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Don Anonymus
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PostPosted: Wed 30 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

Hello !

I read this guide some time ago. I lost it and that's why I couldn't post earlier. smile Perhaps some of you may allready know my personal LD story, but I'll tell it again and again:

I found this site a year ago. I was very impressed and wanted to have LD's too. I had a DJ and surprizingly I could remember dreams better. Then the "job" came in and ruined everything, BUT I won't blame the job as I blame myself: I had my first LD. It was a boring one, but it seemed interesting because it was my first . But the grahpics in the dream were horrible so thaught "If this is what LDing is all about, with so awfull graphics, then I'll leave it be and that's it!" I gave up, which was a big mistake. I had some more LDs but with the same result. Then a year after or so, I joined the forum which gave me my hope back, thanks to the nice people around here grin. They told me tricks and advises how to increase vividness. I haven't have had a LD in months, I can't even remember the last one I had.
Anyway, I'm gonna start allover again. I'm quite dissapointed about myself that I gave up that easy...

Now about the DJ. I'll start one tomorrow. To make my DD even more attractive for me and more pleasureable to write in it, Im gong to make it myself by glueing pages togther and stuff like that. I like making my own things, and I guess taht shall help me with my LDing. I won't count the LDs I had 6 or 7 months ago, and start allover again.

I forgot allmost everything I learned the last year, so you can call me a beginner... remember, a beginner, NOT an amateur grin


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PostPosted: Wed 30 Jun, 2010  Reply with quote

This guide is great! grin It's definitely different from the other guides on LDing.


Current LD goal(s): Have an LD lasting 10 minutes by August 8th
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PostPosted: Sat 03 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

This is a very good guide tounge2

I guess I didn't realise how important Dream Journals were before reading this. And now, I understand why they're important, too. Thanks :D


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PostPosted: Sun 04 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

Rathez:
Great tutorial, focuses on the really important stuff. I had to find this out the hard way when I started out, confused by all the techniques and RCs. Great job writing it down so concisely. smile


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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

Thanks for the guide.

I just discovered this website today along with Lucid Dreaming which I had heard about but had since forgotten. Currently I will only recall a dream or so a week but I plan on improving this with the help of a Dream Diary.

I am patient for progress to occur. smile


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

So I had quite some time away from LD4all. I started a new job and it took a lot to settle in.

I'm glad to see this guide is still helping everyone out! If you have any questions, PM me or post on the forum! I'd be more than happy to help you guys out!


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

Don Anonymus wrote:
Hello !

I read this guide some time ago. I lost it and that's why I couldn't post earlier. smile Perhaps some of you may allready know my personal LD story, but I'll tell it again and again:

I found this site a year ago. I was very impressed and wanted to have LD's too. I had a DJ and surprizingly I could remember dreams better. Then the "job" came in and ruined everything, BUT I won't blame the job as I blame myself: I had my first LD. It was a boring one, but it seemed interesting because it was my first . But the grahpics in the dream were horrible so thaught "If this is what LDing is all about, with so awfull graphics, then I'll leave it be and that's it!" I gave up, which was a big mistake. I had some more LDs but with the same result. Then a year after or so, I joined the forum which gave me my hope back, thanks to the nice people around here grin. They told me tricks and advises how to increase vividness. I haven't have had a LD in months, I can't even remember the last one I had.
Anyway, I'm gonna start allover again. I'm quite dissapointed about myself that I gave up that easy...

Now about the DJ. I'll start one tomorrow. To make my DD even more attractive for me and more pleasureable to write in it, Im gong to make it myself by glueing pages togther and stuff like that. I like making my own things, and I guess taht shall help me with my LDing. I won't count the LDs I had 6 or 7 months ago, and start allover again.

I forgot allmost everything I learned the last year, so you can call me a beginner... remember, a beginner, NOT an amateur grin


Awesome! Thats good to hear!

The most important thing is to make it YOUR dream journal. It has to be in a form that works for you, not for others. I personally type my dreams out on the laptop, as I find I dont like hand writing, and the fact I'm a really fast typer tounge2

Lucid Dreaming shouldn't be a chore, it should be something you enjoy working towards and doing!


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

This is a great guide. It has motivated me even more to stop slacking off when it comes to my dream journal. I can't wait to write my dreams down tomorrow. smile I love how to stressed the importance of writing down all the details that you recall. I'm guilty of not really focusing on the details, so that's something I'm going to have to improve on. tounge1

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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

I cannot thank you enough for writing this guide. As soon as I read the bit about getting caught up in methods, I knew I had to read this...I've been trying to LD for two years with very little success.

In the past, I have noticed that keeping a DJ does wonders for my dream recall (Without a DJ, 0-1 dreams per night. With a DJ, up to 3), so I know the importance of keeping one. I've started it up again recently and intend to keep it running.

So thank you for this. It's really changed my whole outlook on LD'ing...I feel very empowered to do this now. siiw


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

Ch3rry wrote:
This is a great guide. It has motivated me even more to stop slacking off when it comes to my dream journal. I can't wait to write my dreams down tomorrow. smile I love how to stressed the importance of writing down all the details that you recall. I'm guilty of not really focusing on the details, so that's something I'm going to have to improve on. tounge1


Since we cannot directly tell our brain what is important and what it needs to remember, we need an indirect method that allows us to communicate these needs to our brain.

I found that really stressing your memory every morning really sends the right message to your brain. If you really focus on the details in your dream journal (more specifically trying to figure out the hazy details), your brain will start thinking "Ok so when he/she wakes up, he's going to want to remember everything that happened in these dreams, so I better pay attention!"

Please let me know if any of you need help. Its a difficult journey, but well worth it. This goes for anyone.


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

Drumm wrote:
I cannot thank you enough for writing this guide. As soon as I read the bit about getting caught up in methods, I knew I had to read this...I've been trying to LD for two years with very little success.

In the past, I have noticed that keeping a DJ does wonders for my dream recall (Without a DJ, 0-1 dreams per night. With a DJ, up to 3), so I know the importance of keeping one. I've started it up again recently and intend to keep it running.

So thank you for this. It's really changed my whole outlook on LD'ing...I feel very empowered to do this now. siiw


I'm glad I could provide the motivation! That is a long time to be trying to lucid dream. I have not even been practicing for THAT long.

You will find that this guide will not only help you start up your lucid dreaming, but it will provide the proper foundation for consitent lucid dreaming. Just keep pushing the boundaries with your recall and your brain will keep building on its ability to recall dreams, as it must adapt!


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

Ch3rry wrote:
This is a great guide. It has motivated me even more to stop slacking off when it comes to my dream journal. I can't wait to write my dreams down tomorrow. smile I love how to stressed the importance of writing down all the details that you recall. I'm guilty of not really focusing on the details, so that's something I'm going to have to improve on. tounge1


You and myself both lol. It is important to write down immediately, even if you feel like you will remember it later on in the day. The way our memory works isn't like a video camera, rather something closer to a jigsaw puzzle. We have one piece, and it helps us find another. However, very frequently our brain makes up parts of stories. So if you write down your dream later on in the day, it may be completely different then what actually happened, which in turn could make a discontinuity in your patterns.


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

I would also love to hear the progression made by anyone following my guide. Feel free to keep the thread (and me!) updated on your progress!

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Rathez
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

Rabid Eskimo wrote:
Ch3rry wrote:
This is a great guide. It has motivated me even more to stop slacking off when it comes to my dream journal. I can't wait to write my dreams down tomorrow. smile I love how to stressed the importance of writing down all the details that you recall. I'm guilty of not really focusing on the details, so that's something I'm going to have to improve on. tounge1


You and myself both lol. It is important to write down immediately, even if you feel like you will remember it later on in the day. The way our memory works isn't like a video camera, rather something closer to a jigsaw puzzle. We have one piece, and it helps us find another. However, very frequently our brain makes up parts of stories. So if you write down your dream later on in the day, it may be completely different then what actually happened, which in turn could make a discontinuity in your patterns.


Timing is VERY important when it comes to recording dreams in your journal. Every minute upon wakening, you will start to forget more and more. I personally wake up, go to the washroom if need be, then turn on my laptop and begin writing.


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Ch3rry
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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jul, 2010  Reply with quote

Rathez wrote:
Ch3rry wrote:
This is a great guide. It has motivated me even more to stop slacking off when it comes to my dream journal. I can't wait to write my dreams down tomorrow. smile I love how to stressed the importance of writing down all the details that you recall. I'm guilty of not really focusing on the details, so that's something I'm going to have to improve on. tounge1


Since we cannot directly tell our brain what is important and what it needs to remember, we need an indirect method that allows us to communicate these needs to our brain.

I found that really stressing your memory every morning really sends the right message to your brain. If you really focus on the details in your dream journal (more specifically trying to figure out the hazy details), your brain will start thinking "Ok so when he/she wakes up, he's going to want to remember everything that happened in these dreams, so I better pay attention!"

Please let me know if any of you need help. Its a difficult journey, but well worth it. This goes for anyone.


Good advice. I find it the hardest to recall details in conversations I have in dreams so hopefully my brain will get the message soon.

Sometimes I get the gist or a detail about something that happened in a dream is just on the tip of my tongue, but I usually have a hard time putting it in words while I'm writing in my dream journal.


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