To Lucid Dream: The Introduction

By James Wadman

Lucid dreaming is when we suddenly come to a conscious realization within a dream that we are, in fact, dreaming.  Those who remain in a dream state will have access to the controlled state of lucid dreaming in which anything and everything is possible.  This occurs as a result of the physical barriers of sleep (discussed in my series Dream Dualism: part one, part two) remaining undisturbed while the conscious mind is awoken within a dream.  This places the dreamer in the heart of the dream with access to the limitless capability of the creative mind.

Given the chaotic nature of dreams, lucid dreaming may happen by chance, but more likely by practice, trial, and effort.  My methodology of lucid dreaming stems from the ability to comprehend how dreams feel, and how well reality and dreams can be differentiated.  To build this sense of awareness, I always ask myself while awake, am I dreaming? and answer immediately with, no I am awake.  After awhile, the mind gets used to wondering this question and suddenly the subconscious mind begins to ask the same question, only this time the answer is yes. 

You will most likely wake up immediately after this realization is made during your first few times.  You will learn from practice to not get too anxious when you lucid dream once you become accustomed to the altered, magnifying, and even paralyzing sensations of your dreams.  Sometimes you will realize that you are stuck in place or your legs become too heavy or uncontrollable.  Other times you will be overcome by magnified feelings of desire or fulfillment that make it difficult to stay asleep.  Remember that as you become closer to your dreams, you will become closer to conquering these sensations.

Once you have found yourself aware in a dream, the choice is yours.  You are in a frontier of the human mind that extends far beyond just the dreams you wake up and remember.  Here you can create with conscious ingenuity, free of all physical limitations.  The essence of lucid dreams is to seek the opportunity to capture the purest form of free will.

Continue to Part Two, Active Lucid Dreaming Technique

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11 thoughts on “To Lucid Dream Series, Part One

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  2. Oliana

    I often dream lucid dreams…sometimes I wake up and go back to sleep thinking of the last part of that dream and often get back into it.

  3. James Wadman Post author

    Interesting, I have heard of many people who prefer the “wake back to bed” technique for lucid dreaming like you. I envy your ability to do that!

  4. Anonymous

    I find this blog in general, and this post specifically, very interesting. It also seems useful. I often have very detailed dreams and I remember quite a lot of them, but I never knew that they were lucid dreams, until now. More to the point, I didn’t know it was possible to lucid dream on purpose. I do know that I can direct my dreams to a degree depending on what thought I hold before I go to sleep, and occasionally when I wake up during a dream I enjoy I can return to that dream (in general though, if I wake up from a dream, I do not want to go back to them… sometimes they’re just too creepy).

    I shall be going through your other posts shortly. This is quite fun, and you write well. :)

  5. James Wadman Post author

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I am glad to hear that you were able to recognize something special about your dreams by reading my posts. I discovered lucid dreams in my own life in quite a similar way. I remembered lucid dreaming as a child but never truly knew what they were until I read about them years later. I write about lucid dreams because I know other people have had great success and enjoyment by employing the techniques I suggest, but honestly I prefer the lucid and vivid dreams that just come naturally. You are fortunate to have the ability to lucid dream without putting any effort into it, so take my guides with a grain of salt– that is, don’t use my techniques if you don’t have to!

  6. Ruth

    This post was quite interesting. I am almost always aware that I am dreaming, but I can’t always manipulate my dreams. Sometimes I have a sense of something bad that will happen in the dream if I don’t manipulate them, so I am able to change the story line. However, it isn’t like I can create or do *anything*; it must still be in the realistic setting of the dream I am in. (For example, if I am in a forest and feel like going one direction will lead to something bad, I can go another direction. But I can’t just transport myself to a beach.) When I was younger I thought I must be dreaming things I’d dreamt before, since I *knew* what was coming. However, I think now my dreamworld is just cuing me in to say “hey, you can change this.”

  7. Ruth

    Oh, I also meant to ask something. You said “Here you can create with conscious ingenuity, free of all physical limitations.” How much freedom you have in creating as you dream? As I said in my previous post, my manipulation of dreams has limitations. Does your have any limitations too?

  8. James Wadman Post author

    Thank you for your comments. I always enjoy hearing about other people’s experiences. One of my beliefs within the vast unknown of cognitive dream studies is that there are many different types of dreams we have each night (first person, third person, etc.) and what is actually remembered varies from person to person. This is something I will go in depth about soon.

    To answer your question, I am often limited by the variable of time. That is, my physical (or technically mental) capabilities in dreams seem to be endless within the extent of my imagination; however, all lucid dreams seem to begin ending as soon as the realization of being in a dream state is made. I have many of my dreams recorded, and most of them are normal and lifelike with your run of the mill dreamlike qualities. I have also had many dreams that extend past my waking imagination, some of which have felt like I was on the brink of tasting infinity or experiencing some singularity of ecstasy. In such dreams I feel like the only limitations are simply that at some point I wake up, and we are back to that dreadful issue of time.

  9. Laine Anne Theodore

    This is an interesting site. I’ll return and read more. I’ve always been a lucid dreamer. For me it just happens. I can feel the paralysis of the dream state as I enter and leave the dream. I don’t especially care for that sensation.

  10. tangerinedream12

    i must say you came at the right time as I’m doing a course in transpersonal counselling and lucid dreaming came up just recently from a fellow student, it is nearly 3am Melbourne/Australian time so I thank you for coming in at the right time so will read on with interest…..peace

  11. James Wadman Post author

    Sounds perfect.
    I really enjoy the tranquility in your writing, and I am glad to hear that you are intrigued by mine. I hope you will return with any questions.

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