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    Lunar's Recall Guide

    by , 06-14-2022 at 10:58 PM (577 Views)
    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!

    Disclaimer
    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.
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