Welcome to LucidMania.
If this is your first time looking into lucid dreaming, then we know how overwhelming it can be. You probably have a ton of questions, and it seems like all you can find are technique descriptions and people trying to sell you courses. We get it, and that’s a big part of why this site exists. The entire goal is to help people find the best lucid dreaming path for them without turning it into an over-complicated mess.
We think that the best place to start is to simply answer some of the most common questions we get and to go from there.
What is Lucid Dreaming Really?
This is one of those questions that should be basic and straightforward. However, a lot of people describe it in different ways, which can be confusing in and of itself.
Lucid dreaming is when you are dreaming, but you realize you’re in a dream while it’s happening, which allows your conscious mind to take a degree of control over what’s happening in that very dream.
It’s worth noting that a lot of people lucid dream sometimes without meaning to. You may actually have experienced the sensation of realizing you’re in a dream right before you wake up. However, the core idea behind lucid dreaming (LD for short) is that you’re able to stay asleep in the dream instead.
What Does Lucid Dreaming Feel Like?
Most people describe it as being similar to being awake but in a mindful state. A big part of the reason for this is that it often takes a lot of mindfulness practice to be able to keep a dream stable and keep yourself from waking up. Keeping yourself calm is a key part of maintaining a lucid dream because becoming excited often causes you to wake up.
If you’ve ever had a daydream that you were actively participating in or observing, then it’s somewhat similar to that. However, until you’ve experienced it yourself, it’s a bit difficult to put into words.
Is Lucid Dreaming Bad?
When people ask us “what does lucid dreaming feel like,” they’re often trying to figure out if it’s a bad experience. Nightmares are a real thing, and people have good reasons to wonder about this sort of thing.
However, the good news is that lucid dreaming isn’t bad. In fact, learning to do it involves practicing how to wake up when you want. This could lead to situations where you realize you’re in a nightmare and deliberately wake yourself up from within it so that you don’t have to experience it anymore.
Additionally, we will say this. A variety of ways exist to try to experience lucid dreaming. Some people have suggested (and tried) methods that don’t necessarily have good health outcomes. Those include (but are not limited to) some of these things that you should avoid:
- Using substances that aren’t proven to be safe
- Deliberately experiencing sleep deprivation
- Choking yourself unconscious (seriously do not do this, you could die)
We do not condone any of these types of things on any level, and we strongly discourage them. What’s more is that they generally don’t work in the first place. Thankfully, lucid dreaming can be explored without such irresponsible and unsafe behavior.
How Can I Lucid Dream Tonight?
One thing about lucid dreaming is that doing it intentionally requires some practice and a little bit of work. Even then, most practitioners probably can’t force it to happen on any given night. This means when you ask something like “how can I lucid dream tonight,” you may have a bit of a misconception about how lucid dreaming works in the first place.
While you’ll find a lot of different techniques and approaches, the overall philosophy should be one of realistic expectations. Is it possible to lucid dream every single night? Probably not. However, it’s definitely possible to average two or three of them each week, and it generally doesn’t take an overwhelming amount of time to learn to do so.
It’s one of the lucid dreaming facts of life that you typically can’t just jump right in and force it to happen right away. However, with a bit of work, we think most people should be able to start having their first lucid dreams within a week or two of practice.
What is the Best Lucid Dreaming Technique?
This is somewhat up for debate. Not a whole lot of in-depth studies have been done about a wide range of techniques. Therefore, while we can point to evidence of how certain methods do work for most people and what you can expect from them, we don’t have enough evidence on all of the techniques available to say for certain that one is better than the others.
Instead, the approach we take is a little different. We prefer to give you a set of tools that you can use to get started on your lucid dreaming journey. With those tools, you’ll be able to hop in and start feeling your way around a bit. From there, you’ll be situated to figure out what will work for you and what might be a better fit for someone else.
Where to Go From Here
If all of this sounds good to you, and you’re ready to begin, then these are the pages we suggest you start with:
- The Easiest Way to Lucid Dream: DILD Technique
- Simple Steps to Learn to Remember Your Dreams
- How to Tell If You’re Dreaming: The Hands Technique
These three tutorials are the basic foundation of the approach we suggest people start with. It provides a simple and straightforward way to get into lucid dreaming quickly and effectively.
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.