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      Is this a good idea?

      I decided that next year when I go to college I will do two things, set up a college society for lucid dreaming and maybe do interactive courses for people who wanted to learn lucid dreaming. I know that I have all the knowledge I need to start teaching people already I'm sure I will be an expert by next year. I really wouldn't mind teaching people for free but I would rather make some money with it to help pay my fees. How much do you think I should charge per session and how long should they be. I was thinking maybe doing like a 3 euro intro night in which I describe all the benefits and commitments of lucid dreaming and a Q&A too. From there on a 5 week course for ten euro consisting of 5 sessions covering various topic, maybe even more sessions. What do you think?
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      Keep in mind that the concept of lucid dreaming seems very occult to those out of the loop, and charging money for intro sessions certainly does not help your cause.


      But the real issue is whether you really are qualified. How many lucid dreams are you getting on average, and how many different methods can you use with consistent results?
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      Ya I was thinking about the whole occult thing, but in general the town I'm going to for college is basically a student town and I also plan on setting up a lucid dreaming society so maybe if people see that they will consider it. It also seems like many people act like lucid dreaming is weird but if you actually start asking people quite a substantial amount have looked into it. If my plan goes ahead I will try to make it look professional and get people to spread the word.
      I was also thinking of running free of charge introduction nights at which I explain what it is and if they would be willing to make a commitment and also invite a guest speaker etc.
      Honestly my main concern is getting the word out for LDing, someone has to start trying to get it out of the loop and I thought I might aswell try. As I said I will still go ahead with this if I feel that I shouldn't be charging people.
      As for qualification I'm almost certain I'm ready, I'm capable of getting over 5 LD's a night using DEILD, I have been practising WILD for the past month just to become good at it and while I generally don't have a huge amount of experience with DILD and MILD I am able to get results with them and will be certainly trying it out more this year.
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      For how long have you been actively studying lucid dreaming? As in, known about it and practicing it. It's hard to explain, but while I don't get many lucid dreams myself, having been on this site for over 6 years has given me a deeper understanding of lucid dreaming, that I didn't have 5 years ago.
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      About a year and a half now, so that will be around 2.5 years by the time I'm in college, I can understand your point though. I've always been a very deep thinker and I usually form my own opinion of things quicker than most of my age group, and if the skills are there I would not see why I shouldn't teach people. If you look at one of the masters like LaBerge it took him years to reaearch and find what he did because he was essentially starting from block one 1, I however have been reading and trying everything there is to lucid dreaming so I already started at a base.
      Along what lines did you gain a deeper understanding of lucid dreaming?

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      Perhaps you could give each student who enrolls on your course/workshop some sort of standard kit, say a notebook as a dream journal, a basic pen torch (or pen if this is too dear?) & some workbook with techniques/goals to reach.
      I know cost will have a bearing on any 'stationary' supplied, but I think it is important that the student shows an interest in their dreams firstly, because the common question I often found is "I can't remember my dreams," or "I don't dream!"
      You could throw in some history/research... as in LaBerge, etc. (Nothing too heavy or dogmatic though, otherwise the average student will Zzzz.)

      I think the more 'interesting' and interactive you can make the course, then all the better. The Internet should help with research, etc.

      Just throwing my 2 cents in.
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      Thanks
      Thats a great idea, I was already trying to think of ways of making it interactive through presentations and simple games. I really like the pen and notebook thing, I might get custom ones made, or make them myslef.
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      Quote Originally Posted by dutchraptor View Post
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      Thats a great idea, I was already trying to think of ways of making it interactive through presentations and simple games. I really like the pen and notebook thing, I might get custom ones made, or make them myslef.
      I would try and gauge potential interest at the college firstly, sort of like 'market research' if you are thinking of committing your own money/resouces to buying/making the stationary.
      Maybe you could do a basic questionnare to see if anybody is interested in dreaming/lucid dreaming, etc. E.g: What do they think of films like 'The Matrix', 'Inception', etc.
      Alot of students will relate to that type of thing, but I know they (those films) are not generally for the LD purist.
      It is like replacing a valve amp with a 'solid-state' (transistor) amp if you know what I mean.
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      Yes I understand, but I think most people outside the circle start out with the wrong expectations, most people start of as a solid-state and then convert to a valve amp , I'll definetely look into a questionaire thats a great idea, maybe starting with basic questions to see how much people know about it etc.

      How much would you say a reasonable price would be for a total of 8 sessions, with the custom notepad and material included.
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      You could try price v interest on the questionnare? I haven't really thought about what sort of price myself. Obviously you do not want to set it too low because of costs, time and basic materials. However if it is set too high then it frightens people away, especially students who are paying more and more in fees anyhow.
      I have seen some courses in my local college part-time prospectus where they charge quite high, (140 for a 10 wk 'skills for life' course, for example.)
      I did know a guy (quite well) who ran a part-time Cartoon comic/basic drawing short course one time at the same college, although he didn't have teaching qualifcations. He did have a degree in Art though.
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      I can see you're determined about it but most people do not have much interests in their dreams because they're too caught up in the real world (now that sounds awfully wrong). They might get excited about it but after a while they get caught up in the real world again. I did managed to get my friends to recall their dreams occasionally but in order to get vivid dreams, you need to practice dream recalling for let's say a couple of months. How many people can keep up the heat for a few months?

      And not to mention there are a handful of people taking months to years to get their first lucid.

      I'm not objecting to the idea though. It's good to spread the word about dreaming and lucid dreaming and from there interested and potential lucid dreamers will start learning and finding out on their own, like how we all did. But I'm wondering how many people are willing to go for a paid course? I'm not sure about the people from your country but I bet the people in my country will be skeptical about it.
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