Lucid dreaming shifting is the basic skill of changing what is going on in a dream once you realize that you’re in one. This is also sometimes called reality shifting, and it can differ in scale based on what you’re wanting to change.
However, in practice, you won’t find much difference between changing something big and changing something small. That’s because it’s all made up by your brain, so any aspect of your dream world can be effectively rewritten no matter the size.
This is also not a particularly difficult skill to learn, and it’s actually more likely to succeed if you don’t put a lot of effort into it. That aside, you will need to know a few steps to get started that we’ll break down below.
What is the Difference Between Shifting and Lucid Dreaming?
When you’re first reading about all of this, it can be tricky to learn the terminology. We’ll be the first to admit that “shifting” is a generic enough of a term that it’s not clear what it means exactly. Here we want to clear this up so that you know exactly what to expect.
Shifting is the skill of changing what is happening in a dream. It’s one of a small number of skills that you can think of as being in your lucid dreaming toolbox.
This toolbox analogy of lucid dreaming techniques is what we like to use because it fits the idea so perfectly. Having a specific lucid dream shifting method ready to go like the blinking approach we’re going to break down for you below will make it a lot easier to turn your dreams into what you want them to be. It also makes it easier to do things like learning how to fly in a dream.
An Effortless Lucid Dream Method: Shifting Reality
The first thing you need to know is that you have to avoid trying to force this to happen. Instead, it has to happen on its own. In fact, the act of trying to force it, or of just putting too much effort into it to begin with, can actually destabilize your dream and cause you to wake up. Instead, using this method to shift desired realities has to be made into something where you don’t feel like you’re pushing it to happen.
Along these lines, we’ll show how shifting lucid dreaming can be done in a much easier and effortless way than you probably think in the following.
Learning the Shifting Lucid Dream Method: Three Easy Steps
In each of these steps, your mantra needs to be that you should just let things happen the way you want them to. We know that we keep repeating this, but it cannot be stressed enough: Do not try to force this to happen.
Step 1: Recognize that you’re in a dream, and stabilize it.
If you don’t know how to recognize that you’re in a dream, we strongly recommend using The Hands Technique to tell. It’s really easy and flows straight into lucid dreaming and shifting in the way we’re going to approach it here.
To keep your dream stable, you’ll stay still, relax and employ other mindfulness exercises for dreaming that can keep you from waking up.
Just take a moment to get the dream stable before you try to shift. This really highlights the difference between shifting and lucid dreaming as a whole because it forces you to use your entire “toolbox” to get to the part where shifting matters.
Step 2: Decide what you want to change and why you want to change it.
This is the step that people tend to skip over the most in our experience. Unfortunately, skipping it is often the reason why their attempts at changing their dreaming reality cause them to wake up.
The point of this step is straightforward, but it can seem unimportant even though it’s actually critical.
The idea is to prime your brain and focus your unconscious mind on the task at hand. This helps you to get used to the idea so that it won’t “jolt” you awake when you get to the next step.
Step 3: Slowly and deliberately blink once with the understanding that the dream world will have changed when your eyes open.
This is one of the easiest reality shifting methods that you can use because it doesn’t take much effort. Instead, you just have faith that it will work the way we’ve laid it out here. By priming your mind in the second step, it works out a majority of the time that blinking is all you have to do to change things to your desired reality.
We’ll get more into how this works down below. However, once you blink, be sure to take a moment to restabilize the dream. When something changes, that’s a prime time for your brain to jolt awake. Taking just a moment to make sure everything is stabile will help to prevent that.
Maintaining Dream Stability While Lucid Dreaming and Shifting
Once you’re able to recognize that you’re in a dream, your main opponent is the act of being jolted awake. In this lucid dreaming method for shifting, we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to avoid waking up through this type of jolt.
Here are a few things you can do and remember throughout this process to help get the edge against this opponent:
- Take a moment to stabilize the dream when you realize you’re in one and after each individual change.
- Instead of shifting everything at once, doing one thing at a time can make it less likely that you jolt awake.
- Avoiding lucid dreaming methods that require you to wake up and then go back to sleep (sometimes repeatedly) is ideal.
That’s the whole point of how this blinking method is set up. It all comes down to maximizing your chances of success when it comes to staying in the dream in the first place.
The Blinking Lucid Dreaming Method for Shifting
The blinking method itself is really built on a two-part system. You need both parts to make this work, and if you try to skip the first part, then it’s a lot like trying to wash only one hand. Both parts need each other to be greater as a whole.
The first part is when you think about what you want to change and why. It’s fine if your reason why is simply because you want to at that given moment. What’s important is that you consciously take the moment to consider that and state it plainly to yourself.
However, the second part is where you just blink, and when you open your eyes, the change has happened. Some people (or maybe a lot of people) have a difficult time realizing how easy this can be. Because of that, they accidentally plant a belief in themselves that this shifting lucid dream method can’t actually work. This can make it a bit harder to shift in the moment in a dream.
Other Tips for Shifting Lucid Dreaming to Your Desired Reality
Here are a few random tips in no particular order that can help you to get better at this part of your lucid dreaming journey. It will be rare that all of these will apply to one person, but it’s rare that none of them will apply to you.
- When you do the actual blink, hold your eyes closed for just a moment before opening. Avoid blinking so quickly that your brain doesn’t have time to generate the new reality.
- However, avoid holding your eyes shut for too long as well. Paradoxically, this can actually cause you to wake up when you open your eyes in your dream.
- When learning a new lucid dream method, shifting can get more difficult for a short period of time, even if you’ve done it successfully before. Keeping that in mind can make it easier to stay patient.
- Your mindfulness work will really pay off when you’re working on your shifting practice because being able to keep still and keep dreams stable is paramount.
While we do put a lot of focus on keeping yourself asleep, this method does have some application for forcing yourself awake as well.
Using Lucid Dreaming Shifting to Wake Yourself Up Intentionally
Some people want the ability to wake themselves up at will from a dream. We don’t blame them since that could probably be a useful skill to have if you want to learn how to stop having bad dreams. This type of reality shifting within a dream can be used to wake yourself up as well by forcing a jolt to happen.
The easiest way is to imagine something that causes you a sudden physical jerk. However, it doesn’t have to be stepping out in front of a car, which we don’t recommend even while dreaming. Instead, it could be imagining an earthquake or something else where you won’t actually be hurt if it turns out you’re already awake.
Bringing It All Together
Inside of your lucid dreaming toolbox, you’ll want a few different things so that you can build whatever types of dreams you want to build. One of those is a shifting method, which is the actual act of getting inside of your own head and moving the furniture around.
However, this is completely based on being able to keep a dream stable while you’re in it and all of these changes are happening. Therefore, if you’re having trouble with shifting, we suggest putting more time in on your mindfulness work.
Jesse G. is a long-time fan of the esoteric in all of its forms and its effects on performance, happiness and stress in a variety of people. His work centers primarily around allowing people to use a variety of areas to figure out what works best for them as individuals.