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Dream On

Lucid dreaming can be wonderful, but it takes methods Stephen LaBerge and others recommend to help you get started.

By Jaimal Yogis

Write Your Dreams Down

Put everything you remember in writing as soon as you wake up, even if it's vague. Gradually you'll start remembering more.

Visualize

If you want to fly in your next lucid dream, for instance, take some time during your waking hours to visualize yourself doing so.

Do Regular Reality Checks

Throughout your waking day, ask yourself, "Could this be a dream?" By doing this while you're awake, you'll train yourself to do it while you're dreaming. With any luck, one night the answer will be yes.

Nap

Many people have more success with lucid dreaming during naps, especially morning naps, perhaps because they're sleeping less deeply then. (Be sure to write your dream down.)

Go Deeper

If these methods don't work for you, check out LaBerge's book Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide (which includes an audio CD with training excercies). LaBerge also hosts lucid-dreaming retreats in Hawaii (see www.lucidity.com) during which, he says, almost everyone experiences a lucid dream.

Jaimal Yogis is a contributing editor.
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I am worried about this. I was in emergency room following visit to local Bikram yoga. Had been doing yoga for a year. Took lots of water with me. Not responsible for any reaction I was told. I drove my self to hospital I shouldn;t have been driving after vomiting in their lobby for 30 minutes

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