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Instant Lucid Dreams Review: Day 6

instant lucid dreamsAfter several days of being busy with work, kids, and life I’m back into full swing with the Instant Lucid Dreams course. I realize that my on again, off again approach may make having consistent lucid dreams take longer, but I’m committed to the over all journey and know when the timing is right and when it is not.

Despite my lack of focus over the last few days, I’ve been diligent about doing reality checks every 30 minutes and last night did another Wake Back to Bed routine. I’ve change the sound that plays on the Reality Check lucid dreaming app to a pleasant, somewhat spacey non-verbal reminder, as the recording of me asking myself if I was dreaming was playing to frequently at work during phone calls.

I have five days off of work this week, and will have a lot more time to focus on the Instant Lucid Dreams course and the daily steps.

Day 6 of the Instant Lucid Dreams course is a summary of the whole “Instant Lucid Dreams method”,  and lays out the various practices out in a daily routine to make it easy to follow. There is actually a check sheet of what to do every day that I am going to print out, and find a way to check off every routine each day. I may need to make a spreadsheet for myself (if I do, I’ll post it here).

I had another somewhat lucid dream last night. I was lucid enough to move from a state where I was running away from an female antagonist, to basically stopping myself and facing her. I was pleased upon awakening that I was able to do this, but at the same time, a little disturbed, as it was the second dream of the week where I faced somewhat antagonistic characters who did disturbing things to me. I don’t typically have nightmares or disturbing dreams, and my gut instinct is that this has some kind of relationship to my increasing momentum of my lucid dreaming practice, and more specifically my increased consciousness during my dreams. Both the the characters I encountered seemed to be rather intelligent and seemed to get a kick out of testing me and violating my boundaries, although in both dreams I stood up for myself.  If anything, whatever these characters are, or are represent will serve as a great dream sign, and a potential catalyst for self understanding!

Sweet (I hope?) dreams,

Darby

Instant Lucid Dreams Review – Day 5

instant lucid dreamsI was able to employ the Wake Back to Bed technique described in Instant Lucid Dreams last night and had some interesting results. After going back to sleep around 6:00 AM, after being awake for 30 minutes, I found myself in my grandmother’s kitchen, in which I have many happy memories. Grandma passed away last year, and in the dream I was obviously processing some grief, as I was crying quite profusely as I surveyed the kitchen. My eye was drawn to an owl that was sitting on a shelf. I approached it and picked it up, feeling drawn to keep this as a keepsake and and thinking how appropriate it was for me, as it relates to my lucid dreaming practice. Continue reading Instant Lucid Dreams Review – Day 5

Instant Lucid Dreams Review – Day 4

instant lucid dreamsInteresting content in the Instant Lucid Dreams course today. Apparently we have a part of our brain called the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex. This area of our brain is responsible for certain cognitive processes, such as comparing a current situation with past memories. This is an essential function in waking life that is absent in the dream world because this part of our brain is inactive during sleep. This explains why in waking life if you found yourself talking to your deceased grandmother in a grocery store you would most likely be confused or alarmed (unless your accustomed to talking to the dead), but in the dream world you might not think nothing of it.
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Instant Lucid Dreams Review – Day 3

instant lucid dreamsLast night I managed to drag myself out of bed at 5:00 am to practice the Wake Back to Bed technique laid out in the day 2 of the Instant Lucid Dreams course. I’m proud of myself! It is extremely difficult for me to get my butt out of bed! Once back in bed I turned on Nick Madge’s Instant Lucid Dreams MP3 audio, not knowing what to expect. It turns out it uses a combination of several approaches to assist you in having a Wake Induced Lucid Dream (W.I.L.D.) including guided relaxation, hypnosis, binaural beats, and lucidity cues built right into the audio. Continue reading Instant Lucid Dreams Review – Day 3

Instant Lucid Dreams Review – Day 2

instant lucid dreamsIn day 2 of the Instant Lucid Dreams course, Nick Madge has you diving into the daily process of reviewing the dream snippets you recorded in your journal in the middle of the night and doing daily reality checks to the tune of one every 30 minutes. I’m a little tickled to find that I am already doing almost everything he is recommending here, albeit not as consistently as I could be.

I really like how he laid out the end goal of the daily reality checks. Eventually the mind will begin to anticipate them and doing them will become an ingrained habit which will then carry over into the dream world. As I have mentioned before, I use an app called the Lucid Dreamer to do my reality checks, and I have it set for every thirty minutes, giving my a reality test prompt in my own voice. Continue reading Instant Lucid Dreams Review – Day 2

Instant Lucid Dreams Review – Day 1

instant lucid dreamsToday I’ve started Day 1 of the Instant Lucid Dreams program, in which the author, Nick Madge, guarantees you’ll have a lucid dream within 7 days if you follow his guide.

Day 1 involved reading the the appropriate section for this day in a PDF, listening to a MP3 visualization designed to assist you in letting go of old beliefs related to the difficulty of learning lucid dreaming (I really liked the metaphor of the stream running through the meadow), getting together your dream journal, and setting your alarm and intention to wake up every 90 minutes of your sleep cycle to record your dreams.

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Instant Lucid Dreams?

ildlogoI’m back, Interwebs!

It’s been a full two weeks since my last post! How did that happen?

Truth is, I’ve been tired. When I haven’t been working, parenting, and all that other adult stuff, I’ve been burning the midnight oil diving into a video marketing course. I’m learning how to market products, services, blogs (like this), and other stuff using YouTube in way that has proven to produce great results. Due to my focus on mastering this, I’ve let my focus on lucid dreaming slip a little. Despite this, I’ve had a couple of lucid dreams, one last night. 

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