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    1. Success!

      by , 10-09-2019 at 04:33 PM
      After about a long dry spell, I had a lucid dream this morning AND I found my dream character. We embraced because I just couldn't believe it actually worked after so long a dry spell. I used MILD. The key to it that there needs to be a strong link between the mnemonic and the thing I want to remember. In this case, I noticed that school is recurring setting in my dreams. Thus, I spent a good portion of yesterday creating a very strong link between school and my intention to find my dream character. It's not the mantra or visualization that causes a lucid dream. It's the prospective memory and the link between the intention and the mnemonic. Visualization + mantra is only to strengthen that link such that it will even work while in unconscious REM sleep.
      side notes , lucid
    2. Small Lucid Dream

      by , 09-16-2019 at 07:13 PM
      I had an extra hour of sleep before work so I took a nap. All I did was set an intention of what I wanted to do the next time I had a dream. I occupied my mind with this intention. Focused more on falling asleep. Find so-and-so. Sleep paralysis came after some time and I kid you not, I willed the dream into the moment. I felt the dream coming on so I just invited it in until I found my inside a small store. I found a cashier and asked if she knew where so-and-so was. She looked and didn't say anything. The lucid dream ended.

      I ended up oversleeping.

      On another note, this October will mark 10 years being part of Dream Views. That would be 10 years of me *attempting* to *master* lucid dreaming. I'm just going to go ahead and say that no, I am not a master of lucid dreaming. I can't lucid dream everyday and when I do have a lucid dream, it is less and than thirty seconds long. Just because I easily had a lucid dream today doesn't mean I am going to have one tomorrow guaranteed.
    3. June 9th

      by , 09-03-2019 at 07:04 PM
      Had a dream it was my last day in high school. I didn't realize it was and I was the last student in the classroom with a male teacher. I told him that I had 'finally done it.'; that I had no more schooling left for the rest of my life. I leave the building and I realize I am dreaming. I stabilize the dream by looking at my hands, and everything becomes clearer. I try to summon a dream character but no dice. The dream ends not because it collapsed but because my alarm went off I needed to be awake.
    4. Breaking Dryspell

      by , 07-30-2019 at 07:02 PM
      After a 5 day dry-spell, I managed to have a lucid dream this morning.

      - Wake up at 6:15 A.M
      - WBTB period was 115 minutes including reading and working my computer for a coding assignment.
      - Go to sleep at roughly 8:30 A.M with needing to get ready for work at 9:45 A.M(Yikes)

      There was a point where in the middle of my nap, I wake up again for 20 seconds. I instinctively "[got] present to the moment." That's all I'm thinking during that micro-waking. "Get present". It's this thing where I take a mental pause, clear my mind and focus on the here and now. I also sort of focus on where my Frontal Sinus is located - between my eyebrows. I don't accept the existence of a "third eye" so more testing needs to be done. I fall asleep like that and later on I recognize that I am dreaming.

      Updated 07-30-2019 at 07:11 PM by 28341

    5. 3 of 4

      by , 07-18-2019 at 10:04 PM
      I didn't have a lucid dream today. I think I woke up at the wrong time. I started and ended my WBTB 1-hour later than I would have liked. The WBTB period was still 90 minutes but that didn't seem to matter. I wasn't in the right state of mind while falling to sleep either.
    6. 3 for 3

      by , 07-17-2019 at 04:42 PM
      Stayed awake for ~60 minutes and went to sleep with the intention to have a lucid dream.
    7. 2 for 2

      by , 07-16-2019 at 05:14 PM
      I've have had at least 2 lucid dreams in the past two days. I think I may have figured out what is causing me to have lucid dreams. It was never the specific technique or the meditation. It was the fact that I was staying awake for 90 minutes then falling back to sleep with the intention to lucid dream. 90 minutes is not a magic number. It's about fully waking up - when the mind/body least wants to - and stretching the rubber band of sleep deprivation. Then we release that tension by lying down and quickly falling asleep with no other thought than to recognize the next time we dream. Some experts would describe this as REM rebound. One must figure out how their mind/body relate to sleep deprivation and REM sleep during the WBTB period.

      For my next dream goal, I am going to get a dream character to tell me their name.
      lucid , side notes
    8. Lucid by accident

      by , 06-12-2019 at 05:01 PM
      WBTB + no technique. The environment just felt weird so I assumed that I was dreaming. I'm trying to play with this dream incubation technique.
    9. Broke Dryspell

      by , 05-10-2019 at 05:32 PM
      I did SSILD to get a lucid dream after a WBTB. This time, the efficacy of the technique dawned on me. It isn't about the cycles or how long you do them, it is about the mere act of paying attention. It's about the mental act of bring background noises, sensations and objects to the foreground of awareness; noticing subtle things like: how one's cloths touch the skin, how tense or relaxes muscles are, the sound of the fan, the chirping of the birds and crickets, the weird shapes in the darkness of vision.

      The mere act of paying very close attention stimulates the mind to the extent that the next time I fall asleep, I can't help but notice I am dreaming. Of course, I've only done this one time so more trials are needed. This hypothesis seems very plausible and could explain why techniques I've invented in the past have worked - staring through the eyes, mindfulness meditation, SSILD, listening to the white noise in the ears; they all require me to pay attention during my WBTB period.


      The dream featured me walking down my street and trying to stabilize the dream. I call out repeated for Gray to appear; the dream character I have chosen to act as a goal for dream control. No matter how many times I call out, she doesn't appear. I attempt to walk to the park around my home and make it far enough until I find myself in a hallway; the end of it being a bookshelf. I close my eyes in the dream and imagine myself having the ability to walk through solid objects. I phase through the shelf and find myself on the other side in a room.

      I find Gray sitting on a park bench inside this room. We greet each other and the dream ends.
      lucid , task of the month
    10. MILD

      by , 10-29-2018 at 06:56 PM
      Did MILD but....during the lucid dream, it took me a while to figure out it was a dream.
    11. Breaking a Dry Spell: Lesson Learned.

      by , 08-29-2018 at 05:24 PM
      SSILD is a legit technique, just need to not be so lazy. Got a DILD from it. I sleep for 6 hours then set my alarm to awaken me every hour for 3 hours. This enables to be retry a technique if it failed the first time.
    12. A Note

      by , 06-07-2018 at 09:18 PM
      As I fell asleep during an afternoon nap, I said the mantra:

      "I can see [Dream Character]"

      ...with as much conviction as I could muster in my head while letting myself fall asleep. After I woke up, I felt it was a failure until I spent a little bit of time trying to recall my dreams. The truth of the matter is that I did see the dream character. She was tugging me by the hand as I pleaded that we needed to get out of where ever we were at the time. We both began to levitate since I warned her that he only way to escape was to fly over the fence surrounding the parameter.

      There was a third person trying to stop us from escaping. It was like this third person could sense our intentions. We managed to fly high enough and far away enough to get atop this overpass. My partner and I hugged each other; not only to celebrate, but to initiate a teleportation farther away.

      Nothing was lucid.

      Biggest takeaways are that:

      Affirmations should be in present tense - as if the goal is happening Here & Now; not in the indefinite future tense.

      This was during a nap 12:30 in the afternoon. I was sleep deprived. The later your are in your sleep cycle, the better.

      More experiments to come along.
    13. Dream Cinema

      by , 05-08-2018 at 05:21 PM
      Currently working on this technique where I do a WBTB and fall asleep as I observe my thoughts as if they were on a huge cinema screen.
    14. Trying an Experiment.

      by , 03-01-2018 at 09:42 PM
      The only lucid dreams I've had have been me leaving my bed and going outside for 30 seconds then losing lucidity and not remembering the rest of the dream. The majority of my non-lucid dreams have been me at my old elementary school in various scenarios. The major question I'm asking these days is: why?

      Why dream about an elementary school I haven't attended in a long time vs. the number 1 thing I'm trying to incubate. Better question: How do I have a person, place, thing or idea from waking life appear in my dream at night?

      My educated guess about the cause of dream content is problem-solving. From this, I've developed a model to hopefully yield positive results in dream incubation.

      1. I will think of a goal in the form a person, place, or thing.
      2. I will break this goal into three parts: the desired outcome, the problem(s), the possible solutions.
      3. Before bed every night, I'm going to fully focus and fantasize the solutions to the problem that are preventing me from reaching my desired outcome. The ultimate goal is that my subconsciousness will take over the problem-solving element during sleep leading to a dream about the topic.

      To put this into practice, let's say I'm looking for Naomi Grey, a dream character from many dreams ago. I want to find her(desired outcome) but I don't know where she is (problem #1), what she necessarily looks like(problem #2) and she could be in one of several dozen places(problem #3). So before bed, I'm going to think hard and meditate on where Naomi could possibly be(solution #1) and how I would find her (solution #2). The key here is that my solutions should inconclusive, none of them should actually answer the problem - just creatively keep my mind busy until I fall asleep. The focus should be on the problem rather than the desired outcome.

      The paradigm shift is making Naomi into a mystery to be solved instead of a person I hope to see in my dream one day.
      side notes
    15. Note to self.

      by , 02-27-2018 at 11:42 PM
      Mindfulness. Presence. Here & Now. Important things to keep in mind. Don't get distracted and discouraged with other techniques.
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