a dream journal ~
Reach for pen and paper when the alarm wakes you, don't go back to
sleep for 5 minutes write down the last dream you were having, try
to recall all the details you can. As your getting up and getting
ready for the day go over the dream, the places and people in that
dream and how you felt in the dream itself. If you do this everyday
your dreams will become more real rich and interesting Just keeping
a dream diary and knowing that lucidity exists can make you pop into
a lucid state whilst asleep.
signs ~ Look for the odd things in dreams, some of the
classics can be that electric devices can not work (but sometimes
they can). Light switches are a classic example. You'll find it
very difficult to read in a dream, and the same when you're lucid.
That is because language is processed in the left part of your brain
and dreaming is a right brain activity. When you look away and look
back at an object/person or scene does it change when you look back
You might have noticed
the flaw in this reasoning: "Most things are odd in dreams". what
you need to do is force yourself to test yourself when dreaming,
in which case you need REALITY CHECKS, see below.