There's a huge misconception associated with the term "lucid dreaming" that must be addressed before we continue. In a nutshell; the simple act of recalling a dream confirms a lucid experience, even if you don't remember it through "first person perspective." Furthermore, a clear and distinct line separates astral projection from the lucid dream experience and most confuse the former with the latter. It doesn't matter if you recall the dream immediately upon waking, or if it took days; the fact remains that you remember an ethereal experience you've had.
However, recollections of an ethereal experience that actually manifests into concrete reality, and to the tee; introduces another variable termed "Deja Vu". Deja Vu occurs when you the observer recall the exact real life experience that just happened, but from a future and ethereal perspective. We'll discuss this topic later in the section as it deserves it's own article entirely.
Truth is, the act of lucid dreaming is basically astral projection in lesser form. Apart from "objective" activation, lucid dreams are often triggered through "subjective" stimuli; not limited to but including: love, fear, attraction, hate, etc. Nightmares in particular are usually the most memorable dreams, and this is due to the fact that fear is a burden that's heavy to endure.
Fear lingers until the right moment to reveal it's presence, and by then it's too late. Love contrasts fear indefinitely and is a stimuli equal to, or greater than it. This article will delve deep into the "ins' & outs'" of lucid dreaming, and will be the third and final installment to the Introduction to Dream Theory.
Being able to remember a dream is in essence: the art of lucid dreaming; no matter if you can only recall a snippet of it or if you were lucid for what you'd thought to be hours, that existential experience outside of your physical body is something you remember. Mastery of lucid dreams isn't being able to maintain the experience for prolonged periods; it has more to do with being able to recall the experience in it's entirety, no matter the duration. The following info will be broken down into three key factors that I know will assist you with dream lucidity.
If you're yet to have seen the movie "Inception" then you should definitely check it out, it's packed with gems about dreams; one gem in particular was an item from the movie coined a "totem" which the main character always kept on him as a reminder as to whether he was dreaming or not.
A "dream artifact" is an item that you should carry around with you at all times, typically something that can fit inside the palm of your hand and around the size of a quarter. My artifact was the frame of a dream-catcher I'd found in my path while walking; something about it made me feel as if it were put there just for me, so I picked it up and kept moving; throughout the day I would lightly toss it into the air and catch it with the same hand, in an attempt to make it levitate. I know this all sounds crazy but it all will make sense shortly.
I'd sleep with my artifact in my pocket, and within a dream I'd toss it into the air and it'd levitate; I've achieved multiple lucid dream activations using this technique, and later begun to take the use of my artifact to the next level. For example, I was eventually able to utilize it as a portal in and out of particular sequences, transform it into a power source for chaos magic and much more. Ultimately, I no longer needed to carry it around with me and could summon one within a dream at will.
Find something that catches your attention around the house, or buy something that fits your style and make it your artifact. Give it a purpose with willful intent, know that it's purpose will manifest. Whatever it may be, just find a way to mess around with it while you're awake--like: tossing it into the air or spinning it; if gravity prevails then you know you're still awake. Trust me, you'll be surprised as to how many lucid dreams you activate with your dream artifact; just make sure you're able to recall the experience upon waking.
Another great way to activate a lucid dream is by imagining yourself "into it." Take a good look at the beautiful beach-shore to your left, get a clear snapshot of it and then close your eyes. Well, read the following before you close your eyes. Try to imagine yourself on the shore of this beach with picture perfect quality. Now turn it into a motion picture where you're walking the beach, swimming in the water or whatever you'd like; practice this whenever you have the time, especially while you're on your way to sleep.
If you're using this picture as a reference, eventually; you'll be able to will yourself into a lucid dream by projecting your consciousness to the beach. Note: this is astral projection in it's most basic form, and your lucid experience will have a "countdown timer" associated with it. You'll eventually fall into another dream sequence after that lucid experience terminates, and you may or may not be "aware" of this fact. The artifact method is a perfect tool to test whether or not you're in a dream after "sinking" happens, just make sure you've formed a strong habit associated with your artifact for more successful results.
By default, your imagination is your greatest tool in relation to the lucid dream experience; being the faculty that we use to form new ideas and concepts, it's also what we use to control our dream environment.
I know, if you had a nickel for every time you heard this one then you'd be rich. Well, let's just hope that either: this saying becomes true today, or this will be the last time you'll have to endure this speech.
The importance of a dream journal lies in the fact that it can be used to recall segments of a dream that you may have missed initially, therefore triggering a brand new lucid experience. Remember, the fact that a dream was lucid is because you can recall it; if there's no recollection, that makes for no lucidity and no dream.
Upon waking spend no more than 30 seconds recalling the experience, and write it down immediately afterwards in your journal. Don't worry if you can't remember everything, just write down what you can. As explained before, the beauty of having a dream journal is the fact that each time you read it you may recall missing portions of lucid experiences; you may recall a missing piece years down the line, or subconsciously will yourself into that dream again just by reading it.
Also, try keeping a tape recorder by you sleeping space as well. Use these two in unison and you'll have a much deeper understanding of your dreams, and how to control them.
Aside from objectively activating a lucid experience; you may very well be subjected to one, and against your will. Recurring dreams are the most basic form of subjective activation--as when you repeatedly experience the same dream sequence you'll eventually remember more, and more of it. Nightmares on the other hand, stick with us the most because of the imprint of fear left within us. Chances are you'll remember a nightmare before you remember the fantastic dream of flying above the city. Here we'll list the major ways lucid dreams are subjectively activated. If, and when you're subjected to these sequences; use the objective methods above to prolong and enhance the experience. Also, keep in mind that no one dream sequence is limited to a single "classification."
There's no set standard for what's deemed a nightmare. What I may believe to be a nightmare, just may be the dream of a lifetime for another person; it's all relative to the individual. Nightmares reflect our most obvious and deepest fears, and I'll use a recurring nightmare I'd have as a child about "Gossamer"--a big red monster from "Looney Tunes".
The dream went as such: I'd become lucid hiding under the kitchen table as my grandmother washed dishes, and as soon as I glanced down the hall; Gossamer would charge out from the back room towards me then cut towards my grandmother, pick her up and snap her in half. I'd cry and the sequence would terminate.
I'm most definitely not afraid of Gossamer as an adult, but if I were to have that dream even today I'd still feel a certain way about it. The fear that nightmares generate are why we remember them so well. Use fear activation to take control of your dream, and dissolve the nightmare into a creation of your own. Practice this enough and you'll become the nightmare of--your nightmares.
Quite similar to, yet different from Deja Vu; psychic dreams foretell the future through archetypes and symbols. Of course, you'll have to be able to recall a dream if you want to properly decode the message and foretell the future; but for subjective activations sake--we'll look at this from an "after the fact" perspective.
Assuming you didn't remember the dream you had last night--upon waking you simply go about your day. Later in the evening, you learn that a stock you were going to buy had skyrocketed and you'd forgot to buy. Then it hits you; you recall being in an office-type room, flying around with everyone present cheering you on. You also remember seeing over $6 Billion in profits on a computer screen. Finally, you realize you'd dreamed of this last night; you'd had a psychic dream.
On the flip side, if you had recalled the dream and took the risk to make the buy; not only would you have had a real psychic dream but you would've profited as a result. Try not to confuse psychic dreams with deja vu as the latter happens to the tee, and the former plays out through symbolism you'll need to decipher. If you feel like you've experienced something before in a dream, chances are you have; try your best to recall more and piece the message from your subconscious mind together into a coherent message. Eventually, you'll begin to have lucid experiences at will; and who knows, some may accurately foretell the future.
Not all erotic dream sequences are "wet dreams", but the primary reason we remember them is due to the emission of fluids we awaken to. Contrary to popular belief, both men and women can experience wet dreams, and second to nightmares are the most memorable ones.
Based upon the results I've obtained from asking over 100 men and women if they knew they were dreaming during the erotic encounter: a little over 60% claimed they didn't realize they were dreaming until they'd awakened, 35% claim to have been aware they were dreaming, and a surprising 5% claim they've become familiar with their ethereal partner and have the experience quite often.
One factor most people fail to realize and/or refuse to admit, is that most wet dreams are self stimulated. Yes, there's an act of masturbation involved, though a subconscious one. Most wet dreams are initiated and maintained by our hands or something else stimulating our genital area while we sleep. There's many instances where no contact has been made with the genitals, and an orgasm or ejaculation takes place due to mental stimulus alone; but the majority are caused by a combination of thought and touch. Nevertheless, we should take advantage of these erotic encounters in order to activate a lucid experience and explore the sequence deeper than where our subconscious desires would've guided us passively.
So you just woke up and while heading to the bathroom you see a bouquet of balloons in the hallway; not knowing how they got there, you grab a hold and see a note attached to them. Before you know it, the roof of your house has flew off and you're ascending into the sky by way of the balloons you're holding on to. Absolutely terrified, you realize it's the end and hold your breath as you drift off into outer space; only to wake up moments later in the bed you'd just left.
"Dreams within a dream" are fun ways for us to realize we'd had a lucid experience. Though a shock, there's always a sense of "awe" when we realize we were dreaming the entire time. Likewise, when we awaken and believe we really do have $100,000 in our possession only to realize it was just a dream; this too falls into the dreaming dreams category.
We should use these experiences as templates to navigating dream sequences at will. The act of falling asleep in a dream, only to awaken in another one is the basic premise of how "dream travel" works. Practice this once lucidity is achieved within a dream, and see where it takes you.
You've made it to the end of our introductory segment of Dream Theory. I hope the information you've consumed thus far has enhanced, and/or confirmed your knowledge and wisdom regarding the subject. Here's a quick recap of what we've covered thus far.
1) That fact that you can recall a dream means you've had a lucid experience. All dreams are lucid dreams.
2) The Ethereal Realm is where all forms of sentient life may project consciousness to, and experience dreams.
3) Only you can interpret your dreams, they're as unique to you as your fingerprint.
4) Dreams are experienced objectively, and/or subjectively.
5) Lucid dreaming is, in essence, the most basic form of Astral Projection.
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