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Lucid dreaming1 means dreaming while you know that you are dreaming. And once you know that you are in a dream, you can dream about anything you like2. More about lucid dreaming.
Lucid dreams in 3 steps
Step 1. Recall your dreams
The first thing you need to start with, is learning how to recall your dreams. We dream every night, no matter whether we choose to or not. Dream recall functions as a vital stepping stone for further dreamsign analyses. Recalling dreams is simple. Once you wake up, you immediately ask yourself "What did I just dream about?". Keep lying still and keep your eyes closed. Have patience. Start associating. Write down any dream or dream fragment that you are able to recall.
Step 2. Discover dreamsigns
Once you have journaled your dreams in Dream Journal for about two to three weeks, you review your dream entries and identify any recurrent dream-like features that characterize your dreams: dreamsigns. This could be anything bizarre in the dream. Do you notice any particular dreamsign that is recurrent and that frequently shows up in your dreams? Aha! You have found your target dreamsign!
Step 3. Recognize dreamsigns
By the time you get track of your recurrent dreamsigns, you can go to bed prepared. Say to yourself, "The next time when I encounter my target dreamsign again I will tell myself that I am dreaming".
Pioneered by Dr. Stephen LaBerge at Stanford University, lucid dreams are natural to most people and scientifically studied since the early 1980s.
1 LaBerge, S. (2007). Lucid dreaming. In D. Barrett & P. Mcnamara (Eds.), The new science of dreaming. Westport, CT: Praeger, Greenwood Press.
2 LaBerge, S., & Rheingold, H. (1990). Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming. New York: Ballantine Books.