One of the easiest ways to have a lucid dream is to induce it with hypnosis.
In this article I’ll give you a script that you can read to your hypnosis subject. This script was designed to send someone to sleep and give them a good chance of experiencing a hypnosis induced lucid dream.
What is hypnosis induced lucid dreaming?
There are several common methods that can be used to wake up inside your dreams and take control of them. With hypnosis induced lucid dreaming (also known as HILD), we use hypnosis to take our subject on a journey into their dreamscape.
This dreamscape can be either planned out beforehand, or created dynamically by your subject as they step inside it.
As a rule, if there is something specific they’d like to experience in their lucid dream, a plan is essential.
If you’d like to know the details, you might enjoy my article How to Hypnotize Someone Into a Lucid Dream, in which I lay out the entire process step-by-step. I also cover how to use self-hypnosis to induce lucid dreaming in yourself.
Before you read the hypnosis induced lucid dreaming script
Hypnosis induced lucid dreaming involves your hypnosis subject falling asleep at the end of the process.
This means that it’s important to have them take all the precautions they would normally take before they go to bed. I’m sure you know the drill… turn off heaters and unnecessary appliances, brush teeth… all the usual things. Make sure that they do all of this before you begin.
If your hypnosis subject would like to plan their lucid dream, have them do this too. All they need to do is write out a few sentences in the present tense describing the dream they’d like to have, then spend a moment or two getting a clear image of it in their mind.
For best results, your subject will want to keep a dream journal. This is just a notebook that they leave by their bed with a pen, so that they can write about their dreams first thing in the morning when they wake up.
Make sure they know that the process is unlikely to work if they don’t document their dreams first thing on awakening.
If your hypnosis subject would like a nifty book in which they can write their dream plans and keep their dream journal, they might like my Lucid Dreaming Planner and Journal. It has space to write out dream plans and document the resulting dreams, along with helpful prompts, space for sketches, and a section for dream analysis.
Before reading the hypnosis induced lucid dreaming script to your subject, read the instructions in my article on Visualization Hypnotic Induction Scripts, then come back here.
If you’d like to see an example of this script in action, check out my recording of it over on youtube. The entire recording is 8 hours and includes river rapids as the background after the script finishes to enhance the listener’s chances of sleeping well.
You may have to press the play button twice on some phones.
You can also buy the audio recording complete with river rapids in my store.
Reiterate to your subject that they must write about their dream first thing when they wake up, then read the script to them.
The Hypnosis Induced Lucid Dreaming Script
Settle down comfortably, and wriggle around a bit until you’re totally comfortable.
Stretch your arms and your legs, allowing them to move into just the right spot.
If it helps, shake them out a bit.
Everything’s just right.
Take a slow, deep breath.
All the way in.
Hold for a moment.
And breathe out slowly.
Feeling that relaxation flowing through your body.
And your mind.
Hold for a moment.
And breathe out again, allowing that sensation of peace and tranquility to begin to spread.
Scan all the way from the top of your head to the tips of your toes, noticing how each muscle group is already starting to relax.
You probably didn’t even notice which one out of all those muscles is the least relaxed now.
And scanning all the way back up again.
Not yet, but in a moment, we’re going on a journey.
One more time, take a slow, deep breath.
All the way in.
And breathe out, only as quickly as you can become fully relaxed now.
Already sinking down.
Allow those eyes to close.
And a vision begins to form.
And I don’t know what might be inside this vision.
Perhaps it’s a field.
Or a forest.
Or a clearing by the river deep in the trees.
You touch the water and notice that it’s icy cold.
It feels good.
As the stream bubbles away over the rocks you look around.
You’re in a clearing.
There’s trees all around.
And the stream gurgling gently down the mountain.
Icy cold and crystal clear.
In the middle of the stream there’s a giant rock covered in dark green moss.
It looks peaceful.
You turn and your eyes follow the stream.
Down the mountain.
All the way down.
Gurgling away until it’s lost in the trees.
You breathe in, and take in the glorious crisp mountain air.
It’s all so clear.
The sun’s streaming down.
It’s a beautiful day and you can feel a gentle breeze on your cheek.
It’s so peaceful here.
Time has no meaning.
And feel good.
You reach down and pick up a small stone.
It’s warm in the sun.
You run your hand over its smooth surface and notice the tiny pockmarks.
You hold that small stone in your hand and feel its weight.
You pause for a moment to marvel at all the colors in that one small stone.
Warmed by the sun.
The river gurgling gently by.
It’s a beautiful day.
And there’s so many shades of grey in that one small stone.
You place it on the ground and pick up another stone.
This one’s larger.
You run your fingers over the larger stone and notice that the edges are sharp.
So many different shades.
You can see green and red and black buried deep down inside all those shades of grey.
It sparkles in the sunlight.
And you look around the clearing and notice the tall grass growing.
So lush and green.
Waving in the gentle breeze.
That feels so good against your cheek in the sun.
As you run your fingers over that larger stone, you notice it has an unusual texture.
Sort of rough.
Sort of smooth.
All at the same time.
It’s a curious thing.
Now, take a few moments to really bask in this clearing.
Luxuriate in the warm sun streaming down.
Inhale that crisp, clear mountain air.
You feel good.
Your head is clear.
And you look around that clearing.
There’s something here.
Now I don’t know what kind of pathway you’ll find.
Maybe it will be a rabbit warren under the ground.
Or a rope bridge high in the trees.
It could even be something totally outrageous like an actual pathway.
Or a hole under a tree.
Whatever it is, look around the clearing for the right pathway.
You’ll know it when you find it.
It’s calling out to you.
And as your doing all of that, notice all the details.
So many shades of green and yellow in the tall grass.
As you find the way to your path.
It feels just right.
That’s the one.
Now, step onto your pathway and notice the texture of it.
Pay attention to how your pathway feels.
And get a real sense of all the qualities of your path.
It feels right.
Notice the details.
What can you hear?
Now as you’re traveling down your path, you’ll find that sooner or later you come to a doorway.
A way through to somewhere else.
And I don’t know what your portal will look like.
Like the pathway, you’ll know it when you find it.
It feels right.
Paying attention to all of those details.
What it all feels like now.
So calm and peaceful.
You’re almost home.
You’ve got all the time in the world.
Time has no meaning here.
And you’ll find that when you wake up in the morning, you’ll have slept for exactly the right amount of time to wake up fully refreshed having just had the best sleep ever.
It feels good knowing that.
You can feel time expanding.
A feeling of expectancy.
Your dream is coming.
Look around and find your doorway now.
Take a moment to bask in the feeling of being right outside your doorway.
Your dream is waiting for you.
It’s going to be amazing.
You know when you wake up in the morning, you’ll find yourself automatically reaching for your dream journal and writing all about it.
It’s easy to remember your dreams.
You just have to take a few moments to write about them as soon as you wake up.
Now, notice all the details of your doorway.
The portal to your dream.
Notice the textures.
Feel the colors.
Experience the sound.
So calm and peaceful.
Now, maybe you’ve planned a dream and you know exactly what’s on the other side of that door.
Or maybe you’re excited to discover what will be there today.
Whatever it is, take a few moments to allow that dream to form exactly as you want it to be.
On the other side of your door.
Feel the details filling themselves in.
The textures and feelings and sensations of all kinds.
So many things to do.
So much time to do them in.
Maybe you’ll spend a week on vacation.
Or explore an alien world.
Your perfect dream’s on the other side of that door.
Feel it growing and taking shape.
Place your hand against that door.
Feel it hum.
Feel the energy flowing through that door into you as your dream world forms completely right behind that door.
Take a breath, feeling good in every way.
And step through your door into your dream world.
Notice everything forming around you in exactly the right way for you.
Feel your world.
Take a moment to look around your dream world and take in all the details.
So many colors.
So many textures.
Maybe it’s quiet or maybe there’s sound.
Now, look around your dream world for something that you see all the time in the waking world.
It can be anything at all.
A tree. A door handle. A phone. A keyboard.
Anything that you can find that exists both here and in the waking world.
Walk up to that thing.
And allow your hand to pass right through it, in exactly the way it doesn’t in the waking world.
Marvel at how you’re in total control.
Allow that object to float up, levitating in space in front of you.
Look around and choose just one thing.
Allow that one thing to reshape to your will.
Because you know that from now on, you’ll find it effortless and automatic to find things in the waking world to test.
It’s so easy to adjust things here.
Find a phone.
And allow its color to change.
In an instant.
Move your hand through that phone and notice how you can feel it.
It’s a curious sensation.
And while you’re in your dream world there’s so much to do.
And so much time to do it in.
Who knows who you’ll meet.
Who knows what new things you’ll discover and learn.
Knowing that you’ll wake up after the perfect amount of sleep at exactly the right time, ready to write about all of your fantastic experiences here in your journal.
But that’s for tomorrow.
For now, here’s your world.
Waiting for you to explore.
You’re in total control.
I wonder who you’ll meet.
I wonder what you’ll discover.
Allow yourself to float up into the air so you can have a decent look around.
It’s so peaceful here.
Time has no meaning.
You can spend as long as you like.
Notice all the details.
Because it’s time to explore.
Now, good night and dream well.
The next morning
There’s an interesting fact about the human mind: We typically have to be exposed to some kinds of information at least 7 times before we start to become aware that it exists.
This can be the case even when we’ve discussed that information before.
Which leads to an interesting consequence.
You’ve just done a bunch of stuff with your hypnosis subject and hopefully sent them into a dream state.
Guess what happens next?
Usually they wake up and forget that they’re supposed to write in their journal. Sometimes they’ll even forget that it was discussed.
All you can really do about this is explain to them that the process won’t work until they do.
And then repeat.
Naturally each time you go over it with them, it gets a bit closer to their awareness. Eventually, most people have a sudden realization that they should write in their dream journal first thing in the morning.
If you can make the act of writing in their dream journal feel important to them, that will help a lot.
And they will tend to remember to do it a lot more effectively if you can help them come to the realization themselves rather than have to explain it to them over and over again.
Either way, the solution is the same: All you can really do is repeat the process until they remember to write in their dream journal.
Luckily, once they start, it will quickly become a habit, so you just have to get over the initial hump.
Self-Hypnosis Induced Lucid Dreaming
With any luck, when your subject finally remembers to write about their dreams in their journal, they’ll start to report amazing experiences to you.
It’s only natural to want some of that for yourself.
As I mentioned earlier, you’ve got a couple of options here. If you know another hypnotist, you can have them read the script to you. Or run their own hypnotic process.
Ultimately though, the one thing that will serve you best is learning to guide yourself into a lucid dream.
The easiest way I know of to do this is with self-hypnosis.
All you have to do is follow the step-by-step instructions in my article How to Hypnotize Someone Into a Lucid Dream.
Beyond it’s usefulness in guiding yourself into lucid dreaming, self-hypnosis is an essential skill for all hypnotists to master.
When you become skilled enough at it, you can use it for just about anything that you’d normally see a hypnotist or hypnotherapist to help with.
To get you started, I’ve written an article all about self-hypnosis. In it I give the simple process that I followed when I had some of my first experiences with self-hypnosis decades ago.
This process allowed me to go from doubting hypnosis was real to not only being able to do it, but spin up visual hallucinations.
All in the space of a few hours.
So if becoming highly skilled at hypnosis is something you’d like to have happen, go read my article on how to hypnotize yourself right now!