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      Inheritedlaugh's Workbook


      I've tried to learn how to lucid dream at least half a dozen times, with only a handful of low-lucidity dreams to my credit. Frustration with slow progress or real-life distractions have always stopped me from going further. I'm hoping that this workbook will help me stay more dedicated and accountable.



      Sleeping Schedule:
      - Normally aim for a bedtime between midnight and 1am. Natural waking time: 9am-11am.
      Any noise in the house will keep me from falling asleep, so I've purchased ear plugs and an eye mask to help combat that.

      Reality Checks:
      - Pinch nose
      - Count fingers
      - Push finger through palm
      - Read something/check time

      Dream Signs:
      - Meeting new relatives (nieces/nephews) after estrangement from family
      - Can't walk/run, keep falling down
      - Feeling rejected by peers; Dream-Me is excessively sensitive to this, apparently
      - I'm hungry and all the available food has meat in it (am a vegetarian)
      - Natural disasters, must evacuate town
      - Being able to float or glide across the ground; I tend to show it off to DCs who can't do it
      - Being in a classroom/school
      - Should do RC whenever I find myself away from the computer/out of the house, my dreams rarely ever take place in my home or involve me looking at a computer screen.

      Short-Term Goals:
      - Excellent dream recall
      - Have dreams that I feel emotionally present in, I'm not just an impartial witness to them
      - Do an RC in a dream
      - Fully explore senses once lucid, before doing anything else

      Long-Term Goals:
      - Talk to DCs, learn their histories, get to know as many different "people" as my subconscious can come up with
      - Ask DCs to tell me stories
      - Get a dream guide/mentor
      - Have a dreamworld/DC "best friend"
      - Learn how to control the dream environment
      - Travel the universe

      Lucid/Dream Recall History:
      - My dream recall history is spotty, and my last lucid dream was in spring 2014. I've been keeping a consistent dream journal since October 9, 2015. I also briefly journaled in August 2015, and a few other periods over the past several years (usually only lasting a week or two). From October 9 to October 16, I went from zero recall to remembering 3-4 dreams per night with enough detail to fill up several pages. On the 17th, my ear plugs and eye mask arrived, and this disrupted my sleeping pattern a bit. (They're taking some getting used to, but I'm already sleeping better.) No dreams remembered on the 17th and just fragments on the 18th.

      Current Technique:
      - WBTB after 4-4.5 hours of sleep. Want to try FILD. Have been doing 5-10 RCs a day, and still need to work on awareness. I've been more focused on improving dream recall than on becoming lucid immediately, at least for now. Dream journal gets a read-through before going to sleep, and in the new entry I write down my bedtime, when my alarm's set for, and what my dream goals are for that night.
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      As per lesson II's instructions, I'll be attempting FILD every night from now until at least November 2nd. I'll also need to drill it into my mind that my first goal upon becoming lucid will be to engage my senses and stabilize the dream. I don't want to rush into some other goal (like finding a DC to talk to), and risk immediately losing the lucidity.

      Will also begin working on my awareness during waking life (lesson III).

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      October 19, 2015: Had a horrendous time trying to sleep this morning. I went to bed at 12:45am and alarm was set for 5:30, but I awoke spontaneously at 4:40 and was unable to fall asleep again due to my mind racing about life nonsense. I never felt close to the brink of sleep, so I opted not to further frustrate myself by trying FILD. At around 8:30am, I gave up and tried searching Dream Views and Reddit for tips on how to quiet a chatty brain. Found a suggestion about focusing on one's breath while counting backwards from 50 (on the inhale). I also saw something about how being in a chair or recliner can help induce lucidity, so I thought to hell with it and propped myself up on a few pillows too.

      Counting my inhales backward from 50 worked wonderfully. I started dozing off while still in the 40s, and probably fell asleep somewhere in the 20s. And I actually ended up having a dream that was about me becoming lucid, but I don't think that I genuinely was (it felt like a normal dream). This marks the first lucidity-themed dream I've had during this latest learning attempt, though. And in the dream I did try to engage my senses (by touching a wall and rubbing hands together). A good sign. There were a few other muddled dreams that followed this one, but they are still of very poor quality and my recall of them is shaky.

      Today's task and tonight's goals: In addition to reality checks, I will be practicing sensory awareness. My dream goals tonight are to have memorable dreams and to try FILD.

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      Quote Originally Posted by inheritedlaughs View Post
      October 19, 2015: Had a horrendous time trying to sleep this morning. I went to bed at 12:45am and alarm was set for 5:30, but I awoke spontaneously at 4:40 and was unable to fall asleep again due to my mind racing about life nonsense. I never felt close to the brink of sleep, so I opted not to further frustrate myself by trying FILD. At around 8:30am, I gave up and tried searching Dream Views and Reddit for tips on how to quiet a chatty brain. Found a suggestion about focusing on one's breath while counting backwards from 50 (on the inhale). I also saw something about how being in a chair or recliner can help induce lucidity, so I thought to hell with it and propped myself up on a few pillows too.

      Counting my inhales backward from 50 worked wonderfully. I started dozing off while still in the 40s, and probably fell asleep somewhere in the 20s. And I actually ended up having a dream that was about me becoming lucid, but I don't think that I genuinely was (it felt like a normal dream). This marks the first lucidity-themed dream I've had during this latest learning attempt, though. And in the dream I did try to engage my senses (by touching a wall and rubbing hands together). A good sign. There were a few other muddled dreams that followed this one, but they are still of very poor quality and my recall of them is shaky.

      Today's task and tonight's goals: In addition to reality checks, I will be practicing sensory awareness. My dream goals tonight are to have memorable dreams and to try FILD.
      Wow! I just wrote about this dreaming about LD'ing phenomenon less than 5 minutes ago in my workbook. No joke, I wrote that post, and then came here directly after and saw this. Read about it here

      It's post #6.

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      Ha! Nice timing! Maybe it's not so rare after all? I mean, I suppose it's possible that I was just slightly lucid, but I felt like an audience member rather than a participant. The dream was basically a replay of the last lucid dream that I had a year and a half ago, save a couple of differences. (I didn't make an attempt to stabilize during the real one, due to excitement, and I was clearly aware that I was in a dream then.) It's as if my brain registered my desire to have a lucid dream, plus my goal to stabilize, so it just regurgitated memories of the last one I had with a few alterations shoved in.
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      October 20, 2015: Went to bed around 1am, alarm was set for 5:30. I struggled to fall asleep though, so the alarm was changed to 6:30...but I ended up waking naturally at around 5am anyway. Took me a while to fall asleep again, but not nearly as bad as yesterday's morning. Missed the opportunity to try FILD -- I felt myself drifting off, but still seemed too awake to attempt FILD and thought I'd better wait a few more moments. Ended up just falling asleep.

      Dream recall: Upon waking, I thought I only had fragments again. But as soon as I began writing them down, I immediately remembered 6-7 separate dream scenes. Lots of themes from daily life were evident in them. No attempts were made to question the dreams' reality.

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      October 21, 2015: Got to bed quite late, 2:10am, but still woke up naturally at 4:40am. And despite how tired I was, it still took me until 8am to get back to sleep -- I had to read to quiet my mind down. Nevertheless, I was able to attempt FILD and I felt my body going through the process of falling asleep (hypnagogic imagery and vibrations/sense of becoming very light). But then I just hovered on the line between wake and sleep, and by the time I was fully out, I'd lost all awareness. No lucid dreams and only one small fragment of a regular dream right before I woke up at 11:40am.

      Since I seem to be so insistent on 4:40am (has happened four times this week), I'll be attempting to go to sleep at 11:30pm tonight instead.

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      October 22, 2015: I had a lucid dream last night, woohoo! See here. I went to bed earlier last night, around 11:30pm, but still took ages to fall asleep. Woke naturally at 5:10am. Took a couple hours to go back to sleep yet again, and didn't get to do FILD again (this was apparently not a good choice of method on my part, but I'll stick with it for at least the two weeks). I did imagine myself doing RCs as I fell asleep, and an RC is what got me lucid in the dream, so yay. That was the only dream I can recall, and I'm very tired today. Will stick with the earlier bedtime from now on.

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      October 23, 2015: Bedtime was at 11:30pm again last night, slept quite well for a change, and woke up naturally at 4:40am yet again. Ended up being so tired that I fell asleep again almost immediately. No lucid dreams, but I remember several ordinary dream fragments.

      Today's tasks: Work on sensory awareness.

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      October 24, 2015: Bedtime: 12am, alarm: 6:30am. Slept for a long time and fell asleep almost immediately after my alarm. I know I had dreams, but I couldn't hold onto them when I woke up.

      Today's tasks: Sensory awareness.

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      Welcome to the class, inheritedlaughs! Good job so far!
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      October 25, 2015: Got to sleep at around midnight last night (had computer problems that kept me up after 11:30). I woke up at some point in the morning but was so tired I went back to sleep immediately. I'm going to try switching to an even earlier bedtime again, around 10pm. One of the reasons why I often struggle to fall asleep again after the WBTB/FILD alarm is because my father gets up anywhere between 5:30am-8am. My dog (who sleeps in my room) jumps off my bed as soon as my dad opens his bedroom door. I'm anticipating this whenever I'm trying to get back to sleep, and I guess I've been worried that it'll jostle me out of any dreams I might be having. Therefore, if I'm waking up at 2-3am instead and can just get up for the day at around 6am, then that should take care of that concern. Reading by candlelight in the evening can act as a sort of reboot for my circadian rhythm (I learned this a few years ago, when the power kept going out). So I'll be doing that to help me adjust to the earlier bedtime.

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      October 26, 2015: Read by candlelight last night and was sleepy enough for bed by 10:30pm. Woke up naturally at 3am. However, I then struggled to fall asleep again until well into the morning -- I think it was after 8am that I finally passed out. I did try FILD though, and may have maintained some awareness while going into REM. I have a memory of hearing loud bangs, and then hypnagogic imagery that transformed into a sort of cartoon-like roller coaster. I was trying to hold onto awareness in this strange cartoon dream, but I didn't seem to have a body, sooo...that was tricky!

      When I woke up at 10:40am, I knew I'd had a dream just prior to waking, but in the act of trying to remember it, I instead remembered a totally different dream from earlier on. In THIS one, I would say that I was near-lucid. I understood that I could make certain people appear just by expecting them to. I was also concerned about the dream scenes shifting around too much, so I kept focusing on the details of my environment in an attempt to ground myself (I'd also stomp my feet, etc). HOWEVER -- I didn't know that I was in a dream. Rather, I believed I was in a different dimension. Haha!
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      October 28, 2015: I've maintained the earlier bedtime, 10:30pm, for two more nights. Have been sleeping very well, but when I do wake up in the night, it's hard for me to stay awake long enough to even think about lucid dreaming, let alone attempt FILD or anything else. Have been remembering 3-4 dream scenes each night. Vividness has improved a lot, even if the dreams themselves aren't very interesting. Last night I had a dream that I was riding a horse with fluffy tan fur, and I could see the individual hair strands as well as feel the thickness and texture of the fur. I ended up falling off the horse and landing in some water, and the water felt vaguely cold -- it's been a long time since I've felt temperature in a dream.

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      October 29, 2015: Went to bed at 10:30pm after reading by candlelight, slept like a rock, and was up for the day by 7am. I don't know if my alarm went off when scheduled, or if I woke up before it and turned it off. Don't remember much from my dreams except that one of them involved a favorite childhood author, I think he was talking about the writing process or something. I'm loving all this sleep I've been getting with the earlier bedtime, but I do hope that I'll soon regain my dream recall and stop avoiding the alarm.

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      October 30, 2015: Didn't get to sleep until 11:30pm-12am. Woke up before my alarm to turn it off, then went right back to sleep. Naughty me. Had many dreams, no lucids, but vividness has improved a LOT and I felt pretty emotionally involved in them. Yay! I woke briefly around 8am due to my cat, and tried to get back into the dream I was having (Robin Williams as Mr. Keating was alive and teaching my class). I wasn't able to resume the same one, but in the next dream I had, I was describing the events in the old dream to DCs as if it was something that I'd just experienced (rather than dreamed about).

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      October 31, 2015: I can't believe it, but I had THREE lucid dreams this morning. THREE!!! I got to bed late last night, at around midnight, and I woke up when my alarm went off at 5am. Let the dog out to pee and cleaned up some cat vomit, then I went back to sleep with ear plugs in and eye mask on. My attempt at FILD was only succeeding in keeping me awake, so I just rolled over onto my side and told myself that I wasn't stupid, I'd notice if something was strange about the dream world and I'd do an RC to confirm.

      Unfortunately, I barely remember the 1st lucid dream now. I hate that even lucid dreams can be forgotten that easily!

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      I woke up right after this and excitedly realized that I'd had another lucid dream, woohoo! Determined to have another one, I went directly back to sleep. This second lucid dream is NSFW at the very end.

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      I woke up at this point and was left with the impression that sex is a waste of lucidity. I then tried to go back to sleep again. My third lucid dream begins with another false awakening, but was a lot shorter.

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      November 1, 2015: Late night. Woke up with my alarm and tried FILD, didn't work. Had a few non-lucid dream fragments. Tomorrow marks the end of the two weeks and FILD hasn't been successful once, although I've had several lucids anyway, so it's a moot point. A public workbook hasn't really been all that extra helpful either, so I think this is my last entry here. Laters and good dreams to everyone!
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      Good dreams to you too! Be sure to stick around the forums for extra ideas of things to try. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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