After years of no practice I was inspired by a spontaneous Out Of Body Experience, and recently started my lucid dreaming practice again. I committed to 100 lucid dreams. During the pause I had the occasional OBE (Out Of Body Experience) or LD (Lucid Dream), but very rarely, and they weren’t spectacular as I wasn’t prepared to “exploit” them. Without any practice in 3 years I only had 4 OBEs and 4 lucid dreams. If you had any past experience/practice in lucid dreaming, you will get some even if you don’t actively induce them.
Interestingly, I picked up right where I left off, in the LD scene all the skills I have developed in the past were still there. I think that’s fascinating, if I were to play football after a multi year break I would suck, but that is not so with lucid dreaming. So any practice you put in, the skills you gain, will stay with you for the rest of your life, maybe even longer. In order to induce them, I started with daily reality checking as my base practice, nose pinch test, whenever I saw a cat, I pinched my nose to see if I could breathe. If I can, it means I’m in a dream. Even if you block your airways in the dream you can still breathe. Interesting note: After doing these reality checks for a while, I recently have been asked to look after a cat while the owner is on a holiday. I wonder if this is like Neville Goddard’s ladder experiment, where you visualize a ladder while falling asleep and then it appears in real life. Also the cat looks just like in the picture I used in one of my previous articles.
Here the author describes a way in which we can ask our Guardian Angel to compress time when we have a lot of work to do, and very little time, or running late to a meeting. So after watching it I thought, projection time is always in short supply, let’s see if it can be applied to lucid dreaming. So I asked during the next LD to please extend time as much as possible. It seems this works, as I just had the longest lucid dream I ever had in my life, multiple times longer than any other before.
Then I met a mage, and he started to give me instructions. I practiced as he instructed. Then we moved on to practice flying. Flying is one of those skills that for some reason is really difficult for me to learn. I can glide through the air but always fall back to the ground. This skill improves really slowly for me. So he summoned a crow, and told me the crow is going to teach me to fly. I thought, whaaat? What do you expect from a crow? The crow projected an idea into my head. It was like, so you can levitate objects, why not treat your own body as an object and levitate it. That would be like flying. I tried it, it was a bit weird at first, I had to concentrate but it worked, I was flying!!!
Then the mage said he has some business to attend to, so he needs to wake up. He started banging his head into a table.
What are you doing?, I asked.
It’s my method of waking up.
Why multiple times?
He said he was many levels deep into the dream realm, so he needs to wake up multiple times in order to return to his base reality. I tried to wake up, too but I got false awakenings. Maybe I should have followed the mages example and awakened multiple times, but I only awakened twice, each time retesting myself, but the third time I lost the plot and I assumed that I’m awake, even though I wasn’t. I gradually drifted into sleep and lost my conscious awareness. Even during the dream I marvelled at how long it is, I didn’t even have to do dream maintenance (periodically glancing at my hands), and it was going on with focus and clarity. It was so long it is hard to remember it all, every few minutes the new dream events overwrite my previous memories, even though I was intent on remembering it all.
When I woke up I was shocked how long it was.
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