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srdjann
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Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Postby srdjann » 06 May 2017 17:43

I need some help: Approximately 2 weeks i didn't have ANY dreams ,and if i "have" a dream (before) i didn't knew what i was dreaming about, however i knew i was dreaming about something, now there are no signs of any dream. :(

crystal lily
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Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Postby crystal lily » 06 May 2017 17:47

srdjan, try eating cheddar cheese before bed, it worked for me. I had very vivid dreams that night that I remembered in the morning. Also waking up early in the morning while you are in REM sleep.

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Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Postby abdalrhman » 17 May 2017 23:25

hi, everyone, I am a beginner in lucid dreaming last night I think I was aware that I was dreaming but I forgot nearly everything in the dream but I remember that I was following someone on an escalator
and I couldn't stand on the escalator so I fell and woke up but I felt the fraction of the escalator belt on my hand so I was sure that I was lucid dreaming
so I want to know
1- how long can a dream get because it was like 1-5 minutes for me

2- how to dream longer

3- I woke up after I fell in the dream and I couldn't go back to sleep again so how can I go to sleep after I wake up

4-how to make sure that I will be lucid dreaming before I sleep

dinno231
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WILD techinque

Postby dinno231 » 11 Jun 2017 02:05

I've been trying wild for the past year, but for some odd reason I can't seem to get comfortable, what should I do to help this, also I'm scared if swallowing saliva because I'm worried it's going to reset what I've been trying to do, help please.

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Richard Griffin
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Tired ALL the time!

Postby Richard Griffin » 17 Jun 2017 12:40

Hi Folks,

Apologies if this topic has been covered elsewhere, I’ve had a sniff around and no luck. It does relate to one of Rebecca’s Frequently Asked Questions - Lucid Dreaming in the beginner's section here (thanks, Rebecca!). I include Rebecca's FAQ here below, but neither the question or answer truly apply so I’m wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience (and if it gets better!)

Rebecca wrote:

Are lucid dreams tiring?

The short answer for 99% of people is no.

You dream for around 100 minutes every night, broken down into multiple different dreams occurring in different phases of sleep. The average proficient lucid dreamer can expect to do it maybe 2-4 times a week, with each session lasting 10-40 minutes. Most people don't miss that sleep - even if it were deemed to be worthless (which it isn't). Indeed, a lucid dream can often leave you on a natural high for the rest of the day, which gives you more mental and physical energy.

For a very small fraction of people, lucid dreaming occurs every night. They can feel engulfed by their conscious dreams and unable to sleep deeply and properly the whole night. This can leave them feeling sleep deprived and is a very real sleep disorder once it begins to impact on their normal daily life. That's not to say lucid dreaming is a sleep disorder - anything in excess can have profound effects on the mind and body. People who complain of this condition have usually been lucid dreaming their whole lives and should seek expert advice from a sleep specialist.


My story, briefly, is that I have been experimenting with Lucid Dreaming for a fortnight or so and am able to become lucid (more acurately and more often, semi-lucid) almost every night just from keeping a journal, practicing reality checks in the day and setting some pre-sleep intention.

All good so far, yeah?

I’m obviously a complete novice so my attempts at evoking stability and maintaining lucidity are... well I’ve had mixed results: mostly fairly average (as you’d imagine) but with some notable successes, also.

The trouble is that since I began the process I’ve rarely felt properly rested.

I wake fairly often but that’s not unusual for me, even with non-lucid dreams. I can get back to sleep, more often than not, fairly quickly, and in fact waking is helpful because I often WILD this way.

Anyhow, last few days I read some great articles and picked up Waggoner & McCready’s Lucid Dreaming – Plain and Simple so have a lot of great tools about maintaining stability and deepening lucidity, etc. (I don’t have high expectations at this stage, my intention being just simply practice the basics until I become more proficient).

But, and here’s the kicker: I’m feeling so sleep deprived that I’m scatty and forgetful and cranky almost as much as when I had a daily pot-habit. The last couple nights it has felt to me that this PFC deficiency is hindering my attempts to even perform basic tasks once lucid (like grounding myself, or evoking clarity or whatever), I simply forget or get distracted.

I don’t want to give up on LD but I’m hoping that someone else has had a similar experience and can tell me that it improved once they honed their techniques. Or if someone could offer some advice?

My plan at this stage (to see if I can’t feel more rested) is three-fold.

1. I will continue with journaling but lay off the reality checks, pre-sleep intention or purposeful WILDS for a week or so.

2. If I do become lucid by chance, I figure I may as well practice stabilising and grounding (if I can remember to!), but just briefly, with the intention to let the lucidity slide soon after.

3. If lucid then, before I let it slide, I intend to ask the dream “What can I do to feel more rested though this!?” (again, that's if I can remember to!). If I get a good answer I will try to wake up while I remember it, if not I’ll revert to step two.

This should be very interesting, either way.

Can anyone imagine being lucid or semi-lucid and trying not to maintain it? The reverse psychology might well have us more lucid than ever!

Anyhow, once again, any feedback at all would be much appreciated.

Good best of luck with your own adventures. I look fwd to sharing the journey with you all. 
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Tired ALL the time!

Postby Richard Griffin » 17 Jun 2017 12:46

Hi Folks,

Apologies if this topic has been covered elsewhere, I’ve had a sniff around and no luck. It does relate to one of Rebecca’s Frequently Asked Questions - Lucid Dreaming in the beginner's section here (thanks, Rebecca!). I include Rebecca's FAQ here below but neither the question or answer truly apply, so I’m wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience (and if it gets better!)

Rebecca wrote:

Are lucid dreams tiring?

The short answer for 99% of people is no.

You dream for around 100 minutes every night, broken down into multiple different dreams occurring in different phases of sleep. The average proficient lucid dreamer can expect to do it maybe 2-4 times a week, with each session lasting 10-40 minutes. Most people don't miss that sleep - even if it were deemed to be worthless (which it isn't). Indeed, a lucid dream can often leave you on a natural high for the rest of the day, which gives you more mental and physical energy.

For a very small fraction of people, lucid dreaming occurs every night. They can feel engulfed by their conscious dreams and unable to sleep deeply and properly the whole night. This can leave them feeling sleep deprived and is a very real sleep disorder once it begins to impact on their normal daily life. That's not to say lucid dreaming is a sleep disorder - anything in excess can have profound effects on the mind and body. People who complain of this condition have usually been lucid dreaming their whole lives and should seek expert advice from a sleep specialist.


My story, briefly, is that I have been experimenting with Lucid Dreaming for a fortnight or so and am able to become lucid (more acurately and more often, semi-lucid) almost every night just from keeping a journal, practicing reality checks in the day and setting some pre-sleep intention.

All good so far, yeah?

I’m obviously a complete novice so my attempts at evoking stability and maintaining lucidity are... well I’ve had mixed results: mostly fairly average (as you’d imagine) but with some notable successes, also.

The trouble is that since I began the process I’ve rarely felt properly rested.

I wake fairly often but that’s not unusual for me, even with non-lucid dreams. I can get back to sleep, more often than not, fairly quickly, and in fact waking is helpful because I often WILD this way.

Anyhow, last few days I read some great articles and picked up Waggoner & McCready’s Lucid Dreaming – Plain and Simple so have a lot of great tools about maintaining stability and deepening lucidity, etc. (I don’t have high expectations at this stage, my intention being just simply practice the basics until I become more proficient).

But, and here’s the kicker: I’m feeling so sleep deprived that I’m scatty and forgetful and cranky almost as much as when I had a daily pot-habit. The last couple nights it has felt to me that this PFC deficiency is hindering my attempts to even perform basic tasks once lucid (like grounding myself, or evoking clarity or whatever), I simply forget or get distracted.

I don’t want to give up on LD but I’m hoping that someone else has had a similar experience and can tell me that it improved once they honed their techniques. Or if someone could offer some advice?

My plan at this stage (to see if I can’t feel more rested) is three-fold.

1. I will continue with journaling but lay off the reality checks, pre-sleep intention or purposeful WILDS for a week or so.

2. If I do become lucid by chance, I figure I may as well practice stabilising and grounding (if I can remember to!), but just briefly, with the intention to let the lucidity slide soon after.

3. If lucid then, before I let it slide, I intend to ask the dream “What can I do to feel more rested though this!?” (again, that's if I can remember to!). If I get a good answer I will try to wake up while I remember it, if not I’ll revert to step two.

This should be very interesting, either way.

Can anyone imagine being lucid or semi-lucid and trying not to maintain it? The reverse psychology might well have us more lucid than ever!

Anyhow, once again, any feedback at all would be much appreciated.

Good best of luck with your own adventures. I look fwd to sharing the journey with you all. 
Last edited by Richard Griffin on 17 Jun 2017 12:56, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Postby Richard Griffin » 17 Jun 2017 12:53

abdalrhman wrote:hi, everyone, I am a beginner in lucid dreaming last night I think I was aware that I was dreaming but I forgot nearly everything in the dream but I remember that I was following someone on an escalator
and I couldn't stand on the escalator so I fell and woke up but I felt the fraction of the escalator belt on my hand so I was sure that I was lucid dreaming
so I want to know
1- how long can a dream get because it was like 1-5 minutes for me

2- how to dream longer

3- I woke up after I fell in the dream and I couldn't go back to sleep again so how can I go to sleep after I wake up

4-how to make sure that I will be lucid dreaming before I sleep


Hey there,

Apologies, I'm new here and can't work out how to insert a hyperlink, yet.

But!

You can find the answers to all of your questions and much, much more usefulness in the great articles at

http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/

Good best of luck!

jjkkll666
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Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Postby jjkkll666 » 18 Jun 2017 16:22

i have been doing freaking reality checks for 2 months, i do them every hour, sometimes multiple times, with a pretty decent awareness while doing them. And without any reminder and i have NEVER!!!!! done a one in a dream from this habit. it will not carry over. I write down every stinking dream i can remember (1-3 a night) and even write a note that id didn't remember anything when i don't. Ive recently started meditating.
Whats more, i know my dream sign, its my brother. but i still see him and keep carrying on like he's not literally more than 1000 miles away in the physical world... what is wrong with me? how do i remember he's my dream sign? how do i get my habit to carry over into dream land?
why can't i lucid dream..? :((((

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Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Postby Richard Griffin » 19 Jun 2017 02:48

jjkkll666 wrote:i have been doing freaking reality checks for 2 months, i do them every hour, sometimes multiple times, with a pretty decent awareness while doing them. And without any reminder and i have NEVER!!!!! done a one in a dream from this habit. it will not carry over. I write down every stinking dream i can remember (1-3 a night) and even write a note that id didn't remember anything when i don't. Ive recently started meditating.
Whats more, i know my dream sign, its my brother. but i still see him and keep carrying on like he's not literally more than 1000 miles away in the physical world... what is wrong with me? how do i remember he's my dream sign? how do i get my habit to carry over into dream land?
why can't i lucid dream..? :((((


As I understand it, two months is nothing. For some folks it's easy and for other folks it takes time. I have them almost every night (and I'm a novice) but some experienced and dedicated lucid dreamers still may only have two or three a month or less.

My advice is to keep on with what yr doing for at least another month, maybe see if you can't identify some other dream signs.

Keep practicing yr meditation (but don't beat yrself up if your mind wanders cause that's what minds do), even just five minutes a day of breath awareness.

Read widely on the topic but don't get too carried away trying a dozen different techniques, the best advice I received was to focus on one or two (like you have been) and give them a good three months before perhaps trying something different.

I recommend Waggoner an McCready's book 'Lucid Dreaming - Plain and Simple'. Also the sister site to this one 'World of Lucid Dreaming .com' has great articles, consise and clear.

And try to relax! Getting too hung up on it, esp giving oneself a hard time, holding the thoughts "there's something wrong with me" or "I can't do this" will only hold one back.

I suspect that it will come if you persist, mindfully and methodically, you will eventually succeed.

Good best of luck. Let me know how it goes!

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Re: Beginner Questions Welcome!

Postby TheMikirog » 20 Jun 2017 18:28

I decided to try out WILD for the first time in my life. I tried achieving it for one month. Until last night when I noticed that I might do something wrong.

So I lie in a bed, I try to be as relaxed as possible without moving my limbs. Hypnagoia was weak and I really had no idea when I should kick off my dream. Suddenly a high-pitched beeping got really loud. I knew that it's now the time, so I try to visualise my scene with no success. Then I try to move my limbs. I was in a sleep paralysis. Is this the time? I tried, but I couldn't. I was lying in a bed for around 20 minutes. I should be sleeping after 15 minutes or so. I rarely sleep in a dead corpse pose. First, it's not very comfortable. Two, my spit always keeps going down my throat, so I had to swallow it, so I don't choke myself. That might prolong my attempts. Also even when I'm relaxed, I still have thoughts going to me, especially catchy melodies. Super annoying.

So I had a sleep paralysis, I was really relaxed, I tried visualizing my dream scene, I tried to patiently wait for a cue, I meditated in the park during the day, I had no sleeping issues, I recalled every single non-lucid dream during the night, one month of trying and still nothing. I think I was close, but I have no idea what's holding me back.
Also in my country they don't sell dream supplements and herbs apparently. And I'm worried about the sublimal videos somehow, so I never really tried those. Am I forgetting something? What should I fix?


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