Do you ever imagine what it would be like fly? What it would be like to meet your favorite hollywood actress or actor? Or to have a conversation with a loved one who has passed away, just one last time? What it would be like to taste fire? These might sound crazy and impossible. But what if you had the ability to do those things and be completely safe? Lucid dreaming allows you to do all these things and more.
Lucid dreaming means knowing you are dreaming and being conscious of your actions and environment. There is over 30 years of scientific data proving that lucid dreaming is possible and occurs.
- What Are Lucid Dreaming’s Benefits?
- 7 Steps to Lucid Dreaming
- 1. Growing more awareness
- 2. Remembering Dreams
- 3. Dream Journaling
- 4. Taking Galantamine and Vitamin B
- 5. Perform reality checks
- 6. Mindful meditation
- 7. Look for dream signs
- If you could control your dreams and be fully aware, what would you dream about? do you have any other tips to achieve lucid dreaming?
What Are Lucid Dreaming’s Benefits?
During lucid dreaming, your brain actually thinks you are doing what you are doing. This means that your brain has the ability to rewire itself in response to stimuli, a process called neuroplasticity. It’s why practice makes perfect, because our brain learns to rewire itself. [the_ad id=”1044″]For example, this process makes an artist a better artist because practice after practice causes the brain to rewire itself to be more attentive to various colors and shapes. In lucid dreaming, your brain thinks you’re actually doing the activity and therefore neuroplasticity kicks in.
Lucid dreaming has been used to improve performance in sports, kick bad habits such as smoking, lose weight, confront phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder and become more conscious and aware in awake states.
Lucid dreaming can make you a more enlightened person, and learning to live in the present moment will make you a happier person. Being enlightened has said to bring happiness, and a sense of peace and tranquility to individuals.
And who wouldn’t want to be able to experience flying in their dreams? Or having a chat with someone you’ve lost? During lucid dreaming, you can control your dreams and do these things you’ve always imagined doing but know are impossible. Read on to find out how you can begin your journey to lucid dreaming.
7 Steps to Lucid Dreaming
1. Growing more awareness
Important to lucid dreaming is awareness. This is similar to performing reality checks in step 5. It involves gaining more awareness in your daily life. Make it a habit to be aware of your surroundings and the details in them. For example, the time on the clock when you glance at it each time. In your dream, the time will be blurred most likely. Gaining awareness in your life will train your brain to be aware in your dreams. Being aware during a dream is key to lucid dreaming.
2. Remembering Dreams
Remembering your dreams is key to becoming more aware when dreaming. When you’re drifting off to sleep, repeat this: “I will remember my dreams when I wake up”.
3. Dream Journaling
Keep a journal by the bed and as soon as you wake up, write down whatever you can remember. Make a note of not only what you saw, but also your emotions (how something made you feel) and any other sensations you experienced. This will help you start to remember your dreams and you can begin to look for dream signs (see step 7).
4. Taking Galantamine and Vitamin B
Galantamine has been revered as the “lucid dreaming pill”. It has apparently been used for centuries in China to boost memory. It has even been said that the ancient Greeks may have used it for the same reason. Galantamine comes from plant sources such as the daffodil, the red spider lily, the Golden spider lily, or the Snowdrop plant, pictured on the left. It has been approved by the FDA and is most commonly used by patients of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to promote memory.
There are some side effects that takers should be aware of. For example, taking galantamine early in the night such as right before bed can cause you to have unpleasant dreams. It is recommended you take it in the middle of the night.
Vitamin B supplements such as B5 and B6 have also shown to increase the intensity of dreams – making them more vivid, weird and emotionally intense, which can often lead to lucid dreaming. You have to take a larger dose of these vitamins for it to be effective, higher than the recommended dose for daily intake. Therefore, you should rarely take a higher dosage to achieve lucid dreaming, and this should only be used once in a while, and at your own risk.
5. Perform reality checks
During the day, perform regular ‘reality checks’. I know it sounds silly to do this during the day, but your brain will pick up the habit and start doing it your dreams – making you aware you are dreaming. Reality checks involve asking yourself “Am I dreaming?” Make a habit of looking at the clock or a a page of text and looking back again, in dreams, these will be blurry and make no sense or be different when you look back. Again, this is all about training your brain to be aware of its surroundings when you are sleeping so that you can become aware you are lucid dreaming.
6. Mindful meditation
As mentioned already, lucid dreaming is all about becoming aware of your surroundings and of the fact that you are dreaming. Meditation can help achieve enhanced awareness. Try meditating before going to sleep, focusing on becoming quiet and comfortable and falling into a lucid dream from there.
7. Look for dream signs
Journaling can help you to view patterns in your dreams and look for recurring “dream signs”. If you are aware of these recurring events or signs, you may notice them in a dream, making yourself aware of your dream. Common events people dream about include going into public without clothes on, being chased by someone, etc.
Lucid dreaming may take some practice to achieve, but if you follow these steps, you should be able to achieve your wildest dreams and be in control of them! A supplement such as Galantamine can do wonders for you and help you have the best dreams of your life.
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