Learning to have lucid dreams can be fun, intensive, frustrating, euphoric, bizarre, daunting – yet ultimately, lucid dreaming is a hugely rewarding and life-changing experience.
Learning how to lucid dream is like any other skill that you develop over time. There is no magic secret to behold. But there are a number of tried-and-tested methods that you can employ.
Below I’ve listed a number of those techniques to get you started. There are probably more than 52 ways to have lucid dreams but we might start to stumble into repetition and overlap of techniques. Besides, 52 is more than enough to get you started.
- I’ve kept them short for simplicity, so you may need to delve into the links for elaboration. You may find it useful to bookmark this page and return to it weekly for new ideas, or print and check off the list daily as you explore new lucid dream induction routines.
To supercharge your skills, I recommend daily meditation as this forms a part of numerous well-known practices (such as MILD, WILD, incubation, OBE-exits and hypnagogic induction). It’s also essential that you can remember your dreams, so #1 on my list is a no brainer. Good dream recall is the foundation of lucid dreaming.
52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams
- Start a dream journal and write down at least one dream every morning.
- Do a dozen reality checks each day – such as trying to push your hand through a wall and asking “Am I dreaming?”
- Perform a daily 10-minute breathing meditation and examine your self-awareness as you become sensitive to your surroundings.
- Listen to brainwave entrainment during afternoon naps and early morning meditation.
- Learn to interpret your dreams and record key recurring themes.
- Supercharge your dream intensity and dream recall with lucid dream supplements like Galantamine or Choline.
- Experiment with a dream herb like Calea Z for vivid and memorable dreams.
- Perform Dr Stephen LaBerge’s Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) before you go to sleep tonight.
- Practice the Wake Induced Lucid Dreams technique whenever you can.
- Observe your own hypnagogic hallucinations as you drift off to sleep.