Always look out for dream signs! Wait, what are those? They are kind of like dream world landmarks. Dream signs are what they sound like. They are signs that clue you into the fact that you are dreaming. A bunch of different types of dream signs exist. Stephen Laberge, a.k.a. the father of lucid dreaming, categorized them into four different types. These types are Interpersonal, form, action, and context. Let us take a few minutes to describe what each of these are.
Interpersonal dream signs mean that they come from yourself. Maybe you have a very strange thought that runs through your head, maybe you realize that you can’t think clearly. Maybe your emotions run super high while in a dream. Maybe you tend to have a reoccurring thought or feeling in your dreams.
Form and action are pretty self explanatory. Action refers to a strange or consistent action that happens in a dream. It could be flying for example. Form means that the form of an object or person isn’t quite right. Maybe your friend is dressed in a funny outfit, or maybe a snake looks like a giraffe. Form also means that objects or people can transform themselves. Maybe the snake looks like a snake, but morphs into a giraffe right in front of you.
Context is mostly about observation of your situation and surroundings. Context dream signs usually don’t bend the laws of reality, but instead leave things out of place. Maybe you dream that you are driving a police car, but in real life you aren’t a police officer. Maybe you dream that you are in junior high but in the waking world you are a college student. Or maybe you dream that your coworker is your best friend from high school, but he/she lives in a different state. Simply put, things are just out of place or out of context. Get the idea?
Dream signs also might not fully match up to any of these. They might be something that is very specific to you. For example, you might always see a red car in your dreams. Or maybe you have a reoccurring dream character. Or maybe you always dream about being in a certain situation of place.
Everyone has different dream signs and different types of dream signs. Personally, my dream signs usually come from context. I’ll realize that I’m dreaming because I’ll be at school during the summer, or I’ll be in college but see my hometown friends, or vice versa. But your typical signs might be different!
This is where it is important to make your own observations. Keep a dream journal. Write down all your dreams in as much detail as possible that you can remember. Not only will this help significantly improve your dream recall, but it will also allow you to look back at your dreams and identify your dream signs. After you write down your dreams, read though them and pull out anything that should have clued you into knowing that it was a dream. Trust me, you will begin to see similarities. Do this for every dream you have. And once you start seeing patterns and reoccurring dream signs, write a list of them.
It is important to pay attention to reoccurring dream signs during the time that you are awake. Let’s say that one of your dream signs is seeing your sister. You seem to have a lot of dreams about being with your sister. So, every time you see your sister in real life, stop and ask yourself if you are in a dream. Preform a reality check. Since my dream signs come from context, I make sure to ask myself if I am dreaming anytime anything seems out of place. I will usually pause and observe myself, my situation, my surroundings, the place that I am in and who I am with. I analyze it and ask myself if all of it makes sense. If it does, it is safe to say that I am awake. But if it doesn’t, a reality check is definitely needed.
Dream signs are the landmarks of the dream world. They are what will tell you where you are, a dream! So pay attention to them, they are a tool to help you. You wouldn’t walk around a town that is unfamiliar to you, not pay attention to any landmarks, and expect to be able to find your way around, would you? Ok, maybe you would, but you rally shouldn’t! The same goes for dreams. They are uncharted territory and you, the lucid dreamer that you are, are trying to map this new world out. So always remember to use your dream signs to help you!