I recently spoke to a friend of mine who encouraged me to set an intention before speaking to a group of people. Even though I have been using intention in my mindfulness practice for over a year, it had never occurred to me to use intention in my work.
Setting an intention at the beginning of a mindfulness practice, whether it be yoga or meditation, is a powerful way to set your whole mind in a single direction. Perhaps intention is the modern prayer. It works. Becoming an effective lucid dreamer hinges on being able to remember to do something, recognize a dream, based on a prior intent lodged deep into the mind. The first documented method for lucid dreaming with scientific backing was Stephen’s Leberge’s MILD (mnemonic induction of lucid dreams). The MILD method is setting an intention when you are in the drowsy state after waking that the next time you have a dream you will remember you have a dream.
A good stepping stone is setting an intention before you go to bed that you will think about your dreams prior to opening your eyes. See if you can get to the point where you don’t open your eyes until you’ve asked yourself the question, “What was I just dreaming?” The more you see yourself doing this the more you are building a critical skill that will aid you in your lucid dreaming practice.