Saturday, 16 October 2010

Trance Induced Lucid Dream Entry

Today I attempted a trance induced lucid dream. I had been out the night before and only got five or six hours of sleep. I then worked a few hours and went home. By this time I was feeling quite tired. I lay on my bed with head phones in listing to a 15 minute mp3 by Steven LaBerge. It was called Trance induction of lucid dreaming.

The mp3 itself is designed to relax to and to get your brain starting to ask questions. After the mp3 has finished I put in a couple of ear plugs to try and drown out the noise outside and continued to relax and breathe slowly trying to continue to think about becoming lucid in a dream. Im not sure how long it took to fall asleep as I never really felt like I was asleep.

Now, for the details of the dream itself;
The dream started with me laying on my bed as I was before I fell asleep. Im not sure how it got to the next stage but I was awake and around my home. My boss, his with and another colleague where there, they were the people who were at work earlier in the day. My boss was checking the windows for something, eventually he found on in the bathroom that he removed a piece from. At this point I should have clicked but didn't. I don't even have a window in my bathroom.
The piece he removed was to hook a cable over the rafters in my home to set up a projector to show photos on the wall. I said he should really ask before dismantling my windows but no one responded. As soon as they had arrived they were gone. The projector was still set up but everything was as real as if i was awake.

The next thing that happened was three men pushed their way in to the place, one opened a cupboard so I pushed them out of the front door. I closed the door and locked it so they could not get back in. I then went to find the third guy who turned out to be hiding behind a door in the boiler room. After a little pressure he began to explain who they were but i couldn't understand why they were there. They seemed to be three priests form some kind of cult. To the general public they were at the top of the pyramid but he explained how there was one more guy above them that no-one knew about. The images I got of the top guy was him sat behind several desks surrounded by computers and other technology with the other three priests in front of him. At this point this phase of the dream ended.

Still believing I was actually awake I went outside to see if I could find my boss and colleagues, They were nowhere to be found. Outside looked normal apart from a futon that I had inside was outside. On it there was a stereo I had a few years ago and a tablet PC about the size of a laptop. On the floor lay the speakers that go with the stereo. This threw up a few questions for me but I thought the three priest guys had just turned my place over. Still this did still seem very strange as I walked back inside. It was at this time I thought i might be dreaming. I looked at my watch and the hands began to turn backwards. I saw the TV disappear out of the corner of my eye and the dream became unstable with a sense of fear. I controlled this and things seemed to stabilise. All the curtains were now open so I started to close them. I then thought, hold on a minute, I'm lucid dreaming now, lets have some fun. I thought to myself Cheryl Cole is in my bed. I walked though to my bedroom and there she was in bed, as real as if I was awake. I said hi and and she responded.

I then got a vibrating sensation and as much as I tried to ignore it I couldn't, it was my phone vibrating and I couldn't stop myself from waking up. At least I have learned something from this one, Turn your phone off and try the spinning in the dream technique, i didn't remember to use this but apparently it can help you stop waking up.

Trance induction of a lucid dream is also know as the W.I.L.D technique (Wake Induced Lucid Dream)

Friday, 24 September 2010

The W.B.T.B. Technique (Wake Back To Bed)

The WBTB (Wake Back To Bed) Technique is aparently the most successful technique. Although I have not tried this yet.
  • Fall asleep.
  • Set your alarm clock to 5 hours after you fall asleep.
  • After you wake up, stay up for an hour with your mind focused on lucidity and lucidity only.
  • Go back to sleep using the MILD technique.

The M.I.L.D Technique (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming)

The MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming) is suggested by Stephen Laberge. He seems to be the leading voice in this area of Lucid dreaming. This is how I had my first Lucid Dream.
  • Set your alarm clock to wake you up 4 1/2, 6, or 7 1/2 hours after falling asleep.
  • When you are awakened by your alarm clock, try to remember the dream as much as possible.
  • When you think you have remembered as much as you can, return to your place of rest, imagining that you are in your previous dream, and becoming aware that you are dreaming. Say to yourself, "I will be aware that I'm dreaming," or something similar. Do this until you think that it has "sunk in." Then go to sleep.
  • If random thoughts pop up when you are trying to fall asleep, repeat the imagining, self-suggestion part, and try again. Don't worry if you think it's taking a long time. The longer it takes, the more likely it will 'sink in,' and the more likely you will have a lucid dream.

The W.I.L.D Technique (Wake Initiated Lucid Dream)

The WILD (wake initiated lucid dream) technique. Basically what it means is that when you fall asleep you carry your awareness from when you were awake directly into REM sleep and you start out as a lucid dream.
  • The easiest way to attempt this technique is if you take an afternoon nap or you have only slept for 3-7 hours.
  • Try to meditate into a calm but focused state. You can try counting breaths, imaging ascending/descending stairs, dropping through the solar system, being in a quiet soundproof area, etc.
  • Listening to Theta binaural beats for an amount time will easily put you into a REM sleep.
Please note that attempting WILD may cause you to suffer from sleep paralysis, rapid vibrations and noises that don't really exist, floating and other out-of-body experiences, and hypnagogic hallucinations/images. There is no reason to be afraid, as Sleep Paralysis happens every night - you just sleep through it. Hypnagogia is just your mind being overactive. Remember that with lucid dreaming you are aware and can always wake yourself up if you feel overwhelmed.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Diary of a Lucid Dreamer

I have decided to start this blog as I have recently discovered Lucid Dreaming. Having Experienced two since I started learning about it I thought I would post my experiences and findings.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

A lucid dream, in simplest terms, is a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik van Eeden (1860–1932).
A lucid dream can begin in one of two ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness.

I will post more information and resources as I find new things.