After building up good dream recall
and starting a dream journal
, you will be ready to start learning to lucid dream
. There are a variety of different induction techniques, each with their own pros and cons. As you read about each one or even move on to read the full tutorials
for any of these techniques, try to think about which ones might fit best in your lifestyle.
There are two basic categories of lucid dreams: DILD (Dream Induced Lucid Dream) and WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dream). The key difference between these two techniques is whether or not you have a period of dreamless sleep before the lucid dream (DILD), or whether you pass directly from the waking state into the lucid dream (WILD).
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A lucid dream is a dream in which you know you are dreaming while you are still in the dream.
This realization gives you awareness/consciousness/clarity in the dream.
The word "lucid" means to have clear thoughts and understanding. However, a lucid dream is not just any dream where you have clarity; the official definition of lucid dream means the dreamer must realize he/she is dreaming.
A lucid dream can have varying levels of clarity
; A lucid dream with high clarity is much more likely to be under a higher level of your control, whereas less clarity in the dream would allow for less control.
Lucid dreaming is something which has been practiced for many centuries.
For all that time, not much was known about it scientifically. However, lucid dreaming was popularized