Take a dive into the lucid dream world and explore advice for new dreamers.
The sky was lavender. The
Himalayan hills a slate gray, hiding the sun, and the concrete roof of our yoga
hall a steely blue beneath the evening sky at sunset. Daniel sat on a short
square pillar near the building’s edge. His hands were outstretched and his
gaze slightly downward. His palms faced in. After a few moments, he turned them
away and directed the backs of his hands toward his body. Later, I gathered the
courage to ask him what I witnessed that evening.
“It’s called a
reality check,” he said. “I count my fingers.” Daniel, it turned out, was an
experienced lucid dreamer.
A reality check
like observing one’s hands and counting fingers helps people know if they’re
awake or if they are dreaming (repeating a consistent reality check throughout
the day is also one of the most widely recommended tips for beginning a lucid
dreaming practice; see box).
this reality check habit in our waking life, we look at our hands in a dream,
but instead of them appearing the way they normally do, we might see extra
fingers, odd growths, or, in my experience, giant hands (what h …