When learning how to induce lucid dreams there are lots of methods, but I’m going to give you 9 of the best. Got your toe curlers ready?
Some of these methods to induce lucid dreams might be strange to you, but you know what?
Later in the post I’ll give you the most important lucid dream induction method of all, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.
1. Explosively simple reality checks
If you’ve learned a bit about lucid dreaming then you are probably familiar with reality checks, but for those who haven’t…
A reality check is when you stop the hamster wheel of your mind for even just a moment and truly question whether you are awake or dreaming.
A true reality check requires that you stop, truly ask yourself if you are dreaming, and then perform a certain action that will confirm whether you are dreaming or not.
You must perform these reality checks throughout the day.
One of the better ones is to hold your nose and try to breathe. In a dream you’ll be able to breathe, where as here in waking life you of course won’t be able to. However, this check works 80-85% of the time.
I teach a method that will work 100% of the time in Lucid Dreaming Mastery. I also give you an exact step-by-step process of performing a proper reality check that can save you months of wasted effort.
Unfortunately most people do reality checks wrong, which means their progress goes very slowly.
When you do reality checks often during the day, you’ll start to do them in your dreams. This will in turn induce lucid dreams because your check will tell you that you are dreaming.
2. Triumphant affirmations that rock your world
Before falling asleep at night and the first moment of waking up in morning are two crucial periods for learning how to induce lucid dreaming.
Before you fall asleep you must focus all your intent on one affirmation: “The next time I dream I’ll realize I’m dreaming.”
Repeat this as you fall asleep. Make sure it is the last thought you have as you drift into sleep.
In order for this to work well, you have to actually feel it. If you repeat it mechanically then it tells your subconscious that you really aren’t interested to induce lucid dreams.
Feel and think this affirmation as you fall asleep.
3. Binaural beating your way to inducing lucid dreams
Still a relatively new technology, binaural beats allow you to induce lucid dreams with sound.
They work by entraining your brain into the right frequencies for inducing lucid dreams. One frequency plays in the right ear, another in the left. Your brain takes the difference of these frequencies and entrains to that.
So if I want to entrain my brain to a 7 hertz frequency, then I could play 300 in my left ear and 307 in my right.
By using multiple frequencies you can guide your brain into the right state to induce a lucid dream. It’s pretty cool stuff.
See our full article on how to use binaural beats for lucid dreaming.
4. The science of siestas
Taking a nap??
It can’t be that easy, can it?
Turns out that our normal sleep biorythms make naps a natural part of our day.
What hidden power lies in our afternoon naps?
We can use these natural biorhythms to induce lucid dreams in a very efficient way.
During naps we normally go straight into REM sleep, which is where most “storyline dreams” occur. The key is that we don’t have to go through deep sleep in order to get into this REM state.
We can go straight into it.
When trying to maintain consciousness what do you think is easier?
- Going through a coma-like state before starting to dream
- Going right from waking into dream-like states
People don’t have much success retaining consciousness in comas, and that is exactly the challenge of trying to retain awareness as you going through deep sleep.
It’s an advanced practice and one to strive toward, but for now we are mostly focused on how to wake up inside our dreams. Deep sleep will come later.
5. Magic lucid dreaming devices that do the work for you?
Lucid dreaming devices attempt to induce lucid dreams by sending a signal to the dreamer while they are in the dream.
The dreamer is supposed to recognize the signal coming through the dream and then realize they are dreaming.
The most common device is a mask that detects REM sleep, then flashes lights on your eyelids. These lights are supposed to come through in your dreams.
When you see the lights in your dreams you are supposed to realize you are dreaming.
You might have noticed that I said “supposed” to multiple times.
That’s because it’s often not as easy as it’s made to sound.
You actually have to go through a similar process if you learn to lucid dream without one of these devices.
There still needs to be a trigger, a signal. You still must recognize this signal and from that recognition realize you are dreaming.
The lucid dreaming devices help with the first part, the signal, but the second part is still your own work.
6. Supplements…a tricky path
I am usually very wary to recommend people induce lucid dreams using supplements.
First there are all the medical aspects to take into account, and this is something everyone must research or talk to a doctor on their own about.
That being said, I can’t deny that supplements can be used to induce lucid dreams, and I personally have experimented with many of them during my exploration into the lucid dreaming universe.
Calea Zacatechichi is also known as the “African Dream Herb” and was used by African shamans to explore the dream world.
It can give VERY intense dreams, so make sure you are ready if you take it before bed.
Galantamine is an extract from the Red Spider Lilly plant is also a very powerful way to induce lucid dreams.
Unlike Calea, Galantamine is an extract, not a plant (though you can get stronger extracts of Calea).
Use your own common sense when experimenting with these.
7. The miraculous and mysterious power of meditation
Meditation allows one to work more consciously with the various states of consciousness that are possible for a human to experience.
Normal our awareness is limited so a small band of states of consciousness, but as we explore meditation and lucid dreaming we expand our awareness to include other normal, but subtle states.
A good example is our eye’s ability to see only the “visible spectrum.” It’s named visible spectrum not because nothing can see outside of this range, it’s just that human eyes can’t.
Bees and other insects have the ability to perceive frequencies outside of the “visible spectrum.” It’s actually pretty arrogant for us humans to call it that when you think of it.
Meditation expands our ability to be aware in states of consciousness that are normal outside the “perceivable spectrum.”
8. Hypnotic tricks of the mind
One very cool way to induce lucid dreams comes through the wonderful art of hypnosis.
Since we have to activate a part of our subconscious to remember we are dreaming while we are inside the dream, we need to work on our subconscious.
What better way to work on our subconscious than through hypnosis?
You can embed an affirmation in your subconscious that will then flower when you are in a dream, thereby inducing a lucid dream.
9. Shameless longing for a jaw-dropping experience
Hands down THE most important way to induce lucid dreams.
Without this, the rest of the methods either won’t work or won’t work very well.
You have to want it.
It can’t be something that would just be nice to have. That doesn’t work.
When you play this game, you have to really want it.
If you have a shameless longing to experience lucid dreaming, it will come.
You will do what is necessary, and subtle things inside you will be rearranged to satisfy your longing.
If you don’t yet have that longing then a good place to start is to read about the benefits of lucid dreaming.
If you have a strong longing, then you’ve got it. You’ve found the secret.
Now that you’ve got the secret….act on it!
Get out there and dream dammit!