The #1 Sticking Point for Lucid Dreaming Beginners

Waking up 5 seconds after realizing that you are dreaming

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I was reading trough the dreamviews forum for the last hour, going trough people’s first lucid dreaming experiences and here is a pattern that I found:

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  • Nobody took time to explore the world around them after they realized they they are dreaming
  • Most of the times, they instantly tried to do the most “advanced” things. In most cases this was trying to have sex.
  • Everyone was having short 5 second dreams.

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“I suddenly just realized I was dreaming, and quickly tried to have sex with the lady next to me, and I woke up within 5 seconds of becoming lucid.”

– This is really a common experience to all lucid dreamers, it doesn’t have to be about sex, it can be about flying or something exciting. In our first lucid dream most of us simply don’t do the warm-up stabilization routines, mostly because we don’t know how and sometimes just because we never thought it was that important.

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The number one factor that ends your dreams is Shock

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The first thing you experience when you realize that you are dreaming is a little shock and there is a rush of thoughts : “woow, this is cool”, “what to do now?”, “can I fly?”, “FINALLY, I AM LUCDI DREAMING”, “I can do whatever I want”… etc.

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This doesn’t wake you up.

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The thing that does wake you up is adding additional shock to your dream by rushing to do the cool stuff like flying instead of taking few seconds to relax, look around and explore your environment.

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This is the main distinction between lucid dreaming beginners and veterans. Beginners try to do some advanced flying maneuvers where as the veterans chill and do their warm-up stabilizations routines.

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The results:
Beginners have 5 second dreams
Pro’s have 5 – 60 minute dreams

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How to battle this sticking point:

Learn about reality checks and dream stabilization techniques

– Practice in your mind (coming soon) – it is basically a repetitive imagination of doing warm-up right after realizing that you are dreaming.

The 7 most common lucid dreaming flying mistakes

Flying too soon
You must walk before you fly, take a second and explore the dream world before you try to fly
Flying too fast
Flying is a tricky thing, start slow and try not to go over the limits of what you are comfortable with.
Flying too high
When flying to high might make you loose lucidity because you can no longer see the ground and that is a really important refference point.
Focusing on gravity and fear
Focus on where you want to go, not where you might fail. Your dream is a manifestation of your thougts, so what you think is what you get.
Frustration
-Don’t expect to learn to do this overnight. Some learn slow and some learn fast, but the fact is that
everyone can learn.
-Frustration caused by failed attempt just lengents your learning curve.
Not understanding the placebo efect
There is no spoon, if you believe you can fly you will.
Asuming that you can fly trough walls 🙂

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1) Flying too soon

You must walk before you fly, take a second and explore the dream world before you try to fly. Do some of the dream prolongation techniques and make the dream more vivid.

2) Flying too fast

Flying is a tricky thing, start slow and try not to go over the limits of what you are comfortable with.

3) Flying too high

Flying too high might make you loose lucidity because you can no longer see the ground which is an important reference point.

4) Focusing on gravity and fear

Focus on where you want to go, not where you might fall. Your dream is a manifestation of your thoughts, so what you think is what you get. This holds true for real life too!

4) Getting Frustrated

Don’t expect to learn to do this overnight. Some learn slow and some learn fast, but the fact is that

everyone can learn. Understand that frustration caused by a failed flying attempt just lengthens your learning curve.

5) Not understanding the placebo effect

There is no spoon, if you believe you can fly you will. This is the most important rule in lucid dreaming.

6) Assuming that you can fly trough walls

7) Expecting a 7th mistake? Well I don’t know one, 7 just sounds better that 6.

Lucid Dreaming Control Techniques

All techniques have their pros and cons, I will try to rate them according to my experience. The factors i will take in consideration are:

(keep in mind that this are the results for me, Lucid Dreaming techniques often give different results for different people)

  • How hard it is to perform(time taken and complications)
  • How effective it is for increasing clearness and vividness
  • How effective it is for increasing consciousness
  • How effective it is for stabilizing a dream when its fading away

1. Palms Rubbing

Put your hands together and rub them, feel the sensation of touch and warmth.

→ This is a handy way to get out of the blackout (the event of loosing sight)

Rubbing palms

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Easiness of performing : 5

Increasing vividness : 4

Increasing Consciousness : 4

Stabilization : 4

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2. The Tornado Spin

Just start spinning like this dude on the picture, make it fast and keep telling yourself “I am lucid dreaming” because you might end up prolonging the dream but loosing lucidity or experiencing a false awakening.

Tornado Clip art

Easiness of performing : 4

Increasing vividness : 4

Increasing Consciousness : 1

Stabilization : 4

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3. Shouting

→ Increase lucidity!

→ Increase Vividness!

Shouting Sparta

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Easiness of performing : 5

Increasing vividness : 3

Increasing Consciousness : 3

Stabilization : 3

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4. Focusing senses on objects

Its basically exploring object with all your senses

Example: Get a rock, how much does it weigh? How large is it? Rough or Smooth ? What Shape? Warm or Cold? Trow it and hear the sound… Manipulate its shape… etc.

eye of sauron, focus

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Easiness of performing : 2

Increasing vividness : 5+

Increasing Consciousness : 5

Stabilization : 5

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Its best to have one routine that includes all the techniques, mine is basically 1, 2-3, 4:

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When I realize that I am dreaming I instantly start with rubbing my palms. Next I do the tornado spin and shout “I AM IN A LUCID DREAM” while I am spinning . After that I shout “INCREASE LUCIDITY”. And lastly I perform the focus technique to give me extra edge.

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And I do the same each time I notice that the dream is fading away.


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– Alex