Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for your help.
I'm still just learning too but here's my 2 cents.
I have the same problem. Keep at it though. The idea is to make reality checks habit in the waking world, so they are habit in a dream too. But you need to also be intimately familiar with your dream signs in order to have this trigger you to do a RC.
I'd make a list of standard dream signs that you always run into and make sure you know it by heart. I have several standard ones. You probably do too, but I'm sure yours are different.
It's interesting because in the two recent lucent dreams I've had, I did not recognise a dream sign per se, and I didn't explicitly do a RC. I just felt that it was a dream. Then I did the clarity tricks to get locked in.
Once you get lucid, the next trick is to stay lucid for more than a minute or two. It's hard to maintain concentration.
Stick with it though. Although I've been having semi-lucid dreams all my life, going fully lucid is amazing.. Literally the whole scene brightens like someone turned on a spot light. Colors are more vivid too. And talking to a dream character is a surreal experience....
I was in a motel last night and the door would not close and lock. It annoyed the hell out of me and it was in late in the evening, bad light and I had 2 bags of food in my hands so couldn’t get to the light switch to see what was happening. I really struggled to get the door shut tight - was I dreaming or not?
One other question - I have 2-3 dream signs that appear mostly every night. Should I concentrate on just one?
I think my subconscious is saying "is he ever going to get it?" lol. That's how obvious my dream signs have become. Thanks again -
Question for fuzzylogic - what are "clarity tricks"?
The classic one is rubbing your hands together. That works well for me.
Other's say "clarity now" out loud. I've done that too after I rub my hands together just for good measure.
I've found that recognising your are dreaming won't make you fully lucid. I do what I call "locking in" by the hand rubbing and/or "clarity now" request. When you do this you'll get an immediate visual and sensory response. You'll definitely see it and feel it when you go full on lucid. It's sort of like on the starship enterprise when it goes into warp drive and all those stars streak by. There's a visual and a bit of a rush. Also things really are clearer. For me, it's sort of like someone removed a veil that was over my head.
For me- emotionally I get a pleasurable rush of excitement and energy.
Hope this helps you picture it.
Once you are lucid, if the dream starts to fade, apparently spinning will help. I haven't tried that yet.
P.S. What was it in your dream that made your realize it was a dream?
timcal wrote: I am looking into another method using a mulitiple setting alarm clock that will beep at preset times so that I can get use to waking up and going back to sleep into the Wild state. .
The other good thing about setting your alarm clock is that you'll get to remember more dreams. I find I normally only remember one a night otherwise.
It is disruptive to my sleep but I have discovered an amazing variety of dreams I never knew I was having. This is a great way to appreciate your own dream creativity, get a chance to find more dream signs and generally get more material for your dream journal.
I have been working on this dream discovery process for a few weeks and have had a total of 4 lucid dreams. I had two last night! But they are very short so far.
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