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Learn How to Lucid Dream


Welcome to the How-To-Section

Welcome to the lessons on how to have lucid dreams!

Searching the internet, I found many questions about how to achieve clear dreams. Will answer the most frequently asked ones, such as “How do I lucid dream?”, or “How to lucid dream tonight?” and provide a good overview of the methods, as well as what to expect.

The concrete lucid dreaming techniques, you will find on their own lesson-pages.

For a start though, I suggest reading this section first, to get an overall impression about your options in general, and to clear up with false expectations, as well as to get you ready for your training.


Discover Easy Steps to Have Lucid Dreams – for Beginner & Advanced

How to Lucid Dream Instantly?

Is this possible? Indeed, it is. You can do it by a method, called Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming (WILD), which is a subsection of the lessons on lucid dreaming techniques. It is not an easy method and takes a lot of skill. Honestly, I have only managed it once by mere luck, when I fell back asleep again, after waking up in the morning. So to lucid dream instantly is not a recommendable goal for beginners. But by starting to learn how to lucid dream today, you drastically improve the odds to have a lucid dream, night by night! As with all artistry, you should be patient with yourself in the beginning and acknowledge the fact that your brain needs time to adapt to a new talent. It is like, for example learning to play the piano. Before you can not read the notes, you can not expect to play the moonshine sonata, even if you hold the sheet of music in your hands. Not even Bach could have done it. :] So to lucid dream instantly, you have to learn the skill itself first. Don’t be disappointed! It is definitely worth the effort!

How to Lucid Dream Tonight?

This appears to be one of the favorite questions in connection with clear dreaming. Indeed it was the first thing I asked myself when I found out that it is possible to control and direct and style your dreams to your will.

It is perfectly possible that you dream consciously tonight just because you hear or read about it today.
I have talked to some people who did so. In their case, the mere thought of having a conscious dream triggered their mind into action and they had their first lucid dream the same night.

However, for most people, it takes a little training first to do so. Especially if you are having little or no dream recall at the moment.

So if you are a beginner, to lucid dream tonight, you need dream recall and also little luck, to compensate the missing training.

The good news: When practicing seriously, most people achieve their first conscious dream within their first 2 – 4 weeks of training.

How To Learn To Lucid Dream: 5 Easy Steps for Beginners

The mentioned above brings us to the next question: How to achieve lucid dreaming skills?

Well, there is a vast variety of exercises and methods out there.

On Self-Awareness.Academy, I will share those lucid dreaming techniques that worked best for me, as well as those I found in acknowledged books, as for example Stephen LaBerge‘s masterpiece Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming and other helpful literature.

You have to know that a clear dream technique that works well for one does not necessarily work as well for another (although it might).

Therefore I recommend you to be curious! Read and research. Try and find out what works best for you. Start with the stuff that appeals most to you and sounds fun. After all, it is always easier to learn if you like, what you are doing. :]

In the end, you can pick the methods that work fine to assemble a techniques-toolkit that is tailored precisely to your needs.

At Self-Awareness.Academy, we will start now with lucid dreaming tips and an introduction on how to lucid dream for beginners.

Here we go!

1. Find Your Motivation

As I mentioned before in the introduction on lucid dreaming you, first of all, need real motivation to do so. If you are not dedicated to it, your mind will spare itself the effort to learn (the mind is a real lazy thing that needs to be coaxed to work).

So to learn clear dreaming it is very handy to take stock of yourself and ask yourself these questions:

  1. Why do I want to learn to dream consciously?
  2. What benefits of lucid dreaming do I want to have for myself?
    e.g. fun, self-awareness, personal growth,…

Make a list (just for yourself)! Be as specific as you can!

Keep your list. Extend it whenever you feel the need to. The more, the better!

Have a look at this list, whenever you are feeling lazy to train or not focused on your training anymore.
Finding out your “whys” will help your mind a tremendously to learn to lucid dream as you give it a reason to do so. Set it out in the right direction.

Next thing is to give your mind a taste of the pleasure to come.

Take a minute, close your eyes and imagine your benefits, and the joy they will bring you. Visualize your goal, the ideal state, as bright and colorful as you can. Then, pretend you just reached it.

Let the image of happy-you appear behind your eyelids. Be this happy-you, bathe in its joy.
Do this as vividly as possible. Try to really get a sense of the elation.

Sounds useless or even a little embarrassing to you?

Well…just think about what are you planning to do in your future dream adventures, and tell me straight-faced, that really none of this stuff would be embarrassing to you if done in the real world. 😛

No, seriously – this visualization will help you. You do not need to do it if you don’t want to, but I assure you it is an excellent way, to get your brain hooked and making it eager to learn lucid dreaming quickly.

2. Become More Aware

An important step, and an answer to the question of “how to lucid dream?”, is to become more aware of your actual state of consciousness.

Now, what does she mean by that?

What I want to say, is that you should make it a habit to check on a regular basis during the day if you are actually dreaming. These are called reality checks and are among the two most fitful clear dream techniques for beginners.

Most of our time – awake or asleep – we never bother with that question and therefore do not notice when we are dreaming.

As dreams are really tricky things, they appear – the moment we are dreaming – just as real as reality. Even if our memory of them is blurry when we wake up or is lost completely as soon as we raise.

When I set out to learn to lucid dream, I would not have believed, that dreams appear that real. I was quickly disabused though when I checked this claim within one of my first clear dreams.

I chose a random tree and picked one of its leaves to examine it for its degree of authenticity. What I saw was illuminating.

Not only it was there, lush and green and streaked with lively veins, it also tasted like a leave when I bit it (yeah, I tasted it… just to be sure).

This experience fueled my eagerness for reality checks, and as I practiced them more, and more my rate of lucid dreams improved drastically.

Reality checks train your mind to be mindful. In other words, to regularly question yourself if you are awake or dreaming. As soon as this becomes a habit, it will carry over in your dreams as well.

Because you are then testing if you are dreaming, you will notice if you are dreaming indeed, and tadaaa -there you will have your first lucid dream.

So which reality checks are reliable?

In the lesson on lucid dreaming techniques I have listed the most reliable reality checks. Here I want to introduce you to my favorite one:

Exhaling Through Blocked Nose and Mouth

I like it because it is very simple and you can do it anywhere, unobtrusively and without any helpers. Try it right away!
  1. Ask yourself “Am I dreaming?”
  2. Feel free to briefly examine your surroundings (this one is optional but trains your awareness of your surroundings)
  3. Close your mouth and keep your pinch your nostrils shut with two fingers so that no air can escape when you breathe out
  4. Exhale through your nose
If no air escapes through your nostrils, you are awake. But if your breath escapes through your nose, as if you were not pressing its wings together with two fingers – although you made sure that you did, so that it under normal circumstances it should not – you can be sure, you are dreaming! This trick always works! I can not explain you the scientific background of this phenomena. What I can tell you though, is that the sleeping mind does not get that breathing like this should not be working then. Quite funny, isn’t it? This not only one of the securest reality checks but also great fun. All the more if you exhale and notice “Awesome, I am dreaming!”

3. Set Your Intention When Going to Sleep

This one is as important as easily explained. When going to bed prepare your mind in affirming (silently or aloud), “This night I have a lucid dream”. Also, it helps to do so during the day, but most importantly, before you go to sleep.

Repeat this affirmation within your mind, when you lie in bed, and your mind and body had time to relax for a while. Ideally, short before you float into sleep.

State this goal always positive. That means keep negations out. Avoid words such as “will” or “going to” that push the event into the future.

Affirmations worked best when they are positive, short, straight and stated as absolute as possible.

4. Improve Your Dream Recall

For some people, it is quite natural to remember their dreams when they wake up, while for others this quite a struggle.

The most important thing, to remember the most of your nightly adventures, is to take some time on waking up, to go into yourself and think about what you actually dreamed.
Best thing to do is staying in the exact position you have woken up in and reflect on what has happened. Start with the images you remember best.

Most of the time, immersing into these memories will bring up more clues, which in return will lead to new hints, which interconnect single scenes and make the puzzle complete, piece by piece.

You may also set your buzzer 5 to 10 minutes earlier to have enough time for this.

Please note, that nothing kills dream memory more effectively than jumping up immediately, switching the lights on, and starting to preoccupy yourself with the new day’s duties, or your mobile phone, as soon as your alarm rings.

As every new skill, this also takes some time to root in your mind. Don’t be annoyed if it is not working the first days.

By training your mind to be more aware of your dreams, this exercise will become more natural, the more you train it.

Here are two more lucid dreaming techniques, that will help you in improving your dream recall:

  1. You can entrain your brain to recall your dreams by firmly affirming “I remember all of my dreams!”, before you go to bed.Making a custom out of it, during the day is helpful, too, but be sure to do so before falling asleep.
  2. Motivate your mind to do recall as many dreams, as possible by keeping a dream journal (see below). And there we have number two, of the most recommendable lucid dreaming techniques for beginners.

Yes, I know these exercises are a little extra effort, before waking up (I too, strained from doing them at first), but they definitely pay off.

Both will drastically improve your dream memory and therefore the ability to remember your clear dreams. Additionally, the second one helps you to recognize your dreams, for what they are.

And after all, what’s the use of a clear dream, if you don’t remember it, in the morning?

The next step will help you to further improve your dream recall. Its about keeping a dream Journal. 

5. Get a Dream Journal

A dream journal will not only help you to memorize your dreams over time but also form a habit to remember your dreams right away when you wake up.

But how to keep a dream journal (aka dream diary)?

That is quite easy. Get yourself an empty notebook (preferably one that looks nice to you) and put it on your nightstand, or into a drawer if you do not want it to be seen by others.

Every night, before going to sleep, write date and day to the next free page. Also, you may write down a transition date, if that makes more sense to you.

I, for example, like to note it like this:

Monday, 07th to 08th of March 2015


The “1.)” numbers the first dream.

You should do this, on going to sleep, because like this, your mind will notice, that you are serious about recording your dreams. Therefore it will take the task more serious, too.

On waking up, take your time, as discussed above, to memorize as much of last night as possible.

After you are sure, you got everything, start to write it down. Do not censor anything, even if you are a little mortified about what you have dreamt.

Everybody dreams stuff that would turn his face scarlet when telling it to somebody else. You do not need to show your notes to anyone, they are meant just for you. ;]

Of course, you are free to add sketches or hole paintings into your dream journal. The more vivid you make it, the better it will bring your memory back when you look at it after a while.

Believe me; there will be many really beautiful unconscious dreams you would not want to forget either!
Watch your dream recall becoming more complete, day by day. This is a great motivator that reminds you of your process.

Especially mark the nights in which you achieved a lucid dream! These successes are worth special markings and will help you to track their improving frequency as your clear dream skills improve, too.

So you can see, in learning how to lucid dream, a dream journal provides invaluable help!

A Tip on Recording Dreams:

As mentioned, garish light on waking up is a killer to your dream memory. To avoid the loss of your precious dream fragments, you can use a pen with a small integrated and unobtrusive light.

 I am using a small light pen, to write down my entries, before I switch on my lights.

How To Induce Lucid Dreams: For Beginners & Advanced

To deliberately induce lucid dreaming-adventures you have quite a few options.

In the lesson lucid dreaming techniques, I listed the most popular ones as well as those I found particularly helpful.

You may have a look at them, right after finishing this article, regardless if you are a beginner, or if you already had your first conscious dream experiences.

Some are suitable for novices, too, and the remaining ones may even give you some extra incentive, to try all of the various lucid dreaming techniques, as soon as possible.

Go ahead, and find out more about lucid dreaming and their induction!

How To Lucid Dream Easily?

Another thing everybody to is deeply interested in is, how to lucid dream easily.

As my mum uses to say “Everything is easy if you know how it is done”.

Although this is hardly a satisfying answer, it is very true. To dream lucidly easily, you have to know the methods first, and then, train them.

No one is borne a master, and for most people, every new skill requires some serious dedication to training, in the beginning.

However, there are some lucid dreaming supplements that can help you, to speed up the process.

Check out the lucid dreaming tips section (in the menu bar) on Self-Awareness Academy, to learn more about some shortcuts to achieve lucid dreaming skills, more easily.

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In conclusion, the question “How to lucid dream?”, can be answered by 3 key factors:

  • Motivation
  • Patience with your practice
  • Good advice

This means, make sure; you are really engaging in the process. Don’t be annoyed if you do not instantly achieve your first lucid dream, rather go ahead, and firmly resolve that you will do so, soon.

Always be curious! Read and research all the advice you can get. There are a lot of articles, great lucid dreaming books, videos, and tutorials out there.

At Self-Awareness.Academy you find more lessons on

Also, I will make sure to add as much additional information, as possible on the Academy’s Lucid Dreaming Blog.
Be welcome and visit Self-Awareness.Academy regularly to update your knowledge.

Last but not least, and maybe most important: have fun in what you are doing! :]

Now You Can Tell Us How To Lucid Dream!

Yes, it’s your turn! 🙂

Use the comment boy below to speak and discuss about your first clear dream experiences.
How did you achieve them? Did I miss anything here, you want me to add? Do you have more tips for us?

Enlighten us with your tips, expertise, and know-how. I am sure we can learn a great deal from each other!

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