Yin Yang Guided Meditation

Yin Yang Guided Meditation

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In my last post I described the everyday benefits of balancing the active and passive aspects of your lifestyle, and with this guided meditation you will be able to balance yin and yang in your body and mind. This meditation helps to bring awareness to the yin and yang aspects of the breath. The inhale is yang: expansive, light, and full. The exhale is yin: sinking, dense and contracted. This recording goes through the contrast and then combines the two energies in the heat, with yin energy rising from the navel, and yang energy sinking down from the third eye center. This combination creates a healing elixir within you, seeking balance and coherence within your physiology. It increases communication between your nervous system, blood, organs and other aspects of your body to facilitate the healing process. This also helps with balancing emotions, reducing excesses and increasing awareness of how you truly feel. This guided meditation is perfect to use if you have trouble falling asleep. In the beginning and end I encourage you to sink and relax into the surface that you’re laying on. Encouraging peace of mind, stillness, and silence as you drift into a sleeping state. Enjoy this balancing guided meditation, and look for a yin/yang Qi gong video to be released in the next couple weeks. Transcript: This guided meditation will help you to tap into vitality, healing and peace of mind by combining yin and yang energy within yourself. It will end in a calm and relaxing way, so if you need to be awake and aware after this meditation, you may want to set an alarm for 30 minutes to make sure you get up after the session has ended. Find a relaxed position, laying on your back on a bed or floor. You can place a pillow under your knees if you have any discomfort in your lower back. As your body settles into this relaxed position, adjusting as necessary, your mind begins to slow down. Scan your body from head to toe, noticing where you feel energized and flowing, and areas where you may feel discomfort and stagnation. As you scan your body, notice how heavy you feel. Feel the power of gravity pulling you down, deeper and deeper into the cushion. On the every breath out feel the abdomen sink deeper, allowing more space for the inhale to fill your belly, mid drift, chest, and lungs. A full yogic breath, giving your body all the relaxing benefits of deep breathing. As the breath deepens, the exhale continues to help you sink lower and lower, down into the earth. A sense of peace, silence and returning home is present within you. On your next inhale, notice the contrast of growing, expanding, filling yourself with light, love and sun energy on every breathe in. The breath out slows you down, sinking into silence and peace. The breathe in you are floating on a cloud, the sunrise light shining through you, expanding and overfilling you. The sun sets on the breath out, your body caressed by a half-moon that floats you down to the earth. Continue this practice, of floating and sinking, expanding and contracting. This is yin yang awareness through the breath. The boundless energy of yang; expansive, universal, light and vast. Contrasted with the dense energy of yin, still, peaceful, quiet, and settling. With your next breath in allow the yin energy to rise from your lower abdomen, and exhale the yang energy to sink from your 3rd eye and crown, combining in your heart center. The moon rises as the sun sets, spiraling in your heart. A full yogic breath, from your lower abdomen, up above your chest to your lungs. Allowing the yin and yang to create a white and black spiral in your chest. Breathe in and Concentrate in your heart, and with the breath out let the energy expand beyond your body, filling your entire consciousness with this healing elixir of yin and yang. Continue this visualization, cultivating and overflowing with this healing energy. The combination of the yin and yang is like home away from home, peace with power, silence with action, expansive and grounded, lighthearted and determined, playful yet disciplined. Release the visualization and allow your attention to come back to the body and breath. Scan your body once again, from heat to toe, feeling the deep peace you’ve cultivated within yourself. If you wish, you can allow your mind to wander, finding a deep, restful sleep. Slowing down, and sinking deeper and deeper into the earth. At peace and at one with the universe.  

Yin Yang Balance in Everyday Life

Passive, introspective silent, dark, cool still, earth, water, grouding, are all yin aspects. Active, loud, extroversion, expansive, light, warm, space/universe are all yang aspects. We come across both aspects throughout our day. In the United States we have a strong influence of yang energy on our lives. Whether that is through working long hard hours, exercising at the gym, driving in heavy traffic, watching television with loud noises, or drinking coffee and energy drinks. Some yin aspects of everyday life would include taking a bath, receiving a massage, introspection and writing, a gentle walk in nature, seated meditation and deep, restful sleep. The act of balancing the two is important for health, vitality, and peace of mind. Whether a deficiency in Yin or Yang energy, we will have low energy, difficulty sleeping, and high levels of stress. We need a good foundation of earth/yin energy to keep our yang energy grounded. Without that foundation, the active stress of everyday life will have us confused, with an easily distracted mind and an over exhausted body. Some symptoms of deficient yang(and too much yin) energy include laziness, excessive sleep, spending too much time alone, depression, cold hands/feet, and overeating/lack of appetite(unhealthy eating habits). The act of balancing is what is important. You don’t have to achieve perfect balance, you only need to be aware when one area is becoming overpowering, and when to either become more active, or take time to slow down and look within. A common problem for people in modern times is to have too much yang in their mind, and too much yin in their body. The excessive yin body is from sitting at work, sitting watching television, sitting while driving, and then trying to lay down and go to sleep. Yet while the body is being passive, the mind is very active, watching fast paced television commercials, reading and responding to emails, Facebook updates, text messages, and trying to multitask to be more efficient. A great way to balance this out more, is to take 5 or 10 minutes to go on a quiet walk after work in the afternoon/evening. You can focus your mind on your breathing, be aware of every step you take, and allow your mind to quiet down, while your body gets some movement and exercise. Receiving a massage is also a great way to quiet the mind, while healing the body, reducing soreness and pain and allowing you to be more active. Here are some examples of how I’ve been using this yin/yang philosophy for balancing my own life. I recognize when I should be taking a yin/restorative yoga class versus a more strenuous Vinyasa class. When I need to do more movement exercises or when I need to practice a seated stillness meditation. Listening to my body, understanding when I need to rest to heal my body, and when I need to be more active to circulate and become more energized. Routine and habits are more yin, while spontaneity is yang. I observe when I’m becoming limited by my habits, and when I need to incorporate something new to get my creative juices flowing. I can feel when I need to eat more, less, or eat more cooling(yin) or heating(yang) foods. I notice when I need to consume reading material, or write from my own creativity. When I need to ruminate and brainstorm, or refine and publish my material. When I need to sleep in, or wake up earlier. When I need to travel and discover or stay and home and look within. Learning to balance, and not take judgment on myself when I get off center has helped to create peace of mind and increased creativity in my life. Here are two practices that you can use to combine yin and yang energy for health and vitality. One is a guided meditation(yin), and the other is a video of Qi Gong movements(yang) to combine and circulate heaven(yang) and earth(yin) energy. This combination creates a healing elixir of life, allowing a natural state of peace and well being. They both act to balance the energy within yourself, and will help you act on your decisions to be more active, and/or to take more time to look within and relax.

Why is Meditation difficult for you?

I know I’ve said these words: “I love the effects of daily meditation, but it is very difficult because while I’m doing it my mind wants to do everything except for observe my breath.” Why would you choose to meditate? The many benefits include stress relief, more restful sleep, lower blood pressure, developing self-discipline, and a peaceful, focused mind. I chose to meditate because I wanted a clearer mind, more lucid dreams, and to develop self-discipline. I started with practices of concentrating the mind, including counting deep breathes, focusing on a candle flame, and recorded guided meditations. When I started mindfulness meditation I found it much more difficult. My mind had nothing to control. It only had to focus on the natural form of the breath. Mindfulness meditation is observing your breath, mind’s thoughts, body’s sensations, and emotions without becoming attached to them. This type of meditation is very practical because you become more aware of how you are feeling throughout the day, and can respond consciously instead of reacting to situations. On my 10-Day Vipassana retreat, on day 5 or 6 I was becoming very frustrated with myself. I thought that this is so simple; you just sit and observe your breath. Why can’t I do that silently for even just 1 minute? I talked with the meditation teacher, and learned a lesson that I continue to learn every day. I need to observe the voice that judges myself, and learn to integrate it. I was judging myself for my mind being too busy and becoming frustrated at myself. This is something that I bring into my every day life as well, I have high expectations of myself, and if I don’t meet those expectations a voice in my head will say I’m not good enough or that I’m not trying hard enough. Through meditation I have discovered issues that I need to resolve within myself. All of us have a similar lesson that can be learned through our meditation practice. Why do you find meditation difficult? Do you have a voice that tells you that you aren’t good enough? Are you looking into the past and blaming yourself, or looking to the future with worry? Learn how your personality might take part in self-sabotaging your meditation experience. The last 3 months I’ve been contemplating my self-judgment more and have learned a lot about my self. I’ve opened up and become aware of feelings that I’ve tried to stop. I’ve talked with my self-critical voice to learn what it has to teach me, and to cooperate together. Being able to work through this has helped my meditation practice, allowing me to accept that there are thoughts, without blaming myself. So while my mind still wants to do everything except for observe my breath, I no longer find it difficult because I am not as attached to the outcome.

Free Guided Meditation and Reiki

Healing Light Guided Meditation This meditation is perfect for allowing your mind to slow down and to become more in touch with your body. Guided meditations are great to listen to during the day when you have a massage scheduled. This 20 minute total relaxation and healing guided meditation begins with deep breathing exercises, progresses to muscle relaxation, and finishes with visualizing healing white light filling you and relaxing you. This is the equivalent of giving yourself a reiki session. When I receive a massage I will often imagine the practitioner’s hands as emiting healing light that relaxes any tense areas on my body. Using this guided meditation helps me strengthen my ability to visualize and experience this healing energy. I’m now offering Reiki and Guided meditations to complement your massage session. It is $5 for 5 minutes and $10 for 15 minutes to add Reiki and/or guided meditation to your massage session. When you begin your massage with a guided meditation, your personal intention is set and your mind is reminded of why you’re here. These are great ways to deepen your meditation practice, and increase your awareness of subtle energy as well. For more information on my regular massage rates click here.

Dream Incubation and Lucid dreaming habits

Daily habits to help promote lucid dreams, dream recall, and vivid dreams. Every morning write down whatever fraction of a dream you remember. If you can’t remember a specific dream, write down any thoughts, emotions, or feelings in your body. Wake up with full awareness you were just dreaming and write down the experience, even if it is the middle of the night. If it is early and you want to go back to bed, focus on your intention to remember your dream, and/or to stay lucid while you are drifting to sleep. Read your dreams and notice any strange situations that occurred. What locations were you in, how did you feel, what people you were with, and overall how was your dreaming reality different than waking life. Write down what these are and make sure to do a reality check if you meet the same people during the day, or are in a strange environment (construction, blocked traffic, crazy people on the street talking to you, ect). Throughout the day reflect on the dream like nature of reality. Talk with friends and family about lucid dreaming, your recent dreams, and any interesting dreams they’ve had lately. Do reality checks by reading a word, looking away and reading it again. If the word changes in any way (turns upside down, into symbols, dyslexia, ect) you are probably dreaming. Another way to test whether you’re dreaming is to try and put your finger through a mirror or glass window. In my dreams my hand will go to the other side and feel like it’s passing through a Jello-like substance. I usually have strange bathrooms in my dreams, so whenever I’m in a public restroom, I will try and put my finger through the mirror, especially if I notice something or someone that is strange. Every Night write one page on a dream you would like to have that night. Once you become lucid what do you want to do? Do you want to fly to a tropical island and surf on tidal waves? Visit Hogwarts and learn how to use magic in your dreams? Go to a Himalayan mountaintop and visit a wise old yogi who will teach you the secrets to mastering meditation? Write it in the present tense, describing the feelings, thoughts, sights, sounds, smells and tastes that you experience. Before going to bed clear your mind and become focused. You can start with counting deep breaths. Breathe from your abdomen and keep your attention on the number, and deepening your breath. Notice how you become more relaxed, and more ready for sleep. Next just sit and witness your thoughts as paint hitting a canvas, and then being absorbed and turning blank again. Notice how it feels to have a blank canvas, and if a thought carries you away just let it be absorbed and notice any other thoughts that arise and just let them pass away. Now read your dream journal and the notes you took and reflect on the strange things that happened in your waking life this day. Remind yourself that you will notice these things when you’re in the dream, and that you will become aware and remember your intentions for your dream. During the Dream you will become aware of something that is not right, and you will perform a reality check. Once you’ve become aware you’re dreaming you can fly off and accomplish whatever adventures you had planned while you were awake.

Developing Presence through Awareness of the Body

Spiritual leaders and famous writers old and new have taught the importance of being present and how worry, over stress and fear can be overcome by focusing our attention on the “here and now”. Our minds have old habits of predicting what will happen next, and worrying about what we’ve already done. One way to retrain our mind to become more present, and to live with more peace and joy is to bring more awareness to sensations in your body. When we completely feel sensations in our body without judging them, we can release tension that doesn’t serve us and quiet our mind. Some practices to cultivate this presence and awareness include: *Mindful/meditative movement (Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Dance, Walking, light exercise) *Mindful Sitting meditation (Attention to breath, listening, sensations of wind on skin) *Mindful eating (Smelling, taking small bites, noticing all the varying tastes) *Receiving Massage (Awareness of touch, breathing and releasing tension and stress) I feel a deep contrast from busy thoughts and unconscious shallow breaths, to a sense of relaxation and inner peace when I practice these techniques. It is like I’ve stopped throwing stones into a pond and the waves turn into small ripples, and soon the ripples are gone, and awareness of more subtle feelings arise. I’ve found that receiving massage has helped with all of these techniques. You close out the sense of sight and have your whole awareness on your body and the sensation of touch. You cultivate concentration of pleasant sensations in the body through light flowing strokes, and with the deeper work you learn to stay present in discomfort and to release tension in muscles that are tight. With this awareness you are able to breath, release, and enjoy the moment. Regularly tuning into this relaxation and pleasant experience in the body helps to let your mind accept being present in your body. I love to give massages that include a slow meditative introduction, followed by deeper work that releases tight muscles through combined awareness and breathe of the recipient and the practitioner. I am present with the work, intuitively feeling when an area has been massaged enough, and what areas to work on. I check in with you on pressure, temperature, and other factors that could distract from being fully present. I communicate before and after the session to understand what experience you are looking for, and what areas you enjoy having massaged. May we all be present and joyful. You can find more information on my Massage Practice at Massage.TravisDharma.com

Why Go to Massage School?

I started the 250 hour massage certification program at Twin Lakes College in Santa Cruz, California the beginning of this month. So far it’s been an enlightening experience and better than I could have expected. In this blog post I am going to share why I believe everyone should go to massage school.

Receiving Massage Daily

You will be both receiving and giving massage daily, learning how to create a safe environment for your client, and how to facilitate their healing experience. When you receive so much massage you become more aware of your body and where you hold tension. Receiving and giving loving touch is a great way to become more in touch with your heart and feelings. The more you help others relax, the more you are able to empathize and feel the love multiply. This sense of touch is also a new way of communicating with people and friends. We get to know the person intimately, knowing where they hold tension, their unique body shape, and nurturing them in a safe environment. The receiver of massage puts a lot of trust in the giver, letting his/her touch encompass their reality. This vulnerability, trust and place of nurturing causes relationships to deepen.

An Uplifting Social Environment

The classmates I’ve had in Twin Lakes are motivated to help each other learn the most they can in these seven weeks. You will spend so much time together, trading massage outside of class, and the deeper the connections you make with your classmates, the more you will gain from massage experience. The sense of community is already tangible after just a couple weeks, with everyone being very friendly and open to each other. The teachers are great resources at Twin Lakes college, listening and answering our questions and problems with their knowledge and experience. They’re very approachable and some teachers have even stayed after class to allow us to practice more on each other. The possibility for continuing education is exciting as well, after this 250 hour Swedish program we can go on to learn more about other modalities such as Thai massage, Shiatsu, Reiki and Deep tissue.

Developing Presence and a quiet mind

In order to give a good relaxing massage you have to be centered and grounded while giving.  When you give your full attention to your present movements and sense of touch, the receiver feels taken care of, and feels the pull to become present in his body as well. Once you develop this ability your massage work will feel more like a calming meditation. Practicing things like Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Yoga, and meditation help you more easily stay in this state of presence.

Self-Care and your Health

The most important aspect for the massage professional is self-care. Exercising, relaxing, eating nutritious meals and getting enough sleep are all necessary to stay in that state of presence while giving a massage. If you’re going to be working while going to massage school I would recommend taking massage school part time. This way you will have more time to practice, read, and take care of yourself. Invite others students to do group yoga sessions, go hiking, and to go to the beach together. Then you can relax and exercise while deepening your connection with your classmates. The field of massage naturally attracts people who are athletic and you should have no problem finding class mates who are interested in exercising with you.

Everyone should go to massage school

The ability to be present, to give others the gift of relaxation and to receive it as well. The friendship and sense of purpose. Helping others heal themselves. The entourage of growth oriented students who are motivated to learn. Click here for more information on my massage services.

Lucid Dreaming and Meditation

In a lucid dream you become aware that you are dreaming while you are still in the dream. You know that all the facets and problems of a dream aren’t worth worrying about or getting preoccupied with. You learn to detach from the chaos of the dream, and to enjoy the present moment doing what you love. Similarly with Meditation you learn to detach from outcomes and from worrying in your everyday reality and become content living in the present moment. Both have their difficulties in practice. Good intentions –> What will you do in your lucid dream? What is the intention for your meditation sit? Will you try and find a spirit guide in your dream and ask him/her the meaning of life? or will you decide to fly to Hawaii and play on the beach?  Do you intend to create loving feelings of gratitude and relax during your meditation, or do you intend to become more aware of how you are feeling right now by observing the natural breath? Persistent Effort –> For both you need to practice regularly with patience in order to get results. With lucid dreaming you start by keeping a dream journal and writing your dreams every day. Then you observe recurring patterns and create the habit of doing reality checks while you are awake. After that you break up your sleeping pattern by waking up early, reading about lucid dreaming, and then going back to bed with the intention of having a lucid dream. After you have done all of this, which could take weeks, you’ll most likely have a lucid dream. The same persistence is needed with meditation, the first few weeks and months of meditating daily you could still have gotten a few moments of a still mind. If you keep practicing you will notice subtle changes that occur, you don’t become upset as frequently, and small problems don’t bug you as much. Easy to become distracted Once you’ve become lucid in a dream you may have a conversation which makes you lose awareness, and you will become caught up in finding someone, or doing something other than what you intended. In Meditation thoughts are constantly bubling in the background. They can grab your attention and suck you out of the present moment by worrying about the future or judging the past. With both of these distractions you have to stay patient and persistent, and keep bringing your attention back to the intention of your meditation or your lucid dream.

Emotional Reactivity

Take responsibility for your feelings, no one can make you angry or sad.
By blaming other people or situations for your unhappiness, you are stopping yourself from being able to constructively and consciously deal with an issue from within yourself. Similar situations will keep arising until you end the cycle by becoming aware of the true source of your discomfort.
What is your subconscious trying to tell you? What inside of you is causing you to react? What fear does this represent in you?

An example I had a couple weeks ago was when I was director for my lucid dreaming television show for my class at San Jose State. The show didn’t come out exactly as I had planned, and I was frustrated. Afterwards I vented to my boyfriend about how the students in my class are lazy, the teacher sucks, and I’m sick of San Jose State. Then my boyfriend asked me why I’m really upset, and asked how I think I performed as a director for the show. I discovered that I was disappointed in my self and I blamed SJSU and the students when really I felt bad because I didn’t think I did the best I could do. When I looked within at the Undefended Love workshop I found that I have a fear of not being good enough, and that I strive to be perfect in what I do, especially when it comes to my video productions. When my television show didn’t come out as perfect as I hoped it would be, I subconsciously saw that as confirming my fear that I’m not good enough. My personality/ego reacted to that by thinking that the other students or teachers were at fault. This reaction was actually a fear I have about myself that my personality is trying to compensate for by judging others. It may even be true that my classmates weren’t as competent as they could have been, but my strong emotional reaction to the situation wasn’t caused by them.

To help discover your reaction patterns you can practice the following technique in a journal for every time you have a strong emotional reaction.
What happened // What I thought // What I felt // What I did.
Writing in the present tense, try to re-experience the emotional reaction again. Recognize what happened that brought up the strong feelings and look at what you were thinking/judging about yourself and others. Then try to feel how you felt at that moment. What emotions were present, did you feel any tightness or contraction in your body? Then look at what you did after the experience to cope with it. Did you escape by watching a movie, eating ice cream, or maybe the more healthy approach of going to the gym to burn off your emotional energies? After you do this practice for a few weeks you’ll be able to find your emotional reactivity patterns and will have greater insight into yourself.

Once you discover the fundamental fear that keeps arising, try to acknowledge the fear, and feel it completely. Your mind will want to distract you, or to blame other people, but just recognize that you have this fear, create space for it, and try to accept it. After you accept the fear you might feel like you’re in a place of total emptiness inside. Just a few moments after that you will sense a deep sense of relief, and you’ll feel like a weight has been lifted from you.

Lucid Dreaming False Interview

My project for my television production class is to create a 3 minute television show on a topic, with a 30 second commercial at 1.5 minutes. I’ve decided to have an interview show called “Alternate Realities”, and interview an “expert” about Lucid Dreaming. I’ve been practicing lucid dreaming for over a year now, and I’ve read a few books on the subject. What I’m posting on here is the basic interview that I’m going to use for the television show. If you find this interview interesting, I’ve posted a website and book that I found useful at the bottom of the post.

(Preparation, waking up in the dream, controlling the dream, practical applications)

What is lucid dreaming?

In a normal dream, the dreamer is unaware of his situation, and usually experiences strong obligations like having to take a final, but not being able to find the right classroom, or running away from a dark figure on a shadowy street. Basically, they think they are in waking life reality, when they are actually in their bed sleeping. In a lucid dream you are aware that you are experiencing a dream, and can then control all aspects of the dream. You can fly, confront nightmares, or do whatever you can imagine possible.

How can one prepare to have a lucid dream?

First you have to remember your dreams. You may have already had a lucid dream, but you forgot about it after waking up. Everyone dreams, just not everyone remembers them. Some things you can do to start remembering is to have a notebook and pen right next to your bed that is used only for writing down dreams. Then, when you go to sleep, tell yourself that you will remember your dreams, and the first thing you do after waking up will be to ask yourself what you were just experiencing. At first you may only find that you only know the setting, or a character that was there, or some vague thoughts. Write down as much as you can, even if it’s only a few words. After you do this for a couple weeks you will notice that you’ll be able to write multiple pages a night filled with your dreams.

Once you’ve written your dreams you can start looking for strange occurrences in them. Read your dream journal and write down anything that wouldn’t be possible in your everyday waking life. An example would be strange context, like having a job interview in a bathroom. Then you can test yourself to see if you’re dreaming any time you are in a bathroom, and hopefully the next time you have a strange bathroom dream, you will become lucid.

How can you test to see if you’re dreaming?

Looking for absurdities, but they can often be rationalized by the dreaming mind. One good way to test your reality is to read a word, look away, and read it again. In a dream, the seemingly physical letters are unstable, and will change by either turning upside down, scrambling, or turning into Egyptian Hieroglyphics. You can use numbers, like a digital clock, and it will cause the same result. If you do this test while you’re awake, and turn it into a habit, eventually you will do it in a dream and become lucid.

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Do you stay up at night, afraid to sleep because of scary recurring nightmares? Would you rather experience your dream state confident, excited and able to do whatever you wanted?

With Dream-Awake you can become aware and lucid whenever you’re dreaming. Our Stanford Scientists invented patented REM eye movement detecting goggles that you wear while you’re asleep. What happens is during the first four stages of sleep, you are not dreaming. It is in REM sleep, or “Rapid Eye Movement” sleep where you perceive dreams. What our patented technology does, is it sends out a pattern of flashing lights when the goggles detect the subtle eye movements of REM sleep. All you have to do is condition yourself to ask yourself if you’re dreaming whenever you see flashing lights. These lights may occur as police lights, an incoming train, or lightning flashes. Once you become lucid you will be able to fight off whatever monsters are threatening you and will have a pleasant, fun nights rest.

If you find yourself waking up, and taking the goggles off after they have started flashing, be aware that you may have just experienced a false awakening, and that you could still be dreaming. Always check your state.

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What can you expect once you are Lucid in a Dream?

First of all, you should remain calm. If you become too excited you can cause yourself to wake up out of the dream. You may also only be lucid for a short while, before some other character or event causes you to forget and you lose awareness. This can be prevented by telling yourself “you’re dreaming” once you become lucid, or doing things that are impossible like flying. After a while the dream fades. At first your sense of sight will start to fade and it will feel like you are blind. When this happens, you can prolong the dream by spinning as fast as you can when you start to see that the dream is fading, and the dream will either come back in full vibrant color, or you will experience a false awakening. A false awakening is when you dream that you wake up in a bed, but you are still dreaming. These experiences can be very real, and you have to do a reality check in order to figure out if you are still dreaming or not. You could wake up in an absurd place like a forest, or in the street.

How can Lucid Dreaming benefit your everyday waking life?

If you are a musician or actor, you could perform in front of a huge audience which will make you more confident that you’ll be able to do it in real life. If you’re a script writer you could meet the characters from your screenplay and ask them what their desires are, what they’re afraid of, and learn how they would react to certain conflicts. The possibilities really are limitless. If you believe in the law of attraction you could use your dreams to visualize yourself achieving success. You could design your dream house, drive around in your favorite car, have the perfect spouse, really, anything is possible.

Thank you Chris, we’re running short on time, but I have one last question.

How can you make sure you aren’t dreaming this right now?

Umm… [fade to black, play clip false awakening]

Close up face, gets up

Wide shot, bedding is in forest/city/plains

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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming — Stephen LaBerge


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