Lucid daydreaming is a highly focused state of imagination.  In this state, you are free to kick around ideas, but also ask questions and receive answers, information and guidance.  The answers are instantly returned, coming in as pictures, feelings, words, or even music. Check out this incredible song, as recalled from a lucid daydream by Peter Casale:  Listen Here:

Lucid daydreaming is invigorating, like a glorious rainfall on a throat-parching hot summer day.   It’s like that adrenaline kick you find at the end of a really long bike ride or run—your kick-ass across the finish line before you flop over in happy exhaustion.  Lucid daydreaming can also feel joyfully intoxicating, like those pleasing, easy pulses of color that dance in your mind after great sex.

For some, lucid daydreaming is a natural and easy state.  As an artist, being able to slip in and out of this clear interactive dream allows you to bring new energy into your work, to keep the motor of exploration humming, and inject yourself with a dose of fun.

If transitioning into lucid daydreaming seems elusive to you, here’s seven of my secrets to how I’ve found my way “in.”

  1. Invent yourself an Art Godmother. It helps to personify to “whom” you are asking your questions, that way you don’t feel like your thoughts are being sent into a dark hole. Your Art Godmother may be anything or anyone you feel a connection with, perhaps a loving guru or master teacher is more your style. Or maybe you are a Cheshire cat kinda’ girl?
  1. Focus an intention about your “play” for the day. It helps to narrow the field of all possibilities to align with your desire. Unlike meditation, lucid daydreaming isn’t about stopping thought, it’s about rolling with it. Your focused intention is like choosing a direction, or picking a trail in the forest.
  1. Bring questions without answers or insistence on them, but an expectation they will come. Think of being in the second grade and raising your hand to ask the teacher a question; you are fearless and never doubt she’s got the goods to set you straight.
  1. Create a bubble. Find a “small thing” that puts you in your happy bubble. This could be petting your cat, looking at an image on Pinterest that inspires you, or listening to a favorite song. The key is that you find yourself breathing in “yummy.”  (Go ahead, close your eyes and say “Yummy” while breathing in.) You feel smooth and comforted, right? You aren’t “trying” to smile, but you are. You feel floaty…yep, in the bubble.
  1. Journaling and automatic writing are very close to lucid daydreaming. For lucid daydreaming, I have to be careful to keep the writing question-focused, and not take a side-trip into venting land. Once you cross over into a rant or vent, you are creating judgements and blocks to receiving new information.  Lucid daydreaming is about exploration. To find the unknown, we have to leave behind the known.  So write as if this were your first day on the job, and you’re still connecting the dots.
  1. Doodle or dabble. Lucid daydreaming is an active state; you don’t have to go into a quiet room and sit in lotus on a special cushion. You can be mindlessly plucking away at your guitar, doodling in the margins of your day planner, or knitting. What works for me is anything that I can do on “auto-pilot.”  Do anything that is effortless for you…would NOT be knitting for me!
  1. Make it a Happy Habit. I wanted to say “practice,” but didn’t go there because to me that begins to cross over and feel like work.  Keep this light, as in ‘I want to do,’ not ‘I need to do,’ or the highly dreaded ‘should do.’  That being said, things do get easier with repetition. Human brains gravitate toward familiar paths; there is momentum, so why not take advantage of that?

In light and love, happy lucid dreaming!

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