming nightmarish, so tightly closing my eyes really works when it comes to waking myself up out of unfortunate dreams.

  • Melancholia

    I agree! I have felt pain before in my dreams, it has been a dull pain, but it’s there. I can also recall taste and smell in my dreams, but this may have more to do with synaesthesia than actually senses forming in my dreams.

  • Daniel

    Why do people always say that the brain cannot create new faces? Your brain can create a purple cow with tentacles in a dream. Have you ever seen one of those in reality? No. But you’ve seen a cow, the color purple and tentacles. So is it that far of a stretch that your brian might pair this type of eye’s with this mouth and that nose and all the other random details to create a face you’ve never seen? Not at all. You can imagine a person you’ve never seen and paint them, or imagine an alien that you’ve never seen and sculpt it. Of all the things you’re imagination can conjure up it’s silly to think face creation isn’t possible.

  • Rhkay

    So whats the whole point of lucid dreaming?i dont get it. It is literally building castles in the air and seems addictive. just like the movie Inception, it sounds like a way of escaping reality. We would just get lost in limbo. i dont see a practical reason to lucid dream

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Well, it can be a lot of fun, and makes a difference from regular dreaming. But also I notice positive effects in my waking life. For example, in lucid dreams I sometimes find solutions to difficult problems. Just recently I was trying to get a computer program I was writing to work properly, and a lucid dream gave me the fix.

    Also I know some therapists teach lucid dreaming because it’s a wonderful tool for working through psychological problems.

    And, if nothing else, it’s another way of integrating your unconscious and conscious minds, which are generally kept apart from each other by our conscious mind domination. But when integrated a bit more we become more creative, kinder and more fulfilled. After all the unconscious mind is over 90% of our total mind, so it makes sense to learn about it and interact more with it.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Exactly, when I move my eye along the page the words outside my focus change. I am trying to look at writing from a distance now to see whether I can make sense of larger amounts of text, because word-by-word all I get right now is gibberish (to my conscious mind anyway :)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for the great tips!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, I have heard others use this technique, although I haven’t used it myself, as I’m fairly happy with how often I go lucid, and don’t want to push it too much, for fear of too much of a great thing, perhaps…

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think you are describing nightmares or terrors. Normally when you go lucid you can vanquish these immediately. We are all different and some people have brighter dreams and fewer nightmares, while others may be duller and more scary. But I do know that when you go lucid, usually you can use willpower to force things to happen. SO next time you know you are conscious imagine you have a magic paintbrush and paint colours into your dreams, or start singing to create your own music.

    If things like this work and you see some (even slight) improvement, then they are worth working on and developing because it means you will be able to master more of your dreams and reduce the frequency of nightmares.

    I know from the hundreds of emails I get that many lucid dreamers started through having nightmares, and ended up ridding themselves of them, turning lucid dreams into a phenomenon they look forward to.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Hi Sam (I got your email BTW), I really like the way you use the door metaphor to escape from dreams you don’t like.

    I’ll tell you a funny dream I had once that is the opposite. I was having a great dream with wonderful magical powers, going around doing anything I wanted, when a strange character appeared. He was somewhat menacing, dark and blurry and simply stated that he was the “dream terminator”. He got out a syringe, injected me and I instantly woke up.

    Weird huh? I think that was a manifestation of my unconscious mind giving me a kick up the backside, telling me not to fool around so much in its dreams :)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    What you recount seems quite rare. When you are next lucid and you can clearly think to yourself “I am awake in this dream” try to achieve small things such as summoning enough speed to run away, or manifesting a pogo stick with which you can bounce high in the air away from anything chasing you. Be prepared. Think in advance of strategies that you think would counter the harmful force. Then when you do go lucid and encounter it you’ll be ready to oppose it.

    Some people have good results by surrounding such forces with incredible amounts of love such that all the malice melts away and what remains is small and harmless, maybe like a cure kitten or something. But it’s really whatever you believe will work with your unconscious mind, and the way you think. Be creative and be prepared.

    If anything you decide on starts to work (even a little bit) you know you are onto something and can plan to do more the next time you go lucid, until eventually you will have much more comfortable dreams.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I have often heard this about faces so I’ve been trying hard to study them when lucid. It’s true that many of the faces I recognize, but some I am very sure are new and I haven’t seen them before. Of course I cannot prove this, in much the same way that it cannot be proved that we only see faces we know in dreams. But my gut feeling is that we can create new faces, at least sometimes.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I agree, although it’s easy to see where this idea came from, since most characters in our dreams correspond to those in real life.

  • Guest

    This could be extremely dangerous to the uninformed. I suggest you do all some homework. “Fun” is the tip of the iceberg.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    And you are informed how? Please elluicidate.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Please elucidate. I’m fascinated to hear the evidence behind why lucid dreaming is ‘dangerous’.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TOSJLESHLHQ52P5CCB6DV2D6D4 MsM

    I have been able to lucid dream since I was a small child. Is there a practical reason? I think so. I am able to work through problems with other people, family members while dreaming. As in, I can talk out my problems, express in words that I am not able to in real life and it help me prepare for the eventual confrontation. I also love that I can, as the writer said, create spaces, themes, scenarios that I would like to partake in. I have certain books that I love, and often times I can lucid dream to be apart of that world and interact with my favorite characters, help solve the mystery from the book etc. It definitely is a means of escaping reality. It’s nice to have control over your dreams from time to time. It beats the random, nonsensical imagery that regular dreams seem to contain. For me anyways.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TOSJLESHLHQ52P5CCB6DV2D6D4 MsM

    I don’t think what you’re saying is true. I absolutely see people while lucid dreaming that I have never met or seen before. They may be a combination of faces that I have seen or just some that I have imagined in real life while reading a book. Like Daniel said below, if I can dream of places I have never seen or heard of then I can certainly dream of faces I’ve never seen before.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TOSJLESHLHQ52P5CCB6DV2D6D4 MsM

    I have had instances where the people in my dream will say or comment about me actually being awake and aware that this is all a dream. I usually respond with ‘yeah I know’ or something like that. But usually when a comment like that is made I instantly wake up. It’s like they have ruined my pretend world. I usually try and go right back to sleep and pick up where I left off and ban the offending person from my dream It doesn’t always work but I have been able to do this a few times.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TOSJLESHLHQ52P5CCB6DV2D6D4 MsM

    I was taking a prescription medication and it caused me to have nightmares every night. The one time I lucid dreamed while on this medication I was unable to interact with the environment or change the dream in any way. I was like a hostage forced to watch a really scary movie. All along I knew I was dreaming but could not wake. It was quite disturbing and violent.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TOSJLESHLHQ52P5CCB6DV2D6D4 MsM

    Chronic nightmares as a small child is what helped me to develop my ability to lucid dream. My father was a lucid dreamer. He taught me how to become one myself. He started by telling me every night to imagine that I was holding a magic stone and that anytime I wanted to leave a dream to shake the hand with the stone. It made no sense to me but he would remind me nightly that my magic stone would change my dream. The first time I had a lucid dream was due to a horrifying nightmare, in it I was being tormented by unseen people, at one point I raised my hands to cover my eyes and saw the stone in my hand. At that moment I realized that I was dreaming and that the stone my father had me imagine was actually in my hand–in my dream state. So I ‘changed the channel’ and went to a playground where all of my classmates were waiting for me. Surprised at what was taking place but also astounded that I knew I was dreaming. From that night on I worked on changing the channel and dreaming of whatever I wished for. It was many many years before I discovered that not every body could do this.

  • Nubs42069

    It’s called astral travel… do some research on that… There’re people who can do that on command.

  • mm

    Well, as another lucid dreamer I can tell that I can’t think about any danger at all. Maybe for the beginners, they could have a bad experience in their first lucid dreams (as a example, end having a nightmare for being afraid of what they were doing). But real danger, is something I can’t think about.

  • Anonymous 4

    There is no danger involved. Lucidity is safe in every way. Don’t assume otherwise. I myself have been studying the matter for years and know for a fact that there is no downside to it.

    -Anonymous 4

  • Linda

    A few years ago I read an article that said almost everyone dreams in black and white. I was truly shocked by this! I have always dreamed in color and had very vivid dreams. What you are calling lucid I call vivid…the difference being I never realized I could somehow control what is goin on! I cant wait to try it!! When I dream this way one or both of my parents are there in the dream…for me the danger is too not constantly want to do this so I can see them all the time. The “danger” I see is that people like myself would or will become addicted to it!

  • tally ho

    I always just bang chicks in mine

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think most people dream in colour, although some report the colors being dull, and others bright. Interestingly I am red-green colour blind, which is apparently caused by a deformity of the eye (not the brain). When I dream in colour things seem far more vibrant than reality. I suspect this is partly because I am seeing things as a non-colour blind person.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I completely agree.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    That’s why I asked the commenter for evidence – as I have yet to see any for lucid dreaming being other than a positive experience.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Wow. I find it amazing you have gone so far as to interact with your favourite book characters. Something else for me to try out!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I am still learning all I can about lucid dreaming and the links between the conscious and unconscious minds – almost everything I have experienced in these areas so far makes sense scientifically, so that’s the way I interpret things.

    When you bring out of body experiences (OBEs) into the subject it becomes less scientific and more metaphysical. While there seems to be some evidence of people actually being able to move their mind out of their bodies (particularly when almost dying under surgery, for example), such as those who have reported seeing and hearing things they couldn’t have possibly known about while unconscious, I feel it’s sufficiently different to lucid dreaming that, for now, I keep the two concepts separate in my mind, which remains open to (but not convinced by) the possibility of OBEs.

    Of course, if anyone has experiences to share in this direction I am all ears!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TOSJLESHLHQ52P5CCB6DV2D6D4 MsM

    Having chronic nightmares as taught me over the last 35 years to always go to sleep with a detailed image/storyline, if you will, that I hope to dream about. I can usually get there four out seven nights. It’s fabulous to dream and participate in such detail!

  • irrelephantelephant

    Hello! I thought I’d share my first lucid dreaming experience after reading so many equally good ones here. :) it happened when my daughter was about 4 months old, we were sleeping in our bed and i dreamt that her grandmother was outside our bedroom door laughing at us, and i looked at my baby and her face shrunk down around her nose. i started screaming for help and banging on my bedroom door but none of what i was doing created any noise… as i reached for the handle of the door, it crumpled up and the room started filling with smoke. SO… at this point I felt like something weird was happening and I reached for the light switch…. which didn’t work! It was a great trigger. As soon as I saw that the light wouldn’t turn off, I knew I was dreaming and the big horrible scene disappeared…. Then I began to think “Why am I awake in this dream about my baby?” and started thinking maybe in real life I might be laying on her, so I spent the rest of the dream trying really hard to wake up to make sure she was okay – jumping around and sceaming and stuff. i remember walking through a convenient store telling people “I’m dreaming right now…I’m laying in bed with my daughter, and I need to wake up. How do I wake up.?” and I had other people all look me in the eye as we walked past each other. I examined a sunkist soda box and shuddered at myself for how much detail my subconscious brain had stored on such useless things. Eventually I walked out into the parking lot into a dark fog to wake up, I felt like I was looking for a car. (my baby was fine, by the way. ) …:) what a trip it was!

  • Havoc

    I’ve experienced lucid dreaming a few times. Those most interesting and memorable times were from when I was a child. I would usually be doing something crazy or having a nightmare when I suddenly start to tell myself that this couldn’t be real, then I would start to fly. I remember this one time where I suddenly became the Human Torch and was just flying around burning stuff. However, most of the time I’ll only experience short bursts of lucidity. This is always connected to nightmares. I’ll be absolutely terrified, and because I don’t want to continue the bad dream, I’ll gain consciousness in the dream just long enough for me to go through my “Escape Plan” where I simply stop what I’m doing, close my eyes (in the dream) and wake myself up.

  • elizabeth noria

    I have been lucid dreaming since I was a little girl. I didn’t know of course then but I had really bad nightmares and would close my dream eyes and tell myself it wasn’t real sand the monster would go away. I can do all the things you described and when I would tell people in the morning they thought I was lying lol its a really great thing and It makes me feel great!! I can fly I sometimes turn into a mermaid I can build things. The human brain is really amazing!! Have you ever looked at your hands? It’s so trippy! Oh and I can even force myself awake! I make my body open my eyes its pretty hard :P

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Wow, what a story. Your intense concern for your child overrode your unconscious mind and forced your consciousness to the forefront but, as often happens, you remained in your dream, which you fought your way out of.

    Many people have told me they worry about not being able to wake up when lucid, but your experience is the first where you had a good reason (you might have rolled onto your child). Mostly I suggest people learn to relax and enjoy the lucidity.

    I like how you encountered the incredible detail your unconscious stores and presents to you in dreams – I hope you have more positive lucid dreams nowadays.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    What you report is exactly how many people first learn to lucid dream. If you can, next time you’re lucid and trying to wake up, take a moment to ensure that the nightmare you are escaping is really gone, and allow yourself a minute or two to examine your dreamworld knowing you are now safe. You may be able to turn your nightmares into tremendously positive experiences, rather than simply wakening.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You’ve certainly experienced a lot of lucid dreams, and also the skepticism of others who’ve never had one. I have often looked closely at flowers, architecture and other things around me when lucid, and been stunned at their definition and clarity, but not parts of myself – so now I have another thing to try, thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708231867 Tse Espineli

    I often practice this, i didn’t know what is it called until i read this! i just lay in bed making mental movies of perfect scenarios in life and often continuous to a dream, and you woke up it really feels good :) i also practice the law of attraction and it works for me. Thanks for writing this article now i have a very clear explanation :)

  • Nandan G

    I was controlling my dreaming since i was a child.. I could give it a name very recently as lucid dreaming. I imagine walking on a high terrace when i sleep and the same continues into the dream. When i slip and fall, that’s when i take control of my dream. I wonder how i can think of new ways of landing safe everynight. sometimes flying, sometimes with modern gadgets, sitting on bird, opening up a parachute from my specacles.. feels weird and crazy. But when i wake up in the morning I remember every moment of my dream and feel happy that i could turn it out my way :)

  • Jordieeb

    Some people think its ‘dangerous’ because they think being lucid is the same as OOBE’s or astral travel. If you believe it, astral travel or OOBE’s take place on earth or our plane but in a spirit dimention. So ppl believe it to be dangerous because you can contact or be dicieved or hurt by these spirits. But when your lucid your in your own little world (dream world) and there’s no danger in that what so ever.

  • Jayybabyy89

    I have these dreams quite often. Its the most amazing experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebinkus Rebecca Dora Greenfield

    beyond pinching yourself throughout the day, there is another technique that works quite well! If you look at any object around you at some point of the day, really think about this object, look away, and really ask yourself that when you look back, if the object has changed, make your mind be surprised when you look back at the object and it has not changed. If you do this a few times during the day, when you are sleeping, you might look at something in your dream, look away and really consider the object changing when you look back, when you look back at the object when you’re dreaming, and the object has changed, suddenly you become conscious during your dream and are able to lucid dream…………try it, it really really works!

  • aash

    this may not always have good environment and with good music..rather it can be too bad and you want to stop dreaming so…i have felt it many times

  • Docdoger

    I’ve myself experienced thousands of these dreams, I actually make around 6 of them a week, I’ve read books on the subject (old ones from I don’t remember wich specialist in dreaming, an old african man) and I keep a journal of ALL my dreams, of all my worlds, medieval, futuristic, magical, all kind of things. The hardest challenge I ever completed was learning how to fly as a bird, fly as a plane, and swim as a fish, these required me weeks of intense training every night. Lucid dreaming is a gift not everyone is able to master, and I keep learning every night how wonderful my imagination can lead me ;) (I’ve also noticed over the years that after writing down my dreams when I wake up, I can easily repeat them, adding details and people, forms and textures, every night, until I’ve mastered what I call an episode of one of my worlds… *Crazy stuff, normal guy ;) *

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I too have had some very strange dreams on medication, but I discount them (even though they may be profound), as being artificially induced – a side effect of treating an illness or infection.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for sharing all that, and for the tip on forcing yourself to wake up.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Catching yourself when falling seems a common way to become lucid – it has happened to me too.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I like this technique, especially since I have now discovered that you can feel pain in lucid dreams.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You’re right, for most people it does take dedication and many years to really become active in your dream world. There are so many things to learn, and that’s after you begin to remember what you’ve been dreaming – that’s why dream diaries are so helpful.

  • Docdoger

    You have a great night Sir, ;) With all my love and respect ^^ and from the bottom of my heart !

  • David Johnson

    One thing that I have found that may help beginners to start remembering their dreams is Dr. Bob Becks BT-7 Bio Tuner After using it every night for a week I was getting very vivid dreams and I could remember them when I woke up. Another interesting thing Is now when I get a bad dream dream friends come to help me.

  • TheDiesel1

    i am pretty certain i could master this, however how could i start, as i am a total bigginer

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    That’s an interesting device – I hadn’t heard of it before. But at $225 I’ll leave it unless my curiosity gets the better of me.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Just want to have lucid dreams and think about it a lot. As you go to sleep say to your unconscious mind (that part of you that controls your dreams) that you’d like to try becoming conscious in dreams to see what it’s like. Imagine what you would do and see when lucid and whenever you wake up try as hard as you can to focus on what you were dreaming about. Recall everything you can until you can remember it After some time you’ll see patterns and understand more of how you dream, and then when dreams diverge from this you may notice and be tripped into waking up inside a dream.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Both lucid dreaming and the “law of attraction” (or creative visualization) are about your conscious mind interacting with your unconscious one. When you visualize something to attract it to you, it’s your unconscious mind that sets out to make it happen. In dreams your conscious and unconscious partner to create an integrated experience, which may explain why they are so amazing. I can now be almost fully in a dream and not lucid and yet recall all the texture and detail if I try hard to remember them as soon as I awake. So now I believe all dreams are (certainly for me) as bold and vivid ad lucid dreams. It’s just that when we are lucid we remember the dreams and our experiences later.

  • Guest 1

    This is really interesting.
    I personally am 99% of the time lucid within nightmares, although I use the word ‘lucid’ very loosely. It’s always vivid, and I am always very aware that it is a dream, but I still have no physical control over my body or surroundings. The only control I have is the ability to wake myself up during the nightmare, which I’ve been able to do since being a very small child. Is there a way to gain full control to become fully lucid and not the kind of partial lucidness I am experiencing now?

  • David Johnson

    My curiosity got the better of me I heard about the device many years ago and did not know what to think of it I found a used one for about 1/2 price, and thought I would give it a try: One thing about The BT-7 is you like it or really hate it. but many people report having very vivid dreams after using one.For many people remembering their dreams is the hardest part of learning dream control.

  • Guest

    I will say, the other day I had a dream-(not lucid but still very vivid)-and I was getting bit by mosquitoes. Eventually my whole body was getting bit by them and my whole body went numb from the pain. Yea, pretty crappy dream I know but they happen. Anyway, that’s why I’m not so sure when it says there is no pain. If you’ve experienced the pain before in your conscious life, then it makes sense that your dream life could incorporate that same pain because it has been experienced before. Now, I haven’t had my whole body bit by mosquitoes simultaneously but my best thought is my mind took one bite and multiplied the pain by a heck of a lot. Maybe I’m a rare case but I just wanted to share that much.

  • Pam

    I too KNOW I have felt pain while dreaming and I can taste things very vividly while dreaming.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, it seems that some people do feel pain, although it is not very frequent. Since this was pointed out to me I have been able to make myself feel pain while in a lucid dream by slapping a handrail hard. So I agree with you, it certainly is possible.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think you are close. Many lucid dreamers learned about the technique through nightmare avoidance, and lots no-longer get nightmares due to have more control over their dreams. I think if you prime yourself each night as you go to sleep to imagine being lucid and in control in an enjoyable environment, your unconscious will eventually understand what you want and help you achieve it.

    And feel free to talk with your unconscious – it is after all 90% of your mind. But also use visual cues, emotions and feelings as those are the real language of your unconscious – it is less fluent in verbal language.

    Say “Hey, unconscious part of my mind, how about letting me have a few minutes lucid dreaming in a nice dream? Think about it, it would help me reduce the nightmares (which I’d rather have fewer of anyway), and would help enrich my (our) dream time.”

    You’ll be amazed at how your unconscious responds when you communicate with it. I once had a nasty injury on my leg which still had a scab after two years. Eventually I asked my unconscious whether it could do something to fix the wound properly, and imagined healthy blood flowing to it, bringing all the nutrients and whatever required to fix the wound. Over the next two days the scab dropped off and all that was left was a red mark, which is smooth as a baby’s skin.

    So even your physical body can respond when you and your unconscious mind work together – just think what you can achieve simply in your mind…

  • TheDiesel1

    I had my first lucid dream two night ago, however, it was very short. With practice will they get longer?

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, if you want them too – although most lucid dreamers report that they seem to fade back into normal sleep all too quickly. The trick is to do something as soon as you know you are lucid and then use will power to keep doing the things you want. As soon as you stop and simply go with the flow you run the risk of losing lucidity.

  • Guest

    I hooked up with my high school crush while lucid dreaming. Literally the girl of my dreams!

  • guest

    I have lucid dreams about five to seven times a month. They are GREAT. However, sometimes my dreams (lucid or not) happen the net week. The reason I think that is because I have Deja-Vu for some of my days.

  • Concerned.

    I’m sorry, but have you ever actually experienced sleep paralysis? If not, please do not claim that it disappears on its own if you are calm and realize what is happening. It is one thing to say to be calm, and a wholly other thing to actually do it. It is a whole other thing to force a sense of calm on yourself during a terrifying experience, and “realizing what’s happening” doesn’t just make it go away. Maybe sometimes, for some people, but please don’t say it as if it is a simple solution to sleep paralysis because it’s not.

    If you have, in fact, experienced sleep paralysis yourself, and that’s worked for you, then consider yourself extremely lucky. Not all of us, and I hazard to guess that most of us, actually, are not that fortunate. I for one am not, and I don’t think I will ever actively try to lucid dream, because there *is* a danger there. While lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis are not the same, I fear that one could get stuck in the latter while trying for the former. And for one who has experienced sleep paralysis, it is not something you take lightly, not something most would ever want to risk, and in that sense it is a dangerous gamble to use techniques for lucid dreaming as waking the conscious (for lack of better words) before the body is a recipe for sleep paralysis.

  • montanaskye

    This exact same experience happens to me. The Deja-Vu is what you dreamed a few days before or the place or the experience is the same. It is a very weird feeling, like Deja-Vu but stronger.

  • guest

    I do rarely lucid dream. Although comparing it to your article I think perhaps I wasn’t lucid dreaming. What happens to me is suddenly randomly in the dream I think oh I am dreaming, sometimes I can even imagine myself asleep in my bed dreaming. However I’m never really in control the whole dream is the same as when I didn’t know I was dreaming but I’m just walking or running around trying to do something which I forget about.

    However it never really feels like I am actually aware I am dreaming, it’s like in the dream I am thinking “Oh I’m dreaming” but its just part of the dream if that makes sense?

    And normally if I do realise I’m dreaming I seem to be somehow fighting this feeling of waking up?

    Would appreciate your views on this.

  • Kelly

    I’ve had lucid dreams…usually when I’m having a nightmare and I feel very scared. Sometimes, I will suddenly think, “wait a minute….this is just a dream; I’m in control and I can change this.” I will then force the dream to change into a less scary situation. Like you said in your article, lucid dreaming doesn’t last long, but they help me get out of nightmares at times.

  • Karmap1nk

    I have been killed in a dream before and that felt very painful. It was not like anything I had experienced before or seance. So I guess it dose not have to be relevant to things you have felt before?

  • montanaskye

    whoa

  • Darkjedinick

    To put into words what I’ve seen is something the world no longer deserves.

  • Bails735

    One thing that helps me lucid dream is falling asleep on my back

  • Ashleyatvintage

    I have had a particularly interesting experience with lucid dreaming. I should state that i am a very regular dreamer. Nearly every morning I can wake up and recite my dreams in great detail; though I’ve discovered that my lucid dreaming tends to revolve around one theme only. My grandmother passed away 4 years ago. I have to this day not deleted “Nanny” from my cell phone, and about once a week, i pass by it in my contacts. When she had her stroke, i had some regret about not returning the call she made to me the night before it happened. I dream of her often, once a week has seemed normal. For the first year after her death I dreamed that she would call me. I would explain to her that this is precisely why I didn’t delete her, because I knew I would hear from her again. Not long into the conversation, a feeling of a dark cloud comes over my body and I am completely aware that this conversation is not real because I know she has passed on. The dream ends. Eventually I started dreaming of seeing her in person. I can hear her laugh, she is always wearing a pin close to her heart with a tiny picture of my Papaw on it, she wore it 24/7 after he passed. She’d pin it to her pajamas at night time, and move it to her clothes when she got dressed everyday. Her hair, her glasses, her sweaters, and even her smell are incredibly lifelike. My heart swells with joy when I see her and hear her voice. I can feel her hug me and my eyes flood with happy tears. Reality comes over me every time though and I acknowledge outloud that this is a dream and we have been here before. She is always a little hurt and confused by this, and she asks if I am sure about it. I think my constant thoughts and memories of her during the day perpetuate my dreams of her, but the awareness of the dream is kind of saddening each time it comes. I never seem to have control over what happens next in the dream, but once the “surprise” is ruined, how could I bounce back from that? What I’m saying is the dream would be better if I could continue believing it was real. Have you any suggestions? I would love to read your book. Dreaming is something I look forward to each night I go to bed, and something I’d love to gain more knowledge about. Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/redkrate RedKrate

    Hey Robin, good read. Thanks.

  • Delikatzz

    I have experienced lucid dreaming, but for some reason I always panic when I realize I am dreaming, terrified I won’t wake up, that I am trapped in a dream and can’t wake up. I always start screaming for help, for someone to wake me up. My ex husband said i was moaning like i was in pain and he would try to wake me up, but it took a while, but to me it felt I had been jolted awake as if stabbed. Any ideas on why I can’t just relax and enjoy the lucid dreaming ?

  • Guest

    The same happens to me as well. If I ever dream about an event and there happens to be a conversation occurring I can remember the dream and know what’s about to be said. It’s been happening for some years but the dreams are always random and the events seemingly unimportant…

  • Ingles92

    I have only been able to slightly experience lucid dreaming about twice in my life. Once in particular I was in a car backseat and the driver was trying to kill me for some reason. I then realized that it was a dream and if I manage to fall I will wake up before I hit the ground. I then jumped out of the car and sure enough I woke right before I hit the road. I used lucid dreaming to wake myself up but have never been able to re-create my dream into something else or experience this great detail, but I am trying to practice now.

  • Linda

    When i wake up after I have have a lucid dream the ‘real world’ always seems drabber and darker than my dream. It often takes hours to come to terms with not being in that luminous place.

  • http://milano.bbakeca.com/ Incontri Milano

    Very interesting article…thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tijo.l.peter Tijo L Peter

    Me too sometimes had this experience.But was never able to fly and when i reach the bottom i would wake up,involuntarily twitching my legs in real world.

  • Donnalboyance

    Your post was word for word as though it came from my keyboard.

  • Donnalboyance

    For almost 15 yrs I’ve been able to wake myself up from nightmares. I also used to use the restroom for real every time I did in a dream, so I can wake myself from the “restroom”. I also KnOW im dreaming EVERYTIME i do .I’ve been trying to gain more control of what happens though :(

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Sometimes when I need the bathroom I dream about searching for one everywhere but always getting blocked in my attempts. I think this is my unconscious preventing me from wetting the bed. After a while I realize that I must be dreaming and I can become lucid. The problem is that I have to go, so I wake up and go to the bathroom, and rarely re-enter lucidity when I get back to bed, though.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I don’t find that because I enjoy so much in the real world, and see them both as vibrant and wonderful in their own ways.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think it’s a matter of preparing for it before dreaming. Use creative visualization to imagine a positive creative dream. Do it time and again, until one day you will have a lucid dream you enjoy.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I get most lucid dreams either on my back or stomach, with fewer when on my side.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think your consciousness will always remind you at some point that you are dreaming, and so you will most likely always have a little disappointment after meeting up with your dream grandmother. Probably not a lot you can do there, other than enjoy your dream time with her when it happens. However, maybe you can agree to ignore the real world and agree to enjoy the dream world, even though you know it’s not real – because the dream world is real to you at the time you dream it.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    That’s the key – once you realize you can change things, you can turn a bad dream into a positive one. This is a step some people don’t manage to make and so they remain semi-lucid, while still experiencing nightmares. But once you make that leap of understanding you become free of them.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Now you need to catch yourself when you realize this and say to yourself. “Right, now I will spend a minute or two examining this dream world”. Imagine this happening before going to sleep, and do it regularly and when you next get lucid like this you should be able to take the reins and assume control for a while.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I too have had dreams where I seem to have predicted the future. But I am a skeptical person and at the moment put these down to the unconscious mind being able to make possible predictions of the future based on current events and circumstances. Due to your unconscious being able to create very realistic dream worlds, when you have such a dream (and you remember it) you will feel very strongly that it is quite mysterious and like peering into the future. At least, that’s my scientifically based analysis until I discover any different. And it makes sense as the unconscious uses dreams to help prepare us for the future by placing us in simulations in which we test our reactions. So it ought to be quite good at hitting the button directly from time to time.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    We often seem to bring people from our past into our lucid dreams. Curiously I have the impression I am a lot younger when asleep, and much more healthy :)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I wonder how common this is – I always seem to wake up just before the point of getting killed – ie, just before I hit the ground after falling off a cliff.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I believe you can learn to turn around these negative dreams through applying creative visualization while awake. Imagine being able to wrest control of your dreams and then doing wonderful things. See and feel it in your mind’s eye and desire it strongly, and your unconscious may work with you to help this happen.

  • F . T .

    I’m pretty sure i have had a lucid dream before because i remember asking my self ‘dang this is a trip i can see clear now and why is everything so detailed’. In the real world i need glasses to see.. Also i have experience and noticed a dream i had more than once. Why is that?

  • Pietros

    Whenever I dream, it feels just like real life, and as such I don’t question it’s authenticity, even if it’s all absurd and surreal. It’s only when I wake up, that I realize that it was all a dream and think “how could I have thought that a talking pink monkey-lion was giving me advice on how to conquer the woman of my dreams?” (it’s just an example). I hope you get what I’m trying to say, and would apreciate any thoughts you have on this

  • Kare-Dreaming

    I’ve had difficulty accepting sleep my entier life. I blame this on my being at high risk for SIDS as a baby AKA motnior machines disturbing my sleep. I’ve always had a hard time admitting it’s time for my body to get sleep day or night. I’ve has a sleep study done as a child, where they placed monitors on my body and head, but I don’t know the results. This study became urgent shortly after my grandmother died of cancer (I was 4). I had expressed extreme fear of a dream in which a set of decayed hands were around me in my room, hands which I now believe to be my grandmother playing peek-a-boo. Anyway,with all that being said, I’ve had tons of lucid dreams, none pleasent:

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    At age 4-8 (i can’t remember my exact age), I repetedly dreamed of being stranded on a flat-ground tiny space of cliff in the middle of the sky. One night, I decided I would jump off that cliff in my dream. The moment I did so in my dream, I simply woke up.

    I’ve always been able to wake myself from terrifying nightmares by using logic. I know that I am not awake because of the horrific circumstances, but I have to puzzle my way awake before I get hurt. I feel pain, but have no visable injuries when I wake up. In such dreams, I’ll try to find something written or try to speak because those are things I expect not to be able to do in a dream. Unfortunately, as I get older I’m finding that I can read unstructured sentences and hear/say short phrases, so the process is becoming more of a challenge for me.

    I’ve had long streams of consious dreams where the location and people are repetative. The rules apply that the moment I find something defining the people (such as asking for my/their name) or place (usually a town with obviously futuristic characteristics or scifi traits) within the dream, I will instantly wake up.

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    I find it interesting that your description of being aware of one’s dreaming sounds so delightful whereas my awareness of a dream only occurs under emergency circumstances. I wonder what this says about one’s way of life. I do think unpleasent lucid dreaming is something to explore, at least briefly. There is something very creepy about knowing you’re in a dream and knowing darn well you will feel pain (maaybe even death) if you do not find a way to wake up fast.

    Good luck with your book!

  • Zalego112

    i tried your email link but it only lead to a blank page. i have read much about lucid dreaming and i actively keep a dream log. i have successfully lucid drempt one time so far since i have started attempting to. it really is amazing knowing you can do anything. and the details of the smallest things are more real than real life. my email is zalego112@yahoo.com and if anyone has some hints that will help get me from dreaming almost every night to the lucid stage, much obliged. i have been keeping the log for about 6 months now, if anyone is interested shoot me an email.

  • Anonymous

    1…2… Freddies coming for you…

  • Jkballas

    I have had maybe one or two lucid dreams where I have tried to wake myself up from a nightmare but it wasn’t long it was pretty foggy. One thing though that I don’t know if you have ever experienced perplexes me. One time in a dream I smoked some weed and in the dream I definately got high and the effects were similar to real life. I remember being around other people and being high. Is that common?

  • Guest

    Every dream I have feels very foggy and I never feel like they are weird or I am at the point of realization to ever realize I’m dreaming. Like I’m sedated and am walking around, almost like watching a movie. It’s real but I would never think, oh I’m in a dream. I’ve tried the tricks but my mind always goes to crazy places nothing to do with what I do in real life! Any suggestions?

  • Roxanne

    Personally I’ve had a few lucid dreams and all of them evolved from nightmares. I was being chased by some shadowy creatures, symbol of who knows what fear/problem of mine and suddenly I turned to them and asked “Wait a minute, what do you want?”. And then I realized I was dreaming, but everything stopped. I wish I could I could have a beautiful lucid dream and be able to analyze it. Fascinating thing, the mind. Sometimes I think we couldn’t handle it if we were to fully understand it.

  • Nesa Marie924

    I haven’t had the chance to have a lucid dream, but at night I sometimes have nightmares where I don’t realize I am dreaming so I wake up from my dream crying because I thought it was real. This happens at least twice a month, it is not pleasant, becuase I believe my dreams are actually real.

  • Melissa

    I am not sure if I have ever had a ‘lucid’ dream…i often dream the same exact thing and awake to use the bathroom and return to bed and do not have the same dream I was before. I was given a dream dictionary that supposedly defines what certain translate into everyday life. I think I am going to start keeping a dream log. I myself, have had numerous brain surgeries as i was born with hydrocephalus and have developed Epilepsy at the age of 21, and found out once I was living with a roommate for the first time that I am a sleepwalker..I think I could be of help to you Robin..maybe we can keep in touch.

  • Rachel10807

    i lot of my dreams, well lets say about 65%, are nightmeres but for some reason i don’t neccessarily feel scared like I don’t try to wake myself up..which I can do easily but shaking my head I trained myself to do that when I was young so if I got to scared in a dream I was able to get out of it. . I just feel like I want to work through the dream although when I do wake up the next morning I just have a kind of burning in my chest the kind you get when you instantly get angry.It doesn’t hurt it’s most likely just an overwhelming sensation like I can’t blieve what just happened. But other then that I actually lucid dream alot almost everyday out of the week. And for some reason after realizing I’m in a dream about 50% of the time I want to have sex with someone I think that’s just my way of “whoreing around” because I would never do it in person. But I love lucid dreaming and I’m really glad I stumbled on this article.

  • Rachel10807

    Im sorry that happens to you, when I was little and had a scary dream I trained myself by shaking my head back and forth really fast and it would wake me up out of my dream, maybe you could try this in your dream to make yourself aware that your in a dream and then let them know who’s boss! I hope your dreams get better and be able to enjoy lucid dreaming as much as I do.

  • Rachel10807

    Typically when your mind goes to those crazy places where you realize you wouldn’t actually do those things in real life is your wake up call. It’s never hard for me but I think I’ve just had a lot of practice with it. When those things happen in your dream try to do something you can do like jump really high or run without getting tired. See how thats works..

  • Rachel10807

    If you’ve ever done something in real life, like smoke weed in this case, your brain automatically remembers that feeling so when you fall asleep and go into your dream and do the activity your brain will make you think your actually smoking again and give you the sensation of being high without actually being high. And if yo havn’t actually done something in real life and still get the feeling in your dream that is just your deep consious trying to know what it feels like so based off what you think it will feel like is most likely what you will be feeling. Hope this helps

  • Jkballas

    That makes a lot of sense! It was trippy when it happened for sure thinking back on it. Thanks for the input!

  • Guest

    The problem is it never seems out of the ordinary! I mean I act as I would in real life during the crazy situations; I guess it’s more of a reaction, I’m so worried about that certain situation I think it would be hard for me to just do something weird to realize I’m dreaming but I really want to!

    I don’t get how you are so aware! Teach me o great one! haha

  • GhenghistTron

    Get a Dreamcatcher. Odd as it sounds.

  • Will Adolphy

    I have tones of lucid dreams and ive always been able to wake myself up when ever i want however last night i had my first ever lucid dream in which i was able to control my consciousness and create and interact with the world around me. It was insane i could create anything i thought of and the world was so detailed i was overcome with joy during this experience and i think it was due to the fact that i read this article 2 days prior to the dream and it triggered something in my sub conscience. I look forward to sleeping now and i will continue to explore the creativeness of my unconscious mind

  • Barnee

    I often experience terrifyingly realistic nightmares when attempted to lucid dream. Only on one occasion (my first) did I manage to make a peaceful dream. It’s interesting that some people feel pain and others don’t in dreams. Personally, if I do something like pinch myself in a lucid dream I get an intense numbness in the top of my mouth/lower brain – sort of like the feeling of pins and needles.

  • Daskyahoo

    Ok, I read most of this comments so I decided to share my hallucination and my overcome of it.
    I got this hallucination where the “Saw” guy starred at me while he leaned on my bed,, lol.
    Anyways, I read in another page that whenever you get an hallucination, you should move your toes and fingers, yes, toes and fingers is all it takes to escape from an hallucination.
    Even though it was scary, I continued trying and achieved lucid dreaming, well worth it.
    If you don’t want to have hallucinations, be fearless, if not, most likely you will hallucinate. =D

  • flyingdreams

    I definitely feel pain in my dreams. I’ve had several where I’ve fallen and gotten hurt, and holy crap was that pain real. Also, when I lucid dream, if I ever try to really see detail in something, I wake up. Sooo I don’t really agree with all of the generalizations made here other than lucid dreaming is fun! When else would you get to fly in the sky or explore the deep ocean while still being able to breathe perfectly?

  • Brett

    I find that movies are not scary anymore, real life doesn’t seem to offer any terror either. Dreaming is the only way I can ever feel true fear! I have come to love and yearn for nightmares.

  • Anne

    i havent not had a lucid dream before, i thought it was normal…

  • Chaz

    I started lucid dreaming when I was very young, maybe 4 or 5 (although I didn’t realise what it was until many years later) I think as a result of having very vivid, terrifying nightmares. I found repeating certain patterns of action would save me from whatever was threatening me, as I became conscious of this I would start doing it at much earlier points in the dream to free up more time to enjoy myself! unfortunately the really high level of control I had over my dreams decreased as I got older and had more to worry about in reality. I only heard about lucid dreaming a few years ago and realised what I had been doing. Great to think I can teach myself to achieve that state again! Thanks

  • http://augustmclaughlin.wordpress.com/ August McLaughlin

    Pretty sure I’ve been lucid dreaming without realizing it. Thanks for the intriguing post!

  • Bksmith7234

    I have a few things to add, but my server is not allowing me to open the link you attached your email to. What is the address?

  • banthony

    Didn’t know this was a documented event. My dreams are more like the Matrix – a VERY real experience and i’ve found that I can design my dream while falling asleep. Sometimes I go into what I call “Sleep Mode” where I can sleep for a total of 12 – 15 hours a day and mostly in this Lucid state (of course I can only do this while on vacation). It seemed to start for me while working on the night shift at my job. Thanks for the great blog

  • Lisa91

    The two main things I do when I realise I am lucid dreaming is
    1) Fly
    2) Have sex. Girls or guys, just whoever is closest to me. Sometimes I feel I reach orgasm. And I know that is entirely possible while sleeping.. But I’ve never woken up half way through to be able to tell.

  • Moose

    I learned to have licid dreams by, while awake, looking at a number either a clock, the date, the speed limit, whatever, look away then look back to check if its the same number. You do this about 10 times a day and after a while you will bein to do it in your dreams.

    My first lucid dream I tried to look around for a number and i couldn’t find anything, then i took out my wallet to check my credit card and the numbers were flashing different numbers.I was soo exited i woke up, ever since then I have a lucid dreams several times a week.

  • Jkpettway629

    Couldn’t describing what a lucid dream should feel like affect what an individual’s lucid dream is really like? Wouldn’t telling people that you can see, hear, touch, and smell vividly make the individual expect just that to happen in their dreams, and unconsciously it would happen? Could you still call the dream a lucid dream if you’re told what you would experience? I just ask because I’m consciously present in most of my dreams; I know that I’m dreaming, but I can control what I want to do, but how it plays out is not in my power, no matter how hard I try to construct my own world.

  • E Siegel

    I have a couple recurring nightmares, both in which I become aware that they are dreams, but still have no control over my surroundings or the ability to wake from them. In one of them, I can’t even move or make noise and I try to scream or get away but can do nothing and feel completely helpless…I eventually wake up but I am still working on noticing how I get out of it completely…all I know is I get to the point where I am in so much distress and feel a dull physical pain and then I am awake and grateful I can move.

    The other nightmare changes a little every time and is a bizarre, loosely real memory of a car crash my sister and I were in about 7 years ago….the being hit multiple times by multiple cars is the real part, but in the dream I am usually the one driving (a friend of ours was driving in the real case) and it’s like we are getting hit then crashing into a house instead of a highway pile-up where it actually happened…sometimes the house is the one we grew up in, other times it’s a house in a familiar area, but I still don’t know where it is or why it is familiar. Every time in the dream, I know the crash is going to happen and I feel like I am standing watching it, but I am also in the driver’s seat as the car spins out of control and I can do nothing about it. I know the crash is going to happen and what will hit next and I want to avoid it and tell my sister to get ready for the impact, but I can’t do anything to tell her or stop it in time…and then eventually we crash into the lawn/house…and sometimes my mum is there…and then I wake up…other times I just wake up after the car stops spinning and I can finally scream and get help..

    So, I have been able to figure out a big part of this dream. I mean, when the real crash happened, I was in the back of the van and sort of saw it coming and had time to brace for the impact, but barely…but my sister was in the front passenger seat and couldn’t do anything and got the brunt of the accident and ended up with an acquired brain injury and PTSD from the whole thing…there was nothing I could do about it but my first thought was to call our mum and I did but I couldn’t talk or really put together a logical sentence…and I went into shock almost immediately while she tried to hold it together, pinned in the front seat and talk to my mum on the cell phone…so this is I think why sometimes my mum is in the dream and we are near our house…I walked away from the whole thing, just bruised and lucky as hell because I wasn’t even wearing my seat belt, but she didn’t…so I know the parts that are grounded in reality and my feelings of responsibility that I couldn’t tell her to hold on or to stop the cars from hitting her and I could only hear the screams and crunching metal…so I feel just as responsible as if I was the driver and I still can’t tell my sister to get ready or do anything to stop her from getting hit…the thing is I watch the whole thing and want it to stop every time, but can’t…and it’s horrifying and painful (sometimes physically so) and just awful…I wish I could control this but so far…nothing….

  • Guest

    I never feel pain as such in my dreams, but if I do fall I never wake up. It doesn’t matter what height I’ve fallen from I always get the sensation I’m winded with no other physical harm. It’s odd .. Does anyone else get something similar?

  • Poalaris

    I’ve done acid in partially lucid dreams, its always really weak though

  • Anonymous

    Reason not to do it, I love dreaming so much now I rarely want to get up

  • Katedrummond

    I have had very small lucid dreams before. I recall one in which I was supposed to be surviving in the wilderness and I very suddenly knew I was dreaming. In the dream I decided to go back to sleep because even then I was tired… XD
    Generally if I become aware that I am dreaming, I can see things more clearly, but amazing things are no longer possible. I usually become aware of a dream if I am flying- sometimes with the help of a machine or balloons- but as soon as I become excited about it and try to continue flying, it becomes impossible. In the gray area between regular dreaming and becoming aware, I generally have a lot of fun though.
    Another weird thing is that I can’t see clearly in my dreams. In real life I have awful eyesight and wear glasses. But in dreams oftentimes I’m just feeling my way around. Everything is always very blurry. Even when I become aware of the dream, things are only slightly clearer (e.g., I can identify an object as being a tree but I can’t see each leaf). I’m not sure if this is normal for regular dreaming or not.

  • guest2

    the other night i had a dream i kept falling and falling then splat, then falling and falling and splat, over and over again but there was no pain .. when i was asleep lotus flower by radiohead was on repeat playing in my room, so maybe that is why but it was quite odd.

  • Jenny

    This is awesome, I feel like there were bits and pieces of my dreams that I have realized were not possible and have tried to control them but never knew I could have been lucid dreaming. There are times when I wake up confused on why I don’t have a baby that I just gave birth to, that’s how creepy realistic my dreams are, I sometimes birth a child that I hold and feed and my mind knows its there but its just a dream.

  • Andreatay24

    I have lucid nightmares… I know they are nightmares but I get stuck in them and have a hell of time trying to wake myself up. Ill think im awake then quickly realise im still dreaming. Its scarey.

  • Becky

    Just realised that I ave actually experienced this before. I’ve always wondered what it is, but it makes more sense now. It usually happens for me when I’m really tired, and have gone to sleep, but haven’t actually gone to bed for good yet. Like a late night and I’m resting on the couch or my bed or the floor, and I’m not in my pajamas. I find that I can move around my house and imagine everything in my dream just as it really would be, but I haven’t managed to get out of my house yet, probably because I just realised what it was.

  • Mftiscareno

    This happens to me often

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRYBY33K6O73UH2ZAT64TAILZE Christian

    I’ve been lucid dreaming since i was about 6 but i never knew what it was till a friend of mine told me about it. I used to grow old and find love and marry and something would start to fade like the colors dull from their original vividness and id realize i was being dragged into the real world. I would always reach for something and put it in my pocket or hold onto a loved one so when i awoke theyd b in my arms or the thing would be in my pocket. To this day it hasnt worked… fancy that hah

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, that was lucidity. I have heard that some people blind from birth report being able to see in dreams. So the fact that dreams are very clear for you when you normally require glasses fits in with that. It’s the same for me too – crystal clear. Repeated dreams are very common. I think it happens when you or your unconscious still have things to work out or explore around the content of the dream.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    That’s the big problem many lucid dreamers have – how to recognize the absurdity of a dream and ‘wake up’ inside it. The technique that works best for me is to desire to lucid dream before going to sleep and tell my unconscious that I’d like it to let me become lucid that night. I then imagine potential scenarios, or remember ones I have previously experienced. It doesn’t always work, but it does more than it used to, as my unconscious gets comfortable with occasionally relinquishing its hold on my dreamworld.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You seem to be one of a small number of people whose lucid dreams are unpleasant. Not having experienced this myself (but havng had many nightmares), I wonder whether it may be connected to a sense of expectation. Because when you are lucid and in control nothing can harm you, and so you become free to explore and enjoy your dreamworld. I suspect that if you were to try imagining having a positive lucid dream for a few moments each night before going to sleep, that your unconscious would begin to take heed after a while. I know that almost everyone who practices this kind of creative visualization is able to overcome or prevent issues that bother, hurt or annoy them.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Sorry the link didn’t work for you. You can always email me at robin@robinnixon.com. By keeping a log you are well on the way to becoming a master of your dreams.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This is very interesting. I will now have to try drinking alcohol next time I’m lucid and see what happens…

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think you are probably right.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This truly is a fascinating idea. Your brain will remember what it’s like if you have ever taken real acid, but can it fully simulate the experence. Very interesting. I thoroughly expect that it can now that I know more of the power of the mind.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Are you sure the dreams are foggy? Or is it merely your recollection of them? I know this sounds daft, but I know I often remember dreams as a pale immitation of how they really were. The way I know this is that now I am older and often have to visit the bathroom at night, I regularly wake up from dreams and can fully recall them in detail for a few seconds – the colours, the smells, everything – so I know that all my dreams are as detailed as my lucid ones – I just never realised that before. Perhaps in the same way you do dream clearly, but only remember foggilly. Have a think about it and see if there’s any truth in this idea.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Absolutely. Unlike real life, in a dream that number, time or word will change each tme you look back at it. And if you get used to double taking what you view in real life, you may start to do so when dreaming and then this may alert you to go lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    The mind is far, far more powerful than probably anyone realizes. And it may well be that it is connected through other dimensions to all other minds, and everything else. Science is beginning to explore this idea (at the fringes, but becoming a little more manstream). Have you ever turned around knowing that someone was watching you, and then seen the person? How did you know?

    Anyway, as far as lucid dreaming goes, many people learn after experiencing nightmares. Now that you can go lucid the next step is to learn to take control. To do this you must imagine scenarios that give you nightmares and then visualize yourself successfully resolving them. By visualizing creatively like this you will learn positive responses to nightmares that you will be able to draw on when lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    That’s a good strategy. Anything you can do while awake to imagine beating the nightmare will work its way through to your dreams if you imagine it enough. And then it becomes a tool you can use.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Lots of people use lucid dreaming for sex – which seems to be one of its most common uses :) But there’s an infinite number of other things you can do too…

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I’m glad this article helped trigger you to go lucid. Once people know about the possibility it seems to become more achievable.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Your mind is powerful and if you want to feel pain in dreams you will – if you don’t you won’t.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for the story. I’m glad you managed to go lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think you can also choose not to feel the pain – you are in control when you are fully lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    That’s an interesting point of view and I must admit that occasional nightmares can be exhilarating – so I agree.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You are a very unusual person :)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Many lucid dreamers come to it from nightmares. And, yes, the more you choose to explore lucid dreaming, the more you’ll find to do.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You can email me at robin@robinnixon.com.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    A lot of lucid dreamers would concur with those two main lucid dreaming passtimes. But there’s so much else you can do too – limited only by your imagination.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, whatever I or anyone else tells you about the subject, will affect your expectations, and ultimately your experiences. I also have lucid dreams where I am conscious but am part of a play that takes place without me having any say in its course. I know that I can change it if I want too, but usually it’s too interesting and I want to see what happens next. It’s like the most submersive, 3D movie experience you could possibly have – amazing and undescribable – particularly to someone who has never experienced it. I’m sure you could, however, choose to alter the path of your dreams while lucid with some practice.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, your mind will often incorporate anything it can hear while you dream. In fact it’s one technique some people use to go lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I have woken up short of breath after falling in a dream – often sweating too :)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Just make sure your day world is also fulfilling by having good friends, hobbies and so on…

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think you have pointed out yet agan how we are all different. I wear glasses but in dreams have perfect vision. I am pretty sure, though, that when lucid you could ‘magically’ correct your vision, or locate a pair of glasses to wear in your dream. Give it a go.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I often revert to older times in my dreams and people I used to know and places I used to live. I haven’t smoked for a dozen years or so, but sometimes I find I do it in dreams – so I know then I’ve gone back at least 12 years.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I do believe that with visualization before going to sleep, you can begin to overcome these lucid nightmares by learning to take control over your dreams.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, these unusual sleep situations are often the best for going lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    But you can put things somewhere safe where you can retrieve them the next time you are lucid :)

  • Durginm

    I realize that very often, Lucid dreams are also the dreams I remember. We have that weird amnesia thing when we wake up where we forgot the content of most all our dreams, but if I’ve just had a Lucid dream, it places itself firmly in my long-term memory. Sometimes I confuse them for reality when recalling past events.

    I think my favorite lucid dream was when I was in a huge private/boarding school of my own construction, very uniquely designed for my pleasure it seemed. I explored and had all sorts of fun. Most of my lucid dreams though could be settings for huge fantasy films. I remember creating a conflict (war) with a whole backstory without even getting too far into the dream. In fact, I remember the LOOK of that setting (and a few others) so well that if I were a good artist I could reconstruct it no problem on paper. Really brings home that “you can make your dreams come true” saying to new heights.

  • Monster_lance

    I dont usually dream but ive always been curious about lucid dreaming is their any advice you could offer me?

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Here’s a good starting point: http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream

  • Zach

    Lucid dreaming is a lot broader than this post encompasses.
    The dreaming it talks about is only one kind of lucid dream. You haven’t got to be able to havefull control of a dream for it to be lucid; you just need to meet one of two standards
    1) awareness that your dreaming
    OR
    2) control over the dreams events
    To alter your dreams, you don’t need to be consciously aware that you’re in a dream. All you need is a hunch in the back of your mind. This doesn’t necessarily give you full control, but it does allow you to sway events. Say for instance that something in your dream is about to happen, and you REALLy don’t want it to happen. A lucid dream will change events at the last second, in your favor.
    Also, you can be fully able to understand that you’re in a dream, but still be unable to change things. While these dreams aren’t that great, it’s still a lucid dream.
    Of course, the best kinds of lucid dreams is when you meet both standards.

  • Tessa

    Sometimes i wake up from a dream and then drift back off to sleep and i know that im dreaming (i call this halfconcious) so i become halfconcious but my mind wont really let me become in control, i just continue the dream,,, any suggestions? or should i just keep trying?

  • http://aidyreviews.net AIDY

    Writing a book on this topic would be fantastic!

  • Raebabb1

    I believe that i do lucid dream i cant quite figure out what state of mind i was in before i fell asleep because it started when i was probably about 6 or 7 and has sadly became less frequent, but i would pull myself out of nightmares and turn the entire dream around so it turned from a nightmare into a movie i had imagined the bad guy would appear and i could actually control how that person made me feel and so therefore i couldn’t be scared also i would have dreams about finding hidden rooms within my own closet secret passageways and i would find amazing things that i could actually touch and hold that had actual texture to (like when you feel sand run through your hand while awake). I have had a tendency to sleep walk since i was little, i only became aware that i was a sleep walker when my mother told me about how when i was younger i would literally walk up to the attic and bumble about for about 15 minuets and then i would walk back to my room and wake up in my own bed the next day. Is there any connection between sleepwalking and lucid dreaming?

  • Eliot

    “than this post encompasses” that my zach, is why he is considering writing a book

  • Nache

    Oh, wow! NOW I know what I was doing back in my early 20′s, when I had a series of dreams where I time traveled back into my childhood at my elementary school. The dreams were incredibly vivid, and I was in my child’s body, and I KNEW I was dreaming and re-living my childhood experiences. I was even able to tell my friends in my dream that I was dreaming, and that I had complete control over time travelling through my dream state. I actually would wake up and go back to sleep three or four times every night, and go right back to where I left the dream. I could turn this sleeping and wakefullness on and off from inside my dream!

    They were the most awesome events I’ve ever experienced through my subconscious/conscious dreams, although i tend to have vivid dreams in general. Thanks for the info!

  • Diamondxgirl

    When I lucid dream I CAN feel pain, lots of times and dream situations it’s happened, it cause me to panic a lot. I also worry because of this, if I ever went under anesthetic would I feel what was happening to me, I also have a high tolerance to pain meds at the dentist. :/

  • Celastrina

    I can become aware of my dreams but I have difficulty taking control of them, so to speak. Often times when I am aware and I will for something to happen it’s as if my mind fights against me and makes just the opposite occur. The worst part about this is that the only time I ever become aware of dreams are in my nightmares. (Ex: Something is chasing me. I will that I find a good hiding spot and that the monster disappears because it’s only a dream. Then the monster finds me and I’m on the run again.) I find that in dreams I sort of experience pain but I sort of don’t. I’ve suffocated in my dreams before and have been unable to breathe to the point where I have to wake myself up. Many times that I try to wake myself up from a nightmare I can’t. I attempt to move my toes, fingers, anything but I feel sluggish and nothing happens. It’s very scary, as if everything is out of my control. Is there anyway to take better control over myself and my dreams?

  • Lora

    I just find this article trough stumble upon. I would really like to have lucid dreams! As Celastrina, i am sometimes also aware of my dreams. Then i try to fly but it is really difficult for me, or i can´t keep my eyes open because i´m too tired or i can´t run if something is chasing me i just can´t run fast enough like something is pulling me back. What do you call dreams like that? Sometimes i hear amazing music in my dreams, but when i wake up i don´t remember it anymore.
    Does it help to get lucid dreams if you write a dream diary?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cwilliams247 Crystal Williams

    I actually experienced lucid dreaming and inception in the same night one time recently. I was dreaming, and then as the car door to my vehicle was ripped off I suddenly realized that wasn’t possible or probable. I immediately got out of the car and decided to kick a bush to see what would happen, and it turned into a million flying insects. I then “woke up” to check the time on my phone to make sure I wasn’t late for work, and when I opened my phone (an old flip phone) there was a smartphone screen on my flip phone. I became very confused and fairly aware that I must still be dreaming, even though I had just “woken up.” After running a few errands with my friends and still contemplating if I was dreaming, or if I was trapped in my dream, I woke up again but this time I was actually fully awake. It took me a few moments to check and make sure reality had really set back in. It was an amazing experience.

  • Rob

    One of the best ways to prove your dreaming for me is trying to pull one of your fingers. It may sound funny, but your brain doesn’t have those concepts down so you’ll notice you just keep pulling and pulling instead of stopping like in real life. Then you should have control to move around and stuff

  • Adam Feehan

    This sort of thing has happend to me too I used to have a couple really cool lucid dreams. The key to getting out of the mind fighting you is slow down and focus. Most importantly with me anyway was not moving my eyes too much. If I tried to look around fast the entire dream world froze like someone pushed pause on a dvd, and then ended shortly after. I found that if you only turn your head slowly and focus hard on what you want to happen, the dream will fade back to normal speed and then you can speed up again. It was very starnge when I discovered this. I would get really mad when I felt like my mind was limiting me haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Carter/100003010490532 Aaron Carter

    people in my dreams often tell me that i am dreaming….

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    That’s interesting. Does it make you become lucid?

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I shall try to remember to give this tip a go!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Hehe, I have woken up falsely twice in a dream – I wonder how many levels deep it can go…

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, I get that music too – it’s indescribable – and all you can recall when you wake up is how good it was, not how it sounded. Writing a dream diary will always help with many aspects of dreaming, but to get more lucid dreams I think the thing is to think about them frequently, and especially as you go to sleep. Try to imagine what it’s like to be lucid and how great it will be, and you unconscious should eventually get the message and allow it – even if only briefly on the first time.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I think creative visualization is your best answer. Spend as much time as you can visualizing being in control of your dreams and having positive experiences. Over time this will be absorbed into your psyche and you will be more likely to gain more control while dreaming.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I have also had people report that simply choosing to spin round quickly changes the scenery when you stop and the sudden change may help you become lucid and gain more control.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Ever since people started reporting that they could feel pain in dreams I have found that I can choose to feel pain or to not feel it. So I am of the opinion that it’s down to how much control you take over your lucid dreams – which may mean years of practice for people who have them infrequently. When you aren’t lucid, though, I think whether you feel pain or not will be down to what you expect, and so this can be governed through programming your unconscious though creative visualization to not feel pain.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Glad you finally put a name to the experience. Maybe now you’ll have more awesome dreams.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I’m not that experienced with sleep walking, but it seems logical that there is a connection between it and lucid dreaming, although if you were lucid while sleep walking I suspect you would know you were at some level, and would then wake up.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    It’s looking more likely now, as one of my publishers is expressing some interest :)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, keep trying. And also imagine what it is like to be lucid as often as you can – and as you go to sleep. Over time this will be embodied into your psychology so as to make it more likely you will become lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Indeed it is far broader. You’d need a book to encompass everything. I wouldn’t like to make this post much longer, though, as it could run the risk of starting to bore some readers. But I will be making more posts on the subject.

  • ben

    I taught a “lucid dreaming & meditation” class a few years back. Most if not all of my students would have at least one “lucid” experience within a 6 weeks class but many agreed it wasn’t a long enough class. Good stuff though. FYI, if you don’t keep up with it – you lose it and have to start from scratch. Think of it as a muscle that needs a workout.

  • ben

    Lucidity also has depth/layers like the layers of an onion. You could go deeper in which would be you without a body and instead your soul. There are some things you can’t do with a body even in the lucid state.

  • Candy

    I’ve always been interested in Lucid Dreaming. I have kept a dream journal since the late 1980′s. Last night was my 1st lucid dream. OMG I was on a transit bus sitting in the back and parts of the ceiling were in vibrant colors and moving in sections. I was thinking relax, you are dreaming. I relaxed and sat back to enjoy the show and a second later I woke up. Now I’m on pinterest researching and I found you! Great Experience!!! Good Luck with your book. :0)

  • ben

    The only thing that kicks you out of the lucid world is thinking multiple things at the same time. You’ll notice when going into it that if you think of something, your body is immediately transported to it. If you think multiple things, there’s a tear in the fabric of your dream and then you’re back in your real body. Single minded is key. If you meditate and can keep your mind clear longer than 10 minutes in the waking life, you’ll see dreams lasting days if not weeks. Then you could channel what I call a “multi-thought” and wake yourself up anytime.

  • ben

    That’s your medulla making the pins & needles. During sleep, it’s active along with the rest of your brain. If you feel pain during REM sleep, the medulla subscribe anti-pain chemicals to the part of the body feeling it. When you felt that pins & needles feeling, you were consciously feeling a prescription to not feel that pain. You can customize your lucid body. The next time you pinch yourself in that same spot while asleep, you won’t feel it because you told your brain to give it medicine just by pinching it. Meditate more on the “ideal” body you can have, then clear your head & focus on what you would do if you were in a dream while meditating. Think about where you would go and try as much to keep it without doubt or multiple thought patterns. Keep it single minded and your dreams won’t be so terrifying. You’ve just been stuck in your own limbo because of how your brain is reacting to a “new” experience.

  • Jo_17

    I was a princess riding a wave , feeling so carefree, surrounded vibrant colours and glitters – amazing , vivid memory that i will treasure forever!

  • Kakes

    You’re still dreaming

  • Channyj26

    I’d love to lucid dream…. ………………. *sigh*

  • Kiwiclearwater

    Dreaming is something that your brain does everytime you sleep. When you say you don’t ususally dream. It just means that when you wake you don’t hold onto dream content. I would try focusing in on your dreams as you wake first, to become more aware of them. If you have someone around they can also wake you during REM sleep (this is your heaviest or more detailed dream time…though you dream in both REM and Non-REM sleep) When you are woken from REM sleep and you make the concious effort to remember your dream you will usually be able to do so. But you should allow time for yourself to go back to sleep after this because being awoken abruptly during REM sleep can have negative affects on your mood for the day.

  • Kiwiclearwater

    I have always been a vivid dreamer. I remember all my dreams in explicit detail (people have told me to keep a dream journal, but I explain that I don’t need to…I remember all my dreams without writing them down. I still know all the dreams I had as a child) I have also had lucid dreams on occasion. In my dreams I become aware of the fact that I am dreaming and can make choices to change anything that I want. My problem is I always seem to make the silliest choices. I would love to fly around the world or go to some amazing place, but generally I choose very abstract wants and spent my entire lucid dream with something totally pointless.
    For example, once I became lucid in my dream because a lizzard bit me and I didn’t feel any pain. So, aware I was lucid dreaming, I filled the room with thousands of lizzards and let them bite me over and over again because It didn’t hurt and I thought it was funny. When I woke up I felt like, although fun to lucid dream it was quite the waste.
    Any suggestions on how to make better choices? I have tried to imagine how fun flying would be before I go to bed but that hasn’t made any difference.

  • Jack

    i had a dream that i was like iron man/ a jedi, fighting the actual iron man, but i had to collect these glowing balls to charge up my powers. i became aware i was dreaming fairly early in the dream. it was a lot of fun, flying around and throwing lightning and force crushing stuff. maybe nerdiest lucid dream ever?

  • A Chameleonart

    Medications that affect serotonin also cause extremely vivid, often violent, and sometimes lucid dreams. Also the pain felt in these dreams can be excruciating!

  • Deadly7sins1500

    one thing I’ve done to keep a lucid dream going: As soon as you consciously realize you are in a dream, spin around in a circle, this confuses the unconscious mind, and the barriers of the dream cannot keep up with the spin. Typically, once the circle is completed, you will be in an entirely new dream, and the unconscious mind will need to find you again before it can seize the reins of the dreamworld

  • Girolamo Grande

    A lot of times I dream a city with large buildings and i can go around founding me in very detailled places like a big church, its interiors,streets, port, entry doors of the city, cementery, places. Every time the building are the same!

  • Ronit

    also, there could be something wrong with your sleep cycle. There is a point in your sleeping when your body is actually paralyzed and cant move. Usually you are completely unconscious of this, but sometimes if something is off kilter, you are actually CONSCIOUS of the paralysis. I know ive had many nightmares like this, where I try to move and wake up but i cant. its the scariest stuff ever!

  • Ronit

    Indeed, i have these too. scary is an understatement

  • Shyann Persephone

    I have to take medication that temporarily puts my serotonin levels to a complete halt, and the dreams are always crazy intense! My doctor also says that sense I’m only 16, the dreams are more likely to be more intense and wear my mind out more than they would a 30 year old on the same pill.

  • Shyann Persephone

    *since

  • H-read

    I have lucid dreamed a few times, in the last one I was flying, or falling, and I really could feel the air rushing through my hair and hitting my face, it felt amazing and I really appreciated the moment. Then I realized that I could hit the ground any second and woke myself up.

  • T Russev

    Hi All.
    I found this page trough stumble and I would like to encourage the author to keep up his work!
    I went through most of the posts below and I am so happy to see how many people are able to get into this so amazing crisp, vivid and full with adventure world called, “Lucid Dream”.
    One of my first lucid dreams it took place several years ago while I was leaving in US. And the technique I had used was from one of the Carlos Castaneda’s books – “Dreaming”.
    I simply had to look at my palms while I was dreaming and viola!!! I have opened the door to the most amazing adventure that it’s still not over yet :)
    Flying through unknown cities, exploring no man lands and meeting with strange creatures. And all this with my full consciousness. Not mentioning that my senses were in times more strong and sensitive than In our so called “real world”.
    Unfortunately with time my Lucid dreams are not so frequent . As I am working night shifts , following with day shifts my sleep cycle is not very balanced. As mentioned from the fellow Dreamers it is very important before we go to bed to be relaxed and visualize that we are going to lucid dream. I used to pay attention on the little details before falling asleep, it may help, thought:
    I will drink some smooth tea(with drop of whiskey, thought),set a nice chill relax music and get some meaningful book( Hope we will be able to read such one soon , Robin :)
    It was like I little ritual for me before bed and was more than worth it as per the incredible recall in the morning.
    If you are not able to lucid dream , just keep trying different techniques, read related literature and you will finally be rewarded. And do not be afraid you can only gain from it!
    P.S Apologize to the Author and all for my long post :P
    …Greetings from Bulgaria….

  • Silverowl93

    I’ve had a lucid dream once, but I found it very hard to control. I realised I was dreaming when I jumped off my balcony and was falling for way too long. I tried to make myself fly, but the best I could do was land on my feet. After that I made water fly up out of the chimney like a fountain, and then I tried to make a beanstalk into the clouds which I managed to do with a lot of time and concentration, but climbing up my alarm went off and I woke up. I haven’t been able to do it since but I would really like to, and hopefully these tips will make it easier for me.

  • Lindsey

    I started having lucid dreams after practicing astral projection.

  • Connie Babineau

    I once had a dream where I was male and trying to save my Prince. I ran around like nuts trying to find him. When I did an assassin had gotten to him first. My dream self was shocked that the Prince was dead and the assassin jumped me next. I remember hearing the liquid gurgle as I got stabbed straight up under the chin. My conscious brain was more-or-less just following along to see what would happen. When the guy took his blade out from under my chin, I obliged and played dead, because my brain knew it was a dream. My dream self laid there with my eyes closed, because dead people don’t look around and talk. lol. Kinda morbid, I know. After a few minutes I grew bored with nothing happening in my dream and had to wake myself up. I sat up in bed, laughed about it, and went back to sleep..

  • Gregoirem718

    I dream like this on a weekly basis !! Some dreams are out of this world amazing with gadgets that make us fly or enormous human sling shots that bring you to wild places. Some of my dreams however are extremely dark, I’ve written some down after waking up because they were so vivid in detail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.johnsontester Jimmy Johnson

    Warning. You are playing in an extremely dangerous realm. This type of dreaming is NOT spiritually neutral. Seek after the Lord, not experiences.

  • Thisjustin

    Don’t worry guys, Jesus told me it was cool in a lucid dream I had.

  • Potatron

    TRUE. Dreams DO produce karmic effects, just as everything else. After all, it’s consciousness’ unending experience. Meditating in a lucid dream, however, may bring enormous spiritual benefits.

  • Omz

    Yo man once that happened to me. I got stabbed or shot i can’t remember. Then i chose not to wake up and try to die in my sleep so that i could see what happens after i die. I was hoping that somehow my unconscious actually knows what happens after i die, Sadly though nothing happened. It was weird and yes i hard to force myself awake too. Quite funny as well. Interesting stuff, unfortunately i get lucid dreams very rarely, i hope they happen more often to me though.

  • YOUR STILL DREAMING

    Kakes this isn’t real. your actually the one dreaming…

  • *YOU’RE STILL DREAMING

    excuse my grammar (you’re)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I see no incompatibility with lucid dreaming and any religion. When you dream it is your unconscious mind creating a dreamscape which you participate in. We know that memories of the day are laid down during sleep and it is a vital part of the our mental well-being.

    Taking the opportunity to become conscious while dreaming simply takes you from being almost like a puppet or an actor in a play, to a greater level of participation in which you can consciously alter the course of a dream.

    For most people lucidity is rare and fleeting, but highly enjoyable. It is also often used as a means of defeating nightmares too.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, we all have a wide variety of dreams, but we mostly forget them, except when they are exceptional, such as nightmares. What tends to enable us to recall dreams is waking up during one and then spending time to reflect on it. Or actually waking up within a dream and being lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Fascinating anecdote. Particularly in that you chose to wake up from boredom!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I have always woken up before dream death, mainly when falling. I find it interesting that both of you have experienced dream, death and it was an anticlimax.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    There is apparently a link between the two, although not one I can confirm from personal experience.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Good luck. The main thing is to want to have lucid dreams and to think about it frequently. Then they seem to come more often.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for the story, and the tips!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I know, you really feel the wind on your face and in your hair. Recently I have found I can really enjoy dream food too.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You are keeping a consistent reality going in your dreams. Maybe you should explore further and see if there are hidden buildings or interesting places you haven’t yet been. Try flying over it, maybe.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You and some others have mentioned this, so I think it must be good advice.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I never believed in the pain thing as I had never felt any in a dream, until someone told me they did. So I chose to feel pain next time I was lucid by slapping something hard with my hand, and boy did it sting!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, those medications will change dreams, as will any psycho-active sleep medications. When I have had to take them I get weirder dreams at the start of a course of pills, and then when I stop them again, but during the course I tend to go back to normal.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Maybe. But definitely cool!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Hehe, your unconscious has a strange sense of humour. Try using words and pictures to your unconscious at the same time as you go to sleep. Say “I would like a few minutes lucid tonight, can you work with me on that?” And then visualize the things you want to do while lucid to get the picture over.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    And the next day you stumbled across this article? Spooky! I hope you have many more lucid dreams.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You are right. I have had spells of loss of interest in lucidity and I have not been lucid for months. Then one comes out of the blue and reminds me how cool it is and I think about lucidity more, and get lucid dreams more frequently. The more you have the more it seems that you can have.

  • Rkuczeski

    I have lucid dreaming almost every night, and I love every second of it. I think my favorite dreams are the ones where I purposely break the laws of physics. When most people fall off a cliff in a dream, they wake up before they hit the bottom. Someone told me once that if you fall off a cliff, or a really high place, and you hit the ground, you’ll actually die in real life, (I don’t think this is necessarily true…I talked to some other people about it, but that’s what someone told me at the time, and I was about 11 or 12 when I had this dream). Anyway, I had a dream where I was by a waterfall, and in the middle of it, I realized I was dreaming. I remembered the little “fun fact” someone told me about cliffs and dreams, so I decided to try it out. I went to the edge of the waterfall, and purposely jumped. When I hit the bottom, everything went black for a second, and I guess I died? But the weirdest part was, I instantly woke up into another dream after hitting the bottom of the waterfall. It looked like I “woke up”, because I woke up in my bed, but I didn’t really wake up, I just woke up into another dream, in a “dream bed” that looks like my bed. I ended up getting out of bed, ate waffles, and I even mentioned to my parents about the silly waterfall dream I had during my “dream” breakfast…until I actually woke up from the dream haha. What a huge fake-out!

  • Shaynekil

    If the “lord” were to create us he would have had to create us with this ability, so what are we suppose to do, not use it, your ridiculous trying to limit people to what they can do,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003183722065 Wuthering Heights

    I analyze my dreams while having them if they’re weirder than normal. I figure out what happened during my day to cause incidents in my dreams.

    I am most conscious of lucid dreaming when I don’t like what is happening in a dream. I rewind the and make changes to what is going on. I may have to rewind the dream several times to make the change stick.

    Rarely do I have a pleasant dream, lucid or otherwise. I don’t necessarily have nightmares, but my dreams aren’t pleasant either. I dream more regularly than I’d like of being chased and having to climb through a window to get away. Once through the window though, the building that appeared to have solid walls from the outside, has outside glass walls and it’s difficult for me to hide from my pursuers because they can now see inside the building where I’m hiding. I am extremely claustrophobic in real life and that does carryover into my dreams, also making it difficult to hide. Many times I have to make myself wake up just to get out of the situation.

    Another thing that I find weird about my dreams is that rarely am I in my body. I’m either watching myself and what is going on from just over my shoulder or I’m watching my dream from a distance like it’s a movie. I wish I could record some of my dreams because they seem like feature length movies while I’m dreaming them.

    Unfortunately for me, I don’t have those beautiful dreams of which you and others write.

  • Bg29

    You’re playing in an extremely dangerous realm, Jimmy.

    The realm of bullshit.

  • Guest

    Ever since I was a kid I’ve been lucid dreaming very regularly…I’ve had more lucid dreams than I could possibly count. 90% of the time, I figure out I’m dreaming because I’m reflecting, in the dream, on what has brought me to where I am and I realize that I have no memory, or a very patchy memory, of events that supposedly occurred prior to entering the dream. I remember them more as if they’ve been told to me, like a story, and then I instantly realize I’ve been transplanted into a new environment and must be dreaming. This happens so often that I frequently don’t even act upon this knowledge, I just go along with the storyline of my dream because then the dream lasts longer. I’m generally a very reflective person so I don’t know if this is helpful to someone trying to lucid dream for the first time, but I would definitely try to practice such behavior and see if it carries over; just think about everything in terms of cause-and-effect, ask yourself “am I doing something that makes sense right now?” If you’re at a high school graduation party with Ashton Kutcher, as I was in a dream the last time I asked myself this question, you’ll realize the nonsensical nature of your situation and “wake up.”

  • Anon please

    Hi! I still remember some lucid dreams I had when I was around 8 years old. However, most of them were nightmares so when I realized I was in a dream, I panicked and forced myself to wake up immediately. I also remember some of my dreams where I was not aware that I was dreaming, but somehow predicted the events that unfolded in my dreams extremely accurately. These again were mostly nightmares, so I would HOPE a monster would not pop out, but it would because in the back of my unconscious mind, I had a feeling/prediction it would. I think this might tie in with my real-life tendency to be very paranoid.

    However, I remember one specific lucid dream that was good because I was flying; after I realized I was dreaming, I tried to maintain it as long as possible, but for some reason I got pushed out of my dream against my will. Also oftentimes, I get inconveniently woken up by my alarm clock. So I’ve never had a lasting lucid dream. Any suggestions on how to lengthen my lucid dreaming?

  • Deaddreamer

    I have had several dreams where I have actually died. Each time felt very strange and everything went black. I woke up in heaven and was elated because it was paradise…until I woke up for real! But dying in dreams is a very interesting experience; like I would imagine dying in real life.

  • Aaron

    Here’s the thing: your brain can realize that you know how to lucid dream.

    I used to lucid dream ALL the time. If I was having a nightmare, I’d realize I was asleep and just wake myself up. Unfortunately, my brain has gotten past this, and I often have multiple layers of dreams now (like Inception but in real life). What happens now is that I’ll be having a nightmare, and I’ll “wake up” only to find myself in another dream, which is much worse than just having the original nightmare. Sometimes, this happens multiple times in a row, which is really exhausting since it feels like you are awake in all of the dreams except for the first one. I’d be careful about lucid dreaming too much

  • Bonniejones

    wow i never realised that other people have also experienced this, or that it had a proper name!
    i have only ever had one Lucid dream however it is not quite the same as how you and others are describing them. it was about 3 years ago when i was thirteen but i rememebr it so clearly.
    You say that they are usually in bright colours and amazing but mine was the total opposite…
    i was in a really scary abandonned old wooden house which was almost falling apart, and i remember so clearly that the colours were totally dismal, brown and grey. i was beign chased around this huge house by some terrifying character who had a weird bandage wrapped around his head. i was so scared and i was running for my life from room to room and down the spiral staircase…but then i stopped and i realised, hold on this is only a silly dream i know that he won’t actually hurt me? and i decided that there must be a way of waking myself up. i didn’t have to put up with that horrible nightmare! so whilst lucidly dreaming i stood in the middle of the room and i remember jumping up and down as hard as i could with my eyes closed until i actually fell through the floor boards!! then i woke up safe and sound in my bed feeling very relieved.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for relating that dream. From discussions to this post it seems some people do die in dreams quite often, and nothing much happens. Like you they often move onto another dream. And yes, it’s really weird when you think you have woken up but haven’t!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I like the way you choose to rewind dreams. I tend to do something like fly into space and back down again to change from a dream I dislike. It’s easier than forcefully trying to reconstruct a new scenario. But your rewinding seems like a great idea and I’ll have to see if I can try it.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I’ve dreamed I was friends with Robbie Williams, Mel C of the Spice Girls, Barack Obama and many more – at the time it seemed perfectly normal :)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Lots of people discover lucid dreaming as a consequence of nightmares. In the past I have had what I call the “dream terminator” chase me and inject me with a syringe of some substance to wake me up! He was very dark and menacing and seemed to turn up mostly when I was having too much fun being lucid and playing around. Quite weird…

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You know, you’re right. The more you learn to understand and control your dreams, the more your unconscious plays with you and the stranger it all gets, with your non-lucid dreams becoming ever more realistic. For example, I always felt dream characters were very 2D and hardly said much. But more and more recently they have a more solid form with real faces I can recall, and they actually say more than the two-word sentences they used to – it’s now at the point where I can converse with some dream characters.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Like many others you became lucid through escaping a nightmare. The chances are high that you will become lucid more in the future. Hopefully it will be bright and cheerful when you do, rather than the dismal world of your first lucid dream.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I never tried meditating in a lucid dream – I’ll have to put that on my list of things to try and remember to do,

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Fascinating (as Spock would say). There truly is an enormous variety of different things we experience while asleep.

  • S.

    Hi..

    “..you discover that you can do absolutely anything you like in it.”

    “When you are experiencing a lucid dream you can do absolutely anything you want.”

    This is hyperbole and not borne out by my own experience nor the majority of anecdotal evidence.

    “The only thing you don’t feel, though, is pain.”

    This is not exclusively true. There is enough anecdotal evidence to refute this, plus I have my own experience..

    “Quickly go and examine all the objects around you to see how exquisitely detailed they are – this alone will tell you how amazing lucid dreams are..”

    This is bad advice imo. It’s too easy to get trapped in detail and then quickly lose lucidity. Far better, imo, to glance for no more than 3-5 seconds at anything in the lucid dream.

    “As you move around, notice how the 3D parallax is absolutely perfect, with the vanishing points moving slower than things near you.”

    Again, my own experience and anecdotal evidence suggests that this is not exclusively true.

    “As you become skilled you will even be able to create your own imaginary worlds, islands, buildings, animals, aliens, or what have you.”

    This is purely anecdotal. More hyperbole. Urban myth, even.

    S.

  • H.

    Yes, i completely agree as i am somewhat experienced in lucidity

  • guest

    In my lucid dreams I have about 50% control over actions. My body does things I don’t want it to, so I get frightened by this and force myself to wake up. I have managed to consciously orgasm in dreams though :)

  • Hdfhfhf

    I had a dream once I was at war. I forgot which country I was fighting for, but I knew I was dreaming. I kept trying to convince everyone to stop fighting because it was only a dream, my dream. Of course they thought I was crazy. Haha.
    I lucid dream at least once a week. The first time I learned I could lucid dream was when I was dreaming about vampires. I was freaking out because one was chasing me. I suddenly realized it was a dream, and I turned around and told him I wasn’t scared because it wasn’t real. He looked me in the eyes and said “I’ll make it real.” Weird.
    Also, If I blink my eyes it either wakes me up, resets my dream or brings me to another dream. I can control how my dreams go. If I think about something, it happens. One time I was walking through the woods..it was really peaceful but then I thought about zombies and it fucked it all up. They came in hordes :(

    But I haven’t been able to fly in any of my dreams yet. How can I do this???

  • H.

    Flying is easy, so believe it is. If u don’t know where to start, don’t worry. Jumping high and flapping your arms really hard is the easiest for me. You can also try flying like a super hero with your arms out in front of you, this is usually hard for most though. Other methods: sprinting with your arms out like a plane, mystically levitating, bending the air around u to push you into the air, lowering gravity, jumping off a building or something of the like to glide off of. The main thing u need here is confidence. Once u start off, u will get better and better from the repitition and practice.

  • snickersphere

    Can you stop time?

    Can you within a second halt everything around you and step bck and observe it from all angles? i’m just reading this now so i’ll have to see if I can do it, but I’ve only gained consciousness in a nightmare once and it wasn’t vivd and honestly I obliterated the bad guy in the dream and couldn’t really contain my hate… I had control, but I couldn’t bring myself to be merciful or let up. Dark I know O.o but yea can you stop time?

    Oh and can you teleport?

  • MichelleMindless

    When I was about 10 I had only the same one dream for almost 2 years. I always called it my ‘recurring dream’ but now that I’m reading y’alls lucid dreaming experiences, I realize that after a while I began to recognize that I was having that damn dream. I guess I never thought to try to change anything, but sometimes I would skip certain scenes by choosing not to go to that specific area. The main parts that I remember (because I’ve retold them as examples to friends over the years) are as follows.
    I’m outside at my parents’ friends’ farm. I walk from behind the house to the lilac bush, full of bees as in real life. I approach a tunnel: it is perfectly smooth and round and appears as if the surface is a screen playing swirling tie-dye vibrant colors (this later became my sign that it was that damn dream)
    There were a few decrepit farm buildings on this prairie-like farm, as in reality. Each building held a different scene. The only one I remember is this: inside is a type of marsh garden. Joyce (the lady of the farm) is tending to it. The water is clean and clear, however the crop is a seaweed/snake hybrid. Not scary at all, kinda cute. Sometimes I put my feet in the water to let them tickle me.
    The dream ended the same way every time. I believe I had tried to avoid it but I’d always suddenly find myself in the building. I’m inside, it’s dull and creepy. From the middle of the one room shack I look and see the tiny, grimy window that told me it’s THAT building. Sometimes I’d sit and wait for it, sometimes I’d be starting to run toward the door, and sometimes I’d seek out the source. But I always heard a type of wild cat (I guessed and called it a jaguar) growl/snarl from behind me and I’d immediately wake up after. Toward the end of having the dream I was no longer scared of the cat and started to try finding it. It seemed as soon as I knew what my intentions were and began to carry them out, I’d be forced awake by the snarl. I’ve never had another recurring dream since, well never more than twice and never so true to script.
    Since I cam remember I’ve dreamed of flying. And since I can remember, I’ve had frequent dreams where if I jump high enough, I can float or sometimes legitimately fly. I’ve had a dream when I was like 6 where Casper the friendly ghost and I had a light sabre battle while floating in my dining room. I was never aware that I was dreaming, I’d just sometimes know I can fly if I jump high enough. A few times I’d have dreams where I could jump distances of like a quarter-half mile. Just felt like sharing my thoughts and experiences:)
    My dreams since I had my son a year ago have been nearly indecipherable. The subject would change practically every five minutes l, basically like hundreds of 5 minute, completely unrelated dreams back to back. So while I am sleeping, I approach conciousness and become aware that I have just had like 6 dreams. Then I zonk back out and have a few more, repeating the cycle by morning. Once I wake up I remember the last dream from the start, however I can’t remember details, only the general feeling of the adventure. I have a terrible memory and for about a year or two I barely dreamt once a month. I got an app on my phone called DreamZ and it was supposed to monitor my sleep movements to determine the perfect stage in order to play my prerecorded message “Michelle look around you. This isn’t right. Look at all the things that aren’t right.” so I’d be forced to take notice of the abnormalities of my surroundings, therefore gently startling myself to awareness. It was a great idea! Sounded totally legit! I psyched my mind for a bangin lucid dream, fell asleep every night with tips and techniques running through my mind, I was so ready to lucid dream. However I forgot one tiny detail. Since my son has been born, his fusses are the only thing that can wake me without nudging me or something. I can’t wake up to an alarm. I sleep like a rock til my son makea the smallest peep. So I never, not once, heard my message play. I don’t even remember a single dream from those nights. So I gave up. But if you’re unlike me and you think you could hear it, I definitely think it would be worth the 2-3 dollars for the app. I mean, come on. Haven’t you always wanted to fly?:)

  • Theradperson

    im soo happy i happend on this webpage. i have done this a few times and didnt realize others did it too or that it even had an actual name!!! :) i have had dreams of flyong but its hard to stay airborn and i can only do it for short bursts :/

  • Brianhammer6114

    i remember when my favorite word was anecdotal and i felt really smart for saying it over and over again

  • Beautifulmusic

    I refuse to enjoy this. Lucid dreaming actually frightens me because I can never wake up once I realize I am dreaming. I’ll usually think I woke up by walking around my house in my dreams, but something is usually out of place, indicating that I haven’t woken up like I wanted. It’s really scary for me.

  • Abc123

    There have been a few times where I’ve had a lucid dream and had an orgasm, and I woke up still orgasming.

  • sfsgsags

    the way i trigger my lucid dream is when im in a dream i consciously walk into a wall in attempt to go through it. once i go through the wall i realize i have complete control of everything. 90 percent of the time i lucid dream, my dream starts me off in my bed laying down pretty much the same way i was laying down trying to sleep, i imagine myself floating into my wall which starts everything.

  • Anonymous

    I had a dream a while ago, so I don’t remember it much. But I do remember this: near the end, the voice from Saw said “I wanna play a game”, then started scratching my stomach. It scared me awake, where I was in pain. I looked down, and my stomach and left had were bleeding and had fingernail marks on them, because I tried to stab the thing scratching my stomach with my right hand. So, my dream influenced my real life actions, while I was still asleep?

  • Bri

    I have lucid dreamed twice! One time this crazy lady was trying to run me and my friend over with her car, but hten I realized I was dreaming and stopped and told my friend to wake up and she disappeared. Then I woke up. What was REALLY weird was my friend said she woke up for no reason at like 5 am which was the time I wokeup. I really hope I can do this more, it is so cool! Thanks :)

  • Roach

    when i lucid dream sometimes i like to recreate scenarios i found myself in and i can slow time as i wish and i have tried teleporting but i found that it is easy to just manipulate the environment around me to were i want to go rather than actully attempting teleporting i have been able to lucid dream for about 1 1/2 years now and all i can tell you to do is practice

  • Tbleez24

    I think I had a lucid dream a couple days ago? My grandma had passed away about 2 years ago. She only spoke spanish, and I only speak english so there was always a language barrier between us, but in my dream she was speaking english. She was giving me advice and told me to say hi to the family for her. While I was in the dream, I realized I was dreaming and that my gramdma has been dead for a while now, then I immediatly woke up? When I woke up I was sweating, and my heart was racing rapidly? It was the first time I had a dream that realistic?

  • Spelz99

    I know the flying thing always bogles my mind. Today i soared over a couple of buildings and i left a trail of colourful luminescent aura. It was amazing. Especially because the last few seconds and the biggest burst of flight had that slow motion 360 degree angle thing like the matrix. Lucid dreaming… who knew?

  • Nicolasmontejo
  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    That’s an interesting site you posted there.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Wow, normally we are incapacitated as we sleep. This is to prevent exactly that type of thing happening to us, and is also the cause of sleep paralysis. That dream must have been very vivid indeed. The closest I have got to anything like this was dreaming I was elbowing an attacker one time, and waking myself up because of my arm jerking.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Those seem like potential starting points for people having difficulty lucid dreaming to try.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Not only do dreams recreate what we see, they also recreate what we feel, often so closely we don’t tell the difference until we awake.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I have heard this once or twice before. I think the answer is to practice relaxation and being able to go with the flow and not concern yourself with waking up. Just know you’ll wake up when you are done sleeping and leave it at that – easily said, I know, but try to feel that way and your lucid dreams can turn into positive events.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Sort of like doing a Matrix… I’ll have to see if I can do that.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    With a bit of practice and will power you’ll gain more than 50% control so that you won’t be frightened since you’ll be the one in charge of the dream. If you lucid dream frequently imagine having wonderful lucid dreams as you drift off to sleep. Over time your unconscious will help you in your desire.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I usually have to flap my arms (wings) wildly to take off. It’s weird because i Have never, ever, imagined in detail being a bird. So why must I always flap my wings? It’s only when I become lucid that I can fly and float without flapping.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    When you are lucid try jumping and then on each bounce jump higher and higher until you take off. It works for me…

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks for sharing that long post. Plenty of interesting things to ponder on…

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Sometimes I can levitate just a few inches off the floor and it usually makes me go lucid, at which point I can then levitate higher and faster until I’m flying anywhere.

  • Sammie

    YOU’RE NYAN CAT

  • Conniejay

    I have had the levitation dream all my life. It is so cool to fly at will.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I can now confirm that drinking alcohol in a dream is the same as real life. The main difference is that you can change the scenario and instantly become sober.

  • Mohit 1si08te033

    i smoke weed a lot and enjoy the trip that follows
    however once or twice i have had lucid dreams after smoking up
    they were richer and in one of them i actually felt that i was dreaming for more than 2-3 months
    i woke up and was a bit depressed coz i did
    i don’t know how i stimulated that one and have never been able to do it again
    thanx for the article

  • Mary

    Me, too. I would fake wake up within layers and layers of dreams. Or my brain would go in the other direction and would I wake up frozen (or even dream that I am waking up frozen and then really wake up frozen). I can stay lucid if I don’t try to exert control over the whole situation and just keep control over my moment to moment reactions to what my brain is throwing at me. I’ve sort of made a truce – brain throw me what you want as long as I get to premeditate my response.

  • Mary

    I’ve gone at least 5 levels that I remember, sometimes in the same dream bed like a groundhog day deal and sometimes running through various bedrooms from past parts of my life.

  • uoa

    In my very first lucid dream I was riding a pillow like a magic carpet and I was flying down a hallway with paintings on both sides. I got off of the carpet and I found that I could go into the paintings and they would transport me into their world, kind of like in Super Mario 64

  • m-urk

    The way that I figure out I’m dreaming is to look at the time at my phone, look away, and then check the time again. If I’m dreaming the time will be different, sometimes in a completely different alphabet

  • Chris reed

    I know when I am dreaming when I try to read and all the word start changing. I lucid dream all the time

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FUW7HGSHGRC3XXV3V3OMUZA2Y4 Stanley

    So I wasn’t accidentally getting high off my marijuana smoking neighbors! My first and last lucid dream I had was three years ago. I set off an atomic bomb in my bathroom and for some reason only my bathroom was destroyed. For what ever reason I could see the radiation lift up into one part of the sky which then opened up a portal packed with beautiful colors. The city was in confusion as to what went on and I just stood there looking up and admiring what just happened. I told my friend about this and apparently something a little similar happened in Norway with a spiral of light in the night sky.

  • Lunyo_1

    i have tried many times. I can occasionally recognise that i am dreaming, but i cant take full control of my dreams or do much out of the ordinary. the dream seems very fragile, and i will try to do something and either it wont work, or i will wake up.

  • TravisSR

    Nicotine patch’s ALWAYS make me lucid dream. No matter what! I usually have to put on good music before bed to avoid having it become a night mare with the patch on. To wake up i just keep saying I’m dreaming and I can’t wake up! (This happened tonight) and I woke up after running around in my dream looking for my mom telling her to help me because I can’t wake up. I woke my self up apparently is the only explanation I have. I shook my right leg, with out even trying my body was just doing that to wake me up.. I just woke up to me shaking my right leg, weird because when I fell down running to my mothers room I fell down and it was because my right leg gave out when I was running… I don’t know why you would say you don’t feel pain. I feel every thing in lucid dreams. Try looking in a mirror in lucid dreams. That is always fun for me.

  • TravisSR

    Also, I consider lucid dreaming to be astral projecting…I also have heard angelic music, mostly strings. If you studied astral projection, you will realize they are extremely similar…

  • TravisSR

    That’s what I do…exactly…o.o

  • TravisSR

    Um…that’s weird…I was having a lucid dream at one point..and this sexy but scary, creepy, goth woman who was very attractive at the same time had a needle she was injecting her self with something, and I get closer to investigate, and she throws her long hair back and looks right at me and grabs me and injects me right in my forehead..that’s weird that you had pretty much the same experience I’ve had..

  • TravisSR

    I usually lucid dream about once a week, naturally. I’m trying to quit smoking recently though, and wearing the patch is my preference since it’s easy and gives me lucid dreams no matter what.

  • http://inkedkids.tumblr.com/ Georgina

    i had one once, it started off as a normal dream, and i’d been reading about lucid dreams recently so i knew what to look for and what it was. in the dream i was in a band, and me and my band were running down my road. one of the members was angry for some reason and ran in the opposite direction – i cant remember why. we ran right to the end of the street, and there was a pub there which isnt in real life.. thats when i realised i was dreaming, in the pub, and i thought of what i wanted to do. for me, it was to meet my favourite singer, so i imagined him there. then i turned around and there he was, sat at a table. i went over to him and spoke to him for a while, then he played a set and so did my band!

  • Sloomingbla

    my first lucid dream was the worst thing ever. im not sure if i can even call this a lucid dream or not but anyways it started me and my family going to the arcade. we had a bunch of fun and once we got out the was a cliff just behind the parking lot, which me and my cousin savanna wanted to climb. me and savanna are closest freinds and always have been, and there is almost noone closer to me than her. as i got to the cliff edge savanna couldnt fit between to park, i dont know bumps. the thing at the end of a place u park at. anyways so she was kinda squeesing through, when a car drives up behind her and sits there. me and savanna looked at it wierdly, wondering why it was waiting for her when there were a million other spots open. allk of the sudden it slams forward cruching her lower body. i saw blood pouring everywhere and heard bones crushed, then i realised i was concious. not “awake in a dream”, just concious. i was able to fully think for once in my life. ive always had add and never taken pills, but i guess it was like i was cured. i realised what happened and felt a snap inside of me, and i turned around and jumped of the cliff. i woke up as i hit the ground and i literally thought i died for a second. talk about a nightmare.

  • Daved_grieves

    I have nearly lucid dreamed twice. The last time I remember walking along a road on the side of a hill with a town on the other side. I remember experiencing the vivid colours that you describe before realising somehow that I was dreaming. However nearly immediately after that realisation the scene started to rush past me and I realised that I was waking up. In a futile attempt to hold on to my lucid dream I grabbed a close by fence but everything merely rushed passed quicker and quicker so that I was unable to continue holding on and it was once I let go of the fence that i woke up.

  • danielle_marie_

    I once lucid dreamed when I was very young, about 4 or 5 years old. In my dream I remember walking out of the apartment I was currently staying in, and into the hallway. The hallway was actually quite dim, and shadowy. Once I was in the hallway, I never looked straight down to the end. I was either looking towards the walls or the floor only seeing blackness in my peripherals where the end of the hallway should have been. I started running really fast, trying to make it to the other side as fast as I could, (probably brought on by the fact that my sister and I would always race each other down these halls!). I was thinking, if only I could fly to the other end, I would make it there faster. So I stretch my arms out to my side like a plane and I now instead of running, I was gliding. I could now see the door at the end of the hall, and the hall brightened a bit. It was a very intense feeling of amazement. The next thing I knew I was standing at the beginning of the hallway; dim and shadowy. I was in shock but started running down the hallway again, only this time I lifted up my legs sooner than before, and I flew once again. But in mid flight, I found myself standing back at the beginning. I only did this one more time before I tried and didn’t succeed. I lifted my legs but had to put them back down to avoid falling face first. I couldn’t fly anymore, then my eyes opened and I awoke.

    The most confusing part to me is why could I no longer fly, but I was still lucid enough to know I was dreaming.

  • Big_padderz

    One night somebody was chasing me in a car and i was running away. i then realised i was dreaming and decided it wasnt going to happen anymore so i turned around and ran at the car. i opened the door and i remember it feeling very real. it was like i wasnt restricted to where i could go in the ‘map’ when i jumped up in the air i could get so high and see the whole city. and of course it didnt hurt when i landed

  • Panders

    I have only had a lucid dream once and I realized it was a dream because i was sitting in my room and I noticed an alarm clock on my nightstand that I do not have in reality. In my dream I had a girlfriend in my room and I have always fantasized about sleeping with one of my girlfriends even though I am heterosexual, so the second i realized I was dreaming I made a move.

  • boneshaft

    my trick for lucid dreaming is check the light switches.. if the light doesnt change when i hit the switch, then i know i am dreaming and can begin the fun

  • char

    Can you go into lucid dreams while youre being awake? Like in a meditation state, not sleeping, alert and exploring the subconscious. I read about the meditation and what you can do while meditating… and what they say sounds really like youre lucid dreams. But instead of being in a imaginarium, it´s in “reality”, and you can fly to countries, see other people…

  • Whoper

    This lucid dreams are dangerous for a kid… really. I remember being like 7 years old and had a recurrent dream where i died, and reborn in my mother’s belly. I remembered being a fetus floating in the amniotic fluid… all that stuff.

    I was so sure that if i ever died i would born again in my mother that i was fearless to death. And i can tell it was a lucid dream because i couldn’t differentiate the reality from the dream.
    So i made my fearless life crossing the streets while cars where passing, climbing to roofs without fear of falling off… i made a really risky life for being such a little girl.

    So now i can tell it was a lucid dream, but then i couldnt. So beware.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Many people report that various substances can induce lucid dreaming. That is the case for me with certain medication, but the results are not the same as when you go lucid without pharmaceutical aids. As you might expect, drug-induced lucid dreams are far weirder and often less controllable.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You found out one way to move between dreams, and its a good one. Other people use doorways, spinning round in a circle, zooming up into the atmosphere and down again, and many other techniques. They seem best suited for catching yourself when you feel you are losing lucidity, to reawaken your consciousness and extend a lucid experience.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, clocks, or written text are both good indicators that you are dreaming. Another one that many people use is to look at your hands. Somehow this seems to encourage you to become lucid too.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Exactly. For me all text is made up of real words, but assembled into gibberish sentences. But I still keep trying to read in dreams in case I’ll ever read something that makes sense! :)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    If you had gone through that portal I think you would have had an amazing lucid experience.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    It’s not important to be in control of a dream when you are lucid, because lucid dreams tend to be good learning experiences. If you find it hard to be in control just go with the flow and decide to be a conscious observer.

    However there is something you could try. Next time you are lucid ask your dream world to show you something interesting, and see what happens… ;)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I agree. When I gave up smoking I used nicotine patches and my dreams were intense.

    Regarding pain, I have since experimented in lucid dreams and confirm that you can feel pain if you choose to. It seems to be down to what you expect.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I have heard that music often in my lucid dreams. It’s fully orchestrated and the word angelic describes it very closely.

    I’m not sure that lucid dreaming is the same as astral projection, but I think you can achieve astral projection through lucid dreaming, just as some people can through meditation, and as also can occur in near death experiences.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    An interesting dream which would be a classic for interpreting what your unconscious was sharing with you.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, a very intense dream that possibly indicates insecurities you may have that your unconscious was prompting you to understand. Nightmares like this often lead to lucidity, which generally then leads to a reduction in bad dreams as you become able to master them.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    If/when you go lucid again, quickly ask your dream a question such as “What is this dream about?”. If there are people in the dream, ask one or more who they are, or what they represent. Sometimes you will get a reply that extends the length of the dream, and which also may bring answers to questions or problems you may have in your life.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This is typical of a problem-solving dream. I think this dream was prompting you to use your imagination to find another way to get to the end of the hall.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You confronted your fear, only to find it wasn’t something to be scared of. See how our personalities grow, even as we sleep.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, clocks are one of the most frequent objects to engender lucidity. And also yes, our libidos are very powerful, and often participate in our dreams, sometimes revealing aspects of our sexuality of which we may not have been aware.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Light switches are definitely another good prompter for going lucid. But why is it that the lights usually don’t go on when we flick the switch? – very strange…

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I don’t think lucid dreams are any more dangerous than nightmares. They simply have a different quality to them in that you are consciously aware of what your unconscious is creating for you to participate in. In fact, because you are conscious you are better able to deal with such nightmares, and this is often how lucid dreamers get started.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This is a very good question. I believe that you probably can. Shamans will tell you that when you are fully experienced in lucid dreaming you can go to sleep without ever losing consciousness, and stay conscious too.

    I have practiced my powers of imagination over the years and each night as I go to sleep I recreate something of that day or a recent event completely in my mind’s eye. I experience every detail and allow myself to zoom in and observe even tiny objects.

    This was not something I could do years ago; my powers of recall were far less trained. Right now, I can construct a totally convincing copy of something I have seen and view it in full colour (and smell and hear any sounds), but I find it quite hard still to do this with made-up scenarios.

    Nevertheless I think this can come, and that eventually I may be able to experience similar results to lucid dreaming (if not the same) without going to sleep. I hope so, because lucid dreams are few and far between for me (and most people).

  • bria

    I used to have them when I was little.. I actually thought it was more common to know you were dreaming than that you weren’t.. The only feelings I’ve ever had were pain, being electrocuted a lot growing up. It wasn’t until one night after I got a shot at the mental hospital, I had a dream about a man I couldn’t see licking my back.. I was going on 18.. That was the only other thing I ever felt.. I don’t remember detail though, not even the clothes I was wearing.. It’s not really that big of a deal, imo. I would rather know how to continue one where I left off or go inside other people’s.. now that would be cool. :o

  • Davidbrolo

    I Have a question. In all my dream, I always realise that I am dreaming, but i don’t really control my dream, it’s always random stuff. Is that a form of lucid dreaming ??

  • Twotonefreddy

    I have been a lucid dreamer since a child. I have varied degrees of control over it and much experience, too long to write here I will give all you lucid dreamers a little tip though. As you start to feel yourself lose control or fade out of your dream; clap your hands together and rub them vigorously. You will ‘phase’ back in. Good luck.

  • Nick Brandman

    I never lucid dreamed, what can I do to make myself be consciously awake during a dream?

  • Dannin_t

    similarly to this, i had a dream once about my band, looking back now it could have been lucid. we were at a concert together and i got to thinking how i migt be able to get us a show to play then if i just went and asked, so i did, and got us to be able to play there and then. we played our best song and as the crowd was calling for an encore the dream ended.

  • Dannin_t

    that’d be a wet dream, not a lucid one.

  • Amanda

    I often attempt lucid dreams then wake myself up into a state of sleep paralysis. Usually during this time I feel “someone” in the room, which I have learned recently is simply a side-effect of sleep paralysis.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, some people call it the “dark man” or “dark figure”. I think it’s our unconscious working overtime when our conscious finds we are temporarily unable to move. What’s more natural than while in a dream-ish state, to put a condition down to an unknown figure, since our dreams are packed with them?

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Hundreds of years ago the old shamans of Mexico (sometimes called the Sorcerers of Antiquity) had a technique, that has been passed down the generations:

    Keep looking at your hands so that the habit carries on over into your dreams. If you look at your hands in your dreams it will not be the same as when awake, and you have a good chance of thinking to yourself “Hey, I’m dreaming”, and then take it from there.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Thanks. I’ll try that out when I get a chance.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    If you are conscious and know you are dreaming then you are lucid. Does everything look quite real in that state? If so, and you want to learn to control and explore it, try simply asking your dream.

    Say “Please show me something special”, and you should be quite pleased with the results. That’s the first step in changing a dream consciously. By asking nicely your unconscious will often cooperate, where it has previously held back. Continue to be nice and you will be able to partner with it and explore your dream worlds.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    It seems your unconscious wants you to work through some issues. The best way is to confront bad entities by enveloping them with love. They diminish and go away after a while. If you are lucid you can also ask them “What do you represent?” and often you will get a reply such as “Your anger”, or whatever is on the mind of your unconscious.

  • GuestG

    And what do I do if I don’t dream AT ALL?

  • Prakashrathod28

    increase ur needs ..

  • Ann

    You might have a personality disorder or you just don’t remember.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    There’s strong evidence from MRI scans and rapid eye movement studies that everyone dreams. The likelihood is that you simply cannot remember them.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    There’s strong evidence from MRI scans and rapid eye movement studies that everyone dreams. The likelihood is that you simply cannot remember them.

  • Sundark

    I have personality disorders and other mental disorders.. I rarely ever dream, or remember them at least. I can’t actually recall any dreams of mine except one when I was a child. Sometimes I’ll have what seem like dreams during periods where I’ve somewhat awoken but am still half asleep laying in my bed w/ eyes shut. Hopefully that bit is comprehensible by others. Although even that hasn’t happened in quite some time. Anyways, I love the concept of lucid dreaming so I was wondering if someone such as myself could achieve this?

  • Guest

    Not too long ago, I dreamt that i was trying to sleep, and a group of people were making too much noise. I finally got them to shut up and fell asleep in my dream, and then almost like inception, i was dreaming inside a dream, only the second dream was happening in slow motion, and was very hard to move in at all. It is a very strange feeling and has happened to me twice in my life.

  • Megan

    whenever i try and run in my dreams and i feel all sluggish i immediately know im dreaming. Its the main trigger for my lucid dreaming

  • Aksonina

    I remember practicing on a television to change the picture… it involved a lot of concentration and will power to change the pictures on the screen. I bet with practice I can get better. You are right about the extremely happy feeling, but that was as I was falling asleep, I felt elated and I felt as if my body were becoming one with the bed. the thing for me that gives away that I am sleeping, which is most likely always the case for me, is that I wake up in the room I am sleeping in, and I turn my head to the left and there is an object that was not there in the waking work. That is usually the trigger for me.

  • Aksonina

    I’ve also heard about certain plants that tribes use to induce lucid dreaming… can they potentially be dangerous?

  • Caleb

    I lucid dream nearly all the time as I’m dreaming. A few years ago i would lucid dream and completely manipulate every aspect of my dreams, from traveling, to sci-fi fantasy ideas that fascinate me, to sexual encounters with women that i thought about while awake. But within the past year i slowly grew tired of controlling every aspect and resorted to only controlling myself, such as flight (which i achieve by flapping my arms elegantly like a bird to achieve lift and gliding at a realistic pace) to telekinesis or super-strength. I would then let the rest of my dream play out as normal with the only relative abstract object being me and my awareness.
    I lucid dream so much that i realize my awareness rather quickly upon being in a dream, the catalyst being merely “sensing” the dream around me.

  • jaamezz

    Would said plant be marijuana

  • Mary

    I have known I was dreaming in a dream but there was nothing special just any ordinary dream, also when I dream my dreams change it’s never an ongoing thing.

  • Jaymeeraine

    I miss lucid dreams. As a child, I had lucid dreams almost as frequently as I had regular dreams, but there really was no time limit on my lucid dreams, as mentioned above. I could even control whether I was ready to wake up or not – but unless there was a sudden interruption from the real world, my lucid dream would last pretty much until I was done with it or until I woke up naturally.

    Unfortunately, at some point as I transitioned to teenager and then adult, all my lucid dreams naturally stopped happening, and now instead I often find myself running around inside my dreams trying to figure out whether they are dreams or not! I can feel pain vividly in dreams, and if I so choose, I can hyper-focus on any of the five senses within the dream just as I can in real life, and therefore, in my adult dream-life I have never been able to prove to my semi-lucid dreamer self whether or not I am, in fact, dreaming. I do have some degree of lucidity, but rather than being able to control the dream, I am trying countless methods that I have thought up in REAL life to try and figure out whether I’m in a dream or not (including how sure/unsure I feel at the time that I am, in fact ,dreaming, since we don’t usually question if we are dreaming in real life!). Nothing has worked so far, though, so many of my dreams are wasted with my trying to figure out whether I’m dreaming or not :(

  • Jaymeeraine

    I’m fascinated by this. I haven’t heard of sleep paralysis, but moreover, I am intrigued by the concept that people who experience dream paralysis also unanimously experience a ‘dark figure’???

  • Valen001

    Yeah i suffer from sleep paralysis too, and its nothing like lucid dreaming which i can sometimes accomplish too. And i say SUFFER cause that dark figure man creeps me out all the damn time!

  • http://www.facebook.com/trybul.kalevra Trybul Kalevra

    I love lucid dreaming, I perform it all the time. Sometimes I’ll manipulate the world around me so that it is vertical instead of horizontal so now I’m walking down streets and sidewalks,literally. I’ve also taken apart the world piece by piece. the problem I’ve been having is that i can’t seem to remember anything I learned and as fun as lucid dreaming is it can also be dangerous. I conduct my experiments while fully awake and interacting in the real world while I lucid dream so that I can manipulate my surroundings as well as those in it. I highly recommend lucid dreaming to anyone who would like to experience a world so full of detail and we could all learn from it. A totem is a very important thing to have and as cool as it looks in the movie “Inception” it’s not like that at all, I personally just make a dot in the center of my palm with a pen and when i can’t tell whats real and whats a dream i check for it.

  • http://catalyst0797.tumblr.com/ catalyst0797

    i have the same problem. i have ADHD and i would LOVE to lucid dream

  • Mish

    One technique that I’ve heard can be helpful, is to create a kind of ‘dream diary’, by writing down the events of every dream you remember, in detail, as soon as you wake up. This makes you look at a dream more logically, and you’ll soon start to notice patterns, making it easier to become aware when you are dreaming.

  • Allen

    Try a trick i learned while stumbling: every day, use a pen to put a black dot in the middle of your palm, or in between your fingers. It takes a couple weeks but eventually when you dream youll be able to look at that dot. If its there, youre not dreaming. If its gone, youre dreaming.

  • Luna

    i desperately wish i could go back to the times i lucid dreamed as a child. i could fly, breathe underwater, i even remember having this whole world. now, when i realize i can make use of it, it’s impossible for me to do it.

  • Bridget

    I had that happen to me once, i’m happy someone else has experienced this! I must have been half awake/half alseep, & I saw a figure of someone, it was all black, almost like a shadow. I remember I couldn’t move. I HATE sleep paralysis.

  • emily

    if you put hops in your pillow, your dreams become way more intense in many ways, you don’t have to consume the plant.

  • pissabedfred

    When I was a kid I used to have dreams were I felt like I had to pee. Then I would go around to different bathrooms and could never seem to pee. Then when I finally peed in my dream, I’d pee in real life :( haha

  • Thorin Ellis

    I have had this happen during periods of depression and asked around about it. Most of the people I spoke to called the black figure the “hag” and a few said that it can be quite bold – from not only being a presence or a black figure, that it sits on their chest and tries to grab them.

  • Williegrl

    One night while asleep, I dreamed that I was a child singing. The next morning my husband said I awakened him during the night singing a childs song, in a childs voice.

  • Must not…. give up…..

    Everytime i realise that im in a dream, i wake up, no matter how much i try to stay …. i look at my hands, spin around, stay calm, but it just fades away like a fog and i wake up…. i tried lucid dream about a month now and neither WILD or MILD or any method i found works…. yet i wont give up, for this, is worth far more ….

  • Kgormanimaging

    This is similar to how I had my first lucid dream. I have a tattoo on my wrist that says “Jack” and I looked at my wrist once and it said something different, instantly my brain kicked in and knew that was wrong. It was a wonderful experience.

  • randomdreamer

    The first time i had a lucid dream was when I was a child… I was waking up and the TV in my room had become a PC, then I opened my eyes and saw that it had become a TV again so i kept on keeping my eyes closed to see what i wanted. It was quite fun. Lately I had my first dream where I could hear music because I’ve been listening to the song a lot. Not sure if it improves real life too but it’s really interesting

  • Hollay123

    Usually I can dream about whatever I choose, but I’ve never lucid dreamed. I might try this!

  • 1154469

    i would love to lucid dream, but whenever i realize something is wrong, it immediately turns into some sort of nightmare. advice?

  • Joe

    I’ve only ever had a lucid dream once, and i dreamt that i was in the same room where i was asleep, but there was a strange vortex instead of the window which made me realise i was dreaming. I remember my friend who first told me about lucid dreaming talked about pushing his hand through his other hand and doing this confirmed i was in a lucid dream. It didnt last long but i was watching myself sleep in the bed, and diving headfirst into the stone floor and getting back up again. I probably should have done something a bit more interesting as i havent been able to lucid dream since…

  • klvinci

    you cannot lucid dream if you are high off marijuana, i know it would seem really really awesome, but it is just not possible. personally i think the power of a lucid dream is a good enough high and if you really want to you could make yourself high in the lucid dream i guess. a comment below suggested putting a dot on your palm in real life, so when you are in a dream you can check if its there. if it is not, you know you are lucid dreaming! i am very excited to try this idea tonight and in nights to follow, such a great idea, thanks!

  • Pisces0220

    When I have lucid nightmares I usually dream of demons, and because they’re demons I always pray a specific prayer to end the nightmare. So my advice to you is to have a specific remedy for your nightmare and use it when the time is right. The key is to strongly believe that your remedy is definitely going to work. Prayer, for example, is the perfect remedy for demons, but may not be perfect for your particular nightmare.

  • Stuart McGregor

    happens to me quite often. Under complete paralysis, I too feel the presence of somebody. I often try to make a noise but cannot open my mouth. some mad shit, first time it happened I was scared, now I am more used to it and realise I can reach a lucid dream from here, with the right kind of positive thinking and acceptance. This has only happend a few times.

  • Tommy28

    The only time that I have lucid dreamed it started out as a nightmare with me being chased through a warehouse by monsters. It seemed so ridiculous that I realized I was dreaming and proceeded to do whatever I wanted. The monsters vanished and I was able to jump out of the building (which became a skyscraper) without a parachute and land unharmed. If you could recognize that your nightmare is beyond normal reality it might help you to gain consciousness in your dream and control the circumstances like I did…

  • caro

    One thing a friend of mine recommended: When you’re not sure if you’re awake or dreaming, look for a light switch and flick it. If a light is on and stays on, or off & stays off, whatever, you’re dreaming.

  • caro

    Something similar happened to me once. I fell asleep on my bed for a nap, and started dreaming that I WOKE UP and moved about, then fell back asleep in my dream and it happened once more, it was like the more I fell asleep in my dream the more fucked up shit became, I could see like all the dark parts of myself and I was really freaked out by it all. And I had to wake up in each stage (yeah like inception) before waking up in real life and I can tell you when I really was awake, I thought I was dreaming and had to wake up again. It was all very cool, lol.

  • Likowa

    i think it was a normal dream which scared the crap out of you, and made you think it was possible in real life. but just because you were scared doesnt make it lucid. lucid means being aware that you are in a dream while dreaming, a dream that scares you is just a nightmare;)

  • Chucktaylorlover13

    I had a lucid dream years ago and as soon as I realized it was a dream I started pinching myself. I didn’t realize until just now I didn’t feel anything. Recently, I’ve been trying to have another lucid dream; hopefully some of these tips will help.

  • Andrew

    I frequently experience sleep paralysis, and sometimes, I can imagine myself crawling out of my body (like when cartoons are dreaming, it’s really strange). Then I go into a lucid dream where I am in my house walking around. When I look at my hands I’m always amazed at how detailed they are and how real they seem and how real everything feels even though I know that I’m actually paralyzed in bed. I feel like I have to clap or stomp the ground to keep the dream “real” so I don’t wake up.

    I had an experience once where I was paralyzed in the middle of the night. So, I crawled out of my body and began walking around my parents house (where I lived at the time). It was sunset by the way the light was shining into the house, and I saw my dad and wondered if he could see me. He did, and we talked about something. I remember looking at all the furniture and thinking about how real it all seemed. The furniture was a little different, and the walls were green even though they were white in real life. I woke up to my paralyzed body and stayed that way for another 15 seconds or so until I woke up for real. The weird thing though, is that the inside of their house is now the color it was in my dream.

    I had another experience where I was paralyzed in the middle of the night, and I imagined myself crawling out of my body. My legs were still in my… legs. It was only my head and torso that had disconnected. So I was only sitting up out of my body. But I heard this eerie hissing/scratching sound and looked down at the ground to see three shadows hissing and scratching around on the ground. I quickly went back into my body where I woke up paralyzed again, but it was silent. Then I completely woke up, and everything was quiet and normal.

  • UndeadRadio

    I’ve been trying to do this for so long, I always wake up right as it starts to get good. Dream journal is definitely the key for me.

    http://bit.ly/QMzkRj

  • Bonnie Buchko

    I have had a few lucid dreams and you are right! They are fantastic!! When I first realize I am dreaming, the first thing I do is take off flying! This is my favorite thing to do! I also notice, as you said, the tiniest details of things and they are so beautiful (never want to wake up!) One of the things that help me to have these dreams is to look around when I AM awake and think–This could be a dream! It’s not but I look at things closer and am living right in the moment This will often bring on a lucid dream for me that night! I am disappointed if it doesn’t but I keep trying! They sure are worth the effort!!

  • Nessnicg

    This has happened to me a few times but I was told it was Astral Projection… I try to fight it when it happens because I can feel it coming! It kind of terrifies me :-/ Have you ever been told you were Astral Projecting?

  • Andrew

    Yeah, I’ve heard it called astral projection before. I suppose it depends on what you believe about that sort of thing. I definitely believe in the supernatural, but I don’t know what I believe about astral projection. I find the paralysis more terrifying. I always have this weird feeling that I’m exposed and that anything could get me if it wanted to. And sometimes I feel like someone is staring at me but I can’t see them because I can’t move my head. The crawling out of my body thing gives me a feeling of freedom from the paralyzed state.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    If you are ready to move onto another level, try interacting with your dream characters. Ask them what they represent and to show you interesting things :)

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    What you report is very common. And some people can use this constant bathroom hunting as a trigger. Although you will need to wake up fairly soon to go to the real bathroom, you can often get in a minute or two of lucidity first.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    If you desire it you will achieve lucidity. Ask your unconscious mind to help you.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Since writing this article I have discovered that if you wish you can choose to feel pain (and it will hurt), and some people feel pain in dreams without choosing.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This crawling out of your body seems a good way to deal with sleep paralysis.

  • Pavan Teja

    wow!!! Nice Article…
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  • Anonymous

    I am 14 and just had my first lucid dream, your right it is amazing! Thanks for the tips

  • Erin

    That sounds a bit like astral projection instead of lucid dreaming.

  • Guest

    I Think I have had several lucid dreams. I could control my decisions but not the circumstances. I couldn’t control the setting the people present or the theme but I could think clearly and everything was so real and vivid. Music is clear word for word beat for beat. It’s amazing too bad it doesn’t happen more often for me

  • Cheerflrt2010

    i love lucid dreaming..i had one last night that my life was exactly how i wanted it. i was with the person i love and we were recently engaged. and to imagine his smile in the dream was the hardest because i had to create it simply from my memories but once it happened i wanted to cry because i was right where i wanted to be atlast. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000080356187 Dee Gardna

    flying is my favorite and sometimes if youre looking down you can caouse things on the ground to float up to you. like people

  • Warren Bartolo

    i’ve never had a lucid dream, i wish though… i’m going to try but i don’t think that i’m going to succeed

  • geenuh

    in my last lucid dream i realized i was dreaming and instantly started waking up, and in my dream this was portrayed as me being pulled up out of my dream by the scruff of my neck and back into my body. i noticed that if i focused hard enough on keeping my physical body relaxed, but not hard enough to wake myself up, i could remain in my dream and concious. every time i would regain control of my dream i would be “lowered” gracefully back on the dream’s ground. once i found a focus balance that kept me lucid, i had some fun. i grabbed the collars of two passersby in each hand and exclaimed “I HAVE CONTROL OVER EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW!! EVEN YOU!”. I was extremely excited but these men were not impressed, and they also didnt have faces (i noticed that my lucid dreams are not as detailed as everyone else’s seem to be.) i didnt even think about asking these people questions either…i’ll try next time if i think of it.

    it’s interesting though. i could hear my mind suggest somthing to happen, but it wouldnt happen instantly in my dream…the happenings were delayed slightly, almost like my subconcious had to process the suggestion before it could play out. before i recognized the delay i would get impatient with it so i would repeat suggestions until they happened. haha! maybe i need a bit of practice.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Dream characters are never impressed when you tell them that you are dreaming, or that you are in control. In fact, sometimes they get cross and tell you that you are wrong! So, yes, try asking questions as you mention, and you may be amazed at the answers – they’ll certainly be more interesting than blank stares.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    With that attitude you may not. Pretend that you will succeeed and really imagine it, so that you can come to believe it. Then you might have some luck.

  • Ashley

    I have ADHD and I’ve been having lucid dreams since I was a little girl.

  • gingerninja

    until a few months ago i thought being aware you were dreaming and being able to control what you were doing was completely normal as i have been doing it ever since i remember! the first time i remember doing it for definate was when i was around3 and i had just seen Peter Pan for the first time, i was having a nightmare and kind of woke up in it and decicded that the only way to get away was to turn into tinkerbell and fly away. after escaping i just flew around and did random things like eat loads of chocolate cake and talk to animals ad teddies :) every night without fail, if i sleep, i will lucid dream and i love it even more now i know that not everyone can do it that easily

  • Anthony Pastorfield

    I actually have had two experiences with this “Dark man” Both times I would fall asleep and wake up unable to move and the “Dark man” Would carry me to my bed.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I’m very interested in the topic of dreams within dreams and what you relate about a slow inner dream is fascinating.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This is purely anecdotal. More hyperbole. Urban myth, even.

    Thousands of people create imaginary worlds each night (maybe millions) – I have done this myself on a number of occasions.

  • Tyler

    I have never have had a lucid dream but I have experienced “the hag” It was when I was trying to astrally project, apparently the dark man and the hag are both common and have been reported by people for generations. I didn’t see her but I heard her voice and it was literally the most frightening thing I have ever experienced. It was a few years ago and to this day even the mention of her gives me goosbumps. I mentally protect myself now and have never had another encounter, but also I feel I have never been as close to a conscious mind/ unconscious body experience. Perhaps they are linked in my case. If anyone would like to discuss or ask details feel free to ask in a reply.

  • Nickf

    I can relate to the second level of dreaming having more dark parts in it.. I once became lucid in a dream and ended up getting separated from my friends and falling off of something and hitting my head “knocking me out” and sending me into another dream that was very scary and oppressive. I can’t remember exactly how I got out of it but it had something to do with violence (I may have been killed?). Once I shook off the knock out I was back to the same place I had hit my head and got right up and found my way back to my buddies, woke up for real shortly after that

  • Nickf

    Also once at a buddies condo at a ski resort I had this dream where I “woke up” and started getting ready for boarding with the friends and when I realized it was a dream I “woke up” AGAIN and went up and started getting ready in another dream state, and this cycle kept happening like 4-5 times and every time I “woke up” it got more and more farfetched… man once I finally woke up for real I had to do some serious reality checking

  • Nickf

    I’ve had this happen to me before but had no idea this was a common thing… relieved to hear that. It’s only happened 3-4 times but every time it does happen it’s always in the same place, my old room in my parents house and it’s in the basement so pitch black and when I come into paralysis the door is always creaking open and I can hear/sense something slowly walking in, very terrifying

  • Guest

    Do you know if there is any correlation between the ability or frequency to lucid dream and the experimentation with psychedelic drugs such as LSD and DMT?

  • Nickf

    I’ve had many lucid dreams and looking back I had a dream that I now think may be lucid, one of the longest and most vivid dreams I’ve ever had. It had to do with an alien invasion of sorts with these aliens beaming down to earth in very strong lightning bolts. I was with my friends in the dream and we were basically banding together doing what we needed to do to survive in a very rational way, I couldn’t control my surroundings specifically but my actions and thoughts were all my own. Anyway it was very lengthy so I won’t go into too much detail but I eventually got separated from most of my friends and the dream ended when I came across another band of people who weren’t too friendly. I woke up then at around 2:30 am and when telling my friends the next day, one of my friend’s (who was the most prominent person in the dream) girlfriend told me that he woke up suddenly at around that time and asked where I was… is it common to share dreams or even just blind consciousness with another?

  • Nickf

    On a further note, I’ve heard of shamans in south america making a brew called ayahuasca that is dmt-based which is said to induce lucidity while awake

  • Michael J.

    I have never heard of ayahuasca, but I do know that the drug dmt is linked to induce dreaming of somewhat while awake. I’m not sure about the lucidity, but it does induce a dream like state

  • Michael J.

    Unfortunately when I have a lucid the tend to be horrific. I once had a dream where I saw my best friend cut a girls head off, with blood gushing everywhere. After that he decided to put her body in a bath tub and cut her limbs off. without the bath tub full of blood, somewhere her head was back on her body. The girl proceed to scream in agony and terror as my friend cut her arms and legs off. As you can guess this dream haunted me for a few days. I even strayed away from my friend for a few days. I’m sorry for the graphic details but just imagine I felt experience what I just described to you

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Very gruesome. A dream such as this may be your unconscious testing to see how you would react to something that’s bothering it – you know, what you would do in difficult circumstances. And being a dream, often the scenario will be outlandish or frightening. If I get a dream such as this I try to see what may be on my mind to cause it.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    There are many reports of people not sharing the same dream, but having encounters with each other at the same time in which the different dreams can sort of communicate with each other. For example, I heard of a case where one person had a lucid dream about something, and on the same night their friend dreams they read about the same happening in a newspaper.

    It seems to me that dreams are very personal interpretations, and that given the same stimuli different people will have quite different dreams, but they may be somehow related or connected. So, yes, shared themes seem to occur between dreamers who know each other quite often.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Caffeine combined with sleep deprivation will often trigger lucidity. When I was much younger I slept a few times after taking mushrooms, and all I could say is that I had weird dreams, lucidity wasn’t instigated. Others may have other experiences though, and I know that some report that marijuana makes them lucid

  • Red7iris

    I have lucid dreams often but now as an adult they are almost always sexual lol as a kid/teen/young adult I experienced sleep paralysis a good bit and looking back I think I wa lucid dreaming then. Usually if I will something into my mind, play it out and drift off I will lucid dream

  • Nuckingfuts73

    I Lucid dream a lot as well as experience sleep paralysis like you. I wonder if the two are related.

  • Deadsilence Em

    There probably actually is a relation.
    I have sleep paralysis, when it happens if you have the will power to, n most people dont cuz its terrifying when you have a sleep paralysis episode, you can have an out of body experience n roam the world that way too. My whole family has it, but only my brother has ever had an out of body experience.

  • Hannah

    I tend to have lucid dreams constantly and I love it. I love the control of my happiness while I recharge at night. I wonder though, have you ever looked into lucid dreaming after being roofied? I had the misfortune of being roofied and it ruined my “happy” dreams. I had so many terrible dreams after. The one that I can’t shake off my mind I dreamed of women being hung on hooks, like cattle in slaughter house, however not all of them had died quite yet and some of them would let out occasional screams or moans. All I could do is cry and try to take myself out of this dream but it took the most effort out of all them. I would be very interested to know if there is somehow a connection

  • Tramachild

    I am very happy to see this page. I have been lucid dreaming ever since i was a very young child..as far back as i can remember. I am 28 years old and have been able to control and advance my lucid dreams and how long they last. I have gotten to a point that in order to make my lucid dreams last longer i must fall asleep within my dream-scape. Now I am able to go 3 sometimes four levels into the dream scape in which i can create anything and interact with anyone from past, present or a possible future. I recently learned how to materialize anything at will in front of my eyes with such detail it makes HD look like black and white. Without the lucid dream i feel like I wouldn’t be able to enjoy life as much as I do. Although I am getting worried, sometimes it is hard for me to wake up in the waking world or know I am truly awake for I feel pain now inside the lucid dream along with cold and heat. And most of the time the dream tries to wake me up before i get to level 2 or 3 within the dream. It does so by projecting someone or something into my dream and tries to scare me awake or warn me not to go deeper…pretty strange i must say.

  • Chris

    I have had some experience with lucid dreaming, but a common occurrence with me is that once I finally realize I am in a dream, I begin to wake up. It feels like my unconscious recognizes that I am trying to take control and doesnt want me in control and then resists by forcing me to wake up. Anyone else have this problem? Or does anyone know of any solutions?

  • http://milano.xincontriadulti.it/ Bakeca Incontri Milano

    Very interesting tutorial.Thank you!

  • Cvchapstick

    It is very important to remind people from the beginning that lucid dreaming is only achieved after sometimes long periods of trying. It took great concentration on my part for at least six months to become active in my own dreams.
    I was trying to control a recurring nightmare and did what I started out to do. From then on in I discovered that it was fun to construct agendas for my dreams.

  • Lc334

    The use/ discovery of different species of plant and fungi which induce powerful hallucinations has been widely used throughout societies to foster insights, in ritual and in religious ceremonies. The Shaman tribe in South America (In Peru I believe), boil the plant with water, continue to drink the mixture, vomit, and continue this approx. 10 times. It brings about a dream like state in the way that mimics an out of body experience. The drug is used by the tribe to foster insights into past behaviour, in order to grow as a man (I could be wrong, but i believe it is only men who partake in this ritual), and as a right of passage; from childhood to adulthood. It is quite likely that psychocactive substances like LSD, MDMA and cocain can interrupt dreams, and bring about a lucid state- as do general activities which happen in our day. Our subcontious brain seems to hide during the day, and pop out at night to surprise us with information which we took for granted. LSD (like most psycoactive substances) flood the nerosystem with serotonin, which hightens most senses such as vision, this, like the plants used by the Shaman’s induces hallucinations, and is the closest thing to havng a dream witout being asleep. I would guess that whilst under the influence of drugs illicit or alcohol,your brain is possibly more active?! Since the dawn of time psychoactive substances have been used to induce lucid states whilst still contious, with many anthropologists believing they provided the missing link in evolution….

  • Bamaman15

    I have been doing all this since I was a child, now 35, it is just normal dreams for me. I did not realize this isn’t normal…

  • Mattsemail17

    i have had a reoccuring dream of where i am driving on an unknown road and i fall into the steering wheel and become paralyzed. it always happens when i am approaching a wall in my car, but i never crash into the wall. this has happened numerous times and im afraid that i might get into a car accident

  • Guest

    I dislike Lucid dreaming. Every time I lucid dream it leaves my arms tingling painfully after a wake up and my brain stays on the same track of one thing. Even if I try changing the dream, and acknowledge what’s happening, it still says the same and dull. Like I’ll lucid dream about a list. I’ll look at it and the try and steer myself away from the list but the list keeps being brought up.

  • ben

    dimethlytryptamine, or dmt doesnt put you in a dream like state, it puts you into an actual dream state, every night when someone goes into REM or rapid eye movement sleep ones pineal gland, otherwise know as the third eye releases dmt into your unconcious mind, as a result, you dream. most ppl are ignorant to the fact that dreams are enduced by the most powerful psychedelic know to man. smoking dmt while awake is dreaming while you are awake. and when you die and incredible amount of dmt is released into your brain. i.e. your life flashing before your eyes as they say. strange stuff

  • ben

    i dont believe i have ever lucid dreamed before but the concept of it really intrigues me. i have smoked dmt which is the chemical your brain releases while you sleep thats responsible for your ability to dream. through this i feel i have consciously dreamed. but id like to achieve the state without dmt involved. does anyone who has learned how to do this have any tips for me?

  • Everythingspurpletome

    Well a lucid dream great every now and then, but, it isn’t natural, sleeping is the time when the brain rests if your dream is lucid, your rain isn’t resting.

  • Mcorrigan3

    I had a lucid dream for the first time this year i was in a place which i regularly go to. So i easily realized that it was not nearly the same as in real life and that was the begging of my incredibly long and amazing lucid dream. not to my surprise my lucid dream was just like my life a struggle of really great thing which make me truly happy and other things which evoke fear or anxiety of my past. After this lucid dream i have started to lucid dream alot. most of these dreams occur when i realize that a certain place i am normally at is completely different in my dream state. or i realize that i dont know how the hell i got somewhere and if i think hard enough i realize that the reason i cant think of how i got somewhere is because i am dreaming.
    the only problem im having is that when i do realize im dreaming and my conscious takes over i seem to peak and colors and emotions rise to levels explainable and then my dream either falls apart or i feel like im free floating and this sensation will wake me up. or the worst is when something from my past or present evokes painful memories or painful experiences within the dream that wake me up not allowing me to go any further with my dream and i wake up. this really sucks and idk any ways of avoiding this. but one thing is for certain the best lucid dreams are when i have super abilities like a i can jump from place to place with no effort or get into a fight where i have super human fighting skills. or i experience something that feels like i took a quarter of mushrooms and the scenery is incredibly colorful and intricate. oh and the dreams where i have sex feel toooo real

  • Mcorrigan3

    in a period of 20 million years our brain size double this kind of evolution is in explainable. it is thought that the use of hallucinagines provides the missing link to this evolution. i personally believe many of the religions that shape our world today were created due to the use of mushrooms and other plants and fungi which make one hallucinate. why the fuck would any sane person worship a cow and exclude it from their diets considering it is one of the easiest animals to domesticate and it provides a mass amount of food. maybe because mushrooms grow on the shit of a cow maybe im just a little insane…

  • IndigoChild

    I am 19 years old and like other people on this comment board have lucid dreamed for as long as I can remember, and also thought it was a common thing that everybody did frequently, and after recently talking to a couple of my friends on the subject, I realised that it was not true. One friend had only recently lucid dreamed for the first time, and the other, despite his sheer amazement in the whole concept of it, had never in fact had one, which I couldn’t believe. I have lucid dreamed probably since birth and have undoubtedly had hundreds of them, I still remember doing the impossible such as flying, and often as a younger boy I would abuse the fact I was lucid dreaming by trying to literally have sex with girls, (this only makes me laugh now, but the fact I thought lucid dreaming was what everybody often did, I thought all my friends would only be spending their time lucid dreaming doing exactly the same thing hahaha) now as embarrassing as it is to admit, it only proves the fact I was conscious within the dream, I knew there were no consequences to my actions. The strangest thing I have come to realise after speaking and researching about both dreams and lucid dreams, is that you are always or nearly always the age in your dream that you are in the ‘real’ world. For me this isn’t the case as I often, still even today dream that I am a kid again, sometimes even as young as 3, 4 or 5. Sometimes these lucid dreams are just of me playing in nursery, or me being at school. Nothing strange happens, everything appears real, but in my head I am conscious of the fact that it isn’t what is happening right now, because I cant possibly be that age, when I know I am asleep and that I am 19. Which makes me question, if it isn’t what is happening right now, what if it is simply something that has happened before, are they just memories, visual memories that become real, where sometimes I can even change things I have done in the past, or even witness things that have happened. I know this is possible, as dreams run through our subconscious, and the subconscious mind is the past of our mind that works without us knowing about it. Could some of my lucid dreams be me exploring memories from the past within my subconscious? I think with a bit of training on maybe how to harness certain lucid dreams, these answers would become clear. Peace and love

  • EmerC

    That happens to me a bit. Happened once but I was suffering from sleep paralysis, thought I woke up out of it, turned on the light and sat up. Then I actually woke up and the room was dark. It’s a weird feeling alright!

  • Sad dreamer

    I’ve come so close to lucid dreaming a few times, but never actually achieved it. I’ll have a moment when I realise I’m dreaming, but the things I do afterwards still make no sense, like I still have no control over my actions. For example, I used to have a recurring nightmare about my ex-boyfriend suddenly appearing where my current boyfriend had been, and often it would take me a few minutes to grasp the situation, and then I would run, and he would chase me. Once I had a dream where this happened, except this time I realised I was dreaming, so I then proceeded to pick him up, run across the school oval located conveniently next to the log cabin we were in for some reason, and throw him off the also conveniently located cliff at the edge. I then ran back to the cabin and explain to his mother, who was out the window, why I hated him. Several similar instances have occurred, and never have I gained full control over the environment, the people I meet, or my own actions.
    THIS MAKES ME FRUSTRATED AND SAD :’(

  • Red7iris

    They may be related I assumed so but I don’t know

  • Red7iris

    I’m too terrified to try I just try to wake up as soon as I feel it coming on

  • SERGEI GUSTAV

    Do lucid dreams occur mostly when you are tired or had no sleep in days? I remember once I laid down and fifteen minutes later into sleep, I started dreaming about where I was and the people I was with, I decided to fly around the house unnoticed by them, and actually they seemed to be doing the exact same activities they’d be doing if I were to awake. It felt so real… Another thing that has made me lucid dream or hallucinate is an Ambien, that little white pill if you have the mindset you will see some crazy stuff. The first time it was a lot more vivid, it seems like the more you take the less you will have. I could go on and on about dreams I’ve had where I am conscience that I am dreaming and I decide to pretty much “joyride” it, they are the best, since there are no consequences to your actions you decide to do crazy stuff like for example kill yourself for fun. I have done it but it just automatically places me somehere else which is a lot cooler than actually getting smashed into concrete after throwing yourself of a 63rd floor of a building. so awesome to play life like a video game. I have no method on how to get to them , they just happen like dreams, the only difference is you train your mind that your’e only in a dream. Once I had acquired a lump some of money in a dream and my friend wanted to save it, and I told him, “Bro, don’t worry we can spend all this money, don’t you know this is a dream?” He followed my advise, turns out I had been playing way too much with lucid dreaming, and this time it was for reals. So, yeah im livin under a bridge now. All because of lucid dreaming. Lean to control yourself with this lucid dreaming stuff, it can ruin your life forever …

  • Korin

    wow you talk about lucid dreaming ike its some happy go lucky, always a fun time, thing. obviously you have never encountered sleep paralysis while in a lucid dream. wait till you experience a lucid nightmare while being temporarily paralyzed. it was one of the scariest moments of my life and has actually deterred me from lucid dreaming ever again..

  • http://www.ecigarettesindia.com/ steamlitecigg1

    I realized I was dreaming. I remembered the little “fun fact” someone told me about cliffs and dreams, so I decided to try it out. I went to the edge of the waterfall, and purposely jumped. When I hit the bottom, everything went black for a second, and I guess I died? But the weirdest part was, I instantly woke up into another dream after hitting the bottom of the waterfall. It looked like I “woke up”, because I woke up in my bed, but I didn’t really wake up, I just woke up into another dream, in a “dream bed” that looks like my bed. I ended up getting out of bed, ate waffles, and I even mentioned to my parents about the silly waterfall dream I had during my “dream” breakfast…until I actually woke up from the dream haha. What a huge fake-out!

  • Lennart Leuchtmann

    Another way to check if your dreaming is to block your nose so no air can get thru. Try to breathe in with you nose. If you succeed to breathe then you are dreaming :) When you are sleeping you are just lying there not moving your arms. That is why this works.

  • tsark

    Not really a contribution or owt, more a note, but I used to have night terrors for years until I performed the exercises for lucid dreaming and the problem was almost immediately solved! Really made a difference, not because I was trying to control y dreams, but because I could now seperate dreams from reality

  • Foggie007

    Perfect for people who battle to sleep at night. It totally refreshess your mind and body giving you a great feeling the next day of serenity

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming are different things. I agree that the former can be very disturbing and upsetting. However, many people have learned techniques for turning around sleep paralysis and no-longer finding it frightening.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    It can take many years of concerted effort for some people to attain a high level of control over their dreams. And even then it often comes and goes. The thing is to keep trying.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Actually it’s not true. Whether normal or lucid dreaming, you are still using your brain. The resting occurs between REM (rapid eye movement) sleeps – in deep sleep. In REM your mind is quite active – it’s just up to you what kind of consciousness you would like to have when dreaming.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This is likely your unconscious mind showing nervousness about your driving. Perhaps it’s simply reminding you to be ever vigilant at the wheel.

  • BIOSPIRIT54

    BELIEVE,PREPARE SELF MENTALLY BEFORE SLEEP,VISUALIZE SELF DOING,FOCUS ONALL THIS, PRACTICE,REMEMBER,WRITE DOWN SPECIFICS OF DREAM N THINK OF HOW TO CONTROLE WHAT HAPPENS IN THE DREAM,U R A CREATOR,A CHILD OF SPIRIT…BELIEVE,VISUALIZE,FOCUS,CREATE,REMEMBER…BIG POPPA

  • Morgan Clifford

    I definitely feel pain when I am asleep. Often in nightmares (And even occasionally normal dreams) where I get injured or something happens to me, I feel about twice the pain I would feel in reality. For example, I have dislocated my shoulder several times, and my dreams seem to replicate the pain except doubled. Anyway, thank you for this interesting article! I will definitely be giving lucid dreaming a shot!

  • Clip

    I at least partly lucid dream whenever I dream. I’m almost always aware I’m in a dream. There are two fully lucid dreams that I can think of and those only lasted about a minute. The rest of time I can only go back in a dream and change something that happened and start from there.
    Right now I’m not dreaming at all, I seem to go in a 6-12 month pattern of dreaming and then not dreaming at all(except for a very rare nightmare, which only happens once every two or so years, and it is totally lucid, and I know I’m dreaming but i cant do anything about it.) Is that normal?(the part about dreaming and not dreaming.)

  • Kelsey30259

    First of all lucid dreaming is hard but usually if ive been reading about it right before bed or telling myself im going to “wake up” in my dream and do whatever i want it will help me lucid dream. Something like that. Also instead of pinching myself ether A i figure out hey theres not this in real life i must be dreaming. Or i look down at my hands and see that they do not look normal or look at a clock and it doesnt show time. Also it may help if you are laying on a couch or floor instead of bed i find when im in bed im in such a deep sleep i hardly lucid dream but on the floor or couch im in a lighter sleep where i have more control may just be me though. Also sometimes sounds will wake me up physically but i wont move and ill focus on my dream and ill re enter it lucid dreaming. For example sometimes i take a nap on the couch next to bf who is playing the xbox ill wake up every 15 min or so because its loud and then i will quickly drift back into sleep and ill focus on that dream i was having and what i want to happen. It can be hard to still control your actions. Like i want to fly but i cant get off the ground. It can be hard to control but just takes time. Some are more successful at it then others.

  • Kelly

    I’ve been lucid dreaming and doing dreamwork ever since I can remember….maybe 40 years. I can’t say I’ve experienced lucidity as you have described, with absolute control over my dreamscape. I disagree that you can create anything and do anything with absolute power while in this dream state. BUt I suppose everyone has different lucid dream experiences and I believe you should acknowledge that if you decide to write a book because writing about it with the “authority” you convey seems false to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=704505051 Ezhilan Mahalingam

    I love lucid dreaming very much, as i see many miracles and wonders in my dream. I use to set alarm by 4.30am to wake up myself and sit for a while , back to sleep again brings me more conscious dream where i can feel that i am sleeping and i am dreaming. I always remember these kind of dream and I will explain it to my brother on how wonderful my dream is.

    So set the alarm very early wake up and feel you are sleeping, go back to bed to fetch very nice dream that will be in your memory. Thanks Robin for sharing this :) Good Luck

  • Amihalko

    Your living under a bridge? With a laptop and wifi? No need to mention that your friend didnt argue about reality? This sounds more like schizophrenia to me.

  • Guest

    To know whether I’m in my lucid dream, I look at my phone I always have in my pocket. It has a reflective screen and if I cant see myself in it, I know I’m in my dream. I dont know why it helps, I think it helps me concentrate or something. Makes me excited. The first time I really really lucid dreamt, it felt like my WHOLE body was hurting and in pain. I think because I was concentrating so hard. Lucid dreaming takes a lot of practice. My first indication that I was close, is when I was already dreaming and all of a sudden it felt real. I could see every single detail of the room and feel it and hear every word people said clearly and it was the most memorable moment of the dream. In that moment of the dream, I was concious, but couldnt control it yet.

  • http://twitter.com/Sexi_Plexi MagicallyMalicious

    I think I lucid dream a lot. mostly in the morning, I wake before its time & fall back asleep awake, if that makes sense… A lot will reoccur, even dreams from when I was younger, I do not remember the first, or the most recent, but when a trigger goes off as a reminder I remember only for a few moments some things that were forgotten… The time frame is crazy, I remember feeling as though hours had passed in literally only a matter of minutes. There has never been pain, but I do often fly, like a fish in the sky; it helps to escape the monsters…

  • Lucid Lucy

    “These types of dreams are hyper-real in that when you experience one it is bursting with vibrant colour, there’s often marvellous music playing in the background (if you listen for it), the air is the freshest and sweetest you’ve ever smelled, and you are the healthiest you have ever been (or could ever be).”

    These are not characteristics of lucid dreaming, these are YOUR experiences of lucid dreaming. My suggestion for your book is this: Please don’t write a book.

  • Rajid Selim

    Yeah in my lucid dreams im fully aware but besides doing what I want I am put in a situation most times scary.

  • Rajid Selim

    Can you tell me how you gained full control of your dreams?

  • Rajid Selim

    woke up in time first time second time…..yeah

  • http://twitter.com/Majukun Alessio

    sometimes i had lucid dreaming..but i was reather disappoint by the fact that i couldn’t do what i want..i don’t know it it’s a problem of my mind,but while i knew i was in a dream,i couldn’t do anything that i couldn’t do in real life,and i couldn’t modify the dream.
    Plus,it’s very difficult to not wake up when you discover you are in your dream,because your mind slowly awakes,concentrating itself on the stimolus from the real world

  • nils

    why you should not learn to lucid dream (without proper instruction):
    it can be dangerous and you might get stuck not knowing what is real and what is not anymore. a friend of mine lost control and lucid dreamt every night – had to see a psychiatrist because of that.

    might of course not happen to everybody, maybe even happens to very few people, but it annoys me that none of those “learn to lucid dream” sites/blog posts/whatever tell you about that.

  • Htuazon92

    are there any dangers to lucid dreaming? i have experienced this before without trying and i’ve actually never tried TRYING to have one.

  • SundayDreamer

    The only time I can lucid dream is on Sunday afternoons, when I nap on the couch. I think it is because I always prepare myself to dream then and it works out. I would try to do it on a regular basis when I am actually in bed, but I feel that, when I wake up from lucid dreaming, I am more tired than I was before I actually took the nap. I look forward to lucid dreaming on Sunday’s though, so it is all good.

  • http://twitter.com/JosephVincent73 Joseph Vincent

    I’ve had a few lucid dreams but they were never intended. I’d love to learn how to trigger these though. When I do lucid dream, I usually find myself in a city. It’s always the same city. And it even has an arcade in it! Great post on a very interesting topic.

  • Jboy

    I agree man, it’s pretty crazy. I have lucid dreams all the time and believe that there is alot more behind the places and people I’m talking to.. It’s like dreaming of someone and it actually being them in the dream, I have met people in dreams who say “I’m dreaming too.” and they are people ive never met…. Ive also have dreams of my friends alot and one real strange story happened when I was telling my buddy a dream I had a bout us and he said the exact line he said in my dream.. He did a joking phrase as if he was in the dream and its what he said to me during it.. we both freaked out, mostly me.. Did he get that out of his subconscious and just forget the dream?? was he really there. strange.
    Also, had a dream about a girl I used to bang recently.. havnt seen her in a while. saw her on campus the next day, and she came up to my smiling say “omg I had a dream about u the other night!” i was like uhhh .. me too

  • Stacewald

    I used to lucid dream frequently and I trained myself to do it. Right before bed I would repeat the lines “I will realize I am dreaming” till I went to bed. It sounds cheesy but while I was sleeping I would remember those words and begin to lucid dream

  • Maarten

    What monsters do you have?

  • Maarten

    (first of all sorry for my grammar, my native language is dutch. Also I hope people read it, so they can tell me when they can relate to me). I mostly have it once a week, but sometimes it can be a 2 week period that I have it evry night. Mine do not last for only 5-10min, but it can be 1-2 hours. When I wake up then, I am really mentaly tired. Also, I remebered the first time having them when I was 7. I noticed that worlds that I allready been to reoccur sometimes. I really have nothing to say from how the worlds are build, they just are that way. But what I do recognize, is that they have sometimes similarities to places where I have been allready. Also sometimes diffrent worlds get put together. That beeing said about the worlds.

    Now when I have them there is always a goal to be fulfilled. It can be as simple like going somwhere, although I noticed it is never simple. It is like me brain always throws something at me to make it more difficult. It also can turnout in such a sinister act as killing someone (or something). So actually it is rare I get to fulfill my goal. But when I do it can get very weird. Really can not explain how.

    Another thing I have is that their are sometimes evil beings in my dreams. When they come you notice, you really feel them in your presence. Evrything gets more grim. It mostly occurs when I’m in forests and allone. Then I start looking around searching the trees, where it mostly is. When you see it you know it, at first you see a black shade. You know it is looking at you. When it get’s closer it’s get the shape of a big (really really big) wolf with yellow human eyes. Now from here out it can go in many diffrent scenario’s. The one that mostly happens it goes after me, and right before it is going to hit me. I sence something really intense, it’s like it is touching my soul. MOST creepy feeling EVER. The urge to wake up then is so great, that when I wake up I launch myself out of bed. Finding me sweating like a pig.
    Now the second scenario is that I want to get away so badly that I can fly (or just jump really high). A chase begins, how more confidence you have. The easyer you get away. Fear seems to slow you down and only feed the beast that is chasing you.
    The third scenario is that I just run to it. That can turn in me killing it. OR me subdueing the beast to my will.

  • Maarten

    It really is a strange thing, I have 2 friends who have these dreams to. A friend (bjorn) of mine was telling me he had a weird dream of him being in a dark forrest and there was a meadow ahead (als he had the sence of being watched and followed). Allready knowing where he was talking about. I said: “And on the other side of the meadow there was a wooden cabine and the forrest continued back from that point”. My friends mouth fell open. I then explained I had a simmelar dream but I was at the cabin allready and also came from the other side (so directly out of the forrest also being followed and watched).

    Now to step it up. Another friend was talking to me, and started explaining her dream. Again I could say what evrything looked like before she did. Now she allready freaking out, I said our friend (bjorn) had the same dream but came from the other side of the meadow. Then she really started freaking out. “What does it mean, why do we 3 have the same dream?” I could not and still can not answer to that. Very Very weird…

  • Kyle

    I don’t ever remember lucid dreaming, but I’ve had the most intense, realistic dreams while I take short naps in which I know I have to awake soon. I napped in the library at school waiting for a class and I had a dream that I was walking around in the school with friends and woke up when I realized that I should be going to class instead. I fell asleep again and found myself dreaming that I was sitting fully conscious in the chair that I was sleeping in talking to another friend. Oddly enough, I ended up finding that friend directly after waking from that dream; purely coincidence. It was pretty cool.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NEYEYQ4QQMHELDJYJSV3PK2PBA Zxypher

    I have studied dreams since I was about 2 when I had one of the most vivid dreams in my life. To this day I can still remember the detail. I have learned that objects in dreams do not have universal meanings and each person must define those objects for themselves or with help of someone who knows them well.

    I have had various lucid dream types from building my own world to dreaming within a dream. I have visited places that were somewhat familiar but recreated through the magic of the dream world. The location was exact, but objects or structures that should have been there were different or missing though the surrounding region of the subject was exact.

    In one instance of that particular world I finally managed to see the face of a girl whom I didn’t know but desperately wanted to. After 20 years of visiting that place I finally met her and have a child with her in the real world.

    I remember one night having a dream of a girl I was seeing being unfaithful to my ex-wife. The next thing I knew i was waking up to my ex screaming at me for cheating on her with a completely different woman who happened to be in bed with me at the moment. I was freaked out and panicked as she pulled out a knife and threatened me. I finally woke up from that and found myself laying next to my sleeping ex with my heart still pumping and adrenaline stoking my pulse.

    Some dreams I have while flying I find that when I try to fly, I can’t and come crashing to the ground.

    I had a dream when I was about 11 of a man wanting to kill me for no reason I could think of. He mowed me down with a machine gun. I could feel the bullets hitting me and the sensation of nerves firing off like hot blood was being splashed all over me. I fell to the ground but refused to die and stood up. I believed I was invincible and managed to rip the agreesor to pieces. When I awoke in the morning my chest was in major pain as if someone had been punching me with tiny fists.

    There are many different types of dreams that I have had that fall into the catagory, with many I can remember as if they happened last night. I have had many theories of why we dream like this and tried to create levels of sleep to determine how to group each kind into catagories.

    Just for fun:
    Level 1 – Heavy sleep light dreaming; those annoying dreams we have as we fall into sleep and something happens to jump start your heart and jerk you awake suddenly, whether by outside stimulus or dreaming of being hit by a very heavy object.

    Level 2 – Light sleep heavy dreaming; the dreams you seem to have while remaining on the surface of sleep while trying to wake up or stop thinking so you can get to sleep.

    Level 3 – Heavy sleep heavy dreaming (R.E.M.); the normal stuff that we all do and have no recolection of any dreams. Even if awoken by an alarm clock or some rude partner hitting you in the head, and even if you try to hold on to the dream you were having it slips from your grasp and ultimately becomes forgotten.

    Level 4 – Delta sleep; this would be the place to have your lucid dreams. The ones you remember and try to figure out because they were just too wierd to wrap your head around. This is the level at which you can practice trying to control them if you don’t wake up in the process. Most of the time I find myself waking up to my alarm clock in the morning and feeling as if though there was some unfinished business to take care of and I need to go back there. Thats when the snooze gets hit and you slowly fade back into the dream, though in most cases the dream takes on different properties and tends to become one of the lesser levels of sleep.

    I am 35 years old and have helped many people with dreams and use dream therapy to help them with real life problems. The core of lucid dreaming, I believe, is your brain trying to communicate with you with images (pictures are worth a thousand words). Since dreaming is a personal experience, no dream translation book is going to help you. Unless of course you study it all the time until perfection, in which case your brain will use that as a communication tool. But to understand someone elses dream you need to understand what relationship they have with that object.

    There is of course the common items, like dark figures and atristic symbolisms we are exposed to every day, and that can be a helpful place to start in any case.

    If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. I hope you took something positive from this.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NEYEYQ4QQMHELDJYJSV3PK2PBA Zxypher

    Just because you don’t remember your dreams, it does not constitute a lack of them. If you didn’t dream you would be brain dead.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NEYEYQ4QQMHELDJYJSV3PK2PBA Zxypher

    I’d certainly would love to learn how to stop experienceing sleep parlysis. I can’t move or breathe and I start to panic. God does it suck. I wonder if this is what they mean by dying peacefully in your sleep. It’s not peaceful but does feel like dying.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NEYEYQ4QQMHELDJYJSV3PK2PBA Zxypher

    For reals bro.

  • http://shapewear1.tk/ Vedette

    Most of the time, I experience sleep paralysis rather than lucid dreaming which is very scary because your conscience is awake but your body is asleep. I always thought that I was starting to lucid dream but what I was feeling was very scary because if I don’t fight it off, there is a strong feeling that I might not wake up again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001402826037 Adrian Dusmanescu

    Well….you know something, ur close …but not enough

  • Jordon Nichols

    1 more helpful hint to increase your chances at having a lucid dream is to take sleeping pills. Ive found that on sleeping pills I have had more frequent and wilder dreams than normal not only lucid but normal dreams as well.

  • Sarah

    Is not recalling/rememdering dreams a sign for mental disorders?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591600031 Feyyaz Ceyhun

    I started doing it when i was 7-8 years old and i stopped doing it when i was around 14. Back then i never thought that other people could do it or were doing it. Now its good to see there are others out there doing it. Its good until you can control them!! Also it can mess with your head if you get addicted!

  • http://twitter.com/TakeWhatWeCan Sean Valfrid Palmer

    …what did I just read? That post just gave me cancer. For reals bro.

  • stillgrowing

    i have the same thing happens sometimes. i hate it! i can’t never predict it…

  • Amelia

    Wow, this is pretty right on. I started lucid dreaming when I was trying to break a pattern of repeating ‘nightmares’. They kept haunting me for weeks. I started the lucid process when I lay down. I would try to notice that space between lying in bed recapping the day and the blackness of sleep. I started noticing that right at the edge I’d start to have these weird thoughts and visions, basically start the dreaming process. At first, I’d wake myself up. But, with time I became aware of the dream and would just watch. The next step came when I would wake from the nightmare. As soon as I was conscious of being in my bed, I would think about the last thing that happened in the dream and try to fall back asleep as soon as possible. Soon I became aware of the nightmare as a dream while still asleep and was able to control the outcome through lucid dreaming.
    I’ve been lucid dreaming for about 8 years now. My favorite time to dream is between 7AM and 11AM, when REM sleep has really kicked in. I’ve woken up, got a drink, bathroom break and back to dream land for hours. I’ve had dreams that have lasted for 3 hours, with little breaks between. I love it.

  • Erica

    I used to lucid dream almost every night as a child however have not for years now. As adults we tend to get lost in the dealings of our busy conscious worlds and are less excepting to new somewhat inexplainable experiences.

    I found that lucid dreaming is a matter of prepping your mind, remaining open to it and trusting – not trying. My mother explained a lot to me about lucid dreaming and it helped me, as a 10 year old child, to shape my dreams and tailor to my wants. I will have to admit back them they were always about candy and kissing the cute boys at school!

    From lucid dreaming I learned how to fly – which is a WHOLE other experience – and I would train in my flying methods in my lucid dreams.

    It is honestly the most incredible experience and is very very empowering.

  • Francisco Ramirez

    Please, read David Wilcock’s books at divinecosmos.com. He is a researcher and he has written so much about dreams and their meanings.

  • 唐培智

    很好

  • Dok300

    Always happens, never was able to explain it to people but conscience is awake body asleep seems to be a pretty accurate description. You actually have to repel the presences with your mind but to be honest it usually seems to win, if that makes any sense.

  • Dok300

    the worst is when the presence/entity thing wins, grabs hold of your soul and instills fear. I try to repel it but it always gets in eventually.

  • dave

    I have tried and experienced this to a certain degree, and I must at least throw out my opinion. It is dangerous. Anytime you can enter an altered state of consciousness you are opening the door to potentially the very dark, demons. I’m not saying it doesn’t work, I believe it does to an extent and so then it can be useful. Certainly enjoyable. But if your not off sound mind, I’d recommend you stay far away from this unless your being guided by a psychiatrist trained in this sort of thing.
    It works, its just dangerous. That is my opinion. Thanks.

  • Polymer

    I dont know what demons you got locked away but i dont think this is dangerous

  • Ejlm93

    i totally do this right before i wake up from sleeping in a long time. i didnt know there was a name for it tho!! wow…

  • Natalie Leon

    Hi, (sorry if my grammar is bad, English is not my native language) I have had some experiences that I’m not sure can be classified as sleep paralysis and I was hoping u could help me please!! For years now, I’ve had that same feeling of been mind awake but my body asleep, and at the same time I get this really strange feeling -hard to explain- of my soul like moving, or being pushed, sometimes it hurts, and also I feel or listen like a strong vibration or buzz and its always dark (even if i know is already morning day)… also sometimes i sense there are beings next to me, like evil beings, although i know is a dream, but it gets pretty scary cause at that moment I feel they try to hurt me or scare me.. also other times after getting that feeling of my “soul” it’s like it “separates” from my body, or at least I dream that and I have a lucid dream. This sometimes is good and other times turn into me trying to get away of demons or something. Am I too f** up?? Can u relate your sleeping paralysis in any way to this? Or sleeping paralysis doesn’t come with these other sensations? Please any help will be appreciated!!! Thanks

  • http://theboxofficejunkie.com Reebee7

    I fell asleep during the summer of the last World Cup while it was on TV. Was driving in a car, and the game was playing on the ‘radio,’ when I realized it was the TV announcers, and that I had fallen asleep in front of the TV. I turned to my friend and said, “let’s fly.” And then I took off and started flying around. It was pretty awesome.

  • VikingMan1324

    some people have problems reaching this state because of the mental fog of daily life this fog is like the feeling of being on auto pilot and i have found this pill call alpha brain holy cow completely clears my mind and my dreams go wild and if i take it right before i go to sleep i can lucid dream for a lot longer then normal all most like that drug that they take in inception

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Lewis/100001485146453 Kevin Lewis

    It isn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Lewis/100001485146453 Kevin Lewis

    Being unable to dream is usually a sign of personality disorder. Being able to dream is normal.

  • Alejandro

    I had my first lucid dream about a month ago (about time, I’m 54!) Something happened during a dream and I suddenly realized that it was so absurd that I must be dreaming. So first I thought of waking up, but then I decided to enjoy the lucid dream. I wished to see several people. First I wished that my father (died 1991) should appear, and instantly someone came in through a door… but he didn’t look much like my late father, though. Then I wished to see someone else and other figures appeared. But the resemblance wasn’t striking, either. Now I want to make the most of my next lucid dream, and your ideas are of great help.
    A. P. (Spain)

  • Phil

    I started remembering my dreams really young, I still remember one of my first dreams when I was 4 or 5. Ever since then I’ve become more and more comfortable with controlling them, and I lucid dream every time when I nap, without trying. Needless to say I love taking naps, but there was one time, and it has only happened one time so far, I was pulling an all nighter for an exam, and I just finished drinking a monster yet felt sleepy since it was around 7 am, I decided to take a quick nap as the energy drink kicked in. Little did I know that I was about to experience something extremely special. Within a minute I felt my body fall asleep, but I swear my mind stayed COMPLETELY awake! I could still move without waking, and I could hear things around me too, but that wasn’t the cool part, the cool part was that I was able to completely, 100% control my dreams. It’s hard to describe but unlike my usual lucid dreams where I know I’m dreaming and so I can make certain people appear or act a fool because I know there are no repercussions, in this dream it was as if my subconscious was on autopilot, and it immediately did exactly what I imagined it to do. The first thing I thought of was playing call of duty, the game was instantly recreated in my mind perfectly, the sound effects, the graphics, the game mechanics, it was flawless! Then I decided to be part of a car race and my body began to shift positions as a car manifested itself around me, a sci-fi racing stage was simulated around me without me thinking about it at all and all of a sudden I was speeding along ripples, ridges, twists and loops. I could go on forever talking about my dreams, but I think the point is that the author here has something when he is talking about not having much sleep and lots of caffeine, it really does something special!

  • Matt

    Thanks for the advise. I find lucid dreaming usually is harmless but I can see this being a problem for certain people. Its too bad that others will automatically discount what you say just because you mentioned “demons” or because they are certain everyone else’s experiences have to be just like theirs.

  • Buggymcmoo

    Man, if I ever succeed at this, I’m definitely making out with Johnny Depp!

  • Dreamer

    Flying in dreams is AMAZING, still trying to do it again,,tough to think past gravity. Completely right by looking for incongruities. Also, to train your brain for dream control try and give yourself themed dreams or even specific scenarios just by thinking and concentrating on it as you fall asleep. I’m lucid almost every night but I usually just let the dreams play out,

  • Jane

    I love my lucid dreams, I have them when I miss my pills for anxiety (not a good thing to do but…) the pictures are extremely detailed, the colour is usually faded but I can control most of the direction. It is beautiful and frightening at the same time, I just wish I could write it all down and create a movie.

  • yayya

    I have to say i dont agree with you in terms of pain. I feel pain in my dreams and im aware of others who are the same

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    You are right. Since I wrote this article I have discovered that I can choose whether or not to feel pain when lucid.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I agree. Sometimes a lucid dream can be unpleasant (but rarely), and there is almost total agreement among lucid dreamers that such dreams have no negative effects.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    It could be, although it could be simply that such people are much quicker at forgetting them than most. You can learn to recall your dreams if you practice trying to remember them from the very second that you awake, when they are strongest. Don’t be preoccupied with going to the bathroom etc – spend your first minute awake each day trying to recall your dreams, and after a while you should see some results.

  • Somesh Km1

    i have lucid dreams too but it wakes me up as soon as it starts.
    and one more thing ofenly i feel i have been through this situation even when its first time.

  • Cjd2050

    Maybe someone has posted this already as there are a lot of comments, but figured I would add it here anyway…

    One good trick for lucid dreaming is to consciously look at a clock throughout your day, several times. I got into that habit for a while and then when I was asleep, my dream self would also check the clock but the hands or numbers would go haywire, and I became aware that I was dreaming and was able to have some fun.

    A second good trick to trigger lucid dreaming is to consciously play with a light switch throughout the day too. Turn it on and off a couple of times. If your dream self does this, chances are the lights will either stay on or stay off regardless of your switching it, and then you might become aware as well.

    As for staying in a lucid dream, whenever I felt myself slipping I would stare intently at the details of something like a brick in a wall in the dream, kept focusing and then I would keep dreaming for longer and could move about some more.

    Happy dreaming (:

  • Tiana

    I used to have Luis dreams. I discovered it by having too many nightmares to where I just knew this wouldn’t happen in real life. I started harnessing it by wishing things away so my dream would be better. Later, my mind just created scenes of beauty on its own. Sadly, when I asked for people or items to appear, I would wake up. As for pain, in dreams, I feel it immensely. I even feel the immense pain of other people that I look at. It’s so intense that i can remember it perfectly when I wake up. A good trick I use to know in in a lucid dream is reading. If you read a sentence, then look at it again, the sentence changes.

  • CoCoDean

    I have been having these dreams where im conscious, im lying in bed but completely paralyzed and my breathing is slow and shallow . Im stuck in my bed and I cannot scream or anything. I go into an intense panic attacks and either wake up in puddle of sweat or I have to keep telling myself that im in a dream and try to remain calm until its over. They used to plague me because i was afraid to go asleep each night. They sometimes even caused me to have seizures because of the stress. Could this be a Lucid dream? I mean i know that i’m conscious but all I can think about is lying there numb, like i am just a case of myself. So maybe since that’s all I can think about that is what ends up happening, like you create your own reality.

  • Evgiroux

    Search up sleep paralasys

  • Katty_arenas

    I do dream in black&white but somehow I always find a unique object who owns a color. When I wake up, the colored object helps me remenbering what I dreamed.

  • Alix

    That is so super cool

  • Lou

    I’m kinda strange, I guess. I’ve been trying to lucid dream for a long time, and last night I had the strangest dream, with the strangest occurence, but the fact that it was impossible for it to actually happen should have made me realise I was dreaming, but I didn’t. How does that work? How is it that in a dream, we can be completely assured of the fact that all of this is real?

  • Neu

    You forgot the scary shit… Don’t write a book. Inception was a good movie but I don’t need a fan based remake. Lucid dreaming is not what you depict it as.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I believe you’ll find that over 90% of lucid dreamers concur with these experiences – just read through these comments,

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Yes, that’s the problem all lucid dreamers face, and one of the most discussed topics is how to maintain a lucid dream. One of the most popular methods is to try spinning in circles, which often helps reset the lucid dream and start over.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Some people have reported unpleasant experiences when lucid, but by far and away the vast majority find it a pleasurable and almost spiritual experience.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Our skepticism is almost completely turned off when asleep. That’s why it helps to learn techniques to spot when you are dreaming such as always looking at a clock twice – if you are dreaming the hands usually will change. Or look at some writing twice, and the words will change, and so on.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I have learned that you can choose whether or not to feel pain. I used never to feel any, until other people told me they did. Now I can sometimes turn it on when I want to experience pain – I suspect you could also turn it off too.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    I’m glad you got to experience one finally. You should get better and better at extending their length and controlling them as you have more lucid dreams.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Several drugs seem to help induce lucid dreaming – even common or garden cumin!

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    Also, when you stop taking sleeping pills you may get more lucid dreams. In my experience its unusual changes that work best, such as new drugs you’ve been prescribed, different sleep location, conditions or time, and so on. But after you settle into the new routine they may become less frequent.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    “you might get stuck not knowing what is real and what is not anymore” – I think this is a myth.

  • kingnell

    I seriously thought I was the only one that had this problem (or gift) for the longest time. I haven’t been able to do it lately but have experienced is so many times and concede with everything posted here. It’s awesome to hear that there are others out there with the capability to get there though!!

  • Andrew

    I’m new to lucid dreaming but the process of becoming lucid and trying to create “roll over” moment doesn’t happen I stay awake, but I wake up on my side and usually I presume fall asleep that way, I also move around in my sleep, would that affect it? Also I take pills called peaceful night from Holland and Barrets would they affect it?

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    The herbs in peaceful night are fairly mild so they shouldn’t prevent lucid dreams. Something you can try is to imagine having a lucid dream before going to sleep each night. Try to experience what it might be like, and then tell your unconscious mind that you would quite like to experience it. Eventually this could lead to lucid episodes.

  • Kristin

    Why is it that I have semi frequent lucid dreams,,, but I am NOT in control,,,

  • Liam

    I’ve had a very weird experience with dreaming. One day I was exhausted and decided to take a nap in the afternoon. I lay in my bed (facing the ceiling) and before I knew it had fallen asleep. The minute I fell asleep I must have started dreaming, because in my dream I was lying in my bed facing upwards. Not knowing I was dreaming I tried to roll over, but I could not move a muscle. I started to freak out because I had no idea what was happening to me. I desperately tried to lift up my hand, but it just lay there next to my torso. At this point I was frightened. I thought I was paralysed. Even knowing that I was home alone I began to scream for help, hoping that someone would come to my aid. It felt like I was in this paralysed, helpless state for a very long time (maybe an hour). Then very slowly I began to wake up, realising it was only a dream. Looking at my clock only about 15 minutes had gone past between the time I got into bed and the time I had woken. As I was home alone, I’m not certain if I was actually screaming in my dream.

  • Alex

    After reading this the dreams I remember are almost always the same; I am flying using a swim butterfly stroke (I guess since I swam competitively for 6 years?). I may start at home or in my street or school; somewhere familiar; the ending point is always the ocean with large sea cliffs and familiar people. I love flying so lucid dreams are always a treat. I recommend flying to everyone.

  • Emil Stefan

    What happens if you have a ”lucid nightmare” ?

  • Julia

    This happens to me too! It always happens when I am napping. Sometimes I am able to open my eyes a little bit, but other than that, I am completely and helplessly paralyzed. But for me, it feels like I can’t talk, let alone scream. Sometimes it feels so real, that I think my mind is just glitching or something and i actually can’t move. Then as I think, it makes sense that it was a dream

  • anon

    you can control it

  • Toots

    Btw you can feel pain in a dream it’s a different type of pain ( for me at least) it’s like being electrocuted and you feel every nerve ending buzzing

  • anon

    i had recurring nightmares for a long, long time and eventually, it got to he stage where the nightmare was so familiar, that I became aware that I was asleep and could consciously wake myself up before it came to the part that frightened me most (:

  • Sam

    How do you choose to play with a lightswitch or look at a clock or pinch yourself in a dream if you’re not already controlling yourself?

    I’d love to try this, I will think about it so much tonight before bed. Any particular time I should go to bed? Do I need to be more tired having stayed up late? Or should I have a long and comfortable sleep and therefore go to bed earlier?

  • mimi

    i’ve had that before – in the middle of a nightmare (where an evil person was using his demon army to hunt me down), i became aware that it was a dream. so i made the demon army hunt the evil person instead of me.

  • Resoku

    This is called sleep paralysis, and is sometimes an effect of lucid dreaming. More than likely you were conscious and awake, but your body was still “asleep” and therefore couldn’t move.

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  • Maddy

    The best trick for me to lucid dream is to look at my hands in real life all the time. When you’re dreaming, you will never have a normal amount of fingers, so when you see that you have an odd combination of fingers, your mind will accept the realization that you are dreaming! Once I was dreaming I climbed a very high tree and then I looked at my hands and I had 3 fingers on my left hand and 7 on my right. When I realized it was dream I jumped off the tree an flew around like a bird. It was super fun!

  • Jhon

    I have a strange question, it is a way to stop having a lucid dream? Because I learned to control this and I enjoy it very much, but it become the only way for me to go to sleep, and i must be exhaust to sleep and often I can not sleep until 3 or 4 pm. Its pretty hart to get to work and do a good job after this. I don’t want to scare anyone, I stud late as a child every night and go to sleep when i couldn’t cheep my eyes open, and after that i started to have lucid dreams every night and at any hour i could, and still working night shifts until last year.

  • Zaye765

    This is called astral projection or OBE’s (Out of Body Experiences)….not lucid dreaming. Read up on Robert Monroe and others. The Bible (New Testament) and Jesus speak on this and it’s purpose.
    God Bless.

  • Johnny

    They speak on it where? Show me the verses, I would love to know. And I’m pretty sure Astral projection is an entirely different thing…

  • Prat

    This is most certainly called lucid dreaming. OBE or astral projection are something entirely different in which people claim to actually leave their body and travel in the physical world as their spirit or whatever they want to call it. This is just being awake in your dream. It’s really awesome.

  • Angel H.

    I work from home and I find that when I take power naps during the day, usually after eating lunch, I am able to fall asleep rather quickly, but the interesting part is that I am aware and conscious through this process. As I lay down to nap, I feel a strong sense of relaxation and somehow my mind becomes so relaxed so quickly, that I am able to consciously transgress into a dream. I literally feel that I’m crossing some sort of “energy” veil as I make this transition from consciousness into the dream world and thus I am able to identify that I am dreaming. The first few times I had this happen to me, I got scared and woke up because as I was passing through this “energy” field, I felt an overwhelming sensation of uncontrollable eye movements, teeth grinding and a feeling that my brain was full of static like an old television set that couldn’t pick up a signal. These sensations were so strong that I contemplated the possibility that I was having seizures, and although I have never had a real seizure in my life, these feelings sounded like what people go through when they are having a real seizure. Little by little, I became accustomed to these strong sensations and now that transition is not really a problem for me and I can have a lucid dream during the day pretty easily. It’s interesting how this rarely happens to me at night and only when I take naps. I know there have been many comments on this article, and I only read the first page of comments, but it would interesting to hear if others have had similar experience.

  • nimbus

    Is possible that it may have disadvantages? Like it can make you crazy or lose reality? Hahaha.this idea is creepy coz one time i dreamed that i hit my arm with something and i immediately woke up. I could still feel the pain on my arm. There was no way i couldve really hit my arm because of my position upon waking up. The pain vanishes for a bit butthen if i think aboit it, it comes back. Its like the portal from my dream to realiry was still open. Can there be a possibility that the brain can be glitched and that ”portal” remains open and so one becomes crazy? Lol

  • http://kirsaldatipokuyangay.blogspot.com/ Kırsalda Tıp Okuyan Gay

    nope. but if you do it very often, after a while, you automatically fall into lucid dream even if you don’t want to have one. so put some breaks.

  • http://kirsaldatipokuyangay.blogspot.com/ Kırsalda Tıp Okuyan Gay

    no it’s not the same thing and this is called lucid.

  • Gottuso

    I am an avid lucid dreamer, and there really is nothing like it. I record some of my more prominent dreams in a journal usually right after awakening, as that is when our best chance to retain them exists. Keeping a dream journal is a successful way to keep track of your dreams and to notice similarities among them. other techniques for conscious awakening include various but common observations of incongrueties, the trick is remembering to look for these things in your dream state. Look at your hands in a dream and you’ll find that you have an improper amount of fingers. looking in a mirror often awakes the conscious mind immediately. try flipping light switches- if you are dreaming then they will likely have no effect. pay atention to clocks as well, their timekeeping will not be constant or even existant in some cases. These techniques can often create instant and gratifying lucidity. once there, I suggest you start flying. and dont stop.

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  • davdaraj

    Ive only ever had one lucid dream but i learnt to fly in my dreams years ago and it happens in pretty much every dream i have. it’s good because if i notice something bad about to happen i just bail into the sky. and yeah everyone try flying into space thats good.

  • tip star

    U need to find the light source walk towards it then find the light switch and flic it on and of the

  • Anticrobotic

    Every time I realise I’m dreaming and try to lucid dream I’m thrown right out of sleep. It’s effin’ annoying.

  • http://robinnixon.com/ Robin Nixon

    This is very common. Lucid dreaming is not always easy because your unconscious wants you to dream ‘normally’, as that’s what it is used to, and knows how to best manage.

    The trick is to calm your excitement upon reaching lucidity and just choose to go with the flow. After doing so a few times start to take a little control, and then a little more. If you get kicked awake, go back to just being aware you are conscious and not trying to change things. After a few times you should reach a happy balance where you can stay lucid for a reasonable length of time (at least a few minutes), and have at least a minimal level of control.

    Alternatively, realise you have maybe only 5 or 10 seconds and choose to do one thing quickly before you get woken. So maybe ask any dream character present what he or she represents, and be amazed at the answer, or ask your dream to let you hear your ‘feeling tone’ – and see what you hear :)

    Finally, as soon as you become lucid, try changing scene by spinning round and round and then stopping. Sometimes you’ll then find yourself in a totally different environment, and it will take longer for your dream to kick you out of it and wake you up – you may get a minute or two to play in this world.

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  • Imakehitzchris Chemist Cobb

    truuth

  • Imakehitzchris Chemist Cobb

    just remind yourself thats its temporary the more fear you posess the longer it will last .. even when your not in control you’re in control

  • Anthony

    what you might be experiencing is a bit of sleep paralysis. this sort of thing happens to me, where ill wake up but be unable to move. in some instances i will be conciously awake back in my bed room but some aspects of the environment will not be real and after a few seconds or minutes everything that is not real will fade out and i will be fully awake.

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  • Joe

    By far the best method I’ve found to increase vividness of dreams and to lucid dream more regularly is to keep a dream diary every morning

  • Salbone

    Your article is very interesting to me. I have never heard of lucid dreaming before but I sometimes feel that I am awake within my own dreams; in fact, I assumed that was normal but when I have tried to discuss this with other people I was disappointed to realise that they don’t know what I’m talking about.

    Occasionally I get nightmares, usually on the same theme (and often the same dream), and I find my conscious self commenting and querying, “I know this is a dream but am I dreaming this because I really did that?”; I want to wake up because it is so upsetting but I can’t because I’m in a dream.

    My favourite dreams are the flying ones – if only I could have them every night. The first time this happened I was flying on a yellow kite which took me to France; I discovered that I could control the kite to fly high or low, or zig-zag through a line of poplars. It was fantastic and what surprised me most was how real it seemed – how could I know what it was like to fly over French fields and zig-zag through the trees? When I fly on my own I am much more timid and probably never exceed 12 feet in height, perhaps because I know that I can’t really fly so I will fall and hurt myself at some point. However, flying on my own is the best dream experience (after making love to Paul Michael Glaser!).

    Does this sound like lucid dreaming?

  • gowri

    google deja vu

  • Cyn McFarlane

    I have been having lucid dreams every since I can remember (I’m 15). I think it’s a product of the imagination. If we can stretch the boundaries of our mind, lucid dreams become easier to come by. Controlling it is a different matter altogether. This is my first time hearing of lucid dreaming but before i go to bed, i usually create a whole other universe or a certain storyline, or even a twist on my actual daily life or past occurrences. It has gotten to the point where i can’t sleep without creating or continuing a storyline and the dreams are always vivid and always fun to be in. Sometimes the dreams are so random and adventurous that i know it’s a dream but i just don’t wake. I never wake from my lucid dreams, they continue until i’m awakened, changing patterns or adventures but still remaining lucid. Only once, i have ever woken from a lucid dream and it was when i was murdered, an experience that was so realistic and lifelike, that i was scared to even leave my room, i had to sleep with my mother to have some sort of company but even then i had to fill my mind with happy thoughts to even considered going back to sleep. My point is I’ve been having these dreams all my life; I thought everyone had dreams like these and accepted it as the norm.

  • PDraik

    I’ve only lucid dreamed twice, and the first one was only a few seconds long. The second one, however, was amazing: I jumped out of a window from an incredibly huge building on a broomstick at night, and killed a gigantic black dragon using magic :D I realized I was too excited to keep dreaming for long, so I killed that monster really fast. It was a thrill, but I’ve never been able to lucid dream again. I try so hard, I keep a dream journal, which has helped me remember my dreams in amazing detail (and the dreams are ever so interesting!) but no lucid dreaming. :(

  • Zoltan Vale

    Hey… Is this book still a project of yours ongoing or it’s a suspended idea?

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  • digss

    i have lucid dreams and they are quit a regular thing for me i have been lucid dreaming since 12 now in 23 but still im not able to control my dreams , i have tried to write down my dreams when i wake up but i heardley remember anything , the only way i know i was lucid dreaming is when my friends(family ) kick me when i am screaming in my dreams .

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  • GG

    I never had a ‘lucid dream’ before, if that is, a dream in which you have control over yourself.

    However, in my dreams, real-life situations occur in which you make a decision. When made, you deal with the consequences.
    When waking up and still remembering that dream, decision and consequence, you think about what other decisions you could’ve made and how they would impact the situation.

    Life is very much the same, and the brain doesn’t seperate dreams from reality. It has all happened; emotions were involved.

    Lucid dreaming gives you double life, thus double the learning experiences.
    It would be a waste not to (lucid) dream…