This Is the Key


Want to know the secret to simple lucid dreaming?

It's this; dream recall.

All it takes s to form the habit of recalling your dreams first thing, onto paper or binary. This way you begin to spot the kinds of realities your brain makes for you, you'll see trends in your dreams and are more likely to realize it when you are dreaming.

My trend is to be at my grandmothers house, a big home built by my grandfather that has been the one structure consistent in my childhood memory. If I could remind myself to do a reality test every time I found myself at my Grandmothers house, I would have lucid dreams regularly. That house is often the first thing I remember when I wake up, despite the fact it's been about three years since I was there.

As soon as I can adjust my schedule (With new job), I will start a dream diary again. I've still got my old ones, and enjoy reading them every time I come across them. Plus, keeping a journal of your adventures in other realities is neat.

smebro smebro
22-25, M
14 Responses Nov 7, 2007

Lol solar, logic never works the same in dreams.

I rationalize it as the one constant, which makes sense. I just can't figure out why, after years without visiting that house, I still don't realize I'm dreaming when I’m there in my dreams. I've told myself multiple times that if I am at grandmothers I must do a reality check, but it rarely happens in those dreams.

the first time I had sleep paralysis my dream involved aliens. I knew I wasn't abducted, as I'm sure they wouldn't have been chilling in my garage during broad daylight if I had been..

Wow. I recently heard of sleep paralysis after encountering it myself again. I was asleep and dreaming, but could see things in my room and watched as they were incorporated into my dream. It was freaky to be aware of awakeness yet trapped in a very physical feeling dream. Luckily it doesn't happen often. I really don't know much about it.<br />
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Smeeb- growing up I have always dreamt of my grandmothers house that my grandfather built! It`s been the one constant dream location for me, and I'm in there about 3 times or more a month still. It`s my favorite place, and I find it quite amusing how much time I still get to spend there in dreams. Strange...

It is terrifying and so you shouldn't allow it. You can shift from sleep-paralysis into lucid dreaming with little training (So I've heard). <br />
Sleep paralysis is a disorder of sorts, we all experience paralysis during dreams, we just don't know it (Years ago researchers turned off this mechanism in Kittens and found that they acted out dreams physically as they slept, the same mechanism has evolved in all mammals) but it’s not a debilitating disorder unless you start believing that the y are more then dreams. I’d wager that most of the alien abductions stories are in fact cases of unrecognized sleep paralysis, and indeed this has been shown in real-life examples (Claimed an abduction, later diagnosed with Sleep paralysis)<br />
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I’ve only experienced it once, in my case it was Muppets and my cousin hitting me with balloons. I wish I 'suffered' it often, so I could use it for Lucid dreaming

Isn't it amazing how realistic dreams can be ? With all senses working based entirely in your mind, I've had lucid dreams where all I did was touch drift-wood and put sand down my back... I couldn’t believe I was inside my own head and the sensations were so realistic.

I enjoy a good nightmare. For some reason.<br />
I can differentiate between my dreams and reality most of the time. Once I realize it is a dream I can relax and enjoy the demons. : )

Been there...<br />
*recalls zombie attack*<br />
I like my horror dreams (Note I don’t say nightmare, because they're quite thrilling)<br />
Although the time I was being Houdini was not so fun, drowning in my own blankets…as I tried to escape the chains of sheets. It was a relief to find myself in bed and not as sinking Houdini in chains.

wake-induced lucid dreams? This is how it works.<br />
I use to meditate using breathing and muscle relaxation techniques.<br />
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Once lying down, avoid thinking too much, as it may make you lose consciousness. Stay completely motionless: that way, you trick your body into falling asleep. If you have experience with mediation, try to do the same here: stay conscious and avoid any thoughts. Also, try not to wonder how far you are in your attempt.<br />
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If you manage to keep a clear mind and stay conscious, slowly your brain will start to rest, and your body will enter the sleep state. It is common to face hallucinations, or to feel spasms through this technique, but don't worry about these; rather stay calm and clear-thinking.

It does help to learn about sleep and sleep patterns if one wants to successfully lucid dream.<br />
Blue/gene, did you ever try the wake-induced lucid dreams? That particular technique never worked for me. I used to write my journal in the middle of the night, and first thing as soon as I woke in morning (It pays not to open eyes, not the think at all... Just try and remember) but these days I've no time for morning scribbles. <br />
Bring on the part-time job.

Getting plenty of sleep is the first step to good dream recall. If you are rested it will be easier to focus on your goal of recalling dreams, and you won't mind so much taking the time during the night to record your dreams. Another benefit of getting plenty of sleep is that dream periods get longer and closer together as the night proceeds. The first dream of the night is the shortest, perhaps 10 minutes in length, while after 8 hours of sleep, dream periods can be 45 minutes to an hour long. We all dream every night, about one dream period every 90 minutes. People who say they never dream simply never remember their dreams. You may have more than one dream during a REM (dream) period, separated by short arousals that are most often forgotten. It is generally accepted among sleep researchers that dreams are not recalled unless the sleeper awakens directly from the dream, rather than after going on to other stages of sleep.

I have the most bizzare dreams too, about skating rinks and this one certain used to be mountain villages and now they are like...a down town area.I am usually running from someone.

I've only had a false 'not dreaming' once, this was a dream where I won three-million and the thought came to me that it was unlikely I should win lotto (I never buy a ticket) and so I did the watch test (Look at watch twice, see if any change in display) and found that I was not dreaming... I had actually won 3 million dollars!<br />
Only, of course, I hadn’t... Somehow I tricked myself into continuing the fantasy.<br />
Otherwise tests usually work.<br />
I haven’t had time to start another dream diary, but I know I've been having very peculiar dreams lately (Zombies, dogs, secret societies... snippets from my night adventures). <br />
I wish we could bottle lucid dreaming and sell it, you lengthen your conscious life by twenty percent or so .

I've kept a dream diary on and off since around 7th grade. <br />
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There's only one time I can remember that I was aware that I was dreaming. I had been reading about lucid dreams and doing reality checks, so one time, I just had this realization that I was dreaming. I didn't have any control or anything though, and the dream just continued normally. It's kind of odd though..I do reality checks more IRL than I would ever think to do when I'm having crazy, unrealistic dreams..<br />
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And every time I try to see if it's a dream or real while the dream is occuring- it tests as real, which is kind of freaky...