As a hobby astronomer, I particularly enjoy stargazing, eagerly awaiting a shooting star to appear from nowhere, leaving a short-lived glowing tail in the starry sky.

In this context, I hope to inspire the LDE readers with the following ‘celestial’ lucid dreaming method they could preferably apply during one of the upcoming major meteor showers in November (the Leonids) and December (the Geminids).

A previous starlit dream where I suddenly spotted two stars falling in quick succession after several nights of stargazing in the waking state eventually gave birth to the ‘COLD’ technique I developed this summer during the observation of the Perseids. Grounded in the core principles of mindfulness, this technique mostly results in dream-induced lucid dreaming and comprises the following steps:

  1. Wake up spontaneously or purposefully around 2 till 4 a.m. so you still will be able to fall asleep after your practice.
  1. Check the sky briefly–can you see the stars tonight? If not, postpone COLD or replace it with one of your favorite WBTB techniques. However, even if the sky is covered with a thin veil of clouds making the stars appear pale or inconspicuous, don’t give up prematurely: Mostly, the shooting stars are much brighter than the regular celestial objects you perceive with the naked eye, especially on the peak nights!
  1. Set yourself a goal, e.g. to lucid dream tonight after using COLD.
  1. Choose a comfortable place for the next 30-45 minutes to prevent a stiff neck, wrap a blanket yourself around if you’re prone to freezing when sitting or lying still.
  1. Choose the most radiant star in the sky and try to look at it long and intently. If you get distracted, remind yourself of your intention and return to your previously selected star.
  1. If you’re lucky to notice a shooting star during the observation process (And you will even if you’re looking ‘elsewhere’!), instantly perform a reality test, wondering, am I dreaming right now? It is also recommendable to review your state of awareness sporadically to interconnect stargazing with the achievement of lucidity in general.
  1. After COLD, stretch a bit, and relax to facilitate falling asleep while keeping the intention of attaining lucidity in your mind.
  1. Upon awakening, make notes in your dream journal, e.g. jot down your lucid dream (s) or examine your dream environment:  Did you have any cosmic dreams? You might be on your way to lucidity via the COLD technique then! Keep on being an attentive admirer of the sky and repeat your attempt as soon as possible!

Based on my own experiences, one of the most beneficial advantages of the COLD technique is its aspect of playfulness. Being a lucid dreaming enthusiast, I occasionally try to infuse my favorite pastimes with lucidity related activities to enhance the chance of experiencing a lucid dream and to avoid rigidity and doggedness in my practice at the same time. Stargazing also reminds me of the importance of being patient and not to take (celestial) events for granted which also contributes to a healthy attitude towards lucid dreaming; resolving struggling or the defiance to accept your current abilities/results as they are at the present moment.

By literally elevating your lucid dreaming practice with the method outlined above you might, for instance, overcome a lucid dreaming drought or remember the sheer beauty of our universe.


This article was released in issue from

December 2019

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