Lucid dreaming is a process whereby one knows that he is dreaming when he is dreaming. It is definitely useful to people to wish to gain control of their nightmares. This technique will also be useful to people who dabble in dream interpretation to know more about themselves.
Techniques to be used include:
1) Performing Reality Checks
When you are not dreaming, it pays to perform reality checks. Reality check when you raise up your hand in the air and ask yourself: "Am I dreaming?". Once you have become accustomed to it, you will start questioning yourself if you are dreaming in a dream. This allows you to become lucid.
2) Keeping A Dream Log
A dream log is a systematic way of recording your dreams. Keep it beside or pillow for easy access during the night. Remember to record your dreams immediately since dream memories fade quickly. At the bare minimum, the key points of the dream must be noted. Personally, I situate an alarm clock far away from my bed. This ensures that I wake up to switch off the clock and end up writing in my dream journal.
3) Using Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming (MILD)
Firstly, you have to set your alarm clock to go off 4 hours after you go to sleep. When the alarm clock rings, your subconscious mind will be at the stage when it is most 'open'. At this point in time, quickly record down your dream experiences in your dream log. If you forget your dream, ATTEMPT to sleep and try to be aware of what you have dreamt. In other words, 'relive' the previous moment. In the event that ''noise'' (random thoughts) appear, repeat the imagining part until you 'sink into' your previous dream.
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