WHY PEOPLE FAIL TO LEARN LUCID DREAMING AND HOW TO SUCCEED IN MASTERING IT
There are different training formats available now, but whichever one you choose, you need to understand that mastering lucid dreaming is a long-term not a short-term project.
It’s not something you can learn overnight. So that’s why among other things, keeping your motivation up is crucially important. To succeed, you need to follow several basic principles.
First, you need to break your goal into smaller manageable pieces. To learn to lucid dream is a great goal in general, but in terms of training, it is rather useless.
If, after a week or a month of studies, you decide to check whether you have achieved your goal or not, you are likely to be disappointed.
That seems to be obvious, but so many novices give up lucid dreaming only after a couple of weeks of practice because they decide that they can’t do it. And why is it so?
Because they compare their results to their ultimate goal – “to learn to lucid dream” and, not surprisingly, they are not satisfied with their progress.
So if you want to succeed, set smaller goals for each week and work toward them.
At first, it can be something very simple like just doing this or that exercise X times. Or making entries in the dream journal every day.
Then, at the end of the week you will see what you have done and know that you are one step closer to your goal.
Second, make weekly checkpoints to track your progress.
If you want to stay motivated the best thing is to constantly monitor how you are keeping up with your goal. If you see that you are on track, that’s great – you will feel excited and motivated!
If you see that you are lagging behind, it may be the kick start you need to help get you back on track.
So if it’s not provided in the training you have chosen, decide when and how you will track your progress, or consider another training.
And finally, be dedicated and consistent in your studies.
Like with any skill, the secret to success is just to practice, practice, practice. Stephen LaBerge said, “Lucid dreaming is a difficult but learnable skill,” (LaBerge, 1980).
Thousands of people have proved that it’s possible and learned to lucid dream.
Mastering this skill is definitely not easy, but if you want to enjoy the absolute freedom at least for a couple of hours a day, if you want to try something you used to believe was impossible without any unpleasant consequences (like extreme sports or fighting against armed enemies), and if you are really interested in exploring your creativity and broadening your mind, it is definitely worth the effort.
Keep reminding yourself why you are doing it and just continue practicing. Be dedicated and consistent in your efforts and you’ll be rewarded.