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Lucid Dreaming: How To Take Control Of Your Dreams

Feb 7, 2008
Lucid dreaming is the art of being able to realize that you are in a dream state without actually waking up from your dream. Once you do this, you can you control what you dream about.

Put like that, it sounds simultaneously easy and scary.

After all, dreams are kind of weird anyway. So why would you want to take control of them?

There are lots of reasons:

* There may be things that you've always wanted to do, but can't. These often take the form of wild fantasy - going on a date with Paris Hilton, for instance. Or maybe you want to fly high above the clouds and look down at the earth from space. For most of us mere mortals, these are things that qualify as one hundred percent fantasy. But in a dream state, they are perfectly feasible. In fact, in your lucid dreams these feats and more will be easy and seem normal.

* You may want to use your dream time as extra rehearsal for an important business meeting, a speech you have to deliver or even something like a driving test. Using the eight or so hours a day that you sleep to improve your skills, techniques and studies is a really good way of using this "down time" with very little extra effort on your part.

* Or you could decide that some dreams are nastier than you would like them to be - we often refer to these as nightmares - and you want to be able to turn them around and make them more pleasant. If your dreams always involve you falling or running away from vicious people or creatures, learning the art of lucid dreaming could be the turning point you're looking for.

When you decide to learn the art of lucid dreaming, all of these scenarios and many more start to become possible.

Start off by writing your dreams down in a journal that you keep close by your bed. As soon as you wake up, make it a habit to pick up your dreams journal and write down as much as you can remember.

Dreams are very slippery. If you don't capture them quickly, the vivid images you experienced will evaporate into the past, never to resurface. There will be nothing left apart from the memory that you "had a good dream last night".

The better you are at keeping this journal and the more dreams you capture this way, the more you will start to remember what you dream about. This is the first step to being able to then control your sleeping hours.

Once you've been keeping a dream journal for a few days, you'll likely find that you start to remember more and more of your dreams. You'll find yourself writing more detail. That's a good sign that you're on your way to being ready to become a master lucid dreamer, where you will be able to control what you dream about without waking yourself up in the process.
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