Empower Yourself With Lucid Dreaming

Understanding dreams has been an important aspect of psychology (and philosophy) for a long time. Dreams have been used to interpret fears, goals, destiny, love and relationships – but perhaps one of the most empowering uses of dreaming is lucid dreaming.

Lucid dreaming is the ability to control your dreams by waking up within them. One could theoretically live out their deepest fantasies in a dream, and it would be as if they were really happening. Besides fantasy fulfillment, lucid dreaming has been used to allow quadriplegics to experience the feeling of dancing again, widowers to revisit moments with their spouse, children to conquer recurring nightmares, and elderly hospice patients to relive their youth.

In addition, lucid dreaming can also allow us to build confidence and solve problems by practicing important key life moments before we actually live them. This could include a big speech at work, an audition for a play, a scientific experiment, or executing an outlandish marriage proposal. Thanks to techniques from researchers like Dr. Stephen LaBerge of Stanford University, you can learn to determine whether you are in an awake or dream state.

Unleashing Your Wildest Fantasies

LaBerge’s MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams) technique is a series of exercises that involves lying in bed and telling yourself that you will remember your dreams. Next, think of a recent dream, and place two important key points within the context of that dream. First, get a clear idea of what it is you want to dream about, and second, place several cues around the environment to remind yourself that it is only a dream.

The best time to experience lucid dreaming is when REM sleep stages are the longest and most intense, which is generally during the early morning. If you have extra time in the morning, as during the weekends, LaBerge’s advice is to sleep for six hours of the night, waking for an hour in the early morning to read about lucid dreaming, spending an additional ten minutes engaged in MILD exercises, and concluding with a two hour nap. There are also a number of electronic goggles designed to identify REM sleep, responding to the sleeper with either a sound or sequence of flashing lights to the eyes. The next big obstacle for the lucid dreamer is maintaining the awareness of dream without waking.

As the sleeper becomes aware of a dream, the mind consciously begins to wake. One trick to talk the mind into staying in the dream is called spinning. This involves turning your body in circles in the dream with your hands held out to the sides. The idea is to give the brain a contradictory perception of motion. Obviously, if you believe you are spinning in circles, you couldn’t possibly be lying motionless in bed, or so the brain is led to believe. Another technique is to rub your hands together vigorously during a dream as you sense that you are beginning to wake. The brain experiences this sensation and is once again tricked into staying in the dream longer.

Once you master your dreams, according to Dr. LaBerge, you will also become the master of the awakened domain. You will gain confidence in your choices and will no longer be just a prisoner to your mind’s whim, but rather the ruler of your own destiny!

What are your favorite tips for working with, interpreting and becoming lucid in dreams?

7 thoughts on “Empower Yourself With Lucid Dreaming

  1. Jafet

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  2. pbrittain71

    I do know that I have been in very few lucid dream states but here recently I have had several. I did finish a dream where it did get pretty heated in a good way. I have never had sexual dreams until here recently. I do see the person in the dream with me and do know who he is. I do not understand this dream he is supposedly into men not women but I have these dreams during the day and at night in bed. Now they are two dreams and they both replay over and over again same things happening no changes in them at all. I can see these dreams like a movie and sometimes all the time they are there. It is so vivid that it seems real. Only he is over 16 hrs from where I live. what do these dreams mean?

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  6. maryannex9146Maryanne x9146

    Hi, Eric,

    Thanks for a great article on lucid dreaming.

    I agree with Gina Rose-I have been lucid dreaming since childhood as well. It is my belief that many of us have the power to awake within our dreams, be aware that we are dreaming while fully asleep, and work our way through issues within the dream. It is my opinion that dreams are one of nature’s great safety valves, allowing all of us to “let off steam” about the issues concerning us most at the time, our greatest fears, and our greatest desires.


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  7. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    Hi Eric,
    Great article……I’ve been lucid dreaming since childhood……..

    for a great number of psychics, this comes naturally…..

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500


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