All about lucid dreaming and how to lucid dream, dream control and learning how to understand your dream meanings by being aware of your subconscious mind in dreams. Improve your waking life by learning in your sleep.

Lucid dreaming is one of my personal favorite topics to discuss, and learn about. If you have a personal story, I would love to hear about it! Send it to me here and I might feature it on my webpage in the future! Growing up, I had no idea lucid dreaming was possible. I wish someone would have told me about it, because like every normal kid, I hated bed time! Now that I know what I know, I look forward to going to sleep every night! Once I had a basic understanding of lucid dreaming, I couldn't get information fast enough. Some nights I'd stay up all night reading books from lucid dreaming masters. Other nights I'd fall asleep with a laptop on my bed with thirty tabs open about lucid dream techniques, or personal experiences and their tips and tricks. Lucid dreaming really did open a whole other world for me, with enough practice and persistence it's possible for you to start dreaming consciously, and controlling your dreams in no time. Not only will you end up learning about your dream meanings, and your subconscious mind, but you will also learn a lot about yourself, and how to improve your life through your dream experiences. It really is fascinating!
Lucid dreaming has been around for many years, reaching far back into ancient history it's earliest documentation can be found by St. Augustine in 415 A.D. His writings on it have been the oldest survived documents, however it is believed that the art of lucid dreaming well predates any written documentation ever found. I personally believe their was a point in history that conscious awareness in dreams was a every night thing for people, nobody even thought it was strange because everyone did it so often, but I guess it's hard to really know because of the lack of written history on the topic. So much information has been destroyed by wars and time in general. The only thing I know for sure, is that it's making a come back fast in today's information revolution. More and more people are learning about lucid dreaming every day world wide, it's spreading like a wild fire!
All throughout ancient history, civilizations and governments have highlighted our pineal gland, the gland that produces dmt and makes you dream at night. Through art, writings and culture, the pineal gland is shown to be revered time and time again as a common reoccurring theme. Even in our governments today the pineal gland symbolism and direct references are visibly prominent if you're paying even just a little bit of attention. Many people hear the words, "Pineal Gland" and are instantly turned away because it's voodoo in their religion or understanding. The pineal gland is a part of your body, inside your brain, it's a real thing, not some metaphysical spiritual mumbo jumbo. That's like a religion or belief that says that your eyes aren't real! Imagine not using your eyes for your whole life because you didn't know you had them, or you because you thought it was taboo.
I believe everyone should have conscious experiences at night, where you wake up with memories, because it can be life changing in nothing but a beneficial way. Recent science has discovered that when you're involved in certain activities and situations in your dreams, the same areas of your brain are activated when you're awake. That means that if you can learn how to be conscious and aware in your dreams, you will remember your dreams when you wake up, and retain that "muscle memory" that you have gained from your sleeping experience, thus improving your overall being in a way related to your chosen dream activities. For instance, Einstein used lucid dreaming as a tool to answer complex questions, build inventions, and even perform experiments. Ever heard the phrase, " I'll sleep on it?", that's kind of what it is, except in a more literal sense. People often times will "sleep on" an idea or question, and wake up in the middle of the night with an answer or solution to what they were looking for, very interesting! Albert Einstein referenced this with one of his most famous quotes, " Reality is perception". Unfortunately, lucid dreaming, and dream memory in general, can be difficult for some people the United States, simply due to certain chemicals that are used in their food and water supplies that directly affect the pineal gland and it's normal functions, including production of the naturally produced chemical DMT, and sleep regulator chemical meletonin. Withheld production of DMT in your brain while you sleep directly affects your ability to dream consciously and retain dream memories, but fear not, it is reversible and easily repairable, you just have to stop drinking tap water and start watching what you eat. If you're eating something simple, like a granola bar or a sports drink, and it has high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated this or that, or it has a long list of ingredients you struggle to pronounce, then it's probably not a good idea to put that into your body, which is a sacred temple (or should be!).
The U.S. is one of the only countries that fluoridates their water supply today, regardless of it's well known negative effects among doctors and scientists. It's been rumored that Nazi Germany fluoridated it's water supply to dumb down it's populace and make them more passive so they could dominate them easier. Today it's also known that fluoride is toxic to human and animal bodies, and has been proven to cause cancer of all sorts in men, women, and rare cases children. This was the first and most noticeable step that I took to start lucid dreaming. After I did a twenty-eight day health cleanse, I noticed I was having vivid dreams almost every night. Now I just needed to learn how to become aware in my dreams, so I could learn to control them, and discover the advantages that many famous successful people have taken from their dream world.

Let me share with you the best personal tips and tricks that I have learned that benefit me the most when I try to control my dreams with the art of lucid dreaming.
Reality check- I set an alarm on my phone that goes off once at the beginning of every hour during the day. When the alarm goes off, I plug my nose, and try to breath through my nostrils while asking myself, "Am I dreaming?". Most times I'm not, but all too often, I do it out of habit in my dreams, being the number one most effective way for me to trigger awareness in my dreams. Once you realize you're dreaming, it's important not to panic or you could wake yourself up, but it's also important to focus on your awareness, and increasing your awareness so you don't slip back into the dream. Surprisingly you can lose your dream awareness very easy in the beginning but from what I've learned, if you use verbal out loud affirmations or commands, you will keep your awareness with ease. I always continually remind myself that I'm dreaming when I am aware, I tell myself I am dreaming out loud and say things like, "enhance!" to make my dream more vivid and realistic. It is possible to make your dream seem as real as waking life, and literally do anything you want. Flying is the greatest, and a universal dream favorite for active lucid dreamers. However meditating in my dreams in one of my personal favorite dream activities. I've noticed that when you're consciously dreaming, you have greater access to your sub conscious pool of knowledge, and such a clarity of mind, that ones meditation session is far more effective in a conscious dream then it is to me while I'm awake and extremely relaxed. The Guided Meditation Handbook included in the, "Dare to dream"program above is a supporting ebook guide designed to further accelerate your progress. It explains the established link between meditation and lucid dreaming, including how it helps you to become more self-aware during the day (a skillset becoming widely known as "lucid living"). You'll also learn how to do night-time meditation, how to visualize and create dream scenes with your mind, how to "fall asleep consciously" and how to become lucid through advanced dream programming.
Dream Journal- Utilizing your personal dream journal is a close second place to performing reality checks multiple times a day. The only reason reality checks are in first place for me is because they are easy and simple to do. Dream journals are slightly more difficult to develop a routine for, but in all respects are more effective then reality checks when done correctly and consistently. After two solid straight weeks of waking up in the mornings and writing in my dream journal, I noticed significantly improved dream recall, dream vividness, and increased lucid dream rates. One of the benefits of writing your dreams down, is that if you write in as much detail as possible (senses, colors, feelings, etc.) you will notice reoccurring themes. For instance, it took my dream journal for me to figure out that every time I get into a car in my dream, it's almost always maroon in color. Now maroon isn't my favorite color, blue is, so I have no idea why cars I get into are maroon in my dreams. All I know is that when I get into a maroon car, because of my dream journal I now know that I am dreaming, and if I happen to get into a maroon car in the waking life then I always do a reality check to make sure I'm not dreaming. This is just one example of what are called "dream signs" , signs within your dream personal to you that should be learned so they trigger your awareness to do a reality check to see if you're dreaming! We all have them, multiple dream signs, we just have to figure them out, and a dream journal helps with that!

The alarm clock- is last but not least on my list of best advice. Using an alarm clock for lucid dreaming is my favorite technique. The process I'm about to explain is very simple and easy, however it's one of those things that requires discipline. It is very hard for some people to get out of bed in the middle of the night, but boy is it worth it. Here's how I use my alarm clock to induce lucid dreams. This lucid dream technique is called a Wake Induced Lucid Dream, also known as a W.I.L.D. I go to bed at 11:00 p.m., and set my alarm clock to go off about 3-4 hours later. I wake up, use the bathroom, and have a glass of water with some pills waiting on my night stand. The pills are are 8mg galantamine (a compound naturally derived from a plants), and 500mg choline, a B vitamin. I'm only up for about 2 minutes, but that's good enough to do what I need to do, while maintaining my sleepy state. After I lay back down, I do whats called "incubating a dream", I literally pick out a scenario, any situation I want, and imagine myself progressing with the scene. Short scenes work better, so maybe a one minute scene, but each time I reply the scene I focus on more and more detail which makes it seem more and more vivid, next thing you know, you have entered the dream using dream incubation. At this point, there is a great chance that you still have your conscious awareness with you, meaning you're having an intended lucid dream! The galantamine and choline I take helps me to remember my dreams, makes them more vivid, colorful and life like, and also helps you maintain awareness once you have gained it in a dream, it can also trigger awareness in a dream causing you to lucid dream. Galantamine and choline are revered in the lucid dreaming community as the "dream pill" combination for is success in assisting people to have lucid dreams. Once you awake don't forget to write down your adventures in your dream journal! I learned one of my biggest mistakes was tasting success, and getting lazy with my routines, when this happened my rate of lucid dreams dropped dramatically. Even when you are successful at lucid dreaming it is still important to maintain your regular routine or you could lose your ability like I did until I started it up again. You have to be disciplined! If you really care it shouldn't be a problem! Non mandatory, yet helpful dream advice-

Great, so you're finally lucid dreaming, but you feel yourself starting to wake up. Here's what I do that works for me. When I notice I'm about to wake up, I spin around in a circle and it keeps me in my dream! The other thing I do is fall straight backwards with my eyes closed. Sometimes I even combine them both, and it works to keep me in my dream almost every time! After you've successfully stayed inside your lucid dream longer, make sure to focus on slowing your heart rate down a little, it's most likely what is waking you up!

When you lay down to fall asleep at night for the first time (not after the alarm clock), count to yourself, "One I'm dreaming, two I'm dreaming, three I'm dreaming", etc until you fall asleep. When you wake up, try to remember the last number that you can consciously remember saying to yourself. This will help you do a couple things. First, it will help you to realize about how long it takes you to fall asleep every night, and secondly it will help you learn what it feels like to transition from being awake, to asleep, the moments in between are strange, fascinating, and important! I use this strategy nightly, and always tell my friends and family to try it, they find it very interesting!

The last piece of personal advice on lucid dreaming that I can give you comes from a lucid dreaming edu article that I read once that held true for me, and that is, don't try too hard. It is possible to want lucid dreaming so badly that you're creating a separation from it, it's called the law of attraction. If you really want to lucid dream, all you have to do is follow the steps, make yourself a good solid consistent routine, and be disciplined. If you do this, then it will come naturally. Just relax, you have your whole life to master this, for some people it takes a long time, for others, they do it all the time without even trying. For me it took about a year before I started lucid dreaming, but it was only because I wasn't disciplined enough, and I obsessed over it to the point where I was putting too much pressure on it so it wouldn't happen. Now I'm at the point where I am very disciplined with a good consistency on the steps I take to actively lucid dream. I don't worry about it happening or not, I just know that it will happen, I have faith.

In conclusion,
If you've made it this far down my page, then I know you're either excited to start lucid dreaming, or you've been practicing and are looking for additional advice, maybe that one little golden nugget of knowledge that will magically skyrocket your lucid dreaming success. Most of the time, your search would have ended in vain, but luckily for you, I've found the best products that exist online that are manufactured purely to help you lucid dream! Check out the products I have listed on this page to see what I use to help me lucid dream. These are all my personal recommendations I have tried a lot of things, almost everything in the lucid dreaming market and the ones I list on my page are the ones I have used with the most success. Enjoy and happy lucid dreaming!
Did you know that the average person spends up to half of their time on Earth sleeping? Albert Einstein was a lucid dreamer, he lived almost double the life of a regular person because he learned how to become conscious in his dreams, and control them. He used his dreams to perform experiments, and problem solve, he brought his results into waking life and changed the world. Many successful people in this world have been made a success because of their dreams.
Do you or someone you know have trouble sleeping at night? You're not alone! These products have helped myself and countless others. You can also use them for lucid dreaming, out of body experiences, and astral projection. Have fun and sweet dreams!

Author's Bio: 

Freelance writer and web designer Richard Semancik loves to write about metaphysical issues, physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. For more information visit his website at www.sagasphere.com