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      werty52's Workbook

      I'm pretty new to the whole lucid dreaming business, here's how it all started: I woke from an amazing dream one morning, I was thoroughly inspired by this dream as it encompassed an incredible story arc. It started off in our world, and somehow me and my friends transitioned to this fantasy world where magic and magical creatures existed (basically a D&D world - with a hint of steam-punk). I just HAD to write it down and maybe write a book out of it or a D&D campaign... But I forgot it too fast, I had terrible dream recall. A week later I thought "What if I do this lucid dreaming thing and recreate it?"... And so I spurred on in a quest to reclaim that awesome dreamworld, I don't have much hope for being able to bring it back but I know now that I'll be prepared for future awesome dreams.

      I also have mild insomnia, subsequently from researching into lucid dreaming I've learned more about my sleeping patterns and improved them too.

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      Reality Checks:
      -Push my finger through the palm of my hand.
      -Stretch the skin on my hand.
      -Count the fingers on my hands.
      -Plug my nose and breathe in.
      -Occasionally I'll check in the mirror or think of where I was 10 minutes ago.

      Dream Signs:
      -Close friends (Daniel, Sam, Matt, Olly).
      -Geology related things (quite broad, but things such as being in university, my classmates, going on a field trip).
      -Home.
      -Arenas/Tournaments (Happens quite a lot, may also include fighting).

      Short-Term Goals:
      -Increase the duration of my lucid dreams.
      -Do all the superficial stuff (Fly, swim, shout 'woohoo' really loudly, etc).
      -Focus on my senses, primarily test my hearing (since I'm severely deaf IRL, thought it might be cool).
      -Lucid dream once a week

      Long-Term Goals:
      -Improve my presentation skills before I have to do my presentation of field work next year.
      -Create a dreamworld like the one that inspired me originally.
      -Lucid dream once a night

      Lucid/Dream Recall History:
      -Been writing out my dreams in a journal every morning, then typing them up again on DV. I remember typically 2-3 dreams, occasionally remembering 4-5 on a good night, or <2 when I've had a bad sleep. Had my first lucid dream 16 days into learning, then my second another 13-16 days later. My third came quicker, about 3 days later I think. My start into lucid dreaming is somewhat difficult because of studies.

      Current Technique:
      -WBTB + SSILD + DILD: I set my alarm for 3ish, then do SSILD cycles and I'll usually have higher awareness in a dream which leads to a DILD. I believe strongly in the reinforcement of one's intent, and that I should be summoning it and trying to communicate the idea to myself that I CAN lucid dream - this has worked for me in attaining both my 2nd and 3rd lucid dreams.
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      Past 2 nights have been rough sleeps, probably due to exams stressing me out, less than a week away now. I'll have more time to spare by about mid-November.

      I've been doing SSILD every almost every night now since the 7th of October. It's incredibly dependent on the amount of rest I've had and how determined I am.
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      Welcome to Intro class, Werty!

      While you may not be able to have exactly the same dream (but who knows?), you can definitely try to create a similar world while lucid and even incubate a non lucid dream. If you are inspired by something that already exists, such as a video game or movie, then it will be easier to soak up the details and then dream about them, rather than creating an imaginary world from scratch. Best of luck in your lucid quest!
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      Thanks, I had no idea DV was so big until I explored it a bit more and found this place

      I can't wait to have more lucid dreams and have a go at my goals, most of my exams will be out of the way in the next few days, once that's done I'll be straight back into it
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      Fired up my reality checks again today, I'll have a bit more time now to put aside for lucid dreaming .
      Even tried a SSILD last night but I was still a bit too sidetracked by exams to expect much.

      Tonight I'm going to try a SSILD and FILD, it'll be my first attempt at FILD and my alarm is set for 3:25am

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      Felt like I nearly got lucid last night, I'll try again tonight and hopefully I'll fall asleep a bit fast too instead of rolling around in bed for a few hours >_<

      Had a good go at getting RCs back on track today too.
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      Didn't get much out of the SSILD + FILD combo last night, but it's only day 2 of 30 plenty of time. Also I slept great but had terrible dream recall, just couldn't remember my dreams when I woke up during the night, and when I did I just couldn't cement them to memory.

      My plan for tonight is to do SSILD and then FILD after, rather than simultaneously, and go to bed between 9-10 and try to get myself tired during the day so I can fall asleep faster.

      Edit: I'm also going to start writing out a phrase with my right hand (I'm naturally left-handed) to see if this has any effect on my lucid dreaming frequency. I'll try my best to keep this up daily and write it out 23 times (that's how many lines there are on one page of the paper I'll be writing on).
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      Edit: I'm also going to start writing out a phrase with my right hand (I'm naturally left-handed) to see if this has any effect on my lucid dreaming frequency. I'll try my best to keep this up daily and write it out 23 times (that's how many lines there are on one page of the paper I'll be writing on).
      I can think of a good phrase to write: I'm dreaming!
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      Quote Originally Posted by NyxCC View Post
      I can think of a good phrase to write: I'm dreaming!
      I'll give it a shot, I've tried a few so far. My hand writing has improved too which is cool

      Dreams were okayish last night, had a standard 2 dream recall which is good since I went to bed quite late - hopefully that doesn't make it harder to fall asleep tonight >_<.

      I didn't get around to trying FILD + SSILD. FILD is quite daunting as a technique, I haven't tried to do a WILD-type technique like that before. I've heard SSILD being described as a 'mental anchor', and I don't really consider it similar to WILD type techniques since you usually get lucid by DILD as a result of SSILD. So FILD is new territory and at the moment confusing, I just don't know if I'm suitable for WILD-type techniques.

      Goal for today + tonight: Do as many RCs as I can today, write out phrase, meditate for a while, and go to bed between 9-10. Wake up at 3:25am, perform SSILD + FILD, go back to sleep.
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      How long is your wbtb? You might consider making it a bit longer, this will help increase awareness.
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      Quote Originally Posted by NyxCC View Post
      How long is your wbtb? You might consider making it a bit longer, this will help increase awareness.
      I didn't know that WBTB worked like that, I generally try not to wake myself up too much so I don't have insomnia kick in (I've had this happen a few times since trying it).

      It's not that long though, last night I went toilet and then ate a banana. So maybe 5 minutes? Also my alarm shocked me awake since it was beneath my pillow -.- I pretty much lost the dream I was having and fell straight back to sleep, then woke up an hour later.

      After waking again I did my SSILD cycles pretty well, and tried FILD but kept forgetting or moving around to get comfortable.


      Goal tonight: Do RCs throughout the day, write out my phrases, have a warm cup of milk before going to bed, then do WBTB at 4am instead of 3:25am to do my SSILD and FILD techniques.
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      Taking a break from things for a while, a lot on my plate at the moment that I need to sort through. I'll return within the next 3 days most likely, and then I'll be able to start things up again.

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      The moment I said I was taking a break I just kind of felt that I would have a lucid dream. And I did! Hoorah. Still going to stay on break for a the next few days though.

      For when I start back up again, my goal:
      Next lucid dream I MUST stabilize first, instead of flying all the time
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      Getting back into everything again. Rejoined the 30 day SSILD trial thread.

      Goal tonight:
      -WBTB, no alarm since I don't think I really need it.
      -Do SSILD, 7 short cycles + 4 long cycles.
      -Redo after each successive wakening.
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      Congrats on the bonus ld, werty! Very halloween themed!
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      Longest lucid dream so far, ~3 minutes.
      I had done pretty good on the SSILD cycles after a natural WBTB, and I've slightly modified it. Basically I'll go through the cycles, and then for every ~5mins I'm awake after, I'll go through another couple short cycles just to hold onto that awareness.

      In the dream I kind of just knew I was dreaming, upon realizing this I said "Stabilize", but nothing happened, I knew I had to act quick to lock down the lucid dream. "Stabilize", still nothing. "STABILIZE!" I yelled as loud as I could, then suddenly it was like the world around me just got a bit brighter. Epic. Didn't do much cool stuff, but it'll definitely be a new chapter in my dream journal.

      Finally managed to not fly off for once and stabilize first thing cracked down on those bad habits ^^.

      Goal Tonight
      : Write mantra. WBTB. SSILD.
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      Well done! I sometimes find that the mere act of shouting helps solifidy the dream, so maybe something similar happened to you. Loved all the detail, especially those dust particles. Realizing the toddler was you must have felt strange?

      By the way, have you checked this month's tasks?

      http://www.dreamviews.com/tasks-mont...er-2014-a.html
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      Yeh the shouting really helped solidify it I think, like it was a conduit for my force of will to stabilize the dream.
      Haha the weirdest thing about the toddler was how it looked Because I knew at the time that I didn't look like that, its face was just so alien in some ways.

      I've only ever heard of them really, since I thought it'd be ages until I could even attempt stuff in a LD. I'll give them a shot though
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      Never too early to start with the tasks. They can be quite helpful with prolonging dreams too.
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      Going to have another break since my final exam is tomorrow afternoon.

      Should be back onto everything in a day or 2.

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      Last night I went through the SSILD cycles after a WBTB at 5am, but I was still really tired since it had taken me 3 hours to fall asleep in the first place. Then after the WBTB I couldn't get back to sleep for another hour.

      Goal Today: Write out mantra, do reality checks throughout the day, WBTB at ~4am, do SSILD cycles.
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      Try a simple short meditation technique - focus on the lack of thoughts, on your inner silence (you can even visualize it as a sphere somewhere) and then try to hold on to it for as long as possible. A few minutes (even with small interruptions) of internal silence spent in bed can be quite an effective way to help one fall asleep. This may even work as an intentional or unintentional wild anchor.
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      Just moved back home for the holidays so now I'll have more time free.
      I'll have to catch up on sleep mostly tonight, I only had 5 hours last night.

      Goal tonight: early to bed to catch up on sleep, do SSILD cycles
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      I'm going to definitely get through my SSILD cycles and try to have a lucid dream tonight, I think I'm finally rested and prepared enough now.

      Goal: WBTB at ~4ish, get up and walk about for ~5 minutes, eat a banana, go back to bed and do the SSILD cycles. Hopefully I can punch through them properly tonight. I'm really excited now since I finally have some actual spare time to dedicate towards this
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      Keep getting into bad sleep cycles now that it's the holidays...

      Goal: SSILD cycles, eat a banana at WBTB time (~4-5), write down dream during this time.

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