There are only 24 hours in one day. And while for many this might be enough, for many more, it is not. Especially for students who are struggling with school, who can quickly find themselves swamped with so much schoolwork and assignments that make it seem like 24 hours is not even close to being enough. Oftentimes the need to sleep overtakes the need to study and can cause students to fall behind, if not outrightly fail, due to not having enough time to learn before exams or projects. But what if you can continue studying and learning, even while you sleep? This is very possible with lucid dreaming!
Why lucid dreaming?
Lucid dreaming is the ability to shape and gain control of your dreams, to be able to have an experience that is so close to realism that it seems like the dream world is more real than the waking world. While this has many other applications, such as being able to time travel, being able to live in your favorite movies, TV shows, and books, and even lose weight, lucid dreaming can be most useful to students in the form of increasing not just their study time, but also improving the quality of learning during the dream. This is by creating a dream that allows them to be able to recall, learn, and absorb what they wish to study, and even enhance the way they do it with a variety of different means (see below.)
How does it work?
One of the key things that allow lucid dreamers to have “more time” to study while they dream is the altered perception of time. When people dream (whether a regular or lucid dream), the perception of time is altered, more often than not, it seems and feels like a lot more time has passed than it really has. If you recall the plot of the movie Inception, wherein the various layers of dreams within dreams stretched the experience of time, even more, this is the idea. So while you may only actually dream for an hour or so, -a person doesn’t dream from the moment they fall asleep, this is a misconception- depending on the dream experience, it may seem like days, months, even years have passed.
Imagine having that kind of “time stretching” ability, and using it to study and learn? Wouldn’t that be useful?
Now, I know what you might be thinking: how can what you learn or study in a dream actually translate to the real world, if at all? Will you actually be able to recall and recover whatever it is you learned and experienced in the dream and make use of it?
In our previous posts, we discussed being able to use lucid dreaming for a variety of ways, like losing weight, improving athletic abilities, or pursuing artistic passions. The same principles apply when using lucid dreaming to study and learn school subjects! That is, being able to create the scenario that will be conducive to learning, actually engaging in the act of learning or studying, and then recalling what you have experienced in a lucid dream journal for reference.
Basic steps and principles
The primary requirement to be able to do this is the ability to lucid dream. You can find the basic steps for lucid dreaming and preparing your room for lucid dreaming in our previous posts. Once you have learned to perform lucid dreaming, here are the basic steps that can serve as a guideline for you to be able to study while lucid dreaming.
Set your intent early – this tip has been recommended numerous times before, and for good reason. To be able to fully maximize the lucid dream experience, you should set the intent as early as possible. That is, the intent to dream about something specific, which in this case is to dream about what you wish to study. A good way to do this is to start the day with a mantra, like, “I will dream about this subject…” and constantly reinforcing this during the day by reading up on your notes when you can.
Prepare your method of studying – this is a crucial step as it will determine the quality of learning you get. Before actually entering the lucid dream world, you should have an idea of how you want to be able to study. Are you a more tactile learner, that is, you learn faster when you touch and manipulate things? Or are you a reader wherein you learn better if you have access to mountains of information? Once you figure out how you learn best, it is important to keep this in mind for use in the dream world.
Ready your room – in addition to the basic steps of preparing your room for lucid dreaming, it is important to have as much learning material as possible within close proximity of where you will be sleeping. These can act as lucid dreaming anchors and reminders of what you wish to do when you lucid dream, in addition to your reinforced lucid dream intent. Books, notes, laptops with PowerPoint slides, anything, should be on nearby desks and tables in your room.
Perform your reality checks – once you sleep and begin to dream, (following the lucid dreaming steps in our previous posts) it is important to not get lost in the dream and to actually take control! Perform your lucid dream reality checks to be able to enter lucidity faster, and begin studying and learning.
Execute the study session, stretch time – remember your preferred method of studying, and execute it in the dream world. A tactile learner can conjure a room with various tools and items that can help in studying, while a reader can create a library of endless books and notes that they can delve into. And there are even more creative ways of learning about certain subjects, like summoning experts like Albert Einstein or Charles Darwin, or time traveling to a historical event and experiencing it first hand, and so on. The possibilities are virtually limitless.
The one thing that needs to be remembered is to stretch the time in order to be able to absorb more information than usual. There are many ways to do this, which is the same principle as time traveling with lucid dreaming, which we have discussed before here. But the basic idea is simple: if you wish to slow down or extend time in the lucid dream, you can, because you are in control!
Record everything in your lucid dream journal – once you wake up, it is important to record your experience in your lucid dream journal as soon as possible. Don’t wait too long! When doing this, it is not necessarily required to record straight up facts or information, but rather, record the whole experience itself. What this does is help you recall what you studied in the dream when you re-read your journal, and can greatly enhance your study time in the waking world.
Follow these basic steps and you can extend your study hours, improving your academic performance. Don’t forget to include binaural beats track for memory, learning, and cognitive improvement in order to help your study even further, like this track.
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