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Waking Up in the Dream World-Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming is Easier Than You May Think

Before begginig the exercises in this chaper you should recall at least one dream per night. You also should have recorded a dozen or more dreams in your dream journal, from which you would have extracted a number of personal dream signs.

You are now ready to learn techniques designed to help you have your first lucid dream, if you haven't had one yet. With some effort these same techniques can help you to learn to have lucid dreams at will.Before going further, I'd like to offer a piece of advice which may prevent some frustration. Sometimes people develop mental blocks that effectively prevent them from intentionally inducing lucid dreams.

Typically, they think of lucid dreaming as a very difficult state to achieve.Believing this seems to make it so. However, I've learned how to have lucid dreams at will, so I know that it can be done, and I aloso know that it's easy-once you know how.

My experience with teaching hundreds of people how to have lucid dreams suggests that almost everyone who diligently practices these techniques succeeds. No one can say how long it will take you to learn to have lucid dreams; this depends on your dream recall, motivation, how much you practice, and a factor we can call "talent for lucid dreaming." My experience with teaching hundreds of people how to have lucid dreams suggests that almost everyone who diligently practices these techniques succeeds.

Even though I was highly motivated and was having three or four lucid dreams per week, it took me two and a half years to reach the point  at which I could have a lucid dream anytime I wanted. But then, I had to invent my own methods.

You have the great advantage of being able to work with techniques that have been tessted and refined by other lucid dreamers.Don't be discouraged if you don't succeed right away.And don't give up! Virtually everyone who stays with it improves through practice. Lucid dreaming is easier than you may think.

Find the technique that works best for you

The next chapters will present a wide variety of techniques for stimulating lucid dreams. The emphasis is on techniques that work best for most people. However, there are variations as to which method will be most useful for you, due to individual differences in physiology, personality, and life-style. For example, the techniques described in chapter 4 are most readily (but not exclusively) cultivated by people who fall asleep rapidly.

Therefore we have striven for completeness and have described most of the known lucid dream induction techniques. You should try any that appeal to you. Once you understand the principles and practice of lucid dream induction, you may choose to develop your own method by combining features of the techniques we have described. In any case, experiment, observe and preserve: you will find a way.

If practicing mental exercises is a new idea to you, you may be uncertain about your ability to use them successfully, In the appendix is an excercise, called "Strengthening Your will," designed to help you learn how to achieve things through mental effort. Practicing this exercise will improve your success with all of the induction techniques in these chapters.

Reference: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming: Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. & Howard Rheingold

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