The Landmarks of Dream World, Dream Signs

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!

 

Signs of an Experienced Lucid Dreamer

Lucid dreaming is a skill. And like other skills, you can be a novice, experienced, or something in the middle. So, how do you know where you are when it comes to lucid dreaming? I sat and thought about it. This is what my brain came up with. I would like to throw in a bit of a disclaimer, this is not a complete list and it is all solely my personal opinion. Ok, let’s begin!

1. Dream journaling and reality checks become second nature.

In the beginning, remembering to write down your dreams in the morning or question your current reality may have been difficult to remember or work into your daily routine. It might have almost felt like a chore, at least it did for me. But after months or years of working it into your day, it suddenly isn’t work anymore. It just comes to you the same way that it does to set your alarm clock, feed the cat, or getting dressed. Its second nature, its part of your everyday life. And not doing it, will feel alien to you. It will leave the feeling that something isn’t right, or that something is missing. I no longer have to set a reminder on my phone, about every couple hours reality checks just pop into my mind. As far as dream journaling goes, it’s my morning routine. I honestly love getting coffee in the morning, texting my friends, thinking about whatever, and writing down the adventures of my subconsious from the night before.

2. Meeting other lucid dreamers is super exciting!

Lucid dreaming has been growing in popularity over the last few years and is being seen more in mainstream media. (Thanks Inception!) But seriously, when I first started, almost no one knew what lucid dreaming was, but now so  many people have at least heard of it. But It is still one of those things that isn’t the most poplular thing to talk about or have an interest in. Meeting someone else who is interested in LD, wheather they are an experienced oniernuat or just starteintg out, is literally the best thing ever! The chance to geek out with another lucid dreamer makes my day any day.

3. It is not just about fun and games.

Flying, dream sex, walking through walls, telekinesis, are all fun and exhillerating. And they are all possible in lucid dreams. But it isn’t everything. Lucid dreams have so much more to offer.

Most people learn to lucid dream so they can have an infinite dream playground, I know I did.  And don’t get me wrong, I still love flying and using a lucid dream as a way to de-stress and just have some good fun. But when you get a bit more experienced, you start to see how much lucid dreaming can help you grow as a person.

During your dream, you have access to your subconscious brain. You usually don’t get this during waking life. So take advantage of it. Ask dream characters if they have a message for you. Ask your subconscious to show you something you need to see. Ask it for guidance and advice. Ask it why you are the way you are. You can get loads of advice and insight from your dreams, and its all coming from yourself!

4.It no longer is about having 100% control

Lucid dreaming allows one to learn how to control their dreams. Different levels of lucidity exist. The highest level of lucidity lets the dreamer control their dream body, the dream scape,  other dream characters, everything. And this is what most people strive to do at some point. But at some point you start to see that having 100% control isn’t everything. Sometimes, it is best to give back your subconscious some control. Be able to control your dream body and some other external things, like the dream scape. But let your subconscious throw in some randomness. It might be something you need to see, or could learn from. You never know. I believe those are the most profound lucid dreams.

5. Lucid dreams help you see the beauty in waking life

It is a super common misconception that lucid dreamers lose interest in waking life because it is not as exciting as being able to do whatever you desire in a dream. But it is actually quite the opposite. Lucid dreaming doesn’t take away the excitement of waking life, it adds to it! It helps you see that not everything is how it seems. You start to really see the beauty in everything. Everything becomes beautiful, and maybe even magical. Lucid dreaming is not a way to escape your life, it is a tool to enhance it.

And those are my five signs that you are an advanced lucid dreamer. But there are many more signs too! Do you relate to any? Are there any more that I left out? Let me know your opinion!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Lucid Dream

Since last time I focused on nightmares, I decided to make this blog post more positive. So, let’s talk favorite lucid dreams!

Over the course of my experience, I have seen the good and the bad of lucid dreams. And every single one stands out to me. Every lucid dream has personal significance to me. And I have quite a lot of favorites, but one in particular stands out. It was a rather simple dream, but it meant so much to me.

So here it is, copied out of my dream journal:

I have two doctor appointments that day. Oddly, they both take place in a building on campus called Dusable. I go to my first appoint, which was for vision. Everything checked out fine, so it is time to head to the net one. It’s upstairs somewhere, but I’m not exactly sure where. My boyfriend is with me, trying to help me find it. We keep walking up, flight after flight of stairs. And when we get to the very top of the stairs, we find it. It looks like a typical waiting room. There are white and blue painted walls, chairs, magazines, and a check-in desk.

I look out the window, which captures my attention. Oddly, I see a night sky. It was broad daylight when I first came in. The sky was black but lit up by billions of white dots, stars! It was so gorgeous. Too gorgeous, so I can’t resist it.

I pull my boyfriend along with me and we jump out the window and into the night sky. We start flying through the night. But we plow through the atmosphere and leave the planet behind. We are in space, in the middle of the most beautiful stars and galaxies you could imagine. And we flew through all of it. My BF led the way and I was holding onto his foot as we went along.

It was at that point that I realized that it was a dream. Everything felt so real. I could feel air brushing along my body, even though there isn’t air in space. I could actually feel myself holding onto my bf. The view became so much more magnificent. It’s like going from watching a movie and being in third person, to actually jumping into the movie and becoming the main character, experiencing the movie first hand.

With the realization, I took a few deep breaths to control my excitement.Then I pulled myself forward so that I was flying next to my bf instead of behind. We flew together, each with arm wrapped around the other’s back. And we flew threw stars and galaxies, across the universe side by side. It was the most amazing view I could ever imagine. I wish I could draw a picture of it or put it into words, but I guess some things are just meant to be left in dream world. But truly what the best part of it all, was experiencing it alongside someone I loved and cared about so deeply. The whole experience was filled with feelings of extreme love, euphoria, and amazement.

And then I woke up in bed.  It had been a long time since I really had thought of lucid dreaming. But I had a spontaneous one, and it was the best. My interest was refueled.

That one dream had really revived my interest in lucid dreaming, so I started practicing again. But it also left me with much more energy and excitement about the waking world too. Everything seemed so beautiful and alive. Maybe even a little bit magical. It’s weird how an amazing dream can help you see the beauty in waking life.

So, now that I told you my favorite LD, what’s yours?

 

 

Lucid Nightmares

Lucid dreams are usually used to learn dream control. They are used to be able to be unbounded by physical reality in order to go on some fantastic dream adventures. Flying, time travel, hanging with celebrities, and much much more are possible in lucid dreams. But what if you don’t get so lucky? What if you become lucid and have a scary dream? Let’s take some time to talk lucid nightmares and any fear tied to lucid dreams.

My first lucid dreams had been fantastic adventures! I’ve flown all over the world and into space, I’ve seen gorgeous skies and scenery, I’ve morphed my own body into different animals, things could not have gotten better. But I’ve had some lucid nightmares along the way.One of the most haunting for me was being trapped in a room with some creepy, dark, scary entities.

I’ll be real with you, that dream had led me away from lucid dreams for awhile, being too afraid of having another.It wasn’t until I asked for advice on a Facebook lucid dreaming group. Someone commented that it was my choice in the end. I would either get up and try again, or lose a passion.Those words stuck with me. So I tried again.

Lucid dream nightmares are real. They can and do happen, even to the best of us. But are they dangerous? Nope! I think a lot of people forget that lucid dreams, are just dreams too. Lucid nightmares cannot hurt you anymore then a regular nightmare.It can feel a little bit scarier because everything does feel so real.But remember, absolutely nothing can hurt you.

So here’s what to do if you find yourself in a lucid dream and  suddenly being chased by a monster, or something else scary. Take a step back and breathe. Remind yourself that this isn’t real life, you are in a dream and your physical body is at home laying comfortably and safely in bed. Nothing is actually going to hurt you. Try to calm yourself down. Once you do this, you are left with a few options on how to proceed.

Option one is to alter the dream.You do remember that you are lucid, right?Awesome! So practice your dream control. If you are being chased by a scary monster, turn it into a cute kitty cat. Maybe you dream that you were giving a speech in front of your class and not wearing any clothes. Teleport yourself to the beach, swimming, preferably with a swimsuit on.

Option two is the one I most recommend. Confront the nightmare.Usually, nightmares are caused by some type of stress in your life.That stress manifests itself in your subconscious as a scary dream. This is a great time to use lucidity to your advantage, use it to confront that fear. Ask that monster that is chasing you why he/she/it is there.Ask it what it represents and what it is trying to tell you. You might be really surprised by the answer.It might give you some insight into what you might have to confront in waking life.And try telling off that monster. Tell it that you will not be afraid, you are stronger then it, and you will not let have power over you. Remember, a lot of people start lucid dreaming as a way to combat nightmares.

Option three, in my opinion, try to only be use as a last resort. It is to just wake yourself up. Maybe you don’t have enough dream control to alter the nightmare. And maybe the dream is just too scary and you aren’t ready to face it yet. Just wake yourself up. Either out loud or in your head, command yourself to wake up. Just say it, and keep saying it until you find yourself back in bed.

I also recommend doing a few things before bed to help prevent nightmares.

  • Make your room a comfortable and happy environment. Use bright colors to decorate, hang up pictures of friends, hang up pretty lights, have lots of pillows, whatever makes you feel good and safe.
  • Try to go to bed in a good mood and not stressed. Don’t go to bed angry!
  • Make sure you have a comfortable mattress, pillow, and blankets.
  • Set your room temperature to where you will be comfortable. Usually, people sleep better when the room is slightly cooler.
  • Try spraying lavender oil on your pillow before sleep, its really good at helping you relax.
  • Meditate before bed, it really does work wonders

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I will not lie, if you are a lucid dreamer, you will probably have a lucid nightmare at some point, it just happens.But since you are aware of the fact that it is only a dream, you have the advantage. You don’t have to just sit there and watch the nightmare happen. Take control! Make it something pleasant, or confront it! And if all else fails, abort mission, and wake yourself up.

I had some nightmares. But I tackled them. I love lucid dreaming, and I’m not going to let my subconscious boss me around and give up something I love. I didn’t give up, and I don’t want you to either.

 

How to Luicd Dream: The Wake and Back to Bed Technique

I wouldn’t be surprised if at this point you are tired of me rambling on about why lucid dreaming is awesome. I understand. So today we are actually learning how to have your first lucid dream. We will be covering one of the most beginner-friendly lucid dreaming techniques, the wake and back to bed technique.

I want to throw in a disclaimer before we start. Normally, when people first hear about lucid dreaming, they want to be able to have one that very night. They don’t want to wait, do reality checks, fill out dream journals or analyze dream signs. They want to do it right now and get the immediate gratification. I hate to break it to you, but you will not master lucid dreaming in one night. It is a skill. And like any other skill such as playing guitar, cooking, drawing, it takes time to learn. Some people may have a natural gift or talent for it, but most people don’t. The only way to be able to get good at it is time and practice.

However, if you are really in a rush to have a lucid dream, listen up. The Wake and Back to Bed Technique (or WBTB for short) is usually the most beginner friendly technique, often yielding the highest success rates. So if you are really wanting to have your first lucid dream, this is the method i would recommend.

So, what is it? WBTB is basically what it sounds like, you are going to wake up in the early morning and go back bed. By doing this, you are hacking your sleep cycle and making it significantly more likely to realize that you are dreaming.You can do this one of two ways.

The first way is to set an alarm for about an hour earlier then you would normally wake up.Once you get up, stay awake for about twenty to sixty minutes. During that time, focus your attention on dreams and lucid dreaming. You can read through your dream journal, read a book about lucid dreaming, do reality checks, or set your intention on what you would want to do once you become lucid. Also, be sure to keep the lighting in your room dim. Try to not look at your computer, phone, tablet, TV, etc. The artificial light will block your body’s production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for making you sleepy. Once your time is up, go back to bed. Continue to focus your attention on having a lucid dream. You might even want to repeat a mantra in your head as you fall back asleep. Something like “I am dreaming” or “I will have a lucid dream”.

The second variation is pretty similar. The only difference is that you will wake up about 4-6 hours after you go to bed instead of an hour before you wake up.The rest is the same. Stay up for awhile, do some reality checks, think about lucid dreaming, and go back to bed.

And there you have it plain and simple, The Wake and Back to bed technique for lucid dreaming. Obviously, this doesn’t guarantee that you will become lucid on your first try, so don’t give up if it doesn’t work at first. Personally, this is my favorite and most successful method for lucid dreaming, so i highly recommend trying it out. Just make sure to do it on a day that you can afford to sleep in!

My First Lucid Dream

There is no excitement like your first lucid dream.

It all started off as a trip to the library. I was bored, and didn’t have any internet access at home. So I frequently visited the local library to use the Wi-Fi. But I’m a nerd. So after I check my Facebook account, I research whatever has my interest at the time. This time it happened to be dreams. I was fascinated and wanted to know everything I could, what they were. why we have them. and how they work in our brains.

It wasn’t long until I came across one of those fun facts about dreams. It mentioned that there was this phenomenon where people could become aware of the fact that they were in a dream. They had referred to this as “lucid dreaming”. I wanted to know more. A quick Google search revealed a few articles and information on how to do it. I printed the article off, brought it home, and read it.

For the next few days all I could focus my attention on was reality checks, writing in my dream journal, and reading more on the phenomenon. I was determined. I wanted to become aware in my dreams. I wanted nothing but to have my first lucid dream. And I did.

My dream started with walking into my high school with one of my friends. Apparently, she was some type of singer or movie star. She was surrounded by body guards. We walked into a small room where she signed some sort of contract for her career. Not at all suspecting that this was crazy and not real life, I decided that I need to get to class. I bow out of the room and head to my locker. But something doesn’t feel quite right, and its not that my friend somehow became famous overnight.

I ask myself, isn’t it summer break? Didn’t we already take finals? Why am I still at school? I remember taking all of my finals. So why on earth am I still here? I should be at home on summer vacation.

I get to my locker and pull out my backpack. Then I pull out an exact replica of my backpack. That’s weird, why do I have two backpacks? And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I did already take my finals, its summer break, I am at home , I’m asleep, this is a dream!

I slam my locker closed and begin to walk around my school, in my dream. I’m overly excited. I do a reality check by holding my breath, plugging my nose, and trying to breath. I can still breath, this really is a dream. I’m having my first lucid dream ever, this is really happening.

But like most  other lucid dreaming novices, I can’t control my excitement about finally being lucid. Consequently, my dream environment starts to collapse. I waked up in my bed, my dog is barking. I lay there and can’t help but freak out, in a good way. It finally happened. Lucid dreaming is a real thing, and I have the potential to do it.

It was a milestone in my life and really began my long journey into the world of lucid dreams. Even thought the dream was short and not very exciting, I will always remember it. I will always remember my excitement while in the dream and right after waking up. After that, I was hooked. I wasn’t going to be someone who tries it once and then gives up. I was going to do it again and again. I was going to get better. I was going to make my dreams last longer and I was going to learn to control them. I was going to become an experienced lucid dreamer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi All!:)

Hi there! This is my first ever blog! I decided to dedicate it to one of my all time favorite passions, lucid dreaming and anything related to it. You may ask, what is this lucid dreaming thing you speak of? its simple, it is the ability to know you are in a dream while dreaming. Ok, so why should anyone care? Because now you are free, FREE! You are free to do whatever your little heart desires. You can fly, travel the world, chill with your favorite celebs, go skydiving, turn yourself into your favorite animal, anything you can think of. In lucid dreams, you truly are only bounded by your own imagination.

What else could be better then being able to do absolutely whatever you want without the limitations of the physical reality? What more could you want? Lucid dreaming also offers another incredible opportunity, the exploration of your subconscious mind. Yes, flying and walking through walls is fantastic, but it is only a small part of what you can actually do. Now that you are awake and conscious in your own sleeping brain, you can really come to some amazing insights. Ask your subconscious questions, you might be blown away by the answer! You can manifest and face your greatest fears. You can practice new skills, or rehearse a speech. You can ask dream characters to give you wisdom. You can use this time to think about new and creative ideas to a question or problem you have in waking life.

So there you have it. Lucid dreaming can be the playground of your dreams (literally)! You can be whatever you want, do whatever you want, and create whatever you want. You can let yourself run loose to a world that you create. And at the same time, lucid dreaming can be a great tool for self exploration and personal growth. It can be a tool to not only benefit your sleeping mind, but to also better your waking life.

 

With all this in mind, let me ask you something. Why wouldn’t you care about lucid dreaming? Want to know more? Then keep reading.:)

 

Hi all!:)

Hi there! This is my first ever blog! I decided to dedicate it to one of my all time favorite passions, lucid dreaming and anything related to it. You may ask, what is this lucid dreaming thing you speak of? its simple, it is the ability to know you are in a dream while dreaming. Ok, so why should anyone care? Because now you are free, FREE! You are free to do whatever your little heart desires. You can fly, travel the world, chill with your favorite celebs, go skydiving, turn yourself into your favorite animal, anything you can think of. In lucid dreams, you truly are only bounded by your own imagination.

What else could be better then being able to do absolutely whatever you want without the limitations of the physical reality? What more could you want? Lucid dreaming also offers another incredible opportunity, the exploration of your subconscious mind. Yes, flying and walking through walls is fantastic, but it is only a small part of what you can actually do. Now that you are awake and conscious in your own sleeping brain, you can really come to some amazing insights. Ask your subconscious questions, you might be blown away by the answer! You can manifest and face your greatest fears. You can practice new skills, or rehearse a speech. You can ask dream characters to give you wisdom. You can use this time to think about new and creative ideas to a question or problem you have in waking life.

So there you have it. Lucid dreaming can be the playground of your dreams (literally)! You can be whatever you want, do whatever you want, and create whatever you want. You can let yourself run loose to a world that you create. And at the same time, lucid dreaming can be a great tool for self exploration and personal growth. It can be a tool to not only benefit your sleeping mind, but to also better your waking life.

 

With all this in mind, let me ask you something. Why wouldn’t you care about lucid dreaming? Want to know more? Then keep reading.:)