I agree that it helps your perception of reality, or the waking reality. It's very interesting to see what your mind will come up with when no
external sensory information is provided. A wonderful chance to look at the underlying 'code', so that we can better us it in our lives. I'm a
musician and have played in my dreams before, it's an awesome feeling to see what you hear in your head immediately translated without any playing
It's also useful to practice singing without any muscle tension, it helps me with my timing and flow.
In addition to checking the time, start touching a lot of things you see. If I'm non, or slightly lucid, making contact with my environment greatly
increases the experience. You have to force your mind to believe you are actually there, the more you can show your mind, the less it randomly
creates without your consent. Maintaining lucidity almost requires a constant awareness of your environment, which I think translates well to the
I know what your talking about with the jumbled characters, though I have read things in dreams before. Once I was opening up fortune cookies, and I
'asked' for the next one to reveal my purpose in life. I read it, it made sense, but in an instant it was gone, I tried to open another and I saw
"You won't remember anything you've just read tomorrow"
Ha, it was like someone was messing with me. And weird about the Angelina thing, I shutdown my computer before you posted last night, and ended up
watching the movie "Wanted". Hmmmm....
Ok, I have some flying advice that may help you. I had a wonderful flying dream last week, maybe the best I've ever experienced. It's going to
sound like corny ninja advice, but you can't think about doing it. In the dream reality your mind is everything, if you immediately doubt how
you're going to fly, your brain will incorporate that inability into the dream. Whenever I try to jump or do things like that, it never works well.
Here's what did...
You have to imagine it almost like a videogame. Where the character is always in the middle of the screen and everything moves around it. I also
changed my view from 1st person perspective to 3rd when I first lifted off. Instead of feeling the force of taking off, it feels more like two people
lifted me up underneath my shoulders. I went up about ten feet, and was right next to a tree. It was a beautiful red oak in the fall, and for the
moment the leaves were all I could see. I reached out and touched the leaf and everything came to life. Like a cartoon where everything is black and
white, but a character touches one thing and color begins to spread. Later in the dream I found myself in a large garage like room, filled with
water, about 50 feet deep or so, like the tanks at Sea World. I would fly down into the water and zoom about, then dash straight up and out like a
fish. It was awesome, I just kept doing that because it was so fun. When you find enjoyment in the dream, everything becomes easier because you
relax enough to allow the flying. Another thing that can transfer to the waking life, just relax and allow things to happen. Your doubts are very
Hmmmn, do you doubt the full reality of a lucid dream, the total control level, or do you doubt obtaining real life information? I would definitely
love to experiment with the real life factor, honestly I think it's possible, though highly unlikely to occur, and be remembered. The scientist in
me is doubtful, but I'd be a fool to completely discount our brains abilities. Especially when everyone one of my psych books has to remind me that,
'well, we think this is the way it works, but we're not sure, so you can listen to these 10 ideas on development and just decide on which you agree
with.' For me, it's one of the last undiscovered territories that I have access to. If you have any questions on lucid dreaming I'd be more than
happy to answer. Though I think it's something you have to experience yourself. I've had more than a few lucid dreams where I could control
everything but a person or two. And these people, well, attempted to teach or show me something. I know how crazy that sounds, and I don't consider
myself special or anything, I think we're all capable of whatever may be possible. When you wake up, you're so sure of what happened, but as the
day passes your mind begins to doubt more and more. It rationalizes most of it away, except for whatever lesson or knowledge you took from the
experience. And if anything, that's what matters. Here's an old thread
of gives an example.