What if you could train your brain to resonate at the frequency of lucid dreams and be the director of your own dreamscape? Lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment is your guide to using audio visual brainwave entrainment with lucid dreaming and the best ways to have consistent reliable lucid dreams.
“Dreams do not deceive, they do not lie, they do not distort or
disguise, but naively announce what they are and what they
mean. They are invariably seeking to express something that the
ego does not know and does not understand”
(Carl Jung 1946)
Psychedelic lucid dreaming with technology
Lucid dreaming is regaining popularity as people realise the potential of leveraging their sleep. Lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment from roXiva can add another level to the depth and consistency of this exploration. Psychedelic lucid dreaming with technology is an opportunity to increase your chances of becoming lucid in your sleep. And in fact becoming more lucid when you’re awake also. Here I will define psychedelic lucid dreaming as using a psychedelic experience or altered state of consciousness as a trigger or window into lucid dreaming.
Considering that we spend a third of our lives sleeping, the subject of sleep quality and better sleep is often discussed. But the subject of dreams and exotic states of sleep is less often discussed. Because experiences like lucid dreaming, out of body experiences, sleep paralysis, and false awakenings are less understood and, in some cases, even feared. First, let’s define what lucid dreaming and brainwave entrainment are and why you would want to use them. Then what the best techniques are. And then we’ll explore using technology to enhance those techniques.
What is brainwave entrainment
Brainwave entrainment is sometimes also referred to as audio visual entrainment. And the basic idea is that the brain synchronises to and follows an external repeating rhythm. The result is that brainwave frequencies match the external stimulation and ‘entrain’ to them. And therefore, by stimulating the brain to the frequencies of known states of mind, those states of mind can be created. For example, stimulating the brain to lower frequencies associated with a calm relaxed mind can create a meditative state. Or stimulating frequencies associated with an active mind can create a motivated good feeling state. Done over time, the idea is that beneficial habits of brain activity and state of mind can be changed or created. A type of neuroplasticity. Brainwave entrainment lucid dreaming follows the same principal. And psychedelic lucid dreaming uses a unique effect of synchronised light and sound to mimic real psychedelic drug experiences.
What is lucid dreaming
Lucid dreaming occurs when you are asleep, but you know that you are asleep. Typically, when you dream, you do not know that it is a dream. It looks, sounds, and feels real, and you accept it as real until you wake up. However, when you become lucid in a dream, you realise that you are dreaming while you are still in the dream. The dream still looks, sounds, and feels real., but you know it isn’t really happening. And at this point of realisation, you may be able to become like a director in your own movie and alter the course of the dream consciously. Why we dream has many theories. None of them are 100% conclusive but some are highly likely from laboratory studies. And these include emotional processing, memory consolidation, the maintenance of a cohesive self and restoration of a fragmenting self, the development of new mental/psychic structures, and evolutionary advantages. For example, living out a fearful experience while asleep could help us deal with similar events in waking life.
What are the benefits of lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment
Dreaming has its own benefits. And without the stages of sleep that dreams occur., memory, cognitive ability, and processing of traumatic events are negatively affected. So, what benefits do lucid dreaming and brainwave entrainment have? Some of the benefits of the two practices are shared. Here’s a few combined benefits of lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment and psychedelic lucid dreaming:
- Reduced anxiety: Lucid dreaming brings with it an element of control because you are the director of the dream. And control can be used to alter a bad dream. This sense of control is also likely to filter into your waking life making anxiety less common. Brainwave entrainment helps reduce anxiety by introducing the brainwave frequencies of relaxation and motivation. And it does so reliably and consistently. Psychedelic light therapy uses specific frequencies to induce profound and often transformative altered states of consciousness.
- Creative expression and problem solving: Being the director in your own dream inspires creativity. And sometimes you can even use other characters in the dream like a ‘master mind’ of idea’s. High frequency entrainment or psychedelic brainwave entrainment creates altered states of consciousness. And these altered states are where flow, insight, and visions of alternate realties occur. All leading to inspired thinking.
- Skill enhancement: Science has proven that practicing a skill mentally does have an impact of that skill physically. This is due to mirror neurons in the brain being activated by thought in the same way as action. Purposeful practice of a skill during a lucid dream and/or during altered states of consciousness can enhance your ability to learn the skill.
Brainwave entrainment shows potential for both cognitive enhancement and reduced mental decline as we age. And the frequencies used, are the same as the ones found in lucid dreaming.
When does lucid dreaming occur
Most people have at least one lucid dreaming experience in their lives and some people have them regularly. And this can be encouraged with certain practices and techniques. Most sleep experts suggest that lucid dreaming occurs most commonly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Although evidence shows it can occur in non-REM sleep also but recall of non-REM sleep dreams is only about 5% compared to 95% for REM. REM sleep is a stage of sleep where brain activity is active just like an awake state. And as the name suggests, eye movement is common when seen by an observer. This stage of sleep gets longer as the time asleep gets longer. Becoming lucid during this dream state has some slight differences in brain activity. And this makes lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment a viable option for increasing the chances of having one. Lucid dreams are more common later in a standard night of extended sleep. With a peak time suggested by some at around 4am. 4am seems to be a common ‘magic’ hour for exotic experiences. And this time also coincides with a change in hormone levels and core body temperature as a function of biological rhythms. Interestingly, levels of REM sleep are also higher in winter months. Leading to a higher chance of lucid dreams.
The levels of awareness during sleep and dreaming
There is a state called secondary awareness considered unique to humans. And this is where we are ‘aware of being aware’. In this state we can reflect upon ourselves and feelings in ways that lead to insightful decisions. These levels of awareness show the differences between dreaming states. Because when we are fully awake, we have both primary and secondary awareness. However, when we are in non-dreaming sleep we have neither. And when we are asleep and dreaming, we have primary but not secondary awareness. But when we are asleep and lucid dreaming, we have both primary and secondary awareness. And this matches the research that states most lucid dreaming occurs in REM sleep where brain activity is similar to being awake.
What happens in the brain during lucid dreaming
Certain parts of the brain are less active during REM sleep. Possibly to reduce negative consequences. For example, studies on REM show that parts of the brain responsible for fear, logic, and reactivity seem to be suppressed.
The advantage of having certain parts of the brain suppressed, is that we don’t act out our dreams. Which is why occasionally people have a sense of sleep paralysis. This is where someone wakes up but can’t initially move. There are various explanations for this including esoteric ones. But the most scientific explanation is this suppressing of muscle activity. Or in fact that this is part of a false awakening (see later). Lucid dreaming is a blended state of waking and dreaming.
And has higher brain activity in areas such as the prefrontal cortex. See below for the brain frequencies of lucid dreaming.
These areas are responsible for things like attention and self-consciousness. And the experience of acting with free will in a lucid dream is similar to being awake. Unlike regular dreaming where free will is significantly reduced.
Is meditation necessary for lucid dreaming
Deep trance meditation states are a useful result of brainwave entrainment. More on this later. Meditation by itself is more often used as a gateway to lucid dreams than a trigger. And this is where specific lucid dreaming techniques come in.
Meditation may not guarantee lucidity during sleep, but experienced meditators do have higher than normal amounts of lucid dreams.
What meditation does do., is create more lucid awareness. And lucid awareness is simply a different way of describing certain practices of mindfulness. Mindfulness taken to the extreme, is about noticing more of reality. And one of the benefits of noticing more of reality, is that you can test that reality. Testing reality is one of the popular techniques for preparing for lucid dreaming.
The best lucid dreaming techniques to add to brainwave entrainment
So what are the best techniques and methods for inducing lucid dreams?
And how do they fit with lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment? There are a ton of techniques out there for inducing lucid dreams. But there are 5 techniques or practices that consistently show up in studies and teaching as being effective and easy to use. Dream recall, reality checking, and the MILD, SSILD and WBTB techniques (see below). Further tutorials on these techniques can be found on YouTube. Here I will introduce them. Extensive studies show that the MILD and SSILD techniques are the most effective when used in isolation.
And combined with the other practices, they are even more effective. Because using one or two techniques alone relies on a certain natural ability to use the others. As you will see as you read on.
Do you need to remember dreams for lucid dreaming
Recalling your dreams isn’t so much a necessary step or technique, but a logical one. If you can’t remember your dreams, then what’s the point of getting lucid? Teaching yourself to remember your dreams immediately when you wake up will help your dreams become more vivid. And give you the benefit of incorporating the lessons and experiences into your waking life. The best way to do this, is to not move when you first wake up. When you move, you break the connection you have to the sleep state you were just in. So instead, immediately when you wake up, recall what your last thought in sleep was. And then once you have that connection, you can write down everything you remember in a dream journal. As you train yourself to do this, it will become easier to remember your dreams. And also, easier to become lucid in them because you will know what a dream looks and feels like. Recognising dreams is key to becoming lucid in them. Using brainwave entrainment can give you the same opportunity. And entrainment altered states of consciousness often bring vivid dreams and imagery with them. So, you can use this opportunity to remember and write down what you saw and experienced there too.
Is this doggie real, or am I dreaming?
How to use reality testing for lucid dreams
Reality testing involves checking on a regular basis whether you are asleep or awake. For example, at regular intervals during the day, try pushing your finger through your hand. Or you could try to block your nose but still breathe through it. Obviously if your finger doesn’t go through your hand, you are awake. Another useful habit, is looking in a mirror often. So that in a dream you can do the same and notice the lack of a reflection. And eventually this type of reality check will make its way into your dreams also. Then when you get a different result, you will know you are dreaming, and the lucid dream begins.
How to use the Wake back to bed (WBTB) technique
Wake back to bed (WBTB) is as the name suggests. The idea here is to purposely wake yourself up about 5 or 6 hours after you fall asleep. Or alternatively, about 2 hours before you usually wake up. This technique is almost a requirement for the others to work effectively. Because you are far more likely to fall back into REM sleep after you’ve already been asleep for 5 or 6 hours. Because the time in REM gets longer as a night of sleep progresses. Sometimes you will wake up at the right time without prompting. Again 4am is a common time. Once you have woken up, stay awake for about 10-15 minutes. And then use the back to sleep technique of your choice as you fall back asleep. Doing the practice at this time is more likely to give you positive results. Some people find an even higher chance of going lucid after 20-30 minutes of being awake. You can use brainwave entrainment at this point also. Although that may not be needed and could in some cases make it hard to get back to sleep if used incorrectly. The exception being psychedelic lucid dreaming.
Combining Mnemonic Induction Lucid Dreaming with brainwave entrainment
Mnemonic Induction Lucid Dreaming (MILD) is like practicing dreaming while you are awake. The first step is to repeat a mantra to yourself of intention for about 5 minutes. Like “I am going to lucid dream”, “I will become aware that I am dreaming”, or “I am dreaming”. And then the final step is to imagine is as much detail possible, that you are in a dream just before you drift off to sleep. So, you could imagine flying or visiting a far-off land. And while doing this, occasionally repeat your mantra. Eventually you will fall asleep which is fine. And so, this is best done either during meditation practices, just before sleep, or using the deep trance states of lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment. In the case of brainwave entrainment protocol, this may trigger a spontaneous psychedelic lucid dream. And in the least it will enhance your Mnemonic training. Because you will be in the right state to learn, and you will have the right brainwave frequencies present during the training. And this will encourage that same connection while you sleep. Making the chances of being in the right mindset and the right brain activity more likely.
What is the Senses Initiated Lucid Dream technique
Much like the MILD technique., the Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD) technique requires waking up after 5-6 hours for it to be effective. The idea is to then focus on the three main senses. Those being visual (sights), auditory (sounds), and kinaesthetic (physical sensations). For example, after you have closed your eyes again., cycle through those senses. Start with seeing the back of your eyelids. What patterns or movement of shadow do you see? Then focus on sounds. What can you hear around you? If the room is quiet, what you hear may be very faint or even your own heartbeat. And now focus on physical sensations. How does your body feel on the bed and under the covers. And what sensations do you feel inside your body also. Some recommendations are to do this for 20 sec each. And some are to cycle through this 3-5 times. Most prefer cycling through it. And this can also be done and practiced during lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment.
So, what about combining techniques? This leads to a combination of the techniques with an added bit of my own from Hypnosis.
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Teachers of combining these techniques say to use the mantra with the three senses. IE: As you see, hear and feel your surroundings, repeat the “I will become aware that I am dreaming” type of mantra. Do this while in an altered state created by brainwave entrainment and the results will be magnified. And I am going to propose another addition to that which focuses more on imagination…
How to use hypnosis as a lucid dreaming technique
One popular use of roXiva technology is hypnotherapy brainwave entrainment. And a specific hypnosis technique used by many hypnotherapists with great success is called ‘pacing and leading’. And this involves making a series of statements of fact followed by a statement of suggestion. For example: “You can hear my voice. And you can notice the feeling of the chair beneath you. Your hands are comfortably in your lap. And this allows you to feel safe to relax.” The first three of those sentences are factual statements and the last is a suggestion to a desired result. I suggest using the same hypnosis idea as you fall back asleep for your lucid dreaming practice. But done with imagery instead of statements. By starting with the three senses of the SSILD technique, and moving to three senses of dream imagining as per the MILD technique. Here’s an example…
Hypnotic lucid dreaming example
Try this hypnotic lucid dreaming technique. After your ‘wake back to bed’ step, and as you lie back down to fall asleep., do the following. Notice what you see behind your eyes. Then what you can hear. And then what you can sense. And then do the same as if you are in a dream. What can you see in your imagined dream? And what can you hear? Then what can you feel and sense? Cycle through this about 3 times. And then drop the internal sensing and just keep doing it for the imagined dream as you fall asleep. And add in the occasional self-talk of “I am dreaming” and “What shall I to do in my dream now?”. Practice shifting your dream like the director of a movie. And do a reality check in your imagined dream and see the result as if in a dream. For example, see your finger going through your hand. And then affirm “I am dreaming”. The added benefit of doing this hypnosis pacing and leading technique is the idea of anchoring. Specifically chained anchoring. This is where a series of steps get linked neurologically. One step acts as a trigger for the next step. And this will accelerate your practice.
How to handle false awakenings and sleep paralysis
False awakenings happen when you fall asleep and then dream that you have woken up. And then without realising it, you wake up again. This time for real. And it is quite common to dream in familiar surroundings like this. Which makes false awakenings quite common also. Especially for those who lucid dream. Sleep paralysis has similar aspects to it and for some people can be distressing. Sleep paralysis is less common but the way to handle them is the same. And EEG studies show that sleep paralysis is more asleep than awake compared to the blend of brain activity of lucid dreaming.
Sleep paralysis is when someone ‘wakes up’ but can’t move their body. There is evidence to suggest that this is less likely to be waking up and more likely to be a false awakening. Or if it’s not a false awakening, then potentially a result of a safety effect of brain activity stopping body movement as we dream. To get control of false awakenings and sleep paralysis, it’s useful to create a habit of doing a reality check when you wake up. This will lead to you more quickly realising if you are dreaming or not. And that way you will train yourself to avoid false awakenings and take control of sleep paralysis. When you know you are dreaming, anxiety about your state of mind and body usually disappears. False awakenings often occur at the end of a lucid dream or can be the trigger for a lucid dream. And science suggest that insomnia and anxiety about sleep can cause false awakenings to happen more often.
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Combining lucid dreaming with technology
Now that you know a bit about what lucid dreaming is., how do you increase the chances of getting positive results? Some wearable devices on the market are designed to stimulate you after approximately 5 hours of sleep. For example, by flashing a red light in the eyes while you sleep. And this is to cut out the WBTB technique. Some people do find these types of devices effective. However, users often report them as being intrusive to sleep and stop using them. Lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment or psychedelic lucid dreaming can be combined with the wake back to bed technique. Or as I mentioned above, practice the MILD and/or the SSILD lucid dreaming techniques while using brainwave entrainment. The other way is in training the brain to be in the right frequency based mental state for lucid dreams. And to this end, brainwave entrainment can be used like meditation. Use lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment early in the morning, during an afternoon nap, or before bed. And let the imagery and sound created by the deep altered states of consciousness become part of your dream landscape.
What are lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment frequencies
And this level of activity helps us to process memory and reduce the emotional impact of daily events. Also present, are the brainwaves of alertness like Beta (12-32Hz) and smaller amounts of Gamma (>32Hz). The main difference between REM dreams and lucid dreams seems to be that lucid dreaming has higher and more coherent levels of Gamma activity. In particular, the frequency of 40Hz Gamma.
And this makes sense as Gamma brain activity is associated with memory, cognition, flow states, and other high-level processes. Lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment has some flexibility of effective frequencies. Because it is an in between state, spontaneous lucid dreams can occur with almost any entrainment frequency. As seen above however, some frequencies make brainwave entrainment lucid dreaming more likely.
Using hypnagogia for lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment
One theory about lucid dreaming and out of body experiences is that they occur during hypnagogia and hypnopompia. And that this is the best time to practice getting into the state on purpose. Studies of these four states show similarities in trait absorption which is a measure of openness to new idea’s.
IE: Those people who have more of a growth rather than fixed mindset, are more likely to lucid dream. The states of hypnagogia (awake to asleep) and hypnopompia (asleep to awake) are transitions of consciousness. Like an in-between state. Charles Dickens is known to have used hypnagogia and dreams to inspire his writing.
And it is true that many teachers of lucid dreaming include a practice of ‘wake back to bed’. This is where immediately after a natural or purposeful waking during the night, the idea is to fall back asleep with intention using specific practices. And ironically, around 4am is a good time to do this. This is to take advantage of the ‘in-between’ states of hypnagogia and hypnopompia.
How to use brainwave entrainment for hypnagogic lucid dreaming
The altered states of consciousness known as hypnagogia and hypnopompia are easily achievable with brainwave entrainment. Either with roXiva specific psychedelic brainwave entrainment, or standard frequency based protocols. Because a hypnogogic light experience has common brainwave frequencies associated with it. And they can be directly stimulated or indirectly achieved through altered states of consciousness. Hypnagogia brainwaves are typically in the Alpha (8-12Hz) and Theta (4-8Hz) range. 7-10Hz would be a common average for these effects. By using photic (light) and/or sound entrainment at these frequencies, hallucination states can be created. And these hallucination states can be used as a doorway to the lucid dreaming state.
Psychedelics and Lucid dreaming
There seems to be similarities between psychedelic states and dreaming. Including mental imagery, an altered sense of self and boundaries, a reduction in logic, depersonalisation, and the positive processing of memory. And there are some differences that normal dreaming often lacks. These differences show up as conscious clarity about the above, the ability of the environment and thought to alter the experience, and the ability to think outside the box (meta cognition). Thinking in metaphors and symbols is one of the unique aspects of psychedelics. And so is visually abstract geometry and movement. These are also common in lucid dreams but not common in REM dreams. And in these ways, psychedelics and lucid dreaming are close because of the mixed dream/waking state present.
Can lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment be therapeutic
This overlap with dreaming, further shows the potential for therapeutic psychedelics. Because processing of emotion and memory can have lasting effects on wellbeing. And the increased overlap of psychedelics and lucid dreaming, adds to the idea of using lucid dreaming for therapeutic benefit also. Lucid dreaming can create a virtual reality playground. As can brainwave entrainment. And dreams are subjective. Research suggests that dreams and psychedelic states are not just phenomena caused by the activity of neurons. But that in fact, they encourage knowledge of the self and the world around us. Something that typically requires many sessions of therapy to get to the root cause, can potentially be made faster by engaging the unconscious mind in dream states. In other words, by using dream states purposely, mental challenges can be dealt with consciously at an unconscious level. Research shows for example that lucid dreaming may be useful for suffers of chronic nightmares. And even the treatment of trauma caused by PTSD.
Psychedelic brainwave entrainment for lucid dreaming
Lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment most often uses audio tones and beats at the identified frequencies. However, the use of stroboscopic light can lead to very fast and deep altered states of consciousness. And these altered states become a doorway to lucid dreaming. Significant advantages apply to light-based entrainment for lucid dreaming. One of those advantages is the way stroboscopic light can create a drug free psychedelic trip. Light induced patterns, colours and movement combine with trance states to create experiences close to drugs like DMT and LSD. And this matches the abstract visual experience of lucid dreams. The best use of lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment may be to prepare you for lucid dreams rather than create one on the spot. But the closer you can get consistently while awake., the more often you will get there in your dreams too. And the results of using entrainment for lucid dreaming can show up hours or even days after using it. Psychedelic lucid dreaming techniques on the other hand can produce spontaneous lucid dreams and out of body experiences.
Psychedelic lucid dreaming
One aspect of brainwave entrainment that roXiva is well known for is psychedelic light trips. These are drug free psychedelic trips at the push of a button. And as already mentioned, psychedelics and lucid dreaming share some similarities. Psychedelic lucid dreaming uses this psychedelic light effect more directly to act as a primer for inducing a lucid dream. And also as a training technique for identifying the altered states of consciousness that are a window to lucid dreams. In a way, the psychedelic light experience replaces the MILD and SSILD techniques. And can make the chances of experiencing a lucid dream more likely. The light induced state becomes it’s own sensory canvas that you build upon. Combining profound altered states of consciousness with psychedelic light experiences opens the window to using brainwave entrainment as a gateway and trigger to lucid dreams.
Using psychedelic lucid dreaming as motivation to continue
Psychedelic lucid dreaming protocols (available to roXiva owners) add another layer to the enjoyment of the practice. One of the challenges to success with lucid dreaming, is the practice itself. Most often it requires interupting your normal sleeping habits to use the techniques. And we all know what it is like to have interupted sleep. For many, this is reason enough to stop practicing because it requires effort at a time when all you want to do is go back to sleep. By using psychedelic lucid dreaming techniques, the process becomes something you can look forward to. Because the psychedelic light experience is so different and absorbing. And also, the practice is more passive and therefore easier to do when you are sleepy and unfocused. Psychedelic lucid dreaming techniques become motivation to continue and lead to higher succes rates.
What supplements can you use for lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment
A quick search on lucid dreaming supplements will result in a range of recommendations. However, care should be taken when taking anything that has been shown to affect sleep. Sleep is fundamental to longevity and health. And as a rule, if you are too tired for lucid dreaming techniques then don’t use them. You need quality sleep first and foremost. Of the recommendations out there, a few have more science behind them. One of those is Galantamine that studies have shown can increase the number of lucid dreams you have by increasing the REM sleep cycle. Melatonin can have the same affect. And another is Vit B6, which studies show can increase your chance of going lucid also.
Where to find psychedelic lucid dreaming brainwave entrainment sessions
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