posted on Dec, 25 2010 @ 04:32 AM
I took a weekend class years ago with Stephen LaBarge at Stanford Univ. in Palo Alto, Ca. I learned a great deal about lucid dreaming and it has
helped me ever since. I think the most important thing I learned that weekend, was to learn to become completely aware in our waking day to day life.
Thereby, once we adopt this habit of mindfulness in our waking life, we naturally take this habit into our dream life.
Our first day in class, we were give a piece of paper and told not to look up or around the room and to immediately write down all the oddities we
noticed in the room. Of course, not being fully aware of my surroundings, I initially missed many things, i.e. the clock being upside down, etc. It
was just a little demonstration of how truly unconscious we all really are.
I notice when I have a lot of stress in my life, I don't have as many lucid dreams. It takes a great deal of relaxation to get me to that state.
Although Dr. LaBarge was an expert on Lucid Dreaming, he did not believe in OBEs. he believes they are just another type of lucid dream. However, I
have never agreed with him on this point. I have found that when I get into a lucid dream and I become aware that I am dreaming, I usually can switch
to an OBE.
I did discover something about my lucid dreams that happens quite often to me when I am dreaming. When I am dreaming, It is like I have this agenda
that I am trying to fulfill, but I can't quite remember what it is. For example, in one of my dreams, I am trying to leave my body, but I am not
quite clear on this or I don't quite remember that this is my intent. So I am suddenly dancing on a large dance floor doing ballroom dancing. I have
a partner and I tell the partner, I only have time for one dance because there is something important that I have to do, although I can't quite
remember it. The dance is finished and I want to continue on with what it is I need to do, but then another person wants to dance with me and they are
insistent. I am annoyed, but I agree to one more dance. The dance ends and again another person wants to dance. This continues on and on and on, then
finally I realize what is happening. They are trying to keep me from my journey and I realize they are sabotaging my efforts to leave my body. Upon
this realization I push my partner away as hard as I can, and instantly I am out of my body.
This distraction method by some character in my dreams is quite a common theme. One day I discussed this with a fellow lucid dreamer and he told me
what I was encountering was real and that these beings or persons in my dreams are called elementals. He told me that they do that to keep a person
from leaving their bodies because they feed off of one's energy while we sleep. It is interesting, because just the other night I had a similar dream
where I was traveling to get "some where" and this individual kept detaining me and keeping me from my travels. I became so frustrated in the dream
that I finally again, realized what was happening and the minute I did, I left my body and the entire reality changed. So the secret really seems to
be to learn to pay attention to every detail so that one becomes completely aware of one's intent in the dream. It is a trip, but the potential is
really unlimited. Has anyone else noticed this same similar theme occurring in their dreams?