Hay House Basics
Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming is an exciting new book that explores the 'Why? How? Wow!' of waking up to life by becoming conscious in your dreams. This book contains:

Hay House Basics is a new series that features world-class experts sharing their knowledge on the topics that matter most for improving your life. If you want to learn a new skill that will enhance your wellbeing, Hay House Basics guarantees practical, targeted wisdom that will give you results!

Charlie Morley is a teacher and author with a unique insight into lucid dreaming, and a rare ability to synthesize both Western and Eastern perspectives on lucidity. Charlie received the traditional "authorization to teach" from his teacher Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008. He has spent the last 5 years running lucid dreaming retreats and workshops around the world. He is the author of the bestselling book Dreams of Awakening and the CD Lucid Dreaming, Conscious Sleeping, and his TED talk on lucid dreaming has now received over 70,000 views. www.charliemorley.com

Keeping a dream diary

Whenever you wake up from a dream, recall as much of it as you can and then write it down or document it in some way. You don’t need to record every tiny detail – you’ll know what feels worth noting and what doesn’t.

Focus on the main themes and feelings, the general narrative and any strange dream anomalies that you can recall. You’re recording your dreams primarily so that you get to know the landscape, the atmosphere, and the ‘territory’ of your dreams – three aspects that will help you to recognize your dreams lucidly.

You don’t need to spend half an hour every morning documenting your dreams; in fact, you’ll be surprised how much you write up in just five or 10 minutes. I rarely spend more than 10 minutes writing down my dreams at night, but I often expand them further over breakfast.

Five steps to spotting dream signs

Once you’ve recalled and written down your dreams, read back through them, on the lookout for dream signs.

If you dreamed that you were walking down a street and saw Barack Obama standing next to a blue dragon, then your dream signs would be ‘Barack Obama’ and ‘blue dragon’. Unless you’re Hillary Clinton, of course, in which case seeing Barack Obama wouldn’t be a dream sign because he’s a feature of your everyday life. The blue dragon, however, would still be a dream sign.

If you’ve dreamed of a blue dragon several times, this would be a recurring dream sign. Recurring dream signs mean recurring opportunities to become lucid!

Once you’ve pinpointed your dream signs, make a determined effort to be on the lookout for them in future. This effort will permeate your dreams, and eventually you’ll start recognizing dream signs while you’re dreaming and become lucid.

Before bed, remind yourself again and again: The next time I see Barack Obama (or whatever your particular dream signs are), I'll know that I’m dreaming! Then, when you next dream about your dream sign, the lucidity trigger will be activated, making you spontaneously think, Barack Obama? Aha! This is a dream sign, I must be dreaming!

Once you've discovered your dream signs, set a strong intention to recognize them the next time they show up in your dreams.

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