We all know the feeling. One moment you’re in a fully engaged lucid dream, and the next, you begin to feel your real body lying in bed and slowly, bit by bit, your dream senses melt away like water slipping from desperately cupped hands. And you wish you could’ve a few minutes… no, a few mere seconds more to finish your adventure in the dream world.
I used to struggle with this too. Then, I discovered a technique so blatantly simple yet effective that my lucid dreams more than tripled in length. Where they used to last only a few minutes (if I was lucky) I found myself in consistent 20-minute long lucid dreams. Each dream seems to be increasing in length as I learn to better control my state of lucidity with this one easy method.
The technique is so simple and obvious that I can hardly take credit for it. I’m sure many others have figured it out just as I have; I am simply sharing it with those who do not yet know. It involves no fancy lucid pills, no counting, no jumping through fiery hoops. I cannot guarantee that it will work for everyone, but I do know that it worked for me. And when you think about it, it just makes sense. So, without further ado, here goes:
Think. Really think. When your lucid dream ends, which sense is the first to go? Your hearing? Your sight? Taste? Smell? For me (and I think for many others as well), it’s the sense of touch. By the time I realize that the dream is ending, my sense of touch is already gone. The other senses follow rapidly, and soon I am left with a last fleeting image fading into blackness.
So, with that in mind, the obvious way to effectively keep the dream from fading out is to consistently keep the sense of touch engaged. I found that the old method of rubbing my hands together worked alright, but who really wants to walk around constantly rubbing their hands together? An easier way is simply to ensure that you are always touching or holding onto something from the dream world. I found clasping my hands or holding onto any other part of myself (such as my arm, etc.) worked alright, but it is more effective to grasp a dream object.
It is important to be aware of whatever you’re touching as well. Constantly engaging and being aware of your sense of touch is like an anchor to the dream world. As soon as you forget to engage your sense of touch, you are in danger of the dream slipping out of grasp. But as long as you are aware of that sense, you are strongly linked to the dream and it will last virtually as long as you remember to keep holding on or until you are woken up.[/color]
I urge you to try it out. It worked extremely well for me. Again, I cannot take credit for this idea; I am simply sharing it with those who do not yet know. I hope it helped. My apologies for the novel. Good luck everyone and happy dreaming!