After posting about the subconscious in Darxide’s ‘Willing yourself to do it’ thread, I have been asked about a bunch of things having to do with the subconscious. So, I decided to just write a thread about it.
Whether you like it or not, your subconscious plays a very important role in your lucid dreaming life. In fact, the subconscious is the thing that decides whether or not you will even have one! Think of it as a super computer, with only one operator. Whatever the operator tells the subconscious to do, the subconscious will register that command, and will execute it at the time the operator tells it to. This is the process that constantly happens in your head. And guess what…the operator I am talking about, is you.
So, I bet now you are thinking about why you can’t LD at will because all you would technically have to do is say “I want to have a lucid dream!”. Well, there are two very important reasons why that most of the time does not work. I’ll start with the first reason.
Doubt. Doubt is your enemy. Even though you say “I want to have a lucid dream”, part of you (admit it now!) doesn’t believe it. You probably go, yeah yeah sure sure, this is a bunch of crap…but you still say it nonetheless because of curiosity. Now, if you don’t think that, then good! Otherwise, you’ve set some sort of mind block. And even though you give orders to your subconscious, part of you is still going to be iffy and will extend your orders saying “Yeah…I’m not so sure about this…this probably isn’t possible”, which most of the time, cancels your command all together. So how do you get rid of this doubt? It’s simple, and is also what reason two of this conflict of ours is.
Your subconscious is like a computer, as suggested earlier in here. With all computers, comes a language that the computer must understand. And you must learn that language by getting to better know your subconscious. You can’t just say what you want, because all that will do is corrupt commands being sent. So…how do you properly send a command so that you can be able to do ANYTHING that you want? Simple, you must have clear, intention filled statements. They have to be specific, not vague. They have to be backed up by your feelings, they can’t just mean nothing to you. You can achieve this confident state by just relaxing and trying to clear your mind. Once cleared, you are ready to state what you are looking for.
As just said, commands have to be specific. They also have to be what you want, not what you hate. For instance, do NOT say “I don’t want to have a normal dream”. Your subconscious will see that as “Have a normal dream.” Instead, you need to say in some form that you want to have a lucid dream. Think of it as a restaurant menu. You don’t want to choose the bad things on there, just the good yummy things!
Now that you know what exactly you want to happen, you need to say it in a specific command. This is the tricky part, because a lot of things can be used against you. As said many times, you MUST be specific. To show exactly what you do and don’t want, I am going to make a list:
The Bad Statements
- I want to have a lucid dream tonight
- I will be lucid at (insert time here)
- In (insert amount of time here) I will have a lucid dream
- I will have become lucid every time I dream
The Good Statements
- In (insert amount of time here), I will realize I’m dreaming
- At (insert AM time here) tomorrow, I will realize I’m dreaming
Ok…lot’s of things to point out here. First of all, NEVER use the word “want”. Always use “will” or some other confident word. You want your statements to be concrete! Not iffy. To show a lot more, I will be refering to the “Bad Statements”.
On 1, that is bad because of two things. First, it is using the word “want” instead of “will”; secondly, it uses the word tonight. Tonight is a very vague word. Your mind doesn’t know exactly when to do it, so it gets confused. ALSO, most people do not dream in the night time. They dream in the morning (the AMs)…which pretty much makes that statement completely void.
On 2, that is bad because let’s say you put 4:00 AM to replace the (insert time here) area. Even though it is a time, your mind still doesn’t know which 4:00 AM you are talking about! For all it knows, it could say you are talking about the 4:00 AM that will occur in 498 days from now! Remember, you have to be specific!
On 3, this is bad because of the words “lucid dream”. What if in that amount of time, that you specified, you are having a normal dream? In that case, that will void this statement because you are already in the process of having a dream. Instead, you should say “become lucid” or “realize I am dreaming”. Those are specific and taken without question by your subconscious.
On 4, this is bad because you are trying to accomplish a HUGE task, that your subconscious might not be ready for. By saying this, it puts a lot of pressure on yourself. Because if it doesn’t work out, then you will become less motivated and more frustrated. It’s kind of like having an unrealistic goal in life, all it does is make you feel worse. So please, do not attempt big statements like this. That way, if one time your statement doesn’t work, you can just say “Well…it must’ve been the way I said it”, and you can go on and try it again the next night with confidence!
Now that you know some of the things not to say, make sure you have seen the things that are good to say (shown above in the list). In my personal opinion, I think the first one on the good list is the best (if you set the right time). I personally use somewhere around 5-7 hours in that statement, because most likely I will be dreaming at that time (if I send this message to my subconscious right before bed). So that way, my subconscious knows that it must make me aware of my dream state at a specific time. I like to think of it as when I say the statement, a timer starts in my brain…and when that timer gets to my selected time, it buzzes and that’s when my lucid dreaming command is executed.
So…now you know your statement and you know how to start… BUT…how do you end?
When you say your statement over and over, keep saying it until you feel confident that it will work. DON’T try to fall asleep while saying this statement…as that will just make you start slurring your command and start confusing your subconscious. So after you say it a few times, and you feel somewhat confident, just stop saying it. Afterwards, don’t think about the statement. Just start thinking about what you enjoy…like about girls/guys or video games or movies or anything. Whatever it is that you usually think about when going to sleep, think about it. Then just fall asleep like it was a regular night.
Well, that’s pretty much the basic stuff about the subconscious. Hopefully this informed you and further allows you to accomplish methods such as Autosuggestion. Not only that, but I also hope it allowed you to see that you can do anything in life, just as long as you set your mind to it .
Your subconscious is the thing that makes everything possible in dreamland…so you might as well make good friends with it. After all, you are stuck with it for the rest of your life.