Step 1: The reality test.
Ask yourself whether you are awake or dreaming throughout the day. Later on, in the land of nod, you might find yourself pondering this question. If you succeed, congratulations! You have opened the door to lucid dreams.
Step 2: Focus your thoughts.
People who focus single-mindedly on a task during the day, be it a computer game or playing a musical instrument, are more likely to experience lucid dreams, says Jayne Gackenbach at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada.
Step 3: Plan your fantasy.
Almost as fun as the dreaming itself. Before you go to bed, think about what you want to dream lucidly about, in as much detail as possible.
Step 4: Total recall.
When you wake up, try to recall as many of your dreams as you can.
Step 5: Wake up and get motivated! ...And then go back to bed.
To solve a stubborn problem, on step 3 do a complete problem analysis, e.g. using the Three Magicians technique.
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