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Postby Rebecca » 12 Sep 2011 01:27

Hey everyone

This thread is dedicated to your questions for me personally. But before you post... please recognize that this website has grown very popular and attracts 10,000+ visitors every day. As it's just little old me behind the site, it's not realistic for me to answer all your questions one-on-one.... plus, many of the questions I get are along the same lines and have already been answered. So, get an answer immediately (and save me a heap of time) by following these three steps before posting a new question:

1. Search the forums for the basic keywords that relate to your question
2. Read my lucid dreaming FAQ at: http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/lucid-dreaming-faq.html
3. Browse my lucid dreaming archives at: http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/lucid-dreaming-blog.html

If you're still stuck and desperate to ask something about lucid dreaming, post your question on this thread and I'll get back to you when I can. Please phrase your question as clearly and succinctly as possible to help me understand exactly what it is you want to know about, otherwise if I don't understand you I may not be able to help.

Bear in mind that sometimes it takes me a few weeks to get through the backlog. If you want a quick response, consider posting your question in a new thread in the relevant forum category. This encourages more discussion from other members, many of whom are experienced lucid dreamers. (I am by no means a lucid dreaming guru - I'm flawed, like everyone else. I even make mistakes of my own. So don't live and breathe on my advice, nor hold me responsible for what you do with it. Also, I'm not a doctor or sleep specialist, so I won't offer any medical advice. This is just my humble personal opinion.)

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Re: Questions for Rebecca

Postby Steven » 12 Sep 2011 02:09

Hey Rebecca. A couple of days ago I (think) I had a lucid dream. I could remember it very vividly and all but when I was in there, it felt like I was just going through the motions. Like for example, I was in another room of the house and I look outside and it was very bright and sunny. I could see people moving and things like that but I felt like I couldn't exactly control anything. I felt like I was going through the motions and I was just watching my dream self do whatever happened. Maybe even just knowing I was dreaming but just watching the dream unfold and not have any control whatsoever. It didn't last too long (maybe like 5-10 minutes; couldn't really tell). It was extremely blurry and I felt like I wasn't in my dream body. If this is what you would call entering lucidity (from what I've read, it feels like how you're feeling at this moment very real etc). I had another lucid dream (my first one) and it was exactly like the one I had a few days ago. I bought the lucid dreaming mp3 but I still have yet to become completely lucid while falling asleep with it.

Thanks in advance, Rebecca. :D

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Re: Questions for Rebecca

Postby Rebecca » 12 Sep 2011 10:09

Hi Steven

Sounds to me like you were only partially lucid. So you had a sense that you were dreaming, but all the cool stuff was missing (vivid sense of self awareness, clear senses, clarity of vision, and control of the dream).

I just wrote an article on common mistakes and this is a classic problem among beginners, but easy enough to resolve. Check out #5 (Dream Stabilization) in my list of hurdles: http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/10-mistakes-made-by-beginner-lucid-dreamers.html

I hope the answer there enables you to have greater lucidity in your next lucid dream. ;)

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Re: Questions for Rebecca

Postby Worldenterer1 » 12 Sep 2011 19:43

Tried sleep paralasys last night. Felt like my body was covered in clay and I could feel my eyes darting around behind my eyelids. No WILD though. What should be done during sleep paralasys to induce a first WILD.
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Re: Questions for Rebecca

Postby Mewie » 12 Sep 2011 20:11

Hi Rebecca.
Have a few questions:

- How long should I try a technique before trying a new one? 6 month?

- Do you know any free downloads (no virus) for Brain Waves and Binaural Beats? The best one?
(I think I'll buy your fast track soon. In my autumb vaccation, in october, maybe :) )

Thanks. :D
I'm still trying to get a LD, and I don't give up.

Have nice dreams!
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but I wouldn't wanna live there
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Re: Questions for Rebecca

Postby alpacatackler » 13 Sep 2011 15:54

OK, here's my question:

When trying to WILD, sometimes I keep feeling myself jolt back to alertness, much like if I were sitting in some boring lecture and trying not to fall asleep. Does this mean anything? So far I've never succeeded in getting into a dream, nor have I ever fallen asleep while trying (I'm one of those people who NEVER falls asleep unintentionally, and is jealous of how easily other people fall asleep). I haven't gotten as far as full sleep paralysis either. I hear that not everyone feels that, but in my case at any moment, although my body sensations are fuzzy and my limbs are heavy, I'm still aware of the exact position I'm lying in. I just lie there, getting occasional random and fleeting images and memory impressions until I get bored or have to get up to go to the bathroom. I'm not really sure whether my problem is not concentrating enough, or maybe trying too hard to stay awake (even though I'm not really trying consciously), or something else. I'm having fun experimenting, but not sure what my strategy should be or what else I should try.

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Re: Questions for Rebecca

Postby Rebecca » 14 Sep 2011 07:18

Worldenterer1 wrote:Tried sleep paralasys last night. Felt like my body was covered in clay and I could feel my eyes darting around behind my eyelids. No WILD though. What should be done during sleep paralasys to induce a first WILD.


Once you achieve sleep paralysis you are very close to a lucid dream, as your body is well on its way to falling asleep - and in your example it sounds like you started going into REM too.

At this point I would vividly imagine a dream scene I wanted to enter, then start inducing kinetic sensations. Imaging riding a bike or swimming or running through your dreamscape. This helps switch the mental focus from your physical body to your dream body.

Otherwise you can separate your awareness from your physical body as it lies in bed (often called an OBE, although may just be a variation of the WILD).

Frequent OBers recommend floating up, sinking into the mattress, rolling or swinging out of your body. Your awareness moves off in a dream/spirit body. It takes practice though. My preferred route is to "teleport" straight into the dream visually, otherwise it can get confusing trying to transfer your awareness from a physical body to adream body -- when both are just lying in bed.

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Re: Questions for Rebecca

Postby Rebecca » 14 Sep 2011 07:22

Mewie wrote:Hi Rebecca.
Have a few questions:

- How long should I try a technique before trying a new one? 6 month?

- Do you know any free downloads (no virus) for Brain Waves and Binaural Beats? The best one?
(I think I'll buy your fast track soon. In my autumb vaccation, in october, maybe :) )

Thanks. :D
I'm still trying to get a LD, and I don't give up.

Have nice dreams!


How long it up to you. I would expect most people do experience their first lucid dream in days or weeks. Six months sounds like a long time if the technique is fruitless for you. So mix them up. Try self hypnosis for two weeks. Then try WILDs for a couple of weeks. There's no formula, but a couple of weeks - practicing every day - seems like a good basis.

Of course there are some underlying techniques you should always practice, such as dream journaling and nightly meditation/incubation. Reality checks are also an easy pay off.

Sorry I haven't tried any free brainwave entrainment downloads. Most sites like that seem a bit spammy so I don't bother with them. The FAST TRACK contains no brainwave entrainment, but does use self-hypnosis, music and guided meditation to induce lucid dreams.

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Re: Questions for Rebecca

Postby Rebecca » 14 Sep 2011 07:29

alpacatackler wrote:OK, here's my question:

When trying to WILD, sometimes I keep feeling myself jolt back to alertness, much like if I were sitting in some boring lecture and trying not to fall asleep. Does this mean anything? So far I've never succeeded in getting into a dream, nor have I ever fallen asleep while trying (I'm one of those people who NEVER falls asleep unintentionally, and is jealous of how easily other people fall asleep). I haven't gotten as far as full sleep paralysis either. I hear that not everyone feels that, but in my case at any moment, although my body sensations are fuzzy and my limbs are heavy, I'm still aware of the exact position I'm lying in. I just lie there, getting occasional random and fleeting images and memory impressions until I get bored or have to get up to go to the bathroom. I'm not really sure whether my problem is not concentrating enough, or maybe trying too hard to stay awake (even though I'm not really trying consciously), or something else. I'm having fun experimenting, but not sure what my strategy should be or what else I should try.


This sounds like a hypnic jerk (described in Inception as "The Kick" which brings you back to reality). I think it's a glitch in the onset of sleep paralysis, or maybe the brain "just checking" to see if it's working. It may also be a dream body movement which escapes the paralysis and affects your physical body. I get this occasionally as I'm falling asleep and starting to dream, and always involves falling off the kerb! My brother says when it happens to him, he's also walking along the street and dreams of falling down a manhole. Amazing how the mind/body co-orindate to synchronize our experience.

You're getting there with WILDs, as you describe the hypnagogia and memory impressions which mark the onset of the dream half-sleep state. If your body can't shut down it may be hindering you, so my suggestion is to avoid all stimulants after 3pm (coffee, tea, coke, etc) and exercise during the day so by night time your body is thoroughly exhausted. This will help you relax your muscles. Your mind is already there and you could enhance it further by visualizing your dream scene and getting lost in that. You should shift your awareness away from your body and to the internal realm. I have found that brainwave entrainment is really good for this - particularly the Astral Pojection MP3 which I use for WILDs: http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/lucid-dreaming-mp3.html

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Re: Questions for Rebecca

Postby alpacatackler » 14 Sep 2011 14:08

Thanks! It's good to know I'm kind of close. After reading another tutorial I realized I may have been trying too hard to stay awake. But the crazy thing is that last night, after falling asleep fully intending to just wake up in the morning, I woke up just as I was entering sleep paralysis...I'm thinking it must have been just before my first REM phase since it was only around 1:00. It felt like the blanket was peeling away inch by inch...really weird! I wasn't even having any other hallucinations but I was so freaked out that I was about to that I couldn't let it finish! This is why so far I've only been practicing during naps since it seems less scary during the day :-P But I realized that if my brain could manage to wake me up while entering SP without even trying, I'm pretty sure I could learn to do it on purpose as well. That would shortcut the whole relaxation phase and make things MUCH easier.


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