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      Hello everyone!

      Hey guys!

      My name is Gabriel, and I'm glad to have found this forum. Thank you for accepting me!

      When I was a child, in Romania, I had many, many nightmares all the time, I still remember some of them and I know that dreams were an important part of my life. I also clearly remember myself being able to go back into dreams I had, as well as having lucid dreams many times and even being able to change the scene to my will. I don't remember how old I was, but I was very young. I have never heard about lucid dreaming at the time and didn't even know this concept.

      A few years back, I bought Charlie Morey's book "Dreams of Awakening" during a trip in India and have tried "his" techniques. Within two weeks, I had my first lucid dream, out of which I immediately woke up out of excitement. I then stopped practicing. I think it was because I reached my goal of having a lucid dream. Weird, huh?

      Between two and three months ago, for some unknown reason, I've gotten into this again. This time, I am and have been strongly motivated and want to learn how to lucid dream at will, for the purpose of connecting with my subconscious with the goal of learning and spiritual self-development. It seems to me like it could be possibly one of the best ways to improve and connect with yourself as a person. I am reading "Dreams of Awakening" and Stephen LaBerge's "Exploring the world of Lucid Dreaming". I'm also lurking around in the forum, but not too much. I want to spend time practicing.

      What I practice:

      During the day:
      • Prospective memory training (started 20 days ago) based on LaBerge's book, but will soon switch to my own cues and triggers which I've gathered from my own dreams
      • Read about ADA a couple of days ago and I plan to try and do that for two months.
      • Focus on trying to take things slowly (not be in a rush) and improve my kindness.


      During the night:
      • Learning to stand still after each wake up (it's not easy for me). I saw it helps improve my recall tremendously.
      • Practice an induction method each night (MILD during the week, WILD during the weekend waking up after 7 hours of sleep)


      I, of course, also have a dream journal. I have been meditating for many years. For the past years, I've been doing Vipassana (more or less) daily for 2 hours per day (1h morning 1h night).

      I have until now had 3 lucid dreams, one a few days after starting to read, and then 2 more, all of them about one month apart. Progress seems slow but I think it's there. I'm focusing a lot on improving my recall and I think ADA contributes a lot to it. I hope I get there!

      It's gotten hard to ask myself "Am I dreaming?". It seems that my mind has gotten used to the fact that I don't, given the little success I had. But I'm trying my best to use ADA and investigating consciousness to still keep the question real.
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      Hello Gabriel......and welcome to Dream Views.

      I share your goal of spiritual self development and I have found in the short time I have been training that my daytime awareness exercises have been most effective in increasing my night time lucidity in a very natural way. I can already feel lucidity becoming a part of the fabric of my life. I can also feel myself changing in many very good ways due to increased awareness in my dreams. Daytime awareness increases night time lucidity which further increases daytime awareness.....in a very cool feedback loop of self improvement.

      Here is some reading that has helped me to understand this aspect of lucid dreaming:

      https://selfdefinition.org/tibetan/T...-And-Sleep.pdf

      Part Three of the above has been particularly helpful to my ADA practice.
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      Hey gbbr, welcome to Dreamviews! It sounds like you are on a good track so far. I've never read Charlie Morey's book that you mentioned. I'm going to look into that one.

      I was just reading about ADA last night. I want to give it a try too. I relate to the growing difficulty in asking whether or not I'm dreaming. It has happened to me a couple of times now. Sometimes maybe it is good to take a little break. With doing RCs it can be a good idea to focus on awareness during them.
      Dreams are real while they last. Can we say more of life? - Havelock Ellis

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      Quote Originally Posted by lenscaper View Post
      Hello Gabriel......and welcome to Dream Views.

      I share your goal of spiritual self development and I have found in the short time I have been training that my daytime awareness exercises have been most effective in increasing my night time lucidity in a very natural way. I can already feel lucidity becoming a part of the fabric of my life. I can also feel myself changing in many very good ways due to increased awareness in my dreams. Daytime awareness increases night time lucidity which further increases daytime awareness.....in a very cool feedback loop of self improvement.

      Here is some reading that has helped me to understand this aspect of lucid dreaming:

      https://selfdefinition.org/tibetan/T...-And-Sleep.pdf

      Part Three of the above has been particularly helpful to my ADA practice.
      Thank you so much for the response! And for the link! I would definitely like to see a more "spiritual" take on this. I have sometimes found some buddhist books to be overly complicated and technical, but I will give it a shot. Perhaps it's different. I have ordered from Amazon and should have it next week. It seems to have good reviews. Anything that encourages more awareness sounds more like my kind of thing. For some reason, self-hypnosis and auto-suggestion was never something that resonated too much with me. Never the less, I am still trying them out to see if there's maybe something to it, especially given that I never did before, and that I heard it's best for beginners.


      Quote Originally Posted by zelcrow View Post
      Hey gbbr, welcome to Dreamviews! It sounds like you are on a good track so far. I've never read Charlie Morey's book that you mentioned. I'm going to look into that one.

      I was just reading about ADA last night. I want to give it a try too. I relate to the growing difficulty in asking whether or not I'm dreaming. It has happened to me a couple of times now. Sometimes maybe it is good to take a little break. With doing RCs it can be a good idea to focus on awareness during them.
      Thank you for the warm welcome. It means a lot to me. This seems like a really warm community judging by you two And thanks for the encouragement!
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