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writer811

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Lucid Dreaming
« on: August 03, 2012, 09:15:00 PM »
Does anyone here have lucid dreams on a regular basis? I enjoy lucid dreaming because getting to control what happens in a dream is a lot of fun! It gets to the point where I'm so aware in the dream that I can smell and taste food and I have sensation. That includes pain, which is definitely not fun. Anyone here have similar experiences or hobbies?

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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 08:06:59 PM »
I would love to be able to say that I lucid dream, but unfortunately I don't think I ever have. I think it would be quite a useful skill to have because it would be possible to explore problems within a safe dreamscape and try to find solutions. Plus it sounds like fun to be able to do everything that's impossible in real life, like flying.

Is it something you trained yourself to do writer811, or are you just a 'natural'?

I've heard about a gadget you can buy that's like an eyemask but with red LEDs that flash when they're triggered by the eye movement during REM sleep. The idea being that the red light shines through your lids so you can see it and know that red flashing means you're dreaming. In theory it sounds like it could work, but I think it makes it sound a little bit easier than it actually is to realise you're dreaming. I think it would take some practice. I'm not sure teaching yourself to be semi-conscious during REM sleep is that easy. Unless just having the realisation that you're in a dream is enough to do it.

The classic piece of advice to wannabe lucid dreamers, (you can tell I'm into this!) is to look at your hands in your dream, as it brings about your conscious sense of self. I've never managed to do it myself, but I would love to finally experience a lucid dream.
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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2012, 08:27:28 PM »
I've trained myself to do it. And I think it is actually as easy as realizing you're dreaming. That's the most important step. Everything afterwards is a result of that. That's how I control my dreams. I realize "hey, I'm dreaming" and I just go. The world is my dream oyster. No further effort needed.

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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2012, 07:07:09 PM »
I've had lucid, vivid, life-like dreams, dreams that I thought were real until I woke up. In some cases, if the dream gets a little too bizarre, it's like a switch will be flipped on and I realize, "OK, this is a dream, wake up!" And I immediately wake up. I've never experienced any pain in my dreams though. I have smelled smoke in a dream, thought it was real. I woke up, walked downstairs just to make sure nothing was on fire. All was clear so I went back to sleep.

As it turns out, that particular dream was a premonition because a few days later, preparing to cook french fries, I had the fire up too high, forgot that I was warming up the skillet, the popping, hot grease caught the stove on fire. I smelled smoke from my office, turned the corner to the kitchen and half the kitchen was ablaze.

The lesson, next time I have a dream warning me of something, I'll need to be more attentive.
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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2012, 08:01:33 PM »
Instead of telling yourself to wake up, did you ever consider to just keep dreaming? Knowing you're dreaming while choosing to stay asleep can have some seriously trippy effects on your mind.

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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2012, 01:22:13 PM »
I've trained myself to do it. And I think it is actually as easy as realizing you're dreaming. That's the most important step. Everything afterwards is a result of that. That's how I control my dreams. I realize "hey, I'm dreaming" and I just go. The world is my dream oyster. No further effort needed.


You make it sound terribly easy writer! Perhaps you just have a talent for it, as some people do, but I always seem to be too far from consciousness to make the switch. Except when I'm sleeping less deeply, usually in the morning for the last half hour or so. My dreams tend to be less vivid then and I'm almost just on the cusp of realising it's a dream, but so far, I've never quite managed it!


What did you do to train yourself writer? Was it a set of specific things or just practice?
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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2012, 03:02:44 AM »
It was just practice. I never tried any of those techniques that people talk about (For example, I never do reality checks when I'm awake or asleep). I just read about lucid dreaming, decided that it sounded fun and just went from there. My first lucid dream was a few weeks later, I finally managed to stay asleep for the duration of the entire thing. As I recall, I dreamed about spiderman fighting a villain in my old school's cafeteria. And there was something about bottles full of sand but I don't remember what, it was too many years ago.

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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2012, 08:30:43 PM »
But what exactly was it you did? Did you go to sleep with any particular thoughts in your head, like a reminder than you're going to be dreaming, or something. Or did you just read about it and that was that, you had the information in your head and managed to use it, subconsciously?


I'm still trying, I haven't tried the reality check technique though, so I'll probably have to look up about that one. I still like the idea of trying to look at my hands in a dream though. It sounds like the easiest and most likely way I would succeed. I think that once I've managed to do it once, it'll become easier and easier to achieve.
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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2012, 12:42:35 AM »
I didn't really "do" anything. I just realized I was dreaming and I stayed asleep. There's no technique or trick to it. I don't say anything to myself before going to sleep or try to condition my mind. It just happened, and over the years it happens more frequently.

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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2012, 03:22:47 PM »
I have and it is definitely an interesting experience.  I like that it feels very real, especially the dreams where I am being chased by Freddy Kreuger or whatever and then I wake up and am laying in bed.  I don't like it when I am on the beach with a beautiful woman and then I wake up and that isn't the case.

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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2012, 11:07:42 PM »
I've rarely had lucid dreams. Maybe 3 or 4 times that I can remember. It's pretty awesome once you realize you are dreaming. But I couldn't control the outcome of my dreams. I tried, but I still felt forced to just go along with what was happening in the dream. But it was still incredible to have the knowledge that I was dreaming.

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Re: Lucid Dreaming
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2012, 10:32:48 PM »
I've had some lucid dreams but I found them a bit confusing. I wasn't used to the environment and altered state. I remember one time I wasn't sure if I was dreaming now or not. It really confused me if I was in my bed and sleeping or not.

I choose to let things go in my dreams and not to control. I think I am more open then to whatever may occur.
It's nice to have a lucid dream from time to time, but if I get them to much I think they would start to interfere with my daily life too much.

But it's definitely great to fly in your dreams. A few days ago I jumped up from the street and went straight into a bunch of clouds. I felt a hint of the fresh wind passing around me. I enjoyed it while I knew in the background I was dreaming. Feels like superman.
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