I’ve reasearched this a bit but thought I should ask the experts. I believe I have had some experience with lucid dreaming; I’ll do my best to explain what I’m talking about.
I’m at the point now where I can almost tell myself that I’m going to have a lucid dream and it’ll happen that night. I don’t call it that but it’s more of a technique I apply as I am falling asleep.
Essentially as I am trying to fall asleep I try to “push” myself away from my body, as if I am reaching for the area outside of my physical form. It’s hard to explain. But as I do this things begin to tingle. At some point a transition occurs and I feel myself being “yanked” out of my body. That is how I know the dream state has begun.
At this point I have some control over myself and the environment; for example, I can run, then leap, and fly around, sometimes through locations that I know (based on memory, so it’s not always accurate) and other times in places that I’ve never been (eg. space). It’s always first-person perspective, for example, in a previous experience I attempted to move my feet as if I were doing some sort of shuffle and I was able to “look down” at my feet to see this.
During these experiences, I can still pick up on audio in my bedroom. For example, if I have the radio on, I can still hear it but it will be somewhat muffled or distorted. Same goes if there is a storrm outside and the rain is hitting the window.
For the most part these dreams have been short but positive experiences. Often I get so excited about the “cool” aspect of what I’m doing that I guess I lose my concentration and wake up (and become very disappointed!).
However, on at least two occasions, something has happened that freaks me out and I wake up immediately: One time, as I was feeling the pull away from my physical form, I felt as though arms grabbed me from behind, pulling me downwards as if I was no longer in control. The second time, I heard maniacal laughter coming from behind my head (in this dream I was still lying in my bed).
So is the above lucid dreaming?
I know this post is long but I thought I should also mention that I believe I’ve had about a half a dozen sleep paralysis events. During these, I believe I am awake (first perspective, as if I’m lying in my bed) but I cannot move. Also, it feels as though there is a constant wind travelling along my body, much like a series of waves crashing onto the shoreline. These events are usually short because I panic and have to yell or make some other noise to “wake me up” out of this state.
Sorry for the long message! Your feedback is appreciated!