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      Reality check intervals

      I was just wondering what the best interval would be to set for maximum effectiveness of a reality check. I was thinking that we should reality check every 10 minutes.
      Basically making it a habit.

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      Hmm for me i never really thought about reality checks in intervals i always thought of doing them every time a did something ie. walk through a door. But that is much better because what if you never walk through a door in a dream? But yes good idea of doing reality checks in intervals. 10 minutes seems....i bit too short me for though. I would say maybe about 20-30 min for me.
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      Quote Originally Posted by LucidMonogatari View Post
      Hmm for me i never really thought about reality checks in intervals i always thought of doing them every time a did something ie. walk through a door. But that is much better because what if you never walk through a door in a dream? But yes good idea of doing reality checks in intervals. 10 minutes seems....i bit too short me for though. I would say maybe about 20-30 min for me.
      Yeah, that seems like a good time interval to test it out. Yeah, the door idea is rare I think to get a lucid dream with.
      Basically what you want to do is create a habit where it signals you to think "Am I in a dream?". So for this, what I would do is every ten minutes, look at the palm of my hand and think "Am I in a dream?"
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      Quote Originally Posted by elucid View Post
      Yeah, that seems like a good time interval to test it out. Yeah, the door idea is rare I think to get a lucid dream with.
      Basically what you want to do is create a habit where it signals you to think "Am I in a dream?". So for this, what I would do is every ten minutes, look at the palm of my hand and think "Am I in a dream?"
      Well thanks I'll start testing out intervals ^_^
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      One thing about this is that you're trying to simply get into the habit of doing RCs instead of doing them for a certain reason. While doing RCs often helps, I think that doing them for a reason (Like seeing something weird or particularly dreamlike while awake) would work better.
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      I agree with Indeed. I do them twice a day and also every time i wake up (for FA). nex to that when i see something out of the ordinary.

      For example: there was a catfight infront of my window so i had to do a RC. lol

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      The walking through the door RC is just an example of a reminder for you to RC. Unless of course, doors ar also your dream sign.

      You don't have to limit yourself when and how and why you do RC. Best is to use all possible reasons to better your chance that some of them will work.

      1. Use an activity reminder - something you do often
      - walking through doors
      - using restroom
      - noticing specific color
      - get a phone call
      - get a drink
      - and anything else you can think of

      2. Use a physical reminder - audio or visual
      - set your watch to beep every hour
      - set your timer
      - put some sticky notes all over your place, school books, laptop, door frame, wall above you bed, first thing you see in the morning
      - put a rubber band or bracelet on your wrist
      - and whatever else you can

      All these are just to help you get into habit of RCing. Pretty soon you will find, that you will start RCing even without them. And that's the best way to do it. Spontaneously. Whenever the feeling "OMG, what if this is a dream" strikes you.

      3. Dream signs - anything, that occurs often in your dreams AND in your waking life.
      You RC on these in WL every time you see it. Then, when they show up in your dream, you are likely to RC there as well.

      4. When you notice something strange. It can be strange for real or you just pretend it is. Let's face it, our lives are not that strange, so we have to make up some stuff.
      - a classmate shows up when you know he is at home sick
      - you thought you still had some beer in your fridge but it's all gone
      - it's lunch time, you should be hungry, but you not
      - boy/girl that has been ignoring you is suddenly talking to you
      - you see or hear anything and you think to yourself "that's strange"

      5. At random
      -every time you get the sinking/exciting/freeky/exhilarating feeling n your stomach, that what if this was a dream and you didn't notice


      Just remember, RC by itself doesn't get you lucid, it only confirms.

      Awareness does. The awareness question "what if this is a dream". And being aware of your surroundings, noticing details, changes, patterns, constantly questioning and knowing where you are, how you got there and what you were doing before. Walking through your life as if you were in some video game, where anything can jump out at you at any moment and if you don't notice where you walk, you will miss some cool pickups. Be alert!

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