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      YogiThinkfirst's PlayBook

      Reality Checks:
      -jump every now and then especially if something odd occurs
      - look out windows or at ceilings and ask if this is the physical or astral plane
      -push fingers through opposite hand

      Dream Signs:
      -new houses
      -a church building
      -babies, toddlers, children
      -looking out windows


      Short-Term Goals:
      -make bedtime a better routine
      -practice yoga nidra several times a week
      -wake up in the astral plane

      Long-Term Goals:
      -practice meditation while LD
      -prepare for a smooth-transitioning death
      -enjoy all states of consciousness

      Lucid/Dream Recall History:
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      Current Technique:
      -All day awareness
      -DILD
      -Meditation
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      An appealing practice to start/continue is the visualizing while going to sleep and setting some repetitive intentions when going to sleep and during yoga nidra that the physical body is sleeping and consciousness is awake

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      What a great way to focus the mind and ward off thinking as I go to sleep.
      I used the visualizing technique and mentally saying my physical body is sleeping and consciousness is awake.
      It felt as if I was not ever falling asleep, and yet also I did catch myself sometimes becoming aware I was not focusing
      on the field behind my eyes. There's actually a name for this field, and I'll have to remember what it is.

      Most of the time, there were never any particular shapes to speak of.
      Once, a hazy blue vertical line, once for a few minutes a blue "eye," and once a pop of a really sharp image of red and green oriental-flavored items that might go on an alter.

      As the night progressed it felt like I was never having long dreams, or never getting into a deep Delta sleep. Yet I did remember some dreams after I got up. They popped back into my memory as I was writing. Not details, just hazy snippets.

      I went to bed at 11:15, got out of bed at 7:50. Its a Saturday, so that's a long stretch. Felt great getting up.

      I will continue the visualization practice to see what else happens.

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      Its called Chidakasha Dharana.
      http://www.yogamag.net/archives/1981.../chidcla.shtml
      https://youtu.be/-SgflBzNGhw

      Now, this might be a little different that the practice found in the Dream Yoga instructions, but its a good place for me to start and learn about.

      Practiced hatha yoga and yoga nidra today. I did lose consciousness several times, and somewhere in the instruction there is guidance into the chidakasha dharana.
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      Sun Jan 8.
      7.5 hrs sleep
      awake at 2:30, 4:30, 5:30
      Entered sleep with guided yoga nidra meditations
      Practiced Chidakasha Dhrana (CHD) several x going back to sleep

      During the early sleep the CHD was difficult and felt impossible, but became easier in the early morning.

      I did have a new house dream but did not yet question the astral or physical plane.

      Today is the day I had a "revelation" tho:

      The content in story and people of both the astral plane and the physical plane are of secondary importance to the question, "Is consciousness awake in this plane?" That is THE quest. That's union with consciousness or divinity. Then I am able to understand the divinity and consciousness in all.

      The content of both physical and astral planes are metaphoric, symbolic and archetypal, including my own form, nature and personality. They give insight to what I am playing with in this plane, allow me to have a fun adventure, and give correction if I am going against what is ultimately for my best good. But still all that is less important to being AWAKE in either plane.

      If I have an injury in the astral plane, the physical body is not harmed but is asleep. If I have an injury in the physical plane, the soul or consciousness is not harmed because it is eternal and not subject to the laws in the physical plane. Death is powerless.

      I used pay a lot of attention to the dream symbols and the content of the dream, but I can see its more important to learn to be awake in all planes. The content is helpful to accomplish that, but its secondary and ultimately only a distraction from YOGA. Union
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      Welcome to the class!

      Good choice of awareness practices! These will definitely be of help for both the sleeping and waking parts of our experience.
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      Progress as of today:

      1) I'm getting to bed at a reasonable time. The motivation to accomplish a LD helps me get to bed.

      2) Energy medicine: released guilt and shame of focusing on this hobby. When I wanted to do this in the past, but had a hard time putting it into the schedule, I rationalized that its better to give up the desire for a LD, to stay fully and firmly rooted in the physical body and not get too much "in my head." I naturally lean towards the esoteric and I judged this as a waste of time and not valuable.

      I've put all that behind me and I'm willing to honor the mystic in my current human nature and fully enjoy the process of learning the skill of LD. Removed the subconscious programming: Its good to sleep all night.
      Installed the new programming: In my dreams I wake up in the astral plane.

      3) I am hand writing the dreams and probably not going to type them out into the computer. I lost a few years worth of dreams because I typed them into a format that when the computer crashed, could no longer be supported.

      4) During a nap today, it seemed/felt like I was not sleeping at all and I remember thinking, "I haven't fallen asleep at all."
      Then a flash image popped up of a close up of a piece of tan wall with the silver protective strip down the corner and silver specks on the wall as if it had been chipped up. Then I popped awake. I don't remember a dream, only this image, and it had been 25 min so obviously I did fall asleep.

      So this seems like the opposite of a LD, where I'm sure I am and have always been awake the whole time.

      5) Seated meditation right after a nap is really nice. I will continue that as much as possible.

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      Continuing every day and night looking for the technique that works for me.
      I write down 4-5 dreams every night and mostly from about 3-8 am.
      So many babies and children in these dreams!
      But as of yet, this does not trigger lucidity.

      One particular moment it "felt" as if I was remaining conscious, but going to sleep and I thought, hey!, I'm awake in my dream now. But I realized I was still "watching" myself like in 3rd person proceed in the action. It was not yet me in the dream, I was watching myself be in the dream. And I could not shift that perspective.

      I'm going to add another method that I heard explained on youtube. I will enjoy it - just like all the others and we'll see how it goes. Pick an object. Meditate on the object with the intention that when I see the object in my dream, it will cause lucidity.

      I'm going to be more careful about my use of the word "wake up." If I continually say I will "wake up" in my dream, maybe that is working in my subconscious mind to mean waking up the physical body. I will intend, "become lucid" instead.

      I didn't realize there were some differences in the astral traveling, and lucid dreaming. I'd like to explore these differences more.

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      Its the first time I've ever had a dream of my death. And that I felt the cause of it and recognized that I had died. I think I woke up after the death occurred. And it was actually a scheduled execution by electricity or something. Apparently me and another person did something that the school board decided it was worthy of death. The dream proceeded through telling my family, dispersing of my things, having many thousands of people petition, have a private family and friend swimming party, a final school board meeting. The school board members were dressed up in pint-sized frog costumes. They would not change their mind.
      My husband was generous enough to go through the process with me, I'm not sure if he died also. We went up a ladder into a door in the ceiling/roof and the place of execution was like the bed of an old truck. Not a chair but wrapping up in a blanket of sorts, then I felt the "shocking electricity" and knew I was dead at the end of this story.

      I had made some significant mental/emotional shifts during the previous day so this could certainly be resonating with that change. Just curious that this was a first time dream.

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      I've been studying more techniques and so I'm going to shrink my goals even more.
      For this week, I will
      (1) continue all day awareness and a few times of RC.
      (2) go to bed before I am tired - start preparing for bed by about 9ish if at all possible.
      I have felt the buzzing/vibrating feeling before after naps, but now I realize that is a gateway
      into lucidity, so I will (3) just notice and try to lengthen out those occasions of the buzzing feeling.

      That's it. No expectations. Just develop these habits more.

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