There is a known way to start to lucid dream, and for the first time it was independently checked and verified, it could be even more effective when combined with other methods too!
Over half of the people in the test managed to have a lucid dream, which also happens to be a record-breaking rate of success in only a week, without using any method of external intervention, like electrical stimulation, etc…
And for those that don’t know, a lucid dream is when you are dreaming, but you are aware that you are dreaming and you can influence your dream to some extent and how it unfolds, almost like you own personal virtual experience.
It was once considered by many as a myth and just not possible, but now science has proven that lucid dreaming exists, and even confirmed methods to increase the likelihood that you can have one!
But there is a downside, in some cases, there is advanced equipment needed, and some techniques are not reliable at all, which is unfortunate, to say the least as who doesn’t enjoy their own personal dream experience…
Furthermore, we now consider that lucid dreams can be a very useful tool to help us heal after traumas and to control and re-model behaviors.
Dr Denholm Aspy of the University of Adelaide considered if combining techniques would bring greater success…
Aspy took 169 participants and gave them specific instructions in techniques on how to develop the skill to lucid dream. One of these is called reality checking, to regularly check to see if you are “in reality”, i.e. not dreaming.
Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams (MILD) makes participants set some alarms that wake them after five hours and recite:
“The next time I am dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming”
…then they go back to sleep. MILD practitioners also vividly imagine what it would be like to be in a lucid dream, to promote the success of it.
Aspy says in his journal, called “Dreaming” that reality testing on its own produced no benefit, but those people who actually tried it combined with reality testing and MILD, 53% had a lucid dream during the trial period, totting up to about 17% success each night.
Apparently, as he said, this well exceeds any previous study conducted, without interventions like masks that shine lights in people’s eyes on detecting REM sleep, etc…
Interestingly enough about 55% of people have a naturally occurring lucid dream during their lifetime, but it’s still pretty rare for most people, happening very few times, without any control over it.
Aspy said he got to be fascinated about lucid dreaming after having one as a child, and he changed his psychology Ph.D. from studying non-verbal communication after having a lucid dream the night before he was to begin his doctorate, wow now that is life-changing!
Lucid dreamers on the whole wake up pretty fast, but they can slowly learn to extend the time before they wake up for up to an hour, give or take!
Aspy is looking for even more volunteers to perform even more studies, would you be in one of these studies? Tell us what you think in the comments below.