How to Lucid Dream

Psychic Development: How to Lucid Dream

Dreams are a window into the subconscious. Through them we can learn a great deal about ourselves and the influences that motivate us to think and act the way that we do.  Sigmund Freud once said “every dream reveals itself as a psychical structure which has a meaning and which can be inserted at an assignable point in the mental activities of waking life”.

Others believe that dreams can be a key to unlocking our own psychic intuition. This is because when we are dreaming our intuition can work freely since it is no longer being dominated by the rational part of our mind. This explains why many people with no conscious psychic abilities will often have prophetic dreams.

So what exactly is a lucid dream and how can having one help us to better understand ourselves or improve our psychic abilities? Lucid dreams are very different than regular dreams. Perhaps you have had a lucid dream before. The easiest way to describe it is a dream in which you are consciously aware that you are actually dreaming.

Lucid dreams also tend to be extremely vivid as though they are happening in real life. Some people who have vivid dreams can also consciously control the dream as they are having them. Not only do they have full control of their actions in the dream itself, they can also control how the dream unfolds and even manipulate their actual dream environment.

The true benefit of lucid dreaming is that it can allow us to experience our greatest aspirations as if they were happening in real life. If you have ever wished that you could fly, for example, you could experience it in a lucid a dream.

Psychologists have encouraged their patients to have lucid dreams for a number or reasons. Through them, quadriplegics have claimed to experience the sensation of dancing once again. Lucid dreams have helped elderly hospice patients relive their youth or revisit a deceased spouse.

Lucid dreams can also help people

Lucid dreams can also help people overcome recurring nightmares by placing them in control of the dream itself. In terms of psychic development, lucid dreams can also help us to better connect with our own intuition.

To have a lucid dream, you must first learn how to “wake up” within a dream as you are having one. This is possible because of a technique developed by Dr. Stephen LaBerge at Stanford University in the 1980’s known as the MILD Technique (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams).

To use the MILD Technique to have lucid dreams, you must learn how to train yourself to be more consciously aware of your dream state as you are dreaming. Here are the four steps

  1. If you can, try to awaken yourself from a dream as you are having it.  This isn’t easy for most people, but with practice and persistence it certainly is possible.
  2. If you share your bed with someone and talk in your sleep, you can also ask them to gently wake you up the next time that you are dreaming. Once you are awake, try to remember what you were dreaming about. The purpose of this is to become more consciously aware of your dream environment.

  1. As you fall back to sleep, try to return to the dream again only this time focus your intent on reminding yourself that you are dreaming. It is important that you don’t let your mind wander. Say “I am dreaming” to yourself over and over again until you slowly reenter a dream state.

  1. Eventually, with this method, you should be able to slip into a dream state while you are still consciously aware that you are dreaming. Some people will look for what is known as a “dream sign” which is an indicator within a dream that they are actually dreaming. Once you are aware that you are in a dream, you are lucid dreaming! At this point you are free to explore whatever issues most concern or interest you. This is known as your “intent”.

  1. Repeat steps two and three again until you feel as though your intention has fully been met. If you fall asleep, you can always repeat the exercise over again until you feel as though the process is complete.

According to Dr. LaBerge, once his lucid dreaming technique has been mastered, a person will be much more confident and self-assured. This ultimately extends to their awakened state as well.

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