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      Lizzzie's Workbook

      Hello!

      Over the last 10 years I have had phases of getting into lucid dreaming, with some success. I really want to improve further so I am going to attempt to update this workbook regularly in order to keep my mind in it and hopefully see some results! I will follow this class strictly as well as reading lots of the posts on this forum.

      Reality Checks:
      - Counting Fingers
      - Blocking Nose
      - Thumb through hand

      Dream Signs:
      - Anxiety

      Short-Term Goals:
      - Improve Dream Recall
      - Have more regular lucid dreams
      - Improve stability of dreams

      Long-Term Goals:
      - Lucid Dream regularly
      - Record at least 1 dream every night

      Lucid/Dream Recall History:
      - Have had periods of learning lucid dreaming, and I have typed all of my recorded dreams into word. I write my dreams into my phone notes. Have had a fair number of LDs in the past, one recently (via DEILD) in which I practiced stabilisation and managed to fly easier with a new method of using my hands to tilt my flight like an aeroplane.

      Current Technique:
      - MILD, DEILD, SSILD, FILD
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      Day 1

      To Do:
      - Record dreams each night
      - Do reality checks whenever anything is weird or I am anxious. Write down.
      - Start practicing awareness

      My Motivation
      I want to be able to lucid dream regularly in order to have fun in the dream environment and learn about myself. I want to learn how to fly, morph, teleport, and learn many other applications of lucid dreaming.

      Plan for next lucid dream
      - Become lucid
      - Look at hands to stabilise
      - Look at dream body to see what it looks like
      - Feel the ground
      - Find rocket boots & gloves
      - Fly using rocket boots & gloves
      - Explore surroundings

      Reading
      I have been reading Puffin's SAT Guide
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      Day 2

      Dream Recall
      Last night I did not remember any dreams, but after getting up a small part of my last dream came to me. This was not much, but its better than nothing. I am going to write whenever I do not have any dreams in my journal too to teach my brain that I want to record dreams every night.

      Awareness Practice
      I am going to stop at points during the day to practice awareness. I am also going to be meditating each day using Headspace. I have also begun a Dream Yoga workbook in order to practice awareness.

      Dream Journal
      I have begun annotating my dream journal according to emotions that I have, and I have written by my recorded lucid dreams the technique that was used to become lucid.

      Reading
      I have been reading a lot of pages on this website to further my knowledge on certain induction techniques and awareness. One thing that particularly interests me that I would like to attempt in my next lucid dream in summoning a Dream Guide. I will attempt to meet him/her in my next lucid dream. I feel hopeful that they can help me on this journey.
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      Day 3

      Dream Recall
      I woke up this morning, lay there for a while and wrote down my dream into my phone. I collected parts of two dreams. This is progress! I do, however, plan to get a dream journal book to write in instead of my phone notes as I feel like I may remember more then when Iím not fiddling with my phone and mistyping etc. I always write them up afterwards anyway.

      Nap
      I attempted a WILD during a nap, but found I fell asleep too quickly. This is usually a problem for me.

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      Day 4

      WILD Attempt
      I attempted WILD after waking up in the night to go to toilet. I managed to relax my body and keep my mind awake for longer than usual, but I still didnít see or feel any HI. I tried visualizing number, and repeated thinking ĎI am dreamingí. After >30 mins of attempting I fell asleep normally.

      Lucidity
      I had a few seconds of lucidity (DILD) where I realized I was dreaming. Everything was very colorful and I counted 6 fingers.

      Dream Recall
      I recorded in a book today. Only a couple of sentences though.
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      Welcome to the class and congrats on your recent success!
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      Thanks NyxCC!
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      Day 5

      Dream Recall
      I recorded 3 longer dreams today! It helped that I wrote key words of each of the dreams first before detailing any of them, so I didnít forget any of them. I also write the date of my dream the day before to make myself do it, so if I donít remember I would have to write Ďno dreamsí. Itís good to see Iím progressing in my Dream Recall! From now I am going to do a RC before writing in my dream journal, as I have had a FA and written in it in the past.
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      Day 6

      Dream Recall
      I recorded one dream when I woke up, and after having breakfast I remembered another dream so I wrote that in my journal as well.

      Awareness Practice
      I have been practicing awareness at points during the day the last half week, trying to hear as many different sounds as I can, and feel many sensations of my body. I feel I can get into this 'awareness mode' more quickly now, and can hold this concentration for longer. Lots to work on though!

      WILD Laziness
      When I have got up in the night the last few nights I have wanted to WILD, but lay on my side to try to attempt it. But whenever I do this I fall asleep way too quickly. I need to do this on my back more to stop myself going to sleep instantly! I am still yet to get past the relaxation stage. I see fog and my body feels very relaxed but I always fall asleep around then or give up. Something to work on I guess!

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      Day 7

      Dream Recall
      I couldn't remember much of a dream, but I didnt get as much sleep last night so I went back to bed for a nap to attempt a WILD.

      WILD Attempt: SP
      I went back to bed after breakfast for a nap of just over an hour, and tried to go to sleep using WILD. I feel this is the furthest I have gotten: As I went to sleep I counted my exhales. My body got relaxed relatively quickly as I was tired. I continued counting, and I found once I got to 80 that I would skip to 60 (for example). I tried to visualise numbers but this didnt really work. I did start to get flashes of dreams, none of which were tangable enough to attempt to enter, and I can't remember them now. I feel I was close though, and my awareness was nearly enough throughout the attempt. Just before my alarm went off I believe I had a bit of SP. At first my covers looked like a mans back, and then it looked like the sleeping face of a friend, who was laying ontop of me. I believe this weight may have come from the feeling of the SP. I am happy with this attempt, and I will use this experience to try to get even further into the transitional stage of WILD soon

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      Day 8

      Dream Recall
      Only a sentence. Better than nothing!

      WILD/FILD Attempt
      Fell asleep pretty much immediately. I should try to splash my face, drink some water etc. It's just difficult at night when you are groggy from sleep. I will try to do this tomorrow night.

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      Day 9

      Dream Recall
      I remembered one dream to a good degree of detail, but I had a feeling that that dream has a lot more detailed, and that I had a whole other dream. Frustrating, as I donít remember enough to write it down! Having a feeling for other dreams is probably progress though? Iím happy enough that Iím able to remember at least one small segment of a dream each night since I started this workbook!

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      At first my covers looked like a mans back, and then it looked like the sleeping face of a friend, who was laying ontop of me. I believe this weight may have come from the feeling of the SP.
      Hmmm, so you were able to see your surroundings then? It sounds like you have already transitioned to the dream, maybe just was not able to move aroud freely. If that's the case, I would recommend to keep the awareness, while still focusing on the environment. Wait it out a bit while still focused, which will hopefully allow full mobility once the SP passes.
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      Okay, thanks for the suggestion! I will keep that in mind if this happens again!
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      Day 10 & 11

      Dream Recall
      Has been okay, I have recorded one reasonably long dream both mornings. I went to sleep the 11th night by repeating the mantra 'When I am in a dream, I will look at my hands and become lucid'.

      Successful WILD Nap
      This morning, after reading NyxCC's comment, I had an hour nap to attempt a WILD. I started by counting my exhales and felt my body relax. I felt the relaxation go a bit further and I could feel some slight falling sensation. I went in and out of awareness I think, but I remained aware enough to realise when I 'woke up'. Here is my dream:

      "I looked around my room and everything looked very normal. I looked at my fingers and counted 6/7! The dream kept fading out and I would visualize where I left off and I would get back. I looked around the room and everything looked very bright and colorful, like the saturation was turned up. I remembered my goal to look at my body but I found the dream kept fading out too much to do this. I tried saying increase lucidity and rubbed my hands together, and it helped only slightly. As I couldnít see my body, I tried to look at my hands again in more detail. I managed to look at them and see a good amount of detail in my palms. I looked out of the window and could see the normal view. This view faded out and when I tried to re-enter, I couldnít, so I woke up"

      During the dream I remembered that I should try to observe the environment when it was not so stable, and it was interesting to do this. It was good to not rush off immediately and try to fly or something (which I wanted to do out of the window before the dream faded away!) so I feel I remember more details of the things I looked at more closely.

      I am very happy with this successful WILD! It seemed good to do this during the nap, as it would still take me a while to get to sleep, rather than at night when I pretty much immediately lose awareness.
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      Yay! Great job Lizzzie! Congrats!

      I think you might be ready to start working on dream tasks - whether your own or definitely check out the tasks of the month (see my sig). There are some which you can probably do straight away in your bedroom. Completing such tasks can help stabilize and prolong the dream as you are focused and also interact with the environment.
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      Great to hear! Iíll check them out and add them to my lucid to-do list

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      Day 12

      Dream Recall
      Not so great, I recalled only a sentence


      Plan for the coming week
      I am staying at my parents over the next week, and as I won't have a bed partner over this time I am going to peactice WBTB WILD each night in an attempt to improve my WILD success and work on some December DreamViews (beginner/basic) tasks. I have made a checklist and aim to do all of the beginner tasks.

      Schedule
      WBTB: 5 - 7 hrs after sleeping (alarm)
      Stay awake: 10 mins
      WILD technique: focus on breathing; inhale count, exhale mantra "I'm Dreaming"

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      Day 13

      Dream Recall
      Not good, no dreams recorded after waking up from alarm during WBTB, and only one sentence recorded in the morning.

      WILD Attempt
      I woke up at 4:30, went to toilet, splashed my face, and read through my WILD plan and task checklist. I lay down to read them. This made me very sleepy, and after 8 minutes I turned the light off and lay on my back. I started counting but I remeber losing track of the numbers already after ~20. I fell asleep too quickly again.

      Plan for tonight
      I will wake up and turn the light on and leave it on for 15 minutes whilst I do other things. I will sit on my desk chair so that I am not tempted to lay down again too soon. I am hoping 15 minutes is long enough to wake my brain up more. I am also thinking I will turn my laptop on to read through the WILD technique tutorial, as the screen will wake me up a bit too. Hopefully then I can progress further into my WILD. If this does not work I will increase the WBTB wake time to 20 minutes.

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      Day 14

      Dream Recall
      Fantastic, I recalled 1 lucid dream and 2 non-lucid dreams in detail! This is the best recall I have had so far! I think because I slept in, I had more time to dream in the morning.

      WILD Attempt
      I stayed up for 15 minutes and read te WILD tutorial again. Once I went to bed I did the counting breathing exercise for a bit but then felt exhausted and rolled over and slept. I will stay up for 20 minutes tonight, and I will look into different dream anchors.

      Lucid Dream
      After my WILD attempt I dreamt and realised I was dreaming after doing a counting fingers reality check (DILD). Here is the link to my dream journal: Amazingly vivid lucid dream

      In the future I will carry out a reaity check before writing down my lucid dreams, I find this has happened in the past too as I am so excited thay I had a lucid dream and I want to write it down before I forget parts of it. I know I forgot the details of the first location I was in in this dream, and I would have loved to write it down with even more detail! It's something to work on

      Lucid Tasks Completed:
      - Slow down, look around, describe what you see.
      - Touch the ground. What is it? Grass, asphalt?
      - Look at your body. What are you wearing?
      - Say something out loud.

      Lucid Tasks To Do:
      - Look at your hands. Can you see your fingerprints?
      - Look at the skies. Are there clouds, stars?
      - Take note of gravity. Does it feel normal?
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      Way to go, Lizzie! Looks like the lucid strategy you have laid out is working out very well!

      The dream sounds like it was a very detailed one, I am curious were the sand tiles there before or after you thought about the desert, or did they influence you to choose that place?

      One good way to change the dream scene is indeed to focus on the ground, pretty much like what you did here, so if you want to go to the beach or desert, try to see and even touch little grains of sand to help hook up to the new place. If you focus on the ground, you kind of lose sight of your surroundings and the next moment you look around you may find they have changed!
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      Thanks! I am interested to try the method of teleportation that you described next time, rather than trying to smash through the floor!

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      Day 15

      Dream Recall
      Really good, two sections of a detailed dream was recorded! It definitely helps, being away from my bed partner, as I can spend as long as I like thinking about dreamy things until the dream reveals itself to me and I can spend the time to write it down in detail! I am hoping when I get back that I can keep up the good dream recall despite the distractions that are usually present in the mornings.

      WILD Attempt
      I woke up at 4:20, 10 minutes before my night time WBTB alarm, and felt groggy and sleepy. I went to the toilet but went directly to bed rather than trying to stay up for 20 minutes as I was so tired and had a big day the next day. However, I did manage to do some counting, this time not infinately, but until 3 or 10 and looping, and I felt like this allowed me to maintain my awareness for longer throughout the attempt. I did roll over after a while though, as I felt uncomfortable and wanted to sleep. Tonight I will try to remain on my back and continue counting through the WILD as I do not need to be up early. I just find it hard to not roll over when I am feeling uncomfortable. I am a very uncomfortable generally (always fidgeting etc) so I find this extremely difficult at this stage of the WILD.

      Tonight I am also going to put earplugs in and listen to this audiomix to see if it helps me stay aware. I started listening to it during a nap yesterday, but there is lots of background noise that I at one point sat up to suddenly as I thought there was someone coming into my room!

      Reading
      I have been reading through the WILD DVA classes the past few evenings to gain some insight into how I can improve my WILDs. The thing I am focuing on at the moment is finding a good anchor to aid me consciously though to the transitional stage.

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      Day 16

      Dream Recall
      Wrote down a long dream in the early hours when my alarm went off for WBTB. I also recorded a long dream in the morning when I woke up naturally.

      WILD Attempt
      It took 5 minutes to write down my dream that I remembered, went to the toilet, and immediately lay down on my back, put the headphones in and listened to the audiomix for WILD. I was able to relax, but found the audiomix was a bit too short. I think it would be good to try with music when I am even more tired, so not wait too long before going back to bed during WBTB, and then stick music in as an anchor. Then hopefully my body can stay relaxed and my mind awake. I will try WBTB with music when I am particularly tired, and when I am less tired I will attempt the counting breath technique. I am yet to succeed with WBTB WILD, so I think it is good to use whichever method is good for the level of tiredness I have. If anyone has any advice on this, it would be much appreciated.

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      So what would you say is the greatest challenge in your wild attemps so far?

      Regarding the audio mix lenght, maybe experiment with other relaxing youtube videos - they don't have to be lucid dreaming related at all cost, but can work either way. Maybe rain or ocean waves can help - these could also lead to dreams relating to whatever you hear. Different sounds like these in general can help with dream incubation, as long as they are non-disturbing.
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