How to Re Enter a Lucid Dream

Often, the excitement of being lucidly aware in a dream can cause the lucid dreamer to awaken. Lying in bed, the lucid dreamer may wish to return to the dream scene, and continue the lucid dream. In his new book on lucid dreaming, Robert Waggoner explains how experienced lucid dreamers have discovered that dream re-entry is possible, and the common techniques for success. If followed explicitly, you can also succeed at re-entering a dream lucidly aware.


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    When you wake from a lucid dream, lie quietly in bed. Do not move, or even open your eyes for more than a few seconds if you can manage it.
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    Pay close attention to the position of your body, and return your body to the exact position it had upon waking from the lucid dream. Move your arms, legs, hands, head and torso to mimic that position.
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    Recall the end of the lucid dream clearly in your mind. See the details and the setting near the end of the lucid dream.
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    Imaginatively focus on a particular event, or object or viewpoint from the end of the lucid dream, and allow yourself to doze off. Here, you may spontaneously re-enter the dream lucidly.
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    Alternatively, you may find it easier to re-enter the lucid dream if you consciously imagine yourself viewing the lucid dream from some dream figure or dream item that you remember. See the earlier lucid dream from that new vantage point in the dream space. Imaginatively see the end of the lucid dream from its perspective, and then allow yourself to doze off. At this point, you may re-enter a very similar dream lucidly aware.


  • Besides not moving your physical body, take care to keep your mind from racing. Stay mentally at ease. Expect to return to the dream easily. Use your imagination to see yourself there, then let go.
  • Do not be surprised when the dream re-animates and you find yourself in a close copy. Sometimes, the dream seems to begin at a point further along in the action, as if by missing a minute or two of the dream, it has now progressed ahead without you.
  • Don't open your eyes when first waking up, wait a bit.
  • When selecting a viewpoint to observe the end of the lucid dream, it sometimes helps to take the viewpoint of an object, instead of your dream self or another dream figure. Why? If at the end of the dream you were too excited or too emotional, those emotions may run counter to maintaining lucid dream awareness. By selecting an object in the lucid dream, which has less emotional content, it may serve to anchor you more appropriately in the proper state of lucid awareness.

Sources and Citations

  • Waggoner, Robert, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self (Moment Point Press, 2009) ISBN 978-1-930491-14-4 pg 280-281

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