Lucid dreaming is something most people can learn to do. The key is priming your mind. The best lucid dreamers practice what you might call “reality skepticism” in their day-to-day lives. They use any unexpected event-a black cat crossing their path, a non-sequitur comment-as an occasion to ask, “Am I dreaming?” The idea is that eventually this habit trickles down into the dream itself. So there you are down in the dream world when along comes a ten-storey belly-dancing Ouija board. A light goes on in the back of your head. “That Ouija board is far too large and attractively jiggly-I must be dreaming!” And so it goes.
Here are a few key steps:
- Prime your memory during the day by asking, “Am I dreaming now?”
- On the big night, set your alarm to go off an hour earlier than normal-our most vivid dreams happen in the early morning.
- Once the alarm wakes you, try to remember as many details as possible from the dream you just exited.
- Focus your intention by repeating to yourself, “The next time I’m dreaming, I will remember to recognize I’m dreaming.” Picture yourself back in that same dream, only now becoming lucid.
- Return to sleep and expect the best. Don’t forget to record the results in a notebook when the dream is over.