If you want to learn how to lucid dream, you may be wondering if you have what it takes.
In today's article I'll be exploring five personality traits that are common among long-term lucid dreamers.
Lucid dreaming is the ability to understand that you are dreaming, while in a dream, with a clear and logical mind. This offers the unique opportunity to consciously explore and manipulate the dream world at will.
As a professional lucid dreaming teacher and researcher, I've spent a significant portion of my life investigating this subject, in that time I've noticed that there are specific traits that make individuals more inclined towards mastering lucid dreaming.
Here are five signs that you might be a good candidate for lucid dreaming, drawn from my own journey and observations of my students.
1. Fascination with the Mind
I've always been intrigued by the complexities and capabilities of the human mind.
From an early age, I was curious about how we think, process information, and make decisions. I loved the endless maze of the mind, its convolutions, and the paradoxes it could hold.
I was a kid who would lay in bed at night wondering what dreams meant and why we even had them.
If you're someone with an interest in psychology, neuroscience, or just a fascination with the workings of your own mind, you're already one step closer to becoming a lucid dreamer.
This interest is what initially drew me to lucid dreaming – the chance to explore my subconscious directly.
2. An Explorer's Mentality
As a child, I was always the one to venture off the beaten path during family hikes. The unknown didn't scare me; instead, it excited me.
The desire to uncover what lies beyond the visible, the thrill of discovering something new, the joy of the unfamiliar – these are all traits of an explorer.
Lucid dreaming is just like exploring an uncharted land, but the land is your subconscious.
If you relish the thought of delving into unexplored territories and the thrill of new discoveries excites you, you may have the right mindset to become an accomplished lucid dreamer.
3. Problem Solver
I've always enjoyed puzzles, riddles, and anything that would challenge my brain. I found that this love for problem-solving translated well into lucid dreaming.
Often, lucid dreams can present scenarios that defy real-world logic and require creative solutions. Equally, understanding the complexities of the mind, and how its many variables fit together to induce lucid dreams, feels like the ultimate puzzle.
Just as a puzzle becomes a driving force pushing me to find a solution, understanding dreams and the induction of lucid dreams, became an exciting challenge for me. Lucid dreaming is a playground for problem solvers, allowing you to encounter and resolve problems in ways you never could in waking life.
If you love tackling challenges and thinking outside the box, then lucid dreaming could be an extraordinary journey for you.
4. An Eye for Detail
I remember looking out my window as a child, noting how the leaves danced in the wind, how the colours changed with the setting sun, or how the rain left intricate patterns on the glass.
This attentiveness to the smallest details was another sign of my inclination towards lucid dreaming.
When dreaming, noticing small inconsistencies or peculiarities is an important trigger for lucidity.
The more you hone your skills of observation in waking life, the easier it becomes to spot these inconsistencies in your dreams and thus, the higher your chances of becoming lucid.
5. Critical Thinking
Lucid dreaming requires questioning the nature of reality, a form of critical thinking.
I've always been the type to question things around me, to not just accept information but to analyse and critique it.
I found that this critical thinking mindset could be applied in dreams as well, in the form of reality checks, a commonly used technique to induce lucidity.
This involves questioning whether you're awake or dreaming, even when you're certain you're awake. Doing so trains your mind to ask the same question while dreaming, helping you become lucid within your dreams.
Furthermore, lucid dreaming raises a whole host of deep philosophical and scientific questions, and critical thinking is an absolutely vital tool when navigating these realms.
If you are someone who is always questioning, analysing, and pondering the 'whys' and 'hows' of life, you're likely to find lucid dreaming a practice that enhances your critical thinking skills even more.
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If you identify with any of these personality traits you almost certainly have the potential to become a proficient lucid dreamer.
In fact, even if you found that only a few of these traits resonate with you, they can serve as a solid starting point on your journey towards lucid dreaming.
If you're eager to delve deeper, I invite you to further your understanding by exploring my books, where I provide comprehensive guides on lucid dreaming, from beginner tips to advanced techniques.
My YouTube channel is another resource filled with personal experiences, practical tips, and interactive Q&As to help you on your journey.
Even if these traits don't currently feel familiar to you, don't be discouraged. Just as any other skill, lucid dreaming can be cultivated and enhanced. These traits are not prerequisites, but rather a strong sign of a natural tendency - but they can also be develop along the way.
Remember, everyone's journey with lucid dreaming is unique, and the ability to explore and control your dreams is an immensely personal and profound experience.
So, whether you're already on the path to becoming a lucid dreamer, or just considering embarking on this journey, remember this:
The mind is one of the last untamed frontiers, and in your dreams, you'll get to explore it in its most unfiltered and profound form.
Embark on this journey, delve into your dreams, and see where they take you.
The adventure of a lifetime awaits within your own mind!