So, the art of controlling and guiding your dreams. The art of becoming self aware within your dreams and exploring them while being ‘self aware’. It’s the holy grail for out of body experiences and enlightenment. The benefits of Lucid Dreaming are numerous and serious, so why would you want to stop?
Well, there are actually a number of reasons you could want to stop lucid dreaming, so we’ve created a little guide on turning off your lucid abilities. If this is something you would like to do then read on. If not, and you’re actually quite interested in the idea of controlling your dreams, then make sure to read our intro.
How to stop lucid dreaming and just have normal dreams
If you’ve been lucid dreaming for a while you may want to stop for a few reasons. The most common reasons people want to stop lucid dreaming and just to go back to experiencing normal dreams are –
- They feel like they’re spending too much energy on recording dreams and reality checks.
- People have told them they’re ‘weird’ for doing it.
- They want to focus their attention on other things.
- They feel that lucid dreaming is a sin, or that they’re not being faithful in their relationships by ‘cheating in dreams’.
- They simply don’t like the sensation of controlling their dreams and want to stop.
- (This is probably the most common reason for wanting to stop lucid dreaming) – They don’t feel like they can accurately interpret their dreams if they’re consciously aware of the fact they’re dreaming.
Whatever the reason, there are a few things you can do to stop having lucid dreams, and go back to drifting through the fog of your sleep, or perhaps just having regular dreams and then drawing meaning from those. Not everyone actually likes being in control of their dreams to this extent, so although everyone can lucid dream and ‘learn something’, not everyone will continue to enjoy the experience.
Stop doing your reality checks
We can’t believe we’re saying this to you. For the purposes of this article, stop doing reality checks altogether. Don’t look at your hands and ask yourself if you’re dreaming, and eventually, they’ll stop in your dreams and you’ll stop being lucid. This is the first step to stopping these types of dreams.
Reality checks are the body and mind’s way of telling what’s a dream and what’s real. When you ask yourself the question, ‘Am I dreaming?’ you normally follow it up with a solid physical or mental ‘check’ like pushing your finger through your palm etc, but if you stop doing these checks, then you’ll never get to the ‘lucid’ stage of your dreams.
Stop recording your dreams
The act of writing your dreams down in the morning is something which re enforces your ability and makes you more likely to have a vivid dream that you’ll remember in the future. If you don’t want this anymore, then stop writing in your dream journal.
Of course, it depends on the reason you want to know how to stop lucid dreaming, but if you’re not interested in interpreting dreams and dream meaning, then you might as well stop writing them down. You won’t be able to ‘record’ any more beautiful dream memories into your mind any more, but hey, this is what you wanted, right?
‘Can I stop dreaming completely?’
No. It’s not possible to stop having dreams, because it’s a natural process which happens to everyone, every night. At best, you can just stop remembering them, but even then you’ll always get those ocasional nightmares or vivid dreams that burst through and stick in your mind.
Come back to us, please!
Come back to lucid dreaming! Whatever your reason for reading this or searching ‘how to stop having lucid dreams’ we want to try and get you back! Although lucid dreaming can take a little bit of effort, we think it’s worth it in the long run! Here’s why..
Sure, it can be weird doing a reality check in front of people or your friends etc, but what’s the alternative? Waste what will be about a third of your ENTIRE LIFE by just sleeping and not even being aware of it? Missing out on beautiful dream memories, inspiration, motivation and sensual experiences?
All of this could be happening every time you go to sleep, so why waste the chance?
It’s FREE, feels sometimes more real than waking life and it can easily be learned.. Anyway, we’re not here to preach. If you truly want to stop lucid dreaming, then hopefully (but sadly) this guide may have helped you. Please don’t give up on this skill right away.. Consider trying something new in the dream, or if you’re stuck in a rut, read our lucid dreaming rutbuster.