Originally posted by Big Raging LonerIt was not until I was gunned down by a helicopter that I awoke from my first lucid dream last
What woke you up in that instance was an unstable archetype. Reliable dream control comes from using stable well established archetypes. The problem
with dying in dreams is that the concept of dying is really just a big question mark for most of us. Our subconscious doesn't know what comes next,
and can't come up with what to create next. Like a computer program that call an incomplete or missing subroutine, causing the program to crash.
BTW, if you ignore those bullets, they can't affect you. Everything requires your attention to exist in dreams. It's not a matter of believing it,
it's a matter of focusing your attention.
If waking up during lucids is your problem, then you need to stabilize your surroundings. Many people recommend spinning, but this can be problematic
as it's disorienting. Again, everything requires your attention to exist, and you can't focus properly on your surroundings if you're dizzy. The
key element in the spinning technique is the sense of vigorous movement. You can get that sense of movement from running, jumping or flying.
Movement requires a balance of attention between you and your environment, which will anchor you in the dream.
"The Hands Thing"
This is a very misunderstood technique that originated from the books of Carlos Castaneda. Those books no doubt helped popularize lucid dreaming, and
many lucid dreamers pass on that technique with no idea of the principles behind it. Commonly people say that looking at or rubbing your hands will
help stabilize the dream.
There is nothing special about your hands. It was just a random task assigned assigned to Castaneda by his teacher. It could have been his elbow or
his belly button. What he was supposed to learn from that was to remember to do tasks he set in the waking world, and also learn about the effects
focused attention has in dreams.
Originally posted by Mike Stivic
My lucid dreams usually consist of me levitating, and when i realize i am in control of it i wake up..
I call that "Introversion". Everything requires your attention to exist in dreams, including your surroundings. When most new lucid dreamers
realize they are dreaming, the thrill of it and the sudden realization of what that implies causes the dreamer's attention to rush inwards, focusing
on inner thoughts. This doesn't leave enough attention to sustain your surroundings, they fade away, and the dreamer wakes.
Once you learn to manage your attention, that won't be a problem anymore.
Originally posted by okbmd
I have been flying in my dreams for my entire life .
Problem is , every time I go to 'land' , I crash . Every single time . Don't know what it means .
Did you by any chance watch the show "Greatest American Hero" when you were young? Was about a guy who couldn't fly very well.
Anyways, I watched it at a young age, and that show was probably the first time I saw someone flying. I suspect that by watching at such a young age,
I somehow modeled my personal archetype of flying on the character from that show. I still have the occasional problems flying to this day that are
very similar to what happened in that show.