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Oct 31, 2011

Want To Stay Lucid For Longer?

Lucidity is wonderful when it finally arrives, but how can we stay lucid for longer and maintain a stable dream environment? 

Well, firstly it's always good to ground your energy body before setting out on any epic adventures. It’s highly important to gather your focus and say out loud, “Hey, I’m lucid and this is all a dream!”. Whilst saying this obvious statement make sure you remain calm and collected. The more excited you get, the more chance you have in snapping back to your physical body and ending the whole experience. 

I find that keeping things in motion is a highly effective technique. Should you stop and smell the roses, so to speak, the environment around you will decay rapidly and eventually cease to exist. Another great way to start your grounding process is to touch and examine everything around you. Our subconscious mind will make up some fantastic scenery and manifestations, so be prepared for the unexpected, no matter how weird! 

The important thing is not to ignore what's around you and interact with everyone and everything that comes within your path.


Grounding example from one of my lucid dreams...

(felt like 45 mins)
I am in this beautiful green mountain landscape with the sea to my left. The sun is shining and in front of me what appears to be an outdoor market place from the 18th century. It reminds me of the untouched hills of ancient Scotland-only better weather!
The market is full of happy people, some are haggling and some are carrying things. Kids are playing around the market stalls and laughing all around. I notice to my right a large long table full of interesting fruit and vegetables.
I ground myself first ...
I then show appreciation for being given the experience of lucidity and I walk up to the fruit stall. I pick up loads of apples and lettuce and munch the whole lot, WOW! It tastes so real! The market lady seems to not care for my lack of payment. I feel really secure within this dreamscape, such a peaceful place. I then speak to some people to my left and they seem pleasent. I move further down the market and attempt to fly around...


I have listed the most successful and  effective tools for you to use when lucid…



Spinning Around 



Spinning around with your arms out can really cause a sensory explosion! From experience, I find that I lose my balance and if I close my eyes I suddenly teleport to a random destination. It's a bit of a loose canon this one because you don't always know where you're going to end up. So give it a try and see where it takes you!



Rubbing Hands Together

This is the most common way in getting grounded. Immediately do this when you become lucid and state that you are lucid out loud. Keep rubbing your hands until you feel the area is stabilised.



Leap Backwards

Leaping backwards should only be performed once your dream environment is stabilised. I performed this completely by chance one night and the results really blew me away! It seems to be associated with your astral body because the result of you leaping backwards can make your physical body vibrate. This is a direct sign of your astral body being stimulated. When you leap backwards make sure you spread your arms out and just have a feeling of complete trust and surrender. By doing this you feel as though you go through the ground and into the unknown. But don't fear! 
It is a highly effective tool for when you need a quick exit from any situation. You can then enter into an OBE environment! In some cases you may snap back to your physical body a few times and feel the vibrations. If this occurs simply don't move a muscle and relax and repeat the process. You will soon re-enter the dream world with full lucidity!



Examine all your surroundings


I do this a lot more nowadays because of how effective and stimulating it is. This is a great way in getting a stabilised environment. As soon as you become lucid, everything and I mean every-thing must be examined. You do this by touching what's all around you and really examine closely what it is you're interacting with. 

Feel the ground, breathe with your dream lungs, touch the bark on trees and zoom in with great detail! This will give you a greater sense of clarity and stimulate your ever expanding senses. The more sensitised your energy body becomes the more chance you have in creating longer lasting lucid dreams.



Remain calm and keep moving


It's totally understandable to get a little excited when we first become lucid. 
Who wouldn't?!? 
But if we remain calm and have peace in our hearts, we can really focus our attention and be objective to the matter at hand. This doesn't simply mean stop, but be calm yet always in motion. Find a nice consistent pace you feel at ease with and maintain this focus throughout. This will guide you and keeps things interesting.


Hungry?


Yes, that's right people! You can create all kinds of great grub and drink in the dream world! All you have to to do is get grounded and close your eyes. Intend on having a tasty dish in front of you and really imagine it with your mind's eye.
Hey Presto! There it is...YUM-YUM! 
By eating and drinking every now and then you can stimulate your dream taste buds and stay firmly in the dream world for longer!




Reality check every 5 minutes!


I can't tell you enough how many times I've used this great little time keeping bad boy! Yep, I know it's an original Casio that's worth almost nothing these days!
Fact is, it doesn't matter what type of watch you have, just as long as you can remember it and imbed it's image into your subconsciousEvery time you're lucid, every 5 minutes throughout your dream, every false awakening, every time you physically wake up in the morning and as many times in the day.
Check your wrist watch and say the magic words: 'Am I Dreaming'?? 
Really spend at least 20 seconds contemplating looking at the numbers. 'Where am I'?, 'Is it a dream'? By doing this in the lucid dream every 5 minutes, you're keeping yourself grounded and on the ball. This will allow your dream to reach its maximum time allowance. It's also a great safety guard incase you get tranced back into the dream and forget that you were ever lucid in the first place. Believe me this happens a lot! So look at your watch, then look away. Repeat this until you are certain that the numbers are normal and not misshapen. Within a dream, numbers and letters are really difficult to recognise, so this is a great     opportunity for a reality check!


Dream Extender
This is definitely one of my personal favourite tricks to perform. Done correctly you can have multiple lucid dreams all night! 

Unfortunately all dreams have to come to an end sooner or later, even if we really want to stay there and do all we can to stabilise it! 
The way to achieve the 'Dream Extender' is by noticing your surroundings just before you snap back and keeping your focus right to the end. Towards the conclusion of every lucid dream you'll notice things will start to eventually decay around you and almost black out. This is a warning sign that its coming to an end. You usually have 10 to 15 seconds before it ends. 
When this occurs become aware that it's happening first and then say to yourself repeatedly that you are lucid. Keep saying this to yourself over and over again and don't move, again being very relaxed and not over excited. 
By doing this you are not breaking your awareness and will be transported into a whole new lucid dream all over again! YAY!                                                                            


Showing Appreciation


For many of us who lucid travel the experience can become more of a deepening awakening if consistently performed. 
We as humans generally wish to find out the truth about why we are here? 
"Who am I? Where I'm going? Are we alone in the universe?"

Through my dream studies I have taken a personal quest in finding out the answers to these particular questions among many others, and as a result, lucid dreaming has given me a fast track ticket into my spiritual evolution

After a year or so being with countless 'Dream Women' that I managed to manifest for sexual pleasures, not to mention lots of flying and walking through walls, I decided to go deeper into the experience and show appreciation and gratitude where ever I went.
I remember it as if it were yesterday,  when it all turned around for me. 
I became lucid, then grounding myself like normal (using techniques from above.) Then I said "thank you" out loud and clasped my hands together and meditated whilst stood up. I stood there with no hesitation and no fear. I felt the wind pick up around me and felt it softly against my face. I was then suddenly transported to a completely new peaceful surrounding which what appeared to be a beautiful Zen garden with a fountain. I set there meditating with my dream legs folded on a near bench and looked through my dream eyelids. I then got a real sense of 'multi sensory adaptation'. Not only was I peacefully aware of me sleeping in my bed all cosy and warm, I was now meditating in this whole new body simultaneously within this 'dream zen garden'.  The experience left me completely baffled (in a good way) because for the first time I realised that the human mind, body and spirit is so much more than how some westerners perceive it. To know we can access these gifts anytime and be rewarded for the gratitude we show can leave our hearts feeling utterly fulfilled.

So there you have it, I strongly recommend you try it and see what resonates with you! Please leave comments below with any of the techniques and do tell me your experiences. 
Feedback is always welcome! 

I can safely say that when I showed my gratitude for the first time within my lucidity, 
a whole new world was born!


Peace & Blessings, Nick

9 Comments:

At November 19, 2011 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Justin said...

Hi Nick.
Just chanced upon your blog and have to say it's excellent! I've been LD'ing and OBE'ing for close to 20 years now (man, that makes me feel old when I'm only 40!) and it's great to see other souls who are passionate about the same interest. :)
I started my own blog over a year ago if you're curious to have a read about some odd/strange adventures. It's just mainly a sort of diary for the more interesting recent experiences. It's at http://www.lucidsandobes.com
I, too, love the use of Galantamine and Thomas Yuschak's wonderful, very inspiring book.

Have you thought of having your own blog diary to record your experiences?

Once again, what an awesome blog you've made and happy Dreaming/Awakening! ;)

Justin.

 
At November 21, 2011 at 3:10 PM , Blogger Nick Barrett said...

Hey Justin! You're my first real comment coming from this all new blog of mine.. and many thanks for all your kindness and effort in doing so! I too feel it's great when lucid dream practitioners can share there knowledge so that we can all expand and grow. I checked out your blog and it's great.. I like how experiences can be shared like that within that format. I have been thinking about this for some time.. I will be uploading new experiences both lucid and OBE very soon. Great to see also another Thomas Yuschak fan too!!
Thanks again for joining my blog and i'll do my upmost to keep it fresh and knowledgable ;-)))

Peace and many blessings to you,
Nick.

 
At December 25, 2011 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Lx said...

Hi Nick, your blog is awesome!

I've had one lucid dream and two lucid nightmares at the moment, and random dreams that vaguely predicted the future.. but these lucid nightmares were horrible!

The first one was where I went to sleep, and in my dream everything was exactly the same as reality - even down the the fact I didn't make my bed properly.. It was like I didn't even go to sleep in the first place if that makes any sense! Then in that dream, I went to sleep and dreamt about floating in deep space. It was in my point of view so all I could see was black and stars.. Kinda like I was in limbo.
Then I woke up to my teeth really hurting.. I was too tired and didn't do much about it and continued to go back to sleep - entering space again. I kept waking up a couple of times until my gums and teeth were in such horrible pain that my eyes were almost watering.
Suddenly one of my teeth broke off and onto my tongue.. then another one... then another one. If you can imagine a big glass tank of water starting to crack.. then slowly it shatters!! My teeth all broke out into my mouth and I spat everything out along with a load of blood onto my pillow. I was so freaked out and I couldn't move, and I realised it was a horrible dream that I can't wake up from. I eventually woke up and ran into the bathroom to check if my teeth were there and everything was fine! O_O

The 2nd time was almost the same apart from there was a torturing loud noise that "woke me up" on the other side of the room and I couldn't physically move because my knees were in so much pain. It was like someone put needles underneath my knee caps! Then I realised after a while that I was dreaming and finally was able to get out of that one...

They are so weiird, I just don't get what they are about!

 
At December 26, 2011 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Nick Barrett said...

Hi Lia!
Great to hear from you. It sounds to me you had quite a few 'False Awakenings' that night. They can be brought on when you reach that in between state of sleep- and your logical mind (left side brain) is trying to make sense of it.. so it creates false awakenings within a type of bedroom perhaps, or the same bedroom. There is a great way to check when you get this reoccurring as it's a menace sometimes not really knowing where you are. To do this, everyday upon awakening and just before sleep- Show your hands in front of your face (palms facing you). Study your hands for a couple of minutes and say to yourself- 'AM I DREAMING' - 'IS THIS ALL A DREAM'??
This will become so frequent that when awakening in any state- you will check your reality and realise your in a dream or not. Try it, its an extremely powerful tool. It's saved my back many times! Make sure you get into a habit everyday for maximum effectiveness.
Through hearing loud sounds, this can be your energy body, the body that leaves your physical body when it departs to other realities.

You had 'Dream Signs' Which you may or may not be aware of...
How they relate to you personally can only be interpreted by you alone however-to find the true meaning... Read on for the dream meanings in the separate post.

(Continued...)

 
At December 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Nick Barrett said...

Dream meanings for Lia (continued) :

[Space]

To see or dream that you are in space represents exploration and independent thinking. You are broadening your horizons and view. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor that you are "spacing out". You need to return your concentration back on your future and goals. Or the dream may be a pun on your need for more "space" in a relationship or situation.

[Black]
Black symbolizes the unknown, the unconscious, danger, mystery, darkness, death, mourning, rejection, hate or malice.The color invites you to delve deeper in your unconscious in order to gain a better understanding of yourself. It also signifies a lack of love and lack of support.More positively, black represents potential and possibilities. It is like a clean or blank slate.

[Stars]
To see stars in your dream symbolize excellence, success, aspirations or high ideals. You are putting some decision in the hands of fate and luck. Perhaps you are being too "starry eyed" or idealistic. Or the stars may represent a rating system. You are you trying to evaluate a situation or establishment. Alternatively, the stars signify your desire for fame and fortune.

[Teeth]
One theory is that dreams about your teeth reflect your anxieties about your appearance and how others perceive you. Your teeth help to convey an image of attractiveness and play an important role in the game of flirtation, whether it is flashing those pearly white, kissing or necking. Thus, such dreams may stem from a fear of rejection, sexual impotence or the consequences of getting old. To support this notion, a dream research found that women in menopause report to have frequent dreams about teeth. This points to teeth dreams as being related to getting older and/or feeling unattractive and less feminine. Teeth are an important feature to your attractiveness and how you are presented to others. Caring about how you look is natural and healthy.
Another rationalization for these falling teeth dreams may be rooted in your fear of being embarrassed or making a fool of yourself in some situation. These dreams are an over-exaggeration of your worries and anxieties. Perhaps you feel that you are unprepared for the task at hand. However, you will find that your worries are unfounded in most cases. Sometimes what plays out in your mind is far worse than what is reality.

[Knee]
To dream of your knees symbolize a level of support you may be receiving. You are feeling very emotional. Feelings of inadequacy or weakness and issues of power/control also come into play. Perhaps, you are taking on more than you can handle.
I hope this brings more perspective about your dream Lia, Another note is towards the end you mentioned you could pull yourself out of the type of nightmare on demand. This is the first stage of lucidity if you can pull yourself out of a dream.
Keep posting!!!

Peace and Blessings x
Nick

 
At December 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM , Blogger daniel b said...

so i woke up naturally in early hours of the morning 2 nights ago and drifting back in with visualisations, mantras and pranayama entered my first lucid dream in a while, even called for my spirit guide (who appeared, though looking over the notes i wrote in sadhana, realise i didn't ask whether it truly was that or a projection). that 'natural lucidity' time of morning really works. Thanks for the teachings, keep up the good work!

namaste :)
..

 
At December 31, 2011 at 6:22 AM , Blogger Nick Barrett said...

Hey Daniel! Thanks for sharing your experience. It seems you may of had hypnogogic imagery on the cusp of the 'in between state' perhaps? That's great that you reached lucidity. You say you called for your guide, that's exactly a great way to contact them. You can ask them 3 times the same question, and then on the third you will hear wether or not they are authentic. The truth is, I never had to ask this to my guide because after such a long time in finding him.. I just had this inner knowing that he was the genuine article. From then on there were many experiences with him from shouting his name, and has never left my side since then. So my advice would be to try and call upon the 'same spirit', and see if he/she shows up again and see what quality teachings you receive also from this particular spirit...

Namaste x

 
At January 3, 2012 at 5:29 PM , Blogger daniel b said...

thanks Nick! Namaste x

 
At January 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM , Blogger daniel b said...

its interesting - when you said about love being the highest frequency emotion and fear the lowest frequency. shifts to the blue end of the EM spectrum (indigo children, colour of the 'heavens') are of higher frequency and shorter wavelength. and shifts to the red end (hell/fire association) of the visible spectrum are the opposite - longer wavelength and shorter frequency. you might have made this connection before but it had me thinking today. Also, the wavelengths of light at which plants photosynthesise best are red and blue, green being reflected completely. plants provide the start of all terrestrial food chains. another interesting connection is that the earth reflects longer wavelength, shorter frequency radiation than it receives from the sun, and ultimately all heat lost through energy transfer leaves Earth in this way (though in infra red it is beyond our visual perception). modern concern now over this radiation not reflecting off the earth's surface back into space but being trapped close to Earth in the atmosphere. it all fits together! :)

 

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