Perhaps attaining a certain level of mastery in daily life leads to practicing yoga during the night. To be truly enlightened is to be awakened, and this includes being conscious in dreams. First of all, what does it mean to be conscious? To be conscious is to be aware of one's surroundings. It is also our unique thoughts and feelings. Some people call consciousness the soul or spirit.
Known to Tibetan Buddhists as an essential part of the dream yoga sequence, lucid dreaming is an awareness of being asleep. It requires a comparison between dreams and reality. This is the only way to know what it feels like to be conscious. It is making the decision to be awake, even in dreams. Doubt and fear can block this from the start. However, there are some ways to induce lucid dreaming. First, look for clues that would suggest the experience is a dream or reality. Another way is to do a reality check, which can be done in waking life. Some reality checks include looking at a clock, looking at text, flipping a light switch, looking in a mirror, and leaning against a wall. There is also a method that requires looking into the palm of the hand and repeating a desired dream at night before falling asleep. When the hands are revealed in the dream, the dreamer will become lucid.
The most basic principle of dream yoga is integral deep listening. This is a form of yoga that teaches that the waking world is just another type of dream. Tibetan dream yoga holds the idea that the true nature of people, places, and things can be understood through dreams. The point of dream yoga is to understand that nothing in a dream is dangerous, and there is no reason to be afraid. The next step is to take control of the dream. It's time to convert fire to water, water to wine, big into small, and increase the efforts each time.
Objects, even bodies, become insubstantial in dreams. This means the freedom of an out of body experience is even possible in a dream. At this point, Tibetan Buddhists find themselves visualizing sacred images such as Buddha, a lotus, or a white light, a symbolic drive to focus forward to enlightenment.