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Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Anchor Techniques

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When you are a beginner and passionate about learning to lucid dream, you will always search for good lucid dreaming techniques.

During your research, you might come across many techniques like Reality Checks, MILD, WBTB, etc., because they are more frequently discussed, famous, and effective.

However, some lucid dreaming techniques are uncommon, pleasant, and simple, yet just as effective. Or you can say these techniques are crucial to support other more discussed lucid dreaming techniques. One of them is the Anchor technique that you will learn today in this article.

What is an Anchor Technique?

The anchor technique is supplemented by the Wake Back To Bed (WBTB). We perform an anchor every time we try to enter a lucid dream. An anchor can be an object, action, sound, or sign that you perceive in your bedroom every time. The working of some anchors is so perfect that they are considered as different lucid dreaming techniques.

Does anchor work for everyone?

Like many other effective lucid dreaming techniques, it may not work for everyone equally. Why so? Because there is a huge difference in sleep patterns, the working of the brain and body, and real-life experiences.

Another question you might have is why this technique is more effective and not popular; one reason is that it may not work for the dreamers who travel more or change their sleeping places often. It will work better if you see or hear an object in your bedroom day and night to anchor it in your mind as a TRIGGER.

What can be your anchor?

Identify something in your bedroom that is prominent, eye-catchy, and present in the same location regardless of day and night. You should see or hear it and know that it is present there regardless of time. It can be:

  • A light, fan, or electronic item
  • A chair, table, or cupboard
  • A curtain or wall decoration
  • A ticking clock
  • The wind
  • The rain

Append a Narrative with Anchor

It would help if you appended a narrative to your object to remind you of that narrative whenever you look at the object, either awakening or in a dream. This narrative can be any of the following statements, or you can have your own.

  • I can control my dreams.
  • I will experience lucid dreams tonight.
  • I am a lucid dreamer.

Now, the vital point is whenever you look at that specific object, you might think about it consciously, and it anchors you to think about lucid dreaming. You repeat your narrative and then fall asleep again.

Repeat Reminding Yourself about Lucid Dreaming by Focusing on the object

The essence of the anchor technique is to append a statement with an object in your bedroom and repeat it so frequently that it becomes spontaneous – either you are awake, in a lucid dream, or woke up from a dream and then sleep back (Wake back to bed). You can make it automatic by simply recurring it more often during the daytime.

Hence, it also works best as a supplementary technique, as you practice making it spontaneous even when you wake up from sleep. Look at the anchor object, and it will help to recall the lucid dream, and you can fall asleep again.