The Technique Driven Mentality
I’ve noticed that there is a certain mentality on the forum and chat, with regards to techniques. It might sound peculiar, but it seems people are becoming more focused around generating techniques, and less around actually getting lucid.
I know that techniques are generally considered, a method to get lucid. I’m beginning to doubt though if that is truly the case, or at least, if it is the most useful mechanism or mentality for an aspiring Lucid Dreamer to adopt. The whole experience is becoming centred around what technique are you using. There is a strong drive, it seems, to designate and name techniques. To pidgin-hole them neatly. I’m not sure if that is useful.
In addition to not being useful, I’m concerned that such a system is paving the way for ulterior motives, that aren’t necessarily malicious deliberately, but are still harmful. For example, egoism as somebody supervises the dissemination of their technique. Whilst this is helpful in the short term for certain people, for whom the technique is effective, for those that it isn’t however, they don’t gain from it, they just get a little more frustrated at another failed attempt.
So what would be the alternative?
For me the alternative is to ignore the technique name, to be inquisitive. Listen to how other people get lucid of course, and see if there are any ideas there which may prove beneficial. I have to stress, I don’t see this as a technique. The technique is nothing more than the finished method that is effective for you. Why are we viewing the process as a whole that must be taken as a complete item. It’s like looking at a computer as a solid unit, instead of separate components. Each of us is different, I don’t think the solution is to try all the techniques to find one that works, but to dismantle them down to their components and construct something useful to us.
This for me links to the techniques driven mentality. It’s almost like there is a thought that we must hack our minds to be able to lucid dream, like its some purpose we must sneakily obtain and that the technique is the means to do this.
I’m not sure it’s the case that we have to hack, that there is an ultimate technique to do this. I don’t think a ‘master’ of lucid dreaming has a method as such to share, precisely for this reason. Perhaps because they have transcended techniques. To them Lucid Dreaming is just natural, and these hacks and tricks we use, nothing more than stepping stones on the way to that point or there to assist in getting into the right frame of mind.
I’d love to hear others views on these thoughts.