Lucid dreaming is when you achieve a sense of self-awareness while dreaming that allows you to take control of the dream and do whatever the heck you want.
I’ve been super into lucid dreaming since high school and have had dozens of super-vivid lucid dreams the past few years. The experience is super trippy and allows you to explore parts of your mind that you didn’t think possible.
Want to try for yourself? Here’s how:
- Start journaling. The first and most important step is to start writing down your dreams in the morning right away before they fade. The more you do this, the more of your dreams you start remembering and with more detail. I do this on my phone using the google docs app, but some people prefer pen and paper.
- Get in the habit of “checking reality”. Dreams are very good at tricking you into thinking they are real life. In fact, how do you know you aren’t dreaming right now? The way I check is by trying to push my finger through my hand. If it can’t go through, I’m not dreaming. If it can, I’m probably dreaming (or have a hole in my hand, in which case I should head straight to the hospital). If you do this check (or any other, you can look up other examples here) and it turns out you are dreaming, then the fun begins!
- Have fun. You are now lucid dreaming! Do whatever you want! Try something simple first, like picking something up and putting it back down. Don’t worry if you freak out and wake yourself up, it’s a really weird feeling. Once you get more used to it, you can try more advanced things like flying or creating objects with your mind. You can even interact and have conversations with other characters in your dream, which I’ve been told can be very therapeutic.
- Do more research. A simple google search for “Lucid dreaming” will take you down a rabbit hole of techniques, testimonials, and inspiration. Don’t get overwhelmed, just remember the basics in this post and you’ll get there. The rest is just variations and shortcuts, which is worth learning about as well because I find that even thinking more about lucid dreaming increases your chances of having one.
A few favourite moments from my oneironaut (dream explorer) career have been getting a red pickup truck to take off into the sky, talking to my wife in our kitchen as she transformed into different people from my past, and jumping out of a gymnasium ceiling and soaring through the cosmos. I hope you get to experience these magical (not drugged) trips as well.