Chackøwsky wrote:Thanks for this! I have been trying to lucid dream for about 5 weeks now and still can't seem to get it. It is very frustrating. I have kept a dream journal and recorded many about 12 dreams so far and I do reality checks daily. I try to do the MILD technique when I wake about in the night, but it doesn't seem to be working either. Can you give me some tips for the MILD technique? I don't fully understand it yet.
The MILD technique is all about visualization and affirmation. When you go to bed, dreaming should be the last thing you think about before you fall asleep. First off, before you even start the technique, you need to relax yourself completely. I have learned a good technique for this. Start at your feet and work your way up your body through each muscle group. Flex each muscle group, notice what the tension feels like each time, and then release the tension; always telling yourself that the release is greater than the tension preceding it. Once you have completely relaxed, you can do one of two thing; or both if you want to. The one i've found that works better for me is the visualization. Remember the dream you had last night. Now play back through the dream in your head, only this time, visualize yourself realizing its a dream and becoming lucid. After that continue with the dream as you would if you were actually lucid. This is a great way to implant the idea of becoming lucid in your subconscious. The other is just the self affirmations; repeating "I am dreaming" "This is a dream" "I will have a lucid dream" etc... until you fall asleep. Do this every night and I would bet you will experience a lucid dream within a week or so.
Doublea wrote:You've only have had 12 dream recalls? I've been trying for about 3 and half weeks, I usually recall 1-5 dreams each night so about 60+ dreams. I believe I need to work on my reality checks, I just forget to do them. I haven't tried any other techniques. Which lucid dream techniques should I try?
Well it sounds like you are already in a good position. Since you have so many dreams and (I'm assuming here) your dreams are vivid, it shouldn't take you too long to experience your first LD. So first off, for the reality checks, a good way to remind yourself to do reality checks is write LD on your hand or wrist with something that wont easily rub off. Then every time you see it during the your waking life, do a reality check. Eventually you want to get to the point where you just randomly think to yourself that you need to do a reality check. I myself actually got a tattoo on my left wrist that says "Is This A Dream" As for what techniques you should use, most beginners start with the MILD technique. I would also say you can combine the MILD with the WBTB for even better odds. But you just have to experiment and see what suits you best. Oh, and about the reality checks, don't just ask yourself if your dreaming, nonchalantly look around and say no. Actually examine your surroundings, analyze how everything looks, smells, sounds, feels. And really ponder if you are actually dreaming or not. You haven't experienced it yet, but when you get into your first LD, you will be utterly shocked at how real everything is! I know I was!
PD: Sorry for my English, and I tried to explain as far as I could
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I've seen some mention on these boards of a "plan of action" as a way of confirming lucidity and maintaining it... i.e. if you're doing something you thought of while awake, you're definitely lucid, and as long as you're doing that thing you'll probably stay lucid. Right? How do you decide on an appropriate plan of action? And-- what do you do if you discover you can't enact it in your dream? I mean, I can do a lot more in my lucid dreams than I can when I'm awake, but I do feel my ideas of "reality" resisting my attempts to change things. For example, I can fly in my dreams, but in one of these lucid dreams, I tried to fly with my boyfriend on my back and was reduced to taking big hops instead because he was so heavy. Any advice on getting over these sorts of realism humps?
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