Friday, September 17, 2010

Lucid Dreaming

A hobby of mine and a guide to it =D.

Step 1: Relax
If you are using WBTB your body should be properly relaxed already. If not, use your favorite relaxation technique. I lie down and read a chapter or so of a book to relax. It works for me and isn't boring or complicated like other relaxation techniques. 

*Step 2: Flex Freeze
This step is used as your final relaxation. Lie flat on your back and close your eyes. Try and keep your eyes in a fixed, but relaxed position. Flex your arms/hands/shoulders, hold the flex for a second, then allow them to go completely limp (don't move them again after you have done this). Next, Flex your legs/feet, hold the flex for a second, then allow them to go limp (don't move them again after this). Now flex your neck muscles, hold it, go limp (don't move your head/neck again). Finally, flex your stomach/abs, hold it, go limp. From here on, do not move any part of your body if possible.

*Step 2.5: Reverse Blinking
This is where you can add the reverse blinking technique if you wish. After completing the previous step, begin your reverse blinking session. Once you begin to feel tired (your eye lids getting heavier and heavier) and feel like you could easily fall asleep, carry on to the next step.

Step 3: Getting into SP 
This step is simple. Lay completely still and try not to move at all. Let your mind wonder, but do not focus on any of your thoughts. Just casually allow them to pass through your mind without truly focusing on them. Make sure you are aware of your thoughts so you don't fall asleep, but don't think upon one thought for too long. After laying completely still for about 7-10 mins or so, Change position. I roll over to my side. Keep your eyes closed during the position change. Once again lie completely still and let your mind wonder freely. Keep changing position in 7-10min intervals until you begin to enter SP. Most of the time, I enter SP right after my first position change. 

(Some may ask, "Why would this work?" I believe this works because subconsciously or consciously someone attempting to WILD often becomes frustrated and overcome with doubt when laying still for long periods of time without results. Remember, if you don't believe you can succeed at WILD, then most likely you will not. I think that the mind sees your position change as a fresh start. You don't worry about and focus too much on not moving because in 10mins you know you can move again. Because of this your mind is more relaxed during the 10min intervals and I believe this allows for better success entering SP.)

Step 4: SP
Once you enter SP, casually watch any Hypnagogic Hallucinations you may have. Just like your thoughts from before, do not focus on the HI, just casually watch them pass by your "mind's eye." Similar to watching a t.v. show that you don't particularly care for. If you get freaked out just think to yourself "Its not real...Its all in my mind...I can't be harmed" Make sure you remain still and as calm as possible during this time (if you happen to move or get excited, don't give up or start over, just carry on with the process trying to remain calm and relatively still). Just allow the process to do the work for you. Once you see a full dream scene (with WILDs you will generally see the ceiling or the sky from your laying position, it is often referred to as seeing through your eyelids), stand up from your resting place and you should now be lucid! I suggest performing a RC upon waking, especially if you think you have failed. Often times with WILD your dream starts right where you fell asleep in waking life. The room can look exactly like it should and this can sometimes fool you into thinking you have failed. Plus, it is very possible to have a False Awakening as soon as you transition.


Much credit goes to Jeff777 for the WILD technique he posted, which greatly inspired this one.

* This step is optional, but I highly recommend it.

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I have seen more than a few members across the forum who are having trouble achieving lucidity no matter what technique they try. They either can't seem to either achieve lucidity for the first time (which can be the hardest for many dreamers), or are in a long dry spell and can't seem to get out. I have suggested this to a few already, but I figured I would go ahead and post this technique for everyone to see (plus I don't want to have to type the whole thing up every time ). I don't use this every night, because I don't want it to become routine (it probably won't work as well if you overuse it). It works like a charm for my dry spells though...

Dry Spell Killer: The Actor's Technique
For anyone experiencing a dry spell or having trouble achieving lucidity for the first time you can try this simple "mind over matter" technique. I use this to help break out of dry spells and I generally suggest it to others who are experiencing dry spells. I think it will also help first timers achieve lucidity. Basically here it is...Upon laying down to sleep you need to alter your state of mind. Basically, act as if you are an expert/experienced lucid dreamer and you know 100% that you will have a LD. Don't only say/think to yourself that you will have a LD, but truly 100% believe that you will achieve your goal easily. The best way to describe this "state of mind alteration" is to compare it to acting. Many actors and actresses "get into character" for their particular roles. They will spend several days (or even longer depending on the actor/actress) acting as if they are a completely different person to better prepare and play their role. Basically, you are trying to "get into the character" of an experienced/expert lucid dreamer. You could even go as far as getting into the character of "The Best Lucid Dreamer Ever." The idea is to fall asleep knowing and expecting yourself to become lucid, because you have done it millions of times before and it is easy for you. If you can do it correctly, and truly convince yourself that you will achieve lucidity, than it will greatly raise your chances of success. During a dry spell, I do this for as many nights as I need to break it. I usually am able to overcome my dry spell the very first night trying. Make sure that if you do not succeed, that you stay "in-character" and tell yourself/convice yourself that last night was a fluke and there is no way you won't become lucid the next night. You would be surprised how well this simple method can work. All it takes is a bit of "acting" !

Note: This isn't a WILD method, but you could try it with WILD if you like (I actually have never paired it with a WILD before). I simply use this as I fall asleep normally. Usually when I succeed, I just randomly become lucid in my dream. Essentially its just a DILD/MILD method.


Credits go to KingYoshi of Dreamviews.

4 comments:

  1. Have never tried this... Following! Have a nice day, supporting!

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  2. great lucid dreaming guide one of the most detailed ones i have read

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  3. Great post, showing some love, keep it up =)

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