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Easy Lucid Dreaming Techniques


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How to Find Your Lucid Dreaming Technique

Welcome to the lessons on lucid dreaming techniques!

As this is the largest part of the lucid dreaming lessons, I have split the content for easier navigation.

The techniques that can be explained quickly, you find on this page. These lucid dreaming techniques are:


Also on this page, you find

Those lucid dreaming techniques which take a more detailed explanation, I have arranged as own lessons on the following pages:

Let’s go!

Find The Method Best Suited for You!

A Word on the Term ”Best Lucid Dreaming Techniques”

What are the best lucid dreaming techniques?”, you may want to know.

I think there are no such clear dream techniques, which are best for everyone. Some work wonderfully for one person while they do nearly nothing for another.

On Self-Awareness.Academy, I made sure to list those lucid dreaming techniques, which have a generally high success rate.

If you find a method, I have not listed here, this does not necessarily mean, that it is not a valid way, though.

In this case, the best thing you can do is to find more feedback from others that tells you how that lucid dreaming technique has worked for them. And then evaluate, if it is worth a try.

Please also let us know in the comment box below if you discover new methods from which we can learn! 🙂

How to Start with Lucid Dreaming Techniques?

Basically, I recommend trying as many lucid dreaming methods as you can get your fingers on. Then your own clear dreaming toolkit, out of those techniques that work best for you. Make sure to try all over time, to not miss any chance of finding your personal access to the world of lucidity!

3 Beginner-Friendly Methods to Have Conscious Dreams

To speed up your learning process as a beginner, I recommend using all 3 techniques simultaneously, until you have your first lucid dream.

Technique #1: Reality Checks That Work

Here is a list of my favorite both subtle and reliably reality checks. You perform them quite unnoticed and without other people noticing it. 😉

  • Exhaling with pinched nostrils
  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 on your exhales
  4. Exhale through your nose

→ If air escapes through your nostrils, although your nostrils are tightly squeezed shut, by your fingers, you are dreaming!

  • Re-read a sentence
  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. Read a random sentence
  4. Look away
  5. Try to read the same sentence again→ If it anything has changed when you look back, you know that you are dreaming (be sure it will change notably if you are in a dream)

You can also use variations of this reality check by doing the same when:

  • Looking at a clock
  • Looking at a painting, a street sign, or any other symbols

The Frequency of Reality Checks

Try to do as many reality checks as you can – at least 12 a day. This will train your brain to make it a real habit.

Especially do so, when you get up in the morning or when you wake up at night. We often dream about false awakenings. These are dreams about waking up; when in truth we are still sleeping.

Don’t miss this chance to notice that you are still dreaming and therefore have the opportunity to enjoy it as a conscious one!

If you are having problems to remember to do so set yourself a timer. Also, there are several lucid dreaming apps, to help and remind you.

A comment on the Video:

The flying reality check as well as the pushing through things reality checks do not work for me.

This is because as long I am not sure I am actually dreaming, I do not really believe I am able to fly or push through anything substantial. As believe forms reality in dreams, if I do not believe it is possible it is not even If I am dreaming.

A Warning Concerning Reality Checks

There are a lot more suggestions for reality checks out on the web. So that you do not miss the opportunity to have a lucid dream, I want to let you know that not all reality checks are reliable.

Some are shammers, for your dreaming brain will come up with an answer, or reaction that seems perfectly plausible, or in that case real, to you.

Looking at your hands for example, and counting your fingers can but does not necessarily work.

Your mind knows how many fingers you have and is usually quite capable of projecting them in your dreams, just as real, as in waking life (same counts for pinching yourself).

In the list above, I have listed only those, which more than one source found reliable. And just to be sure, I double-checked them by testing them myself.

Technique #2: Keeping a Dream Journal (aka Dream Diary)

I know, I already explained a lot about how to keep a dream journal to improve your dream recall in the lesson How to Lucid Dream.

Yet I can not mention often enough, how important this technique is to quickly enhance your conscious dreaming skills

Really, I implore you, to get yourself a dream diary, and start to fill it with even the tiniest scraps of dreams, you can remember.

Don’t worry; I won’t bother you with the details, about how to keep a dream journal again. Instead, I will reveal it’s second invaluable service as a lucid dreaming technique and increasing dream recall:

Dream journals are crucial for learning to lucid dream because recording your dreams will not only improve your dream memory but also show you your recurring dream symbols that. Dream Symbols are important indicators and reminders, that you might be dreaming.

One more thing: If you can not get comfortable with the idea of a paper dream diary, you may want to try dream journal app instead. Detailed information and a comprising review, you can find in the blog article Lucid Dreaming Apps.

How to Find My Personal Dream Symbols?

  1. After you have collected at least 10 dreams (the more, the better) in your dream journal, go through the entries again, and mark all recurring thing, like e.g. persons, animals, objects, actions, images, etc.
  2. Write a list of the five most frequent ones – the ones that will show up, time and time again, in different dreams.
  3. Now you know your personal dream symbols. This means, when they occur, you know, that you might be dreaming.
  4. Remember these dream symbols and make a sure, to do a reality check, whenever you encounter them!
I, for example, dream a lot of cats. Every time I see a cat, I know, I might be dreaming and therefore do a reality check. This method adds just nicely to getting into the habit of doing regular reality checks. Therefore it truly might be named one of the best lucid dreaming techniques. So if you have not done it so far, go ahead and get yourself a dream journal today!

Technique #3: Incubate a Lucid Dream

To incubate a clear dream is a lucid dreaming technique, that prepares your mind in advance for a certain task, that you want it to do throughout the following night.

In other words, you choose an adventure, you want to enjoy, and then get yourself ready, during the day, and before you go to sleep, to execute it, at night.

In this way, you adjust your brain to remember your plans when you are sleeping.

8 Steps to Incubate Lucid Dreams

  1. Think of a thing you would like to do within a conscious dream.
  2. Visualize it as colorful and detailed as possible. Write it down on a paper or into your dream journal (e.g. “Tonight I am sailing with Vikings!”). Paint a picture or make a sketch.
  3. Firmly resolve, that you will notice, that you are dreaming when this dream appears. (e.g. “I remember, I am dreaming, when I am on a Viking ship!”). Write this phrase down, too.
  4. Again, visualize this dream-situation, as clearly as you can. Closing your eyes, when doing so, can help to sharpen your vision.
  5. Next, imagine the action you want to do, as soon as you become lucid. You can also include this in your first affirmation in Step 2. (e.g. “Tonight, I fight an epic battle, whilst sailing with Vikings!”
  6. Repeat these visualizations as often as you can during The day. Look at what you have written down and especially, on what you have sketched or painted.
  7. Go to bed, do a relaxation technique, such as meditation, autosuggestion, brain waves (binaural beats or isochronic tones), or anyone else, that works well for you.
  8. Rehearse your adventure vividly in your mind until you fall asleep.

The more you settle your mind on this task throughout the day, the more you imprint the image on your mind and the more likely you will dream about it tonight.

If it does not work right the first night, repeat the steps during the next day, and also the one that follows, if necessary.

Usually, it takes me one to two nights, till my sleeping brain remembers, what I want it to do. This technique works best for me when I paint a picture of my plans.

Maybe you will take lesser time than me, and maybe you need just a little longer. Both are perfectly fine. Take your time; don’t give up, if it does not work instantly.

Also try to stay with one adventure, until you achieve the clear dream you want. If you change plans every day, you will confuse your mind, and therefore lessen your chances of success.

Assisting (Relaxation) Techniques

Aside from the actual lucid dreaming techniques, you have a bunch of companion practices that will help you to accomplish more (self-)awareness, and therefore to pave the way for your lucid dreams at night.


The first great tool is meditation. Regular meditation is not only a great way to achieve and obtain mental health but also boosts your level of awareness.

That’s exactly what you need, to notice a dream, for what it is. I strongly recommend to give it a try!

Meditating before bedtime not only helps you to fall asleep more easily but also calms down your mind and clears it from the day’s events, so that it is better prepared to focus on your conscious dream adventures to come.

Still a beginner in meditation? You are not alone! Read the Academy’s Blog to join me my experiences, trying all kinds of meditation, during my first consistent attempt to learn to meditate.

If you can’t get yourself to meditate on a regular basis (like me for the last 4 years), train at least the basics, like concentrating on your breath, for a certain time, so that you can apply this technique before using a lucid dreaming technique.

Binaural Beats & Lucid Dreaming

You may also listen to binaural beats before you head for your lucid dream experiences.

I think lucid dream music works best with the Wake Induced Lucid Dream Technique (WILD), as those binaural beats attune your brainwaves to the needed frequency in the instant you want them to swing on that certain frequency.

If you, however, listen to binaural beats or isochronic tones before you go to sleep, your brain will just rematch your brainwaves to the sleep phase, you pass when falling asleep.

Once asleep, you will enter the deep sleep phase (= Delta waves, with a 0.1 to 4 Hz frequency) first, before moving on to REM sleep (= Theta waves, 4 to 7,5 hz). Thus the frequency, induced by binaural beats or isochronic tones, at bedtime, will have no lasting effects.

Better would be to listen to them after waking up in the morning, to support the waking back to bed technique. Then you have a real change, to directly enter REM sleep.

For detailed info about sleep phases, check out the blog article about the stages of sleep.

Assisting Gear & Lucid Dreaming Supplements

I can understand that most of you (just like me) want to enter the lucid world as soon as possible, want to preferably lucid dream tonight.

Though I cannot promise you that you will have your next lucid dream tonight, I can give you a list of various gear and supplements that will support your efforts:

Helpful Gear for Clear Dreams

  • Lucid Dreaming Mask (blog article is on its way)
  • Lucid Dreaming App (blog article is on its way)

Lucid Dreaming Supplements

  • Dream Herbs
  • Lucid Dreaming Pills

About all these topics, articles on our Lucid Dreaming Blog will follow.

Advice on Using Lucid Dreaming Techniques

There are many ways and method to open the gates to lucidity. Which will be your personal access to this marvelous world, depends on who you are and how your brain functions.

As we are all different, there is no such best method that works the same for all. Key is to try them all until you find the one that applies best to you.

The best way to find out is to stick with one technique for some weeks, to make sure, you learn it properly.

Switching around from night to night will only confuse your mind and mostly end with bad results, in all of them.

Select one or two lucid dream techniques, if they are combinable. Practice them separately (except reality checks and dream diary) from another, and do not combine them when you feel comfortable with each.

Reality checks and a dream journal, however, you can, or even should use along with all other techniques. They are rather supporting them, than confusing, when done simultaneously.

Also, it is useful, to keep some notes of your experiences with the applied techniques. This not only helps you to track your progress, but will later help you, to evaluate which lucid dream technique worked particularly well for you, and which did not.

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More Lessons On Lucid Dreaming

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Do you have any suggestions for us? What did you find out, when testing the methods mentioned above, or by that means, any other? Use the comment box to:

  • ask questions
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We can’t wait to hear about your favourite lucid dream techniques!

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