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.

6 Cool “I am Dreaming” Wallpapers

The purpose of these wallpapers is to remind you to do a reality check each time you see them on your desktop and  to increase your general awareness for lucid dreaming.

Wallpaper
Do a reality Check Now!

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Black Brush Splash

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Concrete

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Clouds

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Are you ?

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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.

Dream Initiated Lucid Dream(DILD)

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Pre-Requirements

You need to be able to remember at least one dream/night.

How to remember your dreams.

You need to know how to do a reality check.

Reality Checking

What is DILD?

Dream initiated lucid dreams are those witch start as normal and turn into lucid dreams after a while, usually after performing a reality check.

For example, you go to sleep, have a normal dream and something triggers the thought : “This is weird, is this a dream?”, and soon you realize that you are actually dreaming.

How does it work?

Our conscious brain is partially shut down while we are sleeping which results in low awareness. We can dream about flying or traveling into the future but most of us won’t even think about the fact that it might just be a dream!

However, most parts of our subconscious remain active and our daily habits are carried over into our dreams. So our goal is to intentionally build a reality checking habit that will be also carried over into our dreams.

3 Steps for Creating a Reality Checking Habit :

1. Choose your reality check triggers

This are the things that will remind you to do a reality check. When choosing your triggers, search in your dream journal and find things that constantly recur. A person? Place? Activity?

If you don’t have a dream journal or you haven’t recorded enough dreams, you can use some general triggers like:

  • Going out or in your house
  • Being in the bathroom
  • Entering your school/workplace
  • Each time your wristwatch beeps(hourly)

2. Do a reality check when you see some trigger.

3. Repeat for 21 days to make it a habit

You will probably have your first lucid dream in about a week.

Tips for creating habits:

Lucid Dreaming Reminder

Lucid Dreaming Reminder

1. Create notes and hang them on your bathroom door and your main door. Create smaller notes and put them into your wallet or pockets. They will also increase your awareness and remind you that you might really be dreaming.

2. Create symbols – Things that will associate and remind you to reality checking and lucid dreaming. For example you can do a reality check each time you see your cellphone. Or you can find a small rock/coin and name it : The Magical Lucid Dreaming Object and carry it around with you.


Reality Checking

Reality checking consists of 2 parts:

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1. Questioning Reality

2. Reality Check Techniques

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Questioning Reality

Questioning reality simply means asking the question : “Am I dreaming?” or “Is this a dream?”.

It means being aware for the weird things that happen around you and being aware of your
dream triggers. So you need to start questioning the reality around you even when you are totally sure that you are not dreaming.

Why would I question reality if I am totally sure that this is not a dream ?

The spooky fact is that 99.9% of the time when you are dreaming you are actually assuming that you are in the real world. Like, right now, this is weird right ? Is there a chance that this is a dream ? This post might not be real.

That’s what I’m talking about. Now its time to do a reality check.

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Reality Check Techniques

1.The nose check:

  • Use your hand to pinch your nose
  • Try to breathe in

Do this now. Shut your nose and try to breathe in.

If you end up breathing trough a closed nose, then you are dreaming.

If not, continue reading.

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2.The Hands Reality Check

Start by looking at your hands, now count the fingers on one of your hands, then look away and count them again. Now try to find something weird/out of the ordinary.

When you are in a lucid dream you will actually find something really out of the ordinary, line 10 misshaped fingers

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3.The Reading Check

Look at some text(newspaper/alarm clock digits). Now close your eyes and then look again. If the text changed in any way, you are in a lucid dream.

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4.Jump

Try to jump, if you start floating or you are in the air for abnormal time then you are in a lucid dream.