Is dream journaling in itself enough to bring lucid dreams?
P.S.- my dream recall is good I think, I always remember something... either a few fragments on a bad day, or a several page detailed dream on a good one.
I think dream journaling is a strong base that keeps your memory and awareness stronger.
While you are reconstructing your dreams, say writing it down or saying it out loud, you automatically memorize the recurring dream-symbols. And with these dream-symbols in the subconscious mind, it becomes more likely that you really recognise this in the dream itself.
Are you doing enough? That depends on what you want to accomplish. Our subconscious mind has its own, call it 'agenda'. What you go through at this deeper level has little to do with what you want to do at the surface level. And sometimes to much effort causes stress or sleep deprivation, wich is nefast for any kind of dreaming. Lucidity is often not the direct effect of the reality-check, but rather a more subtle awareness or logical thinking that was already there, or like you said: thinking that if it gave me an accidental LD I'd be happy, this could also have been the motivation. I also think that the effect of doing reality-checks on the subconscious mind, lasts longer than we think. The habbit patern could still be rooted deep in your mind, and could still be a trigger for lucidity after a few months of no techniques. Maybe to be compared with supercompensation in sport, but less time-bounded (more variable).
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