Lucid Dreams: An introduction

Have you awoken to realise you were still dreaming?
Have you awoken to realise you were still dreaming?

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.

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11 Comments

  1. Great introduction to lucid dreaming. Your site makes it easy to find out about all aspects of dreams – the web needs more legit dream sites like this!

    One aspect I’d like to add to is that lucid nightmares are a common introduction into consciousness while dreaming. These are spontaneous moments, rather than an attempt of the dreamer to confront something disturbing. By gaining courage and also the ability to not be in control, these frightening lucid dreams can become powerful and positive experiences.

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  2. Aaahhhh!!!!! sigh of relief.., had a nasty lucid dream yesterday and thnx to this article i now understand what sleep paralysis is all about, couldn’t move my body but my eyes were wide wake and it was an earthquake scenario where i couldn’t wake up and felt the bed vibrate physically.., on top of that someone side by me it was dark and couldn’t see…, so sure i felt it vibrate but only my eyes could move…., i’ll keep you posted…., Thnx

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    1. Thanks for your message Nicholas! I know how weird and even disturbing these experiences can be, and how alone you can feel after they happen! I have heard sleep paralysis with hypnagogic hallucinations situations that may be accompanied by strange vibrations, “wooshing” sounds or even music, lights and other sensory experiences. The common thread of course is the inability to move coupled with awareness. Sometimes we can move between dreams, the “edge of sleep” or this kind or paralysed wakefulness, into being awake and able to move properly, or else slip back into sleep and dreams, either lucid or normal. Dreams then may try to make sense of or “rationalise” the experience we have just had or are having, such as an earthquake to explain the sensation of vibrations. (the post on external influences on dreaming may also be helpful for you.) All these experiences blur the boundaries of what is “awake” and “asleep” and what degrees of consciousness we have. Thanks for sharing your experience, all these things help us understand more the many complexities if sleeping, dreaming and being conscious. Know that you are not alone, and please feel free to share your experiences and thoughts here!
      Dream Well Nicholas!

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  4. Love your site, I am a lucid dreamer and dream this way about 3 times a week I have had a couple of disturbing dreams about flying and I start by making high pitched sounds which let me gravitate in my dream the higher the pitch the higher I go up. Does anyone know if this is ok I feel the last time I did this I did not have any control of my movements. Any insight into this?

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