Mnemosyne Asked: I can’t lucid dream…?
Well, to start off, when I was little, (in 5th grade, I believe), I had lucid dreams. I remember them because during them, I would jump off buildings and fly. They were the best dreams ever. I could control them and tailor them to my liking. But as time flew by, I forgot about lucid dreaming. Heck, back then I just did it instinctively, without even knowing that it's called lucid dreaming. So now, when I found out about it again, I want to get on the track. And that's where the problem comes in. I've tried using the WBTB technique, along with WILD. I even started eating bananas as I read that they help in remembering the dreams, and I started drinking more milk just to amplify the whole thing. I've wholeheartedly tried and went to bed every single night with butterflies in my stomach, sincerely hoping that this would be the night when I will start lucid dreaming. Before falling asleep, I did the reality checks and whatnot.
But I sleep like a log. Like the dead. I fall asleep and wake up in the morning as if nothing happened. I don't know, maybe it's because I haven't been getting enough sleep this past year, as school has been driving me crazy. At some parts I even developed an immunity to the sounds of my alarm clock, to the point where I sleep through the ringing. But what's weird is that these past few weeks I HAVE been getting enough sleep, so sleep deprivation shouldn't be a problem.
Any ideas on what should I do to start lucid dreaming? How not to be a passive participant in my dreams and not watch everything from the sidelines?
Try All Day Awareness, it's when you basically put all your senses into "hyper-drive" and continually ask yourself if you're dreaming, and another reality checks rarely work (most people do a reality check after they realize they are dreaming to confirm it, make the dream clearer. mostly to make the dream itself "better") anyway, when you do reality check, ask yourself if you're dreaming (even though you know your not it gives the reality check more meaning) and give yourself reasons why you would (or would not) be dreaming. It's a lot better than randomly reality checking with no thought too it.
(This is for DILD or WILD) Also when you're going to sleep, imagine yourself walking down stairs (I prefer spiral) and count down from 100 and repeat to yourself (mentally), "I am dreaming" or anything else that works for you (but I like, "I am dreaming"), don't think about yourself lying in bed, just "live" on that stair case, make it clear, add some smell, sounds, feeling (definitely), basically your five senses (or as many as you can put in their while repeating "I am dreaming") and just continue to do that until…BAM! You're in the dream, without even realizing the switch The site dreamviews.com has some really good information and a lot of experts, some tutors, chat rooms, videos, and lots of other stuff. P.S my username is Lmrhone, if you have some questions and stuff.