I recently started to use the "binaural beats" soundtrack, which works very well to relax my body very fast, but I can't reach any of the other steps to finally have a lucid dream.
I was wondering if I was going too fast. Should I try a different technique before returning to this one?
Thank you in advance!
P.S.: I started doing a dream journal, but I can't remember most of my dreams yet. Is it too soon to start trying to have a lucid dream?
You might want to pick up Stephen LaBerge's book (inexpensive mass market paperback). He's kind of the godfather of lucid dreaming and there's a lot info on technique and exercises for all this kind of stuff (chapters on MILD and WILD, for example).
As far as recall, yeah, that can be tough sometimes--but it's the essential, crucial first step towards lucid dreaming. Setting a timer might jump start you, but it can be tricky to synch the timer to your REM cycles.
If you tend to wake up naturally a couple of times during the night, try to get in the habit of asking yourself what you just dreamed as soon as you wake up. Really try to think that thought--and try to physically move as little as possible. It's an odd process because you don't want to force the recall. That'll often just push the dream farther away. But, usually something fleeting will come back: an image or a feeling or and idea--something. Concentrate on that and maybe breathe into it.
It can be a little frustrating at first, but keep at it. I should know--for weeks I kept missing asking myself what I'd just dreamed on waking. But if you keep at it, after a while it'll almost become second nature.
Tim Post's site Lucidipedia (http://www.lucidipedia.com/) has some online videos that really helped me get a handle on the ideas behind some of these techniques. What's more--some of 'em actually worked for me.
Once you start getting a handle on recall, you won't believe how much stuff there is to consider in just your non-lucid dreams alone.
I can usually only seem to manage it when I'm coming out of a lucid or astral awareness experience, because I can tell when I'm waking up... but you can train yourself to do it while coming out of normal sleep/dream.
So when you wake up with your eyes closed and body still, if you just lie there it shouldn't take long before you feel the shift back into the non-physical... and from there, enjoy!
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