Did you know it’s possible to wake up inside your dreams? Your mind will wake up, but your body will still be asleep in bed. Once your conscious mind switches on you can spend time wandering around in a world that only exists inside your head and you can even manipulate everything.
Anyone can teach themselves to lucid dream, but today I’d like to talk to you about something a little more special. Once you become lucid you have direct access to your subconscious mind and you can tackle a few serious health problems you might be suffering from.
Let’s look at some of the main ones and you can decide whether or not lucid dreaming could help change your life. It’s not like you’ve got anything better to do when you go to sleep.
Eat anything and lose weight
When you can’t lose weight it’s a mental problem, but it ends up causing serious physical problems. You know you could easily lose weight if you ate less food, but the devil inside you wants to eat everything in sight.
When you decide to start dieting your mind goes into overdrive and it keeps whispering in your ear, “Eat something tasty and we can start dieting tomorrow.” You listen to the voice and succumb to your urges, but the voice comes back every single day.
You can eat anything inside the dream world because it doesn’t contain any calories. You can satisfy your urges and when you wake up it’s much easier to stick to your diet because your cravings disappear. Once you’re lucid just go looking for tasty food and eat as much as possible.
Say goodbye to constant stress
It’s almost impossible to unwind when you’re up to your eyeballs in stress. You start to hate work and the whole world feels like it’s closing in on you. In the dream world it’s too easy to relax and when you spend enough time free from negative thoughts the stress will disappear.
How can you fail to unwind in the dream world when anything is possible? You can fly around like Superman over massive cities spanning hundreds of miles. You can visit a tropical paradise and meditate on the beach. The only thing stopping you from doing something is your imagination.
Reduce your social anxiety
If you have social anxiety you feel like your head is going to explode in certain situations. Instead of living life to the full you retreat into your own little world. It’s sad because if you could force yourself to face those anxious situations your subconscious mind would realize there was nothing to be afraid of after a few minutes.
Once you wake up inside a lucid dream you can visit any of those places where you feel anxious. You can stand in a queue because you know everyone standing beside you is a figment of your imagination. You can speak in front of a large audience because even if they laugh at you it won’t affect your social status in real life.
Your mind can’t tell the difference between the dream world and the real world. If you expose yourself to anxious situations in the dream world you won’t feel as anxious in those same situations once you wake up. It’s the perfect way to get rid of anxiety without anyone knowing about it.
Overcome your depression
A happy future doesn’t exist when you’re depressed. The only thing you can see is more misery and suffering. It takes a lot of motivation to pick yourself up off the scrapheap, but when your life isn’t great in the first place how are you supposed to find that motivation?
Once you start lucid dreaming you can live the life you want to live inside your dreams. You can do things that make you happy even if you don’t have a dollar to your name. I know a lot of people say positive thinking is a powerful tool, but actually living your perfect future in real-time is a hundred times more powerful and you’ll believe anything is possible.
Once you start waking up with a huge smile on your face every morning it will eventually stay there all day and your depression will soon ease up.
Getting started is easy
If you want to start lucid dreaming there are a couple of things you should do. When you wake up in the morning you should write down anything you remember about your dreams. It’s much easier to remember things if you stay still and keep your eyes closed when you wake up.
This won’t help you become lucid directly, but you must be able to remember your dreams otherwise you won’t remember becoming lucid. There is one great beginner’s technique that will help you recognize you’re dreaming and it’s called a reality check.
During the day you should look at your digital watch on a regular basis. When you look at the time you should turn away before looking at it again. Ask yourself if you are dreaming while performing the reality checks. I know this might sound strange, but it will make more sense once you know it’s hard to tell the time inside the dream world.
Your watch with never display the same time once you turn away and look at it again. It will probably look strange the first time you look at it. When you start looking at your watch multiple times during the day it will become a subconscious habit and you’ll start looking at it in your dreams. As soon as you do you’ll become lucid.
Go and have fun first
When you become lucid for the first time you’ll wake up within minutes. It might take you a dozen lucid dreams before you can walk around for longer than 5 minutes. With practice you’ll eventually start having 30 minute lucid dreams, or they could be even longer.
In the beginning you should have fun. Walk around and speak to dream characters. Fly over farms and cities. Try to pass through physical objects like a ghost. Once you can stay inside your dreams for a decent amount of time you can finally start using them to change your life.
Jamie Alexander loves fighting giant gorillas, snowboarding down deadly mountains, and jumping out of helicopters without a parachute inside his lucid dreams, but when he is wide awake he writes about lucid dreaming over at Lucid Ability Dot Com.