Meditation And Lucid Dreaming – The Happy Couple
I love Lucid Dreaming.
I also love meditation.
The two seem to go hand in hand, and I’d like to explain why this relationship is a good one. Why it’s important that if you practice one, you should also practice the other?
When I started out with lucid dreaming, (And yes, I learned to lucid dream before I had heard about meditation) I was lazy.
I’d just go from website to website looking for the quick fix or the lucid pill that would give me an instant lucid dream.
I know now this was the wrong way to look at things.
It’s more for a lifestyle, a habit. It’s more of a change in who you are. The self awareness and other skills you learn with lucid dreaming apply to more than one area of your life, and will change you for the better.
Anyway, a few months into lucid dreaming, I started reading about meditation.
The first few times I meditated, I literally couldn’t sit still for longer than about 1 and a half minutes. It was embarrassing, however the more I practiced, the easier it got to do.
I also didn’t see the point of sitting still and ‘not doing anything’ at first.
As I spent more time meditating, I started noticing a change in myself. I started noticing a chance in my attitude, emotions, dreams and mental clarity.
It was actually pretty easy to notice within even a few days. I fell in love with the feeling I got from meditation.
I’d like to just make sure you understand that meditating can be an amazing way to boost your lucid dreams, if nothing else! I mean, when you start, you’ll also notice that other areas of your life improve as well but if you’re just into this for the lucid dreaming benefits, that’s totally cool too!
How does meditation help lucid dreams?
Well, It’s to do with awareness.
When we dream, we’re not normally aware of what’s going on, that’s to say, we’re not usually lucid. This isn’t because we don’t want to be, or we’re not able, it’s just because we haven’t been practicing and cultivating the ability, and like most things in life, you use it or lose it.
This is specially true with muscles, and the less you exercise them, the smaller and weaker they will get over time. It’s just life. So with lucid dreaming, that awareness that you’re practicing is a skill, and almost like a muscle.
It’s like a muscle in the sense that you need to use it and exercise it in order to keep and improve it.
Meditation is the PERFECT way to practice self awareness.
Buddhist monks have been using meditation as a way of ‘transcending’ their fears, worries and doubts for hundreds of years. It works.
In fact, there’s a type of lucid dreaming which involves being ‘constantly aware’ for 24 hours a day.
I haven’t experienced this, but I know it’s a result of meditation and ‘dissolving the dream state’. They can create a sense of total awareness and just ‘being’ in their dreams and waking life.
Now I’m not saying you should try and do that, because it likely takes years of practice to achieve that level of awareness, but I’m saying you should at least try a simple meditation every morning and evening, if for nothing else, to see an improvement in your lucid dreams.
Combining Meditation with Brainwave Entrainment
This is something I’m very excited to talk about with you. Brainwave Entrainment is the concept of changing your brainwaves using sound.
You can listen to a specific ‘frequency’ and experience a change in your brainwaves, meaning you are more likely to lucid dream. You can get frequencies that change your brainwaves in different ways.
Don’t worry, it’s not dangerous at all, and the effects are only temporary. It is a great way to optimize your brain for lucid dreaming though. There are two main types of Brainwave Entrainment and these are –
Binaural Beats and Isochronic Tones
They work in much the same way.
They are a certain frequency that when played through stereo headphones cause your brainwaves to shift into the desired pattern. This means you are more likely to lucid dream, or relax, or sleep depending on the type of frequency you’re listening to.
It’s a great idea to try using these sounds in your meditation. It will boost your results, and I can say that for a fact.
Hopefully I’ve convinced you to start meditation and being more self aware in your waking life. It will not only improve your dreams, but many other areas too.
Stefan is a lucid dreamer and personal development blogger. His main site is ‘How To Lucid Dream‘ and he’s also working on an ‘Ultimate Lucid Dreaming Guide‘ .
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