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Problems with staying lucid

Posted: 26 Dec 2013 15:11
by Hypnagogia
Hey, so I'm fairly new to lucid dreaming but have been practicing reality checks and techniques such as WILD on and off since the beginning of September.
On a few occasions, including last night, I have become lucid and realise that i'm in a dreaming state in the middle of an ordinary dream that I was having before, and it seems real and i'm aware that i'm dreaming. However that is all it ever is: I dream, I realise that I'm dreaming when I ask myself 'Am I dreaming?' , and then I forget and fall back into that ordinary dream again, but the dream doesn't change I just carry on without any control over it. I guess I need to stabilise the dream somehow but when i'm in that state I always forget and fall back asleep -__- if anyone could help out i'd be very grateful xox

Re: Problems with staying lucid

Posted: 26 Dec 2013 17:11
by Highlander
It seems that you didn't set any goals for when you become lucid. Try to set some goals. For example, as soon as you become lucid, try to look at your hands, or rub them against each other, or run, or fly... Think os something to do as soon as you become lucid to make you keep in that state for a little longer.

Re: Problems with staying lucid

Posted: 28 Dec 2013 17:18
by Hypnagogia
Right, only how do I remind myself to do these things? Once I realise that I'm dreaming it doesn't even cross my mind to do these checks :O

Re: Problems with staying lucid

Posted: 28 Dec 2013 17:25
by Highlander
Hypnagogia wrote:Right, only how do I remind myself to do these things? Once I realise that I'm dreaming it doesn't even cross my mind to do these checks :O


That's what MILD is useful for. If you do MILD, repeating a phrase of your own, to set a goal, you'll remember.

Re: Problems with staying lucid

Posted: 30 Dec 2013 13:53
by Hypnagogia
okay, thank you so much :D

Re: Problems with staying lucid

Posted: 01 Jan 2014 08:00
by abart65
Yeah Highlander has it. Even now after a couple of years of lucid dreaming I still sometimes lose lucidity in the dream as I have nothing else planned to do while lucid. Though I realised that in these moments when I know I don't really have anything to do, I jump into the sky and fly. It's always exhilarating for me no matter how many times I do it and always brings me to new places to explore and new "people" to meet giving me something else to do

Re: Problems with staying lucid

Posted: 01 Jan 2014 21:00
by JonSnowLD
The same thing happens to me! ;) I read in an article on this site that said by constantly telling yourself that you're dreaming every minute or so helps remind you and stay lucid for longer if that helps at all? :)

Re: Problems with staying lucid

Posted: 04 Jan 2014 10:17
by taniaaust1
dont get offended at this question at all but are you sure you werent just dreaming you got lucid?

I ask as usually when someone gets lucid, there is excitment and that feeling of excitement will often wake the person up or at least for a very brief time (if only seconds after).. keep the person waking consciousness there enough to at least have another thought.. eg what can I do in this state?

If you arent just dreaming you were lucid.. I suggest next time as soon as you realise to do something using your waking brain to help add in staying conscious a bit longer eg you could try counting or adding numbers or do something else with your normal waking brain eg repeat who you are and your address. Work to bring a bit more waking consciousness into the dream (LD is about balance).

As another said.. having a dream goal you can focus on as soon as you have become lucid could help too.