Learning how to lucid dream can be a exhilarating and life-affirming skill. Lucid dreams are dreams in which we are very much aware that we are dreaming while asleep. This is also known as a conscious dream. When the dreamer is lucid, they can actively manipulate the experiences in the dreamscape. Lucid dreams ( LD for short) can be extremely real and vivid depending on a person's level of self-awareness during the experience.
Lucid dreams (LD's) can begin many ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes that they are dreaming, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state with no apparent lapse in consciousness. Mnemonic Initiated Lucid Dreams (MILD) can occur when the dreamer affirms, via willpower and/or special techniques, that they will become lucid that night. Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically, and it's existence is well established.
In plain English, a WILD lucid dream is when you wake up in the middle of the night, slip back to sleep and right into a lucid dream. Our sleep sounds are particularly good for this as the bio-mechanics of REM sleep are enhanced. Conscious dreaming is a must on any enlightened person's to-do list. It is the perfect balance of the conscious and sleeping states of mind.
The easiest way that I know of inducing LD's is by asking yourself repeatedly (once every 30 minutes or so) in the hours leading up to sleep 'Is this real or am I dreaming?' This is called a reality check or an RC. If you do it enough you might find yourself asking the same question while you are asleep. Once you realize you are asleep the fun begins. It is not unusual to wake from a LD feeling gleeful and wanting to 'jump back in'. But how? Again, our recordings can help there, too. Just relax, visualize the setting and let yourself go while trying to remain conscious.
We would like to submit to the LD community that we have innovated a new way to experience dream consciousness. We call it Virtually Induced Lucid Dreams (VILD)
A LD technique using our recordings:
During the process of sleep conscious dreams will occur between the Theta brainwave state and the Delta brainwave state. When you first feel yourself drifting off to sleep you are in Theta. When you are asleep you are in Delta. One of the first things the human brain likes to do upon falling asleep is dream. This is referred to as Non-REM dreaming. These occur in the secondary visual cortex in the occipital lobe near the back of our brains. Visualizing a scene, or simply imagining, also occurs in the secondary visual cortex. By visualizing your are prepping your brain for dreaming.
Have your desired virtual dreamscape ready in your bedside CD player. Set your alarm clock to wake you up 4 hours after you fall asleep. Upon awakening click 'play' (if you have a partner you will probably want to get a pair of 'ear bud' headphones). While the recording plays simply relax and visualize the scenery. Remind yourself that you desire to be aware of the dream. When LD's do occur they might be in the form of the intended scenario, or they might not be. What is occurring is the balance of conscious auditory stimuli and the onset of REM sleep. It is interesting to note that the only sense that never fully 'falls asleep' is our hearing.
While our dreamscapes are primarily for relaxation, meditation and sleep onset, our MP3 downloads can promote the onset of LD's by providing a balance between guided imagery and sleep inducing natural sounds. You can visualize using our train sounds, the sound of an airline, or our more conventional nature sounds. We have dozens of unique sounds including city sounds and even carnival sounds.
Someone once asked me what the wildest ride I ever took was. While I knew the conversation was about theme park rides my answer was lucid dreaming. It's a powerful and life-affirming experience to be aware while asleep. I have never had a 'bad' LD. While almost any of our sounds can induce a LD it will be up to the listener to discover what works for them.