No need to explain it to you guys, you know what I'm talking about. I sometimes wake up and recall my dreams and think, "Shucks, I didn't lucid dream last night". (OK, I actually don't use the word, "Shucks" ) But then I think back and it hits me and I remember that indeed I was lucid. I only remember the gist of it, or the beginning where I had the revelation and that's about it. I still FEEL like it lasted a while and I had a great time, but darned if I can remember!
I compare dreams to an Etch-A-Sketch. If you don't recall it when awake to save the image, it gets shaken up and drawn over with the next dream. You might see a faint residual image left over from the previous dream, but it seems our dream memories are stored in only one place and it gets copied over. Recalling them when awake puts it into a different memory compartment because we remember remembering. (Does that make sense?)
And then writing them down is the final step because even our best waking memories can be muddled with time and we forget the details.
It is wonderful as i work through my list of objectives...but interestingly, I am a flute player, and one of my aims was to practice my flute. I did this morning in one bit of my LD and i realised...LD'ing is like my path in learning the instrument...at first I played freely with no expectation and i'd remember everything by ear...now i am learning a lot of theory and some of the 'magic' is lost for a while....I am concentrating....honing my skills...learning to read the music that sometimes i forget then by ear cos my left brain is getting all nerdy.....but from that hopefully, both with my flute and my LD'ing, i will have the skill and the passionate flare to do what ever i dare to do freely, combined with the knowledge...and remember it all both through the notation and the vivid recollection of the awesome journey....that's my theory anyway! All in all, it is life changing. So it's worth it. And i'm still setting my alarm at the wolf hour as i try to hit my wolf notes!
Read my introduction in the "introduction section" (buried deep on the first page). That's what changed for me: the fact that I started to question the lucid dream world itself with a rational mind. Much like Charlie Morley admits, my earlier dreams were "sex and skateboarding", but I didn't skateboard!
I haven't read too many books, but if I'm not mistaken a 'forum' was an ancient Greek house of learning and I feel this website has been a college course for me and I learned a lot. So yea, I was a lucid dreamer first and then learned a lot more about it after. Still trying to perfect the WILD technique as an ongoing project and perhaps in this 3rd year of 'college' I will achieve that.
And as far as i was saying about Xtreme W....i think he/she will make a really awesome lucid dreamer with the work they are putting in...
I've had a few WILDs, but purely accidental. I'd be lying if I said I had control and most I've come to know here don't either.
And as for no one to talk to about this sort of thing, I'm in the same boat. A lot of what I say goes over their heads, but it resonates here. (No fellow lucid dreamers in my family and this is common. Goes to show it's not inherited. If others do, perhaps it was due to upbringing). It's a mindset, not genetics. No race, religion, creed, gender, political view, sexual preference, or age matters. This site is living proof of that.
And back to my dream-intro when he pointed at the sky, that changed a lot. My DC's knew me in some way, but at the same time didn't. I pursued that for a while, but am starting to realize they are just me from a different vantage point with a different way of thinking and if DC's are illusion, so is the concept of 'self' which is non existent, not only in regular dreams, but lucid dreams, and perhaps even reality. (I'm on to something, but this is another topic altogether.....)
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