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      Petras workbook

      Hello, I heard about lucid dreaming about a year ago, next day i started writing down my dreams. At first I could only remember fragments, I was progressing really fast,after a month or something I could remember like 2~4 dreams every morning. Later on I couldn't remember my dreams for like 2 weeks, I'm not sure what happened I just wake up and I don't even recall a fragment. So I quited lucid dreaming for few months. I was quiting and starting from nothing for whole year and I got my first intensional lucid dream like two weeks ago, so I started filling my dream journal again.

      It's really hard for me to get myself into RC habit, I'm setting timer on my phone, to remind me do RC every hour. I tried doing WBTB, but the problem is I'm insomniac, I know few tricks how to fall a sleep now, but I have to keep my mind blank, so I can't do auto suggestions and I don't have regular sleeping cycle. Also,if I wake up hour or two before I wake up usually and I stay awake for 30~60 mins, I can't get back to sleep, I just lay for 1 more hour or something..

      I read few things about meditation and being present, I think that would definitely help me. But I don't get that idea " being present ", I understand It's not like touching things or staring at environment, but I don't understand what it means.

      I hope there is tips you can give me guys, thank you !

      PS. Sorry for my english
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      Hi Petras, welcome to DILD class!

      Recall:
      It's normal to be able to remember a dream every night and then don't remember anything for a few days. Recall fluctuates, sometimes for no apparent reason at all. Could be stress, different time of going to bed, shorter sleep, or just about anything, or even nothing at all.

      If you have good recall in general, then I would not worry about these little fluctuations.

      Dream journal:
      Yes, as you noticed, DJ is very important. Keep it up.

      Wake back to bed:
      You don't have to do WBTB for a DILD. It can help, but it's not necessary. Especially, if you have problem falling asleep afterwards.

      Mantras:
      Mantras are serving a few purposes. One of them helps us to keep our mind as quiet and empty as possible. It's really hard for most of the people to keep mind empty of any thoughts, so reciting mantra helps keep other thoughts away by directing our attention to just this one thought.

      Mantras work the best when it's a last thought just before we fall asleep. But if that keeps you awake, then just try to repeat it for a while and then let go and go to sleep. Not sure if this will work for you, but you could give it a try.

      RCs:
      It's ok to use a watch or any other reminder to help us remember to RC.

      You don't have to limit yourself when and how and why you do RC. Best is to use all possible reasons to better your chance that some of them will work.

      1. Use an activity reminder - something you do often
      - walking through doors
      - using restroom
      - noticing specific color
      - get a phone call
      - get a drink
      - and anything else you can think of

      2. Use a physical reminder - audio or visual
      - set your watch to beep every hour
      - set your timer
      - put some sticky notes all over your place, school books, laptop, door frame, wall above you bed, first thing you see in the morning
      - put a rubber band or bracelet on your wrist
      - and whatever else you can

      All these are just to help you get into habit of RCing. Pretty soon you will find, that you will start RCing even without them. And that's the best way to do it. Spontaneously. Whenever the feeling "OMG, what if this is a dream" strikes you.

      3. Dream signs - anything, that occurs often in your dreams AND in your waking life.
      You RC on these in WL every time you see it. Then, when they show up in your dream, you are likely to RC there as well.

      4. When you notice something strange. It can be strange for real or you just pretend it is. Let's face it, our lives are not that strange, so we have to make up some stuff.
      - a classmate shows up when you know he is at home sick
      - you thought you still had some beer in your fridge but it's all gone
      - it's lunch time, you should be hungry, but you not
      - boy/girl that has been ignoring you is suddenly talking to you
      - you see or hear anything and you think to yourself "that's strange"

      5. At random
      -every time you get the sinking/exciting/freeky/exhilarating feeling n your stomach, that what if this was a dream and you didn't notice

      Being present
      I think it means being aware of yourself with relation to the environment. Sageous explaines it really well here in his self-awareness article of his WILD tutorial.

      And here is a complete guide to DILD - Collection of techniques for DILD.

      Good luck and Happy dreams

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      Thank you,Gab,for fast and informative reply. I'll check those links you gave me and I'll try to do my best.
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      Today, I wrote whole A4 page of my dreams, I had 3 of them,they were very vivid and I still can recall feelings, sounds, dialogs and everything else

      The first dream was pretty weird I was going for lunch with celebrity , she was speaking my language without accent, I thought that's strange a bit, we had great time and ect.. Next day I wrote her on FB,she was still speaking my language,but she didn't remembered me and I thought " THAT WAS A DREAM " , but the worst thing I didn't understood that I'm still in dream

      Other thing, I noticed when I start questioning what the hell is happening, I always wake up. The good thing about it I recall my dreams in great details and the bad thing about it, I was by millimeters from lucid dream. Im having this problem since I started learning to LD, what should I do ? Thank you,Gab

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      That's really awesome recall, congrats on that!

      Look at it this way - you are starting to have some awareness and logical thinking in regular dreams. That's awesome. What you need is little more daytime awareness, that will give you that last push you need to become lucid.

      Try to add this to your practice:

      You teach your brain to ask the question/realize you are dreaming by practicing daytime awareness technique.

      AWARENESS +RC TECHNIQUE:

      Ask yourself a question "Wow, am I dreaming?" that jolts your attention and makes you stop doing whatever you doing. For a moment, entertain the idea, that you are sure this is a dream or false awakening and feel the excitement in the pit of your stomach. Just pretend, that you have had a lucid dream before that was indistinguishable from waking reality, so this moment could also be a dream and you don't know for sure until you RC. Really consider the answer. Don't just automatically answer "Of course I'm not".

      Look around and notice details. Look at your hands and count your fingers. Do you have the right amount? Do they look normal? Do a reality check. Try to gently push your thumb through your palm and expect it to go through. Is it going through? Pinch your nose and expect to be able to breathe. Can you? Can you levitate? If not, tell yourself "Next time I'm dreaming, I look at my hands and realize I'm dreaming". Repeat this mantra a few times while looking at your hands.
      Pretty soon, this behavior will start manifesting itself in your dreams and you'll be asking yourself if you dreaming, while in regular dream. That will make you lucid. You will do a couple of RCs to make sure.
      This is a part from this article Collection of techniques for DILD.

      This will help.

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