The BIG Reality Check topic, part IV

I was just thinking of something. What effect do you expect from your WILD? Do you worry about being in a dream and not realizing it? If it’s the case, perhaps you could just wonder if you’re seeing something? If you see a complete environment, then you’re dreaming…

I have been interested in Dreams and Lucid dreaming for a few months. I have only been able to have 2 barely lucid dreams in that time.

In my dreams, it is nearly impossible to RC.
My dreams are always very strange, but i am dreaming so its “normal”, i wouldnt even think to do a RC because it is totaly normal to have pink elephants flying through my window. Also, if i do a RC (i.e. hold my nose) i would come up with some reason why this happened, “oh, i can breath because…”
i would never think to be dreaming even though i am.

I have tried many techniques but have failed, the 2 lucid dreams that i had were natural :confused: :confused: :confused:

please help me. tell me techniques that worked best for you because i have been trying this for months with no results and i am getting frustrated because i really want to LD but nothing is working
i have put much effort and time into LDing. (waking up at 3 in the morning, eating bananas before bedtime, RCing many times during the day etc.)
:help: :help: :help: :confused:

Not all techniques are for everyone. Some people are very good at DILDing, while others can WILD every night and achieve results consistently. There are some techniques that do not rely heavily on RCing, such as WILDing and FILDing. These do require an RC, but not in the context in which you seem to have trouble. I personally reccommend FILDing, as I have had some success with this method. However, only you can find out what technique is most efficient for you.

It is good that you are dedicated to LDing. Motivation is the key to achieving lucidity. Don’t get frustrated, no matter how discouraging your limited results are. Just experiment while keeping a calm, determined attitude and you should see some progress. Mabye you should consider taking a break from the ritual techniques. Ironically, some people have actually achieved success just by not thinking about LDing.

Yes, definitely. When i ask myself an RC question in a dream i might just answer it and not realise where i am.

:cool_laugh: That’s the perfect solution. Thank you for helping. It would’ve taken me ages to think of a good one :tongue:

Glad to have been some help to you. I hope this idea will work. Please keep us informed of your results. :happy:

moved from the quest forum :moogle:

I find myself doing reality checks every once and a while, but I just don’t feel very serious anymore when I check my hands to see if i’m dreaming, for example.

I think my mind has become used to this reality check - i’ve mixed it up with other reality checks such as checking writing. I’ve read words in a dream before - they didn’t change when I looked back so I sort of don’t trust that technique much.

Luckily for me I still have the occasional Lucid Dream - probably at least 2 a month without trying - in which are almost life-like with pretty good control.

I always do the nose-blow RC - I simply don’t trust the hand one.

That’s well thought because you can focus on trying to blow then instead of suspecting your hands to be normal. :smile:

I actually used the nose one before but not very often. I suppose I could try using that one although i’m very used to checking my hands now.

I read somewhere that a reliable RC was to look at your hands and pull on one of your fingers… Apparently if your finger stretches to un-normal lengths, you’re dreaming. Don’t know about this one (never had an LD so can’t exactly test it out), but has anyone ever tried it before? Sorry if this has already been asked, I’m still a newbie and I’m trying to learn as much as I can! ^-^

Yes, stretching my finger is my favorite RC. I would prefer to do another one, cause it’s not very reliable, but I generally forget the others and think of this one cause it was the first RC that was tought to me. Anyhow, it’s very funny when it works. :rofl:

As for me, it works about 50% of the time.

I tried to do the nose RC in my LD a few nights ago, but my hand just went right through my nose, and my head, and the rest of me! :sad: Fortunately that worked just as well :razz:
My hand just went right through me like air :razz: It felt so wierd :happy:

my biggest problen in RS;s is that i just dont do them in my dream…
so howmany times a day do i have to do a rc to also do it in my dream? i do about 5 a day now

i worry that RCs might become so routine that you could glance at your hands or pull your finger whilst dreaming, not really think about it and not register anything strange. should i be concerned about this as a real possibility?

5 a day? That is far to few I believe. I’m doing them a little now and then (About 20-35 times a day) It has become a habbit of some sort.

Looking at my hands doesn’t work anymore.

For a while, I looked at my hands. Usually, they were blurry or another finger magically grew if I was dreaming, but soon, my dreams contained more realistic hands. I had to resort to counting my fingers and fingernails. Something was out of place for a while, but soon my dreams had my ACTUAL HANDS. Then, I had to look at my feet and count my toes…

Now, the only RCs that work for me are looking at digital clocks or observing my surroundings such as when I was dreaming and sitting in bed - I have solid-colored flags hanging from my top bunk and I had to take it down and look at it. Checkers appeared on it and I knew I was dreaming…

Hmm…perhaps I should start doing more RCs. Usually I only do them occasionally (maybe one or two a day). I’m going to start making it a habit and doing it often.

“i worry that RCs might become so routine that you could glance at your hands or pull your finger whilst dreaming, not really think about it and not register anything strange. should i be concerned about this as a real possibility?”

Yes, that is very much so a possibility. It’s happens much more than you might think. Look as what Basilus said about his favourite RC… “As for me, it works about 50% of the time.” What do you think happens the other 50% of the time? The RC doesn’t register, and the person does not achieve lucidity.

Reality checks should be used WITH lucid living, not as an alternative to lucid living. This will make them much more effective.

Good luck :smile:

Kind of late I know, but could somebody re-phrase this to a beginner please?

For example, you shouldn’t do a reality check while watching a basketball game and totally concentrating on the game, while ignoring the RC. The act of the RC is not enough. You have to be conscious of it, and you have to remain conscious even after the reality check, throughout the day- always observing and being aware of your surroundings.