Lucid Dreaming Basics For Beginners

Let’s go through the basics of lucid dreaming.  This article will take you about 4 minutes to read on average, and by the end you’ll know what to start practicing to have a lucid dream.

Lucid Dreaming comes down to a few things, which don’t take that much effort to start doing. It’s all about conditioning your mind to learn a couple of new habits. It doesn’t have to be difficult to have your first lucid dream, you just need to practice a few things. Those things are:

1 – Record and remember your dreams

2 – Perform Reality checks throughout the day

3 – Learn lucid dreaming induction techniques

1 – Keep a Dream diary

To start remembering your dreams you’ll want to start writing them down as soon as you wake up. This will get your mind into the habit of recalling the dreams. Everyone dreams every night, it’s just a question of learning to remember them. Most people don’t spend much time trying to write their dreams down or remember them.

This is because for the most part, they either don’t need to, or don’t want to. You’ve got to start forming a new habit of trying to remember your dreams every morning. By doing this, you’ll quickly see that you remember more and more dreams each time.

It gets easier with each day and after a while, your chances of having a lucid dream are much higher. I wrote an entire guide just about keeping a dream diary and writing your dreams down, so if you want to go deeper on that one, click the link below.

Check out the ultimate dream journal guide.

Remember that the best way to create this new habit and get it to work is to just start doing it, tomorrow morning. Make sure to write something down each morning, even if you can’t remember the dream. If you can’t remember anything at all, just write ‘no dreams recalled’. It’s important because it’s building the habit, and the connection in your mind.

2 – Perform Reality Checks

This is a very basic way to start having lucid dreams. Perform reality checks throughout the day. A ‘reality check’ is where you ask yourself ‘am I dreaming?’ and then test that answer by doing something which has different results in the dream and in real life. Sounds a little confusing I know, but let me explain.

An example of a reality check would be to try and push your finger through the palm of your other hand. In real life, you will always feel the same tension and resistance, but in a dream the finger will go through your palm and you won’t feel it. Find out what works best for you, but make it something which has different results in the dream and in real life. We cover this in detail on the Dreaming Reality Checks page, and also in this post: How Reality Checks Work.

Finger through the palm reality check


3 – Learn lucid dreaming ‘techniques’

An ‘induction technique’ is a routine or exercise you can do, which will give you a lucid dream. There are dozens of induction techniques, and some work better than others. What’s important to remember when trying these techniques is that some will work for you while not for others. Everyone’s different, so if a technique doesn’t work for you, don’t give up just try a different one. Make sure to write your results and feelings in your dream diary as well, maybe at the back.

Once you’ve started the basics like reality checks and writing down your dreams, these techniques are how you’re going to actually have your first lucid dream. I’ve written detailed guides on each technique. read through them and try whichever one feels right for you. If it doesn’t work for you, try another one.

The wake back to bed (WBTB)

The wake induced lucid dream (WILD)

The mnemonic induced lucid dream (MILD)

The dream induced lucid dream (DILD)

Remember, even if you don’t actually try and of the techniques mentioned above, you’ll still likely have a lucid dream. If you JUST write your dreams down every morning, and do your reality checks, there’s a great chance you’ll do a reality check in a dream and become lucid.

You’ll know when you’ve become lucid because the dream will feel very different, but at the same time, similar to waking life. You’ll feel like you’re in a new world, but one that you can control and explore. I’ve written a post that will help called ‘what lucid dreaming feels like‘. 

So to have your very first lucid dream, do the following for a week or two –

– Record your dreams

– Perform reality checks

– Believe in yourself

– Practice Lucid induction techniques

It doesn’t have to be difficult, Many people have had their first lucid dream within about a week or so doing the things I outlined on this page. I offer a free lesson series via email for beginners teaching them the basics, and I also wrote a lucid dreaming ebook guide to help beginners learn how to have a lucid dream.