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Step 2: Reality Checks

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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<p>when I'm dreaming reality checks don't work because I feel pain I'm guessing as I sleep I'm inflicting the pain on myself as I'm dreaming am I just weird or is this common</p>
<p>my first lucid dream was that i was at school and walking i suddenly realised &quot;i am dreaming&quot; from there it was only what felt like 3 seconds where i tried to make people appear but i couldn't. i couldn't even walk i kept thinking &quot;walk, walk&quot; but it was like i couldn't more like i forgot how.</p>
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<p>I've been fairly interested in lucid dreaming for quite a long time, but I was not aware of all the resources available. I'm excited to employ tips like these to see if I can gain some level of control. The idea to imagine what something might be like in a dream is one of the simplest ideas I've read.</p><p>Gaston Parizeau | http://www.thedreamtemple.net</p>
<p>I don't get it I always try to go lucid but I can never seem to go lucid want are some of your best tricks?</p>
I just had a lucid dream this morning by accident. I woke up and took a shower, I didn't feel good and later I had to call in sick and I've been home all day. I went back to sleep about an hour from when I woke up. I had a lucid dream then.<br><br>I was thinking and this may be an easy way of inducing lucid dreaming: get up an hour earlier than what you normally do, follow your morning routine for an hour (shower, get breakfast, etc.) then go back to bed for an hour. This way you can have a lucid dream on a weekday, and its a bit easier.
<p>i agree, this does help... used to have no choice but to get up at 4:15 in the morning when i was deployed in spain with my old unit. but i would wake up at 4:15, get up, get the PT sweats on, that stupid hooah belt, then go back to sleep for about 30 min to wake back up and go to muster for pt. cant say i always had them, but when i had a lucid dream prior to waking up, as soon as went back to sleep after getting ready, i would start right where i left off with the dream. </p>
<p>what i really wish we could do. is read and/or record them, i know they are working on technology for it, but i dont believe there are enough supporters of these projects. the longest lucid dream in can remember is the one that always stics out there to me when explaining what dreams are and yata yata... i was on a train in a very classy cabin. i was eating dinner with folks that apreaed to be in dress of the early 1900's like they were of a richer family. we had a blast for the dinner party, but then a man came in and tryed to blow us up with a vest full of dynamite. but i pulled out and AR-15 and shot him in the face. when i shot him the bridge blew up and the train was not going to stop in time. as we were all in panic i found a few things that i put together (they were kind of like a parachute, and another like a bubble(like bubble boy) i pushed them out saying i love you, seconds later it actually felt like i was falling and i heard what sounded like being in the train as its crashing. and for what felt like an eternity i saw nothing and felt nothing, i knew at that point i was just dreaming but i could not move my body at all for almost a min. i woke up the whole house because i was screaming as i was falling in the train......... OMFG!!! someone please tell me what that was about. mind you i had this dream when i was 16 years old, (so back almost 10 years ago) what does it mean? why do i still remember this dream so vividly but most days have a hard time remembering the one i just had. </p>
In my first lucid dream I was kidnapped by my teacher and then I was like, &quot;I'm dreaming.&quot; So I started talking to bunnies and flying
When I read about reality checks, it reminded me of a time a couple of years ago. I had a dream I died that night, and in the morning, I kept thinking, &quot;Is this real life?&quot; That night, I had a lucid dream!
i wonder if it would be possible to almost create an entirely mind-created world or kingdom or even a village, and to every night have a lucid dream in that place. like say i made a replica of like Rohan or Asgard or something and be some sort of king or ruler in the dream. maybe have distinct royal subjects and townsfolk and stuff that is always there, and just live a normal life, nothing too far-fetched, and rule there for the rest of your life in the dream-realm
I suppose the &quot;Lucid&quot; part sort of comes by itself and you gotta figure it out, huh? I usually get lucid dreams, but I simply enjoy watching where my mind takes me rather than control it.
Draw a symbol on your hand or put a stamp on your body somewhere, and check if its there in your dream. If it isn't then your dreaming. But change it every other dream because you will soon know that symbol and it will appear... This works very well for me.
Great tip! Also works well with jewellery to help with reality checks.
For some reason when I was little I had a little red dot on the back of my hand from a fall or something, like a wound that healed but left a small mark, but not really a scar.... Anyways so I had this little red dot on the back of my hand. And when I was little I always seemed to have dreams/nightmares where someone was chasing me and the only way I could get away was to get to my house and lock the door behind me. (The person/monster chasing me though always got me at the last second...) Anyways When I was around ten or so I relized there had to be a way to figure out if I was in a dream or not and I remembered the red dot on the back of my hand. So when I was in my dreams I looked at my hand and if the dot wasnt there I knew it was a dream. Eventually I started standing in place in those dreams and the monster/person would stop chasing me. Ever since then I stopped having dreams like that. I'm now 13 and haven't had a dream like those since.
what if you pick ur nose... nothing then pick again and get one huge buger<br>i guess that would be a dream ez reality check because sometimes i pick my nose
I heard that if you have a dream and its the last dream you had/remember you had, you can &quot;re-live&quot; or &quot;continue&quot; the dream if you don't move when you wake up. I think it was because that your brain associates your position with your dreams or something...<br><br>Idk I just thought that was interesting.
i think youre right about that, whenever i wake up, i ususally lay in my bed until im fully awake, and strangely enough, my dreams keep... dreaming.<br><br>it could be possible that the position might make your body subconsiously think its still asleep or something.
Your body position definately plays a roll. I'm no expert, and i could just be an anomoly, but i can only lucid dream while i'm laying on my back.
what about an object that only you know like a whetied die or top
will i get zombies in my dream im fretfully scared ofzombies <br>
Haha, I can't predict what your dreams will be like, but if you're lucid in a dream then you can control the appearance of zombies. :)
there was a zombie but he was nice
I once dreamt that a group a zombies were standing outside a room I had to escape, and when I came out to face them they apologised for being so scary looking. :)
Hmmm, the RC will be the hardest part for me, i have a hard time making a routine of things.
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
Will having more lucid dreams and keeping a dream diary make your dreams better, ie more vivid and more exciting when they arent lucid?
My dreams are always especially strange, and when I have a non-lucid dream they just revert to the normally odd.
&nbsp;Warning:<br /> <br /> Do not look into a mirror. This is an instant nightmare. The image is usually distorted and scary.
i actually see a version of my self with a different hair style and clothes every time i look in a mirror
Thanks for the heads up! Whenever I have a nightmare I can NEVER get back to sleep :|<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Although I guess this could be used as a reality check? Just find a mirror?<br />
So during REM, most of your body is paralyzed, and your body sort of goes out-of-whack, but can I still talk during REM? Cause that would pretty much destroy my want to do this, cause if I'm doing something, chances are I don't want someone else hearing me while I do it.<br><br>
Unless you have a strange history of vivid sleep talking, the time that your lucid dream takes place will not effect your speech.
Okay, thanks, I don't think I usually talk in my sleep (I'd be dead).
umm.... do you have to dream at all to have a lucid dream? i never really have dreams. is something wrong with me? also, if i never do reality checks, will i screw up my brain and become a crazy person, never knowing if something is ordinary or not?
:) There isn't anything wrong with you. Some people remember their dreams vividly while others don't recall having one at all. There is also a possibility that you aren't getting enough sleep, and not allowing your mind to reach the point where it starts dreaming. You have different stages of sleep, and it takes several hours before your brain starts fully dreaming. Usually after eight hours of sleep your dreams become the most odd and vivid, though the stage called REM sleep is where lucid dreams occur. <br><br>And no, you won't go insane ;)<br>Unless there is some sort of brain abnormality, you are always able to tell when reality is reality, it's only in dreams that our universe changes and makes us question if the dream real.<br><br>
ok, thanks.
I&nbsp;read this ible about 6 months ago. The only thing I&nbsp;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 &quot;its not CVS, its Walgreens&quot;. 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!<br /> <br /> i love pulp fiction
It makes me happpy that someone caught that. Best movie ever.
i tried to do this last night and i remembered 3 of my dreams. it was great.
I once had a dream. At one point i realized it was a dream and went to a door wanting it to be filled with quads. It was a broom closet. I soon forgot the dream was lucid. I just realized a few days ago (the dream was a few years back) that later i WAS riding quads through the exact same area! 0-:
During the day i will ask myself if im dreaming and pull my finger.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 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 &gt;.&lt;<br />
I am trying to be lucid. I am not, so far, but last night was really weird.<br /> <br /> I went to sleep, and woke up again in the middle of the night, not remembering any dream at all. I tried going back to sleep, but I realized for some reason I was so hungry my stomach was hurting! After a while, I finally manged to go to sleep. The dream was, imagine that, about food! When I woke up, after I jotted it down in the journal, I realized something. I wasn't hungry!<br /> <br /> Now, I don't sleepwalk, sleep eat or anything. How is that possible?
I've never heard of your situation! Thats really great though. :D<br /> <br /> But yes, some people can do it better than others, though it is really amazing that he can do it constantly without practise!&nbsp;

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