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      Your posts have been ones of the most inspirational for my journey. I would really appreciate if you could give your take on my MILD version I published in the Attaining Lucidity section.
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      Hi dude I didnt know about the book " The Ultimate Lucid Dreamer’s Manual: From Basics to Beyond".
      It seems quite interesting to read and is free !
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      Too cool! Cleared out some space for you...
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      Oh, so I can't pm you then?
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      Hi frying man, I was wondering, could I ask you a question?
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      Hiya, FryingMan! Just wanted to say that you're such an inspiration! I always look forward to reading your posts.
    7. It's all about the dreams, the awareness, not the counts . I had an amazing, long, maybe-sometimes-semi-lucid weird nap dream today. LDs are great, but recalling all those dreams every night is the best.
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      I can't believe you're beating me
      I've had a horrible dryspell ever since the last comp ended! T^T
      Would you mind like taking a break for like a year so I can catch up?? (jk)
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      Hey pal!
      Glad to see you're still dedicated to LDing!
      But I guess you'll be for the rest of your life, so no surprise there!

      I wonder, DV is the most active LDing site on the net, and we are constantly active here, especially you. So are we like one of the most dedicated LDers in the world? v
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      You should come to Chat again sometime, it was fun that time you did
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    Part I: Beginnings

    Before my LD practice, I had a typical experience with dreaming: most nights I remembered nothing. If a dream was not particularly emotional I usually didn't remember it. Once in a rare while I'd experience a very vivid dream and remember it clearly (very few). I have treasured memories of flying dreams from childhood, and some childhood nightmares about a bogeyman who chased me and when he caught me all the monsters came flying out all around. I could go weeks or months without any significant dream memories in the morning. (I shudder now to think of those dreamless times!).

    I got into LD practice via my son, who regaled me with tales of his WILD adventures. I never paid too much attention to them, being somewhat dismissive initially, but one night in summer, 2013, sleeping out in the country I had a strange experience: I felt that I woke in the night, sat up in bed in the room I was sleeping in, and heard footsteps crunching on the leaves that sounded like someone was immediately outside my (widely opened) window. I salt bolt upright in bed, and looking out the window think I saw (or perhaps sensed) a shadowy, strong and perhaps malevolent presence outside the window. I felt entirely and completely awake. I returned to sleep, and the next morning I couldn't decide if I had been awake or not during that experience, and I was suddenly very interested in lucid dreaming. As is my wont, I immediately started searching for resources to learn more. I soon learned about ETWOLD, started reading it, and was instantly hooked.

    The rest is history. The very first night that I set intention to remember my dreams, to wake during the night to recall dreams, I recalled about 4-5 dreams during the night and recorded them in my DJ! I was so excited! Dream recall seemed natural and magical. I was on vacation, in a quiet, dark place, far away from the noisy city, sleeping alone in my own room.

    In the days and weeks that followed, I practiced everything that LaBerge recommended: critical reflection/intention moments during the day, RCs, prospective memory exercises, setting intention at night to recall and to journal dreams.

    When I felt that I had built up a decent base of recall, I started trying nighttime techniques like MILD, SSILD, and WILD. That's when the bubble burst a bit: I discovered the horrors of middle-of-the-night INSOMNIA. When I was just recalling dreams and heading right back to sleep I had no trouble returning to sleep and dreams. But these night-time visualization and awareness-boosting approaches left me wired wide awake, and many nights I missed the best REM dreaming periods to insomnia.

    I kept desiring to return to out place outside of the city on the weekends, and sometimes did, so I could recreate those quiet, dark, still conditions that I began LD practice with. And on one such weekend trip exactly one month to the day after I first set intention to recall dreams, I had my first lucid dream!

    It came, as many did afterwards, at the end of a long and particularly vivid, highly present dream at the end of the night. My first LD was an incredibly memorable experience, and I'm thankful that it lasted more than an instant, in fact it was around 45-seconds to a minute in length.

    My second LD came exactly one week after my first, also on weekend night.

    The lucid dreams were mind blowing -- but equally awesome were the nights full of vivid, weird, wacky, sexy, fun and funny non-lucid dreams. In my first flying dream, which was very vivid, I faced down and defeated my childhood dream block of overhead power lines: during the day I visualized meeting them at the start of a flying dream, and facing them head on, flying right at them and breaking through them effortlessly -- and this is exactly what happened in my dream! I was laughing in pure happiness that I had once and for all beaten my old flying-restricting nemesis. Only a few more times did I meet the power lines, each time flying right through them without problem. This was a major accomplishment.

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    2020-10-04 flying, LH hill, bait&switch, cosswalks&traffic

    by FryingMan on 10-04-2021 at 06:33 AM
    There was some pretty close examination of the dream environment at the top and bottom of the hill dream, I was trying to form an explanation/rationalization for how the hill could have come to be in that condition.

    + at the top of the LH hill looking down in towards city B, hill eroded, they're blasting, making a road, fly/glide halfway down, stop and ask team of engineers, they're planning for the road, fly to bottom, look back up, see long road, imagine tractors going up and down smoothing the grade. They're adding a major road there, I think it will really ruin the environment. Inside "house" (room? apartment?) at bottom, trying to figure out how I'm going to move all my things. Andr. T (company 3) is there?

    Some story with a woman at the bottom of the hill, we start dating?

    Either DO or I'm in the story: with woman (from above?) (and kids?) I'm (or somebody else?) was buying a house from a subdivision developer. The house (which is still in the foundation stages, with wooden form frames and coarse large gravel spread all over the plot) is no longer being sold as a "single" but now as a "double," as the developer explains that the single is no longer economically viable. I get very angry and get up in his face and scream "BAIT AND SWITCH, THIS IS A BAIT AND SWITCH!!!!"

    [DO?] Observing a discussion between a man and a woman (dating?) at a table, the woman starts to look like the Actor Steve Carrel, the more I look the more she looks like him, it's not my conversation but I'm in the position of the man seated across the table from the woman, looking at her face, and I start to detect 5 o'clock shadow on her face, extending up to "her" eyes, it definitely looks like Steve Carell is playing the role of this woman.

    + crossing the street on a busy crosswalk, lots of people, in the median there is a picnic-table like obstacle [DS?], an old black lady [DS] is having trouble managing to climb over it, I stay there and help her over (she's going the opposite direction that I am), then I'm in the middle of the street and the flow of cars start driving right at me, I try to stay out of their way, they are mostly 1970's wagons (white?), one of them drives right at me then diverts to their right at the last second, moves slowly past me, I look in the car and in the left back seat I see an old black man [DS], I bow with a hand flourish to excuse my bothering of their path/driving, he nods (?) some acknowledgement of my apology as they drive past.

    2020-10-03 brief recall, decent sleep

    by FryingMan on 10-03-2021 at 07:36 AM
    Recall meh, a fair bit of dreaming but it just sort of evaporated:
    2mg melatonin at bedtime (~ 23:00)
    final get up out of bed: ~08:00

    + [something about N&A? Forgotten]

    + [vague: racing in a vehicle?]

    + drinking from a water bottle, shared between me and 3 little kids lying down in a heap in front of me. I tap the kid at the top of the pile on the head to get him to pass me the water bottle. It has one of those short foldable stiff drinking tubes built into the lid. I give the water back, and then ask for it again. There is a girl there who sings a little phrase [MEM].

    + I'm managing a drug distribution operation disguised within a fast food chain (KFC by the coloring: red and white); a cop is there observing and I think he may bust us. I'm standing to the right of the counter and the cop is standing to the left, we're both watching the action of the servers behind the counter. It is very busy, there are several servers bustling around, and a long line of customers in front of the counter.

    2021-09-30 swimming pool; no-mask women; video offer; miniature board game

    by FryingMan on 09-30-2021 at 07:41 AM
    + large number of short scenes all loosely based around a large outdoor swimming pool [DS]
    At first weak recall, but lay quietly and reached for memories and a lot of them came flooding back:

    At a large outdoor rectangular swimming pool. It is not public, there are memberships involved. I'm helping to pick up small pieces of trash, I'm accumulating them in the palms of my hand, small bits of random pieces of plastic of various colors, I dump these out at some point. In the upper left corner of the pool there are large "tumble-weed"-like bushes growing -- almost all tough branches with no leaves. They are growing in the water and on the pool deck just besides it. The thought that "this is the Chase card member area" of the pool comes to me, some people come by and look at the area, trying to find a place to set up[?], I think this is an undesirable portion of the pool area.

    (Earlier: in the water[?], and some people are reminding me about a religious holiday and church schedule that is going on today?)

    Sliding on long horizontal suspended poles. I discover that if I wrap a towel around the pole on the left side of the attachment (that hooks me up to the pole) and rub it back and forth (like when drying your back after a shower with a towel), this propels me to the right, and if I do this rubbing on the right side of the attachment, this propels me to the left. I do this left/right "ride" a few times and want to show somebody what I've discovered. Then while picking out clothing from an assembly/cleaning line just beyond the sliding poles, there is a green scarf and (some socks?) that I know are not mine, I do not want to get charged for these.

    In line to check out around the corner from the sliding pole, I give my card to pay and it's taking a long time, I wonder if they're using the card to spy on me or find out personal information

    At some point there is a moment with a group of schoolchildren in the middle of the large dark-ish space where all of the post-pool activities are taking place. I want to get away from them and just keep going.

    On the other side of the pool area from the check-out area, there is a locker room. I'm walking along the aisles trying to choose which one I'm going to change in. I don't want to go all the way to the end because this is more of a public area and I don't want to change in public. I do end up going around the last aisle and there is a girl there next to her father [MEM].

    3 Black women without masks in a room, I'm examining their faces [DS], I think they're locals (New York?) one of them is talking to me, I'm uncomfortable with the closeness in this enclosed room and her talking so closely to me without a mask, then she really steps up in my face and continues talking, I finally throw up my hands in a cross to get her to back off.

    Odd little two-part Japanese umbrellas : if you remove the top portion which is a sort of a paper cone attached to the base by a plastic "price tag" loop, they you need to buy it and become a member of their video club. Looking down into a cart, there are lots of DVD-cases with videos, I'm not really interested in joining, the Asian ladies there are giving me a pitch to join but I'm ignoring them and continue walking through the area to get out.

    Then there's a scene of me observing people playing with very extensive miniature figure war/board-games. Very extensive scenes of battle between the little figures, thing are moving and perhaps some lights flashing during the battles.

    2021-09-29 short, low awareness dreams

    by FryingMan on 09-29-2021 at 08:45 AM
    Very late bed-time, eating late, and watching a video up to bed-time: less dream time, less aware, less vivid dreams

    + outside, daylight, in a neighborhood "downtown", discussing with neighbors something, I say that I've moved back in to the area

    + outside, I put on a button so that my best friend MR can recognize me, MR and NaIs (wal fsh pal) approach me, I haven't seen NaIs in years, he looks different, his face is not right; I reach to hug NaIs, he pulls back and asks "Are we *really* going to do this?" (he means 'are we going to hug when we should be maintaining social distancing?')

    + On an odd train, with a long gas tube running through the whole train, that is the train's fuel.

    2020-09-28 epic, vivid, present, long, disturbing non-lucid: being groomed to join satanic cult

    by FryingMan on 09-28-2021 at 12:37 PM
    Finally a long, vivid, present (and unfortunately highly disturbing) epic non-lucid

    + in parking garage trying to find a place, cars are parked so that I can't park, a guy comes to move his car, it's StePhil from company [D, #1], and he wants to sell me his green 1990 Honda Accord Ex with beige internal leather for $125,000

    + [epic, vivid, long, 9+ scene] being seduced/groomed into joining a satanic, magic-performing cult

    Outside some building with PtZm, I'm thinking about the possibility of performing magic by imagining my reflection in a mirror. PZ makes a shocking statement that children are useless and should (be abandoned?), I'm very surprised at this and am concerned about her child. Her attitude seems to come from her membership in an occult group.

    I'm in a large room in a large building, with an attractive woman and 2+ men, they are promoting their cult to me.

    STM with the woman

    Outside, night, city, on a platform (up a series of steps) from the street where cars are driving, there's a vase with bananas in it. I'm running by and see them and wonder if I should eat one, I'm pretty full, so I think "no," at first, but then I got back and pick one up to eat it. I think about my old Honda Accord and how it may be driving by on the street below.

    In a hallway outside an apartment, I'm with 2-3 other men from the cult. They are armed with some wicked, sharp knives. One of them hands me a knife, we're preparing to raid the apartment and attack those inside. The knife they give me is odd, multi-pronged, short (sort of like a vegetable peeler), and very sharp. I put it in my pocket and am concerned that I may stab myself in the leg this way. I kneel down on one knee, and one of the men stabs me on the back of the shoulder with his knife.
    "Ow!", I say
    "True enough," he replies.
    We break into the apartment, there are a lot of people there sitting around tables eating, it is a single large family of middle-eastern origin. I know they are peaceful people. I see the father of the family, with a medium-length black beard, he is facing us. I do not want to attack these people, they do not deserve this. I back my way out of the apartment.

    Outside a building, I look inside and see the attractive woman from the cult, she has her head down on the floor, she is cleaning up dirt from under kitchen appliances. She sees me and comes and leans outside, and we kiss. Then a man who is also outside comes up, and also kisses her. I have some feelings of jealousy.

    Inside a large auditorium/hall with tons of people milling around. It is a festival of the cult. I'm standing near a stage, upon which are standing some performers in costume. One of them is a young woman naked (at least from the waist down), her back is facing me. I reach up and make some contact with her. She doesn't react, but turns around and her front is visible, and I admire the view, and do a double-take as her privates look kind of weird. I turn to the left and look across the hall, and know that there is a display of the cult's books there. I look up and see a matrix (arranged in rows and columns, about 6x6 ) of beings wearing long robes, suspended from ropes. I know these are the authors of the books in the book display below them. We walk over there, and I think that they are suspended from nooses around their necks, they'd probably die, but it seems they are also supported by other parts of their bodies. As we approach, on of the bodies is lowered down to the ground. I know this is the leader of the cult.

    He is a middle-aged man, tall-ish, with odd eyes and I sense from him a strong vibe of power and evil. The people I'm with begin to present themselves to him, one by one they bow to him, and say their name and cult rank:
    "<name>, adept"
    "<name>, novice"
    It comes to my turn. I do not want to bow to this evil being, instead I just slightly incline my head and say
    "<name?>, novice".
    He faces me, and understands that I have trepidations about joining this cult. He says something like "your powers will grow in time."

    I notice a young woman is running around the crowd and whispering things about me and pointing at me. I know she is spreading lies about me in order to ruin my reputation. She keeps doing this to several more people and I grab her and demand that she stop this. I recognize her as KiKo (o player) from high school, whom I had a crush on. I take her into my arms and we go into another room, she wraps her legs around me (she was quite short IWL and is even shorter in the dream, although I have no recollection of her face in the dream) and we kiss a number of times.

    With a group of cult members in a pool/hot-tub. I want to escape. I try diving down deep and try to swim by them to get out, I think they may be able to catch me.

    Strange STM with a tiny being in a cup.

    + swimming in large pool/lazy-river type of waterway, putting on a hat from a stack of (dark, felt, blue ) hats floating by and wonder if people will recognize me

    + reviewing the stamps (receipt of small payment for some minor service rendered, like ushering in a concert) in a passport for either my late wife or her late brother, get very emotional when I find a pen in the passport which I "remembered" she used, tried to stay calm