In order to learn how to have lucid dreams, you must first establish a high level of dream recall – the ability to remember your dreams. Once that skill is in place, you can work on becoming lucid – or aware – of your dreams while you are in one.
Lucid dreams are dreams in which you consciously know you are dreaming. It is like a blending of your awake state with your sleep state. In between these two “worlds” lies the chance to learn more about yourself, your passions, the challenges you are facing, and solutions to your problems. It’s a melding of your two minds – the conscious with the subconscious.
Once you are comfortable your dream recall is sufficient, you need to work on the awareness of being in a dream. To get there requires that you practice a skill while awake that will then carry over into being a skill you use while dreaming. You need to practice being more aware of your surroundings.
I know – you’re already “aware”, right? You know what’s happening around you all the time. How could you drive your car or get yourself through the day if you weren’t already quite cognizant of your surroundings?
BUT – how many times a day do you stop yourself and ask whether or not you are dreaming or if what you are experiencing is real?
Probably never and that’s the challenge. If you don’t ask yourself the question during the day, what’s going to prompt you to ask the question when you are in the middle of a dream? Practice asking yourself whether you’re dreaming or not while you are awake and you will start to ask the question in your dreams. When you reach that point, you will be able to become aware of being in a dream and, therefore, achieve lucid dreams.
If you want to learn how to have lucid dreams, start asking yourself the following question several times a day:
It may take time, and using a lucid dreaming kit to help you induce a lucid dreaming state will help teach you many other tricks for getting to a lucid dream state and STAYING there, but this trick will at least help you build the awareness phase of understanding when you are dreaming.
Eventually, you will find yourself in a dream, you will ask yourself if this is real or if you are dreaming and you’ll be able to look around you and assess your surroundings and when you see that jellyfish are hanging from your bedroom ceiling, you’ll be able to positively answer the question “Why – I AM dreaming!” When you know how to have lucid dreams, you can then move on to controlling your dreams and using your sleep state to accomplish all kinds of things and have all kinds of new experiences.