reply to post by psycho81
ah interesting. It sounds like you are starting to gain awareness of your dreams in general that's good. Okay now is time to use your imagination,
this is where lucidity starts getting interesting to you personally. So you want to face fears? Well the way I would suggest doing that is an
Intense Action Event Simulation. I'll give you a quick example of a universal "fear" one can face in dream land and do something cool...
Say I have a fear of walking on the side walk because I'm afraid that at any moment a car will veer off the road at me. So to over come this, I'm
going to teach myself how to jump out of the way of the car. Or in the very least jump on the hood to avoid being squashed, or hell why not just show
yourself what it would feel like to jackie chan flip out of the way...or all 3! That's the cool thing about dreams, even if you mess up, you can
"rewind", and set different "rules" to suit your needs.
Anyways, here's how I suggest directly challenging your fears in your dream.
(using the car/squash example):
1. Think about a stretch of highway that would seem the absolute scariest scenario for your phobia (or you can start incrementally, the dream
construction is the same). Try vividly build the scene in your mind, eyes open or closed, it doesn't matter. But feel and smell what it would be
like. Think about any sounds you might hear while walking along the road, what time of day, things like that... Hold the image & other sensual
information in your imagination as an observer only. Remember what it's like to even conceptually be able to "view" this scene as an "observer".
2. Now here's probably the scariest part of the experience when trying this for use on especially deep or strong phobias. However, as long as you
can handle this with out freaking yourself out, you should be able to do so in your dream to. If not, no biggie, just keep trying. Fear isn't the
isn't thing to control by any means. Anyways, think about what it would be like to watch the car barrel down on you and smash you in your
imagination again. Watch the bumper draw closer and closer and finally start to morph your body into the surroundings. Now watch it from different
angles! Like try that "observer" view for instance. THink, damn, if someone was standing over "there", they'd see one crazy sight...
You've just experienced the "worst case" scenario" congratulations
3. Now put yourself back into watching the bumper barreling down but this time imagine "slow motion" as you run up and over the car using the
bumper as a "boost". And jumping gracefully onto the pavement, safe from danger. See it from different angles. If you want to potentially save
yourself too gruesome of a sight, build the car as a run away car with no driver
Build as many "escape plans" as you can. Let your imagination
You've just experienced transcending your fear...yay
4. Now imagine the street scene again from your "observer" view completely calm and empty. Know that thoughts are real, and you really just
confronted your own fear. Feel satisfied & try to relax and calm yourself, knowing that you're going to get to "act" this out in your dream
sometime for sure.
5. Now hold that satisfied feeling, and allow yourself to drift off to sleep.
You created some serious "intention" to dream and created a path for you to follow and recognize while you're dreaming. In essence you've created
easily recognizable temporary "dream sign" to follow on this self-made adventure. This should aid in allowing you to wake up with direction and
Remember when confronting fears with dreams
You are on an "adventure" not a having a "nightmare"
Empowerment is key. The "adventurer" comes out unscathed despite fear displaying courage, the person in the nightmare is a victim of fear.
While you're in dream land, you might wake up in the car crash, but this is your fear you need to confront. So remember if you think you're in a
"nightmare" turn it into an "adventure" by any means necessary. You're in control and you can literally do anything there. Including rewind the
scene from your "observer" position, and jump into action when you're ready
That's one technique, substitute the car-crash with anything you want, spiders, knives, guns, falling, plane crashes, etc. Build the construct
around the fear you're trying to confront, but see both sides and transcend.