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      Nina's Stabilization & Clarity TUTORIAL

      Dream Stabilization & Clarity Tutorial


      Dream Stabilization & Clarity

      I. Introduction

      Anyone familiar with lucid dreaming knows that wonderful moment when you realize you are dreaming and immediately take off like a bat out of hell, running or flying around, trying to get as much fun and craziness as you can squeeze into those few precious seconds before the inevitable awakening.

      When you find yourself in a lucid dream it is natural to be overcome with feelings of elation and excitement, yet if you do not follow a few simple steps, that lucid dream will disappear as quickly as it came. I have seen so many new dreamers fall victim to premature awakenings because they quite simply do not know about dream stabilization.

      This is why I am writing this tutorial. In the hopes that you can learn dream stabilization effectively from someone who uses it to great effect on a consistent basis.

      So, what is Dream Stabilization anyway? Well, as the name implies, it is attempting to stabilize the lucid dream. You utilize Dream Stabilization techniques immediately after finding yourself in a lucid dream.

      Ok so you find yourself in a lucid dream...what should you do?


      II. Focus/Center Yourself

      Focus involves relaxing and bringing your attention to the task of Dream Stabilization. A lot of inexperienced lucid dreamers want to rush into the dream and start doing things very quickly fearing that the dream will end. You get really excited, your mind is racing, and your thoughts start tripping over one another...you wake up. Stop. Relax. Focus. Know that you do not need to rush because you have plenty of time. If you think that you need to rush because you could wake up at any second, you will...instead you want to firmly believe that you have plenty of time because you are in control of the dream.

      Everyone knows that a house built on solid ground will be much more sturdy than a house built on sand. It is extremely important to take your time and make sure you are doing these dream stabilization techniques properly in order to ensure your lucid dream has a sturdy foundation. If you don't, then it can easily be swept away.

      When you have a grounded, confident, focused frame of mind, it allows you to have a more stable base to start your lucid dream. This will also result in more dream control and more clarity.

      Ok, so you took a few seconds to relax and focus. What next?


      III. Initial Stabilization
      • Dream Anchoring

        In order to anchor yourself inside your lucid dream, you will use two techniques; Hand Examination and Verbal Commands.

        But first, let's consider this important word...Anchor. It's not just a word, it's more of a symbol or metaphor. This metaphor can be utilized to establish a very strong connection with your dream and prevent premature awakening. You really need to feel the word and appreciate the heaviness of it. You are acknowledging that this dream exists because of you, that you are in full control, and that because you are anchored, the dream cannot end until you are ready to leave it. When you are able to firmly believe this within your lucids, you will find that they last much longer and are more vivid.

        So, how do you anchor yourself to the lucid dream?



      • Hand Examination

        Look down at your hands. Hold them close to your face. Take your time when looking at your hands. You should not be thinking about what is happening in the dream world...only your hands. Do not rush. Know that the more attention you give to your hands, the more clear your dream is going to be when you stop. If you become excited to begin your lucid dream and rush this step...know that you are doing a disservice to yourself. Look at the wrinkles in your hands. Look at the little hairs. Turn them over, examine the other side.



      • Verbal Commands

        While performing the Hand Examination Technique you should also be using Verbal Commands at the same time. While examining your hands, say outloud, firmly and confidently, "STABILIZE LUCIDITY NOW". If you are having trouble focusing on the details of your hands or if they look blurry, say firmly "INCREASE CLARITY" or just "FOCUS NOW".

        Once you have stabilized, imagine an anchor connecting you with the dream, say to yourself, "anchored in lucidity". Don't just say it, feel it.

        Once you have examined your hands in full detail for a few moments and used the above verbal commands, put them down and look up. The dream should be crystal clear. Congratulations, you have succeeded at stabilizing and anchoring yourself to the lucid dream!

        At this point, you are free to proceed.


      IV. Re-Stabilizing

      If at any point during your dream things begin to blur even slightly...stop. Whatever you are doing. Just stop. Examine your hands again. Repeat the verbal command "stabilize lucidity". If you do not feel it stabilizing, try repeating it again "stabilize lucidity NOW" (the NOW is added for emphasis, use this if it doesn't work the first time). Once you have stabilized, look up...if things are clear, proceed. If not, do it again.

      This method should be used when you have any level of visibility inside a dream. I use this technique often throughout a lucid dream to prevent waking and achieve crystal clear focus. You will find that there are some dreams you need to stabilize every minute or so, and others where you need to do it less frequently. I might use it several times over the course of a 45 minute dream. The key is just to remember to use it when you find the dream beginning to fade, or if things begin to lose focus. Remember, don't panic. Focus. Hands. Words.

      *Hand Examination with Verbal Commands is the only technique that has worked for me just about every time without fail for many years, therefore I highly recommend it as your go-to method for stabilizing your dream.


      V. Preventing Premature Awakening
      • 1. Hand Rubbing

        This isn't just about rubbing your hands together though...this is about stimulating your senses and involves any sort of physical touch sensation. Rubbing your hands together during a lucid dream can help to stabilize the dream, but if you do it too often, you may find that it's effectiveness quickly wears off. This can be typical of any technique however, so it is good to mix up your techniques or you may become immune to some of them.

        If your dream is quickly fading out, try grabbing hold of anything. Any sort of physical sensation, especially when you can feel it AND see it with your eyes is helpful. So grab your shirt, look down at it and see it. Grab something in the environment around you...a doorknob...a tree...anything. Once you grab something, take a moment to examine it like you examined your hands. Use verbal commands like "stabilize lucid now". You can use the hand examination technique with anything else in your environment, so long as it is clear and you can really examine it up close in detail. Hands are usually easiest because they're always right there. Also hands help because you are looking at your dream body, thus reinforcing and strengthening your presence inside the lucid dream.



      • 2. Dream Spinning

        Dream Spinning should be used as a last ditch effort. If you have no visibility and therefore cannot examine your hands, if you find yourself in the "void" which is just infinite darkness, or if your dream is fading beyond control and even staring at your hands and verbal commands are not working.

        Do not spin wildly about. This is likely to wake you up. It might transport you into a new dreamscape, but the majority of the time it will result in premature awakening or false awakening. Instead of spinning wildly about in circles, try a short, controlled spin...like a figure skater.



      • 3. Falling Backwards

        Another technique similar to Dream Spinning is Falling Backwards. Simply letting go, and allowing yourself to fall. However don't just let your mind go completely blank or you are likely to wind up back in your own bed. You should be thinking of a new dreamscape that your fall will transport you into.

        Dream Spinning and Falling Backwards are notorious for landing you in a False Awakening. So always...always...perform a Reality Check after using these techniques. Even if you remain in a dreamscape, it's just good practice. You may think that you have woken up, but really, you have not. So do an RC after every Dream Spin/Fall Backwards.



      • 4. Linear Acceleration

        This is another technique that is useful for getting you out of the "void"; which is the vast emptiness that you might find yourself floating around in after a lucid dream ends but you have not yet woken up. Simply begin accelerating yourself forward through the blackness. Your goal is to accelerate at such speeds that you will tear through the blackness and find yourself in a new dreamscape. This has worked for me quite a few times but I've never heard of anyone else doing something similar, so I'm not as quick to recommend it.

        When using any of the above three techniques, make sure you are thinking that you will land in a new dreamscape. If you just let your mind go completely blank, you are more likely to wake up. Have a new destination in mind.



      • 5. Reality Check & Re-Stabilizing

        If you perform any of the above three techniques and find yourself in a new dreamscape...or in your bed...the first thing is to do a Reality Check. You may have landed in a False Awakening, which you can turn into a wonderful lucid if you do the Reality Check and it fails. If you find yourself in a new dreamscape, you should treat this like entering a completely new dream and your first priority should be anchoring by performing the hand examination technique with verbal commands.


      VI. What if you do wake up?

      It's not such a bad thing...in fact, a skilled lucid dreamer knows that you can take advantage of this and use it to attempt to enter another lucid dream with a technique called DEILD. Basically this allows you to chain lucid chains together for as long as you can handle it. I say "handle it" because I have often been able to chain lucids while I nap over and over for up to two hours, at which point I become completely exhausted and am not able to continue any longer. The only potential problem with this however is that you risk possibly forgetting your earlier lucid dreams. If you practice mindfulness within your lucids though and make an effort to remember things which are meaningful as they are occurring then this won't be such a problem. When you do finally wake up though, make sure you write everything down in your Dream Journal.


      VII. Useful Practice For Dream Stabilization

      Here are a few visualizations/meditations you can do during the day or before bed to aid you in becoming more familiar with the best state of mind to become lucid and utilize these methods for dream stabilization.

      Mindfulness Practice
      It is important to train yourself to be prepared for the lucid state of mind. Essentially, being lucid in a dream is the epitome of living in the moment aka Mindfulness.

      "When we're at work, we fantasize about being on vacation; on vacation, we worry about the work piling up on our desks. We dwell on intrusive memories of the past or fret about what may or may not happen in the future. We need to live more in the moment. Living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. When you become mindful, you realize that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them. Mindfulness involves being with your thoughts as they are, neither grasping at them nor pushing them away. Instead of letting your life go by without living it, you awaken to experience." - source

      If you make an effort to practice Mindfulness in your waking life, you will be more prepared to handle your lucid dreams and also more likely to get lucid in general. Overcoming the tendency for distraction and awakening to the present takes intentionality and practice.

      Concentration Practice
      Basically the Hand Examination Technique is a form of concentration practice, whose goal is to focus the attention on a target (such as the hands) that keeps us anchored in the present moment. The target can be a physical object, or more commonly, the breath. We give the mind something consistent to focus on and this becomes the object of the meditation. Whatever is used as the object for the attention, the aim is to keep the mind focused as often as you remember to do so. As the mind starts to wander, we gently direct the mind back toward the object of attention.

      Dream Anchoring
      Visualization. Anchor yourself inside the dream. Actually feel the word..."anchor". Sense it. You are a part of the dream, get ahold of it. Don't let the dream runaway without you. You are anchored to it. The dream cannot disappear until you will it. Don't just think this...feel it...know it in your heart. You are in control.


      VIII. Techniques Used In This Tutorial

      Hand Examination
      Used: when you first become lucid and need to anchor/stabilize; anytime you need to re-stabilize during the lucid; should be used as often as needed; best when combined with verbal commands
      Technique: Look down at your hands. See them clearly. Hold them close to your face. Take your time. Think only of your hands, not your dream. Look at the wrinkles. Look at the tiny hairs. Turn them over if you life and examine the other side. Use verbal commands.

      Verbal Commands
      Used: at any point during your lucid dream; highly effective when used along side another technique such as Hand Examination
      Technique: when doing the Hand Examination Technique, say with force and confidence, "STABILIZE LUCIDITY"
      *note: I prefer to use the two word verbal commands first...if for some reason it does not work as effectively as I would like, then I repeat the command and firmly add the "NOW" to the end of it. This usually does the trick.

      Hand Rubbing
      Used: at any point inside the lucid dream; to increase vividness; attempt to stabilize
      Technique: continuously rub the palms of your hands together very quickly; may not be as effective if used too much

      Dream Spinning
      Used: to keep from waking, when you are stuck in the void or do not have vision and are unable to use other methods to stabilize
      Technique: a quick 360 degree controlled spin, or attempt to pull your mass inwards and spin like an ice skater for a few full revolutions; if you choose to spin wildly about in circles instead, this may be effective at transporting you to a new dreamscape but has also been known to cause thee dreamer to awaken
      *notorious for creating False Awakenings, always complete a Reality Check after using this technique

      Falling Backwards
      Used: to keep from waking up, when you can't do much else
      Technique: simply let yourself fall backwards while thinking that you will land in a new dreamscape
      *notorious for creating False Awakenings, always complete a Reality Check after using this technique

      Linear Acceleration
      Used: to get out of the void (complete darkness) often after a lucid dream fades out to blackness
      Technique: will your body to accelerate forward, usually accomplished by just thinking it with a little imagination, continue accelerating linearly until you reach enormous speeds (you will feel very strong g-forces), imagine yourself moving so quickly you are able to rip through the fabric of time and space that is this dark void; all the while knowing that when you stop you will be in a new dreamscape

      Reality Check
      Used: to be performed after using a technique such as Dream Spinning or Falling Backwards that might wake you up or land you in a False Awakening
      Technique: use your RC method of choice, I prefer finger through palm, or holding my nose and trying to breath through it.


      Thanks for reading this tutorial, and happy dreaming! - nina

      (I didn't appreciate what the DGTL did with my tutorial, so here it is again, hopefully people will comment and let me know how it works out for ya.)

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      Very nice tutorial, no doubt it will help me the first time I become lucid.

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      This is a very good tutorial
      I'm sure it will help a ton of people, nice work.
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      Awesome, i havent had a lucid for ages but im sure it will help when i do, thanks alot.

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      Another thing that I think that can help you stay in the dream is to take a dream character with you, for e.x. a friend, and tell him the whole tutorial. Works perfect.
      I have only had a couple LD's so far. Very short ones, but the last one I had lasted for about 20 minutes or so it felt. It was a DILD, luckely I a friend was with me in the dream and when I transfered to a LD he was still there and I was constantly telling him how to stay in the LD, I told him to rub his hands, to look around the whole time and not focus on 1 spot and I did the same when I telling it to him. I'm not a really an experienced lucid dreamer but if you are and still have some trouble with staying in the dream you could create a dream character and tell him everything and pretend you are the one who knows how to do it all.
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      Nice tutorial nina

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      Quote Originally Posted by ninja9578 View Post
      Nice tutorial nina
      Thanks. I think tutorials should stay whichever way the person who made it, intended it to.

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      yeah thanx this is gd info here. namaste


      "when you fall unconscious, what your mind expresses is a dream.
      When you are aware, what your mind expresses is creativity. It creates your life.
      When you are in a higher state of consciousness, it not only creates the life of whatever you want, but also on whom ever you want". -LifeBlissFoundation

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      Thanks for mentioning becoming immune to stabilization techniques. It never occurred to me that that was happening in some of my lucids. Looking back at some of my previous lucids, i can see that happened most with the rubbing the hands together stabilization technique (just like you mentioned.) I guess that was because i did it too frequently and without really focusing on the physical sensation it was meant to induce. Great guide!
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      Really Can't thank you enough for this tut, changed everything. My vision was like 1 megapixel, I checked my hands for like 6 secs and it was like blueray
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      This is a great tutorial! I know I'm going to read over this one a few times to memorize each technique. Thank you!

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      This was so helpful, thanks very much
      It is always there, right where you are. If you seek it, obviously you do not see it.

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      You are very welcome!

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      Thanks, now all I have to do is to remember doing it when I'm lucid.
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      Wow great tutorial. You must have spent ages writing it

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      Quote Originally Posted by GavinGill View Post
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      I hope people have been finding this tutorial to be helpful.

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      Thanks so much for posting this. Probably the best stabilizing tutorial we have.

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      Very good tutorial, thank you

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      [QUOTE=nina;1696311][*]4. Linear Acceleration

      Grr it didn't quote

      This is another technique that is useful for getting you out of the "void"; which is the vast emptiness that you might find yourself floating around in after a lucid dream ends but you have not yet woken up. Simply begin accelerating yourself forward through the blackness. Your goal is to accelerate at such speeds that you will tear through the blackness and find yourself in a new dreamscape. This has worked for me quite a few times but I've never heard of anyone else doing something similar, so I'm not as quick to recommend it.

      Since I was 15 I would have a sleep paralysis stage which is scary. I do it by accident all the time. though I didn't know what it was. It began as a reaccuring night mare where I was paralyzed and could only hear my heartbeat. I learnt to relax and sink through my bed to the void where I would fall and make myself fall faster and faster into a Lucid dream. It soon became enjoyable but still a little scary.

      Looks like you found someone who can do something similar.

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      Thanks for this. C: I can't wait to use these methods. ^.^ :3
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      Thank you so much for this. I always come back and read this from time to time, and it really helps a lot! Really well done :bravo:
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      Thank you nina
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      Nice tutorial.It covers a lot of thing and it has been very helpful to me.thanks nina.
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