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I would be worried if you did put your dreams before real life. Which is why in , at age sixteen, I picked up one of my oldest brother's books, Journey to Ixtlan: Xgamer4 has had many lucid dreams. If you became lucid at any point in the dream. Step 4.
I was stunned. Could I have actually seen the newspaper boy ride his bike by our house and throw the newspaper? Could I have witnessed that from the roof of our house while my body lay in bed? Imagination creates beautiful imagery, so I wondered if this was an interesting case of imagining a scene in a very real and vivid dreamlike state that just "happened" to contain elements of a normal daily event. Could I, on some deep level, have heard the paper land in the grass on the opposite side of the house and simply concocted a dream about this subauditory event?
I know the experience happened - yet how to explain it? I decided to ask one of my brothers. He listened to my story, then said, matter-of-factly, "You're having out-of-bodies. I like to fly around these sycamores, too. I didn't recall asking for them. Besides, all the buzzing and humming and energy felt weird sometimes. Comparatively, lucid dreams were fun and easy to understand, since my dreaming self played in the playground of my mind or so I assumed. Even the term out-of-bodies bothered me.
It implies that the person's awareness has left the body and now explores physical reality sans body. Yet, I definitely had a body image when experiencing this state - it just wasn't a physical one. For this reason, I came to prefer the term "projection of consciousness," as suggested by metaphysical explorer and author Jane Roberts.
As you can see, while the OBE experience itself may be somewhat commonplace, interpreting the experience is a challenge. If one's awareness seems apart from the physical body, then does one experience a physical realm or an imagined realm, possibly a mental model of the physical realm?
If it seems an imagined realm, then how do we explain the rare but occasional instances of apparently valid perceptions of the physical realm?
And what does this say about the nature of awareness? Does awareness require a physical body, or does awareness reside sometimes within and sometimes without a physical body? After reading about and talking with other lucid dreamers, I learned that many developed the ability to lucid dream before experiencing spontaneous, and less frequent, OBE-type experiences.
One cannot help but wonder if this coincidence of lucid dreaming and projections of consciousness result from an actual connection between the two experiences or if it relates to the person's interest and involvement in working with awareness. In other words, once we begin to lucid dream, do we then notice similar, subtle experiences of awareness? On a number of occasions, in my college dorm room, I would take an afternoon nap with the intention of having an OBE. In one attempt, I recall looking very closely at a white, textured surface, just a fraction of an inch above my eye level.
When I awoke, I realized that my awareness may have been about eight feet above myself, carefully inspecting the ceiling tile! To check it out, I precariously balanced a chair on my bed and stood on it to reach that same ceiling height.
Now, if I could just stick the top half of my head into the ceiling, I could get my physical eyes in the same spot. The view seemed so close to what I had seen while apparently OBE. Just maybe, my awareness had actually moved. For me, the OBE usually occurred in the local environment that is, in the general area of where I had fallen asleep. For example, if I decided to fly through a house, I might find a window to fly through where no window exists in waking reality.
Upon waking and recalling the situation, I would note that I had unknowingly made it easier for myself to fly into the house by mentally perceiving a window where none existed. Realizing this, I came to think of local OBEs as a "reality plus one" phenomenon, meaning that OBEs seemed to mimic a waking-reality model quite nicely, yet held "plus one," or added elements, of apparent subconscious desire or intent interwoven into the imagery.
As I see it, there are six clear distinctions between the two phenomena. First, most lucid dreams occur when one's awareness comes to an understanding of the dream state while dreaming - one realizes one dreams within the dream. Most OBEs simply begin at the fuzzy juncture between waking and sleep, and then the person begins the OBE experience "aware. Upon waking, she told the hospital social worker how she had floated up to the ceiling and watched as the doctors and nurses tried to save her, then had floated outside of the hospital and noticed a tennis shoe on the third-floor ledge of the hospital's north wing.
She begged the social worker to see if a tennis shoe really existed on the ledge of the hospital's north wing. To placate her, the social worker investigated the third-floor ledge and was stunned to find a tennis shoe with the same wear marks and specific details the woman described from her OBE journey.
Third, out-of-body experiencers often report buzzing, energy, vibrations, and other phenomena preceding their experiences, which lucid 3: OBErs sometimes mention "shooting out," or "rolling out" of their physical bodies; again, comments normally never mentioned by lucid dreamers about lucid dreams. Fourth, as Robert Monroe mentioned in comments to the Lucidity Letter,7 the "most common" difference between a lucid dream and an OBE involved the lucid dreamer's ability to "change" the internally generated environment that they experienced; by contrast, those having an OBE do not report consciously changing their environment.
Monroe suggests a difference in how the environment is experienced. Fifth, as lucid dream researcher, Ed Kellogg, Ph. Sixth, OBErs usually report "returning" to their body, sometimes with a noticeable reconnection. Lucid dreamers, by contrast, at the end of the lucid dream report waking up, having a false awakening, or the dream imagery "going gray" that is, losing normal visuals and seeing a diffused dark state. In short, those experiencing OBEs normally recognize their state from the start; they often report unique vibratory and energy sensations preceding their experience; they seem to accept and not change their environment; they seem to recall easily the details of their experience; and OBE reports contain more reference to "returning to the body.
The difficulty in differentiating between lucid dreams and OBEs occurs when you have experiences like my flying around the trees, apparently seeing the newspaper boy. Was I OBE or lucid? On the one hand, I didn't recall any humming or vibrating, but then again I don't recall leaving my body.
I didn't change anything, as lucid dreamers report, nor did I recall realizing, "This is a dream! I acted with a sense of awareness, but not like lucid awareness.
My lucid dream illustrates how easily one can become confused about two distinct types of inner experience. As coeditor of The Lucid Dream Exchange, I see this same confusion in a small subset of lucid dream submissions. The person doesn't indicate or recall how they became lucid; however they fly around the mental landscape much like in a lucid dream, yet fail to alter the environment, as lucid dreamers normally do.
Tomato, tomat-obe? Maybe so. But as we investigate the varieties of conscious experience and their possible meanings, we must take care to investigate the phenomena's differences and similarities.
The fantastic sense of freedom as you swim, glide, or soar through the dream space brings deep satisfaction. Of course, when it doesn't work, when you're unable to fly or do so only with extreme effort, your frustration can mount rapidly.
Thankfully, with experience and a bit of insight, you can become an accomplished flyer. In fact, sometimes the best flying advice comes from dream figures. He was just a kid, maybe twelve years old, thin, with short brown hair. His red flannel shirt, with sleeves rolled up, was worn threadbare. I had seen him earlier in the dream, and now he reappeared on the muddy road of this Depression-era town. Though he spoke only eight words, this boy gave me great insight into moving in dream space March At this moment I can see mud glistening wet on the road and something strikes me as odd.
Then I notice the view in my rearview mirror isn't at all what I thought it should be, since I had just left my old-fashioned hotel. I realize this is a dream. From my convertible, I announce to the boy, "You know this is a dream. I ask him if this is the right way back to the hotel. He then offers me a great lesson in the nature of dream space. Any way is the right way, because there is basically one way, and that way is through manipulating awareness.
In lucid dream space, you are as close to any place as you expect to be. The apparent fifty-foot flight is only a mental act away. So, too, the long-distance flight to that hill over there - you and the hill are only separated by an act of focus and intent.
In one of my first lucid dreams, I became lucidly aware in my childhood front yard, by our sycamore trees.
Gleefully, I decide to fly. I leap a few feet in the air and, hanging there in space, I think, "Now what? For many beginning lucid dreamers, flying in the perceived space is a primary goal. Getting from point A to point B should be easy - after all, you're dreaming this, right?
But while many find it easy, others find movement frustrating. They get stuck. They can fly or move only with extreme effort. Normally it's because they bring the expectation or mindset of physical space into the psychological space of the lucid dream. When they want to move in a lucid dream, they walk, they flap their arms, they swim through the air, using physical-type effort. They grow frustrated, not realizing that their belief and expectation in the need for physical action is causing their experience.
The solution to this dilemma involves another lesson in lucidity: The dream space largely mirrors your ideas, expectations, and beliefs about it.
By changing your expectations and beliefs, you change the dream space. Realizing mental space responds best to mental manipulations, you let go of physical manipulations and use the wings of your mind. How would you recognize that you are relating in a physical way to the mental space of dreams? You would see it in your behavior and thinking in the lucid state.
If you find yourself acting in a physical way, it suggests at some level that you believe or feel the dream space to be like physical reality. If, on the other hand, you feel yourself consciously relating to the space in a nonphysical way you fly through walls, change the couch into a chair, or fly upside down, for example , it suggests that you believe or understand the space as a mental construct.
Consider this example: Why does an apple fall in a lucid dream? Or more to the point, why do many beginners fall in a lucid dream? Let me assure you, it isn't gravity. Whether an apple, or a dreamer, the sense of falling in a lucid dream must be the result of a type of psychological force within the dreaming. Nearly every experienced lucid dreamer would say the lucid dreamer's belief and expectation in falling creates the experience of falling. Lucid dreamers who don't possess that belief, expectation, or focus of falling don't fall.
They may simply hang in space, knowing it as the gravity-free space of lucid dreaming. Or if they do move in a downward motion, it's just that - a directional motion - not falling. With apologies to Newton, the only apple that falls in a lucid dream is the one that believes in falling. But movement, of course, is not always a black and white affair.
You may notice this in some early lucid dreams in which movement toward your goal seems extremely difficult. If you take a moment to review it, the quicksand-like difficulty may reflect your ambivalence or conflict about your intended goal.
The uncertainty becomes exteriorized as difficulty in movement. In those cases when you feel clear about your goal and are not conflicted, you normally proceed toward it easily. Since the lucid dream environment largely follows the contours of your mind, your mind appears embedded in the environment, the experience, and the experiencer.
The difficulty only appears to be out there. So, each lucid dreamer's emotional situation provides an avenue for insight. Whenever you feel frustrated in a lucid dream, it should be a clue that you are approaching the dream in a physical manner or in conflict with unexamined beliefs.
Conversely, an easy and successful lucid dream experience shows the proper use of mental principles and a conflict-free mind.
Consider this lesson in lucidity: The mind, emotions, and mental action precede the effect.
After waking from your lucid dreams, carefully review the effect of each recognized and unrecognized mental action, thought, emotion, or expectation. You will quickly discover that background beliefs, sudden expectations, and new insights create the field from which most lucid events spring.
By concentrating on your goal, you naturally dismiss other concerns and thoughts, sharpening your focus. Intent draws the goal and you together. This method does not consider how one gets there - do I fly like Superman or do I float on a magic carpet, at what speed or in what form? With this method, the focus becomes concentrated solely on the goal, and the movement happens naturally. Concentrating on the goal as your sole focus, then intending yourself there, moves your awareness effortlessly.
What if the place you want to be is far away? How do you "intend" yourself to that mountaintop? In general terms, you focus exclusively on the mountaintop and place your perception there, by either imagining yourself on the mountaintop or, say, by imagining yourself touching the highest rock; in any case, your focus follows your intent, and you find yourself where you want to be.
In the following lucid dream, I use this principle to help a friend learn to fly August I sense that the setting is just "too dreamy" and become lucidly aware.
I tell my friend, "Let's fly! I'll show you how," and I grab her arm and we fly about fifty feet. We do this a few more times, going about fifty feet each time, and with each try she gets better.
I finally tell her that to fly easily when lucid, you have to see yourself where you want to be. I point to a car far away and say, "See yourself there and then fly, it's easier. We fly there easily. We go past a gate and into a beautiful garden - it's like a miniparadise. In this next lucid dream, I see where I want to be and feel myself drawn toward it May I seem to be on a neighborhood street on a sunny day. Snow covers the ground.
I notice one place where water drains down, creating a large hole in the snow, surrounded by fluffy, unreal-looking snow. Suddenly this seems too dream-like and I say, "This is a dream! Gaining altitude easily, I see a school building about a half mile away, across a large field. I put my arms out, a la Superman, and tell myself to concentrate on one corner of the building and draw it to me.
As I concentrate, I accelerate toward the building effortlessly and arrive there in seconds. By switching to the method of concentrated focus with intent, you leave behind the days of slow, effortful movement. Just concentrate on the exact spot you wish to be, intend yourself there, and you will feel the graceful flight of intent pull you to your destination.
Soaring through space can feel incredibly joyous and exciting, which is why it remains one of lucid dreamers' favorite activities. However, I once met a dream figure who had an entirely different perspective on Superman flying August I have become lucid and done a number of things. I meet a guy who looks like Robin Williams and tell him I want to know all there is about flying in dreams. He says dryly, "Not that Superman kind of flying stuff.
He shakes his head and explains, "You've got to understand that there are many different kinds of flying.
He tries to make a point that different types of lucid flying are required for different types of lucid environments. It seems best to use the most appropriate for the environment. Superman flying seems to be a very modest level. He goes on with more information about using thoughts. Before this dream, I had never considered that the type of flying or movement is related to the environment. It makes sense that certain types of lucid flying would be appropriate in certain lucid dream environments.
For example, I still find that I swim through a small roomsized space. It just seems appropriate in that setting. But, in a wide-open space, you'll likely find me flying a la Superman. For example, we look for a rocket pack or a magic carpet and then project our belief 3: Sometimes we even project power into completely odd things, as in these two short lucid dreams: Finding myself lucid in a dream, I grab hold of a blue sandal which I believe can fly - and it does!
I hold onto it as it goes zipping around the room. I gleefully hold on, amazed at the speed of the blue sandal. Standing on a hillside lucidly aware, I decide to touch the wing of an airplane, which begins to levitate, so I use it to take me where I want to go. I hang on and it goes to places that I want to visit. I find this very easy.
While both the sandal and the plane, in some sense, have an association with movement, I still feel surprised by the idea of projecting power into something else in order to fly. Upon waking, I normally remind myself that my belief and expectation alone made the objects fly, even though I projected symbolic power into those items.
And, then, I have to wonder. Why do we sometimes find it easier to project power into an external thing and believe in its ability instead of believing in our own power? Are we predisposed to invest some symbols with power?
Or does it follow the outline of our own belief and expectation? They become fearful of the distance to the ground, and they begin to fall. At the moment their focus changed from flying to the distance to the ground, the direction of the lucid dream changed. When you focus on your goal, you attract your goal. When you focus on fears, you attract your fears. In a mental space, your focus matters because it naturally draws you to the area of your focus.
Left alone, your focus naturally follows your beliefs, interests, and emotions. If you focus on fears or have a fearful mindset e. Likewise, if you adopt a limiting belief or expectation e.
Your experience of dream space reflects your focus, which aligns with your beliefs, interests, and emotions. Lucid dreamers learn that progress involves expanding the mind. By overcoming limiting or negative beliefs and expectations and the subsequent focus on fears or concerns, we open our mind to the possibility of new, broader concepts.
When our conceptual mind begins to grow, so do the possibilities of experience. New concepts allow for new creativity. So, our fears and concerns demonstrate a particularly important lesson in lucid dreams: Emotions energize the area of focus.
If you want to get somewhere in a hurry, just add some emotional energy to it. Emotion shortens the distance between the experience and the experiencer, between the dreamer and the desired. There are many people around, like a family dinner or picnic. Somehow I become lucid and find that my flying control is excellent.
I effortlessly fly from room to room with grace, precision, and awareness. I play around with moving objects in the rooms. One woman notices me and acts seductively. I choose to ignore her. I think about what to do and decide to try to fly out into the stars. I begin to fly and keep flying and flying. I'm astounded! I can't believe how far I'm going and everything stays the same.
In previous lucid dreams, when I would fly toward the stars, they would sometimes merge together into various symbols, like interlocking circles, triangles, and so on.
I continue flying into outer space. I begin to fly past planets. This is incredible! Finally, I decide to stop. I look down about forty degrees and there's a large planet with rings and four moons. I notice that two of the moons seem to have ghostly rings around them while the others don't. The main planet's ring is kind of orangish gold. Two of the 3: The fourth moon is on the left side of the planet. I marvel at the profound sight of seeing an entire planet hanging in space.
It's so incredibly silent and still. I decide to keep going, and do, but don't find anything new, so I turn back with the intent of flying through the outlying rings of the planet. I head toward the rings and, as I do so, I begin to feel energy hitting me as I move through the ring.
Here, I believe I momentarily lose my lucidity or have a total scene shift. I am back on Earth, still flying.
It occurs to me that this has been quite a long lucid dream. It may require a number of attempts before you make it into outer space. Perhaps on some conceptual level, it poses difficulties in regard to our beliefs. It can be done, however. I still recall the unexpected feeling of energy as I flew through the rings of the planet. A fellow lucid dreamer once commented that whenever he had lucid dreams of outer space, he couldn't help but wonder if he had really moved deeper and deeper into inner space.
The experiences often felt profound and mind expanding, he said, but he wondered if the journey had been symbolic of an inner one. His insight struck me, since I too wondered if these journeys represented a movement of inner depth with the wings of the mind. Mental space can twist the mind of the lucid dreamer. In one sense, you paradoxically experience the illusion of space and the infinity of space. Your perspective changes as your mind changes, but in that changing, where is space?
Does space exist only in the mind? Is space an artifact or epiphenomenon of changing mental perspective? Do you actually venture through space, or would it be more correct to say you venture through ideas, intents, and beliefs exteriorized?
Is the movement of consciousness the only movement? Lucid dreaming offers a new approach to the exploration of awareness and the territory of the mind. Later, we'll travel into implied space and potential space as we explore the far reaches of the lucid mind.
It was , and I was a psychology major listening to a lecture on Freud's pleasure principle. As the professor spoke about the id, ego, superego, and libido, I began to see distinct correlations between these ideas and my first five years of lucid dreaming.
The professor outlined Freud's theory that the id, or the vast, instinctual, unconscious system within one's psyche, is the primary subjective reality of each of us. Through the id, said Freud, flows the primary source of life-giving psychic energy, or the libido.
Because the id is not governed by reason, culture, or morality, it has one principle consideration: Freud maintained that one way the id released its energy and found satisfying expression was through the production of dream symbols. In our dreams, said Freud, the id forms impulsive, magical, selfish, pain-avoiding, pleasure-loving mental images, which satisfy its need to gratify its instinctual urges. According to Freud, dreams essentially represent wish fulfillments. In dreaming, we learn a bit about the obscure nature of the id.
Sitting in class, I wondered if, while lucid, I had interacted with the id or experienced the libido. I began to make a checklist of my first five years of lucid dreaming: When lucid dreaming, did I avoid pain? When lucid dreaming, did I act impulsively? When lucid dreaming, did I act selfishly? When lucid dreaming, did I act magically? When lucid dreaming, could I feel libido energy? I believe so! In that moment, Freud illuminated for me two fascinating aspects of lucid dreaming: On many occasions after becoming lucid, I, and other lucid dreamers, feel an extraordinary energy welling up inside.
Suddenly, from nowhere, we experience a vibrant sense of power mixed with pleasure and a feeling of confident mastery, all coupled with the joy of realization. This momentary ecstasy courses through our whole being like an injection of life-giving energy. It makes you wonder. When lucid, is that sensation a conscious experience of libido in its broader sense i. Or does it represent something else? Since Freud associated one aspect of the libido with sexual urges, I had to admit to myself that many of these collegiate lucid dreams involved having sex.
In some cases, it simply felt like sex was in the air of the dream, that it wafted in the dream breeze and I caught its scent. Imagine being aware in the dream state and feeling an instinct hanging in the air about five feet to your left.
If you accept the instinct, its energy engages you. If you focus on something else instead, it recedes from your awareness.
At other times, I found that lucid dream sex was simply a conscious decision. If I noticed an attractive dream figure and focused on it in the aware state of dreaming, I could internally observe a decision being made.
The decision didn't seem instinctual; rather, it followed a deliberate conscious choosing. Yet Freud's suggestion that the id followed the pleasure principle, with its instinctual element, resonated mightily with my early lucid dream behavior.
Though I had tried various experiments suggested by don Juan, many of my lucid dreams involved pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain.
I flew joyfully around the dreamscape, magically created things I wished to experience, and delighted in the freedom of this alternate reality. When bothered by a dream figure or situation, I would either ignore it or use my will to pulverize it. Only later did it occur to me that I might wish to understand and reconcile with disagreeable dream figures. In some lucid dreams, I even found elements of the su- 4: Once while lucidly and passionately entangled with a lovely dream figure along a sidewalk yes, normal inhibitions disappear when you realize you dream it , two gentlemen walked by and I heard one casually remark, "I wonder if he thinks that is spiritual?
In fact, reviewing my early lucid dreams uncovered a lot of id-like behavior. But did I behave like that because of the intrinsic nature of the id and the instinctual unconscious?
Did the id call the behavior forth? Or did I behave like that because of me, my personality, my focus, my interests? Did the behavior represent my self at the time, in my own private dream realm? The answer came to me as I began to review my first few years of lucid dreaming. I realized that I had never engaged in sexual behavior in lucid dreaming until I had experienced sex in waking life. Once I had experienced it at an ego level, I brought it into my lucid dreaming experience.
I wondered if perhaps the id or the unconscious system was not so primitive and instinctual after all; perhaps we bring from our waking selves what we then discover there in the subconscious - our own ego impulses and desires.
To protect our view of our self, we imagine the impulses and desires arise from the unconscious instead of admitting that they are our ego ideas brought into the unconscious. As time went on, I came to find the subconscious realm of dreaming actually relatively neutral.
When lucid, the subconscious seemed to reflect me and my ego issues much more than normally acknowledged by Freud and Jung. The chaotic, primitive, and instinctual expressions of the id failed to appear; instead, the dream space seemed more home to the expressions of the ego - "I. One can become trapped by the pleasure principle, so to speak. Focused on achieving pleasure and avoiding pain, one simply loses interest in going further. Lucid in the unconscious, the considerable pleasures are as enticing as any waking-world pleasure.
In the epic voyage of the Odyssey, lucid dreamers recognize a cautionary tale. Blown off course for many days, the crew finally lands on the island of the lotus eaters. There, they find water to continue their journey. Ulysses sends three men to find out about the local inhabitants, and they discover that the locals spend most of their time eating a delicious lotus plant.
Recognizing the danger to the crew from the powerful lotus, Ulysses forces the three crew members back on board and sets sail, lest others discover the lotus and lose their will to journey onward. For lucid dreamers, the problem is not pleasure so much as abandoning any other goal as they pursue pleasure. When a lucid dreamer habitually uses lucid dreaming only for pleasure, he or she becomes lost, blown off course. It takes considerable determination to pursue lucid dreaming past this first stage of pleasure seeking and pain avoidance.
Often at this stage, the lucid dreamer may begin to imagine that lucid dreams have no meaning other than pleasure. Such was the case with one of my nieces. We met recently at a local restaurant and, after the usual pleasantries, I asked about her dream life. She told me about various dreams she'd had, and I asked her if she was having any lucid dreams. She told me she'd had ten or fifteen of them. I was incredulous. She explained that when she becomes aware that she dreams, she changes things in the dream.
If she sees a run-down building, she begins to fix it up lucidly until it looks nice and new. Or if she finds herself in a park without trees, she demands that nice trees appear, or sometimes moves ones from the background to the foreground. I knew my niece had an interest in art, but designing lucid dream environments? She agreed with this characterization. I suggested that if she wanted to find out whether or not lucid dreams have meaning, the next time she became lucid, she should announce to the dream, "Hey dream, show me something important for me to see!
Then tell me if you still think lucid dreams have no meaning. She titles the lucid dream, simply enough, "Meeting My Great Grandmother": I was running from a large male lion, scared out of my mind and screaming. A huge boulder was in the front, so I jumped behind it and hid from the lion. I peeked up, and the lion came full force over the boulder. I stood up, pointed my finger at him and in my deepest 4: At that point, I thought, "Wonderful, I am lucid dreaming!
At the far point in the hall, I saw the back of a white-haired head, and so I walked toward it. When I stood in front of her, I realized it was my great grandmother, DeeDee. I can't recall everything that she said, but it went something like this. She said, "You have good timing, Honey! I get out of purgatory tomorrow and am headed somewhere wonderful. Then she said that I should not worry so much, and that I have many people who love me. After a while, she said she had to leave, and I asked her if she had a message that I could give to anyone.
She said, "Tell Susan that I love her dearly, and I will see her shortly. Tell your mom to try to be happy. She'll know what I'm talking about.
The day following this lucid dream, my niece called, very excited. And she began to tell me the story - even asking me to define purgatory, since she felt a bit unclear about what that meant. I smiled at that. After she finished with the lucid dream, she wondered out loud, "But what do I do now?
I imagined a restaurant standing behind me. You can also try this trick with mirrors. The most important thing is to truly believe that the scenery will change. This can be anything from a jet pack to giant wings. Otherwise you could end up in a battle of logic with your conscious brain. Visualize your destination on the other side. If you want.
How to Find Dream Objects. The dogs disappear. He forms a gun with his fingers and starts shooting the angry dogs through a gap in the door: The absurdity hits me and I become fully lucid. Many impossible feats are perfectly acceptable in the dream-world.
There are three guard dogs closing in on the entrance. The dreaming self will keep trying to engulf your dream with its own imagery. If you are more practical. I see a cave at the end of the beach and run towards it.
I sense danger is lurking outside the cave. Objects are unlikely to materialize in front of your eyes. As I start to think what we should do next. You should find a way that works best for you.
I realize I must be dreaming. Find dream objects in your pocket. The sand is too yellow. I open the doors. It is not always a literal translation. Create a dream character human or animal that you are happy to talk to. It is definitely something worth trying when you are awake in dreams. As I enter. You can communicate directly with it to gain deeper insights about yourself and how you perceive the world.
The key is visualization. Lucid Dream Research As you can see. Without this mental focus. It's your goal to decipher the rules and discover new ways to control your dreams..
Once you become lucid.. I didn't want this! I panic. How to Talk to Your Subconscious When you know how to lucid dream. I failed to ground myself in the dream by rubbing my hands together. I remembered to seek out Pete as planned. I didn't set a lucid dream intention. Instead of falling down.
While at first glance I failed to stay in control and do all sorts of ego-gratifying activities in my lucid dream.. I soon wake up.
As a knock-on effect of failing to ground myself at the start. I say out loud "I know I'm here. There is room to sit up. I pull him out with super strength. And they get actual bullet wounds in their chests. The sphere starts rolling in space. If I'd set a lucid dream intention while awake say. I can think of three things: Listening to the Subconscious Dreaming Self.
A little man is packing a 3D jigsaw sphere around me. I also forgot to remind myself I was dreaming at regular intervals as time went on. I remember Pete's trick and shoot them down with my fingers.
These three simple actions. The last piece is put in place and I am fully enclosed. I didn't cement my lucidity at the start. Instead of washing up on the beach. I did get to have a potential learning experience with my subconscious dreaming self. I feel in control and start my adventure..
Something scratches my leg and causes pain. I drowsily think "Oh no that will feel like space-gravity is crushing me! I'm thinking space would be a good setting. Sometimes I still can't help myself.. I open my eyes underwater. I lie very still in bed and start to visualize my next lucid dream. And this can be a good reason to relinquish control of your next lucid dream altogether.
I let him go and. It's a great blue whale with one big sad eye looking at me. I didn't remind myself I was dreaming. Now people are shouting "Shark! When I became lucid. I'm semi-lucidly floating in space. I see the pillow next to my face as my awareness shoots back to the real world. Lucidity can fade on its own as the dream evolves and I had no way of pulling it back. I immediately close my eyes again and manage to stay in the dream. I already knew that closing or opening my eyes while lucid would cause this.
So I turn around and grab the tail fin. As discussed earlier in How to Stay Lucid. So treat them with respect and consider allowing them to portray themselves as they wish. It can be far more profound than interpreting any non-lucid dream. You'll see that the dream evolves on its own quite readily. We can also interpret the possible meaning of the little man packing me into an egg.. I'll also show you how to adapt their appearance once they're standing in front of you..
I encourage you to notch up experiences in both camps. Then keep reminding yourself that you're dreaming. And when they do finally appear. It will be miles more memorable than the observation of non-lucid dreams. I kept fighting this. They may be purely symbolic. Dream characters can be a great learning opportunity. This gives your dreaming self the opportunity to send you all kinds of messages and life-changing insights via the medium of a fully conscious dream.
Perhaps the reason I was regressed to a fetal form trapped in an egg. Perhaps it had something more important to tell me.
I quickly lost control to my dreaming self. In hindsight. My goal for this dream was to have full control. In the example above. Here are a number of techniques from my own research and experience that you can use to summon new lucid dream characters into existence.
At first. Despite re-entering the dream lucidly. But perhaps my dream didn't want to be controlled on this occasion. I killed them. Which Is Better? As a lucid dreamer. How to Create Dream Characters It's a common issue to call out for or seek a new character only to find they don't show up.
My inability to control the nightmarish elements not only suggests a lack of consciousness. Beyond this. This is essential for ongoing dream consciousness or you risk fading to the ranks of non-lucidity.
While being able to willfully manipulate your dream world is fun. But when you decide you want to delve deeper into your own mind. Dream Control or Passive Observation. Because this is the dream world. It's not the motion of your finger-brush but the image you create in your mind that will pop into life!
Get Morphing This is another highly creative way of summoning a dream character into existence. I believe this is the battle that occurs between the conscious mind let's say.
Round the Bend Visualize or expect the character you want to see standing behind you or just around a corner. Choose an object. Try "show me my dream guide". Paint a Picture Remember Penny Crayon? This one's quite surreal but. That way. Ask the Dream Try Robert Waggoner's method of asking the "awareness behind the dream" to do the work for you.
Say "I'm going to look away and when I look back you will look like the closest representation of X my imagination can create. This simply means calling out to the dream with your wish. When your expectation is fully ingrained and you can truly sense their presence. They can unexpectedly become ugly or turn into someone else altogether. Just reach in and expect to find the person you seek.
It's not their will to look like the person you've molded them into. This also works using mirrors as liquid portals.
As with most of these methods. I once watched my lucid dream guide peel himself out of a tree this way. Shaping Up Finally. And it's not the will of the dream either. So they may degrade into perfect strangers pretty fast if you don't invest a lot of conscious effort into their ongoing appearance.
Get creative and paint a picture your hand in the air works fine of the person you want to meet. This is one reason why it's wise to heed experts like Robert Waggoner and allow your dream figures to choose what they want to do and how they interact with you. Dream Door Open a dream door and reach inside. I'll imagine myself diving effortlessly into the water.
Getting From A to B Of course. There is no rush to fulfil your lucid dream intention and if.. I found myself in a room full of instruments I had been in a music shop the day before and automatically tried to play the piano. I end up roaming round the dreamscape looking for fun stuff. But because of my impulsiveness and lack of clarity of thought. If you can't find a dream door to teleport yourself.
I'll envisage the ocean being nice and calm and sparkly. And because you checked your route in advance. I can stop planning my lucid dream intention here. So if I don't plan what I want to do in advance. I'm dreaming. I also seek out other dream figures and engage them in conversation. This is all a dream. They can be very intriguing at times and offer fascinating insight into my own subconscious state of mind.
This is called setting a lucid dream intention. It's also very easy to do. I didn't realize that half the black keys were missing. Or you may choose to travel through time and view the Earth in the year 3. The other night I was semi-lucid and I hadn't set any lucid dream intention. Setting a Lucid Dream Intention Often. Think of it as looking up a route on a map before you take a journey. I often find it difficult to think laterally in a lucid dream and am very focused on what's right in front of me.
You could fly to the sea instead. I will probably stop here and leave the rest up to my dreaming subconscious tonight. This provides you with a helpful guide. Incorporate it into the MILD technique if you like. I don't want to go diving in murky.. I played and played. I have no trouble breathing underwater as I have gills now.
Or if that's a complete dead end. So if I can't go reef diving tonight I can at least get some cool subconscious insights instead. How to Set a Lucid Dream Intention This is a simple act of thinking about what you'd like to do before you go to sleep. I just get distracted and forget I'm lucid at all.
It all comes down to your level of lucidity and your state of mind. So the very first thing to do when you become lucid is to ground yourself in the dream say "I'm lucid. The first thing I'll need to tackle is getting to the ocean.
Other times. Without this kind of planning. I'll want to make sure it's daytime and the weather is nice. You may want to wear an oxygen tank or you may be comfortable breathing naturally. Let's say tonight I want to go diving in a tropical coral reef.
I decide in advance that I'll use a dream door to teleport myself onto a boat over Great Barrier Reef. You need to know how to get from A to B or you'll get lost. My backup intention is to examine my surroundings and increase my lucidity until it's so solid and real I get kicks out of simply touching things and telling myself "this isn't even real. Since I have already set the scene.
You definitely aren't going to smack into it at that speed. I find that moving at the wall too slowly causes me to overthink it and I bounce off it in disbelief. You can predict ahead of time that your dream will be illogical and you can plan appropriate ways of dealing with potential road blocks.
Within a few lucid dreams I was able to fly up around the tops of sky scrapers. By passing your body through physical objects. I then went into hyperspace mode. Your expectation is key. I found it difficult to fly because my logical brain kept holding me back. This is really useful if your lucidity isn't turned up sharply.
Once you get the hang of this. Learning how to fly in a lucid dream comes completely naturally for some people.
Once in a lucid dream. Flying dreams are the best! Challenge 2. Fly with Perfect Control Everyone loves to have flying dreams. I was the architect of that moment and it was my expectation that caused me to run right out of the building in mid-air. This made me feel in control of my flying dreams and gave me more confidence of my ability to be weightless. I got rapidly better. It will rapidly improve your ability to take control of your guided dreams and get exactly what you want.
When you're setting a lucid dream intention. I would often get 10 or 15 feet in the air then falter and fall to the ground. First I began by bouncing over the landscape. Whatever the cause. So it pays to be bold and go for it: Focus on how your hand might feel if it simply pushed right through. Like everything in my lucid dreams. The next step is to walk your entire body through a wall or other solid object.
If you keep your eyes open you should be able to see the wall interior. I was running through walls in an apartment building on the top floor of a skyscraper. If you are going to fly to the moon tonight. Run through Walls Like flying dreams. I knew I was near the exterior wall and just as I thought about it I flew out into the night sky. Don't think of the wall as a solid object. Walking or pushing your body through the wall is not only a great reality check. Think of yourself as a ghost passing through matter from another dimension.
When I first learned lucid dreaming. For others. I came in the latter group. Eat Your Favorite Food Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy! I love to eat food in lucid dreams. Feel free to throw logic out the window and work with. You are now an observer in your virtual reality world. Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. Challenge 5. Another neat trick suggested by Robert Waggoner in his book.
Follow the Subconscious Thread Sometimes it pays to simply explore your dreamscape in its natural form. Find a creative method that works for you. Turning day to night also gives you the perfect opportunity to gaze up into the night sky and get lost in the stars. So always remember that having confidence and bold expectations will enable you to achieve anything you want in your lucid dreams. There is also the nice bonus that dream calories don't add fat to your physical body.
Another way to approach this challenge is to paint the sky with the sweep of your hand. Your subconscious will react to your request and present a new twist in the dream. Probably the easiest way to turn a day-time scene into a night-time scene is to turn around or look away from the main attraction and visualize how the new night sky will look before you turn back..
While maintaining your lucidity or self-awareness in the dream. Challenge 4. In the right location. You are merely giving your subconscious the idea. It can be a magnificent experience and I have had numerous star-gazing dreams that I will never forget. Look around your dreamscape and explore the scenery. It is quite breathtaking to observe this complex scene knowing it is all taking place effortlessly inside your own head.
Allow your subconscious inner self the opportunity to show you whatever it wants and engage in some live dream interpretation. Also remember that your expectation is key. It has the potential to be the best gastronomic experience of your life: Lucid dream food is very realistic and very delicious.
It's better for beginners who feel more confident about manipulating the dreamscape so wait until you're feeling highly lucid in the dream before trying this. This visualization creates an expectation in your mind. And your dream taste buds don't become accustomed to the flavor. The reason it's often better than real life because it's as perfect as you can imagine it to be. Pick up souvenirs and talk to dream characters.
Start by saying "Show me something really amazing! Challenge 3. Make Day Turn to Night I stumbled onto this lucid dream challenge purely by accident but it was a great visual experience. Once you become lucid. Robert's method of connecting with the inner self is an excellent one and I highly recommend his book if you are a beginner lucid dreamer and want to know where to go next. I like to find an observation platform. As a beginner I always found it easier to discover new objects behind something already there.
But ultimately. They may look straight through you. The problem many beginners will find is that it's difficult to hold onto conscious lucidity until the critical moment.
There is also heaps of anecdotal evidence to show that men who experience a lucid dream orgasm also ejaculate in real life. Other dream figures seem to be mere autonomous characters which have no soul if you like and so no particular agenda.
If you go around abusing dream figures. Then imagine it popping into life and becoming 3-dimensional so that you can pick it up and eat it. Remember that many dream figures are projections of your own subconscious self. Use that principle to your advantage! A sexual lucid dream is highly arousing and beginner oneironauts will most likely wake up before the experience has even got going. In a lucid dream. Lucid Dreaming Sex: Exploring the Erotic Side of Lucid Dreams A lot of people are interested in lucid dreaming sex and that's no surprise really.
The question is. What's going to happen? Believe it or not. Is Lucid Dream Sex Possible? You bet. It also helps if you make yourself fully lucid beforehand. Scientists have found that lucid orgasms can sometimes be accompanied by a real physical response. Are Lucid Dream Orgasms Real?
But it's not all that easy to initiate sex in a lucid dream. It's a real turn off. More often than not. As you become accustomed to using the power of expectation. I'm not sure why these characters exist or whether I've misinterpreted them completely. In this way.. You'll soon see that when it comes to the dreaming mind.
You'd do far better to learn the ropes of conscious dreaming and understand how to ground yourself better so that when exciting things happen. I'm sure every lucid dreamer has done it. There is only one caveat to this argument. No his winning had nothing to do with muscle mass or speed or oxygen.
It's not your typical experience to be able to fly in reality. Remember in The Matrix. The lesson was this: Morpheus beat Neo because he truly believed he was better. What does that say about your current relationship? At the end of the day. Should you release those sexual frustrations with them inside the safety of a lucid dream? It depends on the circumstances. But why do we sabotage our flights of fancy? Why can't we just let go and have fun with it.
Is Lucid Dreaming Sex Ethical? How do you feel about having realistic sex in a lucid dream with someone who is not your real-life partner? Are you actually cheating or is it all just a dream?
This is a very personal issue and I think you should take it into discussion with your partner and make your own minds up. Freud would say you are a perfectly normal human being. Then nothing can bring you down.
So don't beat yourself up about sexual dreams that go awry.? You can't fly! What of gravity?! If you're like me. Let's say you're attracted to someone you know in real life who is not your romantic partner. The arousal and the emotion of lucid dream sex is not defined by another human being. Just like regular dreams.. That's because flying in lucid dreams is not necessarily easy for the uninitiated.
You have to truly believe you are a confident. I feel that it's ok to explore your sexuality in this alternate dream dimension. It's akin to fantasizing over someone you know with the underlying desire to hook up in real life.
I don't see why we should create such restrictions for our partners either. And when it comes to lucid dreaming. How to Have Flying Dreams Now it's helpful to understand that some people are complete naturals when it comes to launching and controlling their lucid flying dreams. The best way I can describe the mentality for having flying dreams is this. You have to take control of your expectations.
How do we get around this? What's the secret to having flying dreams? The simple answer is to learn to walk before you run.
This all just reaffirms how good you are at hovering. Bounce Begin your flight training by running and bouncing along the lucid landscape. Expect to pass through a cloud layer and suddenly emerge in space. Your ego and its desire to fly is battling with your subconscious dreaming mind and its own doubts about flying.
Remember that the easier you think it is to dream lucidly, the easier it will be. Many of the techniques and "facts" presented on these pages are not backed up by research. This is not to say that these techniques do not work, only that they may be placebos or be ineffective much of the time. We dream about once every 90 minutes of sleep. The time you spend in dreams becomes longer throughout the night, from about 10 minutes to around 45 minutes or slightly longer.
But what happens when we sleep? There are five stages of sleep: The most vivid dreams, and therefore the ones we remember the most, occur during REM sleep though we dream in other stages too. One sleep cycle is roughly 90 minutes long.
This is the stage that hypnagogic imagery occurs in. It usually passes into stage 2 within a few minutes. Large, slow delta brain waves are generated.
The heart beats the slowest and there is the least brain activity. It is during this stage that sleepwalking usually occurs. In this stage, your eyes flicker rapidly hence the acronym Rapid Eye Movement. Your body is paralyzed, probably to prevent you from acting out your dreams. After the REM state, you sometimes wake briefly. This is usually forgotten by the time you wake up in the morning.
If you don't wake up, you go to stage 2. I never dream anyway. You do, actually? In the next chapter, you will find out how to improve your dream recall. Why do we dream? What do dreams mean? Various hypotheses for this are detailed in the Wikipedia article on dream interpretation. If you are in a lucid dream, you will usually have some power over your dream?
It is like being a director of your own movie. Stephen LaBerge of The Lucidity Institute used a special machine to track eye movements during a dream these are linked to your eye movements within the dream. He asked lucid dreamers to point their eyes left and right in quick succession once they became "conscious" in their dreams, and this movement was recorded on the machine.
There are plenty of reasons you might want to lucidly dream: Just flying in a lucid dream is an exhilarating feeling. Lucid dreams are generally far more intense and vivid than most non-lucid dreams.
You can use a lucid dream to wind down after a long day. You could ask your characters how they feel about something or what they think will happen. I can't control my dreams. This is very rarely actually the case though sometimes it is in nightmares. Usually it is just your memory which treats you as though it were beyond your control.
If you become lucid in a dream where you have a body, you will almost always be able to control your body. However, you 6 might not manage to do anything else.
Don't worry, though? For example, you might choose to continue your lucid dream, although you know that once you wake you will only remember half of it.
Once you wake up, you may wish that you had stopped your dream. Another example is of somebody who dreamt they were sitting next to Mother Theresa. They wondered if they might be dreaming, thinking isn? They then concluded that she was obviously right next to them and therefore alive, and that it wasn?
Are lucid dreams related to psi phenomena? There are differing views on this. Some people claim to have organised shared dreams or precognitive dreams through lucid dreaming. Others say these are simply created in the brain like any other dream, something like self-hypnosis. How long does it take to learn how to dream lucidly? This completely depends on the person and circumstances.
Some people have a lucid dream just a few nights after finding out about it usually by accident , while some people can take months! If you don't get enough sleep or feel too stressed after work to try techniques, then it may take a long time, especially if you expect it to.
It will also depend on how much effort you put in. However, everybody has the ability to dream lucidly.
I think I do this naturally. Does this happen? It is quite rare to have regular lucid dreams naturally, although most people have had a lucid dream at some point in their lives.
If you want to increase the frequency of your lucid dreams, carry on reading through the book; otherwise, skip to the Using section to get some ideas for your dreams. I had [a dream], was I lucid? In general, a lucid dream is defined as a dream in which you know you are dreaming at some point, regardless of anything else. Even if you were lucid one second but lost your lucidity, it is still technically a lucid dream. However, this can be a little misleading.
Sometimes you dream that you fall asleep and have a lucid dream! This is often thought of as a sign that you will have a proper lucid dream soon, as your mind is thinking a lot about lucid dreams. In fact, it can be intriguing to have real conversations with dream characters, such as physics or philosophy discussions; you may discover they know more than you do. Possible dangers of lucid dreaming There is no current evidence of lucid dreaming being abnormal or unhealthy in any way.
However, there may be some more or less minor side effects associated with having lucid dreams. Please don? Addiction Lucid dreaming can be used for different purposes. Some may want to try it just for fun, using it as a "safe drug", or a personal virtual reality machine. Having fun is a fully valid application of lucid dreaming. However, be careful not to be addicted to this way of escaping your waking life.
If you find that you are spending more time asleep than actually needed, or that you are thinking more about lucid dreams than your real waking life, take a look at your life: Alienation Many people have never even heard of lucid dreaming, much less ever experienced it. Some people are also less than open-minded and receptive to new ideas. Often people who spontaneously lucid dream, especially children, may find it surprising that not everyone does.
They may even start thinking that they are the only people in the world who have lucid dreams.
If they? Dissociation Lucid dreaming may weaken the borders between waking and dreaming, the conscious and subconscious mind, reality and fantasy.
This might lead to problems of a dissociative nature. Probably the most common form of dissociation involves having problems distinguishing your waking memories from dream memories. Everyone who recalls at least one dream will have to sort out their dreams from reality in the morning.
This can really be a problem for those who have previously had zero recall and, due to lucid dreaming, have had a major uptick in recall. Now, suddenly, they have all these excess, illogical memories to sort out. This is unlikely to be a major problem, but may be a big annoyance. However, there are signs that you should watch for that indicate a bigger problem may be developing. Lucid dreaming in itself should not cause these to appear in a waking state: In fact, take a break from anything fictional for a while, at least until symptoms stop.
In addition, you may consider avoiding experimentation with lucid dreaming if you have some form of schizophrenia.
Accidentally encountering "spiritual" entities This depends on your worldview. If dreams are a creation of your brain and nothing more, you don? If you want to be on the safe side, treating objects in your dream decently and politely won? See Further Reading Controversial: Creating bad habits or becoming a control freak When lucid dreaming, you have the option to control the dream world in ways that are impossible in the waking world. You can, for example, make objects appear or disappear, or make people act according to your will.
Some people believe this may lead your subconscious to desire this kind of control in the waking world, where it? Also, you might be tempted to apply dream-world solutions to waking-life problems instead of actually facing them; for example, just willing bad things to go away or escaping or destroying them by superpowers.
Again, this is probably more of a problem if you are not mentally stable at the outset of your dreaming process. Exhaustion Some people believe that experiencing many artificially induced lucid dreams often enough can be very exhausting. The main reason for this phenomenon is the result of the lucid dreams expanding the length of time between REM states.
With fewer REMs per night, this state in which you experience actual sleep and your body recovers becomes infrequent enough to become a problem. This is just as exhausting as if you were to wake up every twenty or thirty minutes and watch TV. The effect is dependent on how often your brain attempts to lucidly dream per night.
If you enter into a routine of attempting to lucidly dream, you may cause 10 recursive lucid dreams that occur at each state change.
Inability to stop Relax, do not become alarmed if you have trouble stopping the process of lucid dreaming, it is possible to get out of the habit. It may be that when you go to bed at night, you spontaneously lucid dream without intending to. If you have trained your mind to the point where it can step over the boundary without needing to be specifically induced then you might find it difficult to stop. What's most important to remember is that as long as you truly expect to stop having lucid dreams regularly, you will.
The trick is to stop any further attempts to lucid dream, and within a few months the lucid dreaming will go away by itself. Remember, do not be alarmed if, even with your attempts to stop, you experience further lucid dreams. It might take a while to break the habit. If you have real concerns, it may be advisable to talk with your doctor or therapist regarding use of appropriate medication to counteract the insomnia and possibly the uncontrollable lucid dreams.
Undesirable false awakenings One of the advantages of having lucid dreams is being able to change a dream or wake up if things are not turning as planned. Sometimes, in trying to leave a dream, you may find yourself waking up in your room.
But once there, new things will start happening? This happens mostly with nightmares or when your body is very tired, so your attempts to wake up cause false awakenings. It's a good idea to get in the habit of doing a reality check just after waking up so that you'll realize when this happens and become lucid. When this happens repeatedly in the same night, it can be very tiring and often frightening.
Not only can the belief of being fully awake in your room while being exposed to unusual situations be scary, but you also may start fearing you won't be able to actually wake up. And, depending on the content of the dream, since all your dreams tend to start in your room, you may fear what could happen once you actually do wake up.
But this is not a very common situation. Once you are lucid, it is usually easier to wake up or lose the dream than it is to keep dreaming. Similar techniques I can do astral projection, should I learn how to dream lucidly? Possibly not. If you often enter a "dream world" after leaving your body, that is basically the same as the method called Wake-Initiation of Lucid Dreams. Keep in mind that many people 11 believe that "astral projection" or "out-of-body experiences" are actually lucid dreams.
Whether these psi phenomena are real or just the creative content of your dreams, learning to lucidly dream will expand the variety of your experiences. If this is so similar, why learn lucid dreaming and not astral projection? Here are some reasons: Most people have already had a lucid dream. No single theory about astral projection is accepted even in the astral projection community.
Usually, they will give a light or sound signal shortly after the REM state is detected. Hypnosis tapes usually focus more on self-improvement and you cannot decide what to do with your hypnotic trance. Dream Recall It is important to improve your dream recall. While it is possible to have a lucid dream without remembering it, becoming familiar with your dreams will also increase your chances of becoming lucid in one.
It is worth getting your dream recall up to a few dreams per night for exactly that reason. First, a quick reminder about how often and for how long we dream.
We have REM dreams approximately every 90 minutes of sleep, and while they start off at about 10 minutes, they increase in length to over 45 minutes. Therefore, try setting an alarm clock to 4? This should wake you up directly from a dream. The most important part of improving your dream recall is keeping a dream journal a. You could use an office notebook, artist? Here are some general tips for keeping your journal: Phrases, colors, feelings, everything.
Write it down in the morning. This helps engrain the dream in your mind. In the time you get, mull over any dreams you had and do a reality check. Try to use a notebook which holds a pen and scribble down whatever you can with your eyes still closed.
After you have remembered your dream, move to a different position with your eyes still closed that you normally sleep in, and try and remember other dreams. The position that you are in may help your brain remember what dream you had while sleeping in that position. These may be a link to your dreams. It is quite easy to remember a dream in the day and then forget it by the time you get home.
Often, you only get a good answer to this an hour after you woke up. You may even be able to reconstruct your dream to the beginning.
You can even make a "dream lexicon"? Also, use the autosuggestion technique to improve your dream recall see the full description of the autosuggestion technique in the next chapter.
Once you have a lot of dreams in your diary, you can start looking through it for dreamsigns. Common ones include flying, running to chase something, and being in an old house. However, it could be anything, such as crouching, skateboarding, or having one shoe missing! Try to look for these dream signs in real life and always do a reality check when you notice them. I sometimes remember more dreams than the time I was asleep could allow. How is this possible?
You may have had several dream scenes within a single dream period or some memories could be from past nights. It is also possible that dream time doesn't strictly correspond to real time.
Days may pass in a dream during a single night's sleep. Dreams which seem to last for hours while you have them have sometimes been found to actually have a duration of only a few minutes. In what order should I write my dreams? It is usually very hard to tell if the dreams you dreamt happened in the order you recalled them. Generally you should write them in the order you remember them, or in a random order.
If you dream that you told somebody about a previous dream that happened the same night, then that previous dream probably came before the other one though the "previous dream" could have been a false memory. Threads about dream recall at ld4all. I Dream journal important for LP? I Dream Recall help???
I I'm having trouble just remembering my dreams??? I My dream recall is the worst. Importance of Keeping a Dream Journal July April Latest You should probably get your dream recall up to at least one dream a night before trying to induce lucid dreams, though it's not necessary.
Waking up and getting to sleep Firstly, you need to know how to wake yourself up and then to go to sleep just 10? Probably the easiest method is a fairly quiet alarm clock.
You can put it on the other side of the room to force you up. However, you could also use the MILD technique see below to try and wake yourself up immediately after your dreams. This should also help with your dream recall. You might want to drink lots of water or some tea, which is a diuretic makes you go to the toilet.
However, you might just wake up in the morning feeling very uncomfortable! Also note that the diuretic effects of tea comes from caffeine, which may affect your ability to sleep, and which means that herbal teas will not work as well. If you have trouble getting to sleep in the first place, don't drink water for about an hour before you think you'll turn your lights off. In fact, do drink water an hour before, to stop you from getting thirsty later on. Avoid caffeine and sugar before bed.
If it still takes very long for you to fall asleep, you can take advantage of this by reading books about lucid dreaming before going to sleep. This could greatly increase your chances of getting a lucid dream. You definitely need a light next to your bed to read until you're too sleepy to carry on, as getting up to turn the light off can often wake you up fully.
Reality checks Reality checks are a method of discerning between dreams and reality. It is extremely important to perform these. One could say they are the "keys" to lucid dreaming. It is also extremely important to make sure that you expect these to produce dream results? It would be counterproductive to expect real-life results in a dream, as the outcome of a reality check can be modified by the placebo effect. It won't affect outcomes in real-life unless you are mentally ill!
So here are some reality checks. You should be familiar with the entire list even if you only use a few. When you jump, do you float back down? Read, turn away and repeat it to yourself, and then turn back and read it 5 again. Do this twice. Do you have perfect vision?
Can you push your finger through your other hand? Does your watch or clock tell a reasonable time? Are you even able to read the time off it? Digital clocks often work better for this reality check. Are you able to fly just visualise it , unlock doors, or use other magical powers?
Try to change the shape of your 4 body, or walk through a wall, window, or mirror. Are you able to remember how you got here, why you are here and what happened an hour ago? This is not always a reliable reality check! Keep doing reality checks until you are convinced that you aren't dreaming.
You should always carry out more than one reality check. If you find that it is not a dream, look around you and think of what would be different if it was a 16 dream. If you do this it will make it more likely that you will do a reality check in a dream.
Apart from doing reality checks throughout the day, you also need to do a reality check immediately after you wake up.
This helps you become lucid in false awakenings, when you begin to act out the following day in a dream. If you have trouble bringing reality checks into your dreams then before going to bed imagine yourself in a dream, noticing odd details and doing a reality check. Then do a reality check in real life. If you do this a few times before bed you will find that you will do it more often in dreams. If you are in a situation where you cannot do a reality check, such as at a public speaking, try to do one as soon as possible.
You can do some reality checks very discreetly, such as feeling your fingers to make sure you have five. If you start to say "well, I can't do a reality check now" you should not be surprised when you make this mistake in a dream! Which reality checks are best? When selecting reality checks, the most important properties of a reality check are reliability, speed, and discreetness. It changes for each person but some reality checks are overall more accurate than others. The figures in the table above are rough only and differ for each person.
It wastes dream time if you have to search around for a book or perhaps worse a mirror. Plus, it could also give your subconscious more time to produce real-life results, especially if you believe that the check will give real-life results. Suddenly jumping in the air or trying to walk through a wall as a reality check could cause much embarrassment! On the table above, these are scored out of 5. I have trouble remembering to do reality checks throughout the day. What reminders can I use? You are lucky to have an interesting day and forget about lucid dreaming!
It isn't advisable to explicitly write "reality check" or "lucid" on your hand, as this could create an overdependence on this reminder, which may not exist in a dream. However, you might want to just draw a dot or small circle on your hand. This should be enough to remind you to do a reality check. Try putting a little label on your clock, mobile phone, or watch, reminding yourself to do a 17 reality check.
Some weird colours will make it more noticeable and it will take longer for you to get used to it and ignore it. If you check these regularly during the course of your waking day, you will be doing lots of reality checks. A simple coffee mug with a reminder such as "Are you dreaming?
Another technique is to write down three things you do regularly in a day. Examples include hearing your name, going through a doorway, turning on a TV, beginning to read a book, or seeing a stranger. In the morning, choose three such events and intend to do a reality check whenever they happen in the following day.
I did a reality check in a dream but it said that I was not dreaming. What went wrong? Some reality checks work perfectly for some people and awfully for others. These are mostly the light switches one and the hands one.
If you find that the light switch works or that your hands are perfectly normal, you need to change to a different technique. I did a reality check in a dream but I didn't quite realise I was dreaming.
An example of this is looking into a mirror and seeing some huge boils or a grey mist on your reflection and not realising that you are dreaming.
This is rare if you actually intended to look into the mirror as a reality check. You need to be more careful when doing your reality checks in real life or pick more reliable reality checks which show more obviously that you are dreaming.