so i'm gonna try lucid dreaming

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  1. oman

    oman Senior member

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    i was reading stuff, and apparently it's possible to be aware that you're dreaming, WHILE you're dreaming

    the trick is to constantly keep asking yourself "am i dreaming?" even when you're awake, so that it becomes almost second-nature to ask yourself whether you are dreaming

    you know how sometimes when you think alot about a particular movie, or videogame, or band, they feature prominently in your dreams? the same way, if you keep asking your awake self "hey, am i dreaming?", eventually you will ask the same question while you're dreaming

    apparently once you realize that you are dreaming, you can control the dream, and disobey laws of physics, go different places, etc.

    hey, am i dreaming?
     


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    whoopee Senior member

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    I'm often aware that I'm dreaming, which is good, otherwise I'd be wetting my bed from all the fucked up shit that goes on.
     


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    I've done it and have been doing it for a long time. It's interesting. I came to it from books by Carlos Casteneda.
    For me it happens closer to morning, with REM, as your mind is beginning to tell you its time to wake up. Mysticism aside, its interesting.
    My tip, similar to yours: you know how you remind yourself to wake up at a certain time or recall something at a future date? Its the same trigger. Before I went to sleep I told myself to wake myself up in my dream. I took a few months, then it happened. Its weird to know that it is a process that can be controlled.
     


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    How do you know that a different 'you' has not previously tried this, and life as you see it now is part of that lucid dream?
     


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    oman Senior member

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    How do you know that a different 'you' has not previously tried this, and life as you see it now is part of that lucid dream?
    i do not, sir
     


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    VMan Senior member

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    i do not, sir

    I was just messing around with you my man. I've read about lucid dreaming before, always seemed really interesting to me but I have never tried it.

    Good luck though, hope it works out well, I know you're the type of guy who'll appreciate any sort of altered state.
     


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    oman Senior member

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    we should all try lucid dreaming - nothing to lose but our sanity, i suppose!

    right now i am about twenty minutes into this movie, "waking life," by the guy that did Slacker

    the movie seems interesting so far, it's about this crazy dreamer guy and has heavy doses of philosophy

    also the visual style is incredible
     


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    I've done some research into this and was getting kind of into it a while back. There are some tricks to it that you can learn by reading the books, like if you aren't sure if you're dreaming you check your watch twice - if you are dreaming it will be two different times; if you feel yourself slipping out of the dream make yourself "spin" in place which for whatever reason does snap you back into the dream. I've done it on accident a lot of times and on purpose a few and it is really amazing. I always feel better after waking up from a lucid dream as opposed to plain old dreams or nothing I can remember. Not sure if the brain workout helps recharge your body or what, but it's true.
     


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    we should all try lucid dreaming - nothing to lose but our sanity, i suppose! right now i am about twenty minutes into this movie, "waking life," by the guy that did Slacker the movie seems interesting so far, it's about this crazy dreamer guy and has heavy doses of philosophy also the visual style is incredible
    Waking Life is a great movie. The style of the film is amazing.
     


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    Asking myself if I was dreaming never did much for me. Looking at the time always did though. It works like a charm if you have a digital clock you can glance at in your home, car, and school/work.
     


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    I used to do this all the time when I was younger, from as early as I could remember until I was about 10 or so. No training or anything. I used to be able to pick which dreams I would have before I went to bed, and then change them during the dream if I didn't like them. I didn't realize until much later that it wasn't something that everyone did or could do. These days, I don't even remember my dreams (if I have any).
     


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    I used to do this all the time when I was younger, from as early as I could remember until I was about 10 or so. No training or anything. I used to be able to pick which dreams I would have before I went to bed, and then change them during the dream if I didn't like them. I didn't realize until much later that it wasn't something that everyone did or could do. These days, I don't even remember my dreams (if I have any).

    Yea I've started lucid dreaming since about last year, on complete accident. When I was younger I used to get so frustrated that the really great dreams (mostly involving a girl, and nothing gross, I was too youg to know) would never come back. Nowadays I can wake up several times and go back with the same dream.. I love it.
     


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    I've been doing it for quite a while now. I actually had one this morning =)

    I have three pieces of advice that helped me a lot:
    1. Just continue to read and think about lucid dreaming. The more you are doing this the better chance you will have a lucid dream.
    2. I have most of my lucid dreams in the morning, after i have woken up for 15-20 minutes and gone back to sleep. Try setting your alarm for about 2 hours before you need to be awake. Stay awake for a few minutes and go back to sleep. This works for me nearly every time.
    3. If you ever feel that maybe you are in a dream, but dont want to try anything too crazy unless you are sure, hold your nose closed and try to breathe through it. If you can still breathe you are surely in a dream.

    A few cool ideas for you to try in a dream: fly into outter space and find what your mind's conception of outter space is, jump through a tv, ask a dream character what it's like to be a dream character, visit far away places, and, my favorite, lots of sex with anyone [​IMG]
     


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    I've done it by accident a few times and it is indeed great.

    With my professional hat on, I would be interested in knowing what brainwave pattern lucid dreamers have. My gut instinct is that it may not be true REM sleep and something more akin to a hypnotic trance (lots of alpha wave activity). Or maybe even a type of hypnagogic hallucination.

    I might have a look in the literature later, see if there are any studies on it...
     


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    I've done it by accident a few times and it is indeed great.

    With my professional hat on, I would be interested in knowing what brainwave pattern lucid dreamers have. My gut instinct is that it may not be true REM sleep and something more akin to a hypnotic trance (lots of alpha wave activity). Or maybe even a type of hypnagogic hallucination.

    I might have a look in the literature later, see if there are any studies on it...

    The books I have have some info on the brainwaves etc.

    I always find lucid dreaming to be amazing evidence of what the mind is actually capable of. If you consider that each of these dreams that can seem like hours actually occur in only a few minutes, and some of the events and monologues that can be found in them that occur completely spontaneously and yet are intricately involved and meaningful... it makes you wonder about your potential capabilities in the waking world.
     


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