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What is a Lucid Dream

Share your own lucid dream experiences. Discuss tips and techniques on how to induce lucid dreams and how to control/manipulate your own dreams.

Re: Finally not alone

Postby 3snt » Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:40 pm

surfbird wrote:
One thing I haven't been able to master is how to wake up in my dreams. From time to time, I'll remember seeing these weird objects, like a surfboard in the desert, and I remember thinking; "what the heck is this doing here?", and later after I woke up, I was like; "ahha...that was me telling me to "wake up".

For you lucid dreamers out there, what are some exercises you do to wake up in your dreams more often? Also, I'd like to connect with some advanced lucid dreamers, I want to advance my skills.

Thanks,

What do you mean by waking up? As in: seeing strange, or out of place items or objects in dreams, and thinking to yourself that it's just a dream? Therefore, you know you're asleep and it's just a dream? I guess it is hard to explain :lol:

For me, I talk to the people around me.. and if I know them really well in my waking life, and if they just say something so out of place, or weird in the dream, I know I'm dreaming.. sometimes if you look at them, and look away, and then look back at them.. their face won't look the same, or the person will sometimes completely change to a different person in my dreams, that's how I can tell I'm dreaming. Also, if the dream suddenly changes to a different location, and if I remember the previous dream I had and if they don't mesh, I know I'm dreaming if it's just too all over the place.. does that make sense? Another thing, before you go to sleep say to yourself when you're laying in bed or wherever: I will lucid dream tonight.. and keep saying it over and over in your head.. half of the time, it works for me. Sounds crazy, I know.. but try it ;) happy dreaming.
Oh, some people say look at clocks, they change times if you look at them and look away for a second.. but I've never really noticed that.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby analencounters » Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:37 am

LoVeHoRsEs wrote:Can you get hurt in a lucid dream? I all ways dream of the same place, but I’m doing different things each time and I’m always a man and I’m some sort of spy and in some of my missions I get hurt, in one I was running and twisted my ankle and when I woke up my leg was killing me, and in another I was pinned down and given a sedative injection in my arm, when I passed out in my dream I woke up in real life to find my arm sore. And I remember these dreams like I lived them in real life; I have been having them for 12yrs now. So I guess my question is can you get hurt in a lucid dream?

ps. I learned how to draw realism in a dream, and woke up in the midle of the nite to spend 3hrs drawing the picture I had just learned to do.

Heyo, often times it is not your dream causing you discomfort. But the discomfort being incorporated into your dream.


Like your foot is hanging off the side of your bed out of the blanket and becomes cold. Then in your dream it gets cut off or somthing. Or you sleep on your arm and it loses circulation then you dream you got it stabbed with a needle
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby dreamhunter2015 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:52 am

I'm not really sure what lucid dream is but when I slept in class I was dreaming that I was dating a guy who lived in an island :lovestruck: and than I spill the champagne on him and fly on a magic carpet above the road and listening to the whole lesson at the same time it was awkward :rofl:
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby dbnorthlake » Sat May 09, 2015 5:24 am

I have been asking myself in my waking life 'Am I dreaming?' and doing a reality check.
Last night I, unconsciously, asked myself in my dream 'Am I dreaming?' I pinched myself in my arm and didn't feel anything. That moment I realized I was dreaming. At first I felt frightened, because I knew that I was "inside of my own head". But then I felt happiness, because I finally did it. I was standing across another person and I was all excited and told him: 'I'm dreaming, I finally know I'm dreaming.' And after that I felt myself slowly fading away. I started to feel some sort of pain(?) in my waist on the left side and I said to the other person 'I'm waking up, please stop me! I don't want to go.' And that's the moment I woke up. When I woke up I didn't remember I had a lucid dream.
I only realized it later when I was writing in my dream journal. That's when it came back to me. I thought lucid dreams were something you would clearly remember though.

So I guess this was my first lucid dream, sort of. Is there any way I can stay in my dream for longer, even if it was just a bit? I know that when you just started lucid dreaming you'll probably wake up real fast every time. But even a little more time in my dreams would be great :-)
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Statuesque_Beauty8 » Sun May 10, 2015 3:28 pm

dbnorthlake wrote:I have been asking myself in my waking life 'Am I dreaming?' and doing a reality check.
Last night I, unconsciously, asked myself in my dream 'Am I dreaming?' I pinched myself in my arm and didn't feel anything. That moment I realized I was dreaming. At first I felt frightened, because I knew that I was "inside of my own head". But then I felt happiness, because I finally did it. I was standing across another person and I was all excited and told him: 'I'm dreaming, I finally know I'm dreaming.' And after that I felt myself slowly fading away. I started to feel some sort of pain(?) in my waist on the left side and I said to the other person 'I'm waking up, please stop me! I don't want to go.' And that's the moment I woke up. When I woke up I didn't remember I had a lucid dream. Do use practice WBTB? Wake Back To Bed? Wake, Back to Bed. This involves waking up anytime after about 5 hours of sleep on purpose, with the intent of going back to sleep while focusing on lucid dreams. People do this because they have a better chance of being aware in REM as the night progresses.
I only realized it later when I was writing in my dream journal. That's when it came back to me. I thought lucid dreams were something you would clearly remember though.

So I guess this was my first lucid dream, sort of. Is there any way I can stay in my dream for longer, even if it was just a bit? I know that when you just started lucid dreaming you'll probably wake up real fast every time. But even a little more time in my dreams would be great :-)


Congratulations on your lucid dream! It looks like you need to stabilize your lucid dream. I wrote down some Dream Stabilization techniques and I hope this helps? Hope this helps. First things first.. It would be a good Idea if you could get in the habit of writing in your dream journal right when you wake up. ;)

So, what is Dream Stabilization anyway? Well, as the name implies, it is attempting to stabilize the lucid dream. You utilize Dream Stabilization techniques immediately after finding yourself in a lucid dream.

Ok so you find yourself in a lucid dream...what should you do?


II. Focus/Center Yourself

Focus involves relaxing and bringing your attention to the task of Dream Stabilization. A lot of inexperienced lucid dreamers want to rush into the dream and start doing things very quickly fearing that the dream will end. You get really excited, your mind is racing, and your thoughts start tripping over one another...you wake up. Stop. Relax. Focus. Know that you do not need to rush because you have plenty of time. If you think that you need to rush because you could wake up at any second, you will...instead you want to firmly believe that you have plenty of time because you are in control of the dream.

Everyone knows that a house built on solid ground will be much more sturdy than a house built on sand. It is extremely important to take your time and make sure you are doing these dream stabilization techniques properly in order to ensure your lucid dream has a sturdy foundation. If you don't, then it can easily be swept away.

When you have a grounded, confident, focused frame of mind, it allows you to have a more stable base to start your lucid dream. This will also result in more dream control and more clarity.

Ok, so you took a few seconds to relax and focus. What next?


III. Initial Stabilization
Dream Anchoring

In order to anchor yourself inside your lucid dream, you will use two techniques; Hand Examination and Verbal Commands.

But first, let's consider this important word...Anchor. It's not just a word, it's more of a symbol or metaphor. This metaphor can be utilized to establish a very strong connection with your dream and prevent premature awakening. You really need to feel the word and appreciate the heaviness of it. You are acknowledging that this dream exists because of you, that you are in full control, and that because you are anchored, the dream cannot end until you are ready to leave it. When you are able to firmly believe this within your lucids, you will find that they last much longer and are more vivid.

So, how do you anchor yourself to the lucid dream?



Hand Examination

Look down at your hands. Hold them close to your face. Take your time when looking at your hands. You should not be thinking about what is happening in the dream world...only your hands. Do not rush. Know that the more attention you give to your hands, the more clear your dream is going to be when you stop. If you become excited to begin your lucid dream and rush this step...know that you are doing a disservice to yourself. Look at the wrinkles in your hands. Look at the little hairs. Turn them over, examine the other side.



Verbal Commands

While performing the Hand Examination Technique you should also be using Verbal Commands at the same time. While examining your hands, say outloud, firmly and confidently, "STABILIZE LUCIDITY NOW". If you are having trouble focusing on the details of your hands or if they look blurry, say firmly "INCREASE CLARITY" or just "FOCUS NOW".

Once you have stabilized, imagine an anchor connecting you with the dream, say to yourself, "anchored in lucidity". Don't just say it, feel it.

Once you have examined your hands in full detail for a few moments and used the above verbal commands, put them down and look up. The dream should be crystal clear. Congratulations, you have succeeded at stabilizing and anchoring yourself to the lucid dream!

At this point, you are free to proceed.


IV. Re-Stabilizing

If at any point during your dream things begin to blur even slightly...stop. Whatever you are doing. Just stop. Examine your hands again. Repeat the verbal command "stabilize lucidity". If you do not feel it stabilizing, try repeating it again "stabilize lucidity NOW" (the NOW is added for emphasis, use this if it doesn't work the first time). Once you have stabilized, look up...if things are clear, proceed. If not, do it again.

This method should be used when you have any level of visibility inside a dream. I use this technique often throughout a lucid dream to prevent waking and achieve crystal clear focus. You will find that there are some dreams you need to stabilize every minute or so, and others where you need to do it less frequently. I might use it several times over the course of a 45 minute dream. The key is just to remember to use it when you find the dream beginning to fade, or if things begin to lose focus. Remember, don't panic. Focus. Hands. Words.

*Hand Examination with Verbal Commands is the only technique that has worked for me just about every time without fail for many years, therefore I highly recommend it as your go-to method for stabilizing your dream.


V. Preventing Premature Awakening
1. Hand Rubbing

This isn't just about rubbing your hands together though...this is about stimulating your senses and involves any sort of physical touch sensation. Rubbing your hands together during a lucid dream can help to stabilize the dream, but if you do it too often, you may find that it's effectiveness quickly wears off. This can be typical of any technique however, so it is good to mix up your techniques or you may become immune to some of them.

If your dream is quickly fading out, try grabbing hold of anything. Any sort of physical sensation, especially when you can feel it AND see it with your eyes is helpful. So grab your shirt, look down at it and see it. Grab something in the environment around you...a doorknob...a tree...anything. Once you grab something, take a moment to examine it like you examined your hands. Use verbal commands like "stabilize lucid now". You can use the hand examination technique with anything else in your environment, so long as it is clear and you can really examine it up close in detail. Hands are usually easiest because they're always right there. Also hands help because you are looking at your dream body, thus reinforcing and strengthening your presence inside the lucid dream.



2. Dream Spinning

Dream Spinning should be used as a last ditch effort. If you have no visibility and therefore cannot examine your hands, if you find yourself in the "void" which is just infinite darkness, or if your dream is fading beyond control and even staring at your hands and verbal commands are not working.

Do not spin wildly about. This is likely to wake you up. It might transport you into a new dreamscape, but the majority of the time it will result in premature awakening or false awakening. Instead of spinning wildly about in circles, try a short, controlled spin...like a figure skater.



3. Falling Backwards

Another technique similar to Dream Spinning is Falling Backwards. Simply letting go, and allowing yourself to fall. However don't just let your mind go completely blank or you are likely to wind up back in your own bed. You should be thinking of a new dreamscape that your fall will transport you into.

Dream Spinning and Falling Backwards are notorious for landing you in a False Awakening. So always...always...perform a Reality Check after using these techniques. Even if you remain in a dreamscape, it's just good practice. You may think that you have woken up, but really, you have not. So do an RC after every Dream Spin/Fall Backwards.



4. Linear Acceleration

This is another technique that is useful for getting you out of the "void"; which is the vast emptiness that you might find yourself floating around in after a lucid dream ends but you have not yet woken up. Simply begin accelerating yourself forward through the blackness. Your goal is to accelerate at such speeds that you will tear through the blackness and find yourself in a new dreamscape. This has worked for me quite a few times but I've never heard of anyone else doing something similar, so I'm not as quick to recommend it.

When using any of the above three techniques, make sure you are thinking that you will land in a new dreamscape. If you just let your mind go completely blank, you are more likely to wake up. Have a new destination in mind.



5. Reality Check & Re-Stabilizing

If you perform any of the above three techniques and find yourself in a new dreamscape...or in your bed...the first thing is to do a Reality Check. You may have landed in a False Awakening, which you can turn into a wonderful lucid if you do the Reality Check and it fails. If you find yourself in a new dreamscape, you should treat this like entering a completely new dream and your first priority should be anchoring by performing the hand examination technique with verbal commands.


VI. What if you do wake up?

It's not such a bad thing...in fact, a skilled lucid dreamer knows that you can take advantage of this and use it to attempt to enter another lucid dream with a technique called DEILD. Basically this allows you to chain lucid chains together for as long as you can handle it. I say "handle it" because I have often been able to chain lucids while I nap over and over for up to two hours, at which point I become completely exhausted and am not able to continue any longer. The only potential problem with this however is that you risk possibly forgetting your earlier lucid dreams. If you practice mindfulness within your lucids though and make an effort to remember things which are meaningful as they are occurring then this won't be such a problem. When you do finally wake up though, make sure you write everything down in your Dream Journal.


VII. Useful Practice For Dream Stabilization

Here are a few visualizations/meditations you can do during the day or before bed to aid you in becoming more familiar with the best state of mind to become lucid and utilize these methods for dream stabilization.

Mindfulness Practice
It is important to train yourself to be prepared for the lucid state of mind. Essentially, being lucid in a dream is the epitome of living in the moment aka Mindfulness.

"When we're at work, we fantasize about being on vacation; on vacation, we worry about the work piling up on our desks. We dwell on intrusive memories of the past or fret about what may or may not happen in the future. We need to live more in the moment. Living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. When you become mindful, you realize that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them. Mindfulness involves being with your thoughts as they are, neither grasping at them nor pushing them away. Instead of letting your life go by without living it, you awaken to experience." - source

If you make an effort to practice Mindfulness in your waking life, you will be more prepared to handle your lucid dreams and also more likely to get lucid in general. Overcoming the tendency for distraction and awakening to the present takes intentionality and practice.

Concentration Practice
Basically the Hand Examination Technique is a form of concentration practice, whose goal is to focus the attention on a target (such as the hands) that keeps us anchored in the present moment. The target can be a physical object, or more commonly, the breath. We give the mind something consistent to focus on and this becomes the object of the meditation. Whatever is used as the object for the attention, the aim is to keep the mind focused as often as you remember to do so. As the mind starts to wander, we gently direct the mind back toward the object of attention.

Dream Anchoring
Visualization. Anchor yourself inside the dream. Actually feel the word..."anchor". Sense it. You are a part of the dream, get ahold of it. Don't let the dream runaway without you. You are anchored to it. The dream cannot disappear until you will it. Don't just think this...feel it...know it in your heart. You are in control.


VIII. Techniques Used In This Tutorial

Hand Examination
Used: when you first become lucid and need to anchor/stabilize; anytime you need to re-stabilize during the lucid; should be used as often as needed; best when combined with verbal commands
Technique: Look down at your hands. See them clearly. Hold them close to your face. Take your time. Think only of your hands, not your dream. Look at the wrinkles. Look at the tiny hairs. Turn them over if you life and examine the other side. Use verbal commands.

Verbal Commands
Used: at any point during your lucid dream; highly effective when used along side another technique such as Hand Examination
Technique: when doing the Hand Examination Technique, say with force and confidence, "STABILIZE LUCIDITY"
*note: I prefer to use the two word verbal commands first...if for some reason it does not work as effectively as I would like, then I repeat the command and firmly add the "NOW" to the end of it. This usually does the trick.

Hand Rubbing
Used: at any point inside the lucid dream; to increase vividness; attempt to stabilize
Technique: continuously rub the palms of your hands together very quickly; may not be as effective if used too much

Dream Spinning
Used: to keep from waking, when you are stuck in the void or do not have vision and are unable to use other methods to stabilize
Technique: a quick 360 degree controlled spin, or attempt to pull your mass inwards and spin like an ice skater for a few full revolutions; if you choose to spin wildly about in circles instead, this may be effective at transporting you to a new dreamscape but has also been known to cause thee dreamer to awaken
*notorious for creating False Awakenings, always complete a Reality Check after using this technique

Falling Backwards
Used: to keep from waking up, when you can't do much else
Technique: simply let yourself fall backwards while thinking that you will land in a new dreamscape
*notorious for creating False Awakenings, always complete a Reality Check after using this technique

Linear Acceleration
Used: to get out of the void (complete darkness) often after a lucid dream fades out to blackness
Technique: will your body to accelerate forward, usually accomplished by just thinking it with a little imagination, continue accelerating linearly until you reach enormous speeds (you will feel very strong g-forces), imagine yourself moving so quickly you are able to rip through the fabric of time and space that is this dark void; all the while knowing that when you stop you will be in a new dreamscape

Reality Check
Used: to be performed after using a technique such as Dream Spinning or Falling Backwards that might wake you up or land you in a False Awakening
Technique: use your RC method of choice, I prefer finger through palm, or holding my nose and trying to breath through it.
Hope these helps! ;)
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Sheena » Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:43 pm

Dreaming when you've left the lights on.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby lumpy » Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:28 am

hi all i keep haveing to dreams that are of my mother and that i cant find her or call her on phone i cant seem to get the numbers in and ones of a plane that crashes and a few days later in my wakeing life theres an airplane that has crashed what do these dreams mean can any one help me :chatter:
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby A. B. » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:30 am

Hi, I don't know the answer, maybe somebody else will. I wanted to say that's not really a lucid dream though (a lucid dream is one of those ones where you know you're dreaming), so if you don't get an answer here, maybe try posting in the General section and give it a thread of its own.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby otherworlds » Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:06 am

I'd love to have a dream that I was in control of. Say there was something I wanted which probably wouldn't happen in real life. I've always thought it's about a strong mind, If you're imagining something hard enough and completely focused with no other thoughts just before falling asleep.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Sheena » Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:44 am

rw can have it. It's called writing fiction.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Statuesque_Beauty8 » Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:43 pm

otherworlds wrote:I'd love to have a dream that I was in control of. Say there was something I wanted which probably wouldn't happen in real life. I've always thought it's about a strong mind, If you're imagining something hard enough and completely focused with no other thoughts just before falling asleep.

You guys are probably missing your dream signs in your dreams, right?
"Dreams are a reservoir of knowledge and experience, yet they are often overlooked as a vehicle for exploring reality. In the dream state our bodies are at rest, yet we see and hear, move about, and even able to learn. When we make good used of the dream state, it is almost as if our lives were doubled: instead of a hundred years, we live two hundred."
-Tibetan Buddhist Tarthang Tulku.

What is a Lucid Dream?
-Lucid dreaming means that you are dreaming and you are aware that you are doing so. The word lucid can mean 'clear' or 'transparent'. While lucid you can do a number of tasks, such as talk to a relative/friend that has passed away, live your wildest fantasies or just fly to the heavens and marvel in the beauty of the environment you create in your dream! Lucid dreaming occurs in the REM (rapid eye movement) period of sleep.

How fast can I learn how to dream lucidly?
-It differs with the person, and how dedicated one is, as well as how much sleep you can get. Some people have lucid dreams on the first night; some have them a couple months. There are many ways in which to induce lucid dreams that will be discussed below.

How can I have a lucid dream?
-Dreams are very commonly a reflection on your day, your thoughts, and what has been processed through your mind during the day. It is important to remain conscious, right up to falling asleep, to help induce lucid dreams.

Is it important to keep a dream journal?
-YES. Everyone has difficulty, at first, recalling dreams. Before trying to have a lucid dream, it is important that you remember at lest 2-3 dreams a night, and you write them down in a personal notebook, or journal. This dream journal can help you recognize your dreamsigns, and will definitely help on your recall, which is important to someone interested in lucid dreaming. Keeping a dream journal involves some dedication, the last thing you are going to want to do is to get up in the middle of the night or early morning, turn your light on and write down your dream. It is very important that you do, because the next day most people forget that they have even had a dream. Everyone dreams, but most people cannot recall their dreams the next waking day, because they have not trained their recall. By training your recall, you can open up a bigger door to gaining lucidity!


Attaining Lucidity
I have included the most common forms of induction; there is a pool of induction techniques available. If you need more, feel free to PM me if you need other forms.

What is Reality Testing (RT)?

-Reality testing is merely what it sounds, it is testing the reality you are in, and in this case, it would be "Am I dreaming, or am I awake?" This provides a clear way of defining and distinguishing the dream world from the waking world. There are many ways of doing this, but it is good to ask yourself the question as many times as you can in a day. Or you can make a list of things each day to test your reality. For example, everytime you see yourself in the mirror, every time you hear a dog bark, every time you see an attractive person. Hopefully as this becomes a day-to-day task in the waking world, it will become one in the dreaming world. It has been noted that things in the dream world seem very 'fuzzy' or words and letters tend to re-arrange themselves in the dream world. If you wear a digital watch (regular ones don't work as well), look at it once and note the time, look away, and look back at it: if the time has changed or the numbers re-arrange themselves, you are dreaming! You should try this every time you can with reading something, like billboards, a book, or anything similar. You might perform a reality test, upon recognizing a DREAMSIGN, which will be discussed below.

What is a Dreamsign?
- This term, coined by LaBerge, refers to elements of dreams that indicate that you are dreaming. (Examples: miraculous flight, purple cats, malfunctioning devices, and meeting deceased people.) By studying your dreams you can become familiar with your own personal dreamsigns and set your mind to recognize them and become lucid in future dreams. A very common dreamsign is that of malfunctioning devices. If you are curious to whether or not you are dreaming, try flipping the switch for the lights, or turning on the microwave, or anything mechanical, if there is a glitch, you are probably dreaming.

How do I find my own dreamsigns?
-Finding your own dreamsign can be done by reading through your dream journal. First, you must have many dreams written down to be able to recognize dreamsigns. Take notice of similar objects, ways in which you perform certain tasks, or even certain people. Pinpoint a few things, and every time you see them in the waking world or think of them, do a reality test, to see if you are awake or dreaming.

How does the Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) work?
-This is a form of induction that was created by Stephen LaBerge at the Lucidity Institute. It works by setting your intention to remember to recognize you are dreaming. A good approach is waking up after 5-6 hours, remember a dream and tell yourself: "Next time I'm dreaming, I will remember I'm dreaming." You need to really mean it. Concentrate on this thought only, if you find yourself thinking on something else, just let the thought go and return to your intention. Also try to imagine that you are back in the dream, but this time you recognize that you are dreaming. Look for unusual things that suggest you are dreaming and tell yourself: "I must be dreaming!.

How does the Wake-Initiated Lucid Dream (WILD) work?
-This is perhaps the most common asked question here on. It works by remaining conscious until you start dreaming. The Lucidity Institute also first presented this technique, but it is not easy if you don't have a clue what to do. But it is quite easy and effective if you do it right. Again, you need to sleep 5-6 hours before trying this. This is because you don't dream much during the first 5 hours, which is mostly non-REM sleep. You enter REM a lot faster after 5-6 hours with sleep, and you don't go down to stage 3 and 4 as you do when you first go to bed. The problem is remaining conscious until your dream start. Many strange things may happen when you remain conscious until the REM-period starts. The first thing you see may be Hypnagogic Imagery. It is a pattern, like the one you see when you press your fingers against your closed eyelids. Remember that this is hypnotic, and getting too involved with them will induce unconsciousness. Just let it flow, don't get too involved and don't suppress them either. The next thing you may experience is Hypnagogic Sounds. It may be as real as the sounds you hear in waking reality, but they are nothing to be afraid of. It is a good indicator that the REM-period is right around the corner. Just don't let these sounds scare you. If you start to experience Abstract Thoughts, the logical part of your brain is falling asleep and you are not far from losing consciousness. You might be lying in bed thinking about a friend and the hypnagogic imagery starts and you see your friend's face. You have also worked a stressful day so you start to remember stocking the shelves at work. Soon you are thinking that you are putting cans of food on the shelves with pictures of your friend on them. All this might seems perfectly normal. But it's not logical. What you need to do is try thinking logical, do some math or start over again. Tactile Sensations can feel like you are paralyzed and high-voltage painless electricity is jolting through your body. You may experience these vibrations and find yourself leaving your body or having a Lucid Dream. But remember that all this is nothing to fear, it happens every night, whether you are consciously aware of it or not. Now that you know what you might experience when trying to consciously enter the REM-period there is another problem we need to conquer. And that is losing consciousness, a very common problem that is rather easy to overcome. A good solution is Caffeine and Theobromine. Caffeine is found in Coffee, Tea, Coke, Chocolate and Pills. Theobromine is found in Chocolate. The problem is finding out how much Caffeine works for you. A lot of experimenting has to be conducted. A good place to start is with 0.5 liter Coke, a cup of Coffee or Tea, half a pill or a chocolate bar. If you take too much you will not start to dream at all, if you take too little you may lose consciousness. But drinking 0.5 liter Coke is not very wise, it has a very disturbing side effect. You should also stay up for about 30-60 minutes after waking up after 5-6 hours with sleep. This because it takes about 45 minutes before the Caffeine reaches its full effect. Another way for keeping the mind active and to bring on the hypnagogic images is to imagine doing something that involves imagery, audible and tactile sensations. Like driving a car, imagine the car and the road, hear the engine-/radio and feel the steering wheel. Remain focused on what you are doing and avoid thinking about anything else than driving that car. Or you might include smell, and taste, by imagine a good meal. Keep the room as dark as possible. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing, the slower the better. Breath with your stomach, making an "Ahhh" sound at the end of the exhalation that will help your mind to stay awake while your body falls asleep. With time may you notice mild vibrations and that your body becomes paralyzed. At that point will you notice that you no longer have any problem concentrating, everything becomes clear. In this state stop concentrating on your breathing and just be aware of your surroundings. If you begin to loose consciousness, start paying attention to any light in your vision or any internal sound. Some time later will you begin to experience the second vibrations. It will quickly rush throughout your body, sometimes accompanied by various sounds and then end. This is your astral body being released. Dream images will start to form. You can go with these images and enter a Lucid Dream, or you might just sit up and walk away from your physical body.


What is DILD (Dream-Initiated Lucid Dream)?
-This is a name for every Lucid Dream where you become aware that it is a dream in the dream. Meaning that you are unconscious before you become Lucid. Most Lucid Dreams are DILDs. How does the Nap Induced Lucid Dream (NILD) technique work?-It works by staying up for an hour or two after waking up before going to bed again. This has proven to be a very effective technique, maybe the most effective around. Sleep for about 5-6 hours, then stay awake for about 1-2 hours and go back to sleep. Maybe doing some MILD a few minutes before falling asleep could help, or try staying conscious (WILD) until the dream starts. This will in many cases cause you to have Lucid Dreams. Also a good way to have vivid dreams, or will at least make dream recall easier. Staying awake for 90 minutes seems to work better than 60 minutes, though 60 minutes seems to be effective enough in most cases. And sleeping for 6 hours seems to be better than 5 hours, though it might be harder to fall asleep again. The time spent awake should be used thinking or reading about dream related issues. Like reading about lucid dreaming or related newsgroups.

Upon Becoming Lucid

Once lucid, I get excited very fast, and wake up. How can I prevent this?
-This is the most common problem for newbies, when they become lucid. It is a stumbling block for those who have been having lucid dreams for years. Ways in which to prevent premature awakenings will be described in the following. If your dream show signs of ending, maybe loss of detail or your dream just go black, then spinning may help bringing the dream back. Before you feel your physical body you should spin your dream body. That is going round and round. Also remind yourself that the next scene will be a dream. To ensure that it is a dream should you do a RT. Just moving, running or jumping can prolong your Lucid Dream, you might also want to try spinning out in the gravity-free universe. When you open your eyes you may be surprised to find yourself in the most beautiful environment with stars, galaxies and planets. Another technique is saying out loud: "Clarity now!". Just stating out loud your desire and intention may do incredible things to your dream. You might want to try other commands like: "Increase lucidity now!Create visuals now!&quot and Stay calm!. It sounds kind of corny, but it works to verbalize commands. Another common way is to notice detail, by using your 5 senses. Rub your hands into the grass and feel the texture, if you are in some kind of public place, smell the food being cooked, or look around and perceive everything through your eyes, noticing the smallest detail. It is important to find your own way, through these suggestions by which to increase awareness.

How do I change the scenery, once becoming lucid?
- This can be done in many ways, but the most common technique is spinning. If you want something to appear, then expecting it around the corner or behind you is quite effective. You can find a big TV and a remote, and start changing the channels to a scene you like, and then just jump in the TV. If you want a special scene can you expect that to appear when you change the channels. You might also try finding a bridge, were you see a lot of scenes flowing by. If you find you like, just jump. You might try asking a dream character where you might find what you are seeking. You can try finding a door and imagine a person/place on the other side. And you can give slow morphing a try. You can also try closing your eyes and imagine the scene forming around you. But the key is to expect things to happen. It is also important to find your own way of dreamscaping, because sometimes methods used by other lucid dreamers might not work for you.

Hope this helps?
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Sheena » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:15 pm

It's something children babble about when others are tired of hearing them go on about astrology or their favorite team.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Statuesque_Beauty8 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:10 pm

lumpy wrote:hi all i keep haveing to dreams that are of my mother and that i cant find her or call her on phone i cant seem to get the numbers in and ones of a plane that crashes and a few days later in my wakeing life theres an airplane that has crashed what do these dreams mean can any one help me :chatter:

Yeah this sounds like a Non- lucid dream or a Prophetic Dream? It looks like you were not aware that it was a sleep.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Sheena » Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:44 pm

But Ari did not advise teenage Alexander to get all excited about it.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Statuesque_Beauty8 » Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:40 pm

An ‘ad bot’ Don't click on those links. DO NOT waste you time with respond to them. Some of those sites may contain Trojans, viruses or other shit. We probably need to upgrade the whole board code to get the newest CAPTCHA software or something like that. *shrugs*

Back on topic: I'm just wondering though, have you ever had a lucid dream, Sheena?
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Sheena » Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:44 pm

Have i ever been deluded? i suppose so, when i couldn't see how Gore could lose.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby xxerox » Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:26 pm

Can i skip the reallity check? I mean, i know i was in my bed, and going to sleep so it is obvious it is a dream. . . Do i really need a reallity check? The only lucid dream i had i knew it was really a lucid dream because the things happening were not real.

But it ended in light, not in darkness. Little by little it started fading into the light rather into darkness.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Sheena » Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:45 pm

So does morning go from dark to light.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Borg139 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:40 pm

Sheena wrote:So does morning go from dark to light.



sheena's trolling posts to other members

What a toxic Narcissist!!!

Bet your Lord is a pompous ass.

Same hostile message, Creep! recurrent

Dreamer is insane and a snob recurrent.

About the same quantity of response as mass murder.

Oh, it was us all along. How tiresome is this!

ya ok ... :creeping: There. Copying Recurrent.

Lots of copying = NO insights. Too bad recurrent.

This one uses any excuse to broadcast National Socialism!

Message to 4 is don't bother with this time-wasting asshole.

But you can change the title from being dumb.

All copying, no thought. Same for the ridiculous original dream story.

Recurrent.
RECURRENT.
Recurrent.
Recurrent.
Recurrent.

watch what you say to this person.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby artman » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:42 am

SoSweet wrote:What is a Lucid Dream and how can I have one ?

well I had one where a friend I have not seen in a very long time walks up to me.. soo real..while I was laying in my bed asleep I knew I was asleep and she starts to ask me
( what I am I going to do) aperenty she was at the hospital with her dad in the death bed very sick.. I had no idea ..other then that dream. I woke up looking around my room thinking there was some one there. she was 200 hundred miles away.. at that very time she was crying and saying that to her self ..while she waited in her dads room. how did I hear her so loud and clear? she just walked in to my dream. and the sad ness in her voice. and she said a few other things I asked her later about it cause I got worried and call. she told me there is no way I hear what she was saying that far away. yet I dreamed it.. word for word. it was as if for a mint.. I was in the same room with her and she was talking to her self. I heard every thing. how do u explain that or what is that called?
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Sheena » Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:22 pm

It's called she is lying to you to give you a thrill.
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What is a Lucid Dream

Postby DDavidtenlyMEN » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:41 pm

I finally had a lucid dream Sadly, it wasnt that impressive. But anyways, this is what happened. I was in a random field, and it was crowded. Then I thought something like Hmm, this field is never crowded. Oh wait, Im dreaming I woke up shortly after that, but I remember trying to fly I think it worked and making a plate of food appear, but I woke up before I got to eat it. Funny thing is, the field my dream took place in has NEVER appeared in my life, but I guess my dream made it seem like it did.
I think I forgot I was lucid in the short time the dream lasted, but next time Ill try to make it last longer. I remember spinning around and thinking "Im dreaming." to stay lucid, but I guess that didnt work.
Oh yeah, the whole time there was this strange sound in my ears. I guess it was like buzzing? I think I got annoyed with it and that might have made me wake up.
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Re: What is a Lucid Dream

Postby Domintheos » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:01 am

SoSweet wrote:What is a Lucid Dream and how can I have one ?


Well, lucid dreaming in practice--is the most basic form of "astral projection." In a nutshell, you're projecting your conscious-spiritual self outside of your physical body--henceforth experiencing the astral plane in ethereal form. Check out the link below for a more detailed description of what lucid dreaming is, and how to achieve it; or hit me back and we can chat about it.

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