What Not to Do in a Lucid Dream (11 Things)

things you should never do in lucid dreams

If you have ever lucid dreamed, you know that it’s absolutely incredible. Mostly because you can pretty much do whatever you want. It’s like the most amazing VR simulation inside your own brain, while you sleep, but just because you CAN do anything, it doesn’t mean that you should. There are a few things that you should never do in a lucid dream under any circumstances.

Now, I should mention that lucid dreaming is completely safe. Nothing can ever harm you in real life during a dream as long as you follow these 3 steps:

  1. Be in a positive mental state
  2. Have good intentions
  3. Remember that you are safe

I don’t want to scare people away from lucid dreaming, because it’s so amazing and I truly believe everyone should practice and learn how to lucid dream. I can now lucid dream regularly and I can’t even begin to tell you how much it has helped me in my life.

Once you know how to lucid dream, it doesn’t mean you should just go out and do anything. Today, I’m going to go over 11 things you should never do while in a lucid dream.

This video will walk you through each of the 11 things you should never do in lucid dreams:

If you’d prefer a written guide then continue reading…

11. Don’t Kill People

This should go without saying, but make sure not to cause any harm to any of the people in your dreams. Remember that the people and things in your lucid dreams are extensions of yourself, and any harm that you cause them is actually harming parts of yourself.

Of course you can’t physically harm yourself while in a lucid dream, but why would you want to do it mentally? Especially when there are so many more amazing things you can do in a lucid dream. The possibilities are literally endless. Want to fly? Want to talk to your own subconscious? Want to travel anywhere you want in the world every time you go to sleep at night? Most people just waste every night while they’re sleeping. If you want to learn how to lucid dream the best way possible, check out my courses here.

10. Don’t Think of Anything Scary

I know some people try to get over their fears in lucid dreams, but if you’re just starting I do not recommend it. Just remember that the things in your lucid dream will be as realistic, or possible even more realistic than real life.

Take a look around you right now and feel what it feels like to be alive. That is how real a lucid dream feels. If you want to use lucid dreaming to get over a phobia, wait until you’re a little more advanced and can lucid dream pretty much every single night.

Scary things in lucid dreams are a lot more realistic than any horror movie.

Also, remember that your subconscious literally knows every single fear and every single detail of every fear you have. While it might be tempting to test the dream world and see something scary, remember that it’s a lot more realistic than any horror movie out there.

9. Don’t Do Anything Too Exciting Right Away

When you start lucid dreaming, it may be tempting to go directly into something like flying. Just be aware that things like this have the potential of making you too excited and could eventually wake you up. You may even get overly excited when you realize you’re lucid dreaming and wake up.

Before you do anything too crazy, rub your hands together to stabilize the dream, then you can begin to do increasingly exciting things. Another way of stabilizing the dream is to look at your hands. Start to look intently at your hands close-up and analyze them. This will help ground you to the dream world because you’re focusing on your dream body instead of your real body that’s lying in bed.

8. Don’t Lucid Dream Without a Plan

If you find yourself in a lucid dream or you go directly into a lucid dream, it can be common to forget what you wanted to do. That is why I always recommend never trying to lucid dream without a plan.

There are different levels of lucidity, so this can make it hard to remember things with your conscious mind. A good tip is to make a plan and repeat that plan in your head throughout the day what you are going to do once in a lucid dream.

7. Don’t Try Too Hard to Control Things

If you’re a complete beginner, it can be kind of difficult to control things in your lucid dreams, but beginning to get control over your lucid dreams is one of the main reasons lucid dreaming is so amazing. With practice you can control the weather, shape-shift, and even move buildings.

Before you try doing any of these things, it’s important to stay calm and remember that controlling things in a lucid dream takes practice. Don’t try too hard to control anything, because you could get frustrated and could accidentally wake up, but once you can start to control things, it’s amazing.

6. Don’t Dream About Real Life People Too Much

If you spend too much time with people from your real life in your lucid dreams, it can begin to get confusing as to what memories are real and which ones happened in your dreams. You might be talking with one of your friends in real life and ask about something that happened in a dream.

Try not to make real life people the focus of your lucid dreams, and you will be fine. This will also greatly help your mental health, because you might have had amazing memories or conversations with people in your lucid dreams, and it can be a bit depressing to know that none of that actually happened. So as a general rule, don’t create fake memories with people in your dreams.

5. Don’t Spin Around Too Much

One of the best methods to stabilize your lucid dreams is to spin in a circle, but if you begin to spin around too much it could actually wake you up. The best thing to do is when you suspect you could be dreaming, do a few reality checks to make sure you’re dreaming, but don’t go overboard and do them every 5 seconds.

This will also help you not get too excited from sensory overload and end up waking up without doing what you wanted in your lucid dream. The reason a little bit of spinning can help stabilizing your lucid dreams, is because it makes you focus more on your dream body rather than your real life body that’s sleeping.

4. Don’t Look in a Mirror

While it may be tempting to look into a mirror in a lucid dream, I don’t recommend it unless you’re prepared. Often times, what you see back in a mirror while in a lucid dream could be scary or a distorted version of yourself.

Your reflection in a mirror can be scary or distorted in a lucid dream

Don’t look into a mirror, and if you do, just be prepared that it could be scary and potentially cause you to wake up. Instead, a good thing you can do is focus on a certain part of your dream body like the back of your hands and really study the details of them. This will help you solidify your lucid dream.

3. Don’t Think About Your Real Life Body

Once you realize you’re dreaming, you might start to think about your real life body laying in bed. Try to distract yourself from thinking about your body, because you could accidentally shift your awareness from your lucid dream world to your real world and end up waking up. Do your best to focus on the lucid dream world once you’re in the lucid dream.

Your real body is lying in bed, but it’s best to focus on your dream body to stabilize the lucid dream.

One technique to focus on your dream body that I’ve seen people saying to do is to just fall backwards blindly into the ground. Now I don’t recommend this unless you’ve tried every other lucid dream stabilization method and one of my favorites is just to rub your hands together. Another thing you can do is focus on the details of your lucid dream body. This will keep you thinking about the dream and help stabilize it.

2. Don’t Close Your Eyes

While just closing your eyes for a short amount of time and then opening them can actually help solidify your lucid dream, if you close your eyes for too long you will almost certainly wake up. So if you’re in a lucid dream and you don’t want to wake up, make sure to not close your eyes. You can also use this to your advantage if you are having a lucid nightmare, you can feel safe knowing that if at any moment it gets too bad you can just shut your eyes and wake up.

1. Don’t Leave Things For Later

If you realize you’re dreaming and you have the desire to do something in your lucid dream, it’s always best that you do that thing as soon as possible before you forget. In my lucid dreaming course, I actually recommend making a dream script, which is basically what you plan on doing once you realize you’re dreaming. Don’t think to yourself, “Oh, I’ll try to fly later, I’m gonna just gonna walk around” You might forget, slip back into a non-lucid dream, or even worse wake up. Always attempt to do your dream script once you have solidified your lucid dream.


I hope these guidelines of what not to do in a lucid dream help you a ton in your lucid dreaming journey. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

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