Two days later, another successful lucid dream. Seven in seven weeks. This was the most lucid, detailed, vivid dream yet. (For this bout of dream work) I feel like I now have a bit of data to go on.
I quit doing reality checks 9 days ago. They are annoying and dumb. I’m still meditating and attempting to practice mindfulness, but really that has nothing to do with dreaming, or is but the cherry on top. I mentioned in my last post about taking note of my hand tattoos to see if they are there. That’s about it.
I guess I feel like at this point maybe I can offer a little advice to someone trying to lucid dream. Of course what works for me won’t necessarily work for everyone, but this is what I’m believing thus far –
Number 1 most important thing is to have a lucid dreaming goal you are excited about. It can be anything, but you might want to start simple. I think the important thing is you are excited about this and also that there is no fear or reservations whatsoever surrounding it. (At least for now. I am hoping to advance to dealing with the more fear aspects, but for now I seem to be blocked in that avenue)
A goal could be to simply fly, create a fireball, breathe underwater, have sex, walk through a wall, whatever. (check out other ideas here)
Then, I’ve been using Robert Waggoner’s technique of saying “I will look at my hands and know that I am dreaming” over and over.
I’ve done this the past 3 nights now and it worked 2 of the 3.
The two times it did work I also backed it up with my lucid dreaming goal. I’ve noticed everytime I have become lucid in the past 2 months it is because I am excited about a specific goal.
For example, let’s say I want to fly in my dream. As I’m falling asleep I repeat, “I will see my hands and know that I am dreaming” about 5 – 10 times. Then I’ll say, “Once lucid I will start flying. I will start flying. I will start flying once lucid. Once lucid I will start flying. I will see my hands and know that I am dreaming and then I will start flying.”
I keep repeating this in my head until I fall asleep.
Then, when I wake up in the night from a dream or because I have to pee or whatever, I go back to the mantra. Repeating it over and over until I fall asleep again.
If I wake up again, I repeat again. Maintaining the focus whenever possible.
Robert Waggoner mentions in his book that while lucid often people control things with their will. This is true for me as well. He says their “will” is combining emotion with intention. Find the emotion about what you want to happen and use it to super charge your intent. Then poof – it will be.
Most of what Robert says about the dreaming world I find is equally true for the waking world. I think this example is no different. Take the emotion of the goal you want to accomplish and combine it with the intent to lucid dream. Focus on it and well – Good luck!
As for my latest dream – I may have overstepped. I am waiting to see how waking reality plays out before releasing it into the universe, or cyberspace as it may be.