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Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 20 Nov 2017 17:20
by chubes619
i tried for my first time last night using the wake to bed method and everything seemed like it was goin well. i got myself into sleep paralysis and was fully aware of it and of my intentions but i couldn't cross the gap from random hallucinations to an actual dream. i felt like i was getting close but i started hearing my dad who's been in the hospital for awhile from the hallway so i jolted out of bed and ended up just going back to sleep afterwards. basically what i'm asking is how do i get from the sleep paralysis stage to an actual lucid dream. thanks for any tips.

Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 25 Nov 2017 22:55
by Noppe
Hey there. I don't think this would classify as a lucid dream, that's why I didn't want to start a thread about it. It just seemed this is the best place to ask.
I experienced something weird this morning. I woke up, but because I could tell it's quite early, I tried going back to sleep. Now, I've been dreaming tonight, and the dream was right before I woke up. So, when I failed to go back to sleep, I just started thinking about the dream. It started feeling like a proper dream again, though I could control bits of it, most of it was pretty autonomous. The thing is, while the 'dream' just picked up from where it finished when I woke up, I knew I didn't fall back asleep. I was fully aware of my surroundings and could move or open my eyes whenever I wanted to. So how did this 'dream' feel like a proper dream, even though I wasn't sleeping? Anyone could please comment on that?
Also sorry for repeating the word 'dream' a lot lol

Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 01:52
by ENZ
I sleep 11 to 12 hours due to medication. I'm relatively healthy thanks to that. Should I buy a sleep mask to see what my REM cycles are?

Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 24 Dec 2017 12:05
by starsinthesky
hello everybody!
I hope, its ok to switch in.
First, i have to excuse my english. I am from germany but i am doing my best!

I am interested in LD for about 8 weeks or so.

About two or three weeks ago i dreamed that i was moving out of my sleeping body, that was lying on my sofa. Wich was the case in reality. But only my head and upper body moved out. It was an extremely exciting experience. I was aware, that it was in a dream. but at the same time i was kind of watching the scene. Don´t know how to call this state? was this a lucid dream or not?

A few days ago i became aware of a dream that i had. I was standing in my kitchen with something in my hands. The thing in my hands changed and in my dream i shouted "oh my goodness, i am dreaming!". The image shrank to the size of a pinhead in a tremendous speed. And i woke up. But i didn´t open my eyes. It was annoying! Than i went on sleeping.

But this WAS the beginning of a LD, wasn´t it?

Did someone experience this shrinking process too?

Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 09 Jan 2018 19:52
by 24/7/365
Beginner Questions Welcome = self proclaimed know it all

actually asking a question = I can't think for myself

Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 16 Jan 2018 16:24
by scarletgirl
What are the most important things to note in your dream journal?

In attempt to trigger a second lucid dream after being inspired by the first...I have begun journalling. I dream so much content - 6-10 dreams per night and can remember a whack of detail. It's taking me too long to write it all down! So I've begun to note just certain things - like that I read words or numbers, saw colors, heard music, or encountered a loved one who has died. I guess I'm also looking for items or scenes that recur so I can use them as launching points when I recognize them in future dreams. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 17 Jan 2018 19:45
by Dreaming Life
scarletgirl wrote:What are the most important things to note in your dream journal?

In attempt to trigger a second lucid dream after being inspired by the first...I have begun journalling. I dream so much content - 6-10 dreams per night and can remember a whack of detail. It's taking me too long to write it all down! So I've begun to note just certain things - like that I read words or numbers, saw colors, heard music, or encountered a loved one who has died. I guess I'm also looking for items or scenes that recur so I can use them as launching points when I recognize them in future dreams. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!

I think what you're doing sounds like a good plan. I usually recommend folks to write down as many details as they can remember, but that's usually because they are having difficulty remembering everything and this helps with that. You could have a separate journal, or sub-journal, for recurring items? For example, I wrote an online dream journal for 7 years, between 2003 and 10, and had a sub-journal for this thing I call the Mothership. SO anytime the Mothership came up in a dream I'd write that in the journal, then write an entry in the Mothership record as well, like this: https://www.dreaming.life/dream-archive/the-mothership.htm

Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 18 Jan 2018 02:18
by scarletgirl
Dreaming Life wrote:
SO anytime the Mothership came up in a dream I'd write that in the journal, then write an entry in the Mothership record as well, like this: https://www.dreaming.life/dream-archive/the-mothership.htm



Thanks for your reply! I am starting to notice hotels in a lot of my dreams - so perhaps I'll start a sub-journal about that - good suggestion.

Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 21 Jan 2018 03:14
by Dreaming Life
Actually, hotels are a theme in a lot of my dreams too. I never thought about that till just now, now that you mentioned it. I often dream that I secretly own the hotel. Or that I’m in a hotel, get annoyed by someone on the staff then buy the hotel and fire them.

Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Posted: 24 Jan 2018 21:19
by LucidCat
Dream Journal Question:
Whenever I try to write down a really long and detailed dream I usually encounter the one problem: I remember separate scenes - and they seem to be kind of connected - but I can't seem to get them in a chronological order. Any tips on that?