What is a Reality Check? 


 

  
When it comes to lucid dreaming it is important to be able to spot the difference between the experiencing the dream itself and being awake. When we are in the middle of a dream it seems like we are in real life, no matter how bizarre the dream. It is not until we wake up that we realize the oddities of the dream and that we were, in fact, dreaming. In order to help ourselves to lucid dream, we can take moments to do different techniques in our physical wake state called 'reality checks'. We can then take those checks and use them for when we are asleep, as a way of detecting if we are dreaming or not. 
  

“A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read.” 
- The Talmud - 

  
For example, if you can take what is around you right now, you can see you are awake because you are reading this blog or because you can feel that cup of coffee in your hand. You know that you are awake, but does it feel like this when you are dreaming too? Most people can say that when they dream they can feel reality, they can feel that cup of coffee in their hand. Most of us have experienced this at some point, some even feel physical pain when having a nightmare. This is where reality checks come in handy. 
  
Finding the right technique 
We can take something that we do in our everyday life and apply it to our dreams. For example, we can push our hands together and observe as it happens. We can do this while asking ourselves, 'am I dreaming?' and see what happens next. When we do this in our wake state, of course, nothing happens other than we feel our palms pushing together. If we do this in our sleep state then our hands may go through one another. If this technique was practiced every day or several times a day it can help us to train our mind to remember what it feels in reality and determine whether we are dreaming. The more we do this throughout the day the more likely it will be for us to lucid dream because habits start leaving a print in our minds so we naturally take it over to our sleep state. 

Creating everyday habits   
There are many other ways to perform such checks throughout the day. We can use things like gravity. When you jump up, do your return to the ground? When you jump, do you fly? We can also look into mirrors. This is a great example because there are mirrors everywhere. Every time you look into a mirror, really look at your reflection and study yourself. Do you look like you? If you see ten mirrors throughout the day then this is a great technique to use and repeat so it is more likely to become a habit in the brain for you. Then, when you sleep, you can find mirrors and take a good look at your reflection. If it is awkward or simply not what you are used to seeing then you are lucid dreaming. 
  
This is one of the best and the easiest techniques for those who are wanting to start out with lucid dreaming because it is fun and so easy. With techniques like the mirror, it does not have to feel like a chore or like you are going out of your way to do this because there are mirrors everywhere. There are mirrors in bathrooms, bedrooms, stores and in our cars too. There are also windows everywhere to see your reflection. This will become instinctual after a while and as soon as it crosses over to your sleep state you will begin to learn the art of lucid dreaming. 
 

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The second and third sections contain more of the Theta waves, which are also present in dreaming, sleep, deep meditation and creative inspiration. As you have already fallen asleep, the binaural beats tap into your subconsciousness as your mind prepares itself into a lucid dream state. The music is more steady so as not to interrupt your sleep. 

The fourth and last section returns itself to the Alpha range with a mix of Theta and Delta. This is where deep sleep occurs and more often than not, the dream state. There is a decreased awareness of the physical world. This section also contains the Earth Resonance or Schumann Resonance, which will leave you feeling revitalized upon waking up. 

In order to achieve Lucid Dreaming, please research on different tips found on the web. Lucid Dreaming doesn't happen all at once, so patience is an important factor. We also advise you to keep a dream journal near you. 

 


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With our newly released app, our built-in Reality Check timer with totem alarm sounds will help to remind you to analyze if you are in the real world or the dream world. Simply set your Reality Check alarm at specific hour intervals during the day to get your mind used to the sound, and during the night when your totem sound plays, you might just realize that you're in a dream!​







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