Advice on subtle reality checks?
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#1: Advice on subtle reality checks? Author: EarthlyInspired PostPosted: Tue 12 Sep, 2017
Hi everyone! I am a pretty new lucid dreaming adventurer, but from journalling I have definitely noticed that a very clear repeating theme in my (non-lucid) dreams is talking to people, which makes sense for an introvert like myself, since interacting with people in my waking life seems to be a challenge of it's own. But I am trying to entrain myself to do reality checks every time I am interacting with people, and I'm starting to realize that the reality checks I know are just a little too obvious. Jumping in the air is obviously a no-go! And even trying to push my finger through my other hand isn't always that subtle; I've had people get distracted from talking, wondering what I'm doing with my hands. And the looking at my watch twice thing seems a little distasteful if someone is talking to me, so I was wondering if anyone had some advice for me on reality checks I could do that the people I'm talking to wouldn't notice?

Thanks everyone!

#2:  Author: Magnus PostPosted: Tue 12 Sep, 2017
You can think of which room you were in before this one. (If you can't remember a room before this then probably a dream)
Just look at your hands to watch for extra fingers or similar.
Try to read texts on their clothes.
Look at your nose.(If you can't see your nose you are in a dream).
Just ask the question to yourself, am I in a dream?

Maybe something of this helps.

#3:  Author: moogle PostPosted: Tue 12 Sep, 2017
All I can add is "EXPECT 'something' to happen" which will prove it is a dream.
eg Next time I look at their tie it will be blue

#4:  Author: EarthlyInspired PostPosted: Tue 12 Sep, 2017
What a great idea! Thank you smile

#5:  Author: Selkie PostPosted: Fri 15 Sep, 2017
I think that trying to push a finger through the opposing hand can be really subtle. Don't even look at your hands when you do it and it can just look like you are clasping your hands.

And instead of jumping, just try to make yourself fly mentally. I don't know how fool proof it is, but it's never failed for me in a dream.

Another thing that I do and ymmv, is to look at details of things around me. Even in a very vivid and realistic dream, chances are something will be off. You could even scrutinize the details of the other person's face or the way their mouth moves as they talk. Or, look into their eyes and try to make their pupils expand. They will probably be impressed with your eye contact!

#6:  Author: EarthlyInspired PostPosted: Sat 16 Sep, 2017
You're right, the finger through hand trick can definitely be subtle, as long as I'm not doing something with my hands already! So far looking away and expecting giant pink sunglasses to be on their face has been and enjoyable method that feels pretty foolproof but I'm looking forward to trying to dilate their pupils as well.
Ah these poor people, the things we put them through wink5

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