Lucid Dreaming requires a lot of work. It’s not something that’s achieved at the drop of a hat, and yet, arguably, the effort one must put in to achieve it makes the experience that much more enjoyable and meaningful.
The available evidence suggests that there’s no reason someone wouldn’t be able to have a Lucid Dream. Some experience it quite easily, days into training; others struggle for months, eventually quitting.
There are many mistakes inexperienced Lucid Dreamers make while learning to Lucid Dream. More often than not, those mistakes are why people become doubtful about the whole process, leading to the dreamers quitting prematurely. Let’s explore which of these mistakes are the most common.
Lack of belief
If you’ve never experienced a Lucid Dream, it’s understandable if the whole idea behind it may sound strange, counterintuitive, or straight-up ridiculous. Even if you decide to try and learn to lucid dream for one reason or the other, the lack of faith in your practice will act as a barrier between you and the conscious dream.
Similar to hypnosis or meditation, one has to let their mind go loose and detach from any doubts of the process’ integrity. If you believe that you can have a Lucid Dream, you will. If you think it’s impossible or a waste of your time, you won’t. It’s as simple as that.
When people go to the gym to train their bodies, they do so on a regular basis. They know it’s not something you do once a week or even once a month. Training requires consistency to be effective, reliable, and beneficial.
The same applies to mind training. You can’t expect any meaningful results if you’re not consistent with the effort you put in.
Not tracking your progress
The journey toward a Lucid Dream is filled with important milestones. More often than not, you will start feeling the benefits of your training long before you experience a conscious dream:
- Your sleep quality will improve
- You will remember more of your dreams
- You will become much more mindful during the day
- And more
Acknowledging your progress in these areas is crucial in boosting your motivation and building confidence that what you’re doing is both meaningful and beneficial to your well-being.
Abandoning the basics
Using various Lucid Dreaming techniques can significantly boost your chances of having a conscious dream. However, you shouldn’t abandon the basics:
Keep writing in your dream journal
Adhere to sleep hygiene
Perform Reality Checks every day
Lucid Dreaming techniques can and should be utilized. However, it’s important not to abuse them – especially if you’re using the ones paired with the Wake Back To Bed (WBTB) method, as it can have a toll on your sleep quality.
These are the most common mistakes that inexperienced lucid dreamers make. Try to avoid them when learning to dream consciously.
- Be consistent.
- Believe that you can succeed.
- Track your progress.
- Don’t abandon the basics.
Good luck, Dreamer!