Lucid Dreaming Reality Checks Tutorial (3 STEPS)


🌙 Written by Kai Riverstone, international lucid dreaming expert and teacher. Learn how to lucid dream in 7 days or less.

Controlling your dreams is epic but you can’t do that if you don’t know how to do lucid dreaming reality checks.

If you think you know how to do it, most people are doing it wrong that’s why it’s not really working.

Are you one of those people?

Lucid dreaming is an amazing experience.

It allows you to experience and enjoy anything you can imagine in your mind.

Reality checks are one of the ways that you can experience that.

But there’s a problem. Sometimes, reality checks don’t show up in your dreams.

It’s not because you’re unworthy. You may just be doing reality checks wrong.

In this blog post, I’m going to share with you a 3-step process that guarantees that your reality checks show up in your dreams and that you become lucid.

It’s a very proven, easy way to lucid dream and if you get this right it’s very reliable.

So if you want to know how to really do reality checks, stick with me till the end.

Of this article. Not till the end of time.

Jokes aside, let’s dive in!


Lucid Dreaming Reality Checks

Why do we need reality checks? How exactly does this thing help you to lucid dream every night? A lot of people get this wrong because they don’t understand why it’s important when it comes to lucid dreaming and they don’t know how to do it properly.

How To Do Lucid Dreaming Reality Checks?

In total, there are three steps on how to do reality checks properly. You have to pretend that you don’t know whether you’re awake or dreaming, then you have to do the physical tests, and finally, you have to do those two things consistently until they turn into habits.

I’m gonna show you how to do that but for those who don’t know yet, let’s discuss what reality checks are and how they can help you lucid dream.

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What Causes Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreaming is a key component of both Tibetan Buddhist dream yoga and the ancient Hindu practice of yogic sleep. Both promote lucid dreaming as a road to enlightenment.

The lucid dreamer may be encouraged in dream-related yoga to alter the size of items in the dream and to reduce fear in the dream by touching fire or other ordinarily dangerous materials.

Lucid dreams remained almost like an enigma until 1978 when researchers decided, “Hey, let’s find out what’s up with this lucid thingy people can’t stop talking about. Yeah, let’s do that.”

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Keith Hearne, a sleep researcher, discovered that lucid dreaming occurs during REM sleep.

The eyes are not paralyzed during REM sleep but most of the body’s muscles are.

Lucid dreams sometimes include parts of vivid dreams that occur during REM sleep, when brain activity closely mimics that of wakefulness. So what I’m trying to say is that it’s like you’re half awake and half in REM sleep.

Though it is impossible to know why lucid dreams occur in science, some study suggests that they are related to periods of stress and anxiety, as well as to certain personality types.

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People who have a proclivity for lucid dreaming may score higher on self-assessments of creativity and believe they have the ability to influence events, often known as having an internal locus of control.

If you’ve ever been aware that you were dreaming before waking from a dream, you’ve experienced what’s known as a lucid dream.

While some dreamers have influence over what happens in their dreams, as well as the characters and visual components, this is not required for a lucid dream.

The thing that makes a dream lucid is the awareness that you are dreaming.

Controlling the dream is like rising to the next level.

By the way, there’s a whole section on how to control your dreams in the Lucid dreaming Bootcamp. It’s a proven program that guarantees that you will lucid dream in less than two weeks.

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What Are Reality Checks

Reality checks are things you perform during the day in real life that you hope will appear in your dream.

As I mentioned, you have to be able to distinguish between reality and a dream for it to be lucid. Reality checks are a fantastic way to do this, and you will be able to prove to yourself that you are awake (or dreaming).

It’s a moment during the day when you wonder, “Am I dreaming?”

This while also performing a test that produces different effects in waking life versus in a dream.

How To Do Lucid Dreaming Reality Checks

It’s something you can do that has one outcome in real life and a different one in your dream like the finger push which I will talk about later.

If you’re like, “Whoa, that’s weird. That doesn’t happen in real life.”

You can then know that you are in fact, dreaming. Consider them your “triggers” that will cause you to become lucid.

By doing a reality check throughout the day, you increase your chances of having that reality check appear in your dreams and then you can lucid dream.

How People Do Reality Checks Wrong

So reality checks. Here’s where I think people get it wrong. They think it’s just all about the physical aspect.

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This is what most people think they should do. You have to do tests such as breathing through their nose while pinching it closed or looking at their watch and checking if the time changes when they look back at it.

This is wrong because It’s not just about physical action.

That’s just one aspect of it that really doesn’t matter as anywhere near as much as the mental aspect.

So forget about the physical action just for a second. Let’s first go to the first step.

How To Do Lucid Dreaming Reality Checks

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1: Pretend You Don’t Know Whether You’re Dreaming Or Not.

Now, this is where your acting skills could be of use. You won’t get an Oscar nomination for it but it would definitely help you lucid dream.

When you’re doing your reality checks, pretend that you don’t know whether you’re dreaming or not.

As far as anyone is concerned, you don’t know whether you’re awake or not.

So this is where some acting will come in. It’s like role-playing in your drama classes. Really really get into character for a second, and pretend that you have no idea.

Pretend it’s like a hyperrealistic simulation and your job is to try and figure it out. “Is this a simulation or am I actually here right now? “

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It’s quite exciting when you think that this experience could be a dream. This is what you need to do every single time, otherwise, they won’t work.

2: Do The Physical Test

The next step for doing reality checks is the crowd favorite.

On top of that belief and pretending that you don’t know, then you go to the physical aspect.

So you don’t know whether you’re awake or dreaming. So how do you know for sure?

You will do the physical test.

For example, you tell yourself: “I am going to push my finger through my palm and if it goes through, I’m dreaming. If it doesn’t go through, I’m awake.”

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And that’s the way that you will know whether you’re dreaming or not. It’s very important.

In my personal experience, the finger push is the most effective reality check. It’s an extremely clear test with no false positives. You know you’re dreaming if you can shove your finger into your hand. 

Another way to do a physical test is by looking at the time.

Look at the time someplace in your areas, such as a computer clock or a wall clock. Unlike in real life where time will barely move, the time in a dream will change every single time you glance at it.

So if it’s 6 am when you last looked and now it’s 4 pm, you know you’re dreaming.

how to reality check yourself

Writing and words in a dream are usually difficult to understand. You’ll be able to identify if you’re dreaming by reading something on, let’s say a paper/book.

In real life, the lettering is obvious, it does not move, and you can comprehend it.  In a dream, it appears to shift around the page and is fuzzy.

By the way, I have a blueprint book I put together that tells you the step-by-step tutorial on how to master reality checks and how to guarantee that they show up in your dreams 9 out of 10 times.

3: Turn It Into A Habit

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Gandhi

How do you turn something into a habit?

A habit is a behavior that is performed with little or no thinking, whereas a routine is a sequence of behaviors that are routinely and purposefully repeated.

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Before a behavior may become a habit, it must be practiced on a regular basis.

So number three and the most important step to doing lucid dreaming reality checks is to keep doing the two steps I just mentioned until they become your habits.

Once you’ve mastered the first two steps, you need to stick with them as you would stick with someone you love.

You need to do it consistently and not just go through the motions mindlessly.

Do it exactly the way I described it every time.

It’s like learning how to drive a car. At first, you have to pay close attention to it.

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How to start the car, how hard you’re pushing on the gas, how you turn the steering wheel, how to not break the street laws, and so on.

It takes effort at first but over time, you can do it automatically. You have done it so many times that you don’t even need to think about it.

It’s the same with reality checks. Time will come it will be automatic to you and you wouldn’t have any difficulty sliding into lucidity as a result.

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How To Dream About Someone?

Start by seeking a door or a portal and get ready to open it. Imagine the person you wish to dream about before opening the door or window. When you open the door or window, envision seeing them in such detail that you don’t have any doubts that they’ll be there.

How To Lucid Dream In 5 Minutes?

To be able to lucid dream in 5 minutes, you have to follow the full recipe or the step-by-step methods without ruining the recipe by doing even one thing wrong and sabotaging the process.

If you want to know what are these common lucid dreaming saboteurs, check out this blog post about how to lucid dream in 5 minutes.

How To Lucid Dream For Beginners?

To lucid dream as a beginner, you first have to go back to the basics. Before choosing a method, you need to be meditating for at least five minutes on a daily basis.

I have this 6-step guide on how to lucid dream for beginners so go ahead and check that out for the full tutorial.

exploring the world of lucid dreaming

How To Do Lucid Dreaming Reality Checks

So how do you do lucid dreaming reality checks?

First, you need to pretend that you don’t know whether it’s a dream or not.

Look around you and ask: “Is this experience real? Is it possible that this experience right now is a simulation or a dream?”

After that, you’re gonna find the answer to this question by doing the physical test.

You can push your finger through the palm of your hand and if it goes through, you’re dreaming.

You can pinch your nose and check if you can still breathe and if you can’t, then it’s real and you have to stop pinching your nose because otherwise, you’ll die.

Jokes aside, make sure you do those first two consistently to turn it into a habit.

This is vital if you want to be able to effortlessly lucid dream every time you want.

When you’ve mastered it, it will be as easy as brushing your teeth in the morning, and guaranteed that they will always show up in your dreams.

Those reality checks are your triggers to help you become lucid so if they always show up in your dreams, you will always be able to become lucid.

Now you’ve learned how to do lucid dreaming reality checks. What do you think you’re doing wrong?