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      MY DREAM SIGN -- If I am NOT SMOKING then I am Dreaming

      I was Standing outside my house ��️ near my house ��️... But I was NOT SMOKING ..
      I met my friend Wilfred...
      Then I woke up

      After waking up I realized that I normally DO NOT SMOKE IN MY DREAMS....

      Then I thought that this will be my Dream Sign and in my next dream I became Lucid

      My 1st Lucid dream
      " I was with my friend....
      I was NOT SMOKING
      I did a nose pinch and I was able to breathe.....so I assumed that I was dreaming....
      Then I wanted to FLY but I wanted a quiet place where No one is around … but my friend called and asked me to pick up a painting...I refused him as it was Only a dream....
      Then I wanted to buy something.... sweets
      I wanted money �� …
      So I thought I would make money Appear in my Pocket and it did Appear....But the Colors of the notes were different.....
      I gave it to the shopkeeper...he said give me change....
      I told him I am giving change and asked for sweets... but he said that I can't have that sweet and then I woke up... "

      Question -- Was this a Semi-Lucid Dream OR Full Lucid Dream ???
      Because I have read that when you have a Lucid dream the dream becomes more Vivid ... Plus I do not see any Difference between normal Dream and Lucid dream ... Just that I was doing what I wanted to do.
      Lucid felt just like any other normal dream after I woke up...

      So was this a Lucid dream ???

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      What is the Correct way to do reality check ???

      Whenever I am Free I keep repeating to myself " this is a dream"…“I am dreaming”
      I do this continually for may be a 100 times.
      I also count my fingers and try to poke my finger through the palm of my Hand and also do a nose pinch.
      But I keep on doing this continually.
      I do reality check like more than a 100 to 1000 times a day.
      Is this the correct method ???

      The last time I became Lucid I first realized that I am dreaming after the realization I did a reality check.
      So I have to First realize that I am dreaming before I do reality check...which means I have to remember to do a reality check in my dreams.

      How do I go about with this.

      Do I do reality check continually thought the day ??? Is this the correct meathod ?

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      Quote Originally Posted by devotee013 View Post
      What is the Correct way to do reality check ???

      Whenever I am Free I keep repeating to myself " this is a dream"…“I am dreaming”
      I do this continually for may be a 100 times.
      I also count my fingers and try to poke my finger through the palm of my Hand and also do a nose pinch.
      But I keep on doing this continually.
      I do reality check like more than a 100 to 1000 times a day.
      Is this the correct method ???

      The last time I became Lucid I first realized that I am dreaming after the realization I did a reality check.
      So I have to First realize that I am dreaming before I do reality check...which means I have to remember to do a reality check in my dreams.

      How do I go about with this.

      Do I do reality check continually thought the day ??? Is this the correct meathod ?
      I refer you to "The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep" instruction on performing illusory form practice:

      In doing these practices, it is not enough to simply repeat again and again that you are in a dream. The truth of the statement must be felt and experienced beyond the words. Use the imagination, senses, and awareness in fully integrating the practice with felt experience. When you do the practice properly, each time you think that you are in a dream, presence becomes stronger and experience more vivid. If there is not this kind of immediate qualitative change, make certain that the practice has not become only the mechanical repetition of a phrase, which is of little benefit. There is no magic in just thinking a formula; the words should be used to remind yourself to bring greater awareness and calm to the moment. When practicing the recognition, "wake" yourself – by increasing clarity and presence – again and again. until just remembering the thought, "This is a dream," brings a simultaneous strengthening and brightening of awareness
      The key thing here is to keep separate the notions of lucidity and raised awareness, presence in the current moment experience, and the performing of a state test ("reality check", but state test is a better term I think -- we're trying to determine our state, waking or dreaming). As you note, the raised awareness almost ALWAYS precedes the performance of a state test. Very often the state test is not needed at all, but it is still a useful tool, and doing them throughout the lucid dream can help contribute to longer, more stable lucid dreams.

      We are not training to "do reality checks," we are training to *be lucid* in our dreams. To be lucid in our dreams, we need to be lucid in our waking lives first. So in that regard, yes, it is useful to try to remain in lucid presence throughout the waking day, as much as you can. Keep it light and playful and fun, with a sense of humor, though, never do it so much that you burn out or think it is drudgery or "hard work." It is better to do a little every day and keep it very high quality than to do it so much and so often that you burn out or the quality of it gets poor, or even worse, if you start to form negative thoughts about the practice.

      There is a delicate balance between continually raising awareness and lucidity and forming strong intent to be lucid, versus trying to "force" lucid dreams by force of will. My viewpoint is that continually working on the basics (lucidity, attention, awareness, memory, intent), plus a very active and healthy and positive interest in your dreams, will eventually lead to the sort of frequent and high quality lucidity people who come to this forum mostly desire.

      Be lucid, build fundamentals, have fun, be creative, build a strong and positive relationship with your dreams: a positive, growing, rewarding experience!

      "Force lucid dreams": frustration, anxiety, insomnia, upset.
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      This world is an Illusion of your mind

      I read the Book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (LaBerge Stephen)
      This book talks about a Tibetan technique where you think of the whole world as an illusion of your mind and that you need to break free of this illusion
      This kind of reality check appeals to my Logic.
      So if I think of the world that I see as an illusion of my mind will this kind of reality check help me become Lucid ??
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      Quote Originally Posted by devotee013 View Post
      This world is an Illusion of your mind

      I read the Book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (LaBerge Stephen)
      This book talks about a Tibetan technique where you think of the whole world as an illusion of your mind and that you need to break free of this illusion
      This kind of reality check appeals to my Logic.
      So if I think of the world that I see as an illusion of my mind will this kind of reality check help me become Lucid ??
      I don't think it hurts. That's basically a form of all day awareness. But, the most important thing you can do is learn his techniques for reality checking and developing a critical reflective attitude. Good luck.
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      Quote Originally Posted by devotee013 View Post
      This world is an Illusion of your mind

      I read the Book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (LaBerge Stephen)
      This book talks about a Tibetan technique where you think of the whole world as an illusion of your mind and that you need to break free of this illusion
      This kind of reality check appeals to my Logic.
      So if I think of the world that I see as an illusion of my mind will this kind of reality check help me become Lucid ??
      You could refer directly to that book, which I already referenced: The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep. It is available free on the internet. For example:
      https://archive.org/details/TheTibet...aordinary+ways

      TYoDaS gives several direct guidance to bringing consistent lucidity to the dream state:

      1) The progression is: 1) awareness in the moment of experience; 2) awareness in the moment of reaction to experience; and 3) awareness in dream. You need to start with the first two. When your awareness becomes stable, you mind will not be pushed and pulled around by your desires and your dislikes, and you will learn to skillfully react in all situations, waking and dreaming.

      2) "...And there is no stronger method of bringing consistent lucidity to dream than by abiding continuously in lucid presence during the day.".

      Lucid dreaming is a personal journey. What brings lucidity to the dream state for one practitioner may not work for another. We tend to instruct beginners on a number of common elements that seem to help the majority of people. But in the end, in order to progress past beginning stages, it is the responsibility of the practitioner to find their own answers to their questions.

      If you're interested in the illusory form practice, I recommend reading The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep. It is something, especially the practice section, that can be read again, and again, and again, and each time you'll discover something new.

      We can not say what will or will not bring regular lucidity to your dreams. But you'll have the best chance of progressing in this journey if you:

      1) stay consistent, dedicated, and NEVER give up

      2) keep a positive, light-hearted, joyful attitude towards life and the practice. You need to find the balance between focus and relaxation. As Andrew Holecek says, "Not too tight, not too loose." Only you can find this balance within yourself.

      3) Find a tradition or practice that emphasizes the fundamentals (awareness, memory, intent), and stick with it, really understand and learn it and get good at it. This takes *time*. Both Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming and The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep offer excellent approaches, but with different backgrounds and goals.

      4) Experiment extensively, over long periods of time, and keep careful records.

      edit: I'll add a 5) Take care of your waking life. People who want to lucid dream sometimes want to escape waking life issues. I can tell you from personal experience that waking stress, anxiety, and unresolved issues, all seriously interfere with dreaming practice. I have the best dreams when my waking life is harmonious and in order.

      Good luck! Enjoy the journey.
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      "...develop stability in awareness and your dreams will change in extraordinary ways" -- TYoDaS

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