Originally posted by onequestion
reply to post by JohnnyTHSeed
How lucid of a state were you in during these experiences?
I will try to define the different types of experiences I have had...
Becoming lucid mid-dream:
I suddenly realize I am dreaming, and at that moment I usually laugh for not realizing it sooner. I usually only have
a few seconds of lucid dreaming when this happens, if I don't simply wake up instantly.
Being aware I am dreaming, but not lucid:
Sometimes I will know what I am experiencing is a dream, but have no control over it. Sometimes I
even know what will happen next, and have no choice but to act it out. I do always have the ability to wake myself up within a few seconds, but even
when I am having a "bad" dream I usually don't.
Being lucid from the start:
These feel much different than the two other categories. These started happening after I randomly experienced sleep
paralysis. I learned how to induce sleep paralysis by sleeping on my back, and waking up about 2 hours earlier than normal. When I first had these
experiences they were incredibly frightening and I saw demonic mudmen and grotesque faces melting out of my walls. The ugly visions stopped when I
no longer feared the experience.
I eventually was able to enter this state without sleeping first but just through meditation. This method was the
hardest but resulted in the most powerful of my experiences. I am leaving out a LOT of the experiences that lead up to me being able to control these
experiences. I had many experiences over the course of several years.
If you were completely lucid, was this something you have worked on during your dreams in your sleep previously, or was it just
As long as I can remember I have had both lucid and non-lucid dreams. I didn't know lucid dreaming was somewhat uncommon until I was a teenager. As a
child I was very adept at dreaming, I would think of situations I wanted to dream about before sleeping and had decent luck at achieving them. One of
my favorite things to do was to dream I was in my gym class, and use telekinesis to make all the basketballs, kickballs, tennis balls, etc... spin
around me as fast as possible. It looked really cool, and initially I could only move clumsily move a few things with my mind. So it was interesting
to see myself develop dream skills. As I got older I still had lucid dreams but not nearly as often.
I find myself in between lucid, and dreaming, but i am not sure if that is because i am lucid after the fact and i am remembering it, or if i
am actually lucid during the event?
I have similar experiences. I even wonder sometimes if lucidity is an illusion? I think it is the same dilemma as tyring to prove free will.
Do i only realize i'm lucid after returning to my normal state of being?
Sometimes this happens to me. I will be lucid in a sense, because I will be consciously making decisions on what actions to take - but I do not
realize I am dreaming and can therefore break the usual rules of reality.
Or are you fully aware of what's happening while your there? This is interesting because if you are only aware of what is happening after the
fact, then what are the implications of the actual experience? Is it something your mind builds upon your return to reflect the experience? Or is it
an actual experience?
The out of body experiences I have feel very different from the lucid dreams. Although, an out of body experience can turn in to a run of the mill
dream if I lose focus. Currently I believe these experiences are a way for me to communicate with myself. I don't think I am actually interacting
with outside forces when I go out of body. I don't pretend to actually
know what is going on with these experiences though.