Entering the twilight zone ~ recognising when you are lucid dreaming

Have you ever become aware that you are dreaming, while you are in the middle of the dream?

As lucid dreams rarely occur accidentally, the way to boost your chances of experiencing one is through a combination of simple exercises, motivation and persistence. Acknowledging your intention to have such a dream also increases its likelihood. A high level of physical or emotional activity during the day has been found to correlate with lucidity at night, although both factors may not always be easy to control.

The best place to begin is to try remembering your dreams. Keep a dream journal on your bedside table and if possible write down all dreams ( with a title and date) as a morning ritual, no matter how short or fragmented they are. If you can’t remember any concrete details, attempt to convey feelings, shapes, colours or sounds.  some people suggest remaining the the same position for a while after waking in the morning will facilitate recollection of a dream from the night before. Whether or not that is effective, going over dreams in your mind before being distracted by the day’s activities will greatly increase the amount retrieved.

A further question is what do do with dreams that are remembered in the middle of the night. Most of us can’t afford to lose substantial amounts of sleep by writing out long dream accounts int he wee small hours. In this case, the best approach is to write down the dream’s key elements plus all remembered dialogue; such exchangs are very unlikely to be remembered in the morning. To avoid waking a sleeping partner, have a torch handy instead of turning on the light.

Maintaining such a dream journal is likely to increase in both the number of remembered dreams and the level of detail recollected. Developing a greater waking familiarity with your recurring dream themes facilitates a jolt of recognition while dreams are in progress, and reading through the journal at bedtime enhances dream awareness just before sleep.

Despite its seemingly bizarre quality, reality testing is another helpful lucid dreaming aid. This involves asking yourself several times a day the question “Am I dreaming?” and testing the answer through reality tests. If this is done habitually, it will eventually be carried over into your dreams and can provide an effective dream self-awareness trigger. The main challenge is to find a way of remembering to do this when getting sidetracked by other tasks.

Reality checks are also useful as means of identifying false awakenings, occasions when the dreamer intially thinks they have woken up but are actually inside a further dream. Sometimes, disconcertingly, several of these can occur in succession, as if the dreams were arranged in layers like a set of Russian dolls.

In case an initial reality check fails to work, it’s useful to have one or two backup tests, for example:

  • Reading some text, taking note of a few words, looking away, then looking back again to see if they have changed at all. If you are dreaming, they will probably have altered, sometimes into symbols instead of letters. Alternatively, try to make them change while looking at them.
  • Look at a clock, take note of the time and look back again. In a dream the time will have changed.
  • Look at your hands. Do they look fuzzy or strange?
  • Look into a mirror. If you can’t recognise the reflection, or if it looks odd, you are obviously dreaming.

Being alert to dreamlike events in waking life enhances the skill of  spotting dream signs – anomalous events or objects in a dream that can be used as a springboard to dream awareness – as does mindful awareness of everyday events. Instead of going through life on autopilot, the challenge is to try to become conscious of every action.

Dear diary …

When I work with clients, I always encourage them to keep a journal. Whether its a dream journal, a gratitude journal or a process journal, when you put pen to paper you are connecting with your inner thoughts and feelings.

As you experience intuitive moments, jot them down in a journal. Note the times you felt your intuition reaching out to you, what the event was, how you acted on it, how it felt and the outcome. Learn to recognise when it happens so you can then be aware of it and start to look out for it.

Your journal is also an integral tool in your dreaming toolkit. It is a record of your inner journeys and your quest for self-understanding. Since most of us forget our dreams within ten minutes of awakening, it can be a daunting task to try and reconstruct your dreams later in the day without having recorded your dreams in a journal.

Recording our feelings, experiences and dreams can help to improve the power of our inner-guidance system. It teaches us to trust our intuition, and to listen to our inner wise self.

To begin a journal

  1. At the beginning of each journal, I like to paint a picture, with words and with images, of just where I am in life: Where I’m living, what I’m reading, things I’m learning, simplicities my heart is taking joy in. With scraps, quotes, and meaningful images that represent my season of life, I create a meaningful blend of these things on the first pages of my journal.
  2. A piece of writing that has held meaningful significance me over the last few months will typically take prominence in the collage … quotes from Rumi are often a favourite of mine.
  3. I’ll finish it off with the start and end journal entry dates, signifying when the journal was used.

It is difficult indeed to carve out time for creativity. But it is never in vain. The joy that comes in looking back upon these pages, the meaning that forms from simply visualising these memories, and the gift of gaining valuable insights from my Soul and my guides.

I’d love you to share your journalling tips ….

How to catch your dreams

If you want to harness the messages the universe and your subconscious mind are sending you, there are several steps you can take to catch your dreams more easily.

For many of us, remembering the details of our dreams is quite hard, if not impossible.

The alarm goes off, we jump out of bed and into the shower, throw down a coffee and begin our day. If we’re lucky, we may remember a small detail or two of the previous night’s dream, or bits and pieces may come back to us later in the day. This is because 80 per cent of your dreams are lost if you are woken quickly or suddenly. The minute your mind is jolted out of sleep, most the the details of your dreams disappear.

Waking naturally and slowly, however is an impossible thought to most of us. The idea that we would leave it to our own internal alarm clocks to wake for the day is quite foreign – and even scary for some.

However if you really tap into the power of dreams, start with the last thought of the night before you fall asleep. Say to yourself, “I will remember my dream in the morning” and visualise yourself waking up five minutes before your alarm.

Visualisation and affirmations are very important. Picture yourself waking refreshed and rested with a clear memory of the images you received overnight.

When you do wake in the morning, try not to over-think the dream. Putting too much pressure on yourself and frantically trying to ‘reach back in your mind’ for all the details will only make the dream disappear even quicker.

Conscious thought will blast the dream away. it moves your thoughts into the conscious mind, but you need to return to the subconscious mind to remember the dream.

Try to lie in bed and let your mind wander back into the dream. Have a notebook next to you and record everything you remember to analyse later.

While there are also dream-catching cards and other items you can buy to help ‘catch’ your dreams, the bet way to remember dreams is to learn more and develop an interest in them.

Dream yourself to life!

Our life is composed greatly from dreams,
from the unconscious,
and they must be brought into connection with action.
They must be woven together.

Anais Nin

Did you know that we spend one third of our lives sleeping, and that can equate to around six years of dreaming. However, we often say that we don’t remember the dreams, or some even say that they don’t dream at all!

Would you like to remember your dreams, understand the meaning of your dream and how you can make use of the dream in daily life?

Did you know that you can program your dreams, so that you can connect with loved ones in spirit, find out about your past lives or find out how to resolve issues that are affecting your waking life?

In the Exploring Your Dreams four week course you will discover all of this – and much more!

In each session, I will guide and teach you ways to help you remember your dreams, make adjustments in your bedroom that will enhance your dreaming, learn how to record your dreams and understand their meanings, and ways to program your dreams to help you in waking life!

You will also be part of a sacred and intimate egroup – where you will be able to share you nightly adventures with other like minded dreamers!

Week One – Tuesday 19 July: Discovering all about dreaming, and techniques and methods to remember and enhance your nightly dreams

Week Two – Tuesday 26 July: Learn how to program your dreams for different adventures and experiences

Week Three – Tuesday 2 August: Learn how to interpret your dreams and create your own dreaming dictionary

Week Four – Tuesday 9 August: Discover how to integrate the information from your dreams into your daily waking life!

Maximum group size is four participants.