Philosophers have long spoken of the many varying states our body experiences during the course of one lifetime. The two realities we encounter on a near daily basis are waking life and the dream state. Slipping into the narrow void that exists between these two states is referred to as Lucid Dreaming. If your mind becomes aware of the fact that it is dreaming, and you manage to sustain that realization, then you can successful manipulate the inherent nature of your dream. What you make of it from that point on boils down entirely to you. Some Lucid dreamers claim to have lived a thousand years in a single night, others have even helped researchers prove the possibility of complete control and consciousness in their dreams by successfully relaying signals using pre-determined eye ball movement in their sleep. It is entirely possible to become lucid in a few short weeks. Read on to find out how you can do this, and why you should even try this at all:
The only way you can recognize a dream is by constantly questioning reality. Our brain releases Acetylcholine and other similar chemicals during our REM state that be can found when we are wide awake as well. This is why our dreams appear so real to us, despite being absolutely random and unbelievable at times. One of the most important techniques in differentiating between a dream and waking life is relying on reality checks. Constantly question whether you are awake or asleep, ask yourself as many times as you can the question ‘Am I dreaming’? If you do this enough times during your waking life, you are sure to replicate this habit in your dream, giving you a bigger chance of spotting it as well. Reality checks, however, work best when you understand the rules in dreams.
Unbelievably enough, there are universal rules to dreaming! There are certain things you cannot do in your dreams such reading time, fluctuating the lights in any room, reading fine print or even looking at your own hands. Understanding and applying these constants is the key to amplifying your reality checks. As soon as you ask yourself the question, ‘Am I dreaming?’, make sure you perform one of these tasks that cannot be performed in your dream, such as looking at your hands, fluctuating the light switch or trying to read the time. If you can’t do it, it means you are dreaming.