Hello, all, this is my first post! I’ve been lurking here for a while following various bits of advice and I just have a couple of questions, if anyone can answer them…
Lack of Sensation
This was a while ago, but anyways, may as well ask: after about a couple months or so of practice I finally had a “true” lucid dream–as in, I did a reality check, recognized I was dreaming, and took control of the dream. The thing about it was, I’ve always heard that once you become lucid your sensory input will skyrocket and it will feel just like real life.
That didn’t happen.
The dream went as follows: I was standing on my grandmother’s street and I realized there weren’t any cars or birds or people or anything and everything was in like a monochrome yellow-gray, so I thought “I must be dreaming.” I looked around and did a reality check and confirmed that I was dreaming, but everything was still monochrome gray. I had no sense of sound or touch and could only see about a hundred feet before everything was really blurry. I ran down the street and then remembered that I’d planned what I’d do if I ever became lucid: look at Earth from space. So I jumped into the air and flew up above the planet, but there was still no sound and very little touch other than a slight sensation of coolness. I looked down at Earth and all the continents were messed up and everything was still just grayscale. And then I woke up.
So my question is: is it normal for beginners to have very vague lucid dreams? Everything felt washed-out and unreal, even less real than my normal dreams. That’s sort of the opposite of everything I’ve read.
(The first time I ever did a reality check and realized I was dreaming, I woke up almost instantly, but that time, I could hear/see/touch everything just fine.)
Then, my other question (sorry this is a long post) is about:
Extremely Vivid False Lucids and Normal Dreams
Approximately twice or three times a month I will have a super-vivid dream. I guess this is a by-product of all of my reading and keeping a dream journal, which is good, because it didn’t use to happen. They will either be normal dreams or false lucids where I have control of the dream but don’t realize I’m dreaming–or they’ll be the reverse, sort of Not-Quite-Lucids, where I’ll realize I’m dreaming but not have any control over myself or the world around me.
I know this is a good sign, I’d just like to know: what can I do for that extra “push” to realize I’m dreaming? I can’t do a reality check if it doesn’t occur to me to do so or if I don’t have control over my body, and I can’t use some of the more dedicated methods like WBTB because I’m in a dorm and have a roommate and have to get up super-early four days out of the week. MILD seems to work okay-ish, and FILD works great if I can remember to lay still and move my fingers when I wake up during the night (which isn’t that often).
Thanks in advance, and sorry for the long-winded post~