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      Q&A with Daniel Love - 'Author of Are You Dreaming?'

      Hi all,

      I'd like to extend the previous Q&A thread and try something a little experimental.

      As you're likely aware, I know have my very own YouTube channel (subscribe here).

      I very much enjoyed your previous questions and thought it would be nice to continue answering them - however this time via a semi-regular slot on the channel.

      You can take part in this in a number of ways, either drop a question below, or if possible, record your question either as audio or video, and post your link. Don't worry too much about quality, as long as your question can be clearly heard.

      I'll then pick various questions based on the theme of that particular video, and answer them to the best of my ability.

      I think this could be a nice way to generate some interesting debate, plus it's just a little more human.
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      Mr. Love, I was wondering, is there ever such thing as trying too hard to lucid dream?
      2nd, how do you lucid dream during work days such as school for example?

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      Thanks for the question kamenriderbaron, I'll do my best to answer this in a future video.
      Make sure you subscribe to the channel so you don't miss it!

      If anyone else has a question they'd like to throw my way, please do so... the more the merrier!
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      What do you think is the connection between writing down dreams and getting lucid dreams? Do you get lucid much more often when you journal them?
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      Thanks Ginsan, I'll definitely respond to that in a future video.

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      Why not respond now and also put it in the video? Are you on such a tight schedule that you can't take 30 minutes to answer some questions?

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      Ginsan, sorry, I really wasn't trying to be flippant, it's just the point of this thread was to answer questions in the videos, so I'd just assumed you'd asked with that in mind.
      To be quite honest, which I know isn't always the polite thing to do , my schedule is absolutely insane at the moment, so I am having to be a little cautious with my use of time, else I'll drop one of the many spinning plates and that just involves disappointing people down the line - which I always try to avoid. After all, I need to remind myself that I'm writing a book, articles, making videos, running events, building/running a website, teaching, various meetings, and apparently it's Christmas at some point soon - gah! And this all comes alongside paying the bills and not ignoring family and friends. Goodness life is crazy at times! The reality is that I'm up till 3am most days trying to fit it all in, it plays havoc with the sleep cycle! Still, I'd rather be busy doing these sorts of things than not

      The quick answer to your question is, I believe writing down your dreams is about as close to essential as a dream practice can be. In fact, I feel that this one behaviour alone can lead to a mastery of lucid dreaming (Marquis d'Hervey de Saint-Denys being the prime example of just this.)

      I can't speak much for what it's like for me not journaling, as that's a rarity. Yet, everyone I've interacted with has found dream journaling to be absolutely core to developing a stable practice and deeper understanding of the nature and patterns of their dreams.

      It makes sense really, building a map makes a expedition a great deal easier and far more fruitful.
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      It was really stupid of me not to read the original post, I'm sorry about that. And thanks for answering anyway! I really deeply admire people like you who can devote themselves for something they believe in. So I have a follow-up question and I'll wait for the video this time xD

      How do we know that journaling doesn't only increase our dream recall, as opposed to increasing our lucidity as well? And we already have lots of lucid dreams but we just don't remember it? We would have to look at people with already great recall and then have them write stuff down, but even if those people got lucid more, then maybe starting the journaling practice makes them think about lucid dreaming, thus making them lucid because they're thinking about it, not because they're journaling their dreams. This may not have any pracitcal relevance, because in my opinion the net effect of journaling is still the same: you remember more lucid dreams. Whether or not you had lucid dreams without remembering them may be beside the point.
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      Hi Daniel

      One thing I'd be interested to hear your reflections on are how learn-able lucid dreaming is as a skill. I don't know how generalised this answer can be without large scale studys and more people persisting with learning lucid dreaming. Reason I ask is, I heard you mention somewhere that its a skill, about as difficult as learning another language or learning the piano. I've certainly learned musical instruments faster and with more consistent progress than Lucid dreaming. I've put consistent effort in for a long enough time. I have good spells and dry spells where time goes by and no lucidity. I know people who have put in good efforts and after some months been bewildered by lack of success. I've had enough joy that I'm on the path regardless. However I wonder sometime if its an extremely variable skill in its acquisition. If it were like learning an instrument, there would be more consistency. In the podcast 'lucid or bust' the host in 'the myth of lucid dreaming' suggests after repeated struggles, that the lucid dreaming community is a self selecting bunch of those who had success with it. That there may be uncountable drop offs of those who just couldnt do it. For many, including myself, it takes consistent efforts over time, so it may be hard to advise someone who is struggling, to suggest that they will 'get it', at least to a satisfactory level, if they persist. Yet if they don't they will never know. I like the way Holecek says, 'advanced practitioneers never give up, thats how they advance'. Yet people need to have a sense that they will get to a level of proficiency with continued efforts, and for some people I'm not sure. Have you seen any research on peoples success rates, particularly people with initial difficultys?
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