When you learn the Tibetan Dream yoga method you will be able to use meditation for lucid dreams.
Numerous scientific studies have shown a direct correlation between lucid dreaming and meditation.
Because it develops your self awareness and makes you more reflective, meditation helps to improve your ability to recognise that you are in a dream.
Through regular meditation practice you will greatly enhance your ability to have a lucid dream.
If you’re new to meditation you’ll most likely be wondering just what exactly it is and how you can do it.
In meditation, you focus your mind on one element of the present moment.
Many meditation techniques involve mindfulness of breath. In other meditations you may focus on movement or on some other object–a candle for instance.
Though the meditation process is very simple, it is also very effective.
Meditation has been shown to offer numerous health benefits, ranging from boosting the immune system to reducing stress to fighting depression and even lowering blood pressure. But one of the lesser-known benefits of meditation is that it can help you to have lucid dreams.
Lucid dreams are different to regular dreams because the person maintains awareness and consciousness and is able to hold both consciousness and the dream in their minds, to varying degrees (some people are more aware when lucid dreaming than others).
Lucid dreaming is not too different to being awake. When we are awake we vary in our levels of conscious awareness. Sometimes we are more aware (more mindful) than at other times. And, of course, we can use meditations to be more conscious in the moment.
This is precisely what happens when we lucid dream: we are consciously aware of the present moment, we just happen to be asleep at the same time.
When we practice meditation we train the mind to stay in the moment, to not day-dream or lose conscious awareness, to basically stay with it. And this is true whether we are awake or asleep.
This is why meditation has been proven to improve quality of sleep, to reduce nightmares and sleep anxiety.
Did you know: there are even specific meditative lucid dream practices. (see Tibetan Dream Yoga below)
Studies Into Meditation And Lucid Dreams
One of the main studies into meditation and lucid dreaming was conducted by a German website. The website took 528 participants and asked them to complete a questionnaire about mindfulness, meditation, and their dreams each week. The studies shows that participants who had experience in meditating (and higher levels of mindfulness as shown by fMRI) had higher frequency of lucid dreams, with 4.28 vs 2.55 lucid dreams per month.
Best meditation for lucid dreams
It is actually possible to use any of the 31 main meditations for lucid dreams because because meditation increases self awareness and makes us more likely to realise that we are dreaming.
There are, however, some additional techniques in meditation that can be used for lucid dreaming.
The best meditation for lucid dreams is to meditate while in bed and then purposefully lead yourself into a sleeping state through guided meditation.
- Lie down in bed
- Get comfortable
- Close your eyes
- Take 27 mindful breaths
- Imagine that you are sitting on the beach in the sunshine
- See the ocean ahead of you. Watch the waves
- Feel as though you are genuinely inside this visualization
- Begin to count down from 100 to 0. When you get to 0 you will be asleep
- While counting down, repeat the mantra, “I am aware”
These are just two types of techniques for lucid dreams. There are many. If you would like to learn more about meditation, take a look at my complete guide to all the best meditation techniques.
Here is an excellent free guided meditation for lucid dreams. Click on the video and there shut your eyes and begin to fall asleep. This video will lead you into a state of lucid dreaming.
Tibetan Dream Yoga
Lucid dreaming began with Tibetan Dream Yoga , which also goes by the name Milam. This dream yoga is an advanced lucid dreaming technique for yogis.
Tibetan Dream Yoga aims to increase conscious awareness during dreaming. Traditionally, students would use this as a way to understand the dream state.
The texts say that when the yogi enters lucid dreaming and removes conceptual stimuli from the mind they enter the highest level of consciousness.
How to do Tibetan Dream Yoga Technique
- Have a lucid dream (see above)
- When you wake up, reflect
- Compare real life to your dreams
- Meditate on your latest dream when you wake up
- While meditating on your dreams, recite the mantra Raom Gaom (accentuate the O)
For more on Tibetan Dream Yoga, read the essential book, The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche [AMAZON]
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