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LUCID DREAMING

 
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LUCID DREAMING
Most people don't realize they've been dreaming until after they've awakened and the dream has
come to an end. Some people, however, are conscious that they're dreaming. These lucid dreamers,
scientists have discovered, can literally direct their actions and change the content of a dream, deciding perhaps to talk physics with Einstein, woo and marry a movie star, or assume the powers of Superman. After nearly a decade of piloting these daring nocturnal flights, two psychologists - Stephen LaBerge of Stanford University, author of LUCID DREAMING (Ballentine), and Jayne Gackenbach of the University of Northern Iowa - have begun to develop a series of techniques aimed at helping ordinary dreamers "turn" lucid, and lucid dreamers gain greater control over the wooly behemoth of the night. These special techniques, still under development, have never before been presented in a public forum. For those who have aquired the knack of lucidity, the benefits can be enormous. Lucid dreaming gives one the chance to experience adventures rarely surpassed elsewhere in life. These experiences can enhance self-confidence and promote personal growth and self-development. By facing fears and learning to make the best of the worst situation imaginable, lucid dreamers can overcome nightmares. Because recent scientific studies have demonstrated a strong connection between dreams and the biological functioning of the body, lucid dreams might facilitate physical as well as mental health. And finally, because lucid dreaming allows us to tap the power of the unconscious, it may also be useful for creative problem solving. To direct your own nightly dream-time show, attempt exercises one, two, three and four as outlined below. LaBerge and Gackenbach suggest that you do the tasks as often as possible. Some people may succeed in having a lucid dream the very first night they use the techniques; others, the researchers note may need to practice for several weeks before getting results.

EXERCISE ONE

A number of techniques facilitate lucid dreaming. One of the simplest is asking yourself many times during the day whether you are dreaming. Each time you ask the question, you should look for evidence proving you are not dreaming. The most reliable test: Read something, look away for a moment, and then read it again. If it reads the same way twice, it is unlikely that you are dreaming. After you have proved to yourself that you are not presently dreaming, visualize yourself doing whatever it is you'd like. Also, tell yourself that you want to recognize a nighttime dream the next time it occurs. The mechanism at work here is simple; it's much the same as picking up milk at the grocery store after reminding yourself to do so an hour before. At night people usually realize they are dreaming when they experience unusual or bizarre occurrences. For instance, if you find yourself flying with no visible means of support, you should realize that this only happens in dreams and that you must therefore be dreaming. If you awaken from a dream in the middle of the night, it is very helpful to return to the dream immediately, in your imagination. Now envision yourself recognizing the dream as such. Tell yourself, "The next time I am dreaming, I want to remember to recognize that I am dreaming." If your intention is strong and clear enough, you may find yourself in a lucid dream when you return to sleep.

EXERCISE TWO

Many lucid dreamers report dreams in which they fly unaided, much like Superman. Some lucid dreamers say that flying is a thrilling means of travel; others, that it has helped them return from one of the more harrowing dream experiences --- the endless fall. Why is dream flying so important ? It's a form of dream control that's fairly easy to master. It gives the dreamer an exhilarating sense of freedom. And it's a basic means of travel in the dream world. How do you make a dream flight happen at all ? We suggest that before you retire for bed, you simply repeat these words: "Tonight I fly !" Then while still awake, imagine that journey. If you find yourself flying, it will be a clear sign that you are in a dream. In any case, when you realize you're dreaming, remember that you want to fly. When you actually feel yourself flying, say, "This is a dream." Make sure that you start modestly, by simply floating above the surface of your dream ground. As you gain confidence, both in the notion that you are dreaming and in your ability to control that experience, you might experiment with flying a bit more. Run, taking big leaps, and then stay aloft for a few seconds so that you resemble an astronaut walking on the moon. Try sustained floating, and then flying at low altitudes. As your confidence increases, so will your flying skills. While asleep, work on increasing your altitude, maneuverability, and speed. As with speed sports, you should perfect height and maneuverability before speed. Of course, you couldn't really hurt yourself --- it's only a dream. But you could get scared. After you get proficient in dream flying, remember to ask yourself these questions : "How high can I fly ? Can I view the earth from outer space ? Can I travel so fast that I lose awareness of my surroundings and experience the sensation of pure speed ?" Throughout your efforts in dream flight, please remember that you're in a dream. With this in mind, your fears will be held at bay, and your control over your dream will be greatly enhanced.

EXERCISE THREE

Even if you're a frequent lucid dreamer, you may not be able to stop your- self from waking up in mid-dream. And even if your dreams do reach a satisfying end, you may not be able to focus them exactly as you please. During our years of research, however, we have found that spinning your dream body can sustain the period of sleep and give you greater dream control. In fact, many subjects at Stanford University have used the spinning technique as an effective means of staying in a lucid dream. The task outlines below will help you use spinning as a means of staying asleep and, more exciting, as a means of traveling to whatever dream world you desire. As with dream flying, the dream spinning task starts before you go to bed. Before retiring, decide on a person, time, and place you would like to visit in your lucid dream. The target person and place can be either real or imaginary, past, present or future. For instance, Sigmund Freud, Vienna, 1900; Stephen LaBerge, Stanford, the present; or the president of the solar system, Galaxy Base, 2900. Write down and memorize your target person and place, then visualize yourself visiting your target and firmly resolve to do so in a dream that night. When following this procedure, it is possible that you might find yourself visiting your target in a non-lucid dream; you will be aware that this happened only after you awaken. Nevertheless, you should strive for lucidity by following the techniques in exercise one. Then proceed to your goal. To do so, repeat the phrase describing your target in your dream, and spin your whole dream body in a standing position with your arms outstretched. You can pirouette or spin like a top, as long as you vividly feel your body in motion. The same spinning technique will help when, in the middle of a lucid dream, you feel the dream imagery beginning to fade. To avoid waking up, spin as you repeat your target phrase again and again. With practice, you'll return to your target person, time, and place.

EXERCISE FOUR

Up until now we have had little control over the occurrence of creative dreams. But with lucid dreaming it may be possible to intentionally access the creativity of the dream state. You can help determine the feasibility of this idea by attempting to solve a problem in a lucid dream. Before bed, decide on a problem you would like to solve. Frame your problem in the form of a question. For example : "What is the topic of me next book ?" "How can I become less shy ?" If you have an illness, you might consider the problem "How can I regain my health ?" Once you have selected a problem question, write it down and memorize it. When doing the lucid-dream-induction exercises, remember your question and see yourself looking for the answer in your next lucid dream. Then, when in a lucid dream, ask the question, and seek the solution. You might be most successful at problem solving if you take the direct approach. For instance if your problem is shyness, be less shy in your dream. If your problem is health, try to heal yourself in the dream. Then reflect on how your dream solution relates to the waking problem. It may help to question other dream characters, especially if they represent people who you think might know the answer. For example, if you were trying to solve a physics problem, Albert Einstein might be a good dream character to query. You can even combine this task with the dream spinning and flying tasks, visiting an expert on your problem. You can also just explore your dream world with your question in mind, looking for any clues that might suggest an answer. ---Stephen LaBerge and Jayne Gackenbach, OMNI Magazine For those of you who have made it this far, I have just a couple of comments. Lucid dreaming is the absolute MOST fun I've ever had, and that's saying a lot, since I've had some terrific times while awake. I can't dream lucidly every night, and if I stop the exercises, it takes a couple of days to get things lucid again. If you do try lucid dreaming, don't expect results the first night. Give it a few days, and keep up the exercises. They really work. I've found that it helps me to write down every detail I can recall from a dream as soon as I get up in the morning. Then before bed the next night, I read those details, making them fresh in my mind. It seems to help bring on dreams that night.

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I want to say that I've been using this method for quite a while, and it's been showing some AMAZING results. I think it's the easiest approach and has shown the best, most consistent results, and I've been trying them ALL for the last 2 years or so. It is far easier to induce out of body experiences while in a lucid dreamstate, and this method works well whether you are inducing lucid dreams or out of body experiences. By using this method I have around a 60% chance of successfully inducing a lucid dream or an OBE whenever I make the time to use it.
So needless to say, I'm awestruck with the dramatic increase and attribute it to this technique which I'm going to pass along to anyone who hasn't heard of it. It's been mentioned a lot before and it is actually alluded to in the MILD technique by Stephen LaBerge and some people refer to it as the "napping" technique, but I think "napping" is too general a term for the process.


THE Sleep/Wake/Back to Bed METHOD

1) go to bed for 6 hours or so
2) then wake up
3) stay awake for an hour or so (about 20-60 minutes)
(or at least until you are "awake"
and not sleepy-headed or foggy-minded
...get out of bed and do something
...you HAVE TO get out of bed!!!
preferably record your dreams in your dream journal
or do some reading about lucid dreaming.
4) THEN go back to bed
using whatever technique you normally use to induce your LDs
( i.e. MILD technique, affirmations, counting, trance induction, visualization, grounding your awareness, etc…)
Then it is lucid dreaming time!!!


The timing can be adjusted to suit your purpose but it is advisable to get a lot of sleep (6 hours is perfect ) and then stay up until you are no longer groggy minded and sleepy-headed. Once you are awake, sometimes 20 minutes will be enough for me, and then I'll go back to bed with amazing results.
One key thing I've learned is to "set the pattern" by establishing a routine of doing this on a regular basis. I've been doing it off and on with good results, but once I buckled down and made it a priority the results were phenomenal. The KEY is to be consistent and get the routine engrained and absorbed into your subconscious. With time it seems to be getting easier and easier, and as a bonus effect of all this induced lucidity you can expect to have extra spontaneous lucid dreams during the night. It's like an added bonus plan.
It literally works like magic. The only thing you have to do is arrange your sleeping pattern so that you can use this Sleep/Wake/Back to Bed method.

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What about a certain dream that seems to have started about 1 yr ago and has returned about 4 times in the last yr .It is me and my son he looks about the same age as now maybe a little bigger we are standing on a grassy hill and we are looking down onto what was a large city that is now completly destroyed and still burning remains. Above the city there are 2 to 3 very large ufo's about 1 mile long each of them my son huddles into my leg cryin and i tell him im sorry .I can feel the heat of the burning city in the dream and after i tell him im sorry it ends the same way now 4 times what do you think it means?
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I
Introduction


"Once we are Conscious, suddenly we can see where we are -- we are able to
see our seeing, hear our hearing, touch our touching, and feel our feeling.
With consciousness we can be where we are. Consciousness is the doorway
through which we enter the dreamscape."


- Charles McPhee


We spend one third of our lives sleeping. And we all dream. We all dream every single night. Our bodies shut down, and free of physical distractions, our minds take a journey into the dreamworld. You may think of a sleeping person as being docile, but far from it, a sleeper's brain waves during dream sleep are nearly as active as those during waking life. Our eyes dart about beneath the lids, looking around at the landscapes of our mind's own creation through which we wander. Every night we enter a vast environment of the mind, filled with possibilities. Unfortunately, not all of us can even remember this experience, and few of us are aware of what we are experiencing while we are there. What if, during this supposed "unconscious" state, we were aware of the fact that we were dreaming? What if we could explore our own minds at will during this state, taking advantage of our own, personal, 'virtual reality'? Lucid dreaming is a way for us to be aware of the extraordinary experience we are having during a dream. Dr. Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. defines lucidity:

"While the dream is happening you are fully aware of the fact that you are dreaming, that the world around you is a creation of your mind, and that you are independent from it."

Below is an excerpt of an actual dream that I had in which I became lucid. If you haven't already had a lucid dream, this will hopefully give you a sense of what it is like. You may also want to look back at this later when you are working with exercises that deal with specific moments in the procurement of lucidity.

. . . I am at school. I'm walking around, but suddenly become confused when I can't remember how I got there. I don't remember waking up, getting in a car, or anything else until a few moments before. I recognize that this is very strange. I go up to my friend in the hallway and tell her that I can't remember how I got to school. She tried to rationalize the anomaly for me by saying that it happens to her all the time. However, I then decide that if I can't remember how I got to school, then I must not have come to school. Therefore, despite my surroundings, I must not be in school. I must still be asleep. I realize that I am dreaming.
Then I am in a classroom. I realize that the people around me are not real, but I try to prove to them that I am dreaming anyway. I show them my watch, tell them to note the time, cover it up, and then show it to them again. The time has drastically changed in a few moments. Then I take a book off a nearby shelf, and read a passage from it. When finished, I reread the same passage, but the words have changed. These discrepancies, I tell them, could never exist in real life. Therefore, I must be dreaming.
Satisfied that I have proven my case, I decide to go off in search of adventure. I get a running start and fly out the window . . .

People have been having lucid dreams throughout history, but they have only recently been proven and come to scientific attention.
But why? Why do this? What importance does lucid dreaming have? If you have experienced it, you know that it is an exciting and monumental event. If you have not, you should perhaps listen to the words of those who have...


"a moment ago I thought I knew what was going on. I thought I knew what my world was and now I realize that everything I thought about it was wrong."

- Dr. Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D.


...and then experience it for yourself. And the tools you need to do so are right in your hands and in your own mind at this very moment. All you need to do is want to use them.
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What about a certain dream that seems to have started about 1 yr ago and has returned about 4 times in the last yr .It is me and my son he looks about the same age as now maybe a little bigger we are standing on a grassy hill and we are looking down onto what was a large city that is now completly destroyed and still burning remains. Above the city there are 2 to 3 very large ufo's about 1 mile long each of them my son huddles into my leg cryin and i tell him im sorry .I can feel the heat of the burning city in the dream and after i tell him im sorry it ends the same way now 4 times what do you think it means?
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Have u ever watched Independence Day?
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What about a certain dream that seems to have started about 1 yr ago and has returned about 4 times in the last yr .It is me and my son he looks about the same age as now maybe a little bigger we are standing on a grassy hill and we are looking down onto what was a large city that is now completly destroyed and still burning remains. Above the city there are 2 to 3 very large ufo's about 1 mile long each of them my son huddles into my leg cryin and i tell him im sorry .I can feel the heat of the burning city in the dream and after i tell him im sorry it ends the same way now 4 times what do you think it means?

Have u ever watched Independence Day?
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Yes who hasnt but that was yrs ago.I dont dream much nor do i sleep much to have the same dream 4 times in a yr has never happen in my life.Guess it could be reading to much here at glp is getting to me.
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I couldn't really call myself an expert on interpeting dreams... but it sounds like there is a meaning behind it. People can tell u all sorts of shit about what it does or does not mean, but only YOU can work out the true meaning. cheers
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