rothgar wrote:And by the way, I do sometimes RC without any dream sign or thought I am dreaming...that really shocks you when you realize you are dreaming.
Yes, I know that for sure. I remember one time thinking to myself how silly these RCs are since I always already know I am awake and so tired of doing these STUPID things!!! and what's point of doing them anyway? But of course, yeah yeah, I'll do it anyway, because that's what you are supposed to do. I looked down at my hand and it had 6 fingers. It shocked me so much I woke up. Totally unexpected!
rothgar wrote:mentioned my 4 entry points... one thing I was hoping to discover was that over time one method would predominate...i.e.that one method would represent the entry point in a more skilled DILD dreamer and the others become less frequent.
For me, the method that predominates determines what needs to be done to make it happen. For example, when I rely on WILD which I have been lately I don't do many RCs because they are not needed. When I was trying to do DILD, then I did a lot of RCs and thinking about dream signs, etc. as that is necessary. So the method you focus on determines a lot of what you do. In any case, I do spend a lot of time and energy focusing on believing and repeating that my "next dream will be a lucid dream", etc.
There is a way to be lucid in your dreams right from the start and the WILD method is starting point to learn how to do it. That's what I'm trying to learn, not how to control the dream, but how to control the entry point. Ideally (and I have have done it) you watch and are present and aware as the dream world unfolds, then you step into that world like going through a curtain. To me that's the ultimate entry.