What is Lucid Dreaming?

What is Lucid Dreaming?

What is lucid dreaming? They say that lucid dreaming is a dream state in which the dreamer actually knows that he or she is dreaming. You might ask, “Why do I care?”

I can write a lot of text here, explaining this and that. But I’d rather introduce you to an amazing person who has done tremendous work in Lucid Dreaming and Out-of-Body Experiences. His name is Michael Raduga. His video below explains the phenomenon of lucid dreaming better than a list of words!

Please, keep in mind that Michael has removed all “esoteric” aspects and all superstitions from his treatment of the subject. Everything is explained step-by-step and in Western culture style. He also has his own terms, such as WILD, DILD, etc.

So, I believe, now you know a little more about the phenomenon.

Michael suggests starting with the wake-back-to-bed (WBTB) and wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) techniques. They are called indirect techniques, because instead of going right into the lucid dream you do some tricks first.

Here are several lucid dreaming techniques:

Rotation – You try to roll inside your body as vividly as possible. In my case, I’m able to do almost a full revolution right before a dream state. I borrowed it right here, and this is one of my indicators to begin separation. I explained this technique in this article.

Observing images – You try to look right in front of you with your closed eyes. In a few seconds, you should start seeing some blurry pictures, and eventually you’ll appear in that world. I had a very vivid experience with this one! Unfortunately, it lasted for only a few seconds, but I’ve never seen such a wonderful world before, and it was like in real life — a warm wind, smell of freshness, pristine nature. I’ll describe some similar experiences later.

Hand visualizations – You try to see and feel your hands through your closed eyes. I use it in combination with another technique. I try to imagine that I’m sitting on a carpet inside my room and touching the carpet and trying to imagine all feelings and sensations in as much detail as I can. I also had a little “real” training before. I sat on and touched the carpet in real life for a while and tried to remember the feelings.

These are just a few of many lucid dreaming techniques from Michael’s book.

Right after awakening, you are supposed to try several lucid dreaming techniques, one by one

If you start to feel something, then you should keep doing the same technique; otherwise, switch to another one. If you have tried several lucid dreaming techniques for more than a few minutes, then the best you can do is to fall asleep and wait for the next awakening.

Michael Raduga has a web site contains more lucid dreaming techniques, a few books which can be downloaded for free, and several videos with some explanations. Unfortunately, the sound quality isn’t perfect at all.

I’m waiting your feedback in comments. Should I explain something in detail? Did you like the article? Can you add anything to it?

photo by: h.koppdelaney

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