A dream diary is the most crucial step towards lucid dreaming, so it needs to be mentioned first when discussing the lucid dreaming techniques for beginners. Keep it close to the bed at night and write in it immediately after waking up. However, you can use the recording device if it is easier for you to repeat the dream out loud. It helps you recognize your familiar dream elements (people from your past, specific places, etc.) and also tells your brain to think seriously about remembering your dreams! It will also help you identify things that are special to your dreams. You will be capable of recognizing your own “dream signs.” These will be frequent things or circumstances you may catch in a dream.
Lucid Dreaming Techniques for Beginners Include WILD (Wake Initiated Lucid Dream) Technique
Basically, this means that when you fall asleep, you transfer your consciousness from the time you were awake directly into REM sleep and start as a lucid dream.
- Try to meditate in a calm but focused state. You can try counting breaths, photographing climbing / descending stairs, descending through the solar system, staying in a quiet soundproof area, and more.
- An easy way to get your body to the brink of sleep is to lie down in bed and focus your consciousness on the nape of the neck where the pillow touches. Wait for your inner voice to turn off, and then you can imagine immersing yourself in the pillow until your body falls asleep. Now move your consciousness out of your body while keeping your consciousness as tense as possible. This will mean that your body will fall asleep, and you will lucidly move into the world of dreams.
- If you listen to Theta binaural beat for a while, you will easily switch to REM sleep.
- Look at the warnings at the bottom, as they are very important.
WBTB (Waking Back to Bed) Technique
This is the most successful technique.
- Set the alarm to 5 hours after you fall asleep.
- Fall asleep.
- When you wake up, stay awake for one hour with your mind focused on lucidity and lucidity alone.
- Go back to sleep and use the MILD technique again.
MILD Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming Technique
- Set the alarm to wake you up 4 1/2, 6, or 7 1/2 hours after you fall asleep.
- When the alarm clock wakes you up, try to remember the dream as much as possible.
- When you think you have remembered as much as possible, go back to your resting place, imagine that you were in a previous dream, and be aware that you are dreaming. Say to yourself, “I’ll realize I’m dreaming” or something. Do this until you think it has “sunk.” Then go to sleep.
- If random thoughts arise while trying to fall asleep, repeat some imagination, self-suggestion, and try again. Don’t worry if you think it will take you a long time. The longer it lasts, the more likely you are to ‘sink’ and the more likely you are to have a lucid sleep.
Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self
By (author) Robert Waggoner is an excellent book on the subject of lucid dreaming.