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Step 2: Reality Checks

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Reality checks are the most important part of lucid dreaming, and you'll need to get into the habit of doing them throughout the day. Reality checks are just like they sound; you need to check if anything is out of the ordinary in your waking life. The goal is to form a habit of checking so often that you begin to think about doing it in your sleep. Then, during a dream, you'll be more aware of your surroundings and open to the idea that the world around you might not be real. "There is no spoon" kind of stuff. Here are a few checks you can try:

- When you walk into a room, just look around and see if you spot anything unusual. This could be anything from floating letters to a a whale flying next to your head. Of course, in dreams, these kinds of things seem completely normal, and sometimes a reality check won't be entirely focused and you still won't figure out you're asleep. More than likely, the characters in your dreams will disagree that you're dreaming. 
                  Me: (walks into room, begins to look around suspiciously)
                  Hedgehog: Hello! So, what are you doing?
                  Me: Oh, hi. I'm checking to see if this is a dream. Hmm. I guess I feel a bit weird. Am I asleep?
                  Hedgehog: I don't think so. ...No, probably not. Otherwise this soup wouldn't be real.
                  Me: You made soup?
                  Hedgehog: Parsnip!
                
Another important note is how time works in dreams, or more accurately, the order or quickness of how events take place. In a dream, if you start thinking about food, it will appear. Or if you're frightened and suddenly think of how terrifying it would be if a murderous clown was secretly stalking you, chances are the murderous clown will pop into existence. One great benefit of recognizing this kind of behavior in dreams, is that you're more apt to recognize your control over the situation and escape it if it feels uncomfortable. When I'm having a nightmare and realize that I've been inputing some of the scenery, it often snaps me back into remembering that I have control, which makes me recall lucid dreaming and gives me power and clarity. Sometimes I find myself in a non lucid dream, telling myself to erase the grosser images from my head before they become reality, but I don't snap into a lucid dream. So lucidity ends up helping, even in regular dreams.

Methods of Checking:

- Double check yourself when you read anything, as in dreams, text often changes at second glance.

-You might turn on a light, or make sure the structure of the room is still the same.

-You may choose to pinch yourself on the hand to check if you can feel it. 


For my first reality checks, I would look for anything out of the ordinary, and then bite myself on the finger to see if I could feel it. In my first lucid dream, I was so use to doing the checks that I bit myself, felt nothing, and realized that I must be in a dream.
 
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bushman9163 years ago
what if you pick ur nose... nothing then pick again and get one huge buger
i guess that would be a dream ez reality check because sometimes i pick my nose
tinker2343 years ago
what about an object that only you know like a whetied die or top
Stephen3045 years ago
Hmmm, the RC will be the hardest part for me, i have a hard time making a routine of things.
gallimaufry13 (author)  Stephen3045 years ago
haha, no worries mate- I had an extremely hard time doing it in the beginning as well. If you have a watch with an alarm, you could try setting it to certain times. You do get usued it though.
Just checking back in, I've gotten quite good at this now. I've made a habit of pinching my nose closed and trying to take a breath through it while I'm awake. About 2 months ago the habit carried over into my dreams, except you can breath through your nose, even though it's pinched in a dream. Instant fun times hahahaha
vandal11384 years ago
I read this ible about 6 months ago. The only thing I started doing was the RC ( i have ADD ok?) bit about reading stuff. The easiest way is to just REALIZE how much stuff you actually read in a day. Signs, menus, text messages, the wrapper on your royale with cheese... EVERYTHING. SO.... Just make it a mental note to think of how much you read things, and always read it twice. I would almost garauntee that if make that habit and say you read the name of the store you are walking into, read it again and it will change (in your dream of course). This worked for a while for me until I guess the simple things like a CVS sign wouldn't change so I've started to try to make it change. Easiest way to explain: Look at CVS sign, look away, look back. If it still says CVS I think to myself "its not CVS, its Walgreens". If it changes.... It works for me!
A royale with cheese, why is it called like that, brad? the metric system! check out brads big brains!

i love pulp fiction
It makes me happpy that someone caught that. Best movie ever.
During the day i will ask myself if im dreaming and pull my finger. 

My first lucid dream i was standing next to a car and about to get into it and i check if i was dreaming. So i pulled my finger and it stretched. Buuut i got too excited and woke up >.<
Ranger X4 years ago
What I do is that I hold my nose and close my mouth. So, if you're in a dream and you do this, you will be able to breath normally. This is how I got my first lucid dream.
 Warning:

Do not look into a mirror. This is an instant nightmare. The image is usually distorted and scary.
beepme5 years ago
I like the RC suggestion. Here's why: I was waiting at a crosswalk for the pedestrian light to signal it was okay to cross street. Lots of vehicular traffic moving at about 30mph. I sorta thought it was a dream. So I stepped out in front of an oncoming car to see if I'd get hit. Woke up. Will incorporate RCs (realistic ones) in future.
Wgibbs5 years ago
I've not actively tried this for a while but the RCs I used to do were to randomly start counting my fingers (since in dreams this is hard to do or the number of your fingers change lol) and to check the time since clocks often appear crazy to me. Light switches don't tend to work so flicking a switch can be a good RC :-)