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      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...
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    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!

    Disclaimer
    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 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).

    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.
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    Kidnapping & Illness

    by Nerefa on 06-13-2022 at 08:41 PM
    I was at my bayside home with the animals and dogs, running through the grass and over the dirt driveway. I looked up over the hills, past the trees, and noticed that the blue sky had a red patch in it.

    It was growing. Something was coming.

    I told everyone to go inside as it spread. We called in the animals and family rushed up the spiraling staircase into the upper story of the house. The sky quickly darkened, blotting out the sun.

    I suspected it could be environmental, or the aliens encountered from a previous dream I had the same night (same location).

    I told everyone to stay away from the windows and hide. There was a bright light outside, like searchlights. Everyone found hiding places behind furniture and in closets, but there was barely any time.

    After a moment though, I decided to stop hiding. This was my home, they were probably looking for me and I didn’t want my family hurt. I got up from behind the bed and walked to the front door to stand in the doorway under the searchlights. “What do you want?” I asked.

    “You.” they told me, and grabbed me. Multiple people shoved me into the back of a van and locked it shut. There were bars separating me from the driver and front passenger seat.

    As I inspected the front of the van, I saw that there was a woman in the passenger seat with smooth black hair, tan skin. I asked what she wanted as the driver started driving. “Money. A lot of it.” she said in a cold manner without looking at me. They were taking me somewhere to get money.

    “Okay.” I said and then reached forward through the bars. I spawned money from my hands, manifesting it in wads of $100s right into her lap.

    She was stunned, not expecting to be showered with money, and even doubted what she just saw. I just asked “Is that enough?” as she counted it.

    “No…” she said and proceeded to tell me it would cover multiple medical procedures.

    She was dying. Her whole body was falling apart and she couldn’t afford the operations. I nodded and gave her more money, though I paused after a bit, feeling like if was pretty early in morning.

    My body couldn’t keep sleeping forever and was more than ready to wake up, but I wanted to stay a bit longer. “What’s your name?” I asked.

    “Why?” she questioned with suspicion. They had just kidnapped me. She assumed I planned to retaliate if I knew her identity.

    “It’s just that… I have to go soon.” I told her with honesty. Time was running out. “To me, this is a dream and I might wake up.”

    Upon saying this, she looked horrified. She had just seen a person spawn money out of their hands, and was now being told her existence was just a dream?

    “You’re still real,” I reassured her. I didn’t want her to be scared. That’s not why I was telling her this. “…No, this is all real. But from my perspective, it’s my dream. That’s just the nature of reality… I’ll wake up soon, and I want to remember your name so I can help you.” I explained as much as I could. I guess I don’t really need her name, but it makes things easier.

    “Ether. It’s Ether.” she told me after hesitation, a name pronounced like aether… like the celestial aether, I thought as I took a moment to commit her name to memory.

    I wondered if it was easier to memorize things from inside dreams compared with waking. Beats me, though.

    She then suddenly told me that the money was enough and she didn’t want anymore. She was horrified and distressed by what I told her.

    “How about I give you a new body instead?” I offered, knowing it wasn’t about the money. Even with all these expensive operations, she might not make it.

    She was shocked and in awe that I could do that, but she just witnessed me sprout money out of nowhere, so nodded.

    I smiled. “Let’s start with your hair. What kind of hair have you always wanted?”

    “Curls?” she said and I waved my hands over her hair, changing the shape and structure so that it curled naturally. She turned around so I could get to every spot. This also made it frizzy. “Yeah, that’s the bane of curly hair! It gets all frizzy.” I laughed and she looked it over in amazement with a laugh, too.

    “Oh my god…” she said as she ran a hand through her new curls, looking at them in the van’s mirror.

    I wanted to do more for her in that moment, but I couldn’t sleep anymore and woke up. It was 10:40 AM and I went to bed at around midnight. Also, my last WBTB was around 9 AM.
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    Lunar's WILD Guide

    by Nerefa on 06-01-2022 at 08:09 PM
    What is WILD?
    WILD stands for "Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming" and is an old, well known technique for going to sleep consciously. By maintaining awareness during the transition from wakefulness to sleep, you can directly enter a lucid dream.

    WILD is a skill that may take time to develop initially, but once you get familiar with it, it become easy, quick, and highly effective!


    When should I do WILD?

    WILD is best done in combination with WBTB (Wake Back to Bed). This means that you should set an alarm (or wake up naturally) during sleep. Usually 4-6 hours into sleep is recommended.

    How long you stay awake during WBTB depends on you. Some like doimng it for only a few minutes and others go longer. If you fall asleep too fast, lengthen the time. If you have trouble going back to sleep, shorten it.

    Make sure to adjust your sleep schedule accordingly to ensure that you are getting enough sleep.

    Although WBTB is recommended, it's not required. Any time you go to sleep is an opportunity for WILD. This includes other wake up times during the night, daytime naps, and before bed.


    How to Do WILD

    Summary of Steps for WILD
    1. Get in bed and get comfy. Go to sleep like you would normally (this is the majority of WILD).
    2. Start falling asleep.
    3. Put passive awareness on your anchor until you enter a dream (the anchor can either stay the same or change throughout the process).

    Performing WILD
    Make yourself comfortable in whatever position you normally fall asleep in and prepare to go to sleep like you would normally. Whatever sleeping position is most comfortable for you is the best for WILD. When you start to fall asleep, put gentle awareness on an "anchor" to keep your mind from drifting into unsconsciousness.

    Choosing an Anchor
    An anchor is simply something (a subject or thing) to help you be aware so you don't fall asleep unconsciously. There are many types of anchors for WILD.

    Here are two main categories of anchors:
    - External, such as fans, noise machines, or the feeling of a blanket. These consist of real things in your environment and real physical senses and are easy to keep track of in the beginning stage of WILD. However, it's possible to lose track of them as you enter the later stage, so you may want to switch to an internal anchor at that point in the WILD process.
    - Internal, such as watching imagery form on the backs of your eyelids, imagined visuals, imagined movement, or any sort of thoughts or imagined senses. Internal anchors are things of the mind. They can stay with you as you transition into a dream, so they're easy to keep track of in the final stage of WILD. You can use them to finalize the process and enter a dream.

    What does awareness mean, though?
    Awareness is simply a perception of something. For example, you are currently aware of this guide and the shape of the letters written in it. You are probably thinking actively about the contents of the guide, but the shape of the letters is a more passive type of awareness.

    You are aware of things all the time, except when you're unconscious, which is why WILD works.

    Finding The Balance
    Falling asleep consciously for WILD is a balance, but the balance is not 1:1. It's heavily skewed more in the direction of falling asleep. If you find yourself unable to sleep, you may be focussing too hard on your anchor. Lower it to a more gentle, passive awareess.

    If you continue to maintain gentle passive awareness, you will enter a lucid dream.
    The rest of this guide is just further explanation and tips.


    Extra Tips

    What is Hypnagogia?
    Hypnagogia are imaginary visuals, sounds, and other sensations that may happen as you fall asleep, but not always. These can vary widely, but are completely harmless. You can even control them in the same way dreams can be controlled, and use them as an anchor to enter a lucid dream.

    What to Do With Wandering Mind
    As you fall asleep, you may notice your mind wander. This is a sign that you're about to fall asleep (a good sign that WILD is working) and here are two ways of proceeding with it:
    - When you mind wanders, gently bring it back to your anchor.
    - Allow your mind to wander, but follow it. Stay passively aware as you go with the flow.

    Wandering thoughts are also common in dreams and can be embraced by the WILDer. What makes anchors work is the ability to keep your mind from losing consciousness completely. It doesn't mean you have to stick with the same thing throughout the whole process. It's perfectly fine to let your mind wander, as long as you're keeping track of it.

    MILD & WILD
    WILD can be combined with MILD (another technique for lucid dreaming) for stacked effects. To combine them, do MILD first, then WILD. Here's a MILD guide that I recommend: https://skyfalldreams.net/guides/skyfalls-mild-guide/
    You can also do MILD during the day (any time) separately from your WILD times.

    Visualization Anchors
    Visualization anchors with WILD (also known as V-WILD) are one of the most popular. There are multiple ways you can use a visual anchor:
    - Use an external visual like a light or something else in the room.
    - Create an internal anchor from a visual in your mind.
    - Gaze at the backs of your eyelids, you might or might not notice imagery forming.
    - Use imagined imagery that forms while you're falling asleep (like hypnagogia).

    Visuals tend to become more vivid the closer you get to entering a dream. It might stay the same or morph, and you can control it or go with the flow—either way is fine, as long as you maintain awareness of it while falling asleep.

    Imagined Movement & Sensation Anchors
    You can use any sense for anchors, such as:
    - Imagining yourself walking, flying, or swimming.
    - Imagining a calm energy flowing through your body.

    These can also arise either from hypnagogia or just simply imagining them. They work similarly to visual anchors in that the sensation can become more vivid the closer you get to entering a dream.
    There are endless anchors you can use for WILD. Don't feel like you need to limit yourself to what's listed here!

    Mindset
    Sometimes you can do WILD by emulating the mindset you have in dreams, escpecially if you've lucid dreamed before. You can even walk yourself through a dream that you want to have, and fall asleep doing this as your anchor.

    Falling Asleep Signs
    If you're unsure whether your WILD practice is working, these are the signs that it is:
    - Your mind may start to wander more than usual.
    - Your breathing and/or heartrate may slow down.
    - You may feel a jerking motion in your hand or other part of your body (hypnic jerk).
    - You might make a small sound, like a mumble.
    - Your might suddenly feel cold and need to pull up a blanket (body temperature decrease).
    - Sounds, visuals, touch, or other sensations in your environment may become dull or vanish completely.
    - You may start to hear sounds, see visuals, or feel sensations that aren't really there (hypnagogia).

    If you experience any of these signs, it means you're about to fall asleep. This is a great time to start doing WILD.
    Noticing these signs also means you are being aware of the falling asleep process! Even if you didn't enter a dream in the later stage, look at what you're doing correctly to get these signs and do more of that.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What do I do if I have to scratch an itch, move, or swallow during WILD?
    A: Do so! Act just like you normally would going to bed. You can move around, scratch itches, and swallow all you like.

    Q: Are the lucid dreams you get from WILD more/less vivid than lucid dreams from other methods?
    A: No, the technique you use doesn't determine vividness (lack of vividness is a recall/dream control issue).

    Q: How long does it take to do WILD?
    A: WILD can be done in the same amount of time that it takes you to fall asleep. This can vary by the person, but can be done in minutes.

    Q: How long does it take to LEARN how to do WILD?
    A: The time it takes to learn and start having successful WILDs varies. It can happen on the first night, or it could take days, weeks, or more to train. Keep in mind that training doesn't mean repetition—you need to adjust your practice until you figure out the balance.

    Q: I can't relax and go to sleep! What do I do?
    A: Let go of racing thoughts, worries, or focusing on things that can keep you awake. Meditation like slowing your breathing and other relaxation techniques can help.

    Q: What do I do if it's not working?
    A: If you're falling asleep unconsciously, raise the awareness level. If you're staying awake, lower it. Make other adjustments as needed rather than just repeating the same thing (if it's not working).

    Q: How do I stabilize the dream?
    A: Stabilization isn't needed. You can stay in the dream simply by going off and doing dream things!

    Q: Does WILD cause sleep paralysis/do I need sleep paralysis?
    A: WILD doesn't involve sleep paralysis (this is often mistaken for hypnagogia).

    Q: Is WILD the most difficult technique?
    A: WILD is not a difficult technique. It's very easy once you learn to do it!

    Updated 06-03-2022 at 12:42 AM by Nerefa

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    Deliberate False Awakening Experiments with V-WILD

    by Nerefa on 05-30-2022 at 03:19 AM
    I saw someone needed help with V-WILD this morning, so I tried messing with the technique it to see if I could find a way to help them and also played around with false awakenings.

    V-WILD (to my understanding) is WILD but with a visual anchor.

    So I did V-WILD at 7 AM. Rather than choosing a visual, I watched the inside of my eyelids until a visual started to form (like cloudgazing). Unlike cloudgazing, the visual became more vivid as I progressed through WILD.
    The dream formed into the same bedroom I fell asleep in, and could’ve been a false awakening if I didn't know it was a dream.

    I experimented trying to speak in real life signifant other from the dream, since I've been wanting to experiment more with that lately. I did it once before and have been fascinated by the idea of controlling waking body while asleep ever since.

    My SO was asleep IRL so the experiment wouldn't have worked. I figured that would happen, am thinking of using a recorder next time.

    After that, I climbed out the window in my dream room. Thought to myself: "I wonder if I should make anything I really want to do more often be right next to the dreamed version of my house—this is a good way to develop PRs with more fun stuff in them."—but couldn’t think of anything I really wanted. Can always incubate this while awake.

    I noticed how a lot of things were different in my dream neighborhood like lighting and rearranged buildings. I could change them and make a replica, but don’t really need to. I kind of like having the dream versions of RL locations to be different, makes the dream state easier to distinguish.

    I then tested out waking myself up in a way where it’s more dream body instead of waking body sensation to help me get a feel for the difference. If I wake myself up for real, then that could help me pinpoint waking sensation. If dream wake-up, that's dreamed sensation.
    idk I was coming up with this on the spot, so it may not be a great idea for an experiment.

    So I woke up back in my bedroom.
    I assumed this was either a dream or I woke myself for real. I suspected dream, but wasn't totally sure. Tested reality check with finger through palm and it didn’t work. My hands were so solid and realistic! I was pretty sure it was a dream anyway though, so I plugged my nose and breathed. It worked.
    Dream.

    I practiced the false awakenings a few times and was able to tell I was in a dream more and more every time I did it.

    All the while, the dreamed version of my significant other was there watching this nonsense! I told her it was a dream, and she acted mock-concerned, half-heartedly gasping with poorly acted worry.
    I responded to her playfully "Yeah, I know if you were the real one, you would be rightly concerned about me thinking everything is a dream, but since we both know it’s a dream, you’re fine~"

    I eventually woke myself up for real when it felt it had been an hour because I had to get ready for a thing. Was about 8AM.

    Updated 05-30-2022 at 03:33 AM by Nerefa

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    Bringing Dream Characters Out of Dream

    by Nerefa on 05-28-2022 at 11:21 PM
    Example of bringing a dream character out of a lucid dream into waking hallucination.
    This is one of my older dreams I titled 'The End' that was memorable enough to post here.

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    At the end of the universe, everything was being engulfed by a white void. It dissolved buildings and entire mountain ranges into dust, encroaching from all sides as it narrowed in on the remains of one of the last cities.
    I watched the void tear through the earth, leaving behind fragmented strips of road—like something out of a Dr. Seus book.
    There were bits of road and houses scattered into floating islands, and some mountains in the distance still being slowly dissolved.

    I wandered around (flying) searching for people, wondering if there were any survivors still around, and found a woman standing on the edge of one of the roads. I descended down onto the road and stood next to her.
    "This is the end, isn't?" she asked as she watched the mountains being eaten by the void.
    I told her yes.

    The white void was getting close now and I could feel its unsettling energy. I also felt like it was getting early in the morning (my body was ready to wake up naturally) and this dream was coming to an end. I didn't have much time left, so I told her. "I have to go now, though. Do you want to come with?"
    She seemed surprised and confused at first, but agreed. So I turned into my dragon and picked her up. We flew past the mountains towards the void. At the thresshold where the mountains ended and the void began, as soon as I touched it, I left the dream state.
    I woke up in my room and could see a shadowy figure standing at the end of my bed. I heard the woman's voice say "Thank you." and she faded out of my perception.

    Then I got out of bed and proceeded with my day.

    Updated 05-28-2022 at 11:26 PM by Nerefa

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