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How Can I Learn To Lucid Dream?

asked Nov 07 '10 at 15:15

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Tim Fontana

edited Nov 16 '10 at 08:59

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1) Go through your day backwards, before you go to sleep (the more detailed you are the better).

2) If you don't remember your dreams, tell yourself out loud multiple times "I will remember my dreams" and keep a dream journal (be as detailed as posible).

3) To find out wether or not your dreaming or not your dreaming, certain things are ofter unstable or do not change like: small printed text, the time and light levels can't normally change. Try and look for something out of the ordinary. (Hint: When you wake up and find out that you have a couple more hours to sleep, most of the time your dreaming. Try turning the lights on or looking at the clock again).

4) When you find out your dreaming you don't want to get "lost in the dream" again. So try spinning around with your arms out. (Don't ask me why it works it just does)

5) "Dream on"

Disclaimer: (Even if you do all the things listed here does not mean that you will immediately have a lucid dream and/or have one every night)

answered Nov 07 '10 at 15:32

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edited Nov 16 '10 at 22:09

I knew the disclaimer, thanks though :L I will vote you up in the morning :D

(Nov 07 '10 at 15:34) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Thanks I'm not sure if I forgot anything, but I'll make sure I edit it if I remember anything else I'll be sure to edit it.

(Nov 07 '10 at 15:40) FilipinoPower FilipinoPower's gravatar image

ok, thanks :D

(Nov 07 '10 at 15:41) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

people say that if you constantly think about something before you go to sleep you will dream about that thing. its true for me. thats why i study at night.

answered Nov 07 '10 at 15:28

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I don't know, I was thinking about someone alot one night, and nothing. the thing is, I havent been remebering my dreams atall for about a year now. I just go to sleep and wake right up the next morning.

(Nov 07 '10 at 15:29) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Lucid Dreaming - Dogpile Web Search: http://bit.ly/9HNSkU

I recently stream from NETFLIX, the following documentary. The topic of Lucid dreams was touched upon.

alt text | A Lucid Dream, in simplest terms, is a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik van Eeden (1860–1932).[1]

A lucid dream can begin in one of two ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness.

Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically, and its existence is well established.2

Scientists such as Allan Hobson, with his neurophysiological approach to dream research, have helped to push the understanding of lucid dreaming into a less speculative realm ... more

answered Nov 07 '10 at 15:56

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edited Nov 07 '10 at 16:02

I will vote you up in the morning too.

(Nov 07 '10 at 15:58) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Motor Skill Training

Lucid dreaming is a great way for an athlete to work on his or her skills, for "imagery rehearsal may work to improve motor skills by strengthening the neural pathways used to elicit the patterns of movement that are required by the skill" (LaBerge 116). Dr. Stephen LaBerge, eminent authority on the study of lucid dreaming, calls this mechanism "cognitive coding" (LaBerge 116), in which the individual makes a conscious map of the skill and its execution.

alt text | Kevin tags out a runner back in high school. While lucid in a dream, Kevin could place himself in situations where he can hone muscle memory and practice success on the baseball field.

Lucid dreaming can also help athletes learn entirely new actions. Athletes can "practice performing movements for which their bodies are not yet physically prepared, setting up neural and mental models for skills so that the movement models will be ready when the muscles are" (LaBerge 116).

(Nov 07 '10 at 16:25) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

My dreams tend to be snippets of things that happened to me a couple of days earlier. Just a ridiculous hodgepodge of tangential references. And usually, in my dreams, at some point I say, "This isn't making any sense" and I'm annoyed that I'm stuck in a nonsensical situation. Also, the rare times I'm having a bad dream... I back the dream up and rewrite it. I've been doing that for years.

For people who have dreams that give them great, yet mysterious insights into something and a desire to make them lucid, bravo. For me, dreams are nothing to lose sleep about. My dreams tell me, "You will remember the stupidest things, and then revisit them in your sleep." Nothing mystical there.

answered Nov 17 '10 at 16:48

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actually, my dreams are rubbish. the other day i dreampt i was going to wake up late, and as a result, i woke up late

(Nov 17 '10 at 16:56) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Who said anything about mystical? I prefer to think of it as a game. Why not do something semi-constructive while you sleep? Although I do occasionally have productive dreams about coding when I'm on a programming binge. It's nice to be able to spend downtime planning and modeling more code. I forget a bit of it by the time I wake up but I've still had some useful insights that way.

(Nov 18 '10 at 12:00) Justen Robertson Justen%20Robertson's gravatar image

I just kind of decided I was going to one day and it developed on its own. It's a matter of determination. I don't always have lucid dreams, but I'd say 2 nights out of 3 I have at least one. The thing I've noticed most is that trying to hard to direct the thing will wake you up. You have to kind of go with it and just adjust here and there, or you'll become too conscious and lose it.

answered Nov 09 '10 at 14:51

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