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    How to Induce Dreamless States

    by Nerefa on 08-09-2022 at 12:14 AM
    This guide outlines a method to begin exploring dreamless states, whether you've had them before or if you are a beginner in this aspect of conscious sleep.

    What is a dreamless state?
    A dreamless state (aka a dream about nothing) is a state of sleep in which you are consciously aware, but there is no experience (either external or internal senses). There is no sight, sound, tactile, or any other sensations either environmental or imagined. There are no thoughts or dreams, but you are still consciously aware in the moment. It is awareness in its purest form.

    Void Dreams
    There is a distinction that can be made between dreamless/nothing sleep and "void" dreams in which you may experience a void of some kind. The void may be black, white, or some other color. You may be able to see your hands or not. Although you are having a dream "about nothing", void dreams are still dreams. They are not true nothingness states. Although void dreams are nifty in their own right, they are not what this guide is about!

    Three Types of Conscious Sleep
    From my experience, there seems to be three main types of conscious states you can have while you're asleep:
    - Dreams, in which you experience some kind of story or illusory existence that mimics the sensations of being awake. These can be lucid or nonlucid and have different levels of vividness, awareness, etc. (lucid dreaming typically falls into this category). These can also mix with waking environmental experience while transitioning to and from dreams (especially if you're doing WILD with your eyes open or experience dream residue hallucinations after waking). In any case, it's a dream.
    - Sleep thinks! (as I affectionately like to call them). You can also have lucid thinks or nonlucid thinks. These are similar to dreams, but more thought-like in nature. Instead of dreaming about walking around a forest full of trees, you can be thinking about trees (while asleep) the way you might think about trees while awake. These act more like the thoughts you have while awake. You could also call these dreams, but it can help to make the distinction just for the sake of exploration and understanding.
    - Nothingness state is the third main type of conscious sleep that I have noticed. This is the state in which there are no dreams, thoughts, or experiences other than conscious awareness, which this guide is about!

    Switching Between States
    It's worth nothing that the above states do not seem to be bound to any particular sleep cycle. I don't have the necessary equipment to test sleep stages (NREM vs REM), but have experimented with switching between all three of the above states in every possible direction at various times of both night and day. You can go from dream to think to nothing, or nothing to think to dream, or any other combination of switching any time, as far as I can tell. These are all within your control as the dreamer, as is waking up—you are not forced into any particular state and can freely move between them any time.

    Although there are studies and evidence linking certain sleep phases to certain states, which I'm sure could have truth to them, I theorize that these may just be natural tendencies of the average research participant (who may not be deliberately switching their state) and not hard limitations for the conscious dreamer who wants to be able to fluidly switch their state.

    How to Start Having Dreamless States
    There are different ways you can induce a dreamless states. An easy way for beginners (and the way I got started with it) is to set intention to be aware of when you wake up from sleep naturally. Tell yourself that you will be mindful and aware the next time you wake up, and also to be aware of when you are about to wake up. Remind yourself of your intention throughout the day and before bed. You can strengthen your intention by walking yourself through the process of what it will be like in your mind and connecting your plans with the ends of dreams you've had in the past, or other experiences you've had around this time.

    Practice every morning (and any time you wake up naturally in the night or from naps). It may take some time to train yourself to do this (likely a few days or weeks).

    The goal is to get yourself to be aware every time you wake up and the moment before waking. This will cause you to become highly aware of when your dream is about to end (due to natural waking). You will be able to feel it coming during the dream (which can also trigger lucidity). If you're already lucid, you may find yourself saying goodbye to your dream characters or otherwise acknowledging that it is time to naturally wake up in the morning.

    By setting your intention to be aware every time you wake up or are about to wake, you set yourself up to be conscious in a period of sleep after a dream and before waking, taking advantage of your body's natural increase of awareness during this transition from dream to waking state (you're just becoming aware a bit sooner than usual in this case).

    Doing this enough to train the habit, you can start to have dreamless states in the morning and with natural WBTBs.

    What is Awareness?
    There is sometimes confusion and hang-ups on "what" awareness is, which I want to be very clear about. Awareness can be a lot of things, but for the purposes of this guide and these dreamless states, awareness is not tied to your physical senses. Awareness simply means that you acknowledge that you exist in the here and now. It can also be awareness of time, since timing can be used as a trigger for dreamless states (awareness of the time before and during waking from sleep).

    Meditation may help in preparation for having dreamless states. Learning to bring your thoughts back to a focus point every time your mind wanders is a good way to train yourself to hold these states longer. You can also shut off your sensory perceptions while waking through meditation as a way to prepare for the "nothing" state in sleep.

    DISCLAIMER: I'm in no way qualified to speak on topics of sleep yoga or Buddhist practices, which is not the purpose of this guide. I'm simply writing this guide to help answer some questions I've been asked from curious dreamers, since I'm a lucid dreamer who frequently experiences nothingness states. I learned this on my own by accident. There's likely far more to this state than I currently understand.

    Take care and good luck, dream explorers!

    No Outside

    by Nerefa on 08-01-2022 at 11:56 PM
    20-50 residents, including my mother, lived in a building with no windows. The residents were more than roommates, operating as a small community within these walls. In what appeared to be a converted commercial building, they constructed their lives as if none had ever considered venturing outside.

    It was cozy, despite the makeshift bedrooms being sectioned off by curtains instead of walls. Multiple families shared each wing.

    The strangeness I witnessed didn't stop at the building or living conditions of its residents. As I interacted with the residents in my discrete human form, I realized how out of touch they were. They had never seen a stranger before, and yet they had little interest in where I came from. There was no one in charge of this group either. No bosses, no landlords. The more I interacted with them, the more they seemed to me like children.

    Even my own mother, a fiercely independent woman, needed assistance keeping warm at night with a blanket and space heater.

    Something wasn't right.

    I wandered from room to room, finding a portal in one of the hallways that transported me to an almost identical, but clearly separate alternate universe featuring the same building and families. These people existed across a multiverse with minor differences between each one.

    In my exploration, I also found an exit. It led out into a parking garage with no cars. Empty, except for the robotic drones patrolling the parameter. They appeared like hovering disks with cameras below their rims. The way they stopped and stared at me gave me the impression that I should not get any closer.

    I went back in and asked the residents about these drones. They told me not to go beyond the garage. The drones would have to shoot you dead for attempting to leave. This information was casual and lighthearted, of no concern to anyone. These people were born there and content to live out the rest of their lives as such, from what I gathered. They couldn't comprehend a world outside this building, nor did they desire to. They explained to me that the drones protected them.

    The drones also kept the utilities and computers running, provided essential food and items distributed through a credit currency system, and enforced laws to keep the community safe—even though there was no crime within the community. Criminal activity was rare, since the group was small and there were plenty of resources to go around. Everyone was, for the most part, happy.

    Going back to the parking garage, I transformed into my dragon to deal with the drones. I turned itself invisible and flew over them. The drones spotted me in spite of my cloaking and fired powerful shots, but my dragon absorbed them without taking any damage.

    I rounded a corner to lose the drones, and made my way down the stairs to the exit of the parking garage. When I got towards the bottom of the stairs, I found what was beyond it... The thing that the residents claimed to be protected from, and which kept them trapped here. Even though they had never seen it before, they were right. Halfway down a flight of stairs was a bright white abyss. The world ended here, and there was nothing. There was no "outside" for them to yearn for, nothing for them to comprehend. No wonder they seemed baffled by the prospect of an outside.

    As the dreamer, I can see the abyss. If I touch it, an electrical shock goes through my spine and I wake up, often accompanied by sleep paralysis (though I've been learning how to avoid it).
    The residents can't see or comprehend it, and will dissolve into nonexistence if they touch the abyss. For them, it's lethal.

    There is a group of more powerful entities who can see the abyss and travel through it. They've hunted me before. No doubt they created this place, and are running it. I had a feeling they were using these people (and these facilities) to speed up evolution, though I don't recall how I knew.
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    The Root of Dream Control

    by Nerefa on 07-08-2022 at 06:59 PM
    My concept of lucidity has changed drastically in the past 1-2 years. I see this same change in many other people and it explains a lot of dream control issues. Most newbies figure this out a lot sooner than I did. A lot of naturals are in the same boat as me.

    I used to understand that I was dreaming, but didn't fully grasp the implications. Sure, I knew it was a dream and that I was asleep in bed, but I didn't fully understand what a dream was. This changed everything about what lucidity meant for me.

    I viewed it as something inward and of the mind, sure, but more involuntary and disconnected from myself. I was under the false assumption that one's subconscious dreams and dream psychology is consequential rather than influential. The dream was the RESULT of my psyche. This was wrong.

    Dreams are an actively changing, growing, and living manifestation of your thoughts and feelings. Once you realize this, being lucid carries a whole new understanding about your control over dreams. This is essentially the "Aha!" moment I had when I achieved ultimate dream control.

    It took me over 20 years to figure this out. A lot of people get it way earlier on haha.
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    Lunar's Daytime Awareness Guide

    by Nerefa on 07-05-2022 at 08:15 PM
    What is Daytime Practice?
    Daytime awareness practice for lucid dreaming refers to the practice of becoming aware of whether you are awake or dreaming during the day. By doing this regularly throughout the day, you train a habit of becoming aware in dreams. As a result, you become lucid in your dreams.

    ADA, SAT, DILD hooks, and Reality Checks are examples of day practices that share the same awareness fundamentals. You can do these by themselves to get lucid dreams, or pair them with techniques such as MILD and WILD.

    What is ADA and SAT?
    ADA stands for All Day Awareness and is the practice of being aware of whether or not you are dreaming constantly throughout the day.

    SAT stands for Sporadic Awareness Technique and is the same as ADA, but an easier version of it. Instead of awareness being constant, you can simply be aware sporadically (randomly) in moments throughout the day. You can still gain a high rate of lucitity by doing SAT whenever you remember to do it.

    What is awraness, though?
    Awareness means you know something or are perceiving something. You can be aware of anything, such as that you're reading this guide, that the sky is blue, or that you're sitting in a chair. You are constantly aware of many things all at once, both in your environment and in your mind.

    With daytime awareness practices for the purpose of lucid dreaming, there is only one thing you need to be aware of: are you awake or dreaming? You don't need to be aware of the sky or your feelings, only this one question. To do awareness practices, ask yourself this question.

    But how do I ask myself if I'm awake or dreaming?
    To do SAT, earnestly ask yourself this question: "Am I dreaming or awake?" There are three possible answers.

    1. "No, I am awake." The waking experience is the easiest to identify. This is something many lucid dreamers learn on their own through experience, but I will tell you right here from the get-go: you know most easily when you're awake.

    2. The next possible answer is "Yes, I am dreaming." If you're doing reality checks, be mindful of whether you're already at the "yes" answer, as you don't need to complicate it with a reality check. You're already lucid.

    3. The third and most game-changing answer is "Maybe." Many people use reality checks here, but it's not necessary due to a funny little secret about lucid dreaming: maybe means yes.

    Any time you're asking yourelf if this is all a dream, you're probably dreaming. We don't get earnest maybes when we're awake like we do with dreams. This might be due to how memory works in dreams, since you don't always have access to all of your usual waking memory—the very thing that causes non-lucidity to begin with. The way dream brain makes you uncertain of your reality is itself a clue that you're dreaming.

    By being aware of your own uncertainty and being critical of what your uncertainty means, you become lucid in dreams.

    What are reality checks?
    Reality checks confirm whether you are in a dream by being critical of things in your environment. For example: if you look at your hands, they will look normal when awake, but you could have an impossible number of fingers in your dreams.

    There are many different kinds of reality checks that all do the same thing (pushing a finger through your palm, trying to breathe through your nose while plugging it, etc.)

    Reality checks are commonly used and highly effective, but it's hpful to understand that what makes them so effective is the awareness and criticality behind them, not the check itself. The check itself does not cause lucidity, but is a way to confirm lucidity. Because you can practice awareness and criticality without reality checks, they are an optional additional step.

    Reminders & Timers
    Daytime awareness practices should not involve setting timers or alarms to remind yourself to be aware, since you won't be able to use those in your dreams. If the timer you set doesn't go off in your dreams, you won't know to do it and you won't become lucid.

    Sure, you could set yourself up to dream about an alarm going off, but there is a much easier and more effective way of reminding yourself to do SAT in dreams: enter DILD hooks.

    What is a DILD hook?
    DILD stands for Dream Initiated Lucid Dream, which means that you become lucid at some point in your dream. Any technique that's not WILD is technically DILD, so ADA/SAT is also technically a form of DILD. The "hook" is the reminder part.

    DILD hooking is the same thing as SAT, but with a reminder. The reminder/hook must be something that occurs in both your waking life and dreams (usually not phone reminders, timers, or alarms).

    For example, if you dream about dragons often, you can train yourself to do SAT every time you encounter something related to dragons in waking life (doesn't need to be an actual dragon, just the idea of one). By training yourself to remember to do SAT every time you think of dragons, you can become lucid frequently in your dreams whenever dragons appear—especially if you train the criticality behind recognizing that living dragons only exist in dreams.

    Realistic Hooks
    DILD hooks can also be realistic or mundane things like cats, bananas, certain family members, seeing the sky, or the simple act of moving. As long as the hook occurs in your dreams, it can work as a reminder to do SAT.

    As described above, you don't need a reality check (like a dragon) to do SAT—all you need is to mindfully ask yourself if you're dreaming and be aware of the three possible answers. This is why realistic DILD hooks work.

    Emotions can also be DILD hooks. Children who become lucid from nightmares (a frequent backstory of natural lucid dreamers) unknowingly do DILD hooks by training an association between feelings of fear, and questioning their reality. Negative emotion is an ideal DILD hook if your goal is to stop nightmares with lucid dreaming. It can be trained deliberately by practicing daytime awareness every time you experience the negative emotion in your waking life, even if just from harmless exposure such as watching a scary/unpleasant movie.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: I thought you were supposed to pay attention to details in your environment for ADA? Like details in the grass, eye movements, the feeling of clothing, etc.
    A: This is fine as long as you're practicing awareness and criticality. If you only pay attention to details in your environment without being aware and critical of whether you're awake/dreaming, you will likely trigger more detailed dreams, but not necessarily lucid ones.

    Q: I can't find guides on SAT, only ADA?
    A: Because ADA and SAT are the same (other than how much you you do them), guides for ADA and SAT are interchangible. As long as you keep in mind that SAT is the sporadic version of ADA, you can use guides for both. It is a matter of All Day VS Spodic timing of your awareness, but otherwise they are the same practice.

    Q: I still don't understand what awareness is.
    A: If you read this guide and still don't understand what it means to be aware, you might be overthinking it. Are you awake right now? If so, then you're aware that you're awake. If you've ever had a lucid dream before, you were aware that you were dreaming. Bingo! Now you got it! Go do more of that.

    Q: What is the "most effective" DILD hook?
    A: Effectiveness is higher for things you dream frequently about. Also, things with an emotional impact also seem to be extra effective.

    Q: I can't remember any dreams. How do I know what happens frequently in my dreams for a DILD hook?
    A: For this, I recommend either doing SAT without a DILD hook, or using a common DILD hook (like the sky, something you most likely are dreaming about but just can't remember). Also, you need to work on your recall, otherwise you may not remember any future lucid dreams you have.
    Here's my recall guide: https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ner...l-guide-94405/

    Updated 07-06-2022 at 02:49 AM by Nerefa


    Lunar's Recall Guide

    by Nerefa on 06-14-2022 at 10:58 PM
    To have lucid dreams, it's important that you have dreams to begin with. This recall guide will teach you how to have dreams in general, to experience them presently in vivid detail, and how to remember them for the purpose of lucid dreaming. This guide is best paired with guides for lucid dreaming techniques such as MILD or WILD, since recall does not cause lucidity and lucidity does not cause recall—you need both.

    What is Recall?
    Recall refers to the ability to remember your dreams. This goes for both lucid and nonlucid dreams. If you can't remember having dreams, you may not be able to remember having lucid dreams either. Being lucid by itself doesn't give you automatic recall.

    If you aren't already able to remember at least 1-3 dreams per night, you should practice dream recall either before or alongside your lucid dreaming techniques. Even if you do remember 1-3 dreams per night or more, developing your recall can still improve your dream life and lucidity rate.

    No dreams? No problem!
    Did you say you don't have dreams at all? Good news! You do have dreams every night, You just don't remember them. 99.9% of the time, simple lack of dream recall is the reason people don't have dreams. This is easy to fix. Many beginners are surprised by how many dreams they have once they start remembering them!

    Although it's rare, lack of dreams could be a result of something else. Speak to your doctor if you suspect that you truly aren't having dreams, since this can be a serious issue. This guide assumes you don't have any serious underlying issues that prevent dreams.

    How long will it take?
    It may take days or weeks to start seeing results if you have low recall to start with, but once you get into the habit of remembering dreams, it will come much more naturally.

    What can recall help with?
    Recall does more than just improve your memory of dreams. Here's a list of other benefits:
    1. Makes your dreams more vivid and detailed. Many people notice significant improvements to vividness of dreams after developing better recall. It turns out that their dreams were always highly vivid and detailed—they just couldn't remember those details!
    2. Increases your sense of presence in the moment during dreams. Instead of feeling like a memory, you will experience dreams more like real time occurrence just like you experience your waking life.
    3. Increases your chances of becoming lucid. As your perception of dreams shifts from past memories to present experiences, you'll be primed for higher rates of present-moment awareness (aka lucid dreaming).
    Note: this does not mean that recall is a substitute for lucid dreaming techniques. Rather, it conditions you for lucid dreaming and significantly enhances techniques.
    4. Allows you to notice dream signs that can be used for MILD (a lucid dreaming technique). Here's a guide for MILD: https://skyfalldreams.net/guides/skyfalls-mild-guide/
    5. Allows you to improve dream control of both lucid and nonlucid dreams through better understanding the way your dreams work, rewriting dreams, and incubating what you want to happen in future dreams.

    How to Develop Recall

    Recall Upon Waking
    The first and biggest thing you can do for recall is to make it a habit to always think about your dreams the moment you wake up. Dreams will be fresh in your memory in the first few minutes (even seconds) upon waking. So before you get up to journal or brush your teeth, devote a few minutes to thinking about your dreams in as much detail as possible. You can even do this in the middle of the night before going back to sleep again, if you wake up in the night.

    If you only remember a fragment at first, try to expand on it. Did anything happen before that? How did it look or feel? Sometimes memories can be recovered by slowly working your way backwards, or reflecting on various different senses, thoughts, and feelings. Approaching your memory from different angles can also help. See what you can dig up, as if you are trying to remember an important childhood memory or a crime scene. You may not instantly remember every detail, but they will slowly unravel the more you think about it. Writing it out can help, which is where journaling comes in.

    Dream Journaling
    Dream journaling supports the process of thinking about your dreams and unraveling the details. Best of all, it allows you to record dreams for later. Anything that you don't want to forget should be journaled. Journaling should be done after you wake up for the same reasons you should think about your dreams upon waking. So think about your dreams first, then journal (or both at the same time).

    You can journal with any medium (pen and paper or your phone, it doesn't matter). The crucial part is that you think about your dreams and remember as much as you can. The physical way you go about this task doesn't matter as much. This is a mental practice.

    It's recommended that you write out as much detail as you can remember, but if you can't do that in the moment, just writing down keywords is a good way to temporarily retain dream memories. Instead of writing a fully detailed entry, you can put down key words and phrases like 'ran outside, slayed dragon, ate peanutbutter' and then flesh it out with more detail later. This can be helpful with WBTB (wake back to bed) or when you don't have time to dream journal right away.

    Note: Using key words and phrases isn't meant as a way to cut corners, but just a crutch for retaining dream memories when you can't properly journal. Your goal is not to keep walking around on crutches, but when you need them, it's good to use them.

    Intention to Remember
    You can increase your recall abilities further by setting intention to recall more of your dreams. Before going to sleep, tell yourself that you'll remember your dreams. Imagine remembering your dreams the previous night, and what it may be like to remember them the following night. Walk yourself through the process of remembering dreams in your mind, and remind yourself that you'll remember to go through your dreams immediately upon waking up. Setting intention to remember your dreams can be done in the same way you set intention to get up early in the morning or do something like a household chore during the day.

    Daytime Dream Recall
    For even greater boosts to your recall practice, you can think about your dreams at any time of day. Sometimes you can remember details of a dream in the middle of the afternoon. This is a great way to develop better recall! The more you remember to think about your dreams, the better. You can even combine this with lucid dreaming day practice such as ADA, SAT, or daytime MILD (works the same as regular MILD).

    Daytime Waking Recall
    If you still have trouble remembering any dreams whatsoever, it can help to develop better memory of your every day life. What did you have for breakfast? What were you doing ten minutes ago? Ask yourself about little things like this throughout you day to develop better recall habits that will carry over into your dreams.

    Note: For convenience, you can combine this with daytime lucid dreaming awareness practice by asking yourself “Am I awake or in a dream currently?” whenever you do this. This is not required, but can cause lucid dreams if you decide to add it.

    WBTB + Recall
    WBTB stands for Wake Back to Bed and is another way to enhance your recall because it gives you more opportunities to remember dreams upon waking. Every time you wake up in the middle of the night (whether naturally or with alarms), you can practice thinking about your dreams as described above. This provides more chances to remember dreams, and can be done to capture early night dreams. Normally the later night dreams are easier to remember simply because they are more recent from the moment you woke up, but by using WBTB, you can more easily recall early night dreams. This can also be combined with MILD or WILD lucid dreaming techniques.

    In-dream Recall
    Last but not least, recall can be done while still inside of your dreams, with or without lucidity. You can do this by training yourself to have a habit of remembering events that are important to you similarly to setting intention. Certain activities can trigger the 'oh, I want to remember this later' intention which works for both lucid and nonlucid dreams. You may also find yourself journaling and delving inside your dreams whether lucid or not.

    If you're lucid, you can take recall a step further and develop habits to improve recall inside lucid dreams:
    - Noting important events in your dreams. Whenever something happens that you want to remember, make a note yourself that you don't want to forget what just happened.
    - Journal (or think about) an event in your dream in order to retain memories from one dream to the next (in-dream recall chaining).
    - Get into the habit of asking yourself what you were doing a few hours agio, to aid in retaining memories of previous dreams.
    - Before you wake up, take a few minutes to think about the dream while still asleep.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Should I write down nightmares?
    A: If you don't want to, you don't need to. I personally (usually) skip writing down nightmares.

    Q: Can I rewrite my dreams?
    A: Yes! This is handy if you had a dream you didn't like. You can rewrite it to incubate different results for next time.

    Q: Can drugs or medications prevent dreaming?
    A: Alcohol and THC are known to cause recall issues. There may be other medications that can also affect dreams and recall.

    Q: But won't I remember having dreams if they're lucid?
    A: Lucid dreams can be easily forgotten just like regular dreams. The significance of them does not guarentee you'll remember.

    Q: If lucid dreams can be forgotten, how do I know whether I've had lucid dreams before?
    A: You could already have had lucid dreams before without knowing it. There is no way to know, but you can start improving your recall to remember future lucid dreams.

    Q: But how do you know that you forgot your lucid dreams?
    A: Personally I notice it when recall chaining between dreams. For example:
    Dream #1 is a lucid dream at the beginning of the night.
    In Dream #2, I remember Dream #1.
    In Dream #3, I no longer remember Dream #1, but can remember remembering it in Dream #2.
    Thus a lucid dream is remembered indirectly as a memory of a memory, but otherwise forgotten.

    Updated 07-02-2022 at 09:51 PM by Nerefa

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