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      11-16-2022, 04:30 PM
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      This is a personal dream that I wouldn’t normally post, but I wanted to share one of these. This is a good example of a therapeutic lucid dream. It...
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      You’re welcome. I thought this was a really lovely one.
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      These are a recurring element of my dreams. I rewound time before hitting it. If native dream characters touch it, they die. Certain entities who are...
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    Black Grime

    by Nerefa on 11-16-2022 at 04:30 PM
    This is a personal dream that I wouldn’t normally post, but I wanted to share one of these. This is a good example of a therapeutic lucid dream. It shows one of the ways you can benefit from lucid dreaming if you experience grief or other difficult emotions.

    Warning: A lot of unpleasantness ahead.

    —-

    We went to my grandpa’s house since we happened to be there and I decided to real quick grab some more of my stuff like the office chair. We didn’t leave much there, but the office chair was the one big thing I left.

    He wasn’t home. I deliberated skipping it, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to just go in and grab the chair so he wouldn’t have to worry about moving it.

    I know how much I personally hate unannounced guests and I would never want someone doing this for me, but I keep thinking of how much he’s expressed difference from me in this way. It makes no sense to me, but he never cared about people just walking into his house. He used to refuse to put doors between rooms in his house, removing them any chance he got, and didn’t like locks—he’d never lock his house. He’d leave doors wide upon and get excited about the happy surprise if anyone like a neighbor just happened to walk in out of the blue. All the time he’d invite people to show up and do things for him when he wasn’t home, as if the very thought of (what I would consider) an intrusion delighted him.

    So I went in and got the chair. It was already sitting by the door, affirming his intention to get rid of it.

    He then pulled up just as we were leaving. He was pissed, but not because it bothered him that I walked into his house. He wasn’t truly bothered at all, but acted as such merely because it violated the boundaries he knew I had. My boundaries, which he found a way to weaponize in this moment. It was shallow anger laced with the “Gotcha” delight that almost overided it to a point where I couldn’t take it seriously.
    “So we’re just walking into people’s houses now.” he said with a sneer, but he could barely take his own pseudo rage seriously and I could hear the laughter below out from behind it.
    It was strange, though. Something wasn’t right.
    He then turned to me and I saw glimpses of the nice grandpa I used to know as he held his arms out and hugged me. He said he was happy to see me, he loved me, and goodbye.
    There was anger and spite still in him, directed at me at the same time.
    I asked if he wanted some money to cover any potential bills.
    I felt bad that I don’t have much now because we just moved, but I’d give him whatever I could.
    He answered with two voices clearly speaking in unison. One said yes, that it would help. The other voice cheered with derision. “Ooh money, hehehe!” it chuckled, as if celebrating plundered goods despite me giving it freely. It made it sound like I was being robbed even though that’s not what this was. I owed him far more than I could give, and I wanted to help him more than anything.
    I didn’t like how that voice made me feel gross helping him, so I ignored it. I gave him $100, silently promising I’d have more later, and hugged him again. I told him thank you, that I loved him. I knew it was stupid to cry, but did so anyway.
    I hurriedly got back in the car after waving goodbye and could hear the deriding voice cheering and mocking me as it celebrated the money.
    His other voice didn’t speak, but it was sad and watched us leave as if it wished it could leave, too.
    I felt pulled in two different directions whenever I was around him lately, ever since we moved here.
    I never used to feel this way.

    As we pulled out of the driveway, I saw something sitting there. It was short and black, and it sat in a massive puddle of itself. Now that I looked at the house from outside, I could see it better. There was black grime everywhere. It was all over the property, having spread itself onto everything, a wet spiderweb of black goop. It was all over my grandpa too. His clothes, hair, and skin had little strings of weblike goop all over. It leaked out from inside his mouth and the corners of his eyes.
    I thought about how, in waking life, there was always this strange invisible grime that follows him. It has a physical texture and smell, but I couldn’t see it. The only time I ever saw him without it was for a few years when he was practicing Buddhism. At that time, he was happier than I had ever seen him before.
    He still keeps all the statues and pictures from his trip to Burma, but I avoid talking to him about Buddhism as it seems to anger him if it’s brought up.
    Anyway in this dream I didn’t see it when I was in the house, but I could see the black grime clearly now from the car.

    I looked down at myself, checking our car and things. We were clean. It wasn’t on us. I wasnt worried about it getting on us either, as I knew it didn’t want anything to do with us.

    It had already tried over the course of the two years we lived there. That’s why it spited us, and wanted us gone.
    I looked out the window at my grandpa, who watched us drive away.

    “…I got manipulated, didn’t I?” I then turned and asked my partner.

    “Yeah.” she said.

    I nodded, not knowing why I asked other than to get her opinion, I guess.

    For a moment, we couldn’t decide where to go, but ultimately we decided to go home to the new place.

    Updated 11-16-2022 at 05:11 PM by Nerefa

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    Forgive Yourself

    by Nerefa on 11-09-2022 at 04:26 PM
    The world was fragmented into chunks. Many people were gone, post apocalypse.

    Some of the remaining people were hang gliders, which allowed them to survive traveling between fragments, but it was getting harder and harder to survive since more and more land was destroyed every day and a constant storm picked up.

    Most of the remaining fragments were pieces of ocean that flowed into an abyss with raging currents because of the storm.

    Hang gliding was a death sentence at this point, but so was staying in one spot. This was the end of the world. A lot of people were ready to go one last time.

    One of the hang gliders and handed me a blank piece of paper and a pen. He had another piece of paper in his hand that he attached to the hang glider with something written on it as he prepared to take it for one last deadly spin.

    I asked what that’s for.

    “Freedom. You write down all of the things you forgive yourself for.” He said as he got ready.
    He then took off.

    I went my own way. I knew it was a dream, so every time I fell, I rewound time and did it again.

    Updated 11-10-2022 at 05:39 PM by Nerefa

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    Dream Brain Mimicking (Lunar's Personal Technique)

    by Nerefa on 08-18-2022 at 11:24 PM
    Disclaimer: This is a guide for my own personal technique. It's how I learned to lucid dream originally (at around 10 years old). I've had hundreds if not thousands of lucid dreams from it over the course of 20+ years. It remains my favorite and most reliable technique personally, HOWEVER I can't promise it will work for others. Take it or leave it and happy dreaming, everyone!

    For those wanting a universally practiced technique, I recommend vanilla WILD or MILD.

    Anyway...

    Dream Brain Mimicking is a way that I personally like to initiate lucid dreams from the waking state (similar to WILD). It works by mimicking the same areas of your brain that are active during dreams, allowing you to seamlessly transition from waking to conscious sleep without the usual WILD anchors.
    Note: Technically, the dream story you come up is your anchor, but you don't have to think about it that way.

    This guide will explain the mindset for what I like to call "dream brain", what kinds of thoughts you can engage in to encourage dream brain, the mindset you want to cultivate for dreaming, and how you may feel in altered states.

    If you're already familiar with the feeling of dreaming, I highly recommend you embrace your own personal experiences as a frame of reference in addition to the tips outlined here, as this is what Dream Brain Mimicking is all about! The more you emulate your own dreaming mindset, the better.

    Optional Reading
    My WILD guide can be found here if you want a more thorough understanding of vanilla WILD: https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ner...d-guide-94340/).
    MILD can also (optionally) be incorporated into Dream Brain Mimicking for more powerful effects. Here's a good MILD guide: https://skyfalldreams.net/guides/skyfalls-mild-guide/

    Moving right along!


    Choose a Setting
    As you lay in bed, choose a setting that you would like to start with. It can be related to your daily life, your dreams, or be something entirely new.

    If you want the most potent option, choose a setting that includes dream signs that will continuously trigger and reinforce your lucidity and/or a setting of a dream you had previously. For example, a mythical fantasy world with dragons and cities in the sky will remind you that you must be dreaming. If you already dreamed of this mythical place before, even better! Any dream settings you regularly get lucid in are the best if your only goal is lucidity.

    The setting you choose can always be changed later as the dream progresses, so it's not set in stone. The important thing is that it will eventually turn into a dream, so ideally pick something you want to dream about. The more motivated you are, the better. What's something you've always wanted to do?

    You can also connect settings together. If you have a previous dream setting that you're always lucid in, you can create a path from that location to another setting for a dream you want (maybe it's connected by an alleyway or a portal) and go from there.

    I'm going to continue this guide with an underwater city setting for demonstration. For this, you could start in the ocean already, or start above the water and dive in.


    Starting Your Dream
    Imagine yourself beginning the dream. If you picked the underwater city setting for example, imagine yourself flying above the ocean under a bright blue cloudless sky. See the mountains in the distance and circle downward as you dive. Feel the current and hear the water's surface breaking as you plunge right in!

    Fully immerse yourself in the sensations of swimming downward towards an underwater city as a rush of bubbles trails up behind you. The closer you get, the more details you can see of the city below as it comes into view. You are immersed in this real time experience.

    Take Your Time
    There's no rush to this process. Feel free to take your time and be immersed with any or all of your senses. You can imagine breathing underwater in any way you want, whether you have gills or if it feels just like breathing air.

    Does the seawater taste salty? Look at all of the color and details, bubbles, light, and darkness. Do you see any fish swimming by? Try looking around from different angles and perspectives. Look up and see the sunlight coming through the surface above. Then, as you look back down, get a view of the underwater cityscape and how the streets were once laid out by some lunatic who can't design a city, now in a serene murky ruin. Set the tone! Fill your world with personality and backstory, as if it has a real history. And what are you looking to accomplish? Why are you here again?

    Note: If you have aphantasia, feel free to skip the visuals and work with other senses. The important thing is your immersion with your dream, not the specific details of it.

    How to Be Immersed
    Don't worry about using all of your senses or doing specific step-by-step tasks. There is absolutely no checklist to follow. The goal of this practice is to be fully immersed and invested in your unbridled inclinations. Be freely driven by your most primal and natural emotions. Follow your gut instinct, do what flows naturally (as opposed to complex decision-making and logical thinking). This is how we usually engage in dreams. It's a light, passive way of thinking. Like a flowing stream of though

    Show, don't tell; do, don't think!
    Although it may sound contradictory to lucid dreaming, part of immersion means not having constant meta awareness of what you're doing. In other words, put yourself in the mindset of actually being there in the moment, rather than being highly aware that you're laying in bed thinking about it. Engage the experience of the dream, not just thinking about the dream. Engage thoughts like "I am lucid now, this is a dream." and "I'm exploring! What's over there?!" instead of things like "Oh. Did I do that right for the technique?" or "Uh oh, did I use my sense of taste yet?"

    Engage with your environment as it comes, rather than going through a checklist of tasks. Again, "I need to focus on this or that" isn't the right mindset. You want to engage in the environment in your mind as if it's real and right there in front of you. Allow yourself to forget your current physical position in bed—you're not laying in bed doing a lucid dreaming technique. Rather, you are experiencing this dream in real time. The thoughts in your mind are more than just thoughts. They are your direct reality.

    It's okay if you don't do this perfectly. If you have to scratch an itch, move around, or your thoughts veer off track, that's fine. Don't worry about it! I do this constantly and it doesn't interfere when I don't draw attention to it.

    Plan Ahead
    If there are very specific things you want to do, I recommend making plans for your goals ahead of time rather than trying to sort it all out in the moment—particularly for more complicated ideas that you're not sure of. For example, if you want to make up a plot about a sea dragon living in the heart of the city and what it's doing there, make some notes about it before you start. You could still have this sea dragon show up without planning, and improvise what it's doing, but if there's anything you want special control over, do that ahead of time.

    Same goes for dreams. Incubate anything you really to go a particular way ahead of time so you don't get caught up in complicated plot structures in the moment—because most of the time when you're dreaming, you're not going to be making tons of complicated plot decisions. Dreams tend to form naturally and are influenced by our intentions, associations, free-flowing thoughts, and natural expectations—rather than heavy logical thinking and scheming.

    So I recommend you do your fancy logic brain stuff beforehand for best results. It's not that you can't do this in dreams, it's just that we tend to do it less, and doing it less makes this technique easier to fall asleep to. We are, after all, trying to fall asleep. Easy free-forming thoughts you can fall asleep to is the goal.

    Engage Your Passion
    Dreams that motivate you on a personal level can be highly effective. If possible, pick something that you can easily get lost in while staying immersed, and invest your time in without it feeling like a chore. Feel free to follow your instincts and desires. Do the things you're most motivated to do.

    Things that are currently pressing you in waking life are great candidates for dream material, too. For example, if you have a fictional crush you're interested in, you can make them a character in your dream. Tie what you know about the character into the story. For example, if the character is an author, the dream version of this character could have written about this underwater city and joined you to learn more about it for their research. Or you can shake things up a bit—maybe this character has a book that allows their writings to become reality, which can be a dream control tool for the both of you.

    Perspective
    Don't feel like you need to maintain a first person perspective for the sake of immersion. Overthinking this is immersion-breaking and not worth doing. Third person perspectiive is fine to have! Dreams often switch between perspectives randomly anyway, often without us even noticing because we're so immersed in the contents of the dream (which is what you want to emulate).

    Follow Your Natural Schemas
    If you're familiar with schema for dream control, you know that personal associations are involved in dream formation. If you see a cat, it will be more likely to meow than to bark like a dog, because you associate cats with meowing (unless there's some specific reason it would bark instead). This dream doesn't have to follow the rules of reality, but it should generally follow the personal way you associate concepts, because your dreams also form in this way. There's a lot of schemas that many people universally share (like cats meowing and dogs barking). Other schemas may be cultural, and then there's personal schemas. For example, if I see a white cat, I might automatically expect it to be a male with one eye, because I had a male white cat with one eye growing up. For someone else, a white cat may be more likely to have other attributes since having a one-eyed male cat is a highly specific experience for me and not others.

    You don't have to overthink this though. Schematic associations that you have already will come automatically without you even having to think about them. It's the way dreams are formed instantaneously without the need to think about it, and waking thoughts will do the same when we let them flow naturally. It's a good idea to let your mind do what it does naturally, even if it doesn't always make sense, rather than trying to narrate, drive, and control every little detail.

    Dream Control
    With the above said, you can absolutely control the dream and I recommend doing so if you don't like something or if you want to adjust how the story unfolds. You can totally backtrack and start over when it's necessary to fix unpleasant things. Despite everything this guide has explained so far, you absolutely can make decisions and change things as needed. It's just not a majority of what you should be doing.

    I recommend using dream control methods that you would employ in real dreams for making changes (not required, but it generally works better this way).
    Here's a guide on dream control basics: https://www.enter-the-mist.org/post/...-part-1-schema
    And another guide for schema: https://www.dreamviews.com/dream-con...ur-dreams.html

    There are multiple ways you can control dreams:
    - Redirect your attention.
    - Switch out unwanted schemas for wanted schemas.
    - Develop new schemas/expectations.

    For example, you may associate being underwater with saltwater. If you don't like the taste of salt, you can change this in different ways:
    - Stop paying attention to the taste. Unlike waking reality, dreams depend on your attention. If you thoroughly ignore and forget about something, it ceases to exist completely.
    - Change it to a different taste that follows a another schema. For example, maybe it has an algea flavor. Kinda nasty though, redirection may have a more desirable outcome in this case lol.
    - Create a new schema such as imagining that this is a magical ocean that tastes like cotton candy. This can have transcending effects on your entire story and you may need to change other things about your surroundings to reinforce it. This is more of a drastic change that I don't recommend most of the time, but absolutely recommend it to fix particularly unpleasant trains of thought.

    Simply shifting your attention off of the undesired experience is often the best route. Take the path of least resistance for the little things. Save the schema-changes and new schemas for more important things or for when shifting attention doesn't work.

    Strengthening Associations Through Repetition
    The more consistent you are and use repetition for the things you want, the more it will become a part of your real dreams on a consistent basis. For example, if you give yourself gills in this dream every day for a week of practice, you will be much more likely to always have gills in your dreams when swimming and you may even unconsciously develop an association between the feeling of having gills and being lucid in dreams. Through repetition, gills can become your default in swimming dreams and even a trigger for lucidity.

    You may also have more swimming dreams in general, lucid or nonlucid, because of the repetition.

    Dreams are often formed through associations and repetitions. Be mindful of the reality you're creating for yourself. I recommend not botheringt with nightmarish or unpleasant things. Turn your attention off of things you don't want, and change them with schema if they're particularly ingrained (sometimes deeply ingrained connections require more repetition of new associations to fix).

    Staying on Track
    It's normal for the mind to wander, especially while falling asleep. Dream Brain Mimicking can help you stay on track because of its dreamlike mindset, but if you find yourself losing track, keep practicing! You can also hop on your new train of thought and create a whole new dream from it, alternatively.

    It helps greatly to use a dream story that you can easily and comfortably follow as you fall asleep. Some things may be easier to stay on track with than others. The more enjoyable and low effort, the better. The goal is to fall asleep consciously using passive awareness (aka WILD technique), so unlike regular story creation, skip the complex decision-making, boring parts, complicated plot structures, and overfocus. For example, sometimes I just skip character dialogue altogether and assume they conveyed something without deciding every word spoken. Detailed dialogue is boring to me. I just assume they conveyed the intended meaning without worrying about the details.

    There are no specific details that you must follow. You can skip anything that doesn't interest you. Dreams are oftewn nonsensinsical like this, but they make sense to you, the dreamer, in some way. That's all that matters. This is a dream process rather than a final draft scripting process. The only audience is you. Allow your mind to flow freely on its own, like a dream, even if it's not always logical, and have fun!

    Easy Thinking
    Most of my success with Dream Brain Mimicking comes from things that are easy to think about. Low effort is ideal. Feel free to be lazy and make half-baked stories. You're going to sleep doing this so it need not be work! When you get the ball rolling on a story narrative, you will start to (eventually) fall asleep consciously because you're immersed, not because you're trying hard to perform a task. The story flows and wanders sometimes nonsensically like a dream, but it'a a dream you're passively following.

    Doing this all cultivates a dreaming mindset before you fall asleep. You start the dream when you're awake, you encourage dream-like thought patterns, and work with your mind (instead of against it) to enter a real dream that you can stay engaged in. This will not only give you lucid dreams, but train you to have longer dreams with stable story narratives and can also be used for MILD and incubation of specific dream elements.

    The Final Transition
    You may or may not notice when the dream becomes real. Sometimes I experience hypnagogia with this technique (odd sensations like buzzing or tingling), but usually not. If you do experience anything like that, keep engaging in your dream. The transition can often appear as if the scene becomes more vivid (gradually), you may encounter a doorway or portal of some kind, or you may not notice any transition at all. Experiences can vary, but eventually you'll wind up fully asleep in the dream.

    Final Note
    Just a heads up that you can also get DILDs from this technique, not just WILDs. Sometimes if you fall asleep unconsciously, you end up back in your intended story lucid dreaming anyway later in the night.

    Happy dreaming!

    Updated 11-19-2022 at 02:43 AM by Nerefa

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