So you want to learn to lucid dream!? here's your coursework. A. Field Work b. Course of Study 3. Ess Aliean? ***************** A. FIELD WORK ***************** Lucid / Field Work / Thinking About It The first step of lucid dreaming is knowing what IT is. IT is when you are conscious during sleep. IT is when you awaken within a dream. Knowing it is possible, and thinking about it, is the first step. Now you are thinking about IT. Congratulations . . . Lucid / Field Work / Checking Checking is your in the zone, hand to the nose bone skill that will upgrade your awareness and have signifcance on your in-dream progress. Raise your hand dominant hand to your nose. Plug it, and try to breath through it. You can't, because you are awake. Wait. Are you awake? Yes. You are. But you only know that because when you squeeze your nose hard enough, you cannot breath through it. If you just tried to breath through your plugged nose, and felt a sweet breath of fresh oxygen flowing into your lungs, then you are dreaming and text wî¬Ò sT33t tew lo0k zlchik ≈ç∂ß. Yeah, and you actually have to do it, throughout the day to upgrade your awareness level. And then one day, boom, the behavior enters into your pattern memory and you're doing it in-dream. Lucid / Field Work / Prepping So doing a check and having a lucid adventure don't start here. They start "there" and there is where you're going to be as soon as you look away from this document. Staring out into the endless aether that is our personal habitual lifestyle, change must be conceptualized. Set out for today and a few days to come that you will at the very least, try to keep up with Field Work 1, Thinking about IT. If you achieve FW1, and care to act on it, then do FW2. There are several ways to draw a bath. The first is the day dream, or mid day nap, aka siesta. Many people frequently have lucid dreaming experiences during siesta. For this, it's good to sleep just enough not to hit the first deep sleep phase. Just a dash of REM sleep in the middle of your day. The second is the morning hour nap. Get an incomplete night's rest, fully rise on the early side with time to spare, do something physical out of bed, then go back to sleep for 45m to 1.25hrs while focusing heavily on the idea that you will lucid dream as falling asleep. The third way is also achieved unintentionally by many, and has the greatest potential to be unpleasant. It occurs when you are falling asleep at your normal time, but when sleep onset happens too quickly for waking consciousness to fade fully. More about this later. It is important to BE PREPARED. If you are not, then your experiment may go awry, or even worse, it may never happen. Lucid / Field Work / Getting Lucid Let's say one day you are walking along, you think to yourself, am I dreaming? Then you plug your nose, and try to breath through the grip. Oh damn, you can! Now that you are dreaming. Don't get too excited! It's going to be an awesome thing when you realize you are dreaming, but don't let it get to you. Take a few deep breaths, remain calm. Make some intentional gestures with your hands. Walking around might not be quite as easy as you thought it would be. Text is g0ñNe l... l.%g Dgish. But you might as well still try to read it. All that technology just ain't gonna work no more. You wake up. You were lucid dreaming, and right when it was getting good, you got a little worked up and woke up. You so sure about that? Do a dream check. Always do a dream check when you wake up. You realize that you are still dreaming. And here you are in a brand new bed. You wake up. This time, for real. Or, is it for real, wait. Why is the light on? You are still dreaming. This can happen over and over again in a single dream. Now back to what you were doing. You wake up. You plug your nose. No air. Damn. Yep, this is reality alright. There's a certain density to the stuff around you, the smell of the air, a cold fuzziness to the sheets. You hear someone yelling in the street. Yep, this is reality. Lucid / Field Work / Recording Wow, what a cool dream you just had. There should be a pen and pad on hand for your use. For a few moments before you move a muscle, outline the memories you want transcribe. Try not to move your body too much when you reach for the pad or phone or whatever. Write in the present tense. Get as much down as quickly as you can. Example: " Long signif ld, losing too much already. Back at the apt the orher peeps dont like me sleeping in the lobby cause its too meta, nose trick. Frank can fly with me my flight is effortless. " Another helpful recording practice is to keep a daily journal which includes a record of sleep patterns, food and drug intake, events, and dreams. You can make reference links between the "raw content" that you get when you first wake up and the journal entry looking back on it. ****************** b. COURSE of STUDY ****************** Lucid / Course / Intro So you are serious about this. Cool. Well you came to the wrong place. But let me point you in a few directions while you are here that may guide your course of study. Lucid / Course / Movie The movie for this course is Waking Life by Richard Linklater. Lucid / Course / Library [Scientific Lucid Dreaming] [Pop Lucid Dreaming] Lucid Dreaming - Malcolm Gladwell Lucid Dreaming - Waggoner [Magical Literature] The Magicians Companion - Whitcomb Here's link to a complete syllbus download from the 2010 university course. Lucid / Course / Continuations There are many cool online communities for Lucid Dreaming. Dreamviews. We also have a google group for people who find this link. **************** 3. Ess Alaein **************** Well that's it. Now shut your nose and open your mind. Just kidding! More in depth advice coming soon.