If you are new to lucid dreaming and you are struggling to induce a lucid dream then the 7 lucid dreaming tips for beginners that I am going to share here will equip you with some essential information that will make it easy for you to have a conscious dream very soon.
The ability to induce lucid dreams varies from person to person because the subconscious mind of different people behaves differently and our dreams are handled by our subconscious mind.
It is true that once we get aware that we are dreaming we can control our dreams and do what we want but, for that also we need to develop a strong rapport with our subconscious mind as it can collapse the dream, wake you up or trick you into a new dream once you become conscious inside a dream.
This rapport can be developed with practice but some people’s subconscious mind has less resistance in letting them to become conscious while dreaming and that is why they are able lucid dream easily.
It took me about 4 months of continuous efforts to have my first lucid dream (way to long than average cases).
One day I shared my experiences and knowledge about lucid dreaming with my friend. You know what? This friend of mine had a lucid dream the very next night after I shared all this stuff with him and that was the first time ever he came to know about this concept!
Obviously, I felt disgusted about how this could happen. However, I learned a very good lesson about lucid dreaming from that particular incidence which is what I consider the most important thing to know for a beginner.
I will reveal that in the last but, first allow me to share the other basic tips:-
Tip #1-Record Your Dreams
It’s the basic yet most important step to induce lucid dreams. When we keep something beside us before sleeping in which we can record our dreams whether let it be a sound recorder or a dream journal, we send a strong message to our subconscious mind that we intend to become conscious in our dreams.
Moreover, if we don’t make it a habit to remember our dreams we will not be able to know even if we had a lucid dream that night. This must be done as soon as you wake up because we forget most of our dreams within the few minutes after waking up.
Tip #2-Eat Lucid Dreaming Inducing Food
There are certain food items which help to increase the quantity of a hormone called melatonin that is secreted by pineal gland.
Melatonin plays a role in regulating our sleep cycles and it is also known to increase the vividness of our dreams.
You can find names of few such food items in my post- Lucid Dreaming Foods
Some people also prefer Vitamin B6-You can read more on this in my post- Vitamin B6 for Lucid Dreaming
Tip #3-Get Engrossed in Lucid Dreaming Materials before Sleeping
If you engage your mind in something interesting that’s related to lucid dreaming before you sleep then there is a high probability that you will become conscious inside your dreams. It could be a blog, book or movie whatever you want to prefer.
You may find something helpful regarding this is in my post “Lucid Dreaming Movies”
Tip #4-Perform Reality Checks Honestly
You might be already aware of reality checks. Although many people know that reality checks is a great tool to again awareness inside a dream still not everyone is able to make proper use of it.
Why?..Because they miss the main reason behind using reality checks that is to identify if what you are experiencing is a dream or reality.
Let me elaborate this little more- People perform reality checks in waking life in order to become conscious in their dreams that night without a real intention to know if what they are experiencing at that moment is a dream or reality.
To gain lucidity in a dream using reality checks you will have to perform them with genuine curiosity in the waking life.
People often find it unwarranted to question their waking life because they are very confident that it is real but, the same happens in dreams also and their mind finds it stupid to question their dream reality too.
Tip #5-Talk about Your Dreams
Talking about your dreams with others is interesting as well as a good way to tell your subconscious mind that you are interested in the dream world.
Discussing your dreams with others gives you a good opportunity to improve your ability to remember a dream. With increased ability to remember your dreams the “dream memories” becomes as much vivid as your real life memories.
Tip #6-Wake up Early
Our dreams occur during a dream cycle period called REM (rapid eye moment) even though we go through multiple sleep cycles every night the first hour before we wake up is usually a REM phase.
So, if you can wake up an hour before your usual time and then go back to sleep again after doing something to become fully awake then there is a very high probability that you will have a lucid dream.
Tip #7-The Final Advice for a Beginner
Okay, we have reached to the end of this post and as promised I am now going to share the most important realization I had about lucid dreaming as a beginner.
There is a very strong reason behind why I struggled to have my first lucid dream for more than 4 months whereas my friend succeeded in just one day.
You will get all the above tips in many of my posts but, this is the first time I am sharing this especially for people who have been struggling to get their first lucid dream.
Our subconscious mind is like a kid and it does not like to be forced to perform something, it resists your intention when you put a lot of effort.
This means that your own desperation becomes the reason for your failure here.
If you are someone who has tried enough and have not been successful in inducing a lucid dream then I would strongly suggest you to drop your efforts for a while.
For this, you will have to completely let go your desire to have a lucid dream (but continue to record your dreams) and since your inner mind has already received your command, once it senses the freedom it will obey your commands just like kids do.
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