When attempting some of the techniques in this book, you may have some frightening experiences, such as falling or shaking sensations. Although the authors attest these are not dangerous, you should avoid techniques that create these sensations if you would prefer not to experience them.
Some of the drugs may have side-effects. It is recommended you research drugs further online and/or with your doctor or general practitioner before using them.
Additionally, the placebo effect has a major effect on dreaming. If you believe that dream characters act dull and lifelessly, they are far more likely to do so. If you believe they can be creative, original, and surprising, they are far more likely to be. Much of the content of your dreams is affected by the placebo effect. Remember that the easier you think it is to dream lucidly, the easier it will be.
Many of the techniques and “facts” presented on these pages are not backed up by research. This is not to say that these techniques do not work, only that they may be placebos or be ineffective much of the time.
Table of contents
The stages of sleep
Why do we dream? What do dreams mean?
WHAT IS LUCID DREAMING?
“I Can’t Control My Dreams.”
“Are Lucid Dreams Related To PSI Phenomena?”
“How Long Does It Take To Learn How To Dream Lucidly?”
“I Think I Do This Naturally. Does This Happen?”
“I Had [dream], Was I Lucid?”
Possible Dangers of Lucid Dreaming
Controversial: Accidentally Encountering “Spiritual” Entities
“I Can Do Astral Projection, Should I Learn How To Dream Lucidly?”
“I Can Use Self-Hypnosis, Should I Learn How To Dream Lucidly?”
“If These Are So Similar, Why Learn Lucid Dreaming and Not Self-Hypnosis or Astral Projection?”
RECALLING YOUR DREAMS
Write all your dreams and only your dreams
Ritualize your diary
Throughout the day
“I Sometimes Remember More Dreams Than The Time I Was Asleep Could Allow. How Is This Possible?”
“In What Order Should I Write My Dreams?”
Waking Up and Getting To Sleep
Which reality checks are best?
I have trouble remembering to do reality checks throughout the day. What reminders can I use?
I did a reality check in a dream but it said that I was not dreaming. What went wrong?
I did a reality check in a dream but I didn't quite realize I was dreaming. What went wrong?
I am sometimes awake for very short times, but cannot pull myself together enough to get up and out of bed. What can I do?
“I tried to visualise the dream until I fell asleep, but I just stayed awake. What went wrong?”
Food and Drink
Useful ”In Dream” Techniques Dream Stabilization
Slowing It Down
Recovering From Lost Visuals
Getting Objects Into Your Dream
What You Can Do