Like I said in my last post I've been into lucid dreaming since 1998 and due to my obsessive nature have pretty much exhausted a lot of different techniques and strategies.
I used to have lots of ld's years ago but they gradually dried up.
A lot of my success came from doing extreme things which often went against a lot of stuff written by people in the know.
Now, I'm not knocking these people. But, I feel that a lot of the same ideas and techniques etc. are just being copied without any real proof???
I'm really determined to find the ultimate lucidity inducing formula mixing ideas which kinda worked for me in the past. And you may be surprised to hear about the lengths I went to have lots of ld's sometimes all night long!
I'm gonna risk sounding like an idiot now for what I'm gonna say about reality checks BUT I mean well, and I would love to know whether the following techniques have worked for anybody. There's a good chance a lot of my frustrations are coming out here cos I feel like I've worked really hard for little pay!
I spent months looking at my hands, counting my fingers etc. and as far as I'm aware never looked at them in a non lucid dream. I did when I was lucid to prolong the lucidity which worked quite well.
I spent months doing the nose pinching check and as far as I'm aware never did it in a dream.
I spent months flicking light switches on and off and as far as I'm aware never did it in a dream. Some people rave about this technique saying that switches don't work properly in dreams.
I spent months reading things more than once to see if it changed but surprise surprise it never did!
I do believe reality checking is a good thing cos it's good mind training, but I've kinda lost faith in a lot of the techniques that supposed to be flawless.
However having said that when I stopped doing reality checks I stopped getting lucid dreams, I think its good to keep you in the mindset for LDs.
Another However, I am beginning to think that the lucid dreaming mindset is such a good thing for extended periods of time. Its sort of like you are living a day dream really, I dont think one should sacrifice too much of the real life to become lucid in the dream world. Its best to do it in a cycling period.
Most of the time I never actually knew what made me lucid. I just found myself going into a kind of whirlpool that took me into lucidity land. Quite often there was nothing but blackness (my friend called this "the black void") and I had to will some scenery to appear which wasn't that difficult most of the time.
Phew! I agree with you about not sacrificing too much of the real life to become lucid cos it's highly frustrating when you're making SO much effort with little results. BUT... Lucid dreaming is SO addictive and I've known people to pretty much give up on real life just to wanna live in the lucid world. They'd have notes all around the house saying things like... "Is this a dream???"
What I wanted to do was spend a lot of a time trying to find out how to become lucid at will, and then relax and get on with my life knowing that I could become lucid at any time.
Phew! Dream on Paul!!!
Give it a shot, see if it does the same for you.
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I looked at them during lucid dreams to prolong the lucidity. They usually looked a bit deformed, but can't recall them ever melting???
It's great how it's worked for you though, nice one!
I went to have lots of ld's sometimes all night long!
I don't want to bash you, or anything BUT I think you know, that you only have REM sleep for 100 minutes. That means you can be having a lucid dream in 1 hour, and 40 minutes. It might feel like all night long, but I'm pretty sure it aren't.
- Now, I don't think the purpose of reality checks is to (when becoming lucid) to check if you really are in a dream! So when you've become lucid, you can give yourself an extra check by doing this reality check in the dream, and see if you're lucid or not. That's what I see reality checks as. Now I know the technic is different, but I've yet to read about succesfull reality checks. I've not done a reality check either. Only when I went to bed. Not in the dream.
I don't want to bash you, or anything BUT I think you know, that you only have REM sleep for 100 minutes
i will throw a spanner in that one as I have had LD for 2 hours and 30 minutes as measured by a sleep monitor that records REM so a blanket statement suggesting a set max time does not cut it.
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