Scientific Study Reveals the Best Lucid Dreaming Technique

You may have read our newsletter or blog post about lucid dreaming a while back. We gave you a technique to train yourself, at the subconscious level, to be conscious during your dreams and have control over them. That’s what lucid dreaming is, the conscious control of your dreams.

You’re about to learn another lucid dreaming technique that produced an unbelievably huge success rate in a study at an Australian university. This is going to be jam packed with powerful tips, so be sure to read it and bookmark it for later.

First, let’s look at the benefits of lucid dreaming:

  • Eliminate phobias. Do you dread public speaking? That probably sucks if you’re a student or employee who has to give a presentation. Are you afraid of spiders or asking out a potential date? There are lucid dream techniques for destroying these debilitating fears so you can get that date, or deliver that winning speech. It could even lead to marriage or a promotion.
  • Learn a skill lightning fast. If you take violin lessons, you can practice in your dreams and become better much more quickly. It works for many skills.
  • Improve your sleep. Lucid dreamers are better rested. This can boost your productivity and energy levels when you need these things.
  • Have lots of fun! Yes, you can create your own superhero character for yourself, slay a dragon, conquer an alien planet or save a damsel or dude in distress. Maybe you want a little hanky panky after your big rescue mission. The dream world is your oyster.
  • Stop nightmares. When you can make your nightmares lucid, they have no power over you. You can even whoop the villain.

Now let’s learn that lucid dreaming technique that surprised scientists in Australia.

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia studied three popular techniques for inducing lucid dreams. They are Wake Back to Bed, Reality Testing and the MILD Technique. 46% of participants who fell asleep within five minutes of doing MILD were able to have a lucid dream. 17% of all participants had a lucid dream within one week using this method.

How to Do the Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) Technique

Step #1: Learn to Remember Your Dreams

It’s hard to have lucid dreams if you can’t remember them. Many of us are not vivid dreamers, and that can affect dream recall. There are steps you can take to improve your dream recall, however.

Make sure to get enough sleep. REM sleep, the state in which you dream, doesn’t happen until after a certain amount of deep sleep. If you’re sleep deprived, you might not dream as much.

Use a dream journal. Keep a pen and paper near the bed. When you’re awake and realize you’ve had a dream, write down all the details that you can, in the present tense. Underline anything out of the ordinary.

Step #2: Perform Reality Checks

This step is to sharpen your ability to distinguishing dreaming from being awake.

Check in with yourself a few times per day and ask, “Am I dreaming?” The answer will be obvious most of the time, but the habit will help you trigger lucid dreams while you’re asleep.

Try to do something impossible. During your reality checks, try to put your hand through a wall or use a finger to poke your arm or hand. If you’re dreaming, there’s a chance you can penetrate these things like a ghost. That will trigger lucidity if you do it in a dream. Another habit to create during these checks is to put your hand in front of your face while asking yourself whether you’re dreaming or awake.

Step #3: Use Affirmations in Bed

Affirmations can help you trigger lucid dreams. When you go to bed, you can try the following:

  • I am lucid dreaming tonight
  • I remember all of my dreams
  • I will remember my next dream
  • I am dreaming

Try to combine these with emotions. Imagine how you are feeling now that you remember your dreams and regularly have lucid ones (the use of present tense is intentional). Keep this feeling during your affirmation session.

You may also want to trigger a Theta brainwave state before using your affirmations. Imagine yourself as a ball of white light in your chest. Travel upward and exit the top of your head. Go past millions of stars, past the universe. Approach a ball of radiant light and enter it. You will then be in a highly suggestive state, with greater access to your subconscious.

Try the well technique from our previous article. Visualize yourself in front of a well that says “(Your Name’s) Subconscious Mind.” Write your affirmations down on a piece of paper in your mind. Sign it, date it, fold it and drop it into the well. Let it sink hundreds of feet.

Step 4: Visualize Yourself Dreaming

You want to do this when you’re deeply relaxed and able to fall asleep easily. If you need help, try doing a guided Yoga Nidra (yoga of conscious sleep) meditation. You can find lots of them on YouTube with varying lengths.

Imagine yourself in a previous dream. Visualize changes in the sequence of events. Play with alternative endings. Try flying around like Rocky the Squirrel. Make it as vivid as you can, not just visually, but using the senses of smell, touch, hearing and even taste.

Look for a dream signal. A dream signal is something that happens in dreams and not in waking life. Examples include the materialization of an animal or wizard out of thin air, or your finger penetrating a part of your body or a wall. You can create one actively if you like, but it may be better to allow one to present itself. When your signal appears, tell yourself, “I’m dreaming!” and feel the excitement.

Try doing all of the things you’ve been wanting to do in lucid dreams. Flying is a popular one.

Important: The visualization activity is what you want to be doing immediately before sleep. Your final thoughts before going to sleep should be about lucid dreaming. In some cases, your visualization and an actual lucid dream it triggers, will merge into one big dream.

Step #5 (Optional): Interrupt Your Sleep

A lot of people find it easier to have lucid dreams if they wake up after a few hours and drift off to sleep again. You can set your alarm for 5 hours after your planned sleep time. Do some meditation and go back to sleep.

There is a ton of lucid dreaming information above. Do be overwhelmed. Bookmark this page and keep coming back to it. Try these techniques every night. Give it a couple days, a week, a month or a few months to work. The time it takes will be different for everyone. According to the study mentioned above, results were very fast for a relatively large percentage of those using MILD.

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