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LD4all LD FAQ last update: 15 july 2009
I try so hard but can’t get lucid, is there something I do wrong?
No. For some it happens sooner than others. Try not to want it too much but just let it happen. Don’t despair, be patient and don’t give up. It can take some time…
How long does it take before I have my first lucid dream?
Be patient, don’t try to hard. Some people have their first lucid dream the night after learning about it. Others may take longer. You may have already had one, but forgot. If you are frustrated that it is taking so long, give up. Really! Forget about “trying to become lucid” and work towards dream recall.
There is no “one-size-fits-all.” Even for experienced lucid dreamers it is hard to induce a LD at will, or everynight. Though some naturally always lucid dream.
I have dreamt [dreamstory], was that a lucid dream?
If you realise in a dream you are dreaming, you are lucid. When you are talking about dreams in a dream, or say to people in your dream:“hey, I always dream of this!” (or something similar), that is a sign you are getting there. Your first ‘real’ lucid dream is probably not far away now.
I’ve searched the forum for MILD, WILD, WBTB, but I’ve found nothing. Where can I find information about these techniques?
Check out the LD4all Guide and the articles in the knowledge base. You can also do a forum search for those techniques.
Isn’t it dangerous to dream lucidly?
No. That would be the same as saying dreaming is dangerous, because lucid dreaming is the same like dreaming, only your experience of it is much more intense.
Every time I realise I’m dreaming I wake up. Why is that?
Maybe it is too big a shock for you, or maybe you become very enthousiastic when you realise you are dreaming. That is fatal for lucidity. Try to keep calm and next time remember to do something like the spinning method to stay in your dream.
Can you only talk to persons in your dream or also with other things?
You can talk with and to anything you like. You are in a dream, where everything is possible.
If you fall asleep with music turned on, does it bother you to have lucid dreams?
That depens on you. In fact, you could use it as a lucidity trigger. ('I’m going to sleep now and when I hear music I know I’m dreaming)
What is in your opinion the best book about lucid dreaming for beginners?
“Creative dreaming” by Patricia Garfield.
“Pathway to Ecstacy - The way of the Dream Mandala” by Patricia Garfield
“Stop sleeping through your dreams” by Charles McPhee
“Out the In door” by Michael Szul
“Virtual Dreaming” by Linda Lane Magallon
“Control your dreams” by Jayne Gackenbach and Jane Bozveld
“Tibetan Yogas of dream and sleep” by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
“The lucid dreamer” by Malcom Godwin
“Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming” by Stephen Laberge
“Lucid Dreaming in 30 Days” by Weintraub and Harris
“Lucid Dreaming Kit” by Paul Devereux and Charla Devereux.