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    1. 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 recallóyou 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 detailedóthey 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 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).

      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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    2. 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.

      MILD & WILD
      WILD can be combined with MILD (another technique for lucid dreaming) for stacked effects. To combine them, do MILD first, then WILD. 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 flowóeither 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!

      Mindset
      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 repetitionóyou 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 06-03-2022 at 12:42 AM by 99032

      Tags: anchor, guide, lunar, wild
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    3. Deliberate False Awakening Experiments with V-WILD

      by , 05-30-2022 at 03:19 AM
      I saw someone needed help with V-WILD this morning, so I tried messing with the technique it to see if I could find a way to help them and also played around with false awakenings.

      V-WILD (to my understanding) is WILD but with a visual anchor.

      So I did V-WILD at 7 AM. Rather than choosing a visual, I watched the inside of my eyelids until a visual started to form (like cloudgazing). Unlike cloudgazing, the visual became more vivid as I progressed through WILD.
      The dream formed into the same bedroom I fell asleep in, and couldíve been a false awakening if I didn't know it was a dream.

      I experimented trying to speak in real life signifant other from the dream, since I've been wanting to experiment more with that lately. I did it once before and have been fascinated by the idea of controlling waking body while asleep ever since.

      My SO was asleep IRL so the experiment wouldn't have worked. I figured that would happen, am thinking of using a recorder next time.

      After that, I climbed out the window in my dream room. Thought to myself: "I wonder if I should make anything I really want to do more often be right next to the dreamed version of my houseóthis is a good way to develop PRs with more fun stuff in them."óbut couldnít think of anything I really wanted. Can always incubate this while awake.

      I noticed how a lot of things were different in my dream neighborhood like lighting and rearranged buildings. I could change them and make a replica, but donít really need to. I kind of like having the dream versions of RL locations to be different, makes the dream state easier to distinguish.

      I then tested out waking myself up in a way where itís more dream body instead of waking body sensation to help me get a feel for the difference. If I wake myself up for real, then that could help me pinpoint waking sensation. If dream wake-up, that's dreamed sensation.
      idk I was coming up with this on the spot, so it may not be a great idea for an experiment.

      So I woke up back in my bedroom.
      I assumed this was either a dream or I woke myself for real. I suspected dream, but wasn't totally sure. Tested reality check with finger through palm and it didnít work. My hands were so solid and realistic! I was pretty sure it was a dream anyway though, so I plugged my nose and breathed. It worked.
      Dream.

      I practiced the false awakenings a few times and was able to tell I was in a dream more and more every time I did it.

      All the while, the dreamed version of my significant other was there watching this nonsense! I told her it was a dream, and she acted mock-concerned, half-heartedly gasping with poorly acted worry.
      I responded to her playfully "Yeah, I know if you were the real one, you would be rightly concerned about me thinking everything is a dream, but since we both know itís a dream, youíre fine~"

      I eventually woke myself up for real when it felt it had been an hour because I had to get ready for a thing. Was about 8AM.

      Updated 05-30-2022 at 03:33 AM by 99032

      Tags: awakening, false, wild
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    4. Giving Life to a Dream (4+ hours long)

      by , 04-25-2022 at 05:56 PM
      I only had one waking last night that Iím aware of. Normally Iím aware of all my wakings but every few weeks, usually when Iím especially tired, only slept 1-2 that Iím aware of (instead of the usual 4-6).

      ---

      First dream of the night was more thoughts than a dream. There was no story or dream, but I was thinking about genetics and imagining them as trees all linking up. I was just going through them in my mind. Not sure whether this is lucid or not. It was just thoughts, and I felt aware of that.

      Woke up from it. Wish I wrote down the time, but my guess is it was somewhere between 12 and 2 AM.

      Went back to bed and started what would feel like a continuous 4+ hour dream.

      I WILDed into a scene of white light. As the light faded, a dead forest came into view, full of burnt trees. There were humanoid monsters in the trees that bounded from limb to limb, hidden both by the trees and a thick ashy fog. They were white bodied with ghoulish smiling faces and thin skeletal frames, no muscle.

      They carried bows and fired deadly arros at anyone wandering past.

      I avoided the arrows and traveled the treacherous forest. As I went, leaves started to appear on the trees and the fog died down, as though slowly stepping out of an underworld. I reached a village where my dream SO (significant other) met me. The sun was going down so we bought a cabin, not wanting to be out after dark. It was well known amongst the villagers that you don't stay out after dark, or those creatures in the forest will kill you.

      The cabin was tiny, about 100 ft.≤ with stairs leading to a second tiny section. It was cozy, full of nice soft furniture. A bed and essentials was all one needed for survival. The most important thing was that it was protected from the creatures outside. It had good locks and was small enough to be hidden in the trees (reachable with a small ladder).

      There was a young man there who seemed to be an old friend, and he had nowhere to go. He needed somewhere to stay the night. He seemed suspiciously unstable and angry, but with the monsters outside, we couldn't leave him out there to die.

      After we agreed to let him stay, however, he pulled a knife on us, wanting to steal our home and belongings. I grabbed his arms and wrestled the knife from him, then stabbed him with it before he could do the same to us. We took off running, leaving him bleeding and cursing.

      We ran to the central village area, knowing my SO had friends here who we could stay with. I suspected the attacker would burn our house down and/or try to kill us in retaliation. We needed to avoid him, and the night monsters.

      When we arrived at the SO's friends' house, we knocked on the door. This was an apartment complex and each strucrally sound unit was bigger than our little cabin. When the door opened, we saw several of her friends in the house, lots of colorful lights, music. It sounded like they were having a party.

      We explained what happened and that we needed to stay somewhere for the night, but the group was suspicious of us and didnít buy the story.

      This was a turning point where they had decided to end their friendship with my SO. We decided to go somewhere else. It was dark out by now. We went to the nearest hotel, but didnít have any money left since we spent it all on that house that we couldn't currently risk going back to.

      We tried to sneak into an empty hotel room, but then realized the room wasnít empty. Whoops! Before we could be caught, we slipped right back out into the halls.
      It wasn't a really nice hotel. Was pretty cheap and seemed to be falling apart. The whole place felt small and cramped, too.

      So we went into the bathroom, which was a multi stall bathroom and not the cleanest.

      The owner happened to be in the bathroom and yeah somehow I just knew that that was him. He was just washing his hands.

      My SO saw an opportunity though and suddenly got down and started cleaning a horrendous stain on the floor. I don't know what this was, but it was thick and green, like just straight inch-thick mold. It was nasty. Somehow I knew that the owner had been having trouble with the stain so I got down too and helped cleaned it. We actually started scrubbing it out, revealing very nice clean floor underneath.

      The owner noticed and was impressed. He asked about the cleaner. My SO then offered to clean more up in exchange for a nightís stay if there were somehow any extra rooms. The owner looked like he was considering the offer, but wasn't sure about it.

      So I got up, and offered my dragon. Donít know where I pulled her out from, but suddenly I was holding my dragon out towards him. He was immediately on board.

      As the hotel owner took my dragon, my consciousness seemed to go with it. Next thing I knew, I was the dragon hanging off his shoulder as he carried it outside. I just stayed and enjoyed the breeze and village lights. I looked up and marveled at the moon. It was incredibly bright and the fog had cleared. Everything was much more colorful around the village.

      I looked back at the hotel owner when he wanted to see some fire breathing. Dragons breathe fire, right? Sure. I tilted my head up towards the sky and breathed some fire. Only a few embers came out because my dragon is a water dragon. Personally I was happy with it, but he seemed less impressed.

      I got the feeling that he knew what I was, which was much more than just a dragon. He seemed unhappy about it, though. I eventually lost interest in hanging on this guyís shoulder and ran off into the forest to explore.

      There was a trail that spiraled down below the forest and village. Underneath was a whole other section of wilderness. It became apparent to me that this was the same planet/place I had been to in a previous dream, because there was a familiar ocean of fungus created by the forest.

      It resembled acid, or syrup, but was a healthy part of the environment. Spotted forest seals (no bigger than a large dog) swam in it and gathered onto one of the ledges near the fungus to lounge. Up the dirt trail was a pack of wolves near a large tree.

      I came back up to the surface area after a while, walking through the grass past an abandoned structure, still in dragon form. I stopped and thought something along the lines of:
      ďI havenít been thinking about the fact this is a dream the whole time. Does that mean Iím not lucid? No, of course Iím lucid. Just not thinking about it actively until now.Ē

      As I thought about the dream state, I noticed that everything stopped moving. The grass was frozen when I was pretty sure the breeze had been sweeping through it moments ago. Everything felt less alive in the dream. I was less engaged with it, and it stopped having that natural flow.

      I wondered if I was creating expectation to wake? I decided to turn my attention back to the dream and went back into the forest.

      I circled around and checked on everything. The seals, ledges, fungus, dirt trail, trees, wolves. Those night monsters were gone and everything was more vibrant and lush in the forest. Everything looked fine.

      Wondering what my dragon sounded like (it doesnít make any noise typically), I tried making some vocalizations. What came out sounded like a weak, failed coyote howl.

      It was loud enough that it could be heard throughout the village in the distance, though. People recognized the sound and knew it was now safe to come out at night. The whole village was lit up even more now and people bustled around, knowing my dragon had scared the monsters away. Everything felt more alive.

      I woke up and it was 6:18 am

      Further Incubation
      Now that I'm awake, using the long PR dream from last night, Iím going to incubate some extra things. usually I do this by filling in gaps where previous dreams wereít specific.

      I'm going to think about the hotel owner. Aside from dragons being mythical creatures and presumably valuable, I donít know why he wanted it. He wasnít happy about seeing the dragon, but he was happy to own it.

      So Iím going to incubate the idea that monsters in the forest forcing people to stay inside created good business for his hotel. With desperate guests brings more money.

      He knew that the lucid guardian dragon would ward off those creatures, so he wanted to suppress it. He didnít know how to do that, though.

      So maybe I'll encounter him again, or revisit this village in a future dream.

      Updated 06-15-2022 at 03:54 PM by 99032

      Tags: forest, monster
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    5. Awake and asleep at the same time, and lucid and nonlucidat the same time (messing with boundaries).

      by , 04-16-2022 at 06:34 PM
      Imagine communicating with words to a waking person while you're asleep and aware of both states, or being able to move your waking bvody (not just eyesn or fingertips, but the whole body) without waking up?

      I've done both, with two vereified exeriences and several nonverified ones, and I want to become more proficient at this.

      So I've been practicing and trying to learn how to do this more reliably. Some birds can sleep with one eye open, presumably asleep but able to watch their waking surroundings at the same time in the open eye. Inspiting!

      My Unverified Experiences
      I've WILDed with my eyes open a before and watched my bedroom change. I'm not sure at what point the real bedroom became a dream and don't have any memory of closing my eyes.
      I also WILDed with eyes open in the car and watched out the window for about an hour, but asleep (my SO said I was snoring in waking reality). Music was playing. For me, it became distorted, but my SO told me (after I woke up) what song it was. So I'm not sure which or how much of my experiences were real or dream.

      My Verified Experiences
      - I asked my SO to wake me up once while lucid dreaming, because I was having trouble with it (normally I don't have trouble waking myself up from dreams, so this was rare). My SO actually did hear me ask for help in waking life, and woke me up.
      - My SO was tossing and turning, I assumed having a nightmare, so I rolled over and gave SO a pat. I was still asleep, but had partial awareness of waking reality (could hear the noise machine, but only quietly). I became curious about how asleep I actually was, wanted to verify, so I woke myself up fully, at which point the noise machine became full volume and I was still in the same position, with my hand on my SO's back.

      Last Night's Practice
      In my lucid dream last night, I decided to think about my waking body and move my waking hands and arms, to see if I could do it without waking up. I also opened one of my 'waking' eyes to see my bedroom, testing if I could become aware of external environment without waking
      I made two mistakes in judgement:
      1. I was not actually seeing or interacting with waking reality this time, it was just another (nonlucid) dream. Whoops. Could have been a false awakening if I actually 'woke up' at this point, but I did successfully stay in the lucid dream.
      2. I forgot I'm actually blind in one eye due to a congenital condition. so I have no conceptual idea what seeing out of two eyes is like. I assumed I was looking out of two eyes in the dream, like those birds, but the experience for me was the same as looking out of my only good eye. The scene switched back and forth between the lucid and nonlucid dream, but I was still only seeing out of the one eye.

      This wasn't exactly a success for what I'm trying to learn, but I'm not going to view it as a failure. It was good practice. Plus now I can tell people I was lucid and nonlucid at the same time, for real.

      Updated 04-16-2022 at 07:10 PM by 99032

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      lucid , non-lucid , false awakening , memorable , side notes
    6. First Dream/Hallucination/SP & Incubation Exercises

      by , 04-09-2022 at 08:00 PM
      I assume my first lucid dream was around age 9-10 years, but I can't remember.

      Here's a dream I remember having at around the age of 5-6, which involved bringing a dream monster into waking state and brief SP.

      I'm also going to go over some incubation exercises that will improve future dreams.


      - THE DREAAM -

      I was in a dimly lit building trying to avoid monsters around the corners that were looking for me. They werenít particularly frightening, just unsettling enough that I wanted to move away from them.
      Then, I felt something tap my shoulder and woke up. paralyzed briefly (but not for long). Then something on that same shoulder blew in my ear.

      I assumed it was my step dad messing with me and said his name as I sat up, but heard him snoring, so it wasnít him.
      Then I noticed it sitting in my lap. I often slept cross-legged as a kid. The monster from my dreams was sitting there staring at me with its vacant expression.

      It turned and levitated upward and into the corner where if disappeared into one of the milk crates we had stacked up there.


      - INCUBATION -

      After 20+ years of not thinking much about those monsters, Iíve decided to incubate appealing ideas about what they are. This allows for more dream control in future dreams (and also control over hallucinations and SP, which I'm prone to).

      Because this was the first dream I remember, my mind naturally assigns significance to it. So it's a good opportunity.

      So two concepts I'm incubating:
      1. The reason these monsters chased me is because they sensed my capacity for bringing dream entities into waking world. Thereís an energy that I give off, a type of radiation thatís non-detectable because it has no electrical charge, kind of like neutrinos. Only some supernatural entities can perceive it.

      2. Those monsters looked like giant woolly caterpillars, being black with a brown band around the middle. Whenever I think of woolly caterpillars, I think of hunger and eating themes, so Iím going to say that they consume the above energy. They just wanted to eat my dream traveler radiation and are harmless.

      ^ Developing these concepts removes the mystery and fear elements from the hallucinated monster, making them definitively non-threatening. It also helps cement the idea into my mind that I have a definite super power in dream worlds, which fosters more control over dreams, hallucinates, and SP.

      That's it for now!
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      side notes , memorable
    7. Overcoming Sleep Paralysis (if you already have it)

      by , 04-05-2022 at 07:22 PM
      After some careful consideration, I've decided to put my experiences of SP out there. It may be controversial and not a simple fix, but I hope this will be helpful to people who experience it.

      I had SP for over 20 years. The first remembered one happened around age 5-6 and it wasn’t particularly scary, but I had typical nightmare demon ones later.
      I sought treatment from psychiatrists and other professionals for underlying issues, but continued to have SP even after the treatment and recovery from mental issues. I eventually got rid of SP using dream control, incubation, and other tools learned from the LD community (you guys are a life saver!).

      I'm not professional. This is not medical advise. If you have a condition or medical issue, seek professional help. You may need treatment of underlying conditions.

      So if you have SP already or are scared of getting it some day, good news ahead! Read on and I’ll explain how it can be dealt with, and turned into a not-problem.

      Some misunderstandings seems to arise from confusion between hypnagogia and sleep paralysis, but these are two different states. The key difference is that you aren’t paralyzed for hypnagogia.
      There's also a difference between waking sleep paralysis, and having dreams about sleep paralysis. You can dream that it happened, but this isn't the same thing as having it when waking.

      If you're having dreams about SP though, the stuff below should still be helpful.

      So here's what you can do to deal with SP:
      - Know that it isn't real. All sensations are created by your mind. I've changed sensations in the moment, causing uncomfortable sensations or even the paralysis itself to fade away. It's controllable with your mind.
      - Know that you have control over your mind, and these hallucinations. I've used dream control and expectation to have friendly SP characters.
      - Practice relaxation with body and mind. You can use meditation, or just think about being comfy and wanting to LD.
      - Go to sleep from SP. This is an opportunity for WILD. You can enter an LD from SP.
      - View SP as an opportunity to do whatever you want.
      - Incubate ahead of time and plan your future experiences and intentions to have positive ones. I spent some time training my mind before bed to practice these things and get into the mindset, changing the way I previously viewed SP.
      - You can also practice SP in dreams. I summoned an SP demon in a lucid dream and turned it into a positive experience with incubation and dream control. We had a nice time.
      - Practice going to sleep inside LDs, and the results you want to get. I trained myself to use falling asleep as a teleportation method. Any time I go to sleep in an LD, I can teleport to another dream scene. I use this for both SP and LD nightmares, or even just mildly unplerasant LD situations.

      There's also another trick to getting out of SP, which I see a ton of people on Facebook, Redit, and elsewhere using—and that is to wake yourself up from SP with some kind of sudden movement. I did this consistently for years and it used to be my solution, but I've since discovered the items above are even more consistent and effective, so this is just another option. You can also yell or call out for help (and yes it can be heard by real people, if you sleep next to someone). I called for help and my SO woke me up from one before.
      But the list above is more thorough. Combining all these things, I haven't had any bad SP experiences in ages. I still get some bizarre experiences, but they tend to be exciting and positive.

      Good luck everyone and have fun!

      Updated 04-05-2022 at 07:29 PM by 99032

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      memorable , side notes