That’s a good point, Lord Antares. Personally, I don’t see it as a conflict for myself; however, if it seems like something that doesn’t specifically get the point accross to your subconscious (which it doesn’t since you mentioned it), I encourage you to avoid “am going to” and anything relating to future tense.
I’m glad to hear all of the positive feedback from everybody. I do hope it can help you out in more ways than just lucid dreaming–I know it has for me!
this is my first posting in this forum and i hope I can add some useful things to this topic!
I’m very happy about your post, Ben! It gives me many stuff to think about and to influence my life. I feel, it is very useful to me.
Perhaps I can add some personal thoughts, in which I relate to some previous posts:
A concept which I think is very useful to deal with, is “truth”. You can “aks for too much”, if this, what you are asking for, is completely unrealistic. For example, you might say “I invent a time-machine.” If you say so, this might be a useful illusion and helps you to learn many things about physics and to become a good physician, but it is an illusion and therefore a bad suggestion in my eyes. But if you say “I am a great physician”, then you are right, because potentially you are a good physician. It lies in your possibilities. Maybe you don’t have enough time and motivation to advance your abilities and to overcome possible resistances and maybe, you doesn’t win the nobelprice and doesn’t become professor (“great” is a relative word!), but this doesn’t change my conclusion.
And because, we all have the possibilities to have extremly vivid and lucid dreams, we have extremly and lucid dreams. The only thing, we must do, we must accept that this is true!
If you have underconcsious doubts, don’t worry about it! Say to you “I have no doubts.” This is the truth. And the truth doesn’t need force. If you know something is true, your doubts will disappear automatically. Maybe there will be some anxious splits of thoughts, but they aren’t important, they are meaningless.
PS: I’m Mirko and I have extremly vivid und lucid dreams.
wahaha Ben, thank you, you made me break my bad luck in having LD, which was simply, the fact that I forgot that autosuggestion works the best for me !!!
With those simple words, I am going to have a lucid dream during this nap, I made it ^^ First of course I was falling asleep, then I noticed this and decided to repeat the mantra, and it worked ! Thanks a lot !!
This is my kind of thinking I know I posted something about hypnosis and affirmations on here a long time ago.
One night, over 6 years ago shortly after I found ld4all, I was walking around outside at night feeling miserable. I was down that I wasn’t lucid dreaming. I really Wanted to lucid dream! < and I would tell myself this, but it wasn’t happening, you know.
Then spontaneously, I just said out loud to myself, " Forget it! I do Not want to lucid dream. In fact I hope I don’t lucid ream tonight. I hate lucid dreaming! I really hope I Don’t have a lucid dream!"
-That night I lucid dreamed big time.
Well, this was reverse psychology actually. As I saw that the opposite of my wants was what was happening, but most importantly, it is What You Are SAYING to yourself. and How you say it.
So Is it true that I desire to be lucid dreaming when I got to bed after I type this? Yes. So then truthfully, with my heart and my soul, I say this out loud:
A few days ago I repeated to myself many times for a couple of days:
“I am Lucid Dreaming.”
Yesterday, in a dream I was at first unconsciously involved in a situation when I said to myself, “I Am Lucid Dreaming.” And was so Lucid.
I read the “Forming a Relationship with your Subconscious” and ever since I said “In 7 hours I will realize I am dreaming” I’ve been having lucid moments for s few seconds and then I forget I’m dreaming again or I don’t care enough because I want to see what happens in my normal dream.
(Side note: The night I said that, I had a nightmare after a long time and actually saved myself from a terrible fate )
Great post Ben. Lately I have been stressing the importance of telling myself that “I will have a lucid dream” instead of using the phrase, “I am a lucid dreamer”. I am going to give this a try every time I do a reality check, or whenever I remember this post, and also incorporate it into my WBTB tonight to see how it works. Thanks again Ben, this has really changed my perspective on how to ask for a lucid dream.
I have a question…
Lately I’ve been trying to induce more lucid dreams with the “In … hours” line, but it’s not working quite well xD I keep waking up at 4-5 o’ clock in the morning, but that is when my visualized “timer” should reach 0 and I’m supposed to realize I’m dreaming.
Even when I still have some time left (like last night), it’s still not enough to fall asleep again and start dreaming.
Well, I can’t exactly get lucid when I’m not even dreaming! Should I use shorter intervals? :\ I’m worried that the REM-sleep won’t be very… good so early in the morning.
Edit: Oh gosh I think I just realized what I’m doing wrong Whenever I said “realize I’m dreaming” I associated that with feeling my surroundings… And my surroundings at that moment were my bedsheets and my pillow!
Gosh I’m such an idiot Next time I’ll try visualizing myself in a dream, hahaha xD
Amazing post simply amazing after reading this Post i had figured out I always do the I am check im always telling people Why do you say you cannot do it? if its still hard I sometimes go Why not? Why shouldnt i be able to do this? Now i am going to take this AND fit it into my mind to Have a lucid dream i Have had many lucid dreams But i will make them more controllable and to do what i wish to do in my dreams, It can happen and it will.
This is a fabulous post! The very first lucid dream I had, I found out how important it is to be able to command your unconscious mind, to tell it who is boss. I woke up inside of a dream, sitting up in a balcony of a theatre, and I just watched, fascinated, the players on the stage…I knew it was not real life…but at some point, I started clapping, and said that is so wonderful! The stage players all turned, looked at me, and said, How did SHE get in here? You aren’t allowed in here! I got kicked out, and woke up immediately. Darn~ Took me a lot of lucid dreams to tell those dream characters to back off, I was in control now. I showed them…I would just snap my fingers and make the one arguing with me disappear! I said, who else wants to challenge my authority? They pretty much let me run the show after that! Fun! It’s YOUR mind!