Returning to lucid dreaming after hiatus

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Returning to lucid dreaming after hiatus

Postby pollyeholmberg » 22 Jan 2013 05:14

Getting back into lucid dreaming is my 2013 New Year's resolution. It has been about ten years since I used to be fairly decent at "getting in" to lucid dreams on a semi-regular basis. If I wanted to make it happen, I could have one within a short period of time (a few days to a couple of weeks of trying) by using the self-check method of asking "am I dreaming?" throughout the day. These were my college years and a few years beyond college. I learned of lucid dreaming via a friend who studied psychology and dreams. At that time, the friend had only explained the self-check method to me, so I was not keeping a dream journal (the self-check method seemed to work pretty well as long as I was diligent about it). I never gained REAL solid dream control during that time (I was not disciplined enough). The majority of my lucid dreams were short and I was not able to take great control. The only "trick" I knew was to ask questions of characters and objects during my dreams...I did not know about changing scenes, for example. I had a handful of some longer, amazing lucid dreams during that time -- I still remember them with awe. For whatever reason, I let my practice of it go.

Now, ten years later, my fascination and desire to lucid dream has been rekindled. I would love to become a master of it -- unlike before, when I used to just play around with no real objective.

Where I am now: For about a month I have been using a dream journal. My dream recall is very good some nights and hazy to none others. I'm like 50-50 on recall. Not great. I'm a little disappointed about my dream recall. I almost feel like I remembered my dreams better and more frequently before I started trying to remember them!

In addition to the journal, I am back to self-checking (asking whether I'm dreaming or not) throughout the day. I have to say that it is hard to remember to do it during busy days! I could be doing this better.

Some success: About three weeks into my journaling (last week), I did have a couple of lucid dreams in the early morning before work. They were VERY short and I lacked a lot of control. I did the typical thing of getting too excited and woke myself out of them. I think my other issue was that I tried to cram too many tricks into them (e.g., asking a lot of questions; trying to change scenes; trying to get people to appear) because I worried about being woken up...it was just frantic. That is one problem I used to have before too -- I would race through my lucid dreams in fear that someone would wake me up before I was done. I need to CALM DOWN.

Anyway, since a week ago, I have not had another lucid dream. This is frustrating because I thought I was getting on a roll. I realize I'm being impatient, but come on!

I know that being older now (35) has solidified my brain into certain ways of working...so it may take me longer to re-train my way of dreaming. I hope I can get my ability back with some strength. I took it for granted before.

Anyway, I'm not really sure if I have a specific question. Just wanted to post something to get myself involved in this forum. I love reading about people's experiences and techniques I never learned before. Thanks for reading. This post is too long - sorry! Any comments / suggestions welcome -- I need to keep pushing myself in the right direction.

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Re: Returning to lucid dreaming after hiatus

Postby arnjak » 22 Jan 2013 11:08

Im also new here. I am also able to lucid dream before but now I lost it!

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Re: Returning to lucid dreaming after hiatus

Postby diebie » 22 Jan 2013 16:38

Hey!
A good trick to remember reality checks during the day is wearing a digital sports watch. Some have a setting so you can make them beep every hour.
If you hear the beep it's a reminder for a reality check. If you put the watch next to your bed when you sleep you might hear the beeping and it can be a trigger for your subconsciousness to do a reality check!
The lucidity of my mind has been revealed in new dreams
I am able to travel where my heart goes
In search of self-realization

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Re: Returning to lucid dreaming after hiatus

Postby pollyeholmberg » 22 Jan 2013 17:42

Thanks for the trick. I may need to get such a watch. I have visual reminders set up around me at work...but I've gotten so used to them that they don't prompt me as much.

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Re: Returning to lucid dreaming after hiatus

Postby Worldenterer1 » 22 Jan 2013 19:16

That idea with the watch is genius!

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Re: Returning to lucid dreaming after hiatus

Postby diebie » 24 Jan 2013 00:17

you dont need to buy such a watch if you dont have one. If you have a smart phone search for the "uursignaal" app or hourly chime ultimate
The lucidity of my mind has been revealed in new dreams
I am able to travel where my heart goes
In search of self-realization

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Re: Returning to lucid dreaming after hiatus

Postby pollyeholmberg » 24 Jan 2013 16:37

Trying the smart phone thing today. Thanks again!


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