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    1. Lunar's Daytime Awareness Guide

      by , 07-05-2022 at 08:15 PM
      What is Daytime Practice?
      Daytime awareness practice for lucid dreaming refers to the practice of becoming aware of whether you are awake or dreaming during the day. By doing this regularly throughout the day, you train a habit of becoming aware in dreams. As a result, you become lucid in your dreams.

      ADA, SAT, DILD hooks, and Reality Checks are examples of day practices that share the same awareness fundamentals. You can do these by themselves to get lucid dreams, or pair them with techniques such as MILD and WILD.

      What is ADA and SAT?
      ADA stands for All Day Awareness and is the practice of being aware of whether or not you are dreaming constantly throughout the day.

      SAT stands for Sporadic Awareness Technique and is the same as ADA, but an easier version of it. Instead of awareness being constant, you can simply be aware sporadically (randomly) in moments throughout the day. You can still gain a high rate of lucitity by doing SAT whenever you remember to do it.

      What is awraness, though?
      Awareness means you know something or are perceiving something. You can be aware of anything, such as that you're reading this guide, that the sky is blue, or that you're sitting in a chair. You are constantly aware of many things all at once, both in your environment and in your mind.

      With daytime awareness practices for the purpose of lucid dreaming, there is only one thing you need to be aware of: are you awake or dreaming? You don't need to be aware of the sky or your feelings, only this one question. To do awareness practices, ask yourself this question.

      But how do I ask myself if I'm awake or dreaming?
      To do SAT, earnestly ask yourself this question: "Am I dreaming or awake?" There are three possible answers.

      1. "No, I am awake." The waking experience is the easiest to identify. This is something many lucid dreamers learn on their own through experience, but I will tell you right here from the get-go: you know most easily when you're awake.

      2. The next possible answer is "Yes, I am dreaming." If you're doing reality checks, be mindful of whether you're already at the "yes" answer, as you don't need to complicate it with a reality check. You're already lucid.

      3. The third and most game-changing answer is "Maybe." Many people use reality checks here, but it's not necessary due to a funny little secret about lucid dreaming: maybe means yes.

      Any time you're asking yourelf if this is all a dream, you're probably dreaming. We don't get earnest maybes when we're awake like we do with dreams. This might be due to how memory works in dreams, since you don't always have access to all of your usual waking memory—the very thing that causes non-lucidity to begin with. The way dream brain makes you uncertain of your reality is itself a clue that you're dreaming.

      By being aware of your own uncertainty and being critical of what your uncertainty means, you become lucid in dreams.

      What are reality checks?
      Reality checks confirm whether you are in a dream by being critical of things in your environment. For example: if you look at your hands, they will look normal when awake, but you could have an impossible number of fingers in your dreams.

      There are many different kinds of reality checks that all do the same thing (pushing a finger through your palm, trying to breathe through your nose while plugging it, etc.)

      Reality checks are commonly used and highly effective, but it's hpful to understand that what makes them so effective is the awareness and criticality behind them, not the check itself. The check itself does not cause lucidity, but is a way to confirm lucidity. Because you can practice awareness and criticality without reality checks, they are an optional additional step.

      Reminders & Timers
      Daytime awareness practices should not involve setting timers or alarms to remind yourself to be aware, since you won't be able to use those in your dreams. If the timer you set doesn't go off in your dreams, you won't know to do it and you won't become lucid.

      Sure, you could set yourself up to dream about an alarm going off, but there is a much easier and more effective way of reminding yourself to do SAT in dreams: enter DILD hooks.

      What is a DILD hook?
      DILD stands for Dream Initiated Lucid Dream, which means that you become lucid at some point in your dream. Any technique that's not WILD is technically DILD, so ADA/SAT is also technically a form of DILD. The "hook" is the reminder part.

      DILD hooking is the same thing as SAT, but with a reminder. The reminder/hook must be something that occurs in both your waking life and dreams (usually not phone reminders, timers, or alarms).

      For example, if you dream about dragons often, you can train yourself to do SAT every time you encounter something related to dragons in waking life (doesn't need to be an actual dragon, just the idea of one). By training yourself to remember to do SAT every time you think of dragons, you can become lucid frequently in your dreams whenever dragons appear—especially if you train the criticality behind recognizing that living dragons only exist in dreams.

      Realistic Hooks
      DILD hooks can also be realistic or mundane things like cats, bananas, certain family members, seeing the sky, or the simple act of moving. As long as the hook occurs in your dreams, it can work as a reminder to do SAT.

      As described above, you don't need a reality check (like a dragon) to do SAT—all you need is to mindfully ask yourself if you're dreaming and be aware of the three possible answers. This is why realistic DILD hooks work.

      Emotions can also be DILD hooks. Children who become lucid from nightmares (a frequent backstory of natural lucid dreamers) unknowingly do DILD hooks by training an association between feelings of fear, and questioning their reality. Negative emotion is an ideal DILD hook if your goal is to stop nightmares with lucid dreaming. It can be trained deliberately by practicing daytime awareness every time you experience the negative emotion in your waking life, even if just from harmless exposure such as watching a scary/unpleasant movie.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: I thought you were supposed to pay attention to details in your environment for ADA? Like details in the grass, eye movements, the feeling of clothing, etc.
      A: This is fine as long as you're practicing awareness and criticality. If you only pay attention to details in your environment without being aware and critical of whether you're awake/dreaming, you will likely trigger more detailed dreams, but not necessarily lucid ones.

      Q: I can't find guides on SAT, only ADA?
      A: Because ADA and SAT are the same (other than how much you you do them), guides for ADA and SAT are interchangible. As long as you keep in mind that SAT is the sporadic version of ADA, you can use guides for both. It is a matter of All Day VS Spodic timing of your awareness, but otherwise they are the same practice.

      Q: I still don't understand what awareness is.
      A: If you read this guide and still don't understand what it means to be aware, you might be overthinking it. Are you awake right now? If so, then you're aware that you're awake. If you've ever had a lucid dream before, you were aware that you were dreaming. Bingo! Now you got it! Go do more of that.

      Q: What is the "most effective" DILD hook?
      A: Effectiveness is higher for things you dream frequently about. Also, things with an emotional impact also seem to be extra effective.

      Q: I can't remember any dreams. How do I know what happens frequently in my dreams for a DILD hook?
      A: For this, I recommend either doing SAT without a DILD hook, or using a common DILD hook (like the sky, something you most likely are dreaming about but just can't remember). Also, you need to work on your recall, otherwise you may not remember any future lucid dreams you have.
      Here's my recall guide: https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ner...l-guide-94405/

      Updated 07-06-2022 at 02:49 AM by 99032

    2. Lunar's Recall Guide

      by , 06-14-2022 at 10:58 PM
      To have lucid dreams, it's important that you have dreams to begin with. This recall guide will teach you how to have dreams in general, to experience them presently in vivid detail, and how to remember them for the purpose of lucid dreaming. This guide is best paired with guides for lucid dreaming techniques such as MILD or WILD, since recall does not cause lucidity and lucidity does not cause recall—you need both.

      What is Recall?
      Recall refers to the ability to remember your dreams. This goes for both lucid and nonlucid dreams. If you can't remember having dreams, you may not be able to remember having lucid dreams either. Being lucid by itself doesn't give you automatic recall.

      If you aren't already able to remember at least 1-3 dreams per night, you should practice dream recall either before or alongside your lucid dreaming techniques. Even if you do remember 1-3 dreams per night or more, developing your recall can still improve your dream life and lucidity rate.

      No dreams? No problem!
      Did you say you don't have dreams at all? Good news! You do have dreams every night, You just don't remember them. 99.9% of the time, simple lack of dream recall is the reason people don't have dreams. This is easy to fix. Many beginners are surprised by how many dreams they have once they start remembering them!

      Although it's rare, lack of dreams could be a result of something else. Speak to your doctor if you suspect that you truly aren't having dreams, since this can be a serious issue. This guide assumes you don't have any serious underlying issues that prevent dreams.

      How long will it take?
      It may take days or weeks to start seeing results if you have low recall to start with, but once you get into the habit of remembering dreams, it will come much more naturally.

      What can recall help with?
      Recall does more than just improve your memory of dreams. Here's a list of other benefits:
      1. Makes your dreams more vivid and detailed. Many people notice significant improvements to vividness of dreams after developing better recall. It turns out that their dreams were always highly vivid and detailed—they just couldn't remember those details!
      2. Increases your sense of presence in the moment during dreams. Instead of feeling like a memory, you will experience dreams more like real time occurrence just like you experience your waking life.
      3. Increases your chances of becoming lucid. As your perception of dreams shifts from past memories to present experiences, you'll be primed for higher rates of present-moment awareness (aka lucid dreaming).
      Note: this does not mean that recall is a substitute for lucid dreaming techniques. Rather, it conditions you for lucid dreaming and significantly enhances techniques.
      4. Allows you to notice dream signs that can be used for MILD (a lucid dreaming technique). Here's a guide for MILD: https://skyfalldreams.net/guides/skyfalls-mild-guide/
      5. Allows you to improve dream control of both lucid and nonlucid dreams through better understanding the way your dreams work, rewriting dreams, and incubating what you want to happen in future dreams.

      How to Develop Recall

      Recall Upon Waking
      The first and biggest thing you can do for recall is to make it a habit to always think about your dreams the moment you wake up. Dreams will be fresh in your memory in the first few minutes (even seconds) upon waking. So before you get up to journal or brush your teeth, devote a few minutes to thinking about your dreams in as much detail as possible. You can even do this in the middle of the night before going back to sleep again, if you wake up in the night.

      If you only remember a fragment at first, try to expand on it. Did anything happen before that? How did it look or feel? Sometimes memories can be recovered by slowly working your way backwards, or reflecting on various different senses, thoughts, and feelings. Approaching your memory from different angles can also help. See what you can dig up, as if you are trying to remember an important childhood memory or a crime scene. You may not instantly remember every detail, but they will slowly unravel the more you think about it. Writing it out can help, which is where journaling comes in.

      Dream Journaling
      Dream journaling supports the process of thinking about your dreams and unraveling the details. Best of all, it allows you to record dreams for later. Anything that you don't want to forget should be journaled. Journaling should be done after you wake up for the same reasons you should think about your dreams upon waking. So think about your dreams first, then journal (or both at the same time).

      You can journal with any medium (pen and paper or your phone, it doesn't matter). The crucial part is that you think about your dreams and remember as much as you can. The physical way you go about this task doesn't matter as much. This is a mental practice.

      It's recommended that you write out as much detail as you can remember, but if you can't do that in the moment, just writing down keywords is a good way to temporarily retain dream memories. Instead of writing a fully detailed entry, you can put down key words and phrases like 'ran outside, slayed dragon, ate peanutbutter' and then flesh it out with more detail later. This can be helpful with WBTB (wake back to bed) or when you don't have time to dream journal right away.

      Note: Using key words and phrases isn't meant as a way to cut corners, but just a crutch for retaining dream memories when you can't properly journal. Your goal is not to keep walking around on crutches, but when you need them, it's good to use them.

      Intention to Remember
      You can increase your recall abilities further by setting intention to recall more of your dreams. Before going to sleep, tell yourself that you'll remember your dreams. Imagine remembering your dreams the previous night, and what it may be like to remember them the following night. Walk yourself through the process of remembering dreams in your mind, and remind yourself that you'll remember to go through your dreams immediately upon waking up. Setting intention to remember your dreams can be done in the same way you set intention to get up early in the morning or do something like a household chore during the day.

      Daytime Dream Recall
      For even greater boosts to your recall practice, you can think about your dreams at any time of day. Sometimes you can remember details of a dream in the middle of the afternoon. This is a great way to develop better recall! The more you remember to think about your dreams, the better. You can even combine this with lucid dreaming day practice such as ADA, SAT, or daytime MILD (works the same as regular MILD).

      Daytime Waking Recall
      If you still have trouble remembering any dreams whatsoever, it can help to develop better memory of your every day life. What did you have for breakfast? What were you doing ten minutes ago? Ask yourself about little things like this throughout you day to develop better recall habits that will carry over into your dreams.

      Note: For convenience, you can combine this with daytime lucid dreaming awareness practice by asking yourself “Am I awake or in a dream currently?” whenever you do this. This is not required, but can cause lucid dreams if you decide to add it.

      WBTB + Recall
      WBTB stands for Wake Back to Bed and is another way to enhance your recall because it gives you more opportunities to remember dreams upon waking. Every time you wake up in the middle of the night (whether naturally or with alarms), you can practice thinking about your dreams as described above. This provides more chances to remember dreams, and can be done to capture early night dreams. Normally the later night dreams are easier to remember simply because they are more recent from the moment you woke up, but by using WBTB, you can more easily recall early night dreams. This can also be combined with MILD or WILD lucid dreaming techniques.

      In-dream Recall
      Last but not least, recall can be done while still inside of your dreams, with or without lucidity. You can do this by training yourself to have a habit of remembering events that are important to you similarly to setting intention. Certain activities can trigger the 'oh, I want to remember this later' intention which works for both lucid and nonlucid dreams. You may also find yourself journaling and delving inside your dreams whether lucid or not.

      If you're lucid, you can take recall a step further and develop habits to improve recall inside lucid dreams:
      - Noting important events in your dreams. Whenever something happens that you want to remember, make a note yourself that you don't want to forget what just happened.
      - Journal (or think about) an event in your dream in order to retain memories from one dream to the next (in-dream recall chaining).
      - Get into the habit of asking yourself what you were doing a few hours agio, to aid in retaining memories of previous dreams.
      - Before you wake up, take a few minutes to think about the dream while still asleep.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: Should I write down nightmares?
      A: If you don't want to, you don't need to. I personally (usually) skip writing down nightmares.

      Q: Can I rewrite my dreams?
      A: Yes! This is handy if you had a dream you didn't like. You can rewrite it to incubate different results for next time.

      Q: Can drugs or medications prevent dreaming?
      A: Alcohol and THC are known to cause recall issues. There may be other medications that can also affect dreams and recall.

      Q: But won't I remember having dreams if they're lucid?
      A: Lucid dreams can be easily forgotten just like regular dreams. The significance of them does not guarentee you'll remember.

      Q: If lucid dreams can be forgotten, how do I know whether I've had lucid dreams before?
      A: You could already have had lucid dreams before without knowing it. There is no way to know, but you can start improving your recall to remember future lucid dreams.

      Q: But how do you know that you forgot your lucid dreams?
      A: Personally I notice it when recall chaining between dreams. For example:
      Dream #1 is a lucid dream at the beginning of the night.
      In Dream #2, I remember Dream #1.
      In Dream #3, I no longer remember Dream #1, but can remember remembering it in Dream #2.
      Thus a lucid dream is remembered indirectly as a memory of a memory, but otherwise forgotten.

      Updated 07-02-2022 at 09:51 PM by 99032

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    3. Lunar's WILD Guide

      by , 06-01-2022 at 08:09 PM
      What is WILD?
      WILD stands for "Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming" and is an old, well known technique for going to sleep consciously. By maintaining awareness during the transition from wakefulness to sleep, you can directly enter a lucid dream.

      WILD is a skill that may take time to develop initially, but once you get familiar with it, it become easy, quick, and highly effective!

      When should I do WILD?

      WILD is best done in combination with WBTB (Wake Back to Bed). This means that you should set an alarm (or wake up naturally) during sleep. Usually 4-6 hours into sleep is recommended.

      How long you stay awake during WBTB depends on you. Some like doimng it for only a few minutes and others go longer. If you fall asleep too fast, lengthen the time. If you have trouble going back to sleep, shorten it.

      Make sure to adjust your sleep schedule accordingly to ensure that you are getting enough sleep.

      Although WBTB is recommended, it's not required. Any time you go to sleep is an opportunity for WILD. This includes other wake up times during the night, daytime naps, and before bed.

      How to Do WILD

      Summary of Steps for WILD
      1. Get in bed and get comfy. Go to sleep like you would normally (this is the majority of WILD).
      2. Start falling asleep.
      3. Put passive awareness on your anchor until you enter a dream (the anchor can either stay the same or change throughout the process).

      Performing WILD
      Make yourself comfortable in whatever position you normally fall asleep in and prepare to go to sleep like you would normally. Whatever sleeping position is most comfortable for you is the best for WILD. When you start to fall asleep, put gentle awareness on an "anchor" to keep your mind from drifting into unsconsciousness.

      Choosing an Anchor
      An anchor is simply something (a subject or thing) to help you be aware so you don't fall asleep unconsciously. There are many types of anchors for WILD.

      Here are two main categories of anchors:
      - External, such as fans, noise machines, or the feeling of a blanket. These consist of real things in your environment and real physical senses and are easy to keep track of in the beginning stage of WILD. However, it's possible to lose track of them as you enter the later stage, so you may want to switch to an internal anchor at that point in the WILD process.
      - Internal, such as watching imagery form on the backs of your eyelids, imagined visuals, imagined movement, or any sort of thoughts or imagined senses. Internal anchors are things of the mind. They can stay with you as you transition into a dream, so they're easy to keep track of in the final stage of WILD. You can use them to finalize the process and enter a dream.

      What does awareness mean, though?
      Awareness is simply a perception of something. For example, you are currently aware of this guide and the shape of the letters written in it. You are probably thinking actively about the contents of the guide, but the shape of the letters is a more passive type of awareness.

      You are aware of things all the time, except when you're unconscious, which is why WILD works.

      Finding The Balance
      Falling asleep consciously for WILD is a balance, but the balance is not 1:1. It's heavily skewed more in the direction of falling asleep. If you find yourself unable to sleep, you may be focussing too hard on your anchor. Lower it to a more gentle, passive awareess.

      If you continue to maintain gentle passive awareness, you will enter a lucid dream.
      The rest of this guide is just further explanation and tips.

      Extra Tips

      What is Hypnagogia?
      Hypnagogia are imaginary visuals, sounds, and other sensations that may happen as you fall asleep, but not always. These can vary widely, but are completely harmless. You can even control them in the same way dreams can be controlled, and use them as an anchor to enter a lucid dream.

      What to Do With Wandering Mind
      As you fall asleep, you may notice your mind wander. This is a sign that you're about to fall asleep (a good sign that WILD is working) and here are two ways of proceeding with it:
      - When you mind wanders, gently bring it back to your anchor.
      - Allow your mind to wander, but follow it. Stay passively aware as you go with the flow.

      Wandering thoughts are also common in dreams and can be embraced by the WILDer. What makes anchors work is the ability to keep your mind from losing consciousness completely. It doesn't mean you have to stick with the same thing throughout the whole process. It's perfectly fine to let your mind wander, as long as you're keeping track of it.

      Moving Anchors
      Your anchor doesn't have to be stationary. It can move fluidly and change through the process of falling asleep. For example, instead of imagining an apple on a desk, you can imagine yourself picking an apple from a tree, going into town, and proceeding to go on an adventure unrelated to apple picking—this is the nature of dreams and is a very powerful tool for WILD! By emulating a dream narrative before you fall asleep, you can transition easily and quickly into a real dream (since you're already engaging the dreamstate mindset). The more you match a reaming mindset, the better.

      MILD & WILD
      WILD can be combined with MILD (another technique for lucid dreaming) for stacked effects. To combine them, do MILD first, then WILD. OR you can incorporate MILD into a narrative WILD anchor for double effect. That way, if you don’t fall asleep conscious, you’re still likely to have lucid dreams. To do this, make your story narrative involve the concept of you being in a lucid dream.

      Here's a MILD guide that I recommend: https://skyfalldreams.net/guides/skyfalls-mild-guide/
      You can also do MILD during the day (any time) separately from your WILD times.

      Visualization Anchors
      Visualization anchors with WILD (also known as V-WILD) are one of the most popular. There are multiple ways you can use a visual anchor:
      - Use an external visual like a light or something else in the room.
      - Create an internal anchor from a visual in your mind.
      - Gaze at the backs of your eyelids, you might or might not notice imagery forming.
      - Use imagined imagery that forms while you're falling asleep (like hypnagogia).

      Visuals tend to become more vivid the closer you get to entering a dream. It might stay the same or morph, and you can control it or go with the flow—either way is fine, as long as you maintain awareness of it while falling asleep.

      Imagined Movement & Sensation Anchors
      You can use any sense for anchors, such as:
      - Imagining yourself walking, flying, or swimming.
      - Imagining a calm energy flowing through your body.

      These can also arise either from hypnagogia or just simply imagining them. They work similarly to visual anchors in that the sensation can become more vivid the closer you get to entering a dream.
      There are endless anchors you can use for WILD. Don't feel like you need to limit yourself to what's listed here!

      Sometimes you can do WILD by emulating the mindset you have in dreams, escpecially if you've lucid dreamed before. You can even walk yourself through a dream that you want to have, and fall asleep doing this as your anchor.

      Falling Asleep Signs
      If you're unsure whether your WILD practice is working, these are the signs that it is:
      - Your mind may start to wander more than usual.
      - Your breathing and/or heartrate may slow down.
      - You may feel a jerking motion in your hand or other part of your body (hypnic jerk).
      - You might make a small sound, like a mumble.
      - Your might suddenly feel cold and need to pull up a blanket (body temperature decrease).
      - Sounds, visuals, touch, or other sensations in your environment may become dull or vanish completely.
      - You may start to hear sounds, see visuals, or feel sensations that aren't really there (hypnagogia).

      If you experience any of these signs, it means you're about to fall asleep. This is a great time to start doing WILD.
      Noticing these signs also means you are being aware of the falling asleep process! Even if you didn't enter a dream in the later stage, look at what you're doing correctly to get these signs and do more of that.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What do I do if I have to scratch an itch, move, or swallow during WILD?
      A: Do so! Act just like you normally would going to bed. You can move around, scratch itches, and swallow all you like.

      Q: Are the lucid dreams you get from WILD more/less vivid than lucid dreams from other methods?
      A: No, the technique you use doesn't determine vividness (lack of vividness is a recall/dream control issue).

      Q: How long does it take to do WILD?
      A: WILD can be done in the same amount of time that it takes you to fall asleep. This can vary by the person, but can be done in minutes.

      Q: How long does it take to LEARN how to do WILD?
      A: The time it takes to learn and start having successful WILDs varies. It can happen on the first night, or it could take days, weeks, or more to train. Keep in mind that training doesn't mean repetition—you need to adjust your practice until you figure out the balance.

      Q: I can't relax and go to sleep! What do I do?
      A: Let go of racing thoughts, worries, or focusing on things that can keep you awake. Meditation like slowing your breathing and other relaxation techniques can help.

      Q: What do I do if it's not working?
      A: If you're falling asleep unconsciously, raise the awareness level. If you're staying awake, lower it. Make other adjustments as needed rather than just repeating the same thing (if it's not working).

      Q: How do I stabilize the dream?
      A: Stabilization isn't needed. You can stay in the dream simply by going off and doing dream things!

      Q: Does WILD cause sleep paralysis/do I need sleep paralysis?
      A: WILD doesn't involve sleep paralysis (this is often mistaken for hypnagogia).

      Q: Is WILD the most difficult technique?
      A: WILD is not a difficult technique. It's very easy once you learn to do it!

      Updated 09-02-2022 at 08:45 PM by 99032

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