Lucid Dreaming: A Bridge to Lucid
Beverly (Kedzierski Heart) D'Urso, Ph.D. Copyright (c) 2007
Workshop Before the International Association for the Study of Dreams
(IASD) Conference 2007, Sonoma, CA, June, 2007.
Try lying down and falling asleep in a lucid dream.
In a lucid dream, imagine that you will wake up if you stare at a light.
Try to remain lucid as you are waking up and notice what you experience.
If you find yourself waking up in bed, look around to see if you could
still be dreaming.
Try asking to get pulled to your destination the next time you want to
go somewhere in particular in your lucid dream.
Ask a dream character: “Do you know that you exist in a dream?” Listen
to their answer and imagine that a part of your higher-self believes
what they say.
Think about what seemed out of place in a dream in which you did not
become lucid. For example: Did you notice the same wallpaper from your
childhood kitchen on the walls of a stranger’s house in Africa? Why did
you not question if you were dreaming?
The next time you get lucid, try asking: “What does the dreamer
desire?” Listen, look, and feel for the answer.
Look for fire in a lucid dream and taste it, but only when you feel
certain that you are dreaming.
In a lucid dream, try flying as high up into the sky as you can,
gaining speed as you go. Notice what you experience. Do you hear sounds
or feel vibrations?
Talk to an animal you find in a lucid dream and listen to what it says.
Pick a simple goal that seems impossible in life, believe that you are
dreaming, and expect it to come true.
The next time you are having a disagreement with someone, imagine both
of you as different aspects of one dreamer.
The next time you get lucid, try asking: Where does my physical-body or
higher-self reside? Imagine it existing outside of the dimension in
which you find yourself.
The next time that you find yourself in a recurring life situation,
especially one that you have dreamed of, such as having trouble making
a phone call, ask if yourself if you could be dreaming and look for
Pick a goal, which you can practice in waking life, to try in a lucid
If anything seems to need attention when you become lucid, deal with it
before moving on with your goal. For example: listen to any characters
that want to talk.
When you meet someone in your lucid dream whom you remember has died,
use this as a clue that you may be dreaming. Try different approaches.
For example: You can ask them if they know they died. You can ask if
they have anything to tell you. You can ignore their death and
just enjoy them.
Ask yourself if you are dreaming every time you do some regular daily
activity, such as walking up or down stairs. Look around, and perhaps
even practice carrying out your goal, if you can. Eventually, you’ll do
this in a nighttime dream!
Think of some other books or traditions that compare life to a dream.