Lucid dreams can be defined as those in which we are aware that we are dreaming and we can intervene and “explore” in the dream. We rarely question the reality of what we see around us and therefore, when we are asleep, we are unable to distinguish between what we are dreaming of. Through concentration and attention, we can learn to have lucid dreams, which will allow us to benefit from the potential of the dream universe. Can you imagine being able to travel wherever you want in your dreams, travel in time or fly? All this is possible! Lucid dreams are not an esoteric theory but a reality demonstrated by science. Do you want to know how to start training your mind to have lucid dreams? We give you a few basic lucid dreaming tips :
1. Keep a dream journal
Record all the details you remember of your dreams daily and try to find recurring situations or symbols that you can later use to know what you are dreaming of.
2. Fall asleep consciously
When you go to bed, put all your attention in the process of leaving while falling asleep by becoming aware of your breathing and how your body is entering the dream.
3. Do reality checks
Ask yourself 8 and 10 times a day if you are dreaming and then, try to verify it by means of a physical test (levitate or go through a wall, for example). This will train your mind to know when it is a dream.
4. Dream foods
Some foods can enhance the ability to have lucid dreams. For example, those that contain vitamin B6, which increases the levels of tryptophan can be great if you wish to increase the number of lucid dreams. So, increase your consumption of salmon, tuna, turkey, and soy.
It is crucial to enter the dream as relaxed as possible. To achieve this state, try to exercise and then meditate before going to sleep. In this way, your attention and your intention will be open to the dream.
Familiarize yourself with your dreams, with recurring symbols and possible interpretations. Detect your own dream patterns.
7. Hypnagogic hallucination
Have you noticed that just before falling asleep, your flow of thoughts begins to become flexible and there is a brief period in which the reasoning that still applies denotes an irrational elasticity? It is imperative to take note of these moments that in some way, represent a thin line between being awake and being asleep.
8. Dream resources
There are certain resources such as food or postures that enhance the intensity of your dreams. Embrace them!Reddit is a great source.
The key to every mental hack is in mind itself. However, certain substances facilitate in obtaining a dreamlike lucidity.
The presence of toxins often hinders dream practice. For example, the consumption of THC or alcohol will hardly help achieve your purpose.
11. Placid sleep
The best way to dream lucidly is to stay as far away from stress as possible. Although for many, it might seem like mission impossible, it is essential to enter the dream as relaxed as possible. A 10-minute meditation could be enough to achieve it.
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