Advanced Lucid Dreaming

On this page we will be sharing advanced steps for those of you who have successfully had lucid dreams but want to deepen or diversify the experience!  While it is tempting to try to rush the experience – and we’re sure a few of you reading this want to skip right to “advanced”, it is important to establish your ability to have lucid dream before visiting this page and trying these steps.

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I. Passive to Active

The first advanced step in lucid dreaming is to try to have a dream that alternates between passive and active.  In other words, while in parts of the dream you will take full control of where you go and how you act, in other parts you will allow the dream to take you, even as you stay fully conscious.  The lucid dream that alternates between active and passive can give you clues about your own unconscious, and the meaning that it tries to project onto your dreams.  IT can also lead to a fun adventure where you don’t know what is coming next.

II. Be Someone Else

This one sounds easy but is actually not.  Our dreams are usually seen in first person – you see the world as yourself, and when you try to look at yourself – whether looking down at a body part or looking in a mirror, there is often distortion.  Thus its very hard to be someone completely different when its hard to even know that you are yourself!  However, one of the great things about lucid dreams is that there are endless possibilities.  A tip for this one: Instead of being someone specific at first, just change an attribute about yourself – e.g. if you’ve always wondered what it would be like to be tall, envision yourself as tall in the lucid dream.  These kinds of exercises are good practice.

III. Try to Return

Another one that sounds easy but is not, try to have lucid dreams that repeat where you return to the same place with the same characters.  This can prove difficult because your mind will naturally try to paint a different picture each time, and your creative instincts will likely change the surroundings.  That said, it can be very interesting and exciting to face the same surroundings and characters in successive lucid dreams to have adventures that build on themselves and continue from dream to dream.  As a related idea, try to have the same starting point with successive lucid dreams, but take the dream in a different direction each time – this actually might prove easier than having lucid dreams that become a continuing story.

Lucid Dreaming: Challenges and Solutions. The most common challenges lucid dreamers face. Excitement about being lucid prompting wake up

Many lucid dreamers report that they get so excited about their first few lucid experiences that they wake up from the lucid dream.  There are several ways to combat this:

– First, don’t reach too high too quickly – if you find yourself lucid in a dream, just take a walk or stand still – don’t try to fly right away or visit ancient Rome.  Keep it simple and benign. – Second, try merely watching the dream – keep the lucid dreaming feeling, but treat the dream like it’s a movie.  You are lucid, but watching the dream not participating.- Finally, for now, realize that even if you wake up after five seconds, you’ve been lucid!  practice will help you extend your lucid dreams.  Take the success and look forward to bigger and better things!II. Losing lucidity or control during the dream

Sometimes lucidity can be fleeting.  You have it at the beginning of the dream, or perhaps in the middle, but then the dream devolves into a regular experience where you are not lucid and in control.  First, you should realize that this in itself is positive – you have started to develop the skill to lucid dream, and the techniques you are using are working.

Now you need to assess how you can maintain lucidity in your dream state.  Start by going back to the technique you used – if you induced lucid dreaming by the use of asking yourself “am I dreaming” many times each day (so that you would ask yourself that in your dream life too), then tweak that phrase and ask “am I still dreaming” for the next few days.  Did you use dream signs?  In that case try to suggest to yourself that you will keep checking for dream signs during each dream.

Maintaining lucidity is something that comes with practice, but it is generally the case that once you have been able to have any lucid dream experiences, your most of the way there and maintaining the lucidity is a highly achievable goal.

III. Too few lucid dreams

It can be very exciting to have your first lucid dream or two.  That excitement can quickly turn to frustration when or if you do not have another lucid dream for a few days or even a week or two.  This is not uncommon, given that lucid dreaming is an art that takes practice and perseverance, and at first requires optimal conditions.

That said, you will absolutely have another lucid dream, and do not make the mistake that many people make and suddenly change what got you to your first lucid dreaming experience.  Stay with the same techniques and processes, and also do not change your daily and nightly routines.  You’ve had an amazing experience and proven to yourself that you are capable.  Now you very badly want to make it happen again, yet it is normal that it might not happen right away.  Don’t mess with what worked.

As an aside, you can do whatever techniques worked more often – accelerate the number of times you do them or the duration.  As you do begin to have more lucid dreams, keep a journal that helps you see patterns in when you had them – what did you do during the day before, when did you go to sleep, what mood were you in, how was your day the day before, etc.  You may pick up clues about the patterns in when your lucid dreams will tend to come.

IV. Lack of depth or detail in lucid dreams

Some people have described lucid dreams that seem to have less detail or are less dynamic than “normal” dreams. While they may be conscious and in control of the dream experience, they are disappointed in how much there is to see or to do in the dream. This can happen for two reasons: First, the lucid dreaming experience presents a new reality for the mind of the lucid dreamer, and it may be that for some, at least at the beginning, the dreams stay simple while the mind adjusts; and Second, when you take control of your dreams you may be limiting your subconscious’ creativity when it comes to laying out the dreamscape. Here is the good news: This problem has the easiest solution because all you need to do is stick with it and your dreams will soon develop more detail and more depth.

 

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