How to Master Lucid Dreaming
Let’s compare different formats of training and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
There are basically three main options how you can learn lucid dreaming:
- Studying on your own;
- Studying with the supervision of a lucid dream coach;
- Doing an offline or online course.
If you prefer studying on your own, there are loads of materials available now.
Actually, there are so many free and paid resources that it can be difficult to sort out which books and articles are worth reading and which are just a waste of time. It may also be confusing to decide which advice to follow and which is better to ignore.
To start with, it is always safe to read fundamental works like LaBerge’s Lucid Dreaming: The Power of Being Aware and Awake in Your Dreams, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming and Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life.
Study the basics and devise a program of studies for yourself – it is crucially important to set clear objectives and plan what you are going to do.
As we mentioned earlier, there are so many suggestions and recommendations that if you try to follow all of them, you’ll end up doing nothing.
So select the techniques you consider suitable for you and focus on them.
Decide how often and when you are going to apply them, what you need to do every day, and what will help you stick to your plan.
Besides, a clear program of studies helps you monitor your progress and see the results, which is vital with such a complex skill as lucid dreaming.
If you are not sure that you can design such a program yourself but still would prefer a personalized training plan, choose working with a coach.
A good lucid dream coach will offer you a plan of studies in accordance with your preferences and help you address the issues and difficulties you face.
But be careful choosing a coach – make sure that they are really experts both in lucid dreaming and teaching. Individual training with a qualified coach can be a great option, but of course, a rather expensive one.
If you can’t afford it, don’t despair – with modern technologies in education, even a mass course can be individualized and adjusted to your needs.
Finally, let’s take a closer look at offline and online courses.
They both can be equally effective, provided that they have been designed and executed by specialists with the necessary training and experience.
Doing a course can be extremely useful because:
- You follow a tested program that guides you through the necessary steps;
- Your studies are not accidental and inconsistent, but thought through and carefully planned;
- You know that if you follow the recommendations and do the assignments, you will get the result you want.
Choosing between an online and offline course, consider the following
If you want to learn from the best but you live in a city where trainers you like and trust don’t regularly provide training, it would be reasonable to decide in favor of online training.
Choosing a course and get as much information as you can about the trainer.
Are they really experts in both lucid dreaming and teaching? How well can they explain complicated things and give clear instructions on what you need to do? Read their articles. Watch their videos on YouTube. Try to find real reviews by their former students.
And only then decide if they are a good teacher for you.
On average, an online course can be 60-80% cheaper than a traditional in-classroom course.
If you are looking for ways to cut corners and save, choose online courses – you will spend a lot less money for the same training.
Do you like studying in the comfort of your own home and in your office? Or maybe it is just impossible for you to concentrate at home for various reasons.
While online courses give you the advantage of being able to study anywhere from any internet-compatible device, traditional courses may create the necessary study environment which will help you focus on studies and not get distracted.
No doubt that with online training you will have to invest less time, as you won’t waste time and money traveling to a school or meeting your teacher.
Besides, if you sign up for a traditional training course, you will have to choose a certain schedule.
Online training is far more flexible: the majority of online training programs will allow you to log in at any time, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
5. Personal contact
Of course, computers and applications still cannot fully replace some elements of human communication, which occurs during the personal contact.
If you don’t feel comfortable studying in an online group and never meeting (or even seeing) your classmates, you should definitely choose an offline training course.
As we already mentioned, mastering lucid dreaming is a long-term project. To develop the desired skills, you may need from one to several months.
Keeping on practicing regularly can be a huge challenge, especially when we are so used to everything being such a quick fix in our modern age.
You need to know that you are not alone and when you have doubts or questions, know where to ask. Peer motivation is really powerful, so it is great if the course you are considering has a group or an online community you can join.
There you can discuss your ups and downs, see what difficulties other lucid dreamers face and learn from their experiences.
The majority of online courses offer such an option, as they have forums or closed online communities of lucid dreamers.
Thus, as you see, all ways of mastering lucid dreaming have their advantages and disadvantages.
Which method is right for you? You have to try and find out!