Thursday, June 6, 2013

How To Lucid Dream

By lucid dreaming, you can gain complete control over the one place that no one will ever care about: Your imagination.

The Facts

  1. Lucid dreaming is a scientifically proven phenomenon.
  2. While some get into lucid dreaming in order to treat chronic nightmares, or to experience all facets of the human experience, approximately 99.8% of people use it as a tool for cheap and interactive 3D porn.
  3. A lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming, and he or she can even choose to control and manipulate his or her dream. Dream, dream, dream.
  4. Lucid dreams are oftentimes random and fleeting occurrences, but with minimal effort you can learn to initiate them at will.

How to Take Control of Your Dreams:

So, you've doubled your weight over the past five years, you own a record-shattering collection of greasy pizza boxes and broken aspirations, and you're beginning to consider installing a toilet bowl in the place of your computer chair? You have come to the right place. In a lucid dream, you can do almost anything. You can leap over skyscrapers, practice public speaking in front of audiences of billions, and even try holding a female's hand, no sedatives required!
In order to even begin to get control over your dreams, there are a few preliminary tasks you must complete. But don't give up. The benefits of learning to lucid dream are remarkable, and they're all named Yvonne Strahovski.

The Tasks:
1. Keep a dream journal.
"What?" you screech in disgust, taking your treasured three-month-old hot pocket wrapper out of your pants and throwing it on the floor. "I'm not keeping a diary, least of all one entailing my dreams! What if my wife/kids/new-parole-officer found it? I'd be done for!"
Calm down! A dream journal is not a diary, but a tool. Much like sports cars, chainsaws, and your extensive collection of Icelandic sex mannequins, a dream journal's job is to make certain tasks easier. In this case, dream journals help in recognizing common patterns in your dreams, and in improving dream recall. Most people remember flashes of their dreams right after waking up, but an hour or so later, their nightly excursions are forgotten forever. Apparently, it'seasier to recall your dreams if you do not move after waking up, because of your motor neurons do not fire as readily and whatnot.
Important tip: Do not use your dream journal as an excuse to tell co-workers about "that weird/bizarre/scary dream you had last night." This will make them want to hit you in the esophagus. Moving on.
2. Reality Testing.
Your dreams are not unique, and that is a wonderful thing. There are common triggers in everyone's sleep-time adventures that will alert them of their dreaming state. This is important, since, in a dream, you can think that nothing's out-of-the-ordinary even when a man with three heads and a giraffe shaped dong passes you on the street. This is where reality testing comes in handy. Reality checking is making a habit of checking whether or not you're dreaming, while you're awake. Since you're the same person with the same habits during your everyday life and your dreams, you will inevitably end up reality testing while you're asleep. This can tip you off that you're asleep, so you can have all the dream-sex you could ever want! A few of the more common reality tests include:
Digital Clocks: In dreams, digital clocks make no fucking sense. There are letters in the place of numbers, numerical characters that do not even exist, and more varied clockfuckery. Therefore, a common and effective test is to look at a digital clock and memorize the time, then look away for a second, and then look back at the clock. Did the time go up by one whole second? That obviously means nothing, how could you even begin to think that a single second has any implications at all? But, if the time is significantly different, or if the numbers are now blurry letters, that's a good indication that you're dreaming.

Looking into a Mirror: This one is similar to the above example. Look into the mirror, let out your cringe of disgust, and then look away for a few seconds before glancing into the glassy surface once again. Has your reflection shed two hundred pounds of flab, and gained that much and more in confidence? You're probably asleep.
Flipping a Light Switch: Dream electricians are generally pissed off and feeling lazy, so light levels rarely change suddenly in dreams as a result of flipping a switch. So, every few minutes in your office building, flick the lights off and on. Your co-workers will appreciate your mission to better yourself, and will not mind the inevitable seizures and/or constipation that will follow. If light switches aren't having much of an effect on your room's lighting, and you've confirmed that you have new light bulbs, you may be dreaming.
Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams: This is an alternate method of lucid dreaming. Instead of figuring out that you're dreaming from reality testing within the dream itself, you can attempt to directly transfer, while being completely conscious and aware, straight to the dream state. This is not any easier than the above methods. The traditional execution of this method entails swallowing the heart of a bleating virgin goat at the stroke of midnight. Only then, the ancients proclaimed, would you gain power over the unknown dream realm. Considering your affinity for pepperoni hot pockets, that probably would not be all that difficult. There are, however, strategies to make wake initiated lucid dreaming an even easier and less scarring process.
Don't do this method at your normal bedtime: It's very hard to transfer into the dream state while sobs of sorrow, anguish, and acute arousal are wracking your body to sleep. It's best to attempt this method after having already slept for three to seven hours, or before an afternoon nap, according to Wikipedia.
Transfer techniques include: Slowly and methodically counting your breaths, quietly chant your favorite hymns of the dark prince Lucifer, feel your entire body relaxing, envision yourself pooping, slowly and silently, in a dark and far away jungle. Basically, do anything that will keep your mind active while, at the same time, relaxing your body.
There, you have learned how to gain control over your dreams. That's only the beginning.

Keeping Control of Your Dreams: It's hard to concentrate when you're lucid dreaming. Unlike the painful and limited sorrow that is reality, there are virtually no limits to what you can choose to experience in your dreams. This can lead to distraction, which can lead to you forgetting that you're dreaming in the first place. Or, even worse, you could find yourself waking up seconds after you realize that you're dreaming, and missing your wonderful Superman-like flying dream sex experience. Every. Single. Time. Luckily, there are people who study this sort of thing, and there are solutions!
In your dreams, you can wink like Superman too!
When you realize that you're dreaming, you should:
Rub your hands together: This, according to Wikipedia, engages your attention on the action of rubbing your hands together, ensuring that you do not focus on the sensation of lying in your bed and breaking your dream state. Real life research has shown that rubbing ones hands together prolongs lucid dreams for 90% of people.
Start spinning around like a drunken three-month-old chimpanzee: After having your true desires suppressed by our patriarchal society for so long, and being forced to conform to cruel societal expectations, your new-found ability to freely spin around will overwhelm any other intrusive brain activity. The pure state of ecstatic joy in your brain will be unconquerable. Research has shown that spinning will prolong lucid dreams for 96% of people. It works best to rub your hands together and spin around at the same time. Finally, there's a use for the very actions that got you beat up in high school!

The (Single) Potential Consequence of Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming: Lucid dreaming, like all worthwhile activities, has its share of downsides. Unlike most activities, however, one of those downsides has the potential to be utterly pants-shittingly terrifying.
Sleep Paralysis: This doesn't sound so bad. When you're asleep, you don't need to move anyway, right? In fact, if you'd had this a little earlier in life, your mother would have never walked in on you violently humping your Winnie-the-Pooh pillow during that particularly intense dream. Your family would have saved the thousands of dollars spent on therapy, and your shameful passion in life could have been kept private for years to come!
If you're going to be open about your passion, at least buy attire-appropriate footwear.
Well, despite the relatively harmless name, sleep paralysis is that bad, and it's a semi-common side-effect of wake initiated lucid dreams. Since, during wake initiated lucid dreams, you are teetering on the edge between wakefulness and dreaming, you have the potential to get stuck in a state of sleep paralysis. This is what Wikipedia had to say about it.
"Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain awakes from a REM state, but the body paralysis persists."
Now, since we all know that it's not nearly fun enough to just have full-body paralysis, there is an added aspect of terror. You will have the unique pleasure of experiencing vivid and terrifying hallucinations and, oftentimes, sweeping feelings of dread. You can tell yourself that it will not be scary, since you will be fully aware that those knife wielding midgets are not real, but you're wrong. Knife wielding midgets, by their very definition, are always terrifying.
Sleep paralysis has an actual function, by the way. It's not just your body being an asshole. Without it, your mind would have complete control over your body during dreams, and you would constantly thrash around throughout the night, and your family would have to spend tens of thousands on your therapy.
Conclusion: So, that's one potential consequence, out of nearly infinite possible benefits. Has a single potential risk ever stopped us from exploring an entire facet of life? Yes, yes it has.
Originally posted on: Cracked


  1. I'm the type that "doesn't dream" or doesn't remember what dreamed. How to achieve lucid dreams then?

    1. Learn meditation :)

    2. thats why the first step is a dream journal. in one week you will establish dream recall and it will grow from there.

  2. Eric's soulmateJune 12, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    I'm gonna try it now. Wish me luck. See you in my dreams Eric <3

  3. I can't believe I wasted 10 minutes of my life reading this shite

    1. You didn't really waste 10 minutes, you were just dreaming.

    2. What if I told you that it wasn't really a dream, but an altered state of reality?

    3. I think your penis is in your brain

  4. Worth reading. I now have a new word in my vocabulary. "Clockfuckery"

    1. clockfuckery made me lol too

    2. I got a good giggle from "violently humping your Winnie the Pooh pillow". I literally laughed myself to tears.

  5. I found your tips for lucid dreaming quite useful. I have been an avid practitioner of lucid dreaming and i think there is no better hobby than being able to control your dreams, so it's well worth the effort of applying these techniques if you want to achieve any kind of proficiency at lucid dreaming.

  6. Humor in explaining how to lucid dream, loved it. Haha

  7. I used to keep a dream journal 2 years ago....
    The tip may sound simple but it is the most important tip, i think.
    It really worked for me.
    Try this for abt 1 month and you will be amazed ... :)

    1. yea i read a more in depth book about it and kept a journal for a little while constantly jumping in and out of lucid dreams nightly.

  8. anyone who say this not work is because they didnt tryed not even for 1 month, if you do it you will see is real, dont do and live all your life whitout knowing

  9. I've experienced sleep paralysis numerous times! Best thing to do is just go back to sleep. That worked for me anyways.

  10. Just when you thought you could learn something interesting about the human mind.
    This fuckstick.

  11. What I do to realize I am dreaming is I always look up at the sky, In my dream world the sky is cracked and torn, I can grab the sky and twist it to strengthen gravity (clockwise) or weaken gravity (counterclockwise) If demons are chasing me I just grab the sky and twist it clockwise so the all get sucked into the center of the Earth and obliterated. Something I like doing while I am aware and lucid in my dream is to poke people in the face and ask them if they are real. They always say "of course" but I just like to do it anyways. They never seemed impressed that I can just jump into the air and fly around in circles. I guess its a normal thing to see in the dream world lmao.

  12. Sounds like a greater risk would be entering dreamland where you are in total control of everything and not wanting to return to reality where work sucks, relationships suck, and you have no control over anything beyond how you react to circumstances.

  13. Now see, I was once asleep, and it was a nightmare. I had realized I had power... the power to throw rocks 500fps, out of the ordinary things, unlike usual, I could make myself talk, I realized in the dream that I had control. Since then it is a rare occurrence that I even have a dream, or mare rather wake up remembering anything other than going to bed the night prior... Is this perhaps a form of lucid dreaming, to where I've had nightmares my entire life, and I just wanted them to be gone? were they just replaced by the dark...empty dreams that I know have?

  14. Would have been a much more effective article if you have removed your attempt at humor.

  15. I am a lucid dreamer myself and I am the creator of Visit it for lucid dreaming techniques.

  16. hi... normally i get into my dreams after the episodes of sleep paralisis. but the last time i was dreaming that i was sleeping, and in the dream i had sleep paralisis, but instead of cannot move my body, my body begun to move all around the room of my dream without my control.
    After that i felt all the phenomena of the higher point of sleep paralisis... but i was inside my body of my dream... but the strange thing was that i did not get from that dream to another dream , but i get in the reality!! i wake up with the control of my real body.. that was like a sleep paralisis but in the way to get in the reality and not in the way to get inside my dreams... was like a reality paralisis.

    someone has experienced the same?

  17. i was seriously interested, and the humor really threw me off. just saying

  18. I had a lucid dream recently... I went in my junior high school - up the steps - flipped the light switch and nothing happened. Went thru a door into a office where 4 people were sitting around a table. I drifted by messing with everyone's hair and sat next one of them. Facing him I reached up to muss up his hair and he looked and me right in my eyes. I asked "Can you see me" His reply "Everyone can see you" ... then I woke up laughing :) Still to this day I question - did he really see me. LOL just had to share :) Happy Lucid Dreaming :)