Posted Under: Lesson Three - Remaining Lucid During A Dream
Congratulations on becoming lucid during your dreams. For some of you it may have been easy, but for others, it may have taken weeks or even months. None the less, you have succeeded! Remember to always keep entering your dreams into your dream journal. Highlight all of the dream signs. This will help you to remember them the next time you are dreaming. Also, continue to practice and study about lucid dreaming. I will continue to provide you with lucid dream information on a continual basis.
Now that you have successfully had one or more lucid dreams, you may have noticed that it can be hard to stay asleep and remain lucid. This lesson will address things that can happen during a lucid dream and provide some techniques to help you remain lucid.
Waking Up Too Soon
During the first few lucid dreams you may wake up very soon after becoming lucid. This is normal. The excitement of realizing that you are lucid is enough to wake you up immediately. Don’t worry, it gets easier to remain lucid the more times you become lucid. There are two proven ways two help yourself in remaining lucid.
During the dream, try as hard as you can to stay calm and focus your attention on the dream rather than giving in to the excitement of reaching lucidity. You can also prepare yourself while you are awake by using the power of suggestion. Throughout the day, say to yourself, “If I become lucid during a dream, I will remain calm”, or something to that nature. You will be surprised how influential the power of suggestion really is.
If the dream shows signs of ending, such as loss of the vividness, detail, or even just having the feeling that you are waking up, spinning can help you remain asleep in the dream state. If you feel the dream fading, spin your dream body like a top, around and around, over and over again like you may have done as a child. You should then be taken back into the dream. When you stop spinning, look for a dream sign or perform a reality test to verify your lucidity.
Be aware that sometimes you may think that you have awakened from a dream when in fact you may be still dreaming. You are essentially dreaming that you have woke up. Once again, look for dream signs or perform a reality test even though you think you might be awake. What an intriguing phenomena it is to dream that you have awakened from a dream. Perhaps you were in a second-level dream state returning to a first-level dream state. We will discuss this more, later.
With some practice, you can remain lucid and be able to identify if you are experiencing a false awakening. Be sure to record all the details of struggling with remaining lucid and any false awakenings you may encounter into your dream journal.
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