Ever wonder why you could dream a pink elephant walks by singing Michael Jackson and you never think to yourself, “This is really weird. Maybe I’m dreaming.” It’s because despite the circumstances, you’re still in a trance. You’re still in the same state of mind as you are in the real world, which accepts everything at face value. So the only way to really notice you’re dreaming is if you start to question the real world.
You’re reading my blog post right now in the real world. Are you sure you’re not dreaming?
The Reality CheckHere’s how you question reality throughout your day:
If you’re in the real world, it will stay the same. If you’re in the dream world, it will change to another number, or perhaps change shape, or color, or turn into a muppet. Who knows. But it certainly won’t be the same. (Note: It’s important that you only use numbers. I’ve tried this with words and it does not work as well).
If you do this several times a day, you will start to do it when you’re dreaming. And it’s like receiving a message from yourself to wake up within the dream. Once you do, it’s like the holodeck on Star Trek. It all feels totally real, and yet you can do anything you want!Ground Yourself in the Dream Before you go flying, or talk to God, or whatever it is you want to do, it’s very important to ground yourself in the dream world. There is such a rush of excitement when you realize you’re dreaming that it’s easy to go into emotional overload and quickly wake up. The most advanced lucid dreamers are very good at tempering their emotions. To ground yourself, pay attention to all your senses. What are you hearing, seeing, smelling? Look at your hands to connect with your body in this world. Take a moment to breathe. This will help extend your dream time. Explore! You can do whatever you’d like at this point, but here are a few interesting points that came from the Advanced class: 1. Nightmares and Dream enemies These are often people who have a message for you. They represent something you’ve pushed out of your conscious. You might try asking them what they mean. Or give them unconditional love (Note: I tried this technique after Burning Man. My enemy turned into a child crying, but I couldn’t get him to tell me what he signified. Ah the power of repressed thought!) 2. Bring dreams into your reality To become more aware, try telling people about your dreams. It’s important for you to be able to remember your dreams before you can try all of this. If you can’t remember your dreams, set your alarm clock to 4am, when you’re very likely to be in an REM state. Wake up, write down your dream and go back to bed. (Note: I like to record mine on the voice recorder of my iphone) 3. Supplements There are supplements you can take such as Huperzine-A, Mugwort and Galantamine. There is a book all about this, as well as Tim Ferriss’ blog post below. Note that while these supplements are very safe, there may also be a downside to long-term use, as very experienced lucid dreamers have said that it can reduce your number of lucid dreams once you go off of it.
“Thanks for the playa gift! I’ve tried it several times and prescribed it to other folks, and it really works!
I got this email last week:
There was snow falling, everyone was in ski outfits, and I don’t know how to explain this but it felt like we all knew each other.
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