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      Can't always control my lucids?

      I've had quite a few LDs now and have had varying results when trying to control events and actions within them. In the first proper LD I ever had, I had absolute control over everything. I was shooting fireballs out of my hands, could summon things at will, and could go to places knowing what I would then find.

      This hasn't been the case recently however. Sometimes I have very vivid LDs and cannot control anything at all. Other times I feel as if I have partial control over the dream - some things work, others don't. For instance, I tried flying for the first time last night, and only lifted myself a short distance off the ground. It felt as if I had reduced the gravity by half, but wasn't able to fly fully. I just floated a short distance.

      What could possibly be the cause of this? Is my mind really tricking me into thinking I can't control what is happening in an LD? I know I can, so I don't see how that could be the issue.

      Thanks!

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      This is a pattern that many lucid dreamers seem to have. In their earliest lucid dreams, they have very good dream control because they haven't had experience with dream control failing. They expect all their attempts at controlling the dream to work, and they usually do! However, they soon have some lucid dreams in which their dream control fails. This makes them less certain of their success in later dreams, which ends up making their dream control worse. But over the course of their lucid dreaming careers, as they have more and more lucid dreams and experiment with different dream control techniques, their dream control improves again and eventually surpasses its starting point.

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      Ok, that makes a fair amount of sense. What do you recommend for establishing better dream control? Any good guides?

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      Lucid dreaming is all about expecting something. I'm serious, you have to actually KNOW your dreaming, not just THINK your dreaming, or it will simply just fail. I've been through 74 LDs this year, and know how it feels to be lucid but a lack of control. You need to EXPECT, not just THINK. This is the problem most lucid dreamers have when it comes to controlling dreams.

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      Just keep it up! It's only about how practice. You'll be better at controlling the dream with more LDs.
      If you feel like it, please take a look at my YouTube channel:
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      If you don't, hm well have a nice day anyway ^_^

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      Always. Always. Always PERFORM a reality check when you know you are lucid. This usually gives you FULL CONTROL. Think of lucidity as a meter, once you become lucid that meter needs to be full, if it's very low you may lose lucidity or have very little control. This all has to do with ability and what you (know) you are capable of doing. If you don't believe you have the power to control things then you probably won't. Mostly without performing a reality check sometimes you just tend to go along with the dream but don't gain full control over things. Reality checks clarify and show that if you can perform a reality check at will then you can also do anything else you please at will as well..
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      "Turn around and you will see. Life is like a roundabout. A kind of LSD."

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      It's different for everyone. I generally find that the more vivid the LD, the more difficulty I tend to have with dream control. If it's like a daydream, or if the dream is about telling a story, then I have ultimate dream control. If I'm very focused on the minutiae around me, I've done a reality check and I feel very present, then dream control is harder for me.

      What it comes down to is what you believe is going to happen.

      I pick up a half-eaten copy of a book by Neil Gaiman, and decide this is all his fault.

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