You did it.

You suddenly realize, “Hey, this is a dream. I’m lucid dreaming!”

Then moments later, the lucid dream collapses…

What happened?

Beginning lucid dreamers quickly learn that specific actions will lead to a stable lucid dream, while other actions will cause the lucid dream to fall apart.

By memorizing and practiving these 4 simple REME steps, you can respond wisely in the first 30 seconds and head down the path to an exciting and long lucid dream:

  1. Reduce your emotions
  2. Elevate your awareness
  3. Maintain your focus and finally
  4. Establish your intent

1. Reducing Your Emotions

The excitement that comes with the realization of “Hey, this is a dream!” can cause a lucid dream to automatically collapse. Learning to reduce your feelings of heightened emotion will help you stay in the lucid dream longer.

Some lucid dreamers visually focus on something boring, like their hands or the floor. Visually neutral stimuli help decrease any emotional upsurge. Telling yourself, “Calm down,” also can reduce emotions, and keep them from getting too high.

By reducing your level of emotion when you become lucid, you can then enjoy a longer and more satisfying experience.

2. Elevating Your Awareness

Okay, you have stabilized your emotions, and next you want to elevate or clarify your lucid dream awareness. How? Perform a ‘reality check’. For example, try an action such as levitating a few inches off the floor to re-confirm that you exist in the dream state.

You can also rub your dream hands together to activate your senses in the lucid dream state more strongly. Or, you can take this further and shout out a suggestion, such as “Greater clarity now!”, or “More lucid awareness!” These vocalized intents often show immediate results when a dark room becomes brighter, or things suddenly seem more clear in your lucid dream.

3. Maintaining Your Focus

A greater sense of awareness makes the next goal of ‘maintaining your focus’ much easier. Newbies frequently discover that their focus will wander as they explore the lucid dream. They can distracted by some new item in the dreamscape, forget that they’re actually in a dream, and slip back into regular, unaware dreaming.

Maintaining your focus requires an ‘active’ realization of lucid dreaming. Some lucid dreamers do repetitive actions to help remind themselves that they are dreaming. For example, you may repeatedly announce, “This is a lucid dream” every 30 seconds or so, as a helpful reminder. Some people ‘sing’ in a lucid dream to remind themselves that they are dreaming.

One note of caution: for some reason, lucid dreamers find that you should not stare at something for more than a four or five seconds. If you stare fixedly, then the lucid dream may feel shaky and come to an end. If you notice a shaky feeling, immediately look at your hands or the ground to stabilize the dream state.

4. Establishing Your Intent

In my book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, I suggest that the easiest way to maintain your focus involves establishing an intent or goal to accomplish, doing it, and then repeat establishing a new intent or goal. You can think of this as the ‘Having a series of goals’ technique. By re-focusing on a new goal, you maintain an active state of awareness.

Of course, a lucid dreaming goal may be a very simple thing, such as “I wonder what is around the corner?” or, “I now want to walk through that door.”

Each goal focuses your awareness and keeps conscious activity engaged.

By stringing these simple goals together, a beginner can maintain lucid awareness, and have a surprisingly long lucid dream.

Each of these four crucial REME steps will help you have longer, more stable and successful lucid dreams. Once established, you can confidently explore the incredible beauty and creativity of your lucid dreams and larger awareness.