What Your First Lucid Dream Is Really Like


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

My first lucid dream was shocking, exciting and incredible. It’s got better since then. Here’s what your FIRST lucid dream will be like.

Your first Lucid Dream is a wild adventure, but for those who haven’t yet had their first experience of controlling their dreams, this is a little ‘taste’ of what’s in store for you.

Usually, you hear about this new concept of controlling your dreams from one of your friends, or you overhear it in someone’s conversation, and the phrase inspires you to research more about it. ‘Lucid Dreaming’? you think. I wonder what this is all about.. so, you head over to Google.

You may type something like, ‘how to lucid dream’ or ‘what is lucid dreaming’ and you’ll see an array of results. Click on almost any of them and you’ll be told that Lucid Dreaming is the ability to become self aware in your dreams. To control them and do whatever you wish.

Sounds much more fun than just sleeping through the fog of the night, doesn’t it? You may stumble across a basic video explaining what Lucid Dreaming is, such as this one..

So, you’ve read up a little bit about how to do it, and usually beginners find that the easiest way to induce their first lucid experience is to do reality checks.

It starts with doing reality checks

There are a lot of websites that have short introductions to Lucid Dreaming, usually personal development blogs or other such websites that want to talk about the topic without going into too much detail. They will quite commonly include an explanation of lucid dreaming and say that you need to do ‘reality checks’ throughout the day.

You may have even seen this for yourself, with sites telling people to ‘write an A on your palm’ and therefore ask yourself ‘Am I dreaming’ when you see it. This is cool, and it usually works for most people. It’s a basic form of a reality check, which is the basis of controlling your dreams and being self aware in them.

Your first lucid dream with reality checks

It MIGHT happen on the first night..

If you’re lucky, you’ll experience a lucidly controlled dream on the first night of trying to induce it, but if you’re like most of us, then it will take a bit longer to get your first lucky night! Some people can do it the first night of trying, but usually, it requires a bit more practice and a few more failed attempts. (There are ways to make it more likely on the first night)..

So assuming that you’re like the majority, you try for a few nights with no success and almost give up trying, but you’re still fairly interested in the idea and you really want to learn more, and ultimately, have a lucid dream, right?! After all, it sounds really cool, and everyone is talking about it. You lay down on the ‘lucky night’ and try to go to sleep. This is where the fun starts..


What the first lucid dream is like

You’re looking around in your dream, when you notice that some things aren’t quite right. You’ve been reading a lot about lucid dreaming in the last week or so, and you keep thinking about that same phrase over and over again, LUCID DREAM, LUCID DREAM, LUCID DREAM. Every time you lay down you think the same thing.. Will tonight be the night?

And it finally is. So what will happen now is you’re in a dream and you’ll notice things aren’t quite as they should be, or you’ll get a sudden sense that something’s not right. Now without getting all technical, this is a pretty good description of what your first lucid dream will actually be like..

As you ‘fade’ into awareness in the dream, you’ll find yourself in the middle of something. It’s always like this, you find yourself already doing something, or moving, or in the middle of a load of action, when you’ll be struck with a thought which makes you stand still.

You look at your hands, or look around you, and instantly, without a doubt, you KNOW that it’s not real. You know this either by remembering that you’ve been trying to have a lucid dream, and that you just went to sleep therefore this has to be a dream… OR..

You suddenly become VERY excited, as you realize that because this isn’t real, anything is possible. Walk down the street, talk to someone.. push someone over.. maybe you’ll examine the wall of the building near you and wonder ‘how can this possibly be a dream, it’s so detailed!’.

So you notice how detailed the scene is, and you’ll maybe look at your hands again, ‘It’s really a dream!’

‘It can’t be a dream? Can It? .. This is incredible.. I could do ANYTHING..’

You won’t be able to comprehend what’s happening. You’re in an entirely new world, and it all exists in your mind. You’re creating the whole dream universe. It’s remarkable. Now at this point, what happens is down to you, but without a shadow of a doubt, you’ll do something that will excite you and you’ll wake up.

This is the case for almost every beginner and it’s completely normal. You’re just excited because you’ve never done something like this before, and it seems overwhelming. Usually you’ll ‘snap back to reality’ and wonder what happened.

You’ll remember the experience and it will feel very real when you remember it. Everything was so clear, and seemingly real. As you go about your day, you may find yourself unable to stop thinking about this new experience, and this is the basis of a mild lucid dreaming addiction!

It’s such a great skill that you’ll be ready to go again as soon as you wake up, but then you must wait until the next night to try again. As a beginner, it’s easy to become very obsessed with this new found world, and rightly so, because it’s full of lessons, experiences and opportunities to grow as a person.

Getting to your first lucid dream

There are some basic steps you can take to get to your first lucid dream as fast as possible. These steps are proven and will make sure you get there as soon as you can!


  • Take our 30 day lucid bootcamp and follow the steps EVERY SINGLE DAY until you get your first lucid dream (It’s the most effective and guaranteed way of having lucid dreams fast)
  • If your sleep pattern or quality is holding you back, go through the sleep optimization program and then come back to this site and learn lucid dreaming
  • Be patient and please don’t get stressed. One of the most common things people do as beginners is give up too soon, or assume that it’s impossible because it’s hard. Don’t quit!