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In the free mini-course we will dive into using a dream journal, how to do reality checks, setting your intention before sleep, how long it will take to learn and end with some frequently asked question. Today we start with the basics: what is a lucid dream exactly? And what do you need to learn it?

What is a lucid dream?

A lucid dream is when you are conscious of the fact you are dreaming. When you become conscious there is the possibility to control the dream, influencing the dream characters, the narrative and the surroundings.

Now this definition means that you don't necessarily need to be able to control your dream for it to be lucid. Although being aware of the fact you are dreaming is really cool, you probably want to learn it so you can control your dreams. LucidDreamBot helps you on this journey.

How can I learn to lucid dream?

For a beginner learning how to lucid dream can be pretty overwhelming. There are a lot of different techniques and a lot of people with opinions about how to put them to use. Most of these techniques have abbreviations like WILD, MILD, WBTB, FILD, SSILD, which makes them even more intimidating. Where do you start?

We start by turning to the experts. The ones that share their knowledge and experience so we don't have to make the same mistakes they've made. We turn to a man named Stephen LaBerge. Some say he is the godfather of lucid dreaming research. He is the founder of The Lucidity Institute, an organization that promotes research into lucid dreaming, did lots of scientific research on the subject and wrote several books on the topic.

His book Exploring The World Of Lucid Dreaming recommends beginners to start a dream journal and doing reality checks. Lets take a quick glance at each one.

Dream Journal

A dream journal is a place for you to record your dreams. Now you may say, 'but I never dream!'. No worries, everyone dreams, you just don't remember them. Fortunately you can train this! This training is done by keeping a dream journal.

Every morning you wake up, write or record what you've dreamed about. Now maybe you think 'But I don't remember my dreams at all!', don't worry. After waking up just try as hard as possible and after a few days you will remember more and more.

What you are training here is your dream recall. This is the skill of remembering your dreams and it is critical to your progress. If you are serious about learning to lucid dream you should try to log you dreams everyday. A lot of people go straight into doing reality checks, but if you can't at least   remember one dream each night that is mostly spilled energy.

Tomorrow, on day two of this mini-course, we will dive further into why it is so important to keep a dream journal, how you can use it in your lucid dreaming journey and how LucidDreamBot can help you log your dreams.

Reality Checks

Dreams can be weird. Did you ever had this thought upon waking up?

"That was one crazy dream!"

When you dream often don't make sense at all. If you saw someone walking on the ceiling in real life you would freak out, but if it happens in a dream you are totally fine with it. Recent research points us in a direction why you don't freak out in your dream. When you dream certain parts of the brain become suppressed in their activity. These include parts responsible for our critical thinking.

So now we know two things. Dreams can be strange and we are not critical of these strange things in our dreams. Now in these two things lies the key to becoming lucid. That key is doing a reality check. With reality checks we can change the first thought into the following:

"This is one crazy dream!"

A reality check is a moment where you are critical about your reality. But you may ask, how can I do a reality check when I am dreaming? The answer is to make doing reality checks a habit. You can make them a habit by doing them often while awake. After a period of time you will begin doing them automatically.

So after a while doing them becomes a habit. It is now in your system to be critical of your reality. You will do this while awake, but because it is a habit, you will also do it while dreaming! When doing a reality check while dreaming you will notice that things don't make sense. It is at that point that you become conscious of the fact that you are dreaming and become lucid.

Day three of this mini-course will further dive into reality checks. We'll talk about how to do reality checks, explain a common mistake that can make reality checks pretty much useless, how to find reality checks that work for you and how you can use LucidDreamBot to integrate reality checks in your life.

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So today we took a glance at what is needed in order to lucid dream. We now know that everyone dreams and that we can train our dream recall, the skill of remembering our dreams, by keeping a dream journal. We also know that the trick to becoming lucid is becoming critical of our reality, which we can train by doing reality checks.

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Day #1 - An introduction to LucidDreamBot and lucid dreaming
Day #2 - Using a dream journal
Day #3 - Reality Checks
Day #4 - The possibilities of lucid dreaming
Day #5 - How long it will take to learn to lucid dream?
Day #6 - Frequently asked question
Day #7 - Concluding words to start your lucid dreaming journey