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    1. How to Create A Persistent Realm

      by , 03-31-2022 at 07:36 PM
      What is a PR?
      PR stands for Persistent Realm and refers to plots, narratives, places, characters, and other elements that "persist" from one dream to the next. It's like creating a save file in your dream and resuming it the next time you go to bed. You might see the same dream character twice and eventually learn her name, frequent the same beach, or wear the same time-traveling watch in multiple dreams.

      Using PRs, you can create a whole world, cast of characters, and powers/devices, plots, and scenarios that you return to anytime you go to sleep! Ever wanted to go on an epic adventures with a genie? Journey to the center of the earth to look for treasure? Get abducted by aliens? Or have a dream family? You can with PRs. We spend a third of our lives dreaming, so we might as well be living it to the fullest extent!

      Lucidity and PRs
      Lucid dreaming is not required for PRs. You can start developing a PR any time even if you don't know how to lucid dream using prospective memory planning.

      Lucid dreaming is a great addition to a PR, though! It allows you to have greater control over your PR in the moment. PRs can also be used to facilitate longer lucid dreams, so the two go hand-in-hand.


      How to Develop a PR
      Developing a PR can be done either inside or while you are awake. You can either develop things from scratch, or work off of existing things.

      Dream Initiated PR Development
      In-dream development of PRs can be done with lucid dreaming simply by using dream control and engaging in whatever it is you want to do. If you repeat the same activities in multiple dreams, they will easily become habits that repeat naturally over time.
      Note: Wake-initiated PR development is still recommended for kickstarting your ideas, especially if you want specific things to happen in your PR (see below).

      If you're not lucid, wake-initiated PR development is recommend (see below). You can still develop PRs from within dreams, but not as deliberately. Going with the flow of your dreams and letting them unfold over time can result in natural PR-forming. The act of simply practicing dream recall, journaling, thinking about dreams, and increasing your awareness in dreams tends to result in more naturally recuring PR elements.

      PRs also develop naturally from paying attention to particular elements in your dreams, or doing the same things until you form consistent habits/routines. The more you pay attention to certain things in dreams, the more likely they are to naturally recur. Use this to your benefit by focusing on the things you want, and putting less attention onto the things you don't want.

      Wake Initiated PR Development
      What if you don't want to just wait around for something you like to appear? Say you want to give that dream character a name you picked out, find buried treasure on your recurring beach, or give your watch space-travel powers, too. This is where planning out PRs comes in.

      Prospective memory is a powerful tool for actively plan your PRs and make specific elements recur. You can choose to see a specific dream character in your next dream, or revisit a location you've been before. Sure, you could do this on the fly in a lucid dream, but we often don't have access to the same memories in dreams that we do while awake, so planning it ahead helps to ensure you will remember what you want to do and enhance your dream control (especially in the case of more complex goals).

      Before going to sleep, think about the setting you want, characters you want to meet, and things you want to experience. Imagine being in the dream you want while awake, and set your intention to have these dreams. Walk yourself through them before and after, how you'll get to what you want, and what you'll do with it. Make connections to strengthen your plans, walking yourself through narratives that "make sense" and have as much logi cohesion as possible.


      PR Development Strengthening
      - Connect what you want (your goal) with something you already have. Connecting scenery, characters, and other elements from can create a more cohesive structure that makes you more likely to revisit the PR.
      For example, if you want to set up a persistent area where you can go eat chocolate cake, think back to a previous dream you had with any building in it. Now imagine that there's a bakery with cake in that building. Imagine walking inside and meeting the chef, who wants to give you unlimited free cake! There's never any lines, and everything you want is on the menu.
      - Connect elements that 'make sense' to you. This will strengthen dream plans into something believable that you will have an easier time dreaming about. For example, it makes more sense to find chocolate cake in a bakery than under the sea. So if your goal is to eat chocolate cake, take the path of least resistence and create a persistent bakery in a city or town, not underwater.
      Disclaimer: You CAN create fanciful things like underwater bakeries! If that's your goal, it's absolutely doable. I just recommend, as a general rule, sticking with things that "make sense" unless you have a specific other goal in mind, simply because it's easier.
      - Associate a feeling. In addition to imagining your senses, you can also imagine the feelings in dreams to help form connections and create PRs based on those powerful emotional connections (which can have incredible influence over our dreams).
      For example, a small town bakery might elicit a feeling of old-timey personalized cakes with homemade frosting and higher prices, as opposed to a city bakery where you might have a greater selection of decadent premade cakes at lower prices.
      - Take advantage of pre-existing consistency. It's okay to deviate from previous plans, but staying consistent helps strengthen your PR. Personally, I go into PRs with a "don't fix it if it aint broke" mindset. This gives the PR a much more consistent framework (80%+ of my PR formed naturally, and I don't change things unless there's a reason to change them).
      - Set intention! Intention to do something in the future is a brilliant tool when put towards dream planning. When you tell yourself x is going to happen, it is surprisingly effective at making x happen in dreams. Have you ever anticipated waking up early to do something you're exited about, and then found that you woke up naturally before your alarm? Even if you aren't a well practiced lucid dreamer, people have a natural sense of intention and follow-through that naturally transfers into dreams.
      - Use repetition. The more you think about dreams and develop your PR, the more likely you are to succeed. You can even do it during the day.
      Note: repetition that is mindless and devoid of your thoughtful presence is not as helpful. If you are doing something like a mantra, make sure you're being mindful and not just repeating empty phrases.
      - Consider details. As you go through dreams in your head, include as much or as little details as you want. You don't have to think in great vivid detail for it to be effective, though you can if you enjoy doing so! Considering details can help reinforce your intention. Be aware that what you focus on now, is what your dream will likely focus on later.


      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: Can I change something that already happened?
      A: Yes! Even if something already happened, you can change the past, present, and future of your PR. For example, if there was an FBI agent out looking for you in your PR, even if this has been going on for years, you can change it with logical plot twists. Maybe he was looking for someone who looked like you, and realizes the mistake in your next dream. Convince yourself of this new plot twist, form ideas around it, walk yourself through it, and it will occur.

      Q: What if I create an ongoing nightmare?
      A: The nice thing about dreams is that you have control over them. If there's something from a previous dream that you don't like, you can change it at any time whether during the dream itself or in the next dream. You're never forced to keep the same narrative going. Unlike waking life, persistent dream realms are your creation. You have complete control over it. YOU decide what continues, and what goes away.

      Q: ]But I don't want to control everything?
      A: Good point! I personally only plan about 10-20% of my PR. When you develop your PR either inside the dream or when awake, feel free to skip over/gloss over anything you don't want to control. You can set the stage for things as much or as little as you want. For example, you can plan to activate a portal to a magical realm without planning where it goes, and have the magical realm be a surprise.

      Q: Why does planning PRs while awake sound like MILD?
      Mwahaha! That's because it is. Planning PRs works similarly to MILD technique for lucid dreaming, but instead of becoming lucid, your goal is to trigger, engage, or modify your PR. Here's a guide for MILD that you can convert to your PR goals: https://skyfalldreams.net/guides/skyfalls-mild-guide/

      Q: How do I start lucid dreaming?
      A: Lucid dreaming is outside the scope of this guide. To get started, I recommend reading a recall guide:https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ner...l-guide-94405/
      Then, pick a lucid dreaming methodsk like MILD or WILD and you'll be set!
      MILD: https://skyfalldreams.net/guides/skyfalls-mild-guide/
      WILD: https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ner...d-guide-94340/

      Updated 07-02-2022 at 12:59 AM by 99032

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    2. Lucid Guardian (PR since 1999-2000)

      by , 02-17-2022 at 03:46 AM
      I see lots of enthusiasm for persistent reams and thought Id share mine! It started around 1999-2000 (not sure which year). My PR seems to be part of the reason I have nightly lucidity even without practice.

      The root of it is traveling between 'worlds/dimensions' in dreams (idk what you'd call these? universes? realities?). The idea is that there's a multiverse in our minds that is formed by our own consciousness, like a sub-universe. All of the physics in our sub-universes are perceived by the conscious entities that live in it, so to them, it's 'real' just like the universe is real to us.

      Anyway, this gives me full control over pretty much everything and I spend most of my time traveling, overseeing things, and interacting with DCs (often without them knowing who/what I am).

      There's also a multiverse in this. A lot of alternate universe exist alongside each other due to being made of different kinds of particles/physics/physical laws that don't interact and are imperceivable to each other.

      Besides just the regular natives, there's also some that can travel through this multiverse and I encounter them once in a while.

      Note I'm not trying to be scientifically accurate with this. It just makes dream life more fun.

      Disclaimer: This is just dreams, there is no such thing as 'sub-universes' and I am in no way implying that this is to be taken as real. The PR is strictly intended to be enjoyed in the moment, like watching a movie or playing a game. You know it's not real, but you can be more emotionally invested when it has an element of 'believability'.
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