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      Maple's Workbook

      My goal is to have at least one LD and more in the future!

      I'm Maple and I have been learning lucid dreaming about 2-3ish weeks ago.
      My RCs consist of looking at a digital clock then looking away and looking back at it, remembering what I was doing 5 minutes ago and closing my nostrils and trying to see I can breathe. I usually do them every hour but I found that very annoying so now I do it every 2 hours.
      I have been DJ since 1st Feb and I used to remember short dreams but now I can remember at least a good chunk! I usually remember one big dream. Last night I wrote two pages worth in my DJ notebook.

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      Hi Maple, I think I am teaching all the classes now other than WILD and intro, hope that is ok. Good job on building up your recall so fast! It is definitely the place to start. I will be happy to help you learn in any way I can.
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      Thank you!

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      I had two dreams last night but I forgot the first dream because I didn't write it down. I had a fairly mediocre dream where I was within a video game. I am kind of frustrated on how I just don't realize that I am in a dream!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Maple View Post
      I had two dreams last night but I forgot the first dream because I didn't write it down. I had a fairly mediocre dream where I was within a video game. I am kind of frustrated on how I just don't realize that I am in a dream!
      It takes a lot of patience. Be kind to yourself though! You are making progress by remembering your dreams - that is something to be happy about. Dream recall is the most important thing you can do. Some nights will be better than others for recall, but what matters is the long term trend. Btw, it's normal to take several months of practice to have your first lucid dream.

      You know, if it gets very annoying, I would relax a little bit on the RCs. For myself, I use a strategy where I will pick days I feel up to RCing, and other days? I just let myself relax. The most important thing isn't doing a bunch of reality checks (although that's helpful too), but rather, developing your critical reflective attitude. This is your ability to question reality when something weird happens. Look for things during the day that are strange to you, and RC whenever they happen. Really question your state.

      Good luck to you! You can do this.
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      Quote Originally Posted by MoonageDaydream View Post
      It takes a lot of patience. Be kind to yourself though! You are making progress by remembering your dreams - that is something to be happy about. Dream recall is the most important thing you can do. Some nights will be better than others for recall, but what matters is the long term trend. Btw, it's normal to take several months of practice to have your first lucid dream.

      You know, if it gets very annoying, I would relax a little bit on the RCs. For myself, I use a strategy where I will pick days I feel up to RCing, and other days? I just let myself relax. The most important thing isn't doing a bunch of reality checks (although that's helpful too), but rather, developing your critical reflective attitude. This is your ability to question reality when something weird happens. Look for things during the day that are strange to you, and RC whenever they happen. Really question your state.

      Good luck to you! You can do this.
      I'll try my best!
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      Had the weirdest dream of all time, I had 2 dreams but I didn't write the first dream I had. I need to get in habit of actually writing it down! Dreams feel like they are getting longer and I found out something about my sleep patterns. I wake up around 4:50 ish for some weird reason. I could try DEILD or WBTB.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Maple View Post
      Had the weirdest dream of all time, I had 2 dreams but I didn't write the first dream I had. I need to get in habit of actually writing it down! Dreams feel like they are getting longer and I found out something about my sleep patterns. I wake up around 4:50 ish for some weird reason. I could try DEILD or WBTB.
      DEILD is easier when you are exiting a DILD. It's hard to do it from a non lucid dream, although absolutely possible. You have to train yourself to hold still with your eyes completely closed whenever you wake up. Good luck
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      Had one long dream and I think I'm going to go focus on the environment on my dreams. In my previous dream there was many trees and it was summer. Maybe when I am looking at the environment I can find an error in the dream that will make me lucid? Also I don't know whether to write my dreams in past or present tense, currently I write the in past.
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      I would like you to not think of your RCs as things like plugging your nose or finger through the palm. Keep doing those if you have been, but start examining the world around you often. If you see anything written such as a sign take time to look at it and then look away, look back and see if it has stayed the same. Tap on surfaces and see if you hear the tap, listen for background noise and decided if it makes sense, usually there are many background noises, but in dreams rarely even one. Get your brain used to always wondering if something will reveal a dream.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Maple View Post
      Also I don't know whether to write my dreams in past or present tense, currently I write the in past.
      Initially I always wrote my dreams in past tense, I guess I'm not sure why now. If you look at my DJ here you'll see that I am now mostly writing in present tense. The main reason (I think) I changed to present tense was because it allows me to go through recall in a more fluid way, though I personally think there's nothing wrong with writing dreams in whatever tense anyway.

      Personally I would say try both and see if you end up preferring using one over the other. If you find that actually you have no definite preference, then I wouldn't give tenses too much importance and just write as mood dictates, so as to avoid creating a false obstacle to your recall.
      Singled out from some of my favourite quotes from Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri: "Risks of [Planet] flowering: considerable. But rewards of godhood: who can measure? - Usurper Judaa'Maar: Courage: to question."

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      I like writing in the present tense. Partly because that's how I was taught to write, but also because when you're writing in the present tense, you're walking yourself through the dream as if reliving every moment. It's easier to re-visualize it. Additionally, if you post your dreams online (in the dream journal here for example), it lets other people read your dream as if they are living it, too.

      Sivason ^ great idea with the tapping. I've never heard that before. I'm going to try this, too.
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      Quote Originally Posted by sivason View Post
      I would like you to not think of your RCs as things like plugging your nose or finger through the palm. Keep doing those if you have been, but start examining the world around you often. If you see anything written such as a sign take time to look at it and then look away, look back and see if it has stayed the same. Tap on surfaces and see if you hear the tap, listen for background noise and decided if it makes sense, usually there are many background noises, but in dreams rarely even one. Get your brain used to always wondering if something will reveal a dream.
      Sounds like a good idea, will do.
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      Had one dream, been lacking on the RCs because of online class.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Maple View Post
      Had one dream, been lacking on the RCs because of online class.
      This is why I teach a shift in how people look at RC. If you get used to just frequently questioning if something can clarify whether you are currently dreaming it takes no time. As an example, I have found my dreams can not recreate the sensation of running my tongue over my teeth very well. The tongue is amazingly sensitive and can feel vast amounts of detail in your mouth. It is something my dreams just can not create. So I will often just take a moment while working to slowly see if my tongue is highly capable of detecting detail in my mouth or not while wondering if I am dreaming.
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      Quote Originally Posted by sivason View Post
      This is why I teach a shift in how people look at RC. If you get used to just frequently questioning if something can clarify whether you are currently dreaming it takes no time. As an example, I have found my dreams can not recreate the sensation of running my tongue over my teeth very well. The tongue is amazingly sensitive and can feel vast amounts of detail in your mouth. It is something my dreams just can not create. So I will often just take a moment while working to slowly see if my tongue is highly capable of detecting detail in my mouth or not while wondering if I am dreaming.
      Ahh so put more emphasis on RCs and don't treat them as oh yeah I gotta do this!
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      I had a dream where I was lucid for 10 seconds or so

      I will just put my dream in here

      I was holding a big stick and a hammer and I look back to see there were many people following me. I look back ahead and notice that I am just holding one large stick. I become lucid because of this and feel overwhelming amounts of sensation. I tried to calm down and closed my eyes then I lost lucidity and then awoken (still in dream) I was in my room and I grabbed my Dream Journal and I said "Oh my God" my mum comes in the room and says I have an assessment, I said that I needed paper yada yada.

      I am proud that I actually got lucid for a bit!
      I will start doing RCs when I wake up just in case stuff like that happens again and I will also start reading up on Stability in dreams.
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      If anyone could say or link me some stabilization methods that will be helpful!

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      Yay!!! Great job! First lucids usually only last seconds, but still are a wonderful sign of things to come.
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