Hypnosis is a tool that can be used to help a person reach dream lucidity.
You may or may not have experienced being hypnotized by a professional hypnotherapist or through the use of a pre-recorded hypnotic recording yourself but even if you have never been in a hypnosis induced state of trance I’m sure you are aware of hypnosis.
In fact you may be surprised to learn that you most have been hypnotized before as the hypnotic state is a common, everyday occurrence. You see hypnosis is really a normal state of mind that each person moves in and out of during the course of a normal day.
Have I Ever Been Hypnotized?
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions then you have been hypnotized:
- Have you ever drove home and completely forgot the drive?
- Have you been engaged in an activity and been surprised at how much time had past?
- Have you ever watched a film and become emotional invested in the characters i.e. wanting them to succeed, survive, find love etc.?
- Have you ever read a novel and formed images in your mind about the characters, places, events etc.?
Of course there are many different situations that I could mention that would show you have been in a state of trance many, many times but the above questions should give you some idea of what a hypnotic state really is.
So what does hypnosis have to do with lucid dreaming?
Well practicing self hypnosis can help you become lucid much more quickly than just trying to do it through willpower. And that’s what I’m going to teach you today.
How Does It Work?
Just like any other process, it is best to know a little bit about how hypnosis works in in order to derive any benefit from it.
For the purpose of lucid dreaming we will look at using self hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a completely natural way to focus your mind, calm your body, and relieve you of stress and it is a great tool for programming your mind to automatically “awaken” you within a dream.
Simplified Self Hypnosis
The following is a simplified method you can use to hypnotize yourself:
- Use any relaxation process you want to get relaxed (the technique used in this session works very well).
- Once relaxed, start releasing all the tension that you feel, starting from your feet all the way up to your head.
- Start counting down from 10 to 1 in your head. As you count down allow yourself to relax a little more. You will start to delve deeper into your unconscious self.
- Make auto suggestions. You can try some of the following: “my dreams are easy to remember”, “all of my dreams are vivid & lucid”, “I have total control of my dreams”, “lucid dreaming is easy for me”, etc.
- After a few minutes mentally count from 1 to 5 allowing yourslf to become more conscious of your physical surroundings with each number. You may actually find that you fall asleep during your hypnotic session (which is completely okay and will even revitalize your body) and might even lead to a lucid dream.
Developing a Hypnosis Routine
It is unlikely that just one session will be enough to program your mind to lucid dream. Several self hypnosis session will be needed. I would advise you to practice self hypnosis at least 3 times per week or every night if you can. Create a simple routine of performing your hypnotic sessions in the same place at the same time.
Create your own hypnotic place; a visualization of a calming environment you imagine yourself in before reciting your affirmations.
In my own routines, I often enter a peaceful but exotic garden where I mentally feel myself lay down on warm grass where I begin to plant the lucid dream auto suggestions. I find this helps because nature meditations are one of my personal best primers.
Give it shot tonight.
Your Hypnotic Routine
If you choose to utilize self hypnosis as part of your lucid dreaming training then you need to develop a hypnosis routine that works best for you. In my own experience, I use a dream garden from where I supply myself with auto suggestions but you may prefer a beach, a forest or just your own sofa.
The key is to create your own “safe place” where you feel comfortable and safe. In that place your subconscious mind will be open to the suggestions you give it.
Until next time keep practicing.