Dreams that we have at night sometimes can be very intriguing. Some of us can recall what we dreamt the previous night while others can not.
A friend recently woke us up in the night with wild screams only for him to claim that he could not recall what was making him scream. He had these dreams for a while and now he decided enough was enough and paid a visit to the doctor.
The answer to his problem was simple; it was to develop lucid dreaming. With lucid dreaming, you are aware that you are dreaming and can possibly even control the dream.
Some people spontaneously lucid dream, but most people need to learn how to do it. It only takes a few steps to develop a lucid dream which my enstranged friend followed and now sleeps peacefuly like a baby.
The first step is to get a good night’s sleep. One key to dreaming well and learning to lucid dream is to sleep well and for at least eight hours. The longest and most intense dreams come after about eight hours of sleep.
Of course you can and will dream at intervals throughout the night also, but the better you sleep, the easier it will be for you to see results because you are not being awakened at all hours.
You shoud develop the ability to recall your dreams. It is very important as it will help you to learn your own personal dreamscape. Learning to recognize when you are sleeping is a vital step in lucid dreaming.
One way for you to recall your dreams is to keep a journal. Jot down the high points of your dreams as soon as you awaken. It helps if you keep the journal right by your bed and grab it while the dream is still fresh before it floats from memory.
Additionally, as you are falling asleep, reinforce to yourself that you will remember your dream upon awakening. Before long, your dream recall will vastly improve.
Lastly, learn to recognise your dreamscape. By recalling your dreams, you will soon notice details which are consistent in your dreams which can be used to signal your unconscious that you are dreaming.
The whole point of this is so that when you slip into a dream, it triggers your subconscious to alert you on some level that you are dreaming. Once you are in this state, you can then consciously direct your dreams while you are still asleep.
Lucid dreaming can help people solve problems that are going on their waking world and it also helps you a great deal in controlling your dreams. Learning to lucid dream,however, takes time and is not necessarily easy and takes a good deal of patience and practice.