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Old 08-18-2011, 11:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Ive only ever had one lucid dream, and it freaked the hell out of me. I was about 18 and still living at home. I woke up in my bed, and felt the urge to go downstairs to eat something. So... I got up and went to go downstars, but standing at the bottom of the stars was my sister with a terrified look on her face. She said to me "Dont come down here. Go back to bed". Up to this point, as far as I was aware, I was awake. I turned to go back to me bed and I saw myself lying there sleeping. I stood there staring at myself for a while, completely freaked, not knowing what to do. Then I heard a truly horrible hissing noise from downstairs and I instinctively jumped into my bed ( on top of myself ) and woke up drenched in sweat. I was terrified. And I'm somebody who enjoys being scared. Hell, I actually like nightmares! But this was something altogether more sinister. I asked my sister in the morning about it, and she says she was in bed all night. I was like, WTF!

To this day, I wonder what would have happened if I went downstairs. Clearly, not all lucid dreams are fun and games.
Sounds awesome to me. As I enjoy being scared as well. Definitely scary as shit. Have you ever seen the movie insidious? Kind of reminds me of that.

Can't wait until I can have experiences like that. Pretty sure I've had two. But just can't be certain.
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Can't say I've ever had lucid dreams, but I do have sleep paralysis every now and then, it's actually become more frequent in the past years.

One thing I've managed to notice is that if I'm over tired and try to sleep, and there is noise or things happening in the background just enough to annoy me every few minutes I usually have sleep paralysis.

So now I just make sure I keep the TV off if I'm going to have a nap, and try not to exhaust myself into needing sleep that badly.
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I have had lucid dreams a few times, I really dont think you could learn how to do it, I just think it happens if it happens.

for me personally it has always happened mid dream when something totally unusual is happened, like I am able to fly or something, which then lead to me figuring out that I'm dreaming from where I have been able to control the dream for brief moments.

This then however usually then soon leads to the next level of concern which is "Am I dead, am I dreaming or am I dying" at which point I always try waking myself up to find out for sure. And the hard it is to wake yourself up the more you start to panic that you may actually be dead or dying like in a coma or something like that, so than it becomes quite freaky anyway as the possibility of been dead becomes a real concern.

One such dream that really stands out in my mind is a dream where I dreamt I was laid in my own bed and I started to float up out of my bed and out the window then instead of been outside my house I was floating through what I can only describe as dream meadows, everything was very brightly coloured from the fields I was floating over to the sky, I know that some say you only dream in black and white but this dream totally disproved that believe for me because this place was as colourful as anything I could ever describe and beyond as beautiful as anything I have ever seen.

It soon turned Lucid when I figured out it must be a dream and I was able to start to control the directions I could fly in and for a brief moment was able to explore the paradise like area I was in.

Very soon after I raised the question to myself am I dead or just dreaming at which point I just had to wake myself up to find out, which I managed to do, then when I woke up and realised the opportunity I had missed to be inside that dream for at least maybe longer I instantly tried to go back to sleep in the hope I could find that same dream but no such luck.

On many occasions since then I have tried to think about that dream when I am going to sleep, but never since have I ever been able to force something similar on myself so I really believe its impossible to find a way to have such a experience you will ether get it sometimes maybe just a few times in your life, some maybe more than others, or you wont.

There have been other occasions where I have dream of flying and the dream has tuned Lucid however never before have I ever been in such a Paradise like environment, I guess I could even be described as the closet think in my mind I have ever seen to heaven, in fact that dream chanced my entire concept on how I would describe what I would imagine heaven to be like, before if you asked me I would probably have made up some kind of kingdom centred around myself full of women and what ever I wanted that I felt would fulfil my eternity, now my idea of heaven is just reliving that dream and just floating through those meadows.
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Can't say I've ever had lucid dreams, but I do have sleep paralysis every now and then, it's actually become more frequent in the past years.

One thing I've managed to notice is that if I'm over tired and try to sleep, and there is noise or things happening in the background just enough to annoy me every few minutes I usually have sleep paralysis.

So now I just make sure I keep the TV off if I'm going to have a nap, and try not to exhaust myself into needing sleep that badly.
Good advice. I almost always sleep with the television on, so I'll have to try sleeping in silence.
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I AM a lucid dreamer sir. I had hundreds of them as a kid and continued to seemingly randomly. However, I've been doing it for about a month consciously now, thanks to Freddy Lockhart.


Here is how I personally figured out how to do it.

I started from the moment I wake up, and I go backwards. (As opposed to wake-induced lucid dreaming where the goal is to fall asleep awake and let sleep paralysis set in while your brain remains active)

What I mean by this is, that I've made a commitment to consciously checking myself the second I wake up. I thought that this would set up some kind of a sub-conscious alarm clock where I could check myself into a lucid dream state in the minutes before waking up. It did.

It worked the second night I ever tried it...

I woke up before waking up, and was looting a supermarket for what seemed like about 3-5 minutes. Then I realised I wasn't able to bring the food back with me, so I started eating it. I could taste the cantaloupes dude, no joke. I dropped a whole cantaloupe, it made a perfect smack as it busted open and then it disappeared. Then I conciously manifested a girl with no face and had sex with her in the aisle. It was like looking at something with totaly tunnel-vision, and everything in my peripheral was a fuzzy white border that would change into grocery objects as I focused on them.

Two nights ago, I had my first flying dream.. It was only what seemed like 30 seconds and I wasn't totally aware, but I do remember it very clearly. I was like, "hey I didn't mean to end up here but this is great! I remember Freddy talking about being able to fly!" Then I remember my cellphone popping up in the corner GTA style, and I tried to txt someone what was happening to me as proof. Then, I just snapped out of it. I was flying over a beautiful field that looked like a windows desktop background or something..

Every time you are in a dream and have even the slightest control, this is your opportunity to take another step into conscious, imagination based, virtual world that holds answers to your problems that you haven't even thought of yet.

Anyway, I won't share all of my stories because no one is probably reading, but I encourage everyone to try this. I've done it about 12 times over the last month with approximate dream times ranging from "30 seconds" to "full nights", and I certainly don't plan on stopping.

The fact that you are getting FULL REM sleep while you are learning and experiencing another life is mind blowing.. I don't know exactly how time works in dreams, but I'm starting to think that 30 seconds can seem like an entire night.

I seriously can't wait to go to sleep tonight!!! This is not a joke folks. This is an activity you can choose to participate in if you are an intelligent person with some time to read up on the subject. If you're into exploring your imagination, this is the ticket.


I would love to have a friend who also did this so we could talk more about it. Until then, I am figuring this out on my own and from what I can find online.
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I AM a lucid dreamer sir. I had hundreds of them as a kid and continued to seemingly randomly. However, I've been doing it for about a month consciously now, thanks to Freddy Lockhart.


Here is how I personally figured out how to do it.

I started from the moment I wake up, and I go backwards. (As opposed to wake-induced lucid dreaming where the goal is to fall asleep awake and let sleep paralysis set in while your brain remains active)

What I mean by this is, that I've made a commitment to consciously checking myself the second I wake up. I thought that this would set up some kind of a sub-conscious alarm clock where I could check myself into a lucid dream state in the minutes before waking up. It did.

It worked the second night I ever tried it...

I woke up before waking up, and was looting a supermarket for what seemed like about 3-5 minutes. Then I realised I wasn't able to bring the food back with me, so I started eating it. I could taste the cantaloupes dude, no joke. I dropped a whole cantaloupe, it made a perfect smack as it busted open and then it disappeared. Then I conciously manifested a girl with no face and had sex with her in the aisle. It was like looking at something with totaly tunnel-vision, and everything in my peripheral was a fuzzy white border that would change into grocery objects as I focused on them.

Two nights ago, I had my first flying dream.. It was only what seemed like 30 seconds and I wasn't totally aware, but I do remember it very clearly. I was like, "hey I didn't mean to end up here but this is great! I remember Freddy talking about being able to fly!" Then I remember my cellphone popping up in the corner GTA style, and I tried to txt someone what was happening to me as proof. Then, I just snapped out of it. I was flying over a beautiful field that looked like a windows desktop background or something..

Every time you are in a dream and have even the slightest control, this is your opportunity to take another step into conscious, imagination based, virtual world that holds answers to your problems that you haven't even thought of yet.

Anyway, I won't share all of my stories because no one is probably reading, but I encourage everyone to try this. I've done it about 12 times over the last month with approximate dream times ranging from "30 seconds" to "full nights", and I certainly don't plan on stopping.

The fact that you are getting FULL REM sleep while you are learning and experiencing another life is mind blowing.. I don't know exactly how time works in dreams, but I'm starting to think that 30 seconds can seem like an entire night.

I seriously can't wait to go to sleep tonight!!! This is not a joke folks. This is an activity you can choose to participate in if you are an intelligent person with some time to read up on the subject. If you're into exploring your imagination, this is the ticket.


I would love to have a friend who also did this so we could talk more about it. Until then, I am figuring this out on my own and from what I can find online.
I don't completely understand your method. You check yourself when you wake up? what do you mean by that?

The dreams you have sound awesome. Lucky man that you seem to be a natural at lucid dreaming. Once I figure out how to be lucid on a regular basis we can talk about it much more.

Somebody told me once that two people who were able to lucid dream once shared a dream. Like ran around in it together. Not to sure how true this is but it sounds awesome.

Please explain your method a bit more. It sounds like a very good method.
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Can't say I've ever had lucid dreams, but I do have sleep paralysis every now and then, it's actually become more frequent in the past years.

One thing I've managed to notice is that if I'm over tired and try to sleep, and there is noise or things happening in the background just enough to annoy me every few minutes I usually have sleep paralysis.

So now I just make sure I keep the TV off if I'm going to have a nap, and try not to exhaust myself into needing sleep that badly.
I also have been getting sleep paralysis more and more frequently. First time was about two years ago, and I've had it several times since, and it's never pleasant. I have learned to identify it and force myself awake, but the worst times are the ones where I get nightmares overlaid on reality... I can see my bedroom just fine, but I often hear voices, once in a while visual hallucinations.

I can see why people experience the phenomenon and believe it to be ghosts or aliens.
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I don't completely understand your method. You check yourself when you wake up? what do you mean by that?

The dreams you have sound awesome. Lucky man that you seem to be a natural at lucid dreaming. Once I figure out how to be lucid on a regular basis we can talk about it much more.

Somebody told me once that two people who were able to lucid dream once shared a dream. Like ran around in it together. Not to sure how true this is but it sounds awesome.

Please explain your method a bit more. It sounds like a very good method.

Sorry I wasn't more descriptive!

I've never heard of anyone else using this method, it's just something that seemed like it made sense so I tried it out.

As an excersise, I tried to make my mind conscious as soon as possible when I woke up. By conscious, I just mean realising that I am awake, and that I am not in a dream. I remind myself "this is real life, and I am awake now."

The very first morning I tried it, I was able to do it very quickly and the first thought that I can remember having as I opened my eyes was "Alright, this is the moment I wake up". I thought about it quite a bit throughout the day and reminded myself "I am awake now, this isn't a dream."

That night, I went to sleep, had normal dreams (the type that are 'random' craziness and you don't really remember, although you may remember flashes throughout the day), and as it seemed that the dream was ending, It all just snapped into focus.

I described in short what happened the first time it happened, but what I didn't describe is how I felt as it was all happening.

I thought: "Hey, I am DREAMING now. I'm in a dream!! This is fantastic! I am hungry, I guess that's why I am at a supermarket."

I was thinking about how I would love to explain this to everyone. I could see my hands, and I was even considering things that were said on a podcast about lucid dreaming and heard the hosts voice, it was utter lucidity within a dream.

I would not try to guess what can be accomplished but I love reading about other peoples experiences. There are people who live entire lives in their dreams apparently. An argument could be made that I am bombarding myself with articles and information about lucid dreaming, and that is what's helped me do it so easily.

I am pretty sure that almost all people who desire to practice lucid dreaming do so by passing through sleep paralysis while keeping the mind active. You don't do this when first going to sleep, but after 2-6 hours of sleep. You apparently wake yourself up, and then try it - or, during a nap. (I've never experienced sleep paralysis.) It takes a lot of practice and certainly requires an open-mind, but I could see it being a tremendously useful tool.

For skeptics, it's scientifically proven and there are plenty of articles and books about it out there.

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That's actually pretty similar to how I do it (not that I do it consciously, I'm not really TRYING to have lucid dreams it just happens).

I think having some sort of waking ritual helps a lot. Something that helps you realize you're actually awake now. I usually check my cellphone the moment I wake up. Then before I go to sleep the last thing I do is check my cellphone. I think it sort of helps your brain realize you're going to dream now.

Again, I don't do it to have lucid dreams, it's just my usual routine.

I read once that remembering dreams helps a lot so I did that for a while and now I'm dreaming lucid once like once a week. It wasn't really hard since I've had this nightmare as a kid and I still remember it clear as day.

The coolest thing that I did in a lucid dream was play the guitar. It actually helped me to memorize the songs I played (at least I like to believe that :P).
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Sorry I wasn't more descriptive!

I've never heard of anyone else using this method, it's just something that seemed like it made sense so I tried it out.

As an excersise, I tried to make my mind conscious as soon as possible when I woke up. By conscious, I just mean realising that I am awake, and that I am not in a dream. I remind myself "this is real life, and I am awake now."

The very first morning I tried it, I was able to do it very quickly and the first thought that I can remember having as I opened my eyes was "Alright, this is the moment I wake up". I thought about it quite a bit throughout the day and reminded myself "I am awake now, this isn't a dream."

That night, I went to sleep, had normal dreams (the type that are 'random' craziness and you don't really remember, although you may remember flashes throughout the day), and as it seemed that the dream was ending, It all just snapped into focus.

I described in short what happened the first time it happened, but what I didn't describe is how I felt as it was all happening.

I thought: "Hey, I am DREAMING now. I'm in a dream!! This is fantastic! I am hungry, I guess that's why I am at a supermarket."

I was thinking about how I would love to explain this to everyone. I could see my hands, and I was even considering things that were said on a podcast about lucid dreaming and heard the hosts voice, it was utter lucidity within a dream.

I would not try to guess what can be accomplished but I love reading about other peoples experiences. There are people who live entire lives in their dreams apparently. An argument could be made that I am bombarding myself with articles and information about lucid dreaming, and that is what's helped me do it so easily.

I am pretty sure that almost all people who desire to practice lucid dreaming do so by passing through sleep paralysis while keeping the mind active. You don't do this when first going to sleep, but after 2-6 hours of sleep. You apparently wake yourself up, and then try it - or, during a nap. (I've never experienced sleep paralysis.) It takes a lot of practice and certainly requires an open-mind, but I could see it being a tremendously useful tool.

For skeptics, it's scientifically proven and there are plenty of articles and books about it out there.

I'm jealous of your ability to lucid dream. Haha but I will eventually join you.

I imagine that my reaction would be similar to yours. In fact I'm pretty sure I just got lucid the other night and got too excited about it which caused me to wake up.

I'm trying the technique where you pass through sleep paralysis. It's tough to get up and then go back to sleep for me though. Once I wake up I'm usually just up for the day.

I'll give this technique a bit more of a chance and also use your technique. It's hard to find the technique that best suits you since there are so many. I've been listening to binaural beats before bed as well. Apparently they relax the brain and put the mind at peace which increases your chances of inducing a lucid dream.

Hopefully I'm not too far off because they sound awesome.
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