CALD: Character Assisted Lucid Dreaming
Do not blur the differentiation between physical, and non-realities-- Characters are not physical, and never can be.
While it is fine to let characters become highly developed to a point of realism, their existance should never come to a point where it will disrupt yours.[/size]
CALD is a lucid dreaming technique that uses characters who have been consciously created or dream characters who have been harvested from dreams who have been developed to a realistic point (i.e. no long “empty” or “puppet-like”)
The first step is Character Creation.
There are two ways to do this:
Create consciously through effort
Inspire yourself from the things around you, and create characters from enjoyed concepts or feelings. (I.e. music, sensations felt, people around you, refer to the character creation tutorial for further help.) Or, use previously created characters, or otherwise another system that you are accustomed to.
Harvested (either recurring or not) dream characters from dreams
If a dream characters pops up that you particularly like, you can use them as well.
The next step is Basic Development. You should have genuine interaction between the User, and the character in waking times, and with other characters through other people. (I.e. There is a character chat room in LD4ALL, and role play chat rooms are readily available through other sites, like DEVart.)
Next you are going to apply this to the persuit of lucid dreams. Though it has varied so far, the basic re-occurring way to go about this, is have the character (who at this point, shouldn’t feel as though you are a puppeteer, and they are your puppet) help with other lucid induction techniques (i.e. reality checks, internal alarm, reminders to practice certain techniques after waking.).
Or, think of, and interact with the character before bed. Hopefully-- this will lead to you having a dream that is lucid. It would have been the last thing thought about before bed, and talking about the subject is much easier than reminding yourself constantly.
Note: CALD is a fairly open-ended technique, everyone is free to their own interpretation of how to go about it.
If you have any questions left, feel free to post them here.