Having a lucid dream can be an awesome experience for beginners, and we have given a number of tips on how to start lucid dreaming in previous posts. But sometimes, entering lucidity will happen on dreams that the dreamer may not necessarily want, and can actually lose themselves in the control lucidity gives. So how does one maximize the potential of their lucid dreams? By setting lucid dream intentions.
What is a lucid dream intention?
A lucid dream intention is a goal or objective that the dreamer sets before dreaming, and the dreamer will work on accomplishing once the lucid dream begins. Having a lucid dream intention actually gives a lot of benefits, like making the lucid dream more solid and less prone to ending without any resolution, improving the quality of the lucid dream, and making it much more satisfying once it is finished.
Most importantly, it maximizes the potential of lucid dreams by truly unleashing what they can be used for. Instead of simply using the lucid dream for self-gratification, which is a common thing to do for many beginners, the lucid dream can then be used for a lot more, like self-improvement and being in-touch with one’s inner self.
A good way to think about it is like this: a lucid dream without a lucid dream intention is like an impromptu performance, which can be fun and spontaneous, but the end goal can be blurry and it might not have a clear path to an ending, and it might not even have an ending in sight at all!
A lucid dream with intention is like movie with a screenplay. The dreamer enters the dream with a story in mind, and there is a clear goal at the end, but the details will be done along the way while dreaming.
As well, an intention right at the beginning also trains the dreamer to have more control of the lucid dream, and makes them better and better at controlling, and thus fully enjoying the lucid dream experience.
Not only that, having a clear intention for the lucid dream greatly reduces the risk of having a lucid nightmare, since the path is clearer; in fact, one can have a lucid dream intention –specifically- to confront nightmares and deal with them, thus using lucid dreaming for a higher purpose: dealing with fear, which we have discussed in a previous blog post already.
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How to set the intention
Setting an intention for a lucid dream is as simple as telling yourself about it and continuously thinking about it as you drift to induce your lucid dream. There are a number of methods that many people employ, such as repeating a mantra over and over (which is also another way of relaxing the mind while repeating the intent; hit two birds with one stone) while others use powerful mental visualization during the lucid dream induction process.
Whether or not the dreamer ends up in a lucid dream immediately, or a non-lucid dream first, the intention will serve as a compass to guide the dream; in non-lucid dreams, the intention can serve as a trigger for the lucid dream, allowing the dreamer to start the lucid dream experience simply by being able to keep the intention strong.
But remember this : the lucid dream intent is a compass. It is meant as a guide, a north star, not a detailed map that will give you every single instruction or step. That is best left as a surprise and part of the experience! If you happen to feel like you’re straying from your intention, keep it in mind, hold on to it, and regardless of whatever twists and turns you experience, and whether or not you achieve your intent in one dream, you will eventually get to it!
Strengthening your intention
There are a couple of ways to strengthen your lucid dream intention to increase your chances at achieving it.
One way is to have a mantra to repeat over and over while you are awake. A mantra can simply be a phrase or a set of small sentences that dictate the intention of the dreamer, and are spoken or thought of repetitively.
Some people do this while they go about their day, constantly setting the intent for the lucid dream to come. But for people who cannot hold their thoughts well, this can lead to a very distracted day. So, others do this instead for a shorter period of time, just before they head to bed.
Another is visualization, where the dreamer uses imagery to instill the intent of the dream. To some
this can be more powerful than the words of a mantra as it sets a clear image of what they want to achieve in a dream, but can be a challenge for people who have a hard time visualizing thoughts into images. Like the mantra, dreamers can do this during the day or just before they drift to sleep.
And finally, using binaural beats is a good way to strengthen the intention, especially when done in conjunction with the two previous methods. One such example is this binaural beats track for easy lucid dreaming, "Hypnagogique to Lucidity - Your Lucid Dream Music Gateway"
In this track that we have created, we have formulated the binaural beats and isochronic tones to the brainwave frequencies between 13Hz down to 1Hz, with a carrier frequency of 136.1Hz. This bracket of brainwaves are mostly in the Theta region, where it provides deep relaxation and creativity. They are also found active during a person's dreaming state, where the mind becomes busy with imagery.
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