Geo Bell 11/11/2015
"I wonder, I wonder, what you would do if you had the power to dream at night any dream you wanted to dream” - Alan Watts
As pointed out by almost any article ever written on the subject, in a lucid dream anything is possible.
If you're an experienced oneironaut, you'll have learnt this first hand. Even those who have enjoyed just a few lucid dreams can likely cross a few ideas off the list below.
If you're new to lucid dreaming, you probably have a long to-do list already! Keeping a to-do list at the back of your dream journal is a great way of keeping motivated and making sure that you stay focused on your goals once lucid.
Here's 101 ideas to inspire and motivate you...
1. Fly. No doubt at or near the top of every lucid dreamer's to-do list. Flying comes naturally to most dreamers in a matter of no time, and is simply the perfect illustration of the freedom which comes with lucidity.
2. 360 vision! I first heard this suggestion in the movie Waking Life - a common favourite of many dreamers.
3. Teleport. Bit trickier to master than flying, but a great tool to get anywhere you want mid-dream.
4. Fly through space in euphoria as the music of your dreams fills your ears. Life changing.
5. Make it rain. Look up and close your eyes. Enjoy the sensation of raindrops on your face. Feel your feet soak as the heavy rain crashes around you and water seeps between your toes.
6. Pause time. Make your way to a busy street and bask in the paradoxical silence.
7. Make time go backwards. If you went far back enough, would you wake where you left off?
8. Become your favourite animal. See the world through the prowling eyes of a tiger, an eagle soaring through the sky or a great white shark deep in the ocean.
9. Survive a zombie apocalypse. You never know, this might come in handy come the apocalypse...
10. You know what. Get it out your system. We are creatures of habit and many oneironauts succumb to the same temptations over and over again. Remember there are endless possibilities beyond your basic human instincts.
11. Meditate. Lucid dreaming and meditation have been practised by Tibetan Buddhists for over 1000 years. Unsurprisingly, the two go hand-in-hand. For more info check out Meditation, Lucid Dreams and Dream Yoga
12. Breathe underwater. Quite a surreal experience first time around. Swimming is a lot more fun in dreams.
13. Tell dream characters that this is your dream. Some characters may take this the wrong way, while others will be left confused. What's really interesting is that sometimes it's the dream characters which inform you that “this is all a dream”. Try it and see what happens...
14. Tell a dream character that they are dreaming, and that you're in their dream. See how things change.
15. Superpowers! All lucid dreamers love to fly, but how about something a little more exotic? Breathing fire, controlling computers with your mind, speaking to animals... How about becoming your childhood superhero? Everybody's wanted to be Spiderman at some point. Your friendly neighbourhood dreamer.
16. Speak to your subconscious mind! Ask your inner-you what your heart truly desires. What are your deepest secrets? What life advice might you ask?
17. Time travelling. Either build a time machine, or dream-spin your way to the year 5000.
18. See how long you can stay in the dreamscape. Make use of stabilisation techniques to prolong fading dreams. If you start to wake, use the Spinning Technique to spin into another dream.
19. Relive past memories. This is a slightly controversial use for lucid dreaming. Whilst clinging onto the past can stop us from moving forward in life, our happiest memories are something which we should always hold dearly. Our dreams are naturally the most powerful way to relive treasured memories.
20. Continue where you left off from a previous lucid dream.
21. Face your nightmares. Lucid dreaming can turn nightly horrors into nightly adventures.
22. Go searching for your deepest and darkest desires. Only you will know when you find it.
23. Become a ghost, and prank dream characters! Just hope the Ghostbusters don't show up.
24. Eat your favourite food, or try something new! You might wake up a little hungrier than usual.
25. Use mirrors as portals, or create your own. You might want to close your eyes if you're a bit anxious the first time around...
Using portals is an easy way of escaping somewhere new.
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26. Look in a mirror and see your reflection. Try to morph into something else.
27. Ride a dinosaur.
28. Dive into a volcano.
29. Seek wisdom from famous thinkers. Unleash your inner philosopher.
30. Take over the world! Okay so this one's a little sinister, perhaps keep the mindless crumbling of society to a minimum.
31. Meet up with famous celebrities. If that's your thing.
32. Ask a dream character what they would like to do. You might be surprised with the suggestions. The way in which dream characters behave is in most cases influenced by your relationship to them. It wouldn't be a shocker then, if the old lady across the street doesn't suggest jumping off the Eiffel Tower. However, all elements of the dream, especially the action of dream characters, are also strongly influenced by our expectations. If we expect her answer to be crazy, it will be!
33. Become a mad scientist! What crazy creations can you come up with? A 3 headed cat? A hoverboard? A pill that turns dream characters green?
34. Become a vampire and hunt at night!
35. Drive the car of your dreams. Literally.
36. See the 7 wonders of the world.
37. Find what lies at the end of the rainbow. Or ask a Leprechaun!
38. Enter the internet. Like they did on Futurama.
39. Play music, or create a soundtrack to your dream. You could choose any tune to suit the mood, or even will your subconscious to choose for you.
40. Try eating objects and parts of the dreamscape to see how they taste. I've always wondered what a cloud tastes like.
41. Dream in 2D... Like a cartoon!
42. Paint the dreamscape in all sorts of crazy colours.
43. Save the world as a secret agent.
44. Be at two places at once. How might you achieve this? Splitting into two bodies?
45. Design and create yourself a dream hide-out or base which you can visit whenever you're lucid.
50. Visit Pandora from the movie Avatar and experience the life of the Na'vis.
51. Swim with dolphins... Through space!
52. See what lies at the edge of the universe. Of course, you'd have to create one first.
53. Shrink down and take a ride in a kangaroo's pouch.
54. Go shopping with an unlimited budget. Only when every material possession I could imagine became a flick of the dream wrist away did I realise that
55. Adopt a monkey and give him a funny name. Whenever you see him you'll know that you're dreaming.
57. Float in outer space looking down at the Earth. Close your eyes and allow yourself to fall.
58. Get abducted by aliens. Will they be hostile or come in peace? If friendly, ask if they'll let you take their spaceship for a spin.
59. Go to an alien planet. Watching any sort of Sci-fi movie or TV series in the evening will probably have an impact on the content of your dreams.
60. Play the character of your favourite video game. Awful lot of Sonic Adventure dreams for me.
Light switches tend not to work properly in dreams.
(CC) Image credit: Derek Gavey https://www.flickr.com/photos/derekgavey/
61. Build a dreamscape from scratch. To find out how, check out Changing and manipulating the dream setting
62. Flick a light switch, and actually turn the light on. It's an accepted 'fact' that turning a light on in a dream is impossible. However, speaking from experience, it is possible to manipulate light levels in the dream. Many others have also succeeded in this task, but 99% of the time, it simply doesn't work. To find out why, check out Why reality checks work in dreams
63. Star in your own movie. An unlimited budget and you even get to do your own stunts.
64. Walk on the moon.
65. Eat all the pizza you can imagine... And not get fat!
66. Ask a dream character to tell you a joke. You could even ask that chicken why it's crossing the road.
67. Fight an epic battle against king kong, godzilla, or another iconic beast! CGI simply won't compare to the unparalleled realism of the dream world. You could even armour up in a giant humanoid mecha like they do in Pacific Rim, or Gundam Wing!
68. Perform to a giant crowd at your own music festival. If you're a musician, lucid dreams are a great environment to practice making music and even performing to an audience without the need to be nervous. Risk-free crowd surfing is another added benefit.
69. Dodge bullets, matrix-style! You know the scene…
70. Perform a magic show for an audience. It's not magic, it's just dream control!
71. Create your own theme park.
72. Drive a Dolorean and travel to the future!
73. Have a Minecraft dream! Look out for scary things when it gets dark!
74. Get your fortune from a fortune cookie. Reading the fortune might be a little tricky, mind you.
75. Visit an ancient mystical temple.
76. Turn the dreamscape to a giant bouncy castle.
77. Become a transformer.
78. Find paradise. Everybody has a different idea of paradise. Mine would be my own dimension where I could do absolutely anything I could possibly imagine… Sounds familiar…
79. Experience the dream through the eyes of another dream character.
80. Become invisible and wreck havoc or mischief! If you're a guy, try not to spend the entire dream in the ladies changing rooms.
81. Move cities Inception-style. If you haven't seen the film Inception, stop reading, close this window and go watch it.
82. Walk through walls.
83. Come face to face with impossible optical illusions. Think Escher's impossible stairs, or the paradoxical penrose stairwell in Inception.
84. Dig to the centre of the Earth.
85. Fly an aeroplane. You don't need a pilots license in the dream world.
86. Have a psychedelic dream. If you focus on hypnagogic imagery as part of the WILD technique, you've probably already seen first hand how gentle swirls and shapes can become complex geometric patterns as you transition into the dreamstate. Check out our no-nonsense WILD technique here.
87. Have an Outer-Body Experience (OBE). 'Lucid dreaming' is slowly becoming a household phrase, but those who haven't heard of it have likely stumbled across the term 'Outer-Body Experience'. OBEs get a fair bit of attention among the online lucid dreaming community, although their existence as a phenomena that is separate from lucid dreaming borders the paranormal, and is out the territory of this website!
88. Play golf on an alien planet.
89. Ride a unicorn.
90. Become a Jedi knight or join the dark side! Star Wars fan? you could recreate the entire saga if you really wanted to. Using the force comes naturally when practising dream control.
91. Zero gravity. Instead of flying to space to experience zero gravity, why not mess with the physics closer to home?
92. Rob a bank! Purely for the thrill of it.
93. Shrink yourself down and ride a ladybug.
94. Find Bigfoot. If the creature exists anywhere, it's in your dreams.
95. Grow wings... And fly like an angel.
96. Find out what Heaven and Hell mean to you.
97. Host/enter a TV show. I've always wanted to beat Takeshi's Castle.
98. Spawn a giant ball pit.
99. Reach into your pocket and see you can find. If you expect to pull something specific from your pocket, that is what you'll find.
100. Have a martial arts stand-off with a Jet-Li x Jackie Chan hybrid. Good luck.
101. Find yourself… Isn't it strange that whilst exploring the infinite universe of our dreams, we can both find ourselves and forget our place in the universe at the same time?
Written by Geo Bell
Last updated: 17 Feb 2016