Reality checking consists of 2 parts:
- Questioning Reality
- Reality Check Techniques
Questioning reality simply means asking the question: “Am I dreaming?” or “Is this a dream?”. It means being aware of the weird things that happen around you and being aware of your dream triggers. So, you need to start questioning the reality around you even when you are totally sure that you are not dreaming.
Why would I question reality if I am totally sure that this is not a dream?
The spooky fact is that 99.9% of the time when you are dreaming, you are actually assuming that you are in the real world. Like, right now, this is weird right? Is there a chance that this is a dream? This post might not be real. That’s what I’m talking about. Now it’s time to do a reality check.
Reality Check Techniques
- The Nose Check:
- Use your hand to pinch your nose
- Try to breathe in
- Do this now. Shut your nose and try to breathe in.
- If you end up breathing through a closed nose, then you are dreaming.
- If not, continue reading.
- The Hands Reality Check:
- Start by looking at your hands, now count the fingers on one of your hands, then look away and count them again.
- Now try to find something weird/out of the ordinary.
- When you are in a lucid dream, you will actually find something really out of the ordinary, like 10 misshaped fingers.
- The Reading Check:
- Look at some text (newspaper/alarm clock digits).
- Now close your eyes and then look again.
- If the text changed in any way, you are in a lucid dream.
- Try to jump.
- If you start floating or you are in the air for an abnormal time, then you are in a lucid dream.