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Lanina
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Trying to re-learn lucid dreaming
PostPosted: Mon 10 Jul, 2017  Reply with quote

Hello! I used to frequent this forum a lot during my teens, and I got quite good at lucid dreaming. I had a couple of LDs a month, and I were able to shapeshift, fly and summon people in those dreams.

Life got in the way, I didn't keep a dream diary regularly any more and I didn't practice my reality checks. I still have good dream recall, and I've gotten a lucid dream perhaps once in a while (but more like once or twice a year now).

I would like to start practicing again. Is there any advice that would be suited specifically for someone who once was good at lucid dreaming, but has now gotten rusty? I used to DILD mostly, using RCs and dream signs to notice I was dreaming. Sometimes I did WBTB, but I'm too lazy to do that nowadays when I hardly get enough sleep as is!

My goals are:
- Having lucid dreams in general
- Shapeshift in to a wolf in a dream
- Visit the Gods in a dream

All of these things I've done before, and would like to do again. Advice?


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Koharo
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PostPosted: Tue 11 Jul, 2017  Reply with quote

Cool welcome back. If possible try and get more sleep to make it easier.
Other than that:
-Mindset. You really have to want it. Reread some of entries of some of your most memorable dreams for starters. Expose yourself to something that inspires you to LD.
-Manage stress
-Perform more reality checks/ ADA (Sometimes exercising self awareness helps to an extent)
-Record dreams to work dream recall (Use key points or notes if you don't have the time)
-Train yourself to recognize dream signs



Current LD goal(s): A man in a white room, very long dreads, he resembles me..He knows somethin..
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AreYouMe
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jul, 2017  Reply with quote

Hey man if it ain't broken don't fix it. On a serious note, I have a similar problem; I was always unable to be consistent with my lucid dreaming. From my experience, the thing that works with me the most is not really caring too much. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but I found out that going at it too seriously when coming back made my motivation wane too quickly.
Welcome back and I hope we see you around...



Current LD goal(s): Prolonged lucidity.
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Magic Qwan
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Re: Trying to re-learn lucid dreaming
PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul, 2017  Reply with quote

Lanina wrote:
Hello! I used to frequent this forum a lot during my teens, and I got quite good at lucid dreaming. I had a couple of LDs a month, and I were able to shapeshift, fly and summon people in those dreams.

Life got in the way, I didn't keep a dream diary regularly any more and I didn't practice my reality checks. I still have good dream recall, and I've gotten a lucid dream perhaps once in a while (but more like once or twice a year now).

I would like to start practicing again. Is there any advice that would be suited specifically for someone who once was good at lucid dreaming, but has now gotten rusty? I used to DILD mostly, using RCs and dream signs to notice I was dreaming. Sometimes I did WBTB, but I'm too lazy to do that nowadays when I hardly get enough sleep as is!

My goals are:
- Having lucid dreams in general
- Shapeshift in to a wolf in a dream
- Visit the Gods in a dream

All of these things I've done before, and would like to do again. Advice?

Hello again. I think we were buds in the same era back then.


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Toba
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Have courage and confidence to do it your own way
PostPosted: Sun 23 Jul, 2017  Reply with quote

Since a child I always had lucid dreams, later often induced via SP, sometimes OBE's.
I really learned a lot of things through dreams and dream-figures and never ever used one of the techniques as taught by specialists or as discussed in books or around the internet. I just playfully found out my own ways, sometimes indicated and helped by the people in my dreams. Well, everybody has to find out for themselves what works best, but my consideration is this: we were born naked, without nothing, no tools, no methods, without paper and pencils to keep dream journals, without totems or talismans. So I like to stay free and independant of anything outside my Self. Everything you need you already have. Just relax without hurrying to "get" something or to gain from your dreams. Just be aware, choicelessly aware in daily life as well as in your dream reality and everything will come to you exactly how and when it should.

If you really want to improve your ( lucid) dream recall incredibly consider this:
Don't keep your dream journal in waking life ( this gives our daily reality more importance than alternative realities) . Instead keep your " reality" journal in your lucid dreams. Turn it around. The moment you are lucid in your dream, the first task is to remember your daily life and make a journal of what you did last day in waking life. You don't even have to write it down, just use a magic automatic pencil that records everything you remember, or an imaginated voice recorder.
Then put your journal in your pocket or so and continue your lucid dream.
Then , instead of performing reality checks throughout the day, do " dream checks" in your lucid dream. Let the dream tell you what to do or perform ( e.g. In your dream you take a gemstone and mould it in your hand like chewing gum ) and try to do this impossible act, with total conviction, in daily life. This way instead of convincing yourself that you are in a dream, you convince yourself that you are awake. (Even if it would be necessary to purchase a gem stone.. If the stone was a red one in your dream, then don't buy a blue one.) If you do it this way, you give the dream reality the foremost respect and importance.Let the dream give you tasks to perform in daily life and try to do them as close as possible. You'll find out that the dream will give you mostly tasks that will prove your are in waking reality, as in the above exemple of the gemstone. In fact you start interconnecting the two realities naturally , making them as one whole movement of reality.
This way you turn things around; you get more lucid because you train your awareness that you are dreaming (while remembering daily life reality) and in the meanwhile make this dream reality more real and useful than just a "dream-reality".
This way it doesn't cost you time and effort in waking life and gives you a goal and purpose in your lucid dreams.
Try it and let me know how it works for you smile

P.s. everything has always an alternative mirrored 180 degrees


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