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How to Use Super Powers in a Lucid Dream
While dreaming, most people are not aware they are dreaming, and instead experience the dream as if it were real. However in a lucid dream, you can become aware that you are dreaming. Once you have this "aha moment," you can learn to control the course of the dream and everything in it. There are infinite possibilities to what you can experience while dreaming, including flying, teleporting, shape-shifting, and anything else you can imagine. While some people can just jump into flight, for others it takes practice to master their new powers.
Having a Lucid Dream
Practice awareness.To become aware that you are dreaming, you have to notice your environment and realize, "This is just a dream." Some experts say that practicing awareness of your environment while awake can help you do to the same while sleeping.
- During the day, look around and notice details like the heat of the sun or the feeling of pain when you stub your toe. With practice and attention, when you are dreaming you should be able to notice the absence or difference in these details, and realize you're dreaming. An additional perk to practicing mindfulness during the day, is it can make your dreams more realistic and easier to remember.
Try meditation at night.Since lucid dreaming typically occurs during the REM sleep cycle, which happens toward the end of sleep or just before waking in the morning, some lucid dreamers recommend setting an alarm for 4 hours after you go to bed at night, and then when you wake up, practicing meditation to enter a lucid dream state.
- Turn off your alarm but try to stay as asleep as possible. Concentrate on the darkness on the back of your eyelids and on your intent to enter a dream state in which you are in control. Think about what you might want to dream about.
Try safe supplements.Some lucid dreamers use herbal supplements like choline or galantamine to induce a lucid dreaming state. These don't work for everyone, and sometimes can have adverse reactions like sleep paralysis, which is a state in which you are awake, but cannot move. (If this happens, stay calm and relax. If you are frightened, it only gets worse.)
- If you want to try choline or galantamine, try a small amount once a week. These herbs are available from health food stores in pill form. Some experienced lucid dreamers recommend setting an alarm for 3 or 4 hours after you go to bed at night and taking the supplement then, to reduce the chances that you will experience sleep paralysis or nightmares.
- Although some books and websites will encourage the use of off-label uses of prescription drugs or even illegal drugs to bring on lucid dreams, these are actually hallucinations and not lucid dreams, and can be dangerous. Some people have harmed themselves or others while using drugs.
Be careful as you learn.The definition of lucid dreaming is knowing that you are dreaming, but since lucid dreams typically feel very real, it is a good idea to test whether you are dreaming before trying anything dangerous like eating fire or jumping off of buildings.
- To test whether you are dreaming, do what is known as a "reality check."A reality check helps you ensure that you are actually dreaming. To perform a reality check while lucid dreaming, attempt to do something impossible but not dangerous like floating in the air. If you can do that, then you can advance to harder things that would be dangerous in real life.
Choose what you want to be.You have to clearly have a goal in mind so that you can focus on it. Concentrating on your goal in a sort of meditative practice helps you control your dream.
- You can be anything, but many people enjoy becoming something that will allow you to experience the universe differently, like an alien, bird, or fish. You can also use shape-shifting to confront your fears: for instance, if you have a phobia of spiders, you can shape-shift into one and experience life from its point of view.
Use a mirror to shape-shift.A clear pond, window, or anything else that gives you a good reflection will also work.
- Stare at yourself and will your skin to change and form into the shape you desire. You can also start at one end of your body (for instance, your feet) and consciously think of each part changing.
- Some lucid dreamers like to walk through the mirror at this point, fully embracing the alternate persona.
Act out your new shape.This is another method if you don't prefer to use a mirror or if you find it hard to visualize a mirror. Simply behave as if you were the thing you want to become. .
- For example, if you want to shape-shift into a dog, go down onto your hands and knees. Start barking, and wag your tail. Pretty soon you'll feel your hands turn into paws and your face change.
Flying like a Superhero
Perform a reality check.This is to ensure your safety before you attempt flying. Even if you are confident you are dreaming, other conditions (like being high on drugs or sick with a very high fever) can induce a lucid dream-like state, so you need to be sure you're dreaming.
- Float up in the air or put one hand through a solid object before proceeding. As long as you can do this, you know you're dreaming and can move on.
- Reality checks also have the added benefit of increasing your lucidity. The more you are able to control smaller behaviors, the more likely you will be to do bigger things like flying, which takes more mental focus.
Bounce around.Before flying, enjoy the landscape of the dream by bounce around, increasing your height with each bound. This gives you a safety net because your height is not that great.
- Don't focus on the feeling of landing when you come down, just on the feelings of going up. Keep increasing the height and distance that you bounce.
Find a high place to jump off.While experienced lucid dreamers can often just float up into the air and start flying, one easy way for the beginner is to jump off something high. This will force your mind to decide that you can fly rather than fall.
- If you have the ability and control, you can design your dreamscape with mountains or cliffs. Otherwise, you will have to explore your dreamscape to find a suitable place.
Start running.If you're on a cliff, run towards the edge. If you're on a flat surface, you can still make it work; start running in a straight line, like an airplane taking off.
- When you reach the edge or decide you are ready, jump into flight like Superman. It helps to make it seem as realistic as possible, so put your arms out and point your toes behind you.
Focus on details.Lucid dreaming is a lot like meditation and requires concentration and focus to keep it up. To keep yourself in flight, focus on the feeling of the air in your hair and the sensations of flying.
- If you start to lose altitude, aim your body up and surge upwards, imagining a rocket propulsion coming from your toes.
Don't look down until you feel comfortable with flying.Once you are steady, looking down at how high you are and how tiny everything below you is can be very enjoyable as long as you're not afraid of heights!
- If you are afraid of heights, you have a couple of options: you can try to construct a version of yourself who is not afraid of heights (which can be helpful in overcoming your fear in real life), or you can fly just above the ground, sort of like hovering.
Remember that you're dreaming.If you do begin to fall, remind yourself that nothing you are seeing is real. It doesn't matter if you fall.
- Sometimes, having this conscious thought is enough to steady your flight and help you stop falling.
Flying Other Ways
Fly like a bird.Some people find it easiest to fly by flapping their arms like a bird. Combine this with a jumping takeoff for the best results.
- You can use each flap of your arms to propel you higher into the air. Change directions by shifting your whole body.
Shape-shift into a flying creature.Another way to fly is by changing your physical body into a creature, made up or real, that can fly. Then you can use whatever method they use to fly. For example, shape-shift into a bird, and then simply flap your wings to go soaring through the air.
- You can use a mirror method, discussed above, or simply envision yourself as a bird, bat, pterodactyl, airplane, or flying insect.
Swim through the air.This is another method for flying and has the advantage of allowing you to dive into any bodies of water and swim.
- You can use any swim stroke you are most comfortable with, and simply pick up your feet and begin the stroke to lift off.
Use a flying aid.You can use a broomstick, flying carpet, or, if you prefer something more realistic, try a jetpack or helicopter.
- Imagine yourself in or on the object that will help you fly, then allow it to lift off on its own and fly.
Use a gateway or portal.This technique involves using a door, mirror, or anything else as a gateway to a different location, planet, or universe.
- Concentrate on the place you want to reach. Your dream is technically a land in your imagination, so imagine it as well as you can. Then simply open the door or walk through the mirror.
- If you don't find yourself in the right place, try again or just explore where you are. The place you wanted might be right around the corner.
Teleport without a gateway.Imagine in as much detail as possible, the place you want to go. Then, will your surroundings to blur and fade, and your new location to fill in the blanks.
- You can also try spinning in place, knowing that when you stop, you will be in your desired location.
Use other tricks to ease the teleportation.Close your eyes and decide that when you open them you will be in the right place (be wary of closing your eyes all the way because sometimes the dream will fade away and you will wake up).
- If you can't teleport without a gateway, don't worry. It takes more time and practice without a gateway but you'll get it in time.
QuestionCan I do anything in lucid dreaming?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWith practice, yes, you can do literally anything. It's your mind, you control it.Thanks!
QuestionI had a lucid dream last night. I have never had any practice or anything, but I could fly purely because I wanted to. I also had the cool power to delete people from my dream and make them disappear. What does this mean?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt means you are able to lucid dream and have figured out how to. Consider it a gift, as many people are unable to.Thanks!
QuestionAm I able to turn into a squirrel?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. You can turn into anything, as long as you can imagine it clearly in your head, then it will happen in your dream.Thanks!
QuestionCan I control my lucid dreams?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, it is possible to control your lucid dreams, but it generally takes practice.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I enter a lucid state if I wake up in the morning never remembering my dreams?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry daydreaming. In my experience, daydream makes it easier to lucid dream.Thanks!
QuestionDoes day dreaming help with lucid dreaming?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMost definitely. Day dreaming can help you plan what to do in your dream, and the thought process you use to control your day dream is similar to the process used in lucid dreaming.Thanks!
QuestionIs lucid dreaming dangerous?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. At worst, it can cause sleep paralysis, which, although being harmless, causes you to have the sensation of being awake and not being able to move.Thanks!
QuestionCan I turn into a creature from fantasies, like a dragon?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but it takes practice. Visualize it before sleeping or when you are in a lucid dream.Thanks!
QuestionI sometimes have dreams where I can float a little bit, but it feels like it's real. Is that lucid dreaming?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you did not know you are dreaming, you were not lucid dreaming. If, while in the dream, you are aware that you're dreaming, that's lucid dreaming, which is indeed supposed to feel real.Thanks!
QuestionCan I also grow bird wings in my dream?Drew MadajczykCommunity AnswerYes, you can. It just takes practice. Try thinking about your wings before you go to sleep.Thanks!
- If any superpower seems too hard, don't worry. It just takes time and practice.
- Don't focus too hard or you will wake up.
- Do not be too excited, otherwise the excitement felt may cause you to wake up.
- Some people have experiences while on hallucinogenic drugs that they mistake for lucid dreaming. This can be very dangerous, because it can make you believe you are invincible and cause you to harm yourself or others. Never attempt to lucid dream while drunk or on drugs.
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