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I’m currently reading Dr. Stephen LaBerge’s book “Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming."  Dreams have been very spiritually significant to me in the past and I would really, really like to further explore the higher dimensions I have been shown.

Learning to have a lucid dream seems to be ridiculously easy for some people and a fair amount of hard work for others.  More than anything it takes consistency - not my strong suit by any means!

I have been working with Dr. LaBerge's method for some time in an off and on sort of way.  Recently I resolved to be more on than off.  The following suggestions from “Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming" have been helpful though I haven't reached to consistency necessary to lucid dream at will as of this writing.
  1. Arrange to consistently get plenty of sleep.  This allows for waking time in the middle of the night to record dream experience.  It also allows more time for REM sleep (the type of sleep during which most dreams occur).  Our first REM or dream cycle occurs 70 to 90 minutes after the onset of sleep and lasts only only 5 or 10 minutes.  The frequency and length of dream cycles increases over the course of sleep with cycles as close together as 20 to 30 minutes and as long as one hour long in duration occurring after eight hours of sleep.
  2. Set an alarm clock if you have a hard time awakening from sleep.  Dr. LaBerge suggests that those who have a hard time awakening to record their dreams consider setting an alarm for a time when they are likely to be dreaming.  He suggest multiples of 90 minutes (four and a half, six or seven and a half hours after going to sleep).
  3. Bolster your resolve.  Intend to remember your dreams and remind yourself of this intention just before bed.  Tell yourself you will have interesting and meaningful dreams.  Keep a dream journal and pen by your bed in anticipation of recording your dreams.
  4. Recall your dreams the moment you awaken.  As soon as you wake up immediately ask yourself, what was I dreaming?  Don’t move from the position in which you awaken and don’t think of the concerns of the day.  If you don’t remember anything wait for several moments without moving.  Usually fragments of dreams will come.  If they don’t ask yourself, what was I just thinking or feeling?
  5. Reconstruct the dream.  Rebuild a story from the fragments that you recall.  Work backwards.  When you remember a scene ask, what happened before that?  And before that?  Often recalling a single scene will lead to extensive dream recall.  Record everything you remember in your dream journal.
  6. If you cannot remember, imagine.  Ask yourself, might I have dreamt of this or that?  Record any moods, feeling or impressions.
  7. Record flashes of dream memory if they occur later in the day.  Keep a notebook with you at all times.  If you recall a dream, record it.  My advice is that if you recall a dream fragment later in the day, take a time out if at all possible to complete steps four through six above.
Dr. LaBerge reminds us that dream recall is a new skill for many and may take time to build.  And while he does not guarantee success, he does say that almost everyone improves through practice.  Once you can recall at least one dream a night you are ready to begin LaBerge’s lucid dreaming program.

I have hit the 30 dreams in 30 days mark a couple of times and then faltered.  This time will be different!

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  1. I've had lucid dreams my entire life. Less and less as I've gotten older though, which is kind of disapointing since I enjoy them so much. What works best for me is to get a lot of sleep, since the chance of having a lucid dream is much higher when sleeping beyond the need for rest. Ten hours is good! Also, the way I have them most often is in an afternoon nap. I usually wake up within the dream, realize it's a dream, then fly out the bedroom window, right through the glass, for an adventure!

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  2. Hi Elisandra! Thanks for your comments. I agree about the sleep. It is essential for any kind of dreamwork for me as well. But I haven't tried going longer than the usual seven or eight hours. I will definitely!

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