We have all heard about lucid dreams. These are the kinds of dreams where you know that you are dreaming while you are dreaming. If you are talented at having a lucid dream, you can even start to control what you do in the dream. You can fly around the dream, build a castle or be with your crush.
If you want to have a lucid dream, there are a number of ways to do so. Lucid dreaming meditation is supposed to make it a bit easier for you to have an out-of-body experience or a lucid dream. Both of these goals will require a lot of practice, patience and willpower. Almost no one is able to have this type of dream on their first try. It takes time to learn how to control your thoughts so that you can maintain that control in your dream.
Luckily, there are ways to make it easier to have a lucid dream. One option is to use some beginning meditation techniques. These meditation techniques will make it easier for you to fall asleep and ensure that you sleep better. Plus, they will ensure that you have more energy during the next day. With better, deeper sleep, you will also have a better chance of having a lucid dream.
What Is Meditation?
A century ago, basically no one in the Western world had any clue what meditation was. In the past few years, there has been a growing desire to learn from Eastern philosophies and traditions. Meditation is a spiritual practice that has existed in the Far East for thousands of years. It basically involves two basic things. You have to focus on something specific while also quieting your mind and not focusing.
This sounds contradictory, but it isn’t really. This type of mental practice is training your mind to have better clarity and focus. It should feel like you are concentrating deeply on something, but not trying too hard. Some people like to use a candle when they start meditating. They focus entirely on the flame and try to let all of their other thoughts go. Obviously, you probably should not use candle meditation if you want to try lucid dreaming because you never want to fall asleep while a candle is still burning.
Lucid Dreaming Meditation
There are so many different meditation techniques that you can use. If you are just starting out, then there are a few basic techniques that you can try. If it does not work at first, keep trying. Buddhist monks spend years meditating every day. It is like any sport or skill that you have ever learned. No one immediately starts with a perfect ability to meditate—if you think that you are perfect at it on your first day, then you probably are not doing it quite right yet. Don’t worry if it feels strange at first. As your mind becomes accustomed to meditation, it will start to become easier and feel more natural.
If you happen to live with other people, you may want to tell them that you are meditating. You don’t want to be interrupted while you are meditating. You should also find a quiet, relaxed place where you can focus without any distractions. If aromatherapy makes you feel more relaxed, try burning incense in the room. You can lie down on the bed or sit on your chair. Once your distractions are removed from the room, you are ready to start.
Start by Breathing
In the Buddhist scriptures, it is said that the Buddha achieved enlightenment by just focusing on his breath. It sounds simple, but it is actually harder to follow your breath than you would imagine. This meditation technique is fairly easy to learn, which makes it great for beginners.
To start, lie down or sit down somewhere comfortable. Your entire goal is to focus on your breath. In one type of meditation, you just follow your breath as it goes in your nostrils and back out. That’s it. If it is too hard to do just this without your mind wandering, counting your breaths can help. For this option, count a number on each inhale and exhale until you reach the number 10. Then, start back at zero and do it again.
It sounds easy, but it really isn’t. Most people will have a difficult time doing nothing and focusing on their breath for more than five minutes. Believe it or not, there are actually 10-day, silent retreats where people spend 10 or more hours a day doing this! For now, just get started with this meditation technique in five-minute increments, every day. If you can do this for an entire month, you will start to notice a lower stress level, a better focus, more lucid dreams and other benefits.
Using Guided Meditation
Some people prefer guided meditation or just think that it is a bit easier to listen to a guided meditation than to focus entirely on the breath. Guided meditation can be amazing for lucid dreaming. It basically uses visualization techniques that help you learn how to guide yourself into a lucid dream. Luckily, there are a number of guided meditation for lucid dreaming that you can find online and download.
Like the last meditation technique, you should start by lying down or sitting down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and relax all of your muscles. At this point, you can turn on your guided meditation technique. If you do not have one, keep reading and we will cover the visualizations that you should use.
Visualize yourself walking toward a beautiful island. Try to make the island as vivid and realistic looking as possible. Slowly, walk through the warm, shallow water. Enjoy the warmth of the sun on your back as you tread through the water. As the waves roll onto the shower, a gentle spray splashes against your face.
Before long, you reach the island. As you walk onto the sandy shores, feel the sand between your toes. It feels so warm and natural. Throughout this process, keep saying “I’m dreaming and I know I’m dreaming” in your mind. This is important because you need to make your mind aware of reality versus dreams. When you start lucid dreaming in the future, this will make it easier. Your goal is to explore the world that you create with your mind, and this island is the first step. Stay relaxed and calm as you do this.
You want to start exploring the island in your mind’s eye. Do this for about 10 minutes. When you are done doing this, write down everything that you did, experienced or saw in your dream diary. From now on, you will also need to keep your dream diary near your bed so that you can write down any lucid dreams immediately after they happen. You can also think of ways to modify this experience. If your goal is to imagine yourself flying or touring Italy, then you should imagine those things instead of an island. Your first lucid dream will most likely be based on what happens in this guided meditation, so choose wisely.
How Does This Help?
These meditations can be powerful for helping you to get lucid dreams. Like any other skill, it takes time and practice. Do not expect lucid dreaming meditation to help you after just one or two times. You have to be patient and it will work.
While you are waiting for the lucid dreaming meditation to begin taking effect, your meditation will give you a number of other benefits. Meditation is a powerful tool for training your mind and lowering your stress levels. It can help you have extra energy during the day and a heightened level of focus. In addition, meditation can reduce your stress, confusion, anxiety and anger. Studies show that it can reduce your risk of developing cancer. Regularly meditating can boost your motivation, power and creativity.
It only takes meditating for a couple of minutes a day to begin achieving these results. Meanwhile, your mind will prepare for lucid dreaming. Before you give up on lucid dreaming meditation, give it at least a few weeks of practicing every day. It generally takes three to four weeks before most people start to have lucid dreams, so be patient. Also, make sure to keep a dream diary because your dreams have a tendency to disappear after you have been awake for more than a minute or two. If you don’t remember to write down your dreams, then you may have lucid dreams and forget about them! Be patient, practice and meditate—before long, you will start having lucid dreams.