This isn't a "Wow, I got lucid every night using this technique!" kind of approach; it's more of a simple and very quick way to pay lucid dreaming some attention on a daily basis, so that I don't take out massive chunks of my day thinking about lucid dreams, but I can still maintain my chances of having a lucid dreaming experience.
idea is to imagine having a conversation about lucid dreaming with a
dreamsign (a person-dreamsign) so that the activity carries over to
dreams, to make you lucid.
What I did when I started
At night, I'd pick some random words and relate them to dreams and lucid dreaming somehow. Example:
"Horse": You can be a horse in a lucid dream!
"Noise": When you are lucid dreaming you might hear noise in the waking-life environment and include it in your dream.
"Test": You can test whether you're dreaming or not by doing a reality check.
"Whet": You can whet your appetite for lucid dreaming by reading other people's lucid experiences.
"Rest": The longer you rest at night, the more likely you are to have a lucid dream.
way to get simple random words is to just switch on the telly and pick
out words. If it's tricky, then I stick to picking out words of one
So nothing major there. Just gently listing information about lucid dreaming, prompted by random words.
Next stage: Discussing with dreamsigns instead
moved on from that and added a dreamsign aspect. I'd imagine I was with
a person-dreamsign and imagine having a chat with them, using the
random word approach above. (I'd alternate the conversation, so that I
would speak, then they would speak, then me, then them, etc). I'd nest
the dreamsigns. This is what I mean by that: Three of my strongest
dreamsigns are: my mum's house, cars, and my wife. So I'd imagine having
a conversation with my wife, in the car, in my mum's driveway.
Me (random word "stress"): I stress that lucid dreaming is a very important part of my life!
Wife: ("melt"): When a dream starts to melt you can rescue it by rubbing your hands.
Me: ("lend"): Other DCs can lend you their body in dreams.
Wife: ("score"): You can log a score of the number of lucid dreams you've had.
Me: ("bar"): In dreams I often dream I am in a bar.
Wife: ("Ski"): I would like to ski in a lucid dream.
Me: ("Tip"): You can tip the odds in your favour by staying awake, then returning to bed.
has often worked out that if I don't have a conversation with my wife, I
will dream of being in the car, or dream of being at my mum's house.
There has been some disagreement I've seen on what the definition of a
dreamsign actually is. I assume that's it's anything - person, place,
object etc - that regularly re-occurs in my dreams.
Refining the conversation
possible to refine the conversation so it is more specific. For
example, it can be written so it's just about the question "Am I
Me: ("Sound"): The sound of the question "Am I dreaming" is a distinctive one.
Wife: ("Bell"): You can ask yourself if you're dreaming whenever you ring a door bell.
Me: ("Veer"): You can veer towards asking yourself if you're dreaming on an hourly basis.
Wife: ("Loud"): You can say, "Am I dreaming" out loud.