My name is Stefan, and I'm an aspiring lucid dreamer (well, that much is probably). I've been reading the articles on this site for awhile, ever since I got interested in lucid dreaming--a few months ago. Unfortunately, I haven't actually had a lucid dream yet... But I haven't given up! I've kind of been off and on in practice, so I'm trying to stay motivated to try every night, as well as have the discipline to keep a consistent dream journal.
So, I've tried a lot of methods of lucid dream induction, primarily MILD and WILD. I do consistent reality checks and have decent dream recall (around 3+ dreams a night). But I haven't actually become lucid in my dreams. Some days I'll spend long periods of time reading about lucid dreaming and visualizing it, to the point where that's all I'm thinking about when I go to bed. And yet, when I actually dream, the thought doesn't even cross my mind. Sure, I've had dreams that involve lucid dreaming, some even to the point of me talking to a friend about what it would feel like to dream lucidly. But alas, the actual recognition of my state has never actually "clicked" in-dream. I've also tried WILD several times, but I always find myself falling asleep--I fall asleep very easily, so you can imagine my frustration when I lie down for a nap and relax while trying to keep my mind awake, only to realize that it's two hours later and I'd just fallen asleep through WILD!
So yeah, just wanted to introduce myself, say where I am in my lucid dreaming "journey," so to speak, and maybe get advice from experienced dreamers! I look forward to meeting you all.
Being new myself, I know how you feel. A lot of patience and willpower is needed to have the first lucid dream, and I hear that once you have it you can do it whenever you want. I had my first lucid dream a few days ago, and it was an unforgettable experience.
Also, do you meditate often? Falling asleep is an irritation during meditations and regular mind excercises help with WILD's.
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