Reality Checks - What They Are & How to Use Them

Do you know your lucid dreaming words? Reality check is a pretty common phrase for most readers. But it means something a little different for lucid dreaming.

Understanding reality checks can help you enter lucid dreams even more simply.

Defining Reality Checks

If you want to be able to lucid dream, you have to know when you are awake and when you are dreaming. Reality checks are the key to figuring it out.

A good reality check is something strange that differs from real life. If you recognize something as impossible, you now know you are in a dream!

The Components of a Reality Check

Coming up with a reality check may seem difficult, but it doesn't have to be. A good reality check consists of a question, and an impossible result.

For example, a common reality check is called the reading check. For this, read a sentence in a book, then look away from the book. When you look back, try to read the same sentence again.

Was the sentence completely different? Then you are probably in a dream.

Learning to Use Reality Checks

A reality check will only work if you remember to do it. That is what makes things a little more difficult.

If you really want your reality checks to be successful, you have to be in the habit. So, what do you do to form the habit of the reality check?

All you have to do is start doing reality checks in your everyday life. Start doing reality checks while you are awake. Then, you will be much more likely to do them when you dream.

There's no time like the present to start this habit. So, try to do a reality check a few times each day. This will help you to develop a solid habit and perfect the reality check.

Once you've done your reality check, there are a few questions you should ask. First, is this real? Then, am I dreaming?

Make sure you are asking these questions with intention. This will ensure that you will get the real answer.

Why Does It Work?

Our brains use patterns to understand the world. Once we understand a pattern, we know longer have to question it.

When was the last time you asked yourself which way you would go if you stepped of the curb? Odds are, you don't even remember.

That's because you know gravity is constantly pulling us downward. So you know longer have to ask the question.

The same thing happens in your dreams. If you can use your reality check to ask unusual questions, you can recognize a dream.

Having more than one reality check can help you to identify a dream for certain. And, make sure you are mindfully searching for the answer.

Trying it Out

Now is the time to start implementing your new reality check habit. Start today and let the DreamLeaf team know how it is working. Keep following our blog for more great ideas.

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