I have a little theory of my own about how to achieve lucidity. I wondered what other people think about it, especially the people that already achieve lucidity often, to see if it works like that for them.
I will have to give a little bit of my history.
A long time ago I was a member of this website, for a very small period of time. A couple of days… something like that. I tried to dream lucid and had a half lucid dream (knowing I was dreaming, but doing nothing with it). I lost focus on my tries to become lucid, left the website and did other things. I am an ADD like person and lose focus easily (no excuse )
Then, a lot of time passed in which I never thought about lucid dreaming. I did always love remembering dreams though. I already do that for 6 years or so. But never tried to be lucid. But last week I found a youtube series of video`s about lucid dreaming and the WTBT technique. I decided it would be fun to try. I more or less forgot about it when I almost went to bed. I did not give it that much thought, only that it would be fun.
Before going to bed, I took a long shower, which I almost never do (that long) but I felt stressed and wanted to feel more restfull. It worked like a charm, I pretty much got into such a relaxed state that I almost meditated. Then I thought one more time about lucid dreaming, and an idea came up about what I wanted to do in such a dream. What I came up with was attached to a longing, I ‘really’ wanted that. But, a longing with a smile, without stress or without the internal ‘pushing myself’ to achieve it.
I went to bed, extremely relaxed and went to sleep. Somewhere in the night I woke up and remembered the WTBT technique. I took it half serious, I did not go out of bed and kept myself awake for an hour. No, I just wrote down a dream (of some nights ago) and thought about what I would like to do in the lucid dream I would have. I was, oddly enough, pretty much completely sure it would be easy. I thought it would be easy to achieve, in that current state of mind I thought to myself that for a person like me its almost natural to do.
I fell asleep, and had my lucid dream . I flew and tried several different things. Maybe I will put the dream in my dreamjoural here. But its long, so I am not sure if anyone will read it.
But anyway. I woke up only realizing half what had happened. But the more I woke up, the more clear it became. I actually had a good lucid dream on the first night I tried! I felt elated, very very happy. I suspect… but am not sure, that lucid dreaming causes that? (I mean, not only because you succeed in something but because it causes a feeling of happyness on its own?)
After this, I wanted more lucid dreams but this past week, I did not succeed anymore. I used techniques, and worked on it hard. This morning though,… I wondered. My fist lucid dream happened simply because I was extremely relaxed when I went to bed, and because I had an idea in mind for the lucid dream, that made me happy. That was all… I was not focussed on it, did not work hard on it, did not even follow the technique very well…
So, my thought is that lucid dreams might happen easily when the state of mind is truly relaxed. Simply ‘aware’ and… happy.
And that combined with having simply faith that doing it is natural and easy.
No focus on big techniques and big effort, no strain.
Can people that have lots of lucid dreams agree with that? Do you think it is about right, or does it work differently for you?