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      My last three DILD's I have snapped out of immediately after realizing that I'm dreaming. I haven't had the chance to stabilize. I know this will improve with experience but it's definitely frustrating. Any tips for addressing this?
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      is there a certain number of dream signs that are optimum? I have 4 and I wonder if that's too many to be of value.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Turbo View Post
      My last three DILD's I have snapped out of immediately after realizing that I'm dreaming. I haven't had the chance to stabilize. I know this will improve with experience but it's definitely frustrating. Any tips for addressing this?
      Hey Turbo, it definitely will improve with more practice. What you can do to facilitate this process is to try to immerse yourself as much as possible in the dream upon becoming lucid. Engage your senses, especially sight and touch. For example, find a nearby object and spend some time examining it. This way, your attention will be focused on the inner dream world, rather than surfacing back. Another way would be to pick a dream goal, such as our task of the month and immediately start working on it. I have found this to be pretty effective to keep the focus on the dream. Finally, I would also recommend to give the DEILD practice a try. Learning how to get back into a dream is a useful skill at any level.

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      is there a certain number of dream signs that are optimum? I have 4 and I wonder if that's too many to be of value.
      Hello Thinkfirst! There is no optimum number of dream signs, there can be as many as you are able to find out. To start with, I would suggest putting emphasis on the most common ones until you know them really well. As you keep journalling, you will be able to find more dream signs and perhaps even put them into categories. For example, animals in general would be a dream sign for me. The most important part is that you know your dream signs and are reasonably able to expect them to cue you about it being a dream.
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      I'm sure this question has been asked, but I'm not terrific at the search bar, so I'll ask again.......

      I've been listening to the podcast and find it a great help. Episode 5 on WILDS and DEILDS sparked this question. Its part of my regular yoga and meditation practice to be really present in the physical body and connect with subtle sensations of the body. But from the description of these inductions, it sounded like all focus should be in the mental field and forgetting about anything happening in the body. I'd love more info on this, or point me to the post that discusses this.

      Thanks.
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      Hey thinkfirst! I would say there might be different approaches to wild. The common denominator in all, however, is falling asleep with a mind that is awake. To do achieve that, we often use the so-called anchors. This is a point of focus for the mind, which one would hold on to, in order to help us stay mentally awake during the bodily process of falling asleep. These anchors can be external or internal. You can focus on anything from your environment, be it the sound of the air conditioner, cars, crickets, your own breathing, your pulse, the way your physical body feels, etc.

      Alternatively, you can focus on items that only exist in your own mind, images, sounds, mantras. As long as you keep your focus on your desired object and are able to fall asleep, both approaches can help you transition with your consciousness awake.

      However, if you would like to enter the dream and arrive at a specific location or scenery straight away, it would be more advisable to use focusing on internal images as an anchor. With practice, you may be able to enter precicely the scene you have been visualizing, or help your mind generate a similar scene after the transition (as this was the object of your focus).
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