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.
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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.
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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.


Commercial: Dream Awake Lucid Dreaming kit

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.

[Cut back to show]

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

Cut to Black



References:
NovaDreamer
LD4All
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming — Stephen LaBerge

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