"Once we have developed the ability to have lucid dreams, we must be stable enough in presence to stabilize the dreams...
Until the practice is developed, the dreamer will sometimes control the dream and sometimes the dream will control the dreamer."
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
(Buddhist Monk and Master Lucid Dreamer)
A fundamental misunderstanding is that you are either lucid or non-lucid.
Lucidity is not a light switch that is either turned on or off, it's a spectrum.
It can range from complete unconsciousness (non-lucid) to fully lucid.
In general there are 3 levels of lucidity:
When one is NON-LUCID:
There is a complete lack of awareness that one is dreaming.
When one is SEMI-LUCID:
There is partial awareness that one is dreaming, without fully realizing one has the ability to shape the dream to their will.
For example you're waiting in line for a hamburger when you realize you are dreaming. Rather than just go to front and take a hamburger you still wait in line.
When one is FULLY LUCID:
There is full awareness that one is dreaming and can explore the dream on their own terms. At this point, you have sucessfully hacked your dream.
When first starting to learn lucid dreaming, most of your initial lucid dreams will involve being semi-lucid. In order to have greater control over your dreams you must increase your level of awareness.
So the question is how do we increase our awareness?
Next time you become lucid, immediately perform 1 of the following 4 simple dream stabilizing techniques to increase your awareness.
4 Simple Dream Stabilizing Techniques To Increase Dream Awareness
Use Inner Speech
Remind yourself that you are dreaming by repeating phrases like "I'm dreaming....I'm dreaming... This is just a dream... etc."
Rub Your Palms Together Slowly
This helps to engage your tactile senses and allows you focus your attention on your dream body.
Pay Attention To Your Breathing
During a dream you still have control over your breathing, so breathe deeply to help maintain conscious awareness. Breathing deeply will also help to keep you relaxed.
Try Doing Some Math
Basic math like adding 2+2 can engage the logical part of your brain and keep you focused.
The experience of being lucid can be overwhelming sometimes, so dream stabilization techniques can keep you grounded and allow you to have a much better lucid dreaming experience!
When you’re fully conscious, that’s when you’re unstoppable and are able to experience your dreams to the fullest. When you’re starting out, your level of awareness won’t be too strong.
Having Complete Lucidity Regularly Takes Time
When you're first starting out (even long-time lucid dreamers experience this), you might notice that you lose your lucidity quickly, or that you’re not able to do certain things like fly or summon a specific dream character, even though you know you’re dreaming and you know anything is possible!
The key to having a longer, more enjoyable, more controllable lucid dreaming experience, is in getting to complete lucidity regularly.
Unfortunately, getting to the point of having complete lucidity all the time takes a lot of time and practice.
Which is exactly why at Dream Hacking, we've created a system of lucid dream training to help anyone, with any amount of lucid dreaming experience, get there in the simplest and fastest way possible.
In other words, we've hacked the process.
Click here to learn more about how you can achieve your lucid dreaming goals in 30 days or less, whether you're a beginner or not.
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We're interested in hearing your stories, your interesting dreams, your "almost lucid dreams", anything at all!