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      Sreed628's workbook

      My name is Sean and I'm still pretty new to lucid dreaming. I'm 31 and have been working on it for almost a month now. Since I started, I've tried a handful of different techniques. I don't seem to be any good at WILD at all as I just lay there and can never fall asleep. As of late I have been focusing more on the MILD technique. I seem to be getting some results but not as quickly as I would like. My dream recall has improved dramatically, but I still have not yet had a full on lucid dream. The closest I've come was a few nights ago. I had a dream that was very vivid and much longer than the others I've had so far.....but at the end of this one I actually realized I was dreaming and said it aloud. Everything instantly went black and I woke up....extremely exciting and frustrating at the same time. Most of my dreams are just very weird, but this one was actually kind of scary and when I awoke I was breathing very heavily and my heart was racing. I hope these cases can help me advance!
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      I've noticed that in many of my dreams I'm around either people that have passed away, people that live far away, and people that I haven't seen in years. How do I use them in my dreams to reach lucidity? It seems to be something that occurs in almost every single dream I have.
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      So I had another brief taste of lucidity last night. I had at least five dreams I remembered, but the last two dreams were very similar. At the end of the second of those two dreams, I realized I was dreaming and everything snapped into focus....I was underwater and breathing. The blue walls of the room I was in morphed into the blue liner found inside a swimming pool. I rubbed my hands and stayed "clarity now". Nothing much more seemed to change and then my four year old daughter came into our room and woke me up.....so close again!!
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      A few more nights of dreams though nothing lucid. I guess I thought instructors were going to actually post things in our workbooks...things for us to work on.
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      Welcome to DILD/MILD class, sreed628! Sorry for such a late reply. I promise to be more prompt in the future.

      To your first post - are yo sure when you woke up you really woke up? Those types of situation frequently end in false awakening. If you start practicing reality checks every time you get up from the bed, next time you have a false awakening, you will RC and realize you are dreaming.

      To your second post - Do you also think of these people during day? If yes, every time you think of someone, say "I'm dreaming" and do reality check, while believing, that you are dreaming. Hopefully this will give you awareness and make you RC next time you see such a person in your dream.

      Third post - you actually had a lucid dream there! Had your daughter not woken you up, it may have been longer, but even a short lucid is a lucid. Congrats!

      Now to your technique.

      MILD can be very good technique. But if you'd like to multiply your chances, I would like to suggest to add elements of DILD into your practice.

      Awareness is the most important thing we can practice. This is what will give us that small piece of awareness in our dream and give us an urge to RC. my favorite form of awareness training is the awareness question, fallowed by an RC and mantra. This is from article http://www.dreamviews.com/dild/13212...ods-dilds.html

      During day, pause what you doing and 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 believe that you are dreaming. Don't ever come to conclusion that you are not dreaming. You don't want notion of you not dreaming get into your dreams.

      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.
      Please check this out and the above linked article for more about dream recall, mantras, RCs and other stuff. And let me know, if you would like to give this a try, or if you would rather continue with MILD.

      Good luck and happy dreams

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      Thanks so much Gab! It's not so much that I prefer to stick with mild, it just seems like it would be the easiest to do for beginners. What I really want is to be able to reliably have ld's at least a few times per week, so whichever you think can lead to that is what I want to be doing.
      As for the people, sometimes they're people I think about often and sometimes they're people I haven't even had cross my mind in years...it's basically a crapshoot.
      I do reality checks all the time. I actually have an hourly chime on my phone to remind me, but my overall awareness isn't nearly where it should be I think. That is what I'm really trying to focus on now. My overall dream recall is superb and I'm writing down at least two and up to four dreams each night.
      I'll keep it up and let you know how it's going in a few days.

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      Ok, well, MILD works well, if you are susceptible to suggestions and if you memory is really good.. Because that's what mantras are.

      The way I have noticed in all my DILD lucid dreams is, that first I got a glimmer of awareness, something like "wow, is this a dream"? That made me do RC automatically and by the time I was done asking the question, or in some cases finished RC, I knew, I was dreaming.

      And this "wow, is this a dream" is exactly what I have been practicing. The "wow, what if this is a dream" question, then RC and mantra, while very strongly believing, that I'm indeed dreaming.

      When I ask myself this question during day, it always comes out of the blue. It makes me stop whatewer I'm doing and gets me excited and sends shivers down my spine. I could be dreaming, and I don't even know it.

      Then this sudden moment of questioning reality happens in a regular dream.

      I'm not sure, you can get this with just MILD method. But MILD is inocorporated in DILD in form of mantras.

      This awareness question +RCs and mantras take up just few min of your time and they do work.

      What I would suggest is to use strong emotions when practicing. Excitement, expectation and absolute belief, that you are dreaming.

      None of the methods guarantee frequent success. After you had a few DILDs/MILDs, you can start practicing WILDs and DEILDs. They will be easier after some experience. But you can read up on them already now, just in case, if situation presents itself, you will know what to do.

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