Hi! I’m so excited to be here. I was able to LD at will way back when I was in college 20 years ago. Now I’m an almost 40 year old (not sure when that happened).
I’ve suffered from nightmares since I was a child, almost nightly. I’ve made it my resolution this year to learn to LD at will again, to heal my nightmares at last. Also, just for the fun of it!
I’ve noticed that it’s much harder to LD now, maybe because my imagination isn’t as wild as it was when I was 20. However, after two solid months of following the standard advice (dream journaling, frequent dreamchecks, WBTB, etc.), I was able to have 2 lucid dreams in the past couple of weeks. A couple of nights ago, I inspected my hands as usual, and realized I was dreaming. I became fully lucid, and walked around for a couple of seconds reminding myself “I’m dreaming.” Then I flew around over the auditorium where I was located. Unfortunately, within seconds, my vision started to fade and I woke up in my bed.
I think that in my case, repeating “I’m dreaming” didn’t help - it made me feel overly excited and seemed to pull me out of the dream.
Does anyone have any other tips to help with stabilizing a LD?
I think I can induce more LDs (DILD) simply by doing dream journaling + frequently inspecting my hands. (None of the MILD or WBTB techniques did anything for me in the past 2 months…) I just need to stabilize things a bit.
THANK YOU for any help you can offer!