I've tried all links on the W.O.L.D pages, and I'm currently using the 10 step newsletter, as well as the lucid dreaming fastrack, all to no avail.
I would say your best bet is to really stare into the black of your closed eye, and try to think about nothing but what you see and your breathing!
Lemme know if you have success
To see if this works for you: do the concentrating and thinking about LD during the day to establish the thoughts in your conscious mind. And at night, use an affirmation that you will have a lucid dream but don't shut your eyes and try to force the process.
For me it occurs as a spontaneous realization that I am dreaming. For me reality checking is non-sensical. If I'm aware enough to perform a reality check, I already realize I'm dreaming immediately. I think we are all different though, for others RC method is important. You'll meed to figure out what works for you.
The other thing I do which works about 50% of the time, is I awake around 3, get up and read for 20 minutes and return to bed. Again, I don't try to work at it too hard because forcing it (for me) just makes me uptight and leads to nothing.
I have 1-2 LD a week. 2 last night using return to bed technique.
Let me explain: I never knew what hypnogogia was until, after a lucid dream, I remained still with my eyes closed and saw images as detailed as a photograph flash before my 'eye's. They were extremely vivid, but in black and white and if there was color at all, it was only 3 or 4 colors. BUT VIVID LIKE A PHOTOGRAPH. They flashed before my eyes rapidly like the speed of a strobe-light in a nightclub. It started to appear to animate as my mind started to rationalize it and make connections from one to the other very quickly. Finally it was like watching a movie, albeit a staggered one, with a slow 'frame rate per second' but it became more fluid and finally it 'popped' and 'I was in again'. (so to speak). And it was more 3D than anything and I WAS THERE! IN IT!
Sounds amazing and it is and I still don't get those too often. But I never knew what hypnogogia was until after my experience and then I had to go look it up to see if I was nuts! Apparently I wasn't... the verdict is still out on that one.
But my final point is, HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE HYPNOGOGIA when it happens to everyone differently and even for myself it is different everytime IF AND/WHEN it happens.
Not knowing, makes us imagine what things should feel like, even if they are far off base. BUT WHEN it does actually happen, whenever or however.... YOU WILL JUST KNOW. There is no mistaking it and if you are like me, it feels like we have somehow been there before............................
But the point is, I think everyone is different, so dont stress it. You dont need hypnagogic images necessarily to LD. Reality checks and DILD work fine w/o HI.
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