How To Lucid Dream And Become An Oneironaut
There are more and more people interested in how to become a lucid dreamer these days and if you also want to learn this skill, you’ve
come to the right place.
Lucid dreamers, also called Oneironauts (from Greek – Oneira means dreams and nautis means sailor) are people who have learned to walk consciously in the land of dreams. They are exploring the dream world at will and can induce becoming lucid quite often.
Lucid dreaming is nothing new. It has been experienced by people all over the world for centuries. However these accidental lucid dreams can’t be controlled and people wake up as soon as they realized that they became lucid. Which is hardly useful.
Recently however, as folks get exposed to indepth lucid dreaming guides such as Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge, they are becoming fascinated with learning how to become lucid in a dream on their own.
When you become good at it, you can have a lucid dream every night if you want. You can fly high in the sky, create works of art, solve problems, meet people you’ve never met in real life, confront your nightmares, plainly put – the benefits are endless.
Learning to lucid dream is not only awesome but highly beneficial.
How Fast Can You Learn To Lucid Dream?
Becoming a lucid dreamer is a very personal process. Almost everyone has it in them to learn it, it’s a learned skill, not necessarily something you were born with. However it depends on many factors, such as:
- How often you practice
- How determined you are to learn to become a lucid dreamer
- Finding the right method for you
- How much time you have
- Can practice during the night or not
- Need to keep a tight sleeping schedule or not
There are people who have had a lucid dream the first and second night they’ve put their mind to it. Others needed a couple of weeks or months. There are also people who start learning it, then go on to other things, only to come back to it in a couple of years. Of course, for them lucid dreaming will become a reality much later.
Various Lucid Dreaming Techniques
Lucid dreaming induction techniques
Learning to become a lucid dreamer means that you will start with one of the many lucid dreaming techniques and practice until you become a pro. There are times, however, when even after several attempts, nothing works. This is when you might want to change your technique to something else. But you should give every single technique at least a couple of months time.
The reason is because while some are more adept at picking it up soon, for the most of us, like everything else in life, proficiency is only gained with practice – a lot of it.
There are two types of lucid dreaming induction techniques, DILD (Dream Induced Lucid Dreaming) and WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming). Each has several techniques that we will be looking at briefly below.
- DILD – Dream Induced Lucid Dreaming – The traditional DILD is maybe the easiest way to incude lucid dreaming simply by
remembering a cue from wakefulness which will make them realize that they are in fact dreaming.
While it is easy to do it, it’s not easy to do it any time you want (because it’s not easy to become aware in the dream that you are in fact dreaming – you might miss the cue very easily)
- MILD – Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreaming – This is a subset of DILD and it consist of performing reality checks during the dream. This particular technique requires more training because you need to do these checks in the day as well (e.g. pinching your nose and asking if you are dreaming, looking at your hands, etc).
- WILD – Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming – Lucid dreaming WILD is the holy grail of lucid dreaming. Many people who want to learn to become lucid dreamers are fascinated by this technique. Personally this was also the reason why I’ve started learning it. The idea is to transit into a dream directly from a state of wakefulness, without first falling asleep.Imagine, you are simply lying down on the bed or coach, relaxing and suddenly you’re in the deam, lucid from the very first moment. However this technique is more difficult to master. But once you HAVE mastered it, you can practically have a lucid dream any time you want, even every night if you so choose.
- DEILD – Dream Exit Lucid Dreaming – This technique is a subset of WILD. Here you exit from a dream, wake up and go into the next dream lucid right away. Again, this is not the easiest technique to start with because you need to have a lot of self-control.
When you wake up from the dream, you can’t move even a bit, you have to instantly realize that you’ve just woken up (something that most of us can’t do) and then let yourself gently be taken into the next dream.