Lazy Man’s Guide to Lucid Dreaming and Astral Projection
There are lots of instruction manuals out there on how to have lucid dreams and how to go out of the body.
I have no doubt that if people would follow them, eventually they would be successful in having these experiences. My issue with most methods is that I’m a lazy person with little energy and motivation. If something is even a bit hard, I most likely will fail with it. Nonetheless I was very fascinated with these experiences and over the years have found a few techniques that have worked for me with minimal effort and time investment. I’m pretty sure these would work for most people.
Meditating everyday for even half an hour, or doing techniques that will cause you to sacrifice sleep, was out of question for me.
So here is what has worked for me
The first thing you need to do is some reality checking. You will need to do at least 2 reality checks per day. It doesn’t really matter when you do them, whenever you have a bit of time, but ideally they should be at separate times. You can program your phone to remind you. Doing a reality check is much like a short meditation.
So here it goes:
First you ask yourself, am I dreaming? Then you check it by pinching your nose, and trying to breath. If you can’t breath it means you are in waking reality. If you can breath that means you are in a dream, yay. Pinching your dream nose will not obstruct your breathing. Don’t assume that you know if you are dreaming until you have tested it, it’s easy to come to a wrong conclusion when you dream.
If it’s not a dream, you say to yourself, “ok, it’s not a dream but if it was, I would do this and this”… Decide on a lucid dream experiment, and shortly imagine doing it. If it is a dream, then do what you decided on.
That is all. It’s easy but you will need to practice it at least 5 days of the week and at least 2 times per day. It may take some time but it will work! These 2 attempts will take about 6 minutes per day.
If you are like me then on some days even that will be too hard, so on those days there is a simpler exercise:
Just ask yourself, am I dreaming? Then think about it for a few seconds and then look at your hands and shortly examine them. That’s all! You don’t need to find irregularities or do anything else. If you do this regularly, when you can’t do the full reality test, your subconscious will push your hands into your view during a dream to remind you that you are dreaming. It will trigger a recognition in your dream that you may be dreaming. When this happen you do the nose pinch test, and you are ready to go. It takes about 15 seconds, it sounds like it won’t work, but it will. It’s better to do this, than to do nothing. You can combine these or do 1 of each one. The important thing is that you do at least one of these each day. Even the most lazy person can do that right? Maybe not lol.
How to make the dream more realistic and vivid?:
Sometimes even though you realize you are in a lucid dream, it’s just too hazy, and not vivid at all and starts to fall apart. One thing you can do is to quickly look at your hands and rub them together. Rubbing them together will make your dream come into focus. It will also prolong it when it starts falling apart. Another technique that can bring your dream into focus is breathing. If the dream is not realistic enough, you breath in deeply, usually it helps.
The next technique you need to do is a kind of dream journaling. The way it was introduced to me is that each morning you have to write down your dreams in great detail. Supposedly I needed to do this, in order to develop a better dream memory. However, for multiple reasons that was too difficult and time consuming for me. So I came up with a shortened version that worked well. First of all you do need to have a journal with a pen at your bedside. You should be able to reach it while still being in bed. By putting it there you are already conditioning your subconscious to remember dreams better. It is powerful.
The next thing you need to do is when you wake up is to try not to move for 30 seconds after waking up and during this time try to remember what you dreamed. You want to avoid moving immediately after waking up, because the movement will cause you to loose dream memories.
Then reach for the notebook and write down 2 things first if you succeeded in not moving your body immediately after waking up. If you fail, write down how much time has passed after your first movement, until you realized that you shouldn’t have moved. Second, if you remember any dreams shortly go over it in your mind and write down a few keywords from the dream. 2-5 keywords should be enough. If you don’t remember any dreams, write down this sentence: “I’m open to the possibility that I may remember my dreams during the day”. Also, put a date on the entry.
That is all! This will take about 5 minutes of your time. If you tend to remember your dream later in the day, despite not remembering it in the morning, then shortly go over the dream in your mind once, and then say out loud a few keywords from the dream. This way you don’t have to spend time writing it down but it will still develop dream memory sufficiently. If you remember the dream during the day doing this will take an additional 2-3 minutes.
It sounds simple but it may be hard to do on certain days. If you don’t have the willpower to do this on a particular morning, then just write down the sentence without doing any of the rest.
These things will greatly improve your dream memory
Another thing you can do is to pay attention to synchronicities. Just notice them, and when you have a bit time, write down a keyword. One word is sufficient to catalog a synchronicity. A few keywords I used: Balloon, Henry, Astral Signs, etc. You will instantly remember the synchronicity when you see the word upon later review. If you are having many of them per day, just write down the best one. This practice will help with out of body experiences, will increase intuition, and takes 1-2 minutes per day.
Another method; before you go to sleep, ask your spirit guides to help you remember your dreams and assist you in being more aware/conscious while dreaming.
It takes 30 seconds, and if you do it regularly it will work. They will be happy to help. Addressing them directly is a powerful thing to do.
Your first aim with these methods is to have lucid dreams. With these methods you won’t be able to control when they happen, but they will happen. You will start having them just from doing the above techniques. The more you have, the better you get. Try some dream experiments. You will accidentally discover the hacks that work for you. Optimize them for yourself. Repeat what works, discard what’s not.
Even having just a few lucid dreams each month will take you far, over a longer period of time. You may have a 100 lucid dreams per year, that’s a lot of opportunity to practice your skills.
The next technique is really powerful. It is called the violet flame. I first heard about the violet flame of transmutation, in a book by Shakuntala Modi: Memories of God and Creation.
I got a very strong intuitive nudge to try it. I usually just read something and then do nothing with it but in this case the nudge was so strong that I actually tried this. I did 5-10 minutes of violet flame each evening. After doing this technique for about a month, unbelievable things started to happen. I started experiencing psychic phenomena. I never experienced anything like that before. The first thing I noticed is that my dreams were getting very vivid and luminous. Also, after the practice I occasionally started to see a violet aura around my hands. Once I saw a flash of blinding light for a second and then my clairvoyance opened up for a short while. I saw golden lights pouring down upon me. I saw a shadowy spirit entering my room from the window that was scary. I started to have glimpses into what I do, or some other part of me doing, during the nights while I sleep. On an occasion when I came into awareness while sleeping, I was flying over a forest, however, this forest was not an earth forest, the colors and shapes were different. I was traveling in some sort of vehicle. The vehicle had no defined contour lines it was just swirling and oscillating piles of energy about 2-3 feet from me. It was oscillating in different directions. It was as real as waking reality. Later I asked Vickie about it, and learned this vehicle is the Merkaba.
Here is a drawing of the vehicle (left)
After I have been told about the Merkaba, I made a google search and found this image (left)
Can you see the resemblance? I would have never known that I have a Merkaba if it weren’t for the violet flame practice. Also, my higher self started revealing things to me. For a short time I had a direct line to it.
I also had my first astral experience during this period. All of that from just practicing the violet flame for 5-10 minutes per day. I could fill a short book with what I have experienced and what I have learned about the violet flame. I have talked to people who can see it. What I can say is; that this thing is real, I don’t believe in all the mythology surrounding it, but when you use this something real happens beyond your imagination.
To make a long story short, here is how you perform this method
Ideally you should do this about the same time and location each day.
First, you call upon your Higher Self, or God, and ask for protection and assistance in this healing. Then you stand up and visualize a violet flame surrounding you, enveloping you, and simultaneously repeat a mantra.
Below are a few videos with a bit explanation
There are dozens of ways to perform this, this is just one way, you can do a bit of research on this. The violet flame is intelligent it knows what to do, but if you wish you can direct it to a specific purpose.
You also can come up with your own mantras; your intention is to connect to the violet flame, and whatever mantra you come up with will accomplish this. You do this for 5-10 minutes, then thank everyone involved and stop. The violet flame over time will raise your vibration to a high level, and will clear out blocks and debris from your energy field. So, that takes an additional 5-10 minutes per day. I know this technique doesn’t suit everyone, for various reasons, but if you can do it it will be a powerful addition to your practice. I myself stopped doing the violet flame because I found being psychic is interfering with my daily functioning if you are not used to it. It is something you need to adjust to, but life placed many demands on me, and I cannot afford to be less effective. You may be in a different situation than me. If you try it, it will work. If you stop, the psychic stuff will go away.
You can replace the Violet flame with any other method you feel drawn to; whatever you feel most attracted to will be the best for you. What’s important though is that you need to do your thing at least 5 times each week. And if you are lazy like me, it should be something short and simple so you won’t give up in the long run.
The next step is to turn a lucid dream into an astral projection. For me these are distinct experiences. Different people have different perspectives, definitions and names on these things.
Once you have practiced the violet flame for a while, and raised your vibe rate sufficiently, you can aim for an astral projection. There is a simple technique you can try. By this time you are already having lucid dreams. When you are having the next lucid dream try this; walk through a door with the intention of going into an astral realm. Say it. That is all. Once you had enough lucid dreams, you can bypass all the meditations, relaxations, vibrations, the common laborious induction methods. You just go through a doorway with the intention of entering another realm from a lucid dream. It has worked for me, from a normal dream I entered a very beautiful luminous place with small houses. I saw a rejuvenating fountain that could completely refresh and rejuvenate your energy and a spa with beautiful looking people. It was unlike any dream before it, very vivid and realistic, with sensations not experienced in earthly life, the entire place was luminous, with a sense of joy… And it was easy. I didn’t have to do any additional techniques, I simply capitalized on the occasionally occurring lucid dream.
Try it a few times, and see what happens!
Here is the last technique, and I think this is also very powerful. Let’s call it accountability. I made an excel spreadsheet, with dates, exercise names, and checkboxes. You can choose the exercises you feel you can do each day, and at the end of each day you check out the checkboxes to see if you have done them. With the appropriate link and password, your accountability partner can also access your spreadsheet and check it from his computer.
When you stop doing the exercises, your partner will see that you have stopped checking the checkboxes and can intervene by asking in email, or phone, what’s the deal, why you have stopped doing it? Is it too hard to do the 15-20 minutes per day bro?, and can call you out! Maybe he can provide some useful perspectives and suggestions. That way, when you stop doing it, at least you have to face someone and tell him/her if you have a good reason to stop. It’s too easy to quit when no one sees you. By applying this method, your chances will skyrocket.
By the way, you can apply this to any spiritual practice, not just out of body experiences. It will take very little time and energy from your partner to help you with this. I’m willing to assist up to 3 people with accountability, as it would be an interesting experiment, and cost me minimal time and effort.
If you have tried and failed with lucid dreaming or OBE practice, you can ask questions in the comment section, very likely there is a way to solve the particular issues you have faced.
Only by trying can you develop. Even if what you do is minimal, a few minutes per day, over time it will add up, and will help you get remarkable experiences. Right now you have a choice. You can commit to a practice you want, whatever you believe in, with a minimal time investment, and start doing it. Or you can postpone it for a later time.
If you postpone it, let me ask you this; at a future time what would be different from now that will cause you to do start doing your practice then If you just do your practice for 10 days, the initial stress and unfamiliarity will pass, and from than on it will be easy to perform it daily. You don’t have much to loose, other than enduring the initial discomfort of doing a new thing, and the 10-15 minutes of time investment per day.
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