Lucid Dreaming: A Quick Guide

"Life is short. And to make matters worse, we spend between a quarter and a half of our lives asleep. Most of us have a habit of walking through our dreams like some kind of zombie. We sleep, thoughtlessly, through many thousands of possibilities to be fully aware and alive. ”

The above passage is from a book that explains the essence of lucid dreaming. Learning to dream lucidly opens up a fantastic world full of adventure and spectacle. But what exactly is that lucid dreaming?

In short, lucid dreaming is knowing that you are dreaming while you are dreaming. To some people this sounds impossible, but many have dealt with this at some point and will recognize it. The great thing is that you can train yourself in it, as explained below. The moment you realize during your dream that you are dreaming, you are literally the director of your own film. Almost anything is possible! Sex with unattainable love and acting against the laws of nature - such as flying or breathing underwater - are among the top 10 most common activities during a lucid dream.

During the course Sports Psychology I learned, among other things, that it pays to do certain exercises in your head. The body appears to a certain extent, as it were, 'by training' by just thinking about training. This is wonderful, of course, but it would be even better if we could repeat or even expand our exercises during our sleep, where the experience is often more realistic than in our thoughts. I do not know whether research has been done on this, but I can imagine that this has a positive effect on the training.

How can you learn lucid dreaming?
Everyone dreams. There will be people who will not remember their dreams at dawn, but they will also dream. And anyone who dreams can basically learn to dream lucidly. All it takes is a pen, paper and some persistence. The steps are as follows:

Step 1. Write down dreams
To learn to dream lucidly, it is first of all important that you recognize your dreams. And to recognize them, you have to memorize them. With a pen and paper (notebook or similar) on the bedside table, the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is to write down your dreams. It is important that this happens as soon as possible, because within half an hour of being awake, you will often have forgotten the complete dream.
If you have trouble remembering your dream, you can try to lie down with your eyes closed and let your thoughts go a little bit. Often a dream image then slowly but surely returns. Unfortunately, it often takes some discipline when you just wake up to encourage yourself to do a fairly difficult act like writing. On the other hand, it can be very funny to read this again later; firstly, the handwriting is difficult to read and secondly, the sentences are sometimes incorrect.

Step 2. Recognize the patterns
It turns out that there are certain patterns to be found in a person's dreams. When you have written down your dreams, you will discover recurring elements over time. These can be characters or events, but also locations or combinations of these things. Many dreams are also characterized by their absurd events such as talking pets or appearing without clothes at work. Recognizing such patterns and events makes it easier to recognize them while you are asleep.

Step 3. Strengthen lucidity
What if it works? The first few times during your dream that you suspect that it is a dream, it is difficult to hold onto your dream. You are, as it were, startled by your discovery, and so hard that it wakes you up. That is unfortunate, but a sign that you are heading in the right direction! It seems that in your dream spinning or rubbing your hands works to keep your attention on the dream.
What can also happen is that you are not sure whether you are dreaming. In that case there are a lot of 'reality tests' that you can perform. Below are a number of them, choose your favorite yourself:

  • Light switches never work in a dream. Just try it, and you will see that the light intensity changes only a little bit.
  • Clocks also work badly. Sometimes you can read the time from it, but if you then look away and try again, you will see that something completely different is written.
  • Mirrors are not there or do not work as they should.
  • If you walk from room A to room B in a dream and then walk back through the same door again, you will never end up in room A again.
  • You cannot remember in your dream what you did 10 minutes ago.
  • You can walk through the wall in a dream. Or easier to try: you can pass one hand through the other.
  • You can run without getting tired (that would be something; getting tired in your sleep!).
  • It is difficult to read anything in your dream, and what you are trying to read is also constantly changing (and often in total nonsense).
  • ...
In the movie Inception, Ariadne folds the world in half

And if that succeeds, you know for sure that you are dreaming and you also stay in your dream, then you can basically do anything you want. This does take some practice. A friend of mine recently said that he dreamed every night for a week that he could fly, and at the end of the week it was a lot easier and faster than at the beginning!


Dreaming happens during REM sleep, the period in sleep when the eyes blink violently. The existence of lucid dreaming has been scientifically proven. There is even a method to communicate with the real world in an abstract way during sleep, namely through eye movements.

Own experience
Book: Exploring the world of Lucid Dreaming (Stephen LaBerge)
Wikipedia: Lucid Dream
Frontier Science: Lucid Dreaming: A Quick Guide
Article in Quest: How do lucid dreams work?

20 thoughts on “Lucide dromen: een beknopte handleiding”

  1. For the people who find it interesting: tomorrow an article will appear in which I reflect on lucid dreaming in a philosophical way and decide to explore the boundaries of my world in my sleep.

  2. I have indeed experienced this several times. A wonderfully refreshing thing, which is strange to experience. About dreams (including lucid dreaming) I have a number of theories on my home computer. I will be happy to work this out and post it here.

  3. The easiest way to get lucid:

    Follow step 1 for a month with enough discipline, you will find that at the end of the month after waking up you can remember whole dreams instead of fragments. Keep writing down your dreams, the patterns that appear in your dreams will come in handy later.

    How do you get lucid? By realizing in your dream that you are dreaming.
    Because in your normal life you never wonder whether your reality might be a dream or an illusion, you will never wonder at all in your dreams, after all you see the weirdest things without realizing that what you see is actually impossible.

    How do you realize in a dream that you are dreaming? REALITY CHECKS!

    After successfully following step 1 and your brain has gotten used to keeping your dreams again and increasing their priority through concentration / will / desire, it is time to implement reality checks in your daily life.

    What are reality checks? Simple ways to 'test' your reality.
    I will shortly list a few reality checks, the intention is to make the reality checks a habit so that it will automatically appear in your dreams.

    Now that you are reading this, ask yourself: Am I dreaming? Or am I awake?
    You just performed a simple reality check.

    Reality check 1: Sense of time
    Ask yourself where you are, where you were an hour ago and how you got to this point, in dreams there is usually no fixed logic so in dreams you cannot think carefully where you came from and what you did for it. As soon as this reality check occurs in your dream you will find that you cannot remember it so you are dreaming, this realization will make you lucid.

    Reality check 2: If you have discovered a pattern of impossibility, this will be an easy tool to hit lucid, for example, if you regularly see a pink pig flying in your dreams, then you must continue to resolve to yourself that the next time you see a pink little pig will see flying that it is not real and that you are dreaming, you will notice that after a certain time this will be a trigger to lucid dreaming

    Reality check 2: Symbols (Numbers and Letters) THIS IS THE EASIEST REALITY CHECK AND MOST EFFECTIVE !!!
    Manmade symbols such as numbers (0-9) and letters from the alphabet (az) almost never appear to be correct and change constantly.
    Both clocks / watches are almost never correct, not even digital ones. For example, you look at your watch and it is half past 3, look away for a moment and look back, you will see that the time has changed, or that the hands are turning in all directions. Time is never right! So check your watch regularly, for example look at your watch every 40 minutes to see what time it is and see if you see something strange, look away and look back again. The same goes for texts from books / signs or whatever, look at it, look away and look at it again. In dreams these signs will constantly change form / content.

    Implement the watch reality check during the day and you are guaranteed results in no time.
    Because your brain makes it a 'habit' you will take this with you in your dreams, if you often look at your watch every day in your normal life, you will automatically do this in your dreams, you just do not know and you have never have intentions to check your reality, you just want to know what time it is. So eventually you will encounter a watch / clock in your dreams and because you are used to doing the reality check every time you spontaneously encounter a clock or the time you will also do this in your dream. As soon as you see that something is not right, something will happen spontaneously, the brain will wake up while your body is still asleep.

    You will probably wake up with enthusiasm the first time, but don't give up. The key is to stay calm.

  4. hi i am 12 years old and i remember in my dreams that i am dreaming.
    but most say your dream looks very realistic.
    my dream is a bit vague and hazy, is that normal ???

    1. Intercessor

      If you realize in your dream that you are dreaming and then take the initiative to do something.
      Then it might get a little less blurry and blurry.

  5. I was so sick on Tuesday and I had a stomach ache I could not sleep when later then I dreamed I saw everything happening but I also moved a lot and I noticed that and I felt the pain in my stomach and the joy of my dream was this at the same time a lucid dream?

  6. A helpful tip from the lucid dreaming reddit:

    One simple change has given me LDs pretty much at will.
    Sleep sitting up.
    Not the whole night, just the latter half. What you need to do is sleep 3-4 hours in your bed, wake up (with an alarm) and go finish your sleep in a recliner or deck chair that has head and neck support.
    I used to only LD once every few months, now I have them whenever I drag myself to the recliner (a few feet from my bed) in the middle of the night.
    The technique is explained in full detail here:
    It works because your body, being exhausted, will easily fall asleep, but your mind senses (through the vestibular system) that you're in an upright position and so remains aware. The bottom line is that you're asleep, but the higher mental processes that are usually offline at this time such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, and self-referential mechanisms are prevented from being shut down. Most of these functions are located in the prefrontal cortex, so I'm guessing that specific part of the brain remains active while sleeping upright and shuts down while asleep in natural positions. Also, you don't go into the deep sleep stages, so you remain in the sweet spot between waking and coma-like sleep.
    A few notes
    -Read the link, it has quite a few helpful tips and illustrations.
    -Every single one of the LDs I've had from this method (which is more than 70 now) begins in a replica of my room (the place where my recliner is). As such, my room functions as the loading dock of my entire LD universe.
    -This method produces LDs that are very high level.
    -As the creator of the technique says, make sure you support your lower back with a pillow. If you're not comfortable, you won't fall asleep.
    -Also helps to have a pillow behind your neck so that you're facing forward like you are in waking life.
    -The recliner / deck chair should be roughly at a 120-130 degree angle.
    -Put the alarm on the other side of the room to make you get out of bed.
    -If you're having a hard time falling asleep after waking up, I've found that sleep deprivation (30 hours +) works just as well with no need for WBTB. What you do in that instance is stay up for about 40 hours then go straight to the recliner / deck chair rather than your bed. This results in sleep paralysis which you can then convert into an LD. For some reason, going to the recliner in the first half of the night doesn't work without sleep deprivation (rem rebound?).
    -If you have trouble falling asleep and don't want to use sleep deprivation, I guess you can only sleep 2-3 hours before WBTB. I'd still strongly recommend you use sleep dep if you can't fall asleep after 3-4 hours sleep, as I haven't experimented with 2-3 hours (because I fall asleep fine on 3-4).
    -Whatever you do, don't turn on the lights. That makes it much harder to fall asleep. If your laptop / computer has to be on, download F.lux to eliminate blue glare.
    -This technique has made lucid dreaming a choice for me. What I mean is that before I struggled and struggled with little to show for it. Now I simply ask myself, do I want to LD tonight? Y / N? If I'm too tired, have an early wake up or a hectic schedule the next day, I just decide that I'll LD the night after. If I'm not zonked out and don't have any commitments the next day, it's a go. I'm now on the choice side of the LD equation. I simply have them when I want to have them rather than just desperately hoping for them.
    -This is the chair I'm using, just to give you an idea:
    I picked it up for £ 24. You don't need an elaborate la-z-boy set up. It just has to be comfortable enough for you to sleep in.

    1. In principle, this is simple and strongly depends on the atmosphere in which you want to fly or move. After all, because of your dual nature, everything is a lucid dream. The term 'lucid' is therefore a bit misleading, but that is what life is.  

  7. Very interesting subject, sending yourself in other dimensions and taking over your dream. I have read somewhere that your dream prepares you for your daily life, only a dream is sometimes a dream within a symbolic world / dimension, as it were, so it seems to me a bit difficult to direct you do not immediately contain the direction it takes I was once a leaf that was taken by the wind and I came down in a very long spiral, I woke up laughing slightly out loud. There was not much to be influenced in that dream either.
    You can run without getting tired (that would be something; getting tired in your sleep!).
    That reminds me of a period in my life when I kept having a recurring warning dream, where I ended up at a crossroads on a road that I knew was familiar and had the choice to take one of those two roads. the easiest shortest way. By making that choice I soured my muscles completely until I could no longer take a step, I could no longer move forward and at the same time I ran some danger in that dream. It turned out to be a symbolic warning to The experience of that recurring dream was very special. Life is sometimes very mysterious.

  8. Wow, I was so close to lucid dreaming ...

    Because I dreamed that I dreamed that I realized that I was dreaming. A kind of lucid dream IN a dream.
    The moment I dreamed that I had a lucid dream I saw black and the dream stopped xD

    Maybe next time I'll get a real lucid dream

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