You’re intrigued by the concept of lucid dreams. Or perhaps you already have them on a regular basis.
Whatever the case, there’s one nagging question that keeps circling around in your mind:
Can you get stuck in a lucid dream?
You’re worried that you might find yourself “awake” in a dream and trapped inside it.
We’re here to dispel all your doubts and worries on this topic and clarify everything there is to know about being stuck in lucid dreams.
1) Can you get stuck in a lucid dream?
The answer to this question is a definite “no”.
Being stuck in a lucid dream would mean being stuck asleep forever. A lucid dream is still a dream, and a part of your sleep cycle. So this means you will still naturally wake up after it ends.
But there’s more than that:
You see, a lucid dream is not your typical dream. It’s a waking state. So if you’re dreaming in a lucid dream, you’re still fully conscious and aware of your surroundings inside the dream.
In fact, the concept of lucid dreams is based on the idea that you can make your own dreams fall under your control. You can use your power of choice to direct the flow of events in any way you wish.
And this means that you can definitely make yourself wake up from a dream too.
Nonetheless, some dreamers try to wake themselves up and say they feel stuck when they try to do it. Naturally, this can cause some feelings of panic, particularly if the dream you are in is not a particularly pleasant one.
But luckily, there are some tried and tested techniques that always work to wake yourself up when this happens.
Let’s have a look at what to do.
2) What to do when you feel stuck in a lucid dream
So you feel stuck in a lucid dream — the first thing on your mind is probably how to get out.
But wait — there’s something important for you to do before you leave the dream.
Ask the dream itself what it is trying to tell you.
It might feel a little silly, but try it. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find out. The insights you learn could even have a huge effect on your waking life.
This might even be the solution to you feeling stuck in a lucid dream.
But if you don’t get a conclusive answer, here is a surefire way to figure it out.
3) How to figure out the meaning behind your lucid dreams
Did you have a very particular lucid dream, and you’re at a total loss for what your subconscious is trying to tell you?
If you can’t find the answer yourself, there’s only one other person who can help you: a gifted advisor.
They are the only person, apart from you, who can get in touch with your subconscious mind and vibrational energy. They’ll be able to read your vibrations and get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Sounds so simple, right?
There’s only one problem: finding someone you can trust.
That’s why I recommend Psychic Source. When I signed up for a reading, they provided me with a unique insight into where my life was going, including the meaning behind my lucid dreams at the time.
The insight they gave me blew me away, and changed my whole life for the better.
Having tried several online advisors, I think they’re definitely the most caring, compassionate and helpful network of gifted advisors out there.
Not only will a genuine advisor tell you how to interpret your lucid dream, but they can help you find your life purpose too.
4) Why do you feel stuck in a lucid dream?
1) You’re feeling held back by something in your real life
Our dreams very often reflect the feelings we have in our real life — especially if they are feelings we have been trying to repress.
So feeling trapped in a lucid dream could reflect a part of your life that you also feel stuck in.
This could be a wide range of possibilities:
- An unhealthy relationship
- A dead-end job
- A town or house you hate
- A belief system you no longer believe in
- Feeling like you can’t be yourself
Examine your life and dig for a feeling that resonates with the one you have in your lucid dream. Have you found an area of your life where you feel restricted, helpless, or inhibited?
That might be what your lucid dream is trying to point you to.
2) You’re about to have a breakthrough
Are you feeling stuck in a dream that you can’t wake up from?
This could be happening right when you’re getting close to reaching a goal or making a significant change in your life.
But you haven’t quite reached it yet.
In this case, your lucid dream could be symbolizing your situation.
You’re so close to a breakthrough, but it’s still just out of reach. It’s like the feeling of having a word on the tip of your tongue, yet not being able to remember what it is.
So ask yourself these questions
- Are you feeling impatient about anything?
- Are you close to a finish line of some sort in your real life?
- Are you about to pass a threshold of some kind?
These could be manifesting in a feeling of being trapped in dream land.
3) You’re processing a traumatic event
We all have a trauma or two that we’re working through in our lives.
Sometimes, these can manifest as lucid dreams, with the dreamer having trouble waking up.
Why? Well, trauma can be a huge part of our life’s stories, and we need to work through it in order to move forward. This may involve some type of healing process:
- Releasing from a past relationship that wasn’t healthy for you.
- Finding closure after the death of a loved one.
- Accepting your new reality after a major life change.
But these can be extremely difficult to work through in real life. So if you haven’t been dedicating the time and effort, your mind might be trying to find a safe place where it can process the pain and trauma.
A lucid dream is the perfect place for this to happen, because you can explore different situations as if it was in real life, with full control over your decisions.
But at the same time, they are completely separate from your life, and don’t need to have any effect on it.
If you feel this is why you’re having lucid dreams that you can’t wake up from, then you know you need to invest more time and effort into working through your trauma.
4) Your subconscious mind is trying to communicate something important to you
One reason you might feel trapped in a lucid dream is that your subconscious mind is trying to tell you something important.
You see, your subconscious mind can be pretty amazing, and it has a lot of power over your life.
But most of us hardly ever listen to it.
We bury it under layers upon layers of thoughts and worries. We push feelings down, if we even pause for long enough to consider them.
That little voice in the back of your mind can so easily be drowned out.
And things are no easier when you’re sleeping either. You might be having very insightful dreams, but the fact is you forget the vast majority of them even before you wake up.
So what is the subconscious mind supposed to do?
One solution is lucid dreams. This way, you get in a state where your subconscious mind can communicate with you more clearly, and you are fully aware of the situation.
It would be a huge mistake to assume that your lucid dream is a total coincidence, or random. You would be missing a very important message from your subconscious, so consider everything carefully and pay close attention.
If you feel like you want more clarity on this, I’d suggest speaking to a gifted advisor at Psychic Source.
I mentioned them earlier. They have helped me out in the past and I’ve always found them honest and compassionate in their readings.
So instead of trying to decode your dreams on your own, speak to an advisor who’ll give you the answers you’re looking for.
5) You’ve been practicing lucid dreaming too often
Some people have mastered lucid dreaming and they practice it on a regular basis — perhaps even nearly every day.
In these cases, feeling like you’re stuck in a lucid dream could be a sign that you should take a break from this practice for a while.
Your brain and subconscious mind could be trying to communicate to you in this way that you are trapping your own mind in a dream state that is not natural for them.
You might like to gradually stop having lucid dreams, or even stop them completely for a period of time.
6) You are sleep deprived
Have you been getting quality sleep recently?
This is actually a very important question, because interestingly enough, being stuck in a lucid dream could be a side effect of sleep deprivation.
To examine why, let’s have a quick look at the science behind dreams.
During your average night of sleep, your longest REM cycle (the sleeping phase when you dream) lasts for around 40 minutes.
But studies have shown that REM cycles are dramatically longer and more intense for someone who is sleep deprived.
This means that your dreams will be longer and more intense as well. Naturally, this makes it much easier for lucid dreams to happen — and harder for them to get out of.
So if you haven’t been getting enough sleep of late, make sure to get more quality rest and your lucid dreams might subside.
7) You need to spice up your routine
If you’re stuck in a dream and you can’t wake up from it, have a good hard look at your daily routine.
Your lucid dream might be a metaphor for being trapped in your current routine.
Think about it: it’s very much the same kind of feeling, isn’t it?
A dream that goes on and on, just like your life keeps playing the same scene over and over again.
It’s so easy to predict what will happen next that it’s almost like being stuck in a loop.
Your lucid dream is a very apt symbol for this type of situation.
And it’s a clear sign that you need to shake things up a little to add some more freshness and variety to your daily life.
8) You need to free your mind
Let’s get real for a moment here.
I don’t know you, and you don’t know me. But allow me to take an educated guess and say that you’re someone who values and invests in their own spirituality.
It isn’t such a hard guess to make — after all, here you are reading about spirituality!
And because I know how important spirituality must be to you, I need to tell you something very important. It might be a little uncomfortable to hear, but I firmly believe you’re someone who doesn’t shy away from the truth.
You see, lucid dreams are a very particular expression of our subconscious minds. If you’re having these, then that’s proof of the immense spiritual power you have within you!
But feeling stuck in one isn’t healthy, or natural. They are often a sign of this unfortunate truth:
You’ve been sold toxic spirituality.
Don’t feel bad about it though, so many of us have fallen into this trap. Including the shaman Rudá Iandé.
In this incredible free video, Rudá explains how his initial approach to spirituality did more harm than good. Now, with over 30 years in the field of spirituality, he hopes his experience can help others avoid the same mistakes.
So what makes Rudá trustworthy? How do you know you won’t get more of the same toxic crap?
Well, Rudá isn’t going to tell you how to practice your spirituality. Instead, he’s going to give you the tools to find empowerment from within.
Every exercise in the video will put you back in touch with your core self, step by step.
So if you’re ready to take that step, click here to watch the free video.
5) How to get out of a lucid dream in 2 simple steps
The fastest way to get out of a lucid dream is just to wake up.
But obviously, since you’re reading this article you have probably already tried some methods to wake up and they haven’t worked. This is what makes you feel stuck in the dream in the first place, right?
So, here are some steps to help ensure you can wake up from a lucid dream anytime you want. These methods have been tried and tested by lucid dreamers, and they work every time.
Step 1: Change your dream location
The first step to waking up from a lucid dream is to change the entire location and scenario in your dream.
Here’s an example:
Let’s say that you’re inside your house. Try changing the location to the mountains. If you’re in an empty room, try filling it with other people.
If drastic changes like these are too hard, then try to change just a few items in your surroundings, or add new ones.
Essentially, try changing whatever you can, in any way you like.
So why should you do this, and how will it help you wake up from a lucid dream?
Well, first and foremost changing things in your lucid dream will help you break free from the feeling of helplessness and being stuck. You will prove to yourself that you have control over the situation you are in. Even if you still feel stuck in the dream after this, you will have already sent a very clear signal to your subconscious mind that you are in full control.
Sometimes, this is all you need in order to break free from a lucid dream and wake up.
A lot of lucid dreamers say that when they change the dream scene drastically, they wake up within a few seconds.
But if this isn’t enough, then go ahead with step 2 of the process.
Step 2: Use your eyes to wake up from the lucid dream
The most important thing about waking up from a lucid dream is your eyes. They are your window to the state of wakefulness.
To explain why, let’s have a look at what happens to the body during sleep.
When you’re asleep, your body will stay completely paralyzed. This is caused by a natural chemical to help ensure that you don’t get up and start walking around while dreaming, which could be very dangerous to you.
Muscle spasms are common during REM sleep, but apart from that when you dream your muscles are all locked in your sleeping position. With one exception: your eyes!
As you might guess from the very term REM, meaning “rapid eye movement”, your eyes are in constant motion during REM sleep. They are the only part of your body that is not affected by the paralyzing effect of sleep.
And since you are conscious in your lucid dream, and your eyes are not immobile like the rest of your body, that means you can consciously and willfully move your physical eyes from your dream too.
Now here’s the good news: you can use this to your advantage when you want to wake up from a lucid dream!
- In your dream, close your eyes.
- Now move them in different directions: up, down, from side to side, and around. There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to do this.
- Keep going with this for about 20 to 30 seconds, and make sure your eyes stay closed in your dream the whole time.
- Your eyes in your real life will be moving the same way. Therefore, you have established a link between your dream eyes and your real physical eyes.
- Now, after about 30 seconds of eye movements, open your eyes in your dream.
You’ll find that your physical eyes will open too.
You might feel a little disoriented at first, and it might even take your body a few seconds to catch up. So don’t freak out if you feel like your body is still paralyzed.
After a few seconds, your conscious mind will catch up and you’ll be able to move as normal.
6) Need more clarity and guidance on lucid dreaming?
This article gives you a lot of insight into feeling stuck in a lucid dream. But understanding an issue can be just the beginning.
The most important thing for you to do is figure out what these lucid dreams mean for you specifically. Your life, your mind, and your experiences are totally unique. What are these lucid dreams trying to tell you?
This is the most important question to answer.
And unfortunately it can also be the hardest answer to find.
But if you’re truly invested in your spiritual growth and development, then here’s the best way you can move forward:
Ask for guidance from a gifted advisor.
Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak, or lazy — actually, it’s the total opposite! Many people will read this article and then never think about it again. But a few special people will absorb the information, and then take action that will actually improve their lives.
And I’m sure you’re one of the special few.
So if you’re ready to take the next step and bring your spirituality to the next level, get in touch with a gifted advisor at Psychic Source.
They can help you in text chat, a call or a video call and it costs much less than you might think.