Well, SOMETHING worked!

Discuss lucid dreaming techniques including dream recall, MILD, WILD, meditation and other ways of attaining lucidity in dreams.
alpacatackler
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Well, SOMETHING worked!

Postby alpacatackler » 20 Sep 2011 17:04

I just had my first substantial lucid dream, but what is funny is I can't remember how I got there! Is that a normal thing? The last thing I can remember is being in bed and trying unsuccessfully to exit my body, then I remember suddenly being in a dream but stumbling around because I couldn't see much. I started groping objects around me and forcing my eyes open. Pretty soon I could see well, and I remained more or less lucid until what must have been an hour later when I sensed the dream was fading, then shortly afterwards I felt my real body phase in and I woke up. There are parts of the dream where my memory is fuzzy, but this is no worse than my normal dream recall. At no point did I perform a reality check, although once I did look at my hands and they appeared totally clear and realistic (I didn't try counting my fingers, though).

Although this happened due to life circumstances and I don't advise it in any way, here's what my sleep schedule was like:

10:00pm go to bed
2:00am wake up
7:00am go to bed
9:00am wake up, go back to bed
-LUCID DREAM-
10:15am wake up

One thing I have to say is that although the dream was pretty vivid and awesome, I wouldn't say it was THAT much cooler than my normal dreams, where I can usually fly anyway. I usually enjoy waking up and going "WTF?" when I remember the details of my nonlucid dreams since they're normally random and hilarious. It probably wouldn't be as fun if I tried to totally control the dream (which this time, I didn't).

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Re: Well, SOMETHING worked!

Postby Ryan » 20 Sep 2011 19:57

The "nature" of a lucid dream is that you have a break in conscious awareness between being in the physical and being in the non-physical. There's a point there where you shift unknowingly to the non-physical, THEN you become consciously aware.

So yeah, it's quite normal to not really know how you ended up in the non-physical. :)

In any case, congrats! :)
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Re: Well, SOMETHING worked!

Postby alpacatackler » 21 Sep 2011 03:52

Ah, ok, good to know! The way people describe WILD, it sounds as though there is supposed to be no break at all in awareness. But I've had 3 lucid dreams since I started trying and in all three cases it wasn't due to using any specific method, that I'm aware of. Odd.

It's interesting that there was NO break in awareness between the end of the dream and waking up. In the dream I thought, "I'm about to wake up" (don't ask me how I knew that) then suddenly I felt a buzzing sensation, and boom! there I was in bed.

This whole lucid dreaming thing has somehow made me way more aware of all the weird stuff that goes on between sleeping and waking which I've mostly overlooked until now. During that period last night where I was up for 5 hours in the middle of the night...at one point I was starting to doze off when I heard someone say my name right behind me! That startled me awake really fast! :o I don't know if that sort of thing ever used to happen to me...and I'd probably be OK if it never did again :P

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Re: Well, SOMETHING worked!

Postby Ryan » 22 Sep 2011 15:00

If you're good at recognizing when you're waking up, give the following post I made on my website a read:

SpiritualShawn on the Astral Viewers posted an interesting question about keeping your eyes shut when you wake up to help you to project.

Ok so I want to practice waking up in the morning without opening my eyes or moving? How can I do this? It seems like in the mornings I usually find myself rolling around while waking up or my eyes are already open by the time I realize im awake.

I know If I wake myself up super early and induce a lucid dream I should be able to gently bring myself back to physical conscious (waking up) without moving much because I am already aware in the dream. Other than that I really don’t know how to go about doing this as after waking up in the morning would seem like a practical time for a conscious exit, (for me atleast).

Any tips?


I don’t have any direct tips, but it did remind me of the ONE time I managed to do this… and I’ll recount it here in hopes it has something that might help someone do the same.

So, the one time I managed to do this I was already in a lucid dream (the LD was me in this room full of toilets and urinals… I know, strange LOL) and I began to feel that usual feeling of ‘waking up’. My vision went to black and I felt the shift… I knew I was back in the physical, lying in my bed, and it happened so smoothly that I didn’t bother to open my eyes. I figured I’d go back to sleep, and within what felt like one minute I slipped back into my lucid dream at the exact point I had left, in the toilet-filled room. A couple minutes into this lucid dream, I, again, felt myself waking up… I kept my eyes closed for that waking as well.

I kept doing this over and over… four times, each time I woke up faster and faster. The fifth time, I got into the lucid dream and I immediately began waking up. I initiated my spinning thing to ground and keep myself within the lucid dream… but it didn’t work and had a secondary effect of causing me to have a classic OBE experience where I felt my arms float up and the rest of me follow. I opened my eyes and I was floating down towards the foot of my bed. This lasted about 10 seconds, when I came back to the physical.

So that’s the only experience I can remember where I managed to not open my eyes upon waking up.

Many times I’ve read stories of people doing this exact thing to project… well, all I can say is that it does work IF you can remember to not open your eyes when you wake. For me, it was a matter of already being lucid in the dream and sensing when I was waking so I could prepare myself to do it.

Hopefully this helps someone.

http://unlimitedboundaries.ca/2010/09/26/phasing-method-dont-open-your-eyes-when-you-wake/

So yeah, if you remain perfectly still and keep your eyes closed as you shift back to this physical reality... you can actually launch yourself back into the non-physical reality you were just in within seconds. :)
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