Step 2: Reality Checks
- 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?
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.