If you are already familiar with Lucid Dreaming, You might have heard the most popular techniques like MILD, WILD or DEILD. Today, after reading Daniel Love’s book, I want to share 3 interesting and easy lucid dream techniques (or should I say methods) for achieving lucidity. I encourouge You to try these if you are having problems with the ones You are using at the present. The three techniques are:
- The False Awakening Through Expectation (FATE)
- Impossible Movement Practice (IMP)
- Cycle Adjustment Technique (CAT)
The False Awakening Through Expectation (FATE). Using this technique you are expecting to have a false awakening (a dream in which you are sure you are awake). Combined with a strong habit of reality checking this should result in a lucid dream.
How do you create a false awakening? You have to have an expectation that your sleep will be disturbed. Remember when You had an exam or job interview early in the morning? You probably had a dream of that event in advance.
To effectively disturb our sleep, a smartphone App is the best. The step-by-step technique looks like this:
- Retire to bed. Set one alarm clock to go off after 5 hours of sleep. Set the second alarm to go off at random intervals after the first alarm for 90 minutes. Cover all the clocks or watches so that you could not tell what time it is.
- Wake up with your first alarm. Get up, walk. Pay careful attention to everything you do.
- Perform the nose pinch reality test. Slowly, mindfully and consciously perform a mentioned reality check and return to bed if you are sure you are not dreaming.
- Visualize the reality test whilst returning to sleep. Visually repeat everything you just did in step 3, but this time imagine the nose pinch reality test failing. Also remind to yourself that soon you will be awake and will be required to perform the same test.
- Awaken to the second alarm. Once you returned to bed after your first alarm, you will be awaken sometime with the second alarm (You set the second alarm to go off at random intervals, remember?). Mindfully repeat the 2nd and 3rd steps here.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5. Repeat them until You achieve Lucidity or wake for the day.
- Cover the time. Not knowing the real time and having expectations for the next alarm will put your brain in an increased alert state.
- Repeating a structured cycle of waking up and reality testing You increase the possibility of false awakening
- Two possible outcomes: either You catch yourself not only visualizing but actually dreaming in step 4 either You realize you are dreaming during the failed nose pinch test.
- High success rate
- Requires disturbed sleep
Impossible Movement Practice (IMP).
IMP is used to aid transition between waking and dreaming. It should be used during WBTB (Wake Back to Bed) or at the start of the nap.
The point of this technique is to experience a shift between your physical and mental bodies. To achieve that You should think of a move that would be impossible to perform in your current sleeping position. For example, if you are lying on your back, one of the impossible moves would be to bend your leg backwards at the knee. Choose a simple to imagine move. Now all You got to do is to repeat imagining this move over and over as you fall back to sleep. If everything goes right, soon your imaginable move should start feeling completely realistic.
At this moment you are dreaming. Most likely You will find yourself in a replica of the room you were sleeping. Be prepared to find it hard to convince yourself that you are truly dreaming. This technique can end up in a surprisingly smooth transition!
This is a very simple technique yet reasonably efficient. Anchor tech. can be used at any point where You believe a REM will occur (during nap, after 5 hours night sleep etc.). The point of the technique is to create a mental connection to the waking world.
During returning to bed, play some calm music on repeat. Music has an ability to absorb our awareness. Pay close attention to the music playing while You are in bed. Tell yourself that this music is a reminder to remain alert and aware.
Be aware of times when You lose focus on music – that means You are close to the dreamworld. Just refocus and repeat an intention of recognizing a dream. The transition if often accompanied by an unusual sensation of falling through a long tunnel, with the music becoming more distant as You fall.
Share your thoughts whether these techniques were any good. And keep experimenting until You find the best way to achieve lucidity!
The source of the above techniques: Daniel Love: Are You Dreaming?
Check out his book for more details on these methods as well as many others! Sweet Dreams!