When you write down your dreams for a period of time, you will start to recognize recurring dreamthemes. These are your personal themes. As soon as you have found one, you can learn to recognize it while dreaming and thus become lucid.
Example: I used to unplug the telephone when I went to sleep because I didnít want to be woken up by somebody who calls me in the middle of the night. However I had dreams in which my telephone rang and I answered it. I realized this was impossible so I knew I must be dreaming.
When trying to find out if you are dreaming or not a Reality Check is the way to do it. More on this in the next chapter.
Everybody is different, so everybody has different dreams. However, there are some common
You can add your own themes to this list as you write down more and more dreams in your dream diary.
Unstable point of view
Sometimes your point of view changes during your dream. For example: you are running through a street; you see yourself from above, running, and the next moment you are there, running.
You can dream you see somebody doing something and the next moment you are that person.
You can watch something and then become emerged in it. For example: You read a comic and become emerged in the story.
Your telephone wonít work, you have trouble turning on your computer, the TV is broken, etc.
Your teeth falling out
A very common dreamsign. A variation on this theme is loose teeth.
Bathrooms in dreams are unfindable, extremely dirty, or have a tremendous lack of privacy.
In dreams your house never looks the way like it does in real life. Or you find yourself in houses or rooms where you used to live.
Not being able to run fast
You have to get away fast, but you can only run in slowmotion. Or your feet are stuck to the ground.
Screaming without a voice
You want to scream but your voice is gone or barely hearable.
If you notice this one, try to change from falling into flying.
You miss your train or bus, or are afraid you are late for an appointment.
Terrible... You have a very important exam but you don't know any of the questions. You haven't studied or anything.
This one has been a trigger for lucidity for me.. When I have those dreams, I remember that I don't have to do any exams anymore because I have finished school a long time ago. Then I realize I'm dreaming. Sometimes I don't and I have constantly a nagging feeling that I already have graduated and I keep wondering why I'm doing the exam.
Suddenly you realize you are naked, or essential parts of your body are uncovered and everybody is looking at you. You spend the rest of the dream searching for clothes.
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