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> This just has to be the best web page about lucidity.
> I have had just a few lucid dreams (I am a novice). I
> have trouble realizing that I am in a dream. I tend to
> notice something weird every time (what's the deal with
> your fingers anyway?) but dont realize that I am in a dream
About fingers - hard to say. Just like other methods of checking
"am I dreaming ?", it works very well, but is not explained.
Though, perhaps all methods do have something in common - mainly
the unstable nature of a dream.
In a dayworld clock is supposed to behave in predictable manner.
Text is supposed to stand still.
And fingers are of constant amount.
Any of these look perfectly normal in a dream, but if attention is focused on them, the instability shows up!
Looking at palm could be the best method simply because it is always there, while clocks and writings I sometimes have to look for.

> The funniest story that you told was when you were at work
> playing Quake and joyful sounds keep coming out of the speakers.
Yeah. One of the dreams that started like nightmare and ended up being lucid.
I also sometimes have nightmare when I wake up and cannot turn off the alarm clock - it drives me crazy, until (if) i realize that it's false awakening!

> Do you happen to have a more complete journal of your dreams?
No, unfortunately not.
Often dream goes nowhere.
Less often I tell it to a friend or save it on tape recorded - then it's somewhat more likely to appear on a page.

Every lucid dream is exhilirating, but sometimes there's not enough going on to make a story out of it. Say, simply flying - it's the ultimate high. But if nothing else happens, it's likely this dream will not make it no the journal.
Then, of couse, there is Lucid Sex - another great thing, which I hardly ever publish.

Andrew


> Can you tell me how you always become lucid
> i never seem to get that control that allows me to check my watch.
> When you dream and you check your watch do you have to actually wear a watch
> in waking life?
No, not really. The surroundings of my dream often look like I remember them, not like they were before I fell asleep. For example, I lived in USA for 6 years, but still in majority of dreams, when am at home, it's my old flat in Latvia. Thus, not carrying the clock in real life should not immediately affect whether I have it in a dream.

If you don't have watch in real life, but see it on yuor hand all of the sudden, there is your dreamsign! Another thing that sometimes happens in my dream is when I can't see my hand at all - not because of darkness, but it's like in a blur. Finally, while at it, checking fingers may also help - often the amount on one hand could be different from 5 in a dream.

> I always say check your watch right before i fall asleep,
> but when i have a dream I just watch it happen then when i wake up i recall
> it and think
> damn if i only would have checked my watch. If i keep on saying "check your
> watch" right after I fall asleep will i eventually just all the sudden one
> night have that control to check my watch and then enter lucidity?
That didn't work for me. I know from experience that 1st lucid dream is hardest to get - for me the real breakthrough was the case when I was in my dreamhouse and explored it - later I knew what to look for.

Maybe, the trick is to take reality with a grain of salt - the world around me always seems real, no matter how weird it is. Smell, touch, taste - they all can fool me into thinking I am awake.

Sometimes strong emotion gives a clue - for example, in one dream I was in a bus, I tried to put my hat on, but it kept flying up to the ceiling. I got frustrated... and then suddenly I thought "what the heck, why would a hat fly like this ?". Then I checked and yes - I was dreaming.

False awakening is another good time to go lucid - making a habit to check watch right after waking up could bring you to a surprising discovery that you only dream that you have awakened!

Andrew


> can you please email me with advice on how i
> can become lucid in my dreams im getting discouraged please if you have
> any info please email me thank you
Brian

Hi, Brian!
Well, assuming you've read my journal ( http://www.inlink.com/~daugava/elucid.htm), there is only few more hints:
1) Learn about your dreamsigns - what consistently happens in your dreams that doesn't take place in real life ? In order to do that, practice remembering dreams - this is done best as soon as you wake up. I occasionally record dreams on taperecorder or phone my friend and tell him.
2) Read Lucid Dreaming book - there is enormous amount of info there and it will get you into right frame of mind... what I mean is, I've had my lucid dream after I've thought about them all day.
3) Check your palm and you watch often - these are both good ways to tell reality from a dream - and they helped me go lucid numerous times. Even though the world around me seemed totally real, I WAS asleep.

Andrew


That bitch, the false awakening

Oh the grief that the false awakening has caused me, the embarassment. Yet it is delightfully amusing when we catch on, isn't it? The problem is we let our guard down once we think we've waken, let go of that critical faculty which enabled us to maintain lucidity. It sounds good in theory to say be wary of it, but that's not really so simple. The root of the matter is held in that quick moment before the false awakening, that moment in which we slip up and let the dream win. If you have some time, do get back to me. This matter needs to be addressed!

Maestro Robin


have you had any more lucid dreams since oct 25th? I loved reading about yours. Continue to write them down. I wish i could do it...sometimes i can, but i can't control them as well as i'd like to be able to. I find naps during the daytime work better. A high-noon snooze as i call it. (if your schedule permits, try it...)

thanks, ben

Hi, Ben!

> have you had any more lucid dreams since oct 25th?
As a matter of fact, I did - there is entry of November 7th, I just haven't translated it to English yet. I will now.
* * * 10 minutes later * * *
Ok, it's there.

> I loved reading about yours.
Thanks!

> Continue to write them down.
There are several steps to this - I wake up and sometimes I record dream on a cassette. Some stuff is lost during this, because it no longer makes sense once I have awaken.

Then, occasionally I copy contents from cassette to my page. At this point I may get rid of sexual content and personal subjects.

I can only vaguely imagine, how this journal would look like, if it was a direct transcript of lucid dream as it happens :}

> naps during the daytime work better. A high-noon snooze as i call it. (if
> your schedule permits, try it...)
That sounds interesting.
I've read that awaken mind is very important for a licid dream. Question is, whether my body will want to take a nap during daytime.

Andrew


I have long known about lucid dreams. I have researched them a bit, and more then anything else, I wish to have lucid dreams. Your stories are fascinating, and I wanted to know how you started having them. Did it just happen? Did you try after reading about them? Are their any paticular techniques that you use? If there is not, if you just started having them for no paticular reason I would like to find out why. What kind of person are you, I mean what is it about you that led to this, any information would be much appreciated. Thank you

DH

> and I wanted to know how you started having them. Did it
> just happen? Did you try after reading about them?
I've long encountered situations when I'd wake up and think "Why didn't I realize this was a dream ?". So, when I came across the term "lucid dreaming" at the SpiritWeb, I was very excited that it may be possible to be awake in a dream.

At the same point I read the alt.dreams.lucid newsgroup and rented "Lucid Dreaming" in the library. During one day this was all I've thought about, so it probably stayed on my mind after I fell asleep.

Then, my 1st dream happened - it's in the journal. After I knew that I could actually do it, it became easier. Especial breakthrough took place when I awoke in my dream house and went exploring - I learned several dreamsigns that way (reading, checking calculator).

Finally, the time when I turned false awakening into a lucid dream was another victory - from a most annoying experience it became something special, almost like OBE (because surroundings in false awakening very closely resemble real life).

> Are their any
> paticular techniques that you use?
Mostly checking my watch and trying to fly - these seldom fail.

> ... I mean what is it about you that led to this,
> any information would be much appreciated.
I never thought about it that way. Possibly, the fact that I began self-improvement - I noticed that I learn some things in my LDs that I would know intelectually, but couldn't feel, until they happen to me in a dream.

For example, the fact that believing in yourself is important, not doing so will cripple by strength, even if potential is there. I knew that, but I didn't fully realize it until LD, where I couldn't go thru a wall because I doubted myself.

Andrew


Howdy, I found your description of your lucid dreams (at http://www.inlink.com/~daugava/elucid.htm) to be fascinating and inspirational. I'm a beginning lucid dreamer of a few months with a handful of lucid dreams. Thanks for the great web page!
Pleasant dreams!
Doogmeister

> I'm a beginning lucid dreamer of a few months with a
> handful of lucid dreams.
I'd be curious to hear of your discoveries.
New methods of checking lucidity ?
Any insights that came from lucid dreams ?

Andrew


Hello, I just came across your web-page today. It was very interesting. Let me explain why I am writing to you. I too have an interest in dreams. I am a huge amateur in the field of lucid dreaming, but I have had a few what i guess you could call "semi-lucid dreams." Anyway, I too am thinking about setting up a web-page on dreams. My goal is actually to have people send me stories they have dreamt which I am planning to work into a musical project of mine. BTW, there is a musical group which i think you should try listening to while dreaming. They are called the "Olivia Tremor Control." If you haven't heard of them, you can ask for them in stores. They are on a record label called "Flydaddy Records." They too are interested in collecting a catalog of people's dreams for a project. Their CD, "Dusk at Cubist Castle" is composed of two cds actually. The first is the album (which is really good) and the second is some very ambient 4track recorded music which is actually supposed to be the dreams of these characters from "Dusk at Cubist Castle." Anyway, if you haven't heard of them, I recommend buying the album. The second Cd is perfect for playing on repeat all night. You may even admire the music. Anyway, I just felt compelled to write to you. I really enjoyed your page.

Goodbye, Brendan McTear

Hi, Brendan!

> Let me explain why I am writing to you. I too have an interest in dreams. I

> am a huge amateur in the field of lucid dreaming, but I have had a few
> what i guess you could call "semi-lucid dreams."
What do you call semi-lucid ? Is this when you realize that you are asleep and then awake instantly ?

> Anyway, I too am
> thinking about setting up a web-page on dreams. My goal is actually to
> have people send me stories they have dreamt which I am planning to work
> into a musical project of mine.
Interesting project. Let me know if you find a good way to solicit stories - so far I've discovered that WWW users are much more into reading than submitting material.

> BTW, there is a musical group which i
> think you should try listening to while dreaming. They are called the
> "Olivia Tremor Control." If you haven't heard of them, you can ask for
> them in stores. They are on a record label called "Flydaddy Records."
> They too are interested in collecting a catalog of people's dreams for a
> project. Their CD, "Dusk at Cubist Castle" is composed of two cds
> actually. The first is the album (which is really good) and the second
> is some very ambient 4track recorded music which is actually supposed to
> be the dreams of these characters from "Dusk at Cubist Castle."
Thanks for the suggestion. I've been experiencing with night music recently. What I found surprising is that music I love best when awake (dance music) doesn't go well with my dreams at all.

Also, could you tell me what 'ambient' means - I hear the term now and then, but not sure what it stands for.

Oh, yes, now that you mentioned it, I just recalled something that didn't yet make it into my dream journal. I left radio on all night. In my dream a guy came to my workplace and started a long boring story about his sister. Then alarm clock went off, I awoke and realized that the story goes on - it was actually on the radio, and the storyteller was female! This gave me an idea to try an experiment (not yet conducted) - check if subconscious understands foreign languages - leave other language cassette playing and then check if it makes sense in my dream.

Andrew


Do you know of a lucid dreaming chat room. This stuff is too good to keep to ourselves. Sweet dreams.
Phil > Do you know of a lucid dreaming chat room.
This is an interesting idea! Of course, organizing a #lucid room on IRC is easy technically, the only question is whether people will join... I'll certainly give it a thought.

> This stuff is too good to
> keep to ourselves.
You are damn right. This summer, when I asked myself, whjat I am most proud in my life, the answer was "Lucid Dreaming". Hence I started my online journal. There is nothing like a thrill of hearing that some my friend just had his first lucid dream!

Seems like once you start thinking about them, they come easier - it's just the possibility of having Lucid Dream that some are not aware about. It is so pity to be asleep and not know it - be bound by rules and regulations, just like in real life. Go lucid and roam free!

Andrew


Love the site! The last couple of times I was awake in my dream, I asked the people around me why the wouldn't fly? On two different occasion I was told that this was forbiden and a little girl said it was " not good" to do that ! I wonder if these caracters have a reality of there own or if they originate from my self alone? Can't wait to go to sleep...

Suzanne Potvin

Hi, Suzanne!

> Love the site!
Thank you! I expect to put up a new dream soon - had it few days ago, still have to translate to English.

> The last couple of times I was awake in my dream, I
> asked the people around me why the wouldn't fly? On two different
> occasion I was told that this was forbiden and a little girl said it was
> " not good" to do that ! I wonder if these caracters have a reality of
> there own or if they originate from my self alone?
This is fascinating and sometimes disturbing subject. For example, on a couple occasions, while in LD I was seen by other people as a ghost. This led me to theorize - what if at this moment I WAS a ghost in somebody else's reality ? But if so, it means I can no longer behave any way I want in my dream, so I decided that I'd rather dismiss this theory - there's enough limitations in real life, I want to be free at least when sleeping!

> Can't wait to go to
> sleep...
I know how you feel. Sometimes I wish I could sleep more - now my limit is like 12 hours and then there is no way I can fall asleep. When i awake I often physically feel the lightness leave my body, as the reality claims me. As if elephant suddenly sits on my chest. I just thought - what if this very heaviness IS the thing that prevents me from flying in real life ?!

Andrew

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