How to Lucid Dream tonight? There are plenty of resources out there with tons of information on Lucid Dreaming. Thousands of terms have been generated (please, take a look at the small list here) that give a glimpse into what may be emerging as a new branch of science. There are some opinions that Lucid Dreaming belongs to the right hemisphere of our brain, which does not work the same way as the left one does, the way we have been trained for our entire lives — through explanations and abstract thinking. Anyway, despite this somewhat sad beginning, I’m going to share some of my personal experiences with several effective Lucid Dreaming techniques.
There are several quite different approaches to Lucid Dreaming defined already. Please, read some tips here. I’m going to concentrate on wake-initiated Lucid Dreaming (WILD) and avoid dream-initiated Lucid Dreaming (DILD) because the latter needs a little more practice than one night.
The goal of this portal is to make Lucid Dreaming simple for everybody, so if you have any hints or suggestions for improving this information, you’re welcome to share them in the comments.
So, how to Lucid Dream tonight?
To make this short:
- You have to go to bed preferably before 12:00 am and set your alarm to wake you in 5 hours.
- Wake up after 5 hours of sleeping and go to restroom, drink some water (please, avoid bright light).
- Go to bed, close your eyes, and eventually you’ll start seeing some visual imagery. Keep watching and you’ll notice yourself in a completely different world where everything is possible.
What if you fall asleep immediately? Let’s support you by some robotic help. 🙂
I’d like to introduce you to Nick Newport and his WILD techniques. The first time I saw his portal, I thought it was commercial and nothing more. But after investigating the subject further, I found some useful information how to lucid dream. For example, he suggests setting off alarms at non-regular intervals (e.g., 8, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 0, 6, 6, 6 min) to initiate Lucid Dreaming. He calls it fractionation, where your subconscious expects another beep from your alarm and warns you about this fact to reduce a possible stress, but the alarm doesn’t happen, which increases your awareness in a dream. Please, see a picture:
Also, please, take a look at a video created by Nick:
I’d suggest using this approach in step 3. You could set up a bunch of timers on your phone as I did before, but make sure that you’re changing time intervals (to 5, 3, 5, and so on); otherwise, your subconscious easily adapts to the temporary inconvenience, and eventually you’ll have zero effect. The timer, written in Adobe Flash Action Script, which actually looks like a set of timers, can be downloaded from Nick’s web site for free.
I have my own copy, which I successfully reverse-engineered and added voice prompts instead of beeps. Unfortunately, I didn’t experience any real improvements. Anyway, if somebody is interested in creating something extraordinary based on the timer, just shoot me a comment, and with Nick’s permission we’ll conquer the world.
Unfortunately, I had some difficulties using the timer also. Sometimes, there was not enough time for me to fall asleep, and it’s quite annoying to lie down and hear the timer and have to debate the cons and pros of exiting from a hardly achieved state to reset it. As an alternative, a gyroscope could be used for the user’s feedback, and this method might be implemented on the Android platform. You’re welcome to pick up an idea, and I’d be more than happy to try your solution!
Problems with falling asleep again
Another problem might arise when you’re trying WILD. Nick has several suggestions on how to overcome this, also. Please, take a look at the following videos:
I don’t know if you need me to repeat this information here, especially since I consistently fail to follow these simple suggestions. For example, between dreams I usually roll over or do some movements. You probably could check a clock watching me.
Anyway, my biggest problem currently is that my awakened mind does not allow my body to fall asleep. Today, I have been lying down for half an hour without any luck. Luckily, I recorded an EEG graph also. I think I will describe this experience in greater detail a little later.
Do you have any suggestions how to Lucid Dream tonight?