Remember how I said *anything* is possible in a Lucid Dream? Well, it is, but only if you *believe* that. What you believe in a Lucid Dream is very powerful, because your thoughts will create that reality virtually instantly. And this includes limiting beliefs too. As Henry Ford said: “Believe you can, believe you can’t; either way you’re right!” And don’t forget: “the impossible is achieved by those who believe it possible.”

For example, you might be merrily flying along and think, “but this is impossible” – only to find the next moment you are plummeting to the ground – because you just *made it* impossible! But wait, you rethink: “it was possible a moment ago, so it must be possible after all.” Ah, now you’re flying again! See what I mean?

This has more subtle implications when we start to attempt greater dream control. Initially we may need to use tricks like looking away and back again to convince ourselves that the change we desire is possible. With more practice however, we can focus the power of belief and *will* changes to happen as we’re looking at them. It’s more convenient and it’s more fun to watch. Because I have to say, morphing dream objects, characters and environments looks *really cool!* (As does creating out of thin air.)

In your initial Lucid Dreaming experiences, you *may* have only limited control, but this is mostly due to unfamiliarity. We have become accustomed to the limitations of physical life. But as you try a few things and you start to find anything is possible, your confidence builds. And what is confidence if not a *belief* in your own ability?

It’s important to be very careful what you believe about Lucid Dreaming, especially to begin with, as it will affect your experience. Don’t take all the information that you read on the subject at face value if it implies a ‘cannot’ – you could just be blindly picking up someone elses limiting beliefs.

For example, can you say your own name in a Lucid Dream? Yes! But an early dream researcher and author wrote that you couldn’t, and whoever believed him couldn’t either! But dream researcher Stephen LaBerge put this superstition to the test without believing it and of course succeeded. Like Stevie Wonder said: “If you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer. Superstition ain’t the way.”

Another example I’ve seen online is “lucid dreamers do not have complete control over their dreams.” This is truly a terrible thing to tell beginners, because they might believe it and not even try! No, while it’s certainly true that not all lucid dreamers have complete control, I want to stress it is a *learnable skill*! I’ve had many Lucid Dreams where I’ve created the dream landscape *as* I’m walking through it, and countless others where I’ve changed *any* facet of the dream I like.

So that’s the Third Key to Lucid Dreaming: *BELIEF*. Use it, don’t be used by it.

There is an important underlying factor that makes all Lucid Dreaming techniques work. Whatever you do to induce a Lucid Dream confirms to your mind that you are serious about having one. The effectiveness of any technique comes down to this: how strongly are you confirming your intent to have a Lucid Dream with it?

Perhaps the simplest technique is to tell yourself as you are going to sleep, “I will wake up in my dreams tonight.” And yet, depending on the emotion you put behind this statement, your subconscious might not take you all that seriously… Other techniques that require more effort have greater success rate because they send the message far more strongly and/or consistently.

What this means is; it is the *intent*, rather than the techniques themselves, that will trigger a Lucid Dream. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can abandon these practices and hope for the best, on the contrary, it simply means you are proving your intent by keeping them up. The best results will thus be achieved if you use a combination of practices on a regular basis, showing your unwavering intent.

Initial Lucid Dream experiences can happen when you’re not expecting them, often because your mind has got the message already and has been busy in the background tweaking the conditions that will allow for lucidity. To put it another way, there may be a few psychological factors that need to be rearranged by the mind through normal dreams first, and this process is put in motion by your intent.

There are a few other simple ways to amplify the strength of your ‘intent signal’. The first is through associating significance. Think of the most important thing in your life, then think about Lucid Dreaming at the same time, emphasizing the sheer importance of both in your life. Next, think about something you desire more than anything else, and emphasize you yearn for Lucid Dreaming with equal strength.

Both of these will put more emotion into your intent, and emotion is energy in motion! The more emotion you are able to muster up, the greater you create a focussed mental energy state of pure intent, causing the desired result to manifest itself. A mindset of ‘I will achieve my desire no matter what’ is actively in motion.

One more optional way to amplify your message it to quiet your ‘internal dialogue’ while practicing any technique or the exercise above. Without other thoughts competing for attention, your mind can focus far more directly on your request. This is also the basis for hypnosis, where a specific thought or belief is given total attention, allowing it to take root without any competing thoughts.

One great thing about intent is that once you put it in motion it is self-reinforcing. Through intent you keep up with your practices, and practicing confirms your intent! The only tricky part is starting, and that’s where *you* putting in as much emotional yearning and significance will really help get things going.

Now we have the Second Key to Lucid Dreaming: *INTENT*.

Some people with a sceptical ‘scientific outlook’ maintain that astral projection and out of body experiences are just lucid dreams in which we are dreaming that we are out of our body. It’s an interesing point of view to have in that it really doesn’t fit as a plausible explanation given the ‘data set’ of people’s experience. For example, the massive amount of data gathered on out of bodies through Near Death Experiences cannot be written off that easily.

What makes these experiences ‘proof’ of actual being out of body is the reports of those having had them that give accurate information that could not otherwise be known. It is this ‘extraneous data’ that cannot be explained away as enlivened imagination or hallucination. Conscious projectors have produced similar information that can be verified by witness reports. Some of the more famous examples are Eileen Garrett, Edgar Cayce, Robert Monroe and Jane Roberts.

What we are seeing is really a kind of belief blindness. If you already believe something, there is no way you’ll accept the validity of information that contradicts that belief, regardless of the volume and quality of data. With obstinacy, straight out the window goes open-minded scientific investigation. It is simply not enough to call these subjectively observed experiences and thus dimiss them as unobjective phenomena when all objective phenomena are observed subjectively! But I should say, it’s not my intent here to descry anyone for their beliefs, only to point out that they are just that, beliefs.