Lucid dreams are when we become aware that we are dreaming while we are still asleep. For some people this comes naturally, by accident; for others, it can be a goal they strive towards for many years; and yet for others, it can be something we have never really thought about.
If lucid dreaming is something that we want to achieve, it can be possible to imporve our chances with effort and concentration.
Some of the ways to work on achieving awareness in our dreams are:
- to try and focus on our hands (see: Dream Symbols: Body Parts: Hands)
- to try and recognise that we are dreaming in a false awakening (see: False Awakenings: A dream within a Dream)
- to try and become aware of the edge of sleep and wakefullness that occurs during sleep paralysis (see: Sleep Paralysis: A Special Kind of Nightmare)
- to confront something frightenning in our dreams on the pretext that it is “just a dream” (see: Nightmares: Part 1)
There are other methods to achieving lucidity in dreams, but these are some of the most common ways to start. The challenge within lucid dreaming is always to try and maintain the balance of staying conscious enough to know that you are dreaming, but never to get too excited or over aware so that you wake your self up. But with practice and patience it is entirley possible to become aware in your dreams, and to enhance your overall dreaming experience.