I have said from now on, when a beginner asks me for advice on lucid dreaming, I will direct them to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QB1P5I1moo
PLEASE watch this. This is the most concise, accurate, and entertaining intro video to the wonderful topic of lucid dreaming there is. It will give you the basics, and from there, stick around on the forums and YouTube channel, and think about joining the telegram chat we have!
Thank you so much!
The best answer is that the most effective way for you is not necessarily the most effective way for the rest of us. With lucid dreaming, you have to experiment with the common practices to find what works for you the best, so you can then alter that practice enough to make it custom to you and what you need.
That said, personally I have found myself taking a more simplistic approach, recently. The community is big on induction techniques, but as a DILD lucid dreamer, I find what I do during the day to be of the most importance. I do reality checks, very thorough ones (the nose pinch and finger counting check in succession many times, with seriousness), I meditate at least 10 minutes a day, I try to pay attention to spot any inconsistencies and lapses in my own perceptions (see something out of the corner of your eye? think you saw something you didn't? hear something that no one else did?-- time to RC).
Otherwise, I dedicate to writing my dreams down by hand in the morning, no shortcuts, just taking the 30-45 minutes to be thorough. I avoid substances that hinder my dreaming, though I do have a glass or two of wine in the evening, but stop drinking 2 or so hours before bed. For me, it's about awareness and being present and any time that lapses and I realize it, I call attention to it and RC. I do occasionally do a personally adapted version of MILD, but the majority of my work is during the day. I make sure I get enough sleep at night to allow the space for dreams.
This is just me, you might find yourself a WILD lucid dreamer at heart, in which case your practice will end up differently than mine. Always experiment for yourself, as there is no one size fits all with lucid dreaming.
Awesome! Thank you so much!
First of all welcome to the forum! 😊
There is no most effective way to lucid dream, because everyone is unique and different techniques work for different people, but there are definitely some basics everybody needs to know and do. One of them is writing down your dreams in a dream journal. You will improve your dream recall which is essential for lucid dreaming. With your dream journal you'll be able to find some dream signs that appear frequently in your dreams. Whenever you encounter your dream signs or anything related to them in waking life, you should do a dream test. I would recommend checking out Daniel Love's YouTube channel. Here's a video in which he explains dream tests/ reality checks in one minute: https://youtu.be/9QSW5WOiSFs
I'd also recommend reading his book. It contains all the information you need to start lucid dreaming (the right way) 🙂.
I will definitely start writing down my dreams more, thank you!
When I saw the question, the quick tip that came to mind was wake back to bed. It may not be for everyone, but if you are able to use it, it seems to increase your chances of becoming lucid significantly. In the video immediately above, wake back to bed (paired with Dreamwalker technique) is suggested at 4:30 into it, after also being mentioned earlier in the video. The fundamentals mentioned in the video and in the above answers are very important and should not be skipped over.
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