Having dedicated many years towards research in the field of lucid dreaming, a man named Jean Rausis develop a splendid technique called the RAUSIS method for lucid dreaming. Here’s how to do it.
The French-speaking Swiss born researcher has a long background in the altering and manipulating of the conscious state of the mind. So we know there’s a lot of experience brought into it.
The RAUSIS technique is claimed to enable even beginners to achieve lucid dreaming within the first attempt. That’s a pretty big claim, and it’s backed by results too.
The concept behind it is pretty straightforward. We can all relate of a time when an external noise was included in your dreams, right?
Like a phone ring, an alarm or someone simply calling us to wake up. This ability of your brain to incorporate external noise is what is being exploited. In laymans terms, when your body hears a noise in real life, your mind INSTANTLY incorporates that noise into the dream to make sense of it.
The RAUSIS method allows you to fall quickly into deep sleep REM. You will then reach a hypnogogic state. Let’s look at the method in detail and find out how we can use it to quickly achieve lucid dreaming.
How to perform the RAUSIS Technique for lucid dreams
There are two basic things you need when performing the RAUSIS method. These are a mobile phone and your alarm. The procedure is as follows.
- Set your alarm. Set the phone alarm exactly three minutes before the other alarm clock. Ensure the alarm sound is clearly audible. The time of the alarm is entirely your choice. It can be any that you prefer whether morning or evening provided you are tired enough to sleep.
- Hit the snooze button when it rings. When the first alarm rings, hit the snooze button immediately. It’s important to tell yourself that the next sound you hear will be in your dreams. This will leave your mind expecting another sound.
- Listen out for the noise. When you go to sleep, after 3 minutes, the other alarm will ring. The noise as we saw should be audible enough.
- The noise should appear in your dreams. You will hear it in your dreams.
- You’re lucid! You are now in the hypnogogic state and finally lucid dreaming. At this point you could literally do anything you want.
In your dreams, when the sound of the alarm starts to ring, actively move away from it. This causes the brain to block out the noise. If you do not distance yourself from the noise, its very likely that you will wake up.
A point to note is that when the first alarm rings, you should only slightly and quickly open your eyes, turn it off and go to sleep knowing that the second alarm will ring. Your sleeping should not be interrupted and the function of the first alarm is to put you into a short REM state.
What makes the RAUSIS method so interesting is the success rate. Of the 10 individuals Jean Rausis tested it on, 6 of them managed to lucid dream on the first attempt while the remaining 4 did so within 3 attempts.
Compared with the other ringing techniques, the Rausis method is extremely efficient. Other techniques will require you to sleep and hope that the alarm triggers during REM. If the alarm and REM are not in sync, then it becomes difficult to achieve lucid dreaming.
That moment when you get up quickly to turn off the first alarm, your body will want to fall back to sleep. The voice at the back of your mind telling you that another alarm is going to go off puts you in a short hypnogogic state where you are partially awake and partially asleep. This particular state is what we wish to accomplish.
This is a lot like in Inception when they use a song as a ‘kick’ to remind the people in the dream that they’re dreaming. The noise becomes part of the background of the lucid dream:
Things to remember
The alarm needs to be at the right level of volume. If it is very loud, you’re most likely to wake up. There is a way to handle this scenario though. Just wake up for a second, reduce the volume and go back to sleep. If you do it right, you should hear the next alarm in your dreams.
Below you’ll find a lovely little embedded YouTube video of a song that I personally use for my lucid dreaming alarm ring tone. I just think it sounds perfect and dream-like, and the sound effects really make me feel like I’m in a dream.
The 3 minutes time lapse is not standard. Some people take longer to go back to sleep than others. For this reason feel free to adjust the time to 4 or even 5 minutes depending on your preference. By carrying out these adjustments, you will find the right settings to your time lapse as well as volume.
Even if the volume of the alarm is adjusted to the right level, your mind may find it challenging to include the sound in your dreams. The important thing to do is NOT try and force the sound in your dreams.
This will not work and can make it difficult for the next attempt. Simply thing turn off the alarm and wait for the next time. Eventually, the mind will get used to the fact that you are not meant to wake up when the alarm rings and will cause it to find a way to include the sound in your dreams.
As a beginner it is alright to expect that you will make some mistakes. Rise above them and make the necessary corrections and adjustments. In case you don’t achieve lucid dreaming with the first attempt, take a step back and try again. Compared with other methods, you will be surprised how quickly you will achieve your goal of lucid dreaming.
Once you have achieved lucid dreaming, try and focus on detail such as the lines and color of your hands. This will enable you to gain more control over your dreams. To learn more, you might want to check out the lucid superpowers guide, or the bootcamp!