A lucid dream is a dream in which you, the dreamer, notice you are dreaming.
I've had quite a few lucid dreams and I've figured out a method to have them but *NOTE* it is very dificult to have a lucid dream and it takes a lot of practice but won't work most of the time but the end result is great.  These methods worked for me and I hope they work for you - I'm not responsible for bad use of this instructable (I can't see how though)
There are two types of lucid dreams in my opinion:
Full  - Where you control your actions and the how the dreams goes.
Incomplete  - Where you know you are dreaming however you can't control your actions.
Lets get started....

Step 1: Bad Sleep

If you're sleeping badly you have a great chance to have a lucid dream, here's how:
1) You are sleeping badly and wake up
2) Leave your eyes closed and stay where you are (you need to stay sleepy, it helps if you remember what you were dreaming about)
3)  Think about your bed, try to stay concentrated (you may lose track of reality but that's good)
4) You'll fall asleep and start dreaming almost immediately but remember, you are actually in your bed at home
5) Congratulations! You have taken the first step
Go to the next step to see another method, skip it if you want to see how to take control
Another thought. Lucid dreams can be dangerous for beginners. Like I said I have only had one once, but I have a friend who has done it a lot. He has told me about a little something called sleep paralisis. Sleep pralasis is when you are in the deeper stages of sleep, and you suddenly wake up. This can be caused by getting really excited about having a lucid dream and then waking up from excitement. Anyway, sleep paralasis is just as it sounds: paralasis. It is only temporary, but it is in a sense the opposite of a lucid dream. You are awake, and know you're awake, and yet you cant move anything but your eyes. A lot of times sleep paralasis is accompanied by hallucinations, commonly terrifying ones. So always know the dangers if you are going to do something like a lucid dream.
<p>This must be scary, do you know how long it lasts? </p>
I can make myself wake up from my dream, but it gives me a bad headache
Once I had a dream that mh mom was a witch like the one in the wizard of oz and I had magic that made me fly but then I couldnt fly and I woke up :(
<p>I had a lucid dream once, it was awsome. it was kind of a mix between incomplete and full, It could have been full, but it was hard to wrap my head around being in complete control, so things kind of turned out not exactly as I wanted. for example I tryed to turn into a cat and ended up turning into a cat... made of ice cream! ever since I have been trying to have another lucid dream, I hope this helps!</p><p>:)</p>
@god squad 101<br>I've had sleep paralysis before, it scared the crap out of me. I thought I was having a seizure or something but after hearing you describe sleep paralysis, that's what it must be!
I once had a dream where I was floating in air and then years later I somehow recreated that dream with one change&hellip; I was being carried by some creature
How do you not move when you wake up? I've tried, and it's hard to remember until you roll over, but then it's too late.
Does anyone else get them?????
I always get dreams where I try to scream but I can't
Also I had a dream where me my mum and my sister were caterpillars and we were worried and my mum got squished and I tried to scream but nothin came out!!
I don't see what's wrong wig dreaming about dying
I once had a dream where I died and at my funeral everyone was crying but I turned into a ghost and came out of my grave everyone was astonished and fainted
Only once have I had a lucid dream. It was about 2&frac12; to 3 years ago. Basically I was in a small neighborhood by a lake. I remember there was an african-american child who, I guess, was in my dream a great friend. I was in a wooden house on porch outside facing the lake. He told me something (I forget what) and suddenly I could fly. It was he greatest feeling ever. I was salting above the lake and a though occurred to me: 'Wait. I cant usually fly. O. M. Goodness. I'm dreaming!' And suddenly I fell from the sky and plunged into he water. That was the point when my suspicions were confirmed. I new that if I were awake, I would have gotten soaked and I wouldn't have been breathing under water. I got out of the lake and jumped as high as I could. Nothing happened. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't fly again. It really bugs me because I could fly when it wasn't lucid, but as soon as I realized it became an &quot;incomplete&quot; lucid dream, as you describe it. <br> <br>So that's my one and only lucid dream ever. This is the first time I have ever gone into great detail telling it ever, so I hope you enjoyed!
P.S. <br> <br>(1) If anyone thinks I am in ANY way being racist in the part about the &quot;african-american&quot; boy, I am not at all. I just felt it was weird hat I remembered that specific detail. That's all. <br> <br>(2) when I said I was &quot;salting&quot; above the lake, that was the Kindle Fire auto-correct. I meant soaring. <br> <br>(3) any parts where it says he and it doesn't make since, again typing on a kindle so lil I missed the t in the
i havent had lucid dreams in a while but i used to have them once a week <br>
for a weird reason I treat people with respect in my lucid dreams as I do in real life. <br>Also I don't need to do reality checks I occurs to me that i'm dreaming
Hey for people having trouble, I'd suggest googling. I forget the details but there's some professor from one of the ivy league colleges who started this whole thing (okay, some shaman started it obviously but it took a western sanctioned college professor quantifying it for us whities to consider it doable hehe). He's got a book or something, and if i remember correctly a lot of the info is up for free on his site. Sorry I'm too lazy to look it up right now. I believe he's also got a design up for a dream machine (perfect instructables fare, actually, they're designing a machine to flash you with key patterns when you go into REM to remind you). <br><br>HOWEVER. IF THIS IBLE ISN&quot;T WORKING FOR YOU, I'd really suggest you read it b/c the author obviously tried to condense the information down for the site format, which means he left out some tactics. The one in particular that helped me was in the book about lucid dreaming tactics where they suggested you look in your dream journals for things that are quite commonly out of place in your dreams. For instance water might often flow up, red might flicker between red and blue, that sort of thing.<br><br>Personally, I'm lazy so I skipped the dream journal step and just started watching the clock. One thing you've gotta understand is... well, if you're lucid dreaming every time you dream, you're a freaking shaman :D And, no joke, its a career; to get to that point (at least in this method) you'd have to devote a lot of your waking time to it, basically to all the new-agey stuff you (or at least I) were trained to write off as a kid, looking for the unreality in the world. What worked FANTASTIC for me however during the period I was trying to build this skill was to look at the clock at least once every hour or two while I was awake. <br><br>Whigga-what? While you are awake? Yeah, because thats the whole problem is not realizing you're dreaming :D I found that if I look at the clock when I'm awake, look away, look back, look away (the more repetitions, the more reliable) the clock will stay near the same numbers. Now, ofc you say &quot;no shiz sherlock!&quot; But what's significant ofc is that it WON'T while I'm asleep. The time will change quite drastically in fact, from 3:00 to 6:02 to Y:ou're dreaming dude, it was an EXTREMELY reliable tactic for becoming lucid during dreams. <br><br>Its not going to give you control over your dreams, honestly as near as I could tell that's a matter of will. Its also not going to make you remember them - whatever it is that keeps our brains from bloating up and becoming immobile with a trillion bits of useless data pretty much goes axe-murderer on dreams and cuts them up into little bitty bits when you wake up. It is QUITE possible to have a lucid full-control dream thats like the best videogame ever and then lose it in the first few moments of waking. You HAVE to get in the habit of recording them (the dream journal is just one method). <br><br>Easiest way (for me) to understand this is that dreams are us without our bodies, they're like your spirit (or your instruction and memory caches if you're less religious heh) running free without your corpsicle. WHatever happens happens, and you have exactly one record of it, this is all extremely low-energy thinking here. However when awake you need thousands, millions of connections to any concept to truly remember it, to KNOW it, so whatever happened in the dream will quickly get pushed back down to the subconscious level when you wake, drowned out by the trillions of memory connections in the squishy organic brain as soon as it boots back up shortly after waking. When you write, you are making BERJILLIONS of connections, like a connection every microsecond to each word as you're writing it so that by the time you've finished writing it its as good as chiseled in stone, whereas if you THINK of something you're falling closer to dream-awareness, where you only upload one copy of the instruction or memory datum into your faste cache awareness, this is why thought is so much quicker. Personally, I found trying to re-experience the dream worked better than the journal - actually its more like I was too lazy for the journal so instead I tried to electrify that cache-experience of the dream up to more of a RAM or HDD style written experience. <br><br>Oh, on a side note when is someone gonna invent the Dream-Tendo? Heh, thats what made me find this ible, I was looking to see if anyone on instructables had run with the idea of a lucid dreaming machine like the professor who started this whole craze amongst westerners. B/C there is already all kinds of emg stuff on ibles, and it seems like it'd only take a pretty cheapo muscle sensor to sense the rapid powerful charge changes of rapid eye movement during dreaming, so everything necessary should be up here. The stickup, at least so I was thinking, is in the way time is experienced in dreams; people like to say that its just a low-res dealie, but honestly I think its just as high resolution (or higher) but everything is experienced ONCE, as opposed to billions of times like in waking experience. So whatever signal you send, its gonna have to be FAST to be interpreted inside the dream. I mean, you're getting potentially hours of experience in minutes or seconds. Not only that, but the time dimension of the dream world probably DOES shift quite a bit, because I've experienced lucid dreams that had HIGHER res than the real world - the only way I can imagine for that to happen is that I was experiencing less dream time to the amt of real time passing, allowing for that higher resolution. <br><br>So in general any regular signal, its gonna be pretty much like the clock-trick I use, you're gonna have to spend a lot of waking time preparing for it to catch it in the dream, because you're gonna have to recognize the PATTERN of it, even if it seems to be stretched out over long periods of time. But perhaps if you compressed it down as much as possible, maybe a simple S.O.S (for people who have that signalling method ingrained ofc, it would have to be something else for ppl who didn't) encoded in an alternating signal? Just a single led for instance hanging before the eyes to pump out the signal (obviously you've gotta make sure it doesn't wake you up). It should start at a reasonably fast rate (fast but comfortable to a waking person) then get faster and faster with each repetition, until its beyond anything anyone awake could percieve (it would get deleted from consciousness as insignificant immediately, just like dreams, because only a few neurons recorded it). I think eventually you'd hit a good medium for anyone during any dream... perhaps anyway. <br><br>To expand upon the idea, your control interface would be your eye movements. I don't know how eye movements IN the dream would track to outside it, but some sort of interface should be possible with enough research (ofc the research is held to a slow pace by the nature of the subject :( ). The most basic control would be turning off the dream signal by focusing your eyes on the glowing light in the dream. Beyond that, a second level control would be for instance accessing music and such in your dreams, turning up the volume, changing tracks and changing the playback speed (to make it match your dream experience time vector). These early controls would ofc be tied in with data recording software in the DreamTendo (Ofc Dreamcast makes more sense lol), hopefully eventually allowing for the construction of some kind of standardized information protocol between the headset and the dreamer. A mature version of such a tech might provide the interface for real virtual reality, with the set just feeding basic data (obstacles here here and here, other players here there and over thar, etc) and the user's brain doing the mule work. <br><br>A little cautionary note; if tech like this or even just unassisted lucid dreaming ever becomes common, I can go ahead and pretty much guarantee you its gonna have some HORRIBLE health side-effects for those who abuse it, most likely mental health effects. As near as I can understand it, your dreams are your brain cleaning and optimizing its quick memory and instruction caches (btw the difference between controlled and noncontrolled is probably in taking control of the instruction cache) and if you subverted this process on anything approaching a regular basis without the backing of some serious guidance and knowledge on the subject (which you can only get from a real shaman nowadays, and I'm not talking about the weirdo in thee urban shaman store I'm talking about the old indian contemplating the nature of existence from his perch atop a finger-boulder in the middle of the desert somewhere) you're probably gonna MONK YOURSELF UP. I mean, serious weird crap. At the very least it should be treated with the respect that an intelligent person gives powerful hallucinogens (btw the effects are very much the same; if you're evil and you know it you're not gonna get anythin gbut an arse-whoopin out of lucid dreaming attempts), and honestly it should probably be regarded with even more care. BE CAREFUL, youre screwing with parts of your psychology you know nothing about here.
I have been trying this for about a week now. Using guides and such. But all that has seemed to happen is I have better dream recall. I still feel like my dreams are pretty much going in a straight line and I can't even think differently than how my mind wants me to.
It sounds hokey but if you're becoming lucid during the dream (not just remembering it well) and you aren't getting control, the best way to do so is to figure out what the dream is trying to tell you. I know, hokey... i'm learning the older i get tho that a lot of the stuff I was told in school to write off as hokey is really just poorly understood, NOT poorly supported (plenty of evidence we're just too dumb to put it into words so we say 'don't look behind the curtain!' wizard of oz style so we can keep calling ourselves scientists lol). <br><br>Oh and a lot of the time its telling you you're a control freak :D So if you're pushing and pushing and the dream won't give you the reins, try and sit back and see what happens. I've also had success once or twice just by trying to trick the dream process, that is sitting back and EXPECTING something, not too forcefully just waiting for something cliche to happen (like the ole' reliable red ball bouncing across your field of view). Sometimes it won't happen but usually when it does it seems like you tend to get control of things (tho its usually right near the end of the REM period). <br><br>Oh and forgot to put in my above post, using the clock method, once I'd spent a couple days getting into the habit of checking the clock it was VERY easy to have lucid dreams, especially when I kept that intention clear as I went to sleep, the problem was very much like tlegasse said controlling them. However I was a lot more screwed up then, and honestly I think its very much like hallucinogens. You can't expect to control a trip when you aren't in control of yourself, these dream-style experiences are nothing if not instructable (heh). Or, to say the ultimate in hokey things we were told to disregard, you cannot be in control without believing you are in control :D
It's all a matter of patience, sometimes I don't have lucid dreams for months or almost a year, so I'd suggest to keep trying and follow your guides
This is really cool when I was younger I could have these whenever I wanted but I didnt even know what they were called now my dreams predict the future.
Happened to me a couple nights ago, I dreamt my French teacher gave me a 12/20. I woke up, went to class to retrieve the same 12/20. It's amazing! <br><br>Since I've made researches and I'm actually trying to master my dreams.<br>It's pretty fast for me, of course I can't take the control but I'm easily aware when I'm dreaming. It's so interesting! <br><br>But I don't think your instructable actually bring much, though...<br><br>The really useful stuff is the tip on this page, I began this way.
Interesting story and thanks for the criticism, any criticism will help improve the instructable. These are the methods I've used and I have managed to have about 10 lucid dreams this year however, everyone is different and the methods may only apply to me
I have had involuntarily several such dreams, called &quot;duermevela&quot; in Spanish.<br><br>They always taught me something. <br><br>They always were related to people from &quot;the other side&quot;, friends who came to explain me very interesting things: the vision mechanism, details of the death passage, the Universe's Log, the human expression and communication, expected changes into universal constants, and things so. <br><br>Sadly, I have forgotten some of them. That of the death was very singular: &quot;they&quot; said me at first that I will forget completely and right away everything, because those details can not be disclosed. And really, I &quot;woke up&quot; wondering, but don't remembering why...
deberias escribir tus suen~os en un diario para que no se te olvidan, yo tambien hablo espan~ol (soy mexicano/britanico) y despues de tener las escritas, publicalas!
Alguna vez escrib&iacute; algunos, tal vez buscando en archivos viejos pueda encontrarlos. Me acuerdo de algunas partes, tambi&eacute;n podr&iacute;a intentar escribirlos de nuevo. Son realmente notables.<br><br>I once wrote some of them, perhaps looking at old files i could find them. I remember some parts, could also try writing again. They are really notable.
me parece una idea genial pero no olvides compartirlas, muy pocos tienen ideas de como funciona la muerte y suen~os
El de la muerte fue uno de los primeros (o el primero, no estoy seguro). Lo curioso fue que me fueron confiados los detalles de la &quot;interfaz&quot;, o sea del pasaje a la otra vida, con la advertencia previa de que me los olvidar&iacute;a antes de despertar, y as&iacute; ocurri&oacute;. La idea era tranquilizar mi curiosidad, nada m&aacute;s. Fue bastante breve, sacando el tiempo que pueda haber durado la explicaci&oacute;n, la cual no recuerdo.<br><br>The lucid dream of death was one of the first (or the first, not sure). The funny thing was that I was entrusted the details of the &quot;interface&quot; or the passage to the afterlife, with the warning that I forget them before I wake, and it did. The idea was to satisfy my curiosity, nothing more. It was fairly short, taking the time to have lasted the explanation, which I do not remember.
i have had many dreams that just seam like a normal day and then like a week after i have that dream it happens in real life, and all of the details are exactly the same as where in my dream
wow, don't know what to think, I have a cousin who has premenitions about death sometimes, very interesting

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