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04-09-2008, 21:55   #46
 
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I used to pick what I wanted to dream and fall asleep making it up as I went along... I dunno why I ever stopped. I used to go back to my favorite dreams too... anyone got any theories on this?
I had favourite dreams too, I used to dream I was in star treck. I got very into and used to love going to bed to dream about it.
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Has anybody here been able to use lucidity as a way improving a nightmare?

I don't dream lucidly but I have horrendous nightmares which these days often seem to end in false awakenings, where wake violently, often screaming, in bed with my fiance (who is alarmed and tries to calm me down).

Then often elements of the nightmare start to appear in my "waking" reality - or my fiancee suddenly has no face - or there's just a bizarre and unnerving atmosphere - and I either start freaking out and wake up suddenly, or realise it was a false awakening and drag myself out of the dream.

I have never had a good experience with a false awakening - and when I realise I'm dreaming I usually have no control over the dream other than to try and force myself to wake up.

Then when I wake up I'm in bed and my fiance is asleep beside me, completely unaware of the whole thing (sometimes I have to ask him if any of it happened because my perception of reality and dreaming are so confused).

I've also had experiences with sleep paralysis and what feel like physical attacks durings paralysis, from which i proceed into a false awakening.

It's all very unpleasant.

Most people describe lucid dreaming in such pleasant terms and seem to be in control. I'm wondering if it could be a way of dealing with my sleep problems.. but at the moment most of my dreams are either unnerving or just plain horrific, so the idea of encouraging dreaming to any degree is scary.

Has anyone used lucid dreaming as a way out to combat nightmares or false awakenings?
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Ive been consistently dreaming for about 3 weeks now,I can pretty much recall all of them and have them written down.I read them before sleeping and am starting to recognise a pattern.

What do you guys suggest I do next to get the lucidity going?

I dont know if the mirror reality check will work because I looked in the mirror in my dream lastnight and my head was completly split open(I could see my brains etc and I was poking them and stuff)and it didnt seem weird.

I never seem to think of doing a reality check in my dreams either.I just go with the flow.I also rarely ask myself if im dreaming and when I do I usually realise get too excited and wake up.

PLEASE HELP I WANT TO TAKE CONTROL AND DO COOL STUFF!
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Ive been consistently dreaming for about 3 weeks now,I can pretty much recall all of them and have them written down.I read them before sleeping and am starting to recognise a pattern.

What do you guys suggest I do next to get the lucidity going?

I dont know if the mirror reality check will work because I looked in the mirror in my dream lastnight and my head was completly split open(I could see my brains etc and I was poking them and stuff)and it didnt seem weird.

I never seem to think of doing a reality check in my dreams either.I just go with the flow.I also rarely ask myself if im dreaming and when I do I usually realise get too excited and wake up.

PLEASE HELP I WANT TO TAKE CONTROL AND DO COOL STUFF!
This thread seems to be fairly dead so check out these forums:

www.ld4all.com/forum/

www.dreamviews.com
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17-05-2009, 21:14   #50
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Ive been consistently dreaming for about 3 weeks now,I can pretty much recall all of them and have them written down.I read them before sleeping and am starting to recognise a pattern.

What do you guys suggest I do next to get the lucidity going?

I dont know if the mirror reality check will work because I looked in the mirror in my dream lastnight and my head was completly split open(I could see my brains etc and I was poking them and stuff)and it didnt seem weird.

I never seem to think of doing a reality check in my dreams either.I just go with the flow.I also rarely ask myself if im dreaming and when I do I usually realise get too excited and wake up.

PLEASE HELP I WANT TO TAKE CONTROL AND DO COOL STUFF!
There are loads of books in this area. I recommend Robert Moss.
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17-06-2009, 11:10   #51
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Hi Lillybegood, I empathise with your situation, i've been there too.

The only way from (my experience) to positively influence a nightmare is to become proficient at lucid dreaming, and the symptoms you describe are the preliminary stages to achieving this lucidity. Sounds like a chicken and egg paradox, and it's different for everyone, but very often there's personal fear barrier when 'waking up' within dreams which needs to be overcome before you can take full control.

Remember that whatever happens in this stage of your dreaming life is all you - claim it as yours however frightening or disturbing.

Give yourself the command each night that you will awake fully within your dream. Be patient. It will happen eventually and you'll be able to change your local as easily as switching channels on a TV.

Good luck, and sweet dreams!
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28-06-2009, 02:59   #52
 
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This "Lucid Dream" reminds me of a film with Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz.

What was it? ......oh yeah...Vanilla Sky
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17-10-2009, 04:34   #53
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Waking Life - Great Lucid Dreaming Movie

Hi - I searched the thread and didn’t see it mentioned, but I too had many years of Lucid Dreaming and Sleep Paralysis (lots of scary incidents, some nice) and I was very interested in the whole subject for many years.

If you too are interested in this subject - I would super-highly recommend you look for a movie called "Waking Life" - which in short (from Wikipedia) is:

"Waking Life is a digitally enhanced... film, ... released in 2001... Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid-dream-like state..."

Asleep, I used to for years, be able to converse internally – like when awake – and I could even say to myself “well your clearly asleep right now”.

If you’re not sure if you’re awake or dreaming (as per movie) – “try turning a light switch on...”

I hope this helps...
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I had a lot of Sleep Paralysis, too. plus lucid dreams and OoBe's. there was a time i had few times per night. i connected it with time i did some drugs (xtc, thc) and with fact i had a depression episeode. a very hard/deep.
gonna watch the movie, cheers.
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25-11-2009, 22:03   #55
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Wow. I didn't even know what a lucid dream was until I read this thread. I often have lucid dreams! A few times a week. Never thought it was that uncommon, to be honest. I've been having them since I was a kid. Never tried to achieve them, obviously, as I only found out there is a term for them now.
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so if u having them can u controll them ? if one induce them, thats for taking the controll. but if it just happens - how does it look ?
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Yeah, once you are aware that you're dreaming, you can control it. I use it to change the nature of nightmares. For instance, if I am being chased by something, I will consciously decide to let the dream play on, but I'll imagine that I have the necessary weapons/tools for escape or to beat my foe. It helped me to stop a long running sequence of nightmares.

As for what it looks like, it looks exactly how you imagine it to be! Sounds corny, but it's true.
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yeah i know. been trying to controll it fully but need more experience. you know methods to extend a ld when u feel its ending ? one of those is to lie down on the ground and play dead. it should continue a ld.
what about flying and having sex ? those two are the most desired by people. what about resolving issues ? heard people use ld's to resolve problems.
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For best results...

One thing I do remember reading and largely seemed to be the case for me too, was that you are much more likely to enter SP or a LD if you go to sleep in a supine position, (quick wiki again) ...is a position of the body: lying down with the face up, as opposed to the prone position, which is face down.

So on your back. (which is totally alien to me)

I found this excellent, although it looks more like a mass wall of text, there is some great info in there on SP

http://watarts.uwaterloo.ca/~acheyne/S_P.html
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A lot of times i know that iam in a dream, funny having that feeling in a dream.
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