We know that the best receptive state for the SC is during a dream/LD. The next is during the light sleep/meditation stage. So it's obvious from how I see it: Our best bet of feeding info to our SC is during an LD, specifically by using emotion and intent to communicate. I will experiment with this during my next LDs and report back. If I can get my SC in the habit of thinking about waking/sleeping states during my LDs, then the SC will continue to do it on it's own when I am not lucid, essentially producing more "aha! I'm dreaming!" moments. I think we are getting somewhere.
Its worth putting in effort anyway and the effort alone will most likely create some more lucid states so it cant do much harm.
I have always used non-verbal communication with the DC but this was another type, its sort of thinking of what you want to say and them imagining it as a ball of energy and then thinking very strongly that I want this answered. The intended DC seemed to receive it and then had to respond.
What was so startling to me was in the first instance they would not answer, just like a kid that wont fess up to doing something and then by going from non-verbal communication to this next type they could not help by respond.
I feel like it was something responding that didnt want to and so leads to wonder if it was a something as in some form of energy that really does exist outside of my mind rather that just extracting some answers from a what I call a big database of left over energy.
Reluctant really to go past simply thinking I have found a new way for me anyway to communicate at this stage and will form up a plant.
As for intent and emotion to the DC, I think you said you were in the forces so my intent was with the strength of someone in charge of a lot of people and I made it plane in a quiet way that they will answer and there was no room for debate. You might relate to this sort of instruction