Geo Bell 26/12/2015
Dreams of waking
I soon learnt to start reality checking whenever I thought that I had woken up. As it turns out, this was a very simple yet effective way of inducing countless Dream Induced Lucid Dreams.
Why do we have false awakenings?
Naturally, following a night's sleep we expect to find ourselves waking up in bed. It's unsurprising therefore that we may dream of waking up the next morning, brushing our teeth or getting ready for the day ahead, only to wake again!
When a lucid dream starts to fade, we expect that the next thing we experience will be waking up in bed, ready to record the dream in our dream journal. As is true in all dreams, expectation is everything. We expect to find ourselves lying in bed, so we do – only it's not a real bed, but a very convincing dream simulation.
As peculiar and arguably frustrating false awakenings can be for novice lucid dreamers, they are in fact a great opportunity for inducing lucid dreams. Performing a reality check each and every time you find yourself waking from sleep is useful habit to get into, and an easy way of experiencing DILDs.
1. Green, C. (1968) Lucid Dreams. Oxford: Institute for Psychical Research.