Once you've been keeping your dream journal and consistently performing reality checks, the next step is to begin implementing lucid dreaming techniques.
Whereas dream journaling helps you to become more familiar with your dreamscape and reality checks help to pull your attention to the world around you, lucid dreaming techniques are designed to increase your odds of having a lucid dream that night.
There are dozens of techniques out there that can help one have lucid dreams. Some use visualization and intention, others engage your kinesthetic senses, and some involve picking a small mental task to occupy your mind as drift directly into a dream.
Covering all these techniques is beyond the scope of this article so we will provide you with a powerful technique that we recommend beginners start off with. It's easy, simple, and effective; the "Wake Back To Bed" (WBTB) Method.
Why Perform The "Wake Back To Bed" Method?
The most important benefit is simple: to greatly increase your chances of having a lucid dream.
Many beginner Dream Hackers have come to me with stories of how they used the WBTB method to have not just one, but several lucid dreams in one night.
How To Perform The WBTB Method In 3 Simple Steps
Wake Up After About 5 Hours Of Sleep
Set your alarm to wake you up after approximately 5 hours of sleep (assuming you sleep 8 hours a night)
Stay Up For 30 - 60 Minutes
This is done to increase your mental clarity. You can use this time to meditate or recall any dreams you might have had and record them in your journal.
Go Back To Sleep
Make a firm intention that you will have a lucid dream. It's best to sleep on your back or on your side.
Keep In Mind...
In Step 2, don't become so alert that you can't go back to sleep, but just enough so that you are clear headed and not groggy. You can use this time to read over your older dream journals and prepare your mind for a lucid dream.
If you are particularly groggy splash a little bit of water on your face (not too cold though), and do a bit of very light stretching.
Things to avoid: do not use caffeine or cigarettes. Do not eat anything (lucid induction supplements are fine) or do too much exercise.
In Step 3, as you grow in your dream hacking abilities, you can start to introduce some other lucid dream induction techniques. Every lucid dreamer eventually gains a liking to one or two particular techniques. The WBTB method is definitely a favorite.
Whenever you have the opportunity, practice the WBTB method. The more you practice the better you will get at having lucid dreams more frequently.
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