In lucid dreams, your brain uses a number of tools to stay asleep

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If you use one of these tools, you wake up. But this is your brain on autopilot
and doesn’t wake you up. It’s trying to stay asleep, trying to stay under the
same limitations as when you fell asleep.

What are the tools we use in dreams?

The first step is to recognize when you are in a dream. When you wake up,
your brain will tell you exactly what state you are in. What are you doing in
the dream? Do you have any memory of dreaming at all?

In a lucid dream state, there are certain things that your brain
automatically knows you are doing subconsciously. You are simply not aware of
them. You could be sitting on a train car, driving in a car, walking down a
street.

In a lucid dream, your brain is completely unconcious, and you’re just
living out your day-to-day life.

The first time you used these techniques was the first time you dreamed.
You went to sleep and then dreamed. Then you woke up. In a lucid dream state
you are already awake.

You don’t need to see, hear, or touch anything or have any memory from your
dreams, as long as you can recognize exactly what’s happening.

So what are the tools to recognize a lucid dream state?

These are things that occur regularly in everyday life for most people.

You know that there are certain events or situations that cause you to get
uncomfortable.

You have a headache. You have a cold. You have insomnia. You get
overstimulated. You lose something. You lose someone you care about. People
keep coming across you, even though you know you don’t want anyone to, but
you’re still there.

These are the tools used in dreaming.

Here is a list of the tools that you’ll use when you dream. Each tool is
a technique that you’re going to use all of the time in a lucid dream.

1. Seeing

We use seeing as the first step because in the waking world we see.

If you look at something normal, like your own hand, your eyes know exactly
where the tip of each finger, each thumb, and the entire hand is on.

So if you look at your hand with your eyes closed, you’re not going to see
the tip of any finger, thumb, or the entire hand. You don’t see it. That’s
obviously a fact of life.

Yet when you’re sleepwalking, you can’t see anything. There are times when
you see the tip of your fingers, but you don’t know where they are. There
may be a shadow on your hand, you might see a blip. But you don’t know
exactly where the tip of each finger, thumb, and the entire hand is. You
may not see your hand at all.

This is how your brain knows where your fingers, thumbs, and the entire hand
is.

And the reason you can’t see is that your brain is in a dream, not in a
waking state. So there’s not enough sensory data to give to your brain.

In the waking world, if you could see the tip of each finger while you’re
closed-eyed, you would be able to see where each finger is on your hand.

Similarly, if you could see your entire hand, you would be able to see where
each finger and thumb are. But in a lucid dream, we don’t have the same
visibility to a hand as we do in the waking world.

What does it mean to see something? It means you know where exactly
where the tip of every finger, thumb, and the entire hand is.

In a lucid dream, we don’t have that. You don’t know where any
finger is, or any thumb is. Therefore, we use seeing to provide sensory
data to your brain.

2. Listening

In a lucid dream, you sometimes hear certain things. People speak.
Things rustle. People talk to each other.

This is what’s happened in your waking life and your lucid dream.

Your brain is working out the sensory data you’re getting from what is
happening all around you and how things around you are moving. So it gives
you something you can see, something that you can hear, and something that
you can touch.

Now, the question is, what do you hear? In your waking world, you hear
from all the sounds in the room. In a lucid dream, you hear certain things.
If the room is quiet, you might not be able to hear.

If you are walking through a quiet room, you might not be able to hear the
fog.

If you are in a quiet room, you might not be able to hear the creak of the
floorboards.

If you are in a loud house, you might not be able to hear the birds chirping.

So the question is, what do you hear?

This is where you use listening. You learn how to use your ears to
recognize sound. And then you use this technique all of the time while in a
lucid dream.

3. Visualizing

This is what we call visualization. It’s when you see things through your
mind. When you see a house, you see the windows, the doors, the doors at
the bottom of the house, the doors on the top of the house, and the door
where you usually go in.

Now, in a lucid dream, you would not know the details about the house. In
the waking world, you see the windows, the doors, and the door where you
usually go in. In other words, you see it in the same way you would if you
were walking in the house.

In a lucid dream, you see the same house the same way you would if you
walked through a house.

In a lucid dream, you do not see the windows, the doors, or the door at
the bottom of the house, or the door where you usually go in the same way
you would if you walked through a house.

In a lucid dream, you don’t know what the house looks like, you don’t
know where the windows are, and you don’t know where the door is that you
usually go in.

In the waking world, you know what the windows look like. What is the
door that you go through in the house? You know these things in a waking
world.

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