By Guest author Alexandra Enns
From my experience, lucid dreams are most likely to appear if you stay relaxed in the waking state. This attitude not only affects the bodily constitution while practising for a WILD for instance but also the way you befriend your subconscious. Instead of despairing of somewhat unsteady lucid dreaming skills especially as a beginner, it is recommendable to learn step by step to understand the language your dream is utilising first!
How to realise you might be on the right way to success
Sift through your dream world, as it is unique and typical of your dreaming style. A conscientious dream diary is a must for an avid explorer!
Though you will probably spot personal dream signs throughout journaling, there are also specific actions in dreams that might be connected with approaching an altered state of consciousness. Therefore, give a closer look if you start ...
- flying/floating (freely or by a means of transportation),
- running around in slow motion,
- taking stairs or a lift (with the distinct feeling of moving upwards and downwards),
- sliding down a mountain, a pipe, a wall etc. (with the vertigo-inducing outcome for instance),
- climbing a ladder etc.,
- developing unusual powers,
- experiencing ‘psychic dreams’,
- falling asleep in your dreams or noticing sleeping dream characters,
- discussing lucidity with dream figures,
- noticing characteristic symbols like ‘the eye’,
- having OBEs as they are often the attendant phenomenon of lucid dreams (and vice versa).
While observing your prevailing signal activities or observations, you might notice they make up recurring dream themes or even increase in number each night! As to the last point, this especially might be the case with your pre-lucid moments, i.e. when you start wondering and question reality in your dreams. Try to count these pre-lucid actions of yours! If their number is growing, you might just be getting closer towards your next lucid dream. When do you become lucid after all? After having registered 4, 5 or seven pre-lucid moments the previous night? This counting routine might bring about a thrill of anticipation in the waking state which is a high motivation to stick to the same techniques you are just practising and not to give up untimely. Also, when you are falling asleep you are sending powerful autosuggestion to your subconscious: By sincerely feeling the conviction you’re going to have a lucid dream soon because you are especially mindful at the moment as shown by your continually mounting pre-lucidity!
Beginners are often so eager to become lucid that they start to mix any techniques they learn about. Because of this, their lucid dreaming practice might lack consistency and therefore lead to a lucidity drought combined with frustration or even insomnia.
Try to be selective to find out which of the available techniques are working for you.
The analysis of your dreaming environment as described above goes exceptionally well with the practice of mindfulness, e.g. performing thorough reality tests, meditating in the evening/during a WBTB or merely shutting down the internal auto-pilot you might be using while spending most of your waking time.
Keep an eye on your dream world - this is a fundamental technique that always pays off in the long run.
Questions to the reader
How about you? Have you already noticed any lucid approach in your recent dreams after having read this article? What are your personal ‘signal activities’, are they listed above? Feel free to expand this list in your comments!
Aardema, F. (2012). Explorations in Consciousness: A New Approach to Out-of-Body Experiences, Kindle Edition.
Enns, A. (2018). Motiviert zum Klartraum: Ein Arbeitsbuch für Traumbewusste, Kindle Edition.
Alexandra Enns is a German writer and blogger with the primary focus on lucid dreaming.
About the author: Alexandra Enns is a German lucid dreaming blogger and author and has published a lucid dreaming workbook this year. She also regularly writes for the "Lucid Dreaming Experience Magazine". You can visit Alexandra's blog here: https://traumlektuere.com
Credits: Article artwork by Beeple