Lucid Dreaming and Subconscious Programming
What is lucid dreaming?
“A lucid dream is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik (Willem) van Eeden (1860–1932).In a lucid dream, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over their participation within the dream or be able to manipulate their imaginary experiences in the dream environment. Lucid dreams can be realistic and vivid. It is shown that there are higher amounts of beta-1 frequency band (13–19 Hz) experienced by lucid dreamers, hence there is an increased amount of activity in the parietal lobes making lucid dreaming a conscious process. Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically, and its existence is well established.” -Wikipedia
To put it simply, lucid dreaming is being conscious while you are dreaming. When you reach this point in your dreams, you conscious mind stirs and opens communication with your subconscious mind. Your mind literally becomes whole during lucid dreaming and reality creation can occur. While lucid dreaming, you can direct your awareness and control the dreamscape. During sleep, your subconscious mind is consolidating information and categorizing your experiences for the day. Dreams are the subconscious minds processing of your daily experiences or issues that could be affecting your psyche on a deeper level.
How can lucid dreaming affect reality?
If you read, Manifesting Results, you have an idea of my views on the impact the subconscious mind has on both the collective and universal consciousness. The subconscious mind is a gateway to affecting our reality. Its power is beyond our current understanding but we can experiment with it to better understand our current environment here on Earth. Going back to the collective consciousness, most people do not have positive control over their lives. They are swept up by social conditioning brought on by media and preconceived ideas about how things should work. The majority of people believe life must to be difficult and mundane. This deep seeded belief is acknowledged by your subconscious mind and brought forth through both the collective and universal consciousness. The problem with changing subconscious programs is that they are not as easily changed as your conscious train of thought. Even if you tell yourself that you love money, if you harbor the feeling deep in the recess of your mind, this affect the outcome of your life. Subconscious beliefs must be attacked vigilantly in order to modify them. What is an easier way to modify your subconscious mind than to talk directly to it during your sleep? During lucid dreaming, you can ask your subconscious mind questions or break free from limiting beliefs. Dream characters can help you understand different aspects of your mind and life or you can ask your subconscious mind directly by calling out to it during the dream.
How can you alter your dreams?
Subconscious Power is the endstate achieved through altering dreams. Due to the fact, dreams are symbolic in nature, you must learn to decipher dream messages and interpret messages in the dreamscape. All information gained during lucid dreaming is invaluable for self development and self awareness. It is wise to try to understand the processes and makeup of your dreams before you flee or change the dreamscape. Once you become lucid, you are in the middle of a scene that is playing out before conscious intervention. It is best to explore this scene before you alter anything drastically. Another key point to remember is always face any opposing entity with love. After all, this entity is actually an aspect of your mind. Play detective and figure out why this aspect of your psyche is so disturbed and how you can change this. If you are confused about anything a dream character tells you, call out to your higher self during the dream. Most of the time, it will answer. You can also use lucid dreams to create feelings of bliss and happiness or to explore the highest realms of consciousness. This tool can be used spiritually or it can be used in for results in the physical realm. If you desire money, change your dream to experience immense wealth. After several lucid dreams of immense wealth, you subconscious mind will believe this is the true reality and bring this certainty into sync via the universal consciousness. The sky is the truly the limit when you can synchronize all echelons of your mind.
Best ways to induce a lucid dream
1. Dream Journaling
This step is fairly simple but powerful. By keeping a record of your previous night’s dreams, you are improving your memory recall, which will in turn improve your ability to recall lucid dreams and allow the experience to be remembered once you wake up. Keep the dream journal by your bedside and have it ready to go when you wake up in the morning. Before you move to write in it though, ask yourself what was last night’s dream and play it over in your head once again. This will cement it in and improve accuracy and depth when writing.
2. Reality Checks
Reality checks force you to stop the automatic programming you are carrying out and be in the present. Once in the present, ask yourself, “Am I dreaming.” Once you do this, try to manipulate something in your environment. Look at your watch and try to change the numbers. If anything out of the ordinary happens, congratulations, you are dreaming. Another technique that I incorporate is reality check anchors. I am a big smart phone person so I make it a habit to ask myself if I am dreaming every time I pick up my phone for any reason. After trying this technique for two days, a lucid dream followed. Another popular technique is staring at your hands and asking if you are dreaming.
3. Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming (MILD)
This popular technique works by forcing yourself awake as soon as you realize that you are dreaming. Once awake, you must vividly recall every detail of the dream. After the recall is complete, allow yourself to fall back asleep while maintaining focus on the details of the previous dreams. While drifting off, try to keep your awareness levels high with mind control or a mantra, “I am dreaming and completely lucid.”
4. Wake-Initiation of Lucid Dreaming (WILD)
In order to succeed with this method, you must learn to deeply relax your body and clear your mind while remaining awake as an observer. This is very similar to certain meditations. You must awake yourself after about five hours of sleep. After awakening, focus on your next dream. Think about issues you want to attack or subconscious programs you would like to change. If there is something you want to manifest, contemplate intently about it for the next hour. As you slowly reaching the dream state, you will pass from the beta brainwave state through the alpha and into sleep. As you are progressing to sleep, you may notice flashing images or colors and even possibly auditory hallucinations. This is your conscious mind giving way to the subconscious. Try to remain a passive observer and watch these images as you focus on retaining control until the dreamscape is before you.
There are other techniques such as the one I share in Manifesting Results. Some include affirmations, binaural beats, meditation, mind power, and much more. The best way to induce on a regular basis is constant experimenting and find what is right for you.