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Press all the buttons and tweak all the levers you need to convince yourself you are traveling through time. By whether someone is willing to do this or not you can tell whether they are really serious about becoming lucid dreamers or whether they are just fantasizing. When your expectation is fully ingrained and you can truly sense their presence. Step 1. Get Morphing This is another highly creative way of summoning a dream character into existence. I get up early to let our puppy out to pee. Set your alarm clock or have another early riser wake you up.
I am walking down a street at night in my childhood neighborhood. I look toward some houses on the right. Suddenly, a big black dog comes running toward me; in a funny way, I expect this. The dog appears menacing and dangerous, but somehow this strikes me as very odd, and I even seem to recognize the mean black dog. I think, "This is nothing. This is a dream. Purposefully, I project love onto it by saying compassionate words.
Now, another dog appears. It's a dachshund, like we had when I was a child. Lucid, I begin to fly around the two dogs, who now both seem friendly and happy. Then I decide to take the dachshund flying. I swoop down very low and grab it. Feeling it in my hands, I begin to fly higher but wake up.
By taking a direct approach in this dream, I was able to transform fear represented by the black dog into something benign, even lovable represented by the dachshund, a fond memory from my childhood , and quite possibly resolved an emotional issue at the subconscious level. I argue that though lucid dreams may occasionally lead to escaping issues, most lucid dreamers benefit from recalling more dreams than the average dreamer and, potentially, gain more conscious awareness of inner concerns.
At any rate, even for experienced lucid dreamers, the number of non-lucid dreams - "untainted" by the dreamer's interaction - far outnumbers lucid dreams. Most lucid dreamers would say that in less than ten percent of their dreams do they become lucid. In my experience, I recall about three dreams per night, or about ninety dreams each month. In an average month, I may have only three lucid dreams. Proportionally, more than ninety-six percent of my remembered dreams occur in the non-lucid form, and four percent or less in the lucid form.
While at one time I recorded thirty lucid dreams in a month in college at my prime quantitatively, two to five lucid dreams per month seem the norm nowadays. Like all dreamers, if we purposely ignore a dream message, it likely returns in another dream or some other form. All dreamers come to know that in the final analysis, lucid or not, there is no escape from the Self.
I recall reading of a lucid dreamer who flew into a crowded room of dream figures and gleefully announced, "I am your god! Occasionally, lucid dreamers will come up to me after a talk and proclaim, "But I do control the dream! I fly. I make things appear. I really control the lucid dream! Who created the new scene when you came around the corner or flew through a wall into a new room?
Did you control all that new scenery and detail into being? If they control the lucid dream, their lucid dreams wouldn't suddenly collapse and end. Control suggests a fundamental dominance or authority over. By contrast, lucid dreamers show varying degrees of ability to manipulate themselves within the dreaming. At this point, the lucid dreamer acknowledges that their "control" seems limited to directing their focus. They don't "control" the color of the various items, the new vista when they fly over a hill, the items in the rooms they just entered, or necessarily the length of the lucid dream itself.
Rather, they direct their focus within the larger dreaming around them. When unaware of these points, a lucid dreamer stumbles into the philosophical perspective of the lucid solipsist - one who believes that his or her waking self in the dream is the only reality. Don Juan cautioned Castaneda that the presumption of control could become a major stumbling block along the path. Since the ego finds security in the feeling of control, it habitually occupies those areas deemed under its control.
Any journey into one's depth requires the flexibility and courage to accept a more profound reality and move outside of the area of the ego's control. When lucid dreamers focus upon what they don't control, they then realize all the things happening without their conscious involvement and understand that they direct their focus but do not control the dream.
No lucid dreamer controls the dream. Like sailors on the sea or lucid dreamers in the dream, we can only direct our focus within that environment, which begs the question: If the lucid dreamer does not create the scene or the objects in the room, what or who does?
As we progress deeper into lucid dreaming, this question will become even more pressing. In the meantime, let's accept our ability to direct our focus within the conscious dream and investigate the mysteries of awareness. Out-of-body experiences, for example, are quite common. In fact, a survey of lucid dreamers conducted by The Lucidity Institute shows a strong correlation between lucid dreaming and out-of-body experiences OBEs. Author, professor, and philosopher of consciousness Thomas Metzinger, for example, wrote of experiencing an "out-of-body OBE state again" during an afternoon nap.
Susan Blackmore, author of Consciousness, "had a dramatic out-of-body experience" that led to her deeper investigation into the nature of consciousness. My own experience with the out-of-body state occurred within six months of my first lucid dreams. As my seventeen-year-old self lay in bed and began to drift off to sleep, I felt an incredible energy and buzzing around me, particularly around my head. I was startled, but not sure whether I should be alarmed.
I felt incredible energy all around me. Remembering don Juan's advice, I told myself not to fear and just go along with it. Don Juan had told Castaneda that fear was the first barrier to overcome, since the ego used fear as a reason not to explore one's totality and, instead, maintain the ego's dominance of the waking self.
During one of these buzzing episodes, I noticed that I seemed suspended in space. I viewed the room from a perspective about five feet above my physical body, which, of course, seemed extremely odd! How was I getting a view like that, when I knew my body lay in bed with eyes closed? That summer an even stranger incident occurred. I found myself flying around the sycamore trees in the front yard, doing loop de loops, really enjoying myself in the early morning dawn.
It felt very real, not dream-like at all. Suddenly, I saw someone coming down the street on a bicycle. I felt the need to hide, so I flew to the roof of our house and hid behind the peak to watch. Moments later, the young person on the bike threw something at our house! I immediately woke up, alarmed at what I had just seen.
It was around 6 A. I put on some shorts and rushed to the front door. I opened the door and, yes, someone had, indeed, thrown something at our house, and right where I expected - the morning newspaper! 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? Does this mean anything? I don't know. So you do it. I explained that it was easy. Then, just like in the dream, you tell your mom that great grandmother wanted you to remind her of the old room in the back part of great grandmother's home.
That's all you say. It may have nothing to do with anyone else. In that case, it may be improper or feel inappropriate to even bring it up.
But if the feeling in the dream seems largely positive or upbeat, and the information comes from an intent requested in a lucid dream, my inclination is to investigate further. If I decide to tell the person about it, I always mention that this involved a dream and may be completely symbolic. In other words, I "own" the dream.
An hour later, the phone rang. It was my niece. You won't believe what happened next. She said that the happiest moments of her childhood occurred in that room, because great grandmother kept all these drawers full of old costumes and jewelry there. And whenever she came over with her cousins, they could all dress up and play makebelieve. She said that great grandmother let them do whatever they wanted.
There were no rules there. I barely knew my great grandmother; I was, like, eight years old when she passed away in the nursing home. I never visited her house. This early stage of using lucid dreams for play and pleasure seems only natural. When playing, we learn to enjoy the dream environment and discover things about it. We experience how to manipulate ourselves and dream objects while learning to maintain conscious focus.
We develop spatial and movement skills while doing a lot of playful selfeducation. Eventually, when you realize the fantastic potential of lucid dreaming as a means to explore the unconscious, discover unknown but verifiable information, and interact with one's inner awareness, 4: There you can begin a new stage of learning and experimentation in the lucid dream state as you begin to wonder how deep the unconscious goes.
Stephen LaBerge began to appear in popular magazines such as Psychology Today. I felt relieved to see that lucid dreaming had finally been scientifically proven and was inspired to do my own experiments with the unconscious. Until this point, most of my experimentation involved trying to manipulate myself in the dream, to fly more easily or make things appear or disappear.
Now, however, I began to imagine probing the lucid dream to see how it would respond. Without realizing it, I was entering a new stage of discovery. One day, I became intrigued with the idea of discovering the meaning of a dream symbol while lucid. Could a lucid dreamer somehow determine the nature of a dream symbol while in the dream?
I found this quite an exciting prospect and waited for my next lucid dream May Dreamt that I was in Minneapolis on a sunny, early spring day. A foot of snow lay on the ground. I am standing at the bottom steps of a porch, while on the porch are four other people. Covering the porch steps are hundreds of amber and emerald gems and crystals. This seems too odd, which triggers the realization that I'm dreaming. Now lucid, instead of flying around, et cetera, I look up and see my friend Andrea at the end of the porch steps.
I recall my interest in dream symbols and excitedly think, "This is my chance. I look at Andrea and call out to her. What does this represent?
I hadn't known what to expect, but the dream image of my friend responding to my question with a plausible answer seemed incredible. As I considered her response - that the gem represented "hope and consciousness" - I was pleased. Perhaps my years of wondering about the meaning of dream symbols was over. Perhaps, lucidly aware, I could gain information about all the symbols in the dream. Yet, my miniature experiment created a host of new questions.
At some unconscious level, did I fabricate the answer and subconsciously project it into the comment by my friend? Did the dream figure of my friend simply tell me what on some deeper level I expected to hear? By this time in my lucid dreaming, expectation seemed a primary force in the dream realm. This basic rule of lucid dreaming has become known as the expectation effect. In the lucid dream state, I found that, in general, expectations of succeeding led to success, while expectations of failing led to failure.
If I expected to fly with ease, I flew easily. If, for some reason, I expected trouble flying, I had trouble flying. If I expected to be approached by dream figures, they approached me.
Expectation largely ruled the dream realm. But this didn't exactly explain my friend's response of "hope and consciousness. Or was it unexpected? How could one tell?
In an odd way, the expectation effect sounded a lot like Freud's idea of wish fulfillment. Freud felt that all dreams are wish fulfillments as the id produces dream symbols to satisfy its need for gratification. But in calling it a wish, Freud sided too heavily on the positive side of expectation, for in my lucid dreams, I realized that expecting unfortunate things led to their creation, too. In a sense, the expectation effect acted as a broader term that encompassed all types of fulfillments - positive, negative, and neutral.
Freud also suggested that for the dreamer's conscious wish to be energized and experienced, it had to succeed in touching something similar in the dreamer's unconscious or "in awakening an unconscious wish with the same tenor. For lucid dreamers, the expectation effect displaced Freud's similar-but-not-the-same theory of wish fulfillment.
So, expectation seemed paramount. But there still seemed to be more to lucid dreaming. Here again, I had to wonder, was my friend's response of "hope and consciousness" an expectation? Or something else? I become lucidly aware outside, near a white clad office building. Feeling energetic, I glance around and notice an attractive young woman, dressed in a modern style, standing next to a light post. I go up to her and she looks at me. I say enthusiastically, "I'm dreaming this.
I'm dreaming this. I ask her who she is, but she seems disinterested by my question. In my mind, I assume she can't answer. She starts to walk away. But then something troubles me. Why did she not behave responsively, as I had expected? I begin thinking out loud about her unresponsive behavior, asking things like, "Is this your dream or is it my dream?
Are you dreaming me or what? While some complied with everything that I wished, others looked at me with indifference or even borderline contempt. I also began to see how expectations even come embedded in our language. In the above dream, I announce, "I'm dreaming this," which presumes that I create, direct, act, and cast the dream because, after all, our language states, "I dream it.
So, if not I, then whom? W h o directs the actions of dream figures? Years later, I read about a lucid dreamer who met a much more troubling and unexpected dream figure: I cannot remember what induced me to do so, but I told Sandra that she was a character in my dream.
This is a very unusual thing for me to do - my dream characters usually think this is rude. She replied that I'm a character in her dream. To prove her wrong, I did various things such as fly around the room and change our environment. Sandra did similar tricks. Neither of us could influence the other.
After a bit of this, I was very confused and Sandra commented that she, too, was confused. So, while the expectation effect explained many events in lucid dreams, it did not explain them all. Unlike my early lucid dreams that lasted only a minute or two, I was now experiencing lucid dreams of considerable length and complexity, such that it was hard to recall all the details of the lucid dream.
I felt prepared to try more lucid dream experiments. 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. Also try to pick reality checks that are easy to do. For example, don't pick the Time RC Reality Check if you never wear a watch, and don't pick the Mirror RC if you hardly look in the mirror or you know that you won't find a mirror in your dream Threads about reality checks on ld4all.
I Today's Lucid Tip: I WHY?!?!?! Failed Reality Check! Threads about reality checks at The Lucidity Institute: Reality Testing September June August December Latest Techniques When you read through these techniques, remember that different techniques work for different people. There is no "best technique" and most techniques could be used to have 2? You could have an infinite number of lucid dream each night, but you will not know it unless you remember them! For other techniques, you have to rely on your luck to give you lucid dreams after you have done your technique.
Here are some advantages and disadvantages for specific techniques: Techni que Summary Advantages Disadvantages Best for.
Let yourself genuinely believe that you'll become lucid? Less effective People who are than some other techniques such as MILD highly susceptible to hypnosis or who don't have the energy for other techniques.
Simple Can be boring People with a good prospective memory remembrance of future intentions. Also lets you induce lucid dreams at will Works extremely well for some people People who have a very regular sleep cycle. Wake yourself up after 4 to 6 hours of sleep, get out of bed and stay up for anywhere between a few minutes to an hour before going back to bed. It's preferable that you do something related to lucid dreaming during this time such as reading about lucid dreaming , but it is not required.
However, you might need plenty of sleep time and therefore you may only be able to use it on weekends. If you feel from experiments with this technique that you are sleeping too deeply in order to become lucid then instead try returning to sleep somewhere other than where you usually sleep, e. Do this in order to teach your body that these different surroundings mean you want to have a more conscious sleep rather than a deeper sleep.
In the beginning, different surroundings will also make you more alert, which can highten your level of consciousness during sleep. I am sometimes awake for very short times, but cannot pull myself together enough to get up and out of bed.
What can I do? Put a bright piece of paper on the wall or ceiling so that you will see it when you wake up. Other stimulus could be a hot water bottle, an alarm clock, or a light turned on under your bed. After you get a lucid dream with this method, you'll find it easier and easier to get out of bed because you'll have more motivation.
Threads about the WBTB technique at ld4all. This technique describes how to use autosuggestion to have lucid dreams. It can be especially effective for people who are highly susceptible to hypnosis, but for most people, MILD will probably be more effective.
As you're falling asleep, suggest to yourself that you will have a lucid dream either that night or in the near future. You can use a mantra such as "I will recognize that I'm dreaming. Instead of putting intentional effort into the suggestion, try to genuinely expect to have a lucid dream.
Let yourself think expectantly about the lucid dream you're about to have, but be patient if you don't get one right away. You could also use autosuggestion to improve dream recall. Just use the technique as described above, but instead of suggesting that you'll have a lucid dream, suggest that you'll remember your dreams when you wake up.
You could also use a mantra with this, such as "When I wake up, I will remember what I dreamt. With the MILD technique, as you're falling asleep, you concentrate on your intention to remember to recognize that you're dreaming. Repeat a short mantra in your head, such as "Next time I'm dreaming, I will remember I'm dreaming.
For example, imagine yourself flying and realizing that it's a dream because you're flying. Keep repeating and visualizing the mantra until you're sure that your intention is set in your mind or you fall asleep. If you stop repeating and visualizing the mantra, then still try to make sure the last thing in your mind before falling asleep is your intention to remember to recognize that you're dreaming.
In general the MILD technique can be practiced when you first go to bed at night, or after you have awakened from a dream during the night. If you practice the MILD technique after you have awakened from a dream during the night you should first run through the dream you have awakened from in your mind to ensure that you remember it. Some people find it helpful to jot down a few notes about their dream in their dream journal. Once you have committed the dream to memory, go back to sleep following the steps above, except this time visualize the dream you just had.
Run through the dream until you encounter a dreamsign that you originally missed.
Now instead of missing the dreamsign in your visualizations recognize the dreamsign and become "lucid". Repeat these steps until you have fallen asleep, hopefully you will find that you have reentered the dream that you just had and will recognize the dreamsign you marked earlier and become lucid. Threads about the MILD technique at ld4all. These techniques are similar to self- hypnosis. Some people believe that WILDs are not actual dreams, but are instead astral projection.
Various detailed resources are available under that moniker. For most people, they are far easier to induce in the early morning after waking up or in afternoon naps, as the sleep cycle will continue with a REM period. Once you are experienced with inducing WILDs, you can try to induce them at other times. For WILDs to occur, it is best for your body to be completely relaxed.
When you go back to bed, lie down comfortably. Now tense and relax your body, starting from your shoulders and working downwards, then back up to the face.
This or similar relaxation, meditation, or trance techniques should make your body feel slightly heavy and relaxed. There are many different ways to induce WILDs, but they all involve doing something to keep the mind awake as the body falls asleep.
A few techniques are detailed below. If you pay attention to your physical body while using these techniques, then you will likely enter sleep paralysis which usually happens after you're already asleep without losing conscious awareness of your body. You will get a tingling and buzzing sensation this might be unpleasant. These sensations might be so strong that you feel that you will die e.
Sometimes you can simply wait until you fall asleep straight into a lucid dream. However, if you don't fall asleep, and you become completely paralysed with the exception of your eyes , don't try to move. Imagine your dream hand or spirit hand if you prefer going up and leaving your physical hand behind. Now you should have two separate bodies, a dream one and a real one. Control your dream body only?
Now you can try to roll out of bed into your dream world alternatively, you can get up and walk through a mirror, or sink into your bed. Hypnagogic Imagery Try not to think about anything for more than a second or two by constantly switching your attention. This simulates your thinking patterns when you are about to fall asleep. Once you have done this for long enough, the images and sounds begin to take momentum on their own this is called hypnagogic imagery and get very strange and illogical.
You should enter a dream at about this point and you will probably become lucid quickly.
Otherwise, you will eventually realise you have entered sleep paralysis consciously see above. Alternatively, you can imagine going down stairs, and, on every floor, reading the floor number from down to 0.
Try to make this image as vivid as possible? At some point this image should continue into a dream or you will begin to get sleep paralysis as described above.
Sound Technique This method might suit certain people, but not others. The idea is pretty much the same as the other WILD methods, which is to remain conscious while entering the dream state. In order to use this method, you must sleep in a perfectly quiet place. You need that to hear the tinnitus, which is the inner sound buzzing inside your ears. Lay down and relax as much as possible while trying to hear the sound. This method is best combined with the WBTB technique. When you are too tired, you will usually fall asleep too fast and it is difficult to remain conscious.
By the time you realize that, the buzzing sound will increase in intensity. This might frighten newcomers, but be assured nothing bad is going to happen. No, you will not be deaf when you wake up; it's perfectly safe! It is just an effect caused by your brain trying to change mode, from listening to the ambient sound to listening to the sound of dreamland, which is not real sound but just electrical charge inputed to the part of the brain to create a sensation of hearing.
By that time, you will enter the hypnagogic state. All you need to do is concentrate; do not be afraid or think of anything, just be still, and in time your dream body will float, separating from your physical body, and there you go, you arrive in the dreamland. Threads about the WILD technique at dreamviews. To incubate a dream about a specific topic, you should first think of a phrase that summarizes 24 that topic e. It may help to write the phrase down.
If there's something you want to do in the dream, think of a phrase to summarize that too e. If you want to become lucid in the dream, then you should probably write something like "When I dream of [the topic], I will remember that I'm dreaming.
Immediately go to sleep and focus on your topic phrase. Visualize yourself dreaming about the topic and if you want to become lucid realizing that you're dreaming. If there's something specific you want to do in the dream, visualize yourself doing it once you become lucid not very likely to work if you don't become lucid in the dream. Think about your phrase and topic and intention to become lucid as you fall asleep.
Make sure that the last thing in your mind before falling asleep is your intention to lucidly dream about the topic you want to dream about. You might want to wake yourself up when the dream starts to fade so that you remember more of the dream; you can do this by ignoring your perception of the dream environment? Chaining Dreams Rated green. Dream-chaining or "chaining dreams" is a method to re-enter your dream after you've woken up.
It can work for lucid and non-lucid dreams, but you will probably want to enter your dream lucid. Once you wake up from a dream if you don't think you were dreaming before you woke up, it may not work well you should stay still and keep your eyes closed. It doesn't matter if you move a little or open your eyes, it's just that the less movement, sensory stimulation, and less time awake, the better. Ideally, it should feel less like you've woken up, and more like you've taken a 30 second break from dreaming.
Once you're prepared to go back to sleep, close your eyes and either visualize yourself back in your dream, or use the "spinning technique" given in the next chapter to imagine yourself spinning back "into" your dream. Spinning is a little faster than visualization. Be sure to maintain the fact that you are dreaming unless you don't want to be lucid , or you may lose your lucidity while falling asleep.
Stimulate your senses see the next chapter as early as possible. VILD Rated yellow. There have been anecdotes from several people of this working on the ld4all. This technique has been perfected by Peter Harrison, known as Pedro on the forums at ld4all. You may wish to read the main thread about the technique. The version described 25 here has been adapted slightly.
First, make sure you're relaxed. You can use the relaxing technique mentioned in the description of the WILD technique. You can also imagine your brain emptying out and becoming sleepier.
If you have a hard time falling asleep quickly, it should help to read a book preferably about lucid dreaming for a while before you go to sleep, until you feel very sleepy. Now, you need to visualise a dream which you had prepared earlier. Here's an example of a prepared dream: I am in a red room with one door. A friend next to me asks me to show them what a reality check is. I do my reality checks which show that I am dreaming , tell them that I am dreaming, and head towards the door.
Make sure you know exactly what the dream would be like, such as which friend, the exact words they say, and which reality checks you do. Reality checks that require no props, such as books or clocks, are recommended. Visualise this dream slowly three times, to make sure that you know every detail. Then, start going full-on and visualise the dream over and over. You should visualise the dream as though you are looking through your own eyes, not from a third- person perspective.
If you find your thoughts drifting, ignore them and continue to visualise the dream continuously. You will need patience for this?
When you actually dream this, you will not notice the difference? Continue with the dream as you incubated it e. I tried to visualise the dream until I fell asleep, but I just stayed awake.
If visualising keeps you awake, the VILD technique is not the technique for you! You should use a different technique. Threads about VILD at ld4all. I can LD at will! LILD Rated yellow. There have been some anecdotes from at least one person of this technique working. To use this technique, you need to have a lucid dream in the first place, but it can help you to get more later.
The idea is to do something in your dream that will help you to become lucid the next time you are dreaming. For example, you could ask a dream character for help? If it works out the way it should, then the next time you are dreaming, the dream character will walk up to you and tell you that you're dreaming, and so you'll hopefully become lucid.
There are many variations on this technique; you could set up signs in your dreamworld that remind you to do a reality check or eat lucid pills instead!
This technique is not likely to be very effective, but it can work; it relies on the chance that you'll subconsciously induce the reminder i. Note that LILD is best used in conjunction with dreamsigns and autosuggested non-lucid dreams. The basic idea as explained above is to have something in your dream that triggers the transition from normal dream state to lucid dreaming. To simply tell a character to tell you that you're dreaming the next time you fall asleep is usually not enough.
There is no guarantee that you will dream about that character and there is no guarantee that your subconscious will believe the character enough to make you snap into lucidity make you realise that you are in fact dreaming. Now as this technique suggests, you must have some previous alternate means of having a lucid dream.
Whatever technique you employ to get into this initial lucid dream state is not really important, but you should try to remember to use this technique LILD once you do get into a lucid dream state. Thinking of this before falling asleep MILD sometimes helps and usually takes many lucid dreams before finally remembering. Once you are in a lucid dream, make up a dreamsign. It can be anything. It can be an object. It can be food or a drink that doesn't taste like anything.
It's usually best to pick something that isn't quite right. Something that on the surface would appear normal in the real world, but that upon closer inspection is not quite right. Food or drinks are good as they can have no taste or not be refreshing in a dream. But try and pick something that you dream about a lot so that there is a better chance of you dreaming about this dreamsign later on. Now pick something else that only appears or happens in your lucid dream.
If there's nothing in your current lucid dream, create something really strange. Something that could never be confused with the real world. Now mentally associate the dreamsign food with this unusual item or event that could never happen in the real world. But at the same time, this unusual item or event should equate to "lucid dreaming". When you see the unusual item, it should only make you think of when you have a lucid dream as this should be the only time you encountered it.
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