30-Day Lucid Dreaming Book Challenge!

30 day lucid dreaming challengeIt’s a new year, and at the beginning of a new month (well five days in), and I’m ready to start digging in and really backing up my intention to have more lucid dreams by taking daily action. A note about our goals and the action we do or don’t take to achieve them: I’m currently taking some college courses on a part-time basis. I never finished my bachelors degree and would like to do so just for the satisfaction of wrapping up that portion of my life. If you’re interested, I’m completing a degree in psychology with an emphasis on communications, taking one class every semester.  At that rate it’ll be a while until I actually finish, but it’s a good exercise in perseverance and finishing what you started. One of the things I’ve noticed is that there are some things in my life that I take very seriously. For instance, I set two alarms every morning to make sure that I get up in time so I’m not late for work. If you make a living by working at a job like I do, you’re probably just as careful to get to work on time. We have a negative consequence to motivate us, for if we don’t go to work, we won’t have a job, and then we’ll experience stress not having money coming in. I’ve also noticed that I’m also careful about making sure my college classes are turned in on time. I wouldn’t think of being late for an assignment. If I do, I’ll get a bad grade, and if I continue to miss assignments I won’t pass my course, which will not allow me to finish my degree, and will be a huge waste of money and time. I was reflecting on this while I was asking myself a month into the new year why it is that I don’t take lucid dreaming more seriously, or other dreams and ambitions. Why do I take going to a job that I don’t like so seriously, or getting a college course  assignments turned in that I may not find extremely interesting, but the things that I’m most passionate about, such as learning lucid dreaming, or expressing myself through music, I put off or don’t do at all. There seems to be a lack of negative consequences for learning lucid dreaming or for recording music, as there is no specific due date, and no negative consequences that are as tangible as not being able to pay my bills, or getting a grade with an “F” if I don’t follow through and do the work. It’s clear that  human beings are motivated by two things: positive and negative consequences. While I would like to say that I am motivated primarily buy positive consequences, such as the thrill of being able to realize my dreams, the pleasure of being able to spend more time with my kids, having that 15 acre farmette, or the thriving home business that allows me to work according to the hours that I choose. However, in actuality, and I’m sure I’m not I will alone, I seem to be more motivated by the negative consequences. It actually takes focused work and effort to take the steps to implement your dreams, visions and goals into the daily action steps needed to manifest them. If you don’t breakdown your dreams into daily action steps that you follow through on, then guess what, they don’t happen! If you really think about it, that is the ultimate negative consequence: to live a life where your most heartfelt, passionate dreams, goals and ambitions are not fulfilled. When I think about that, my stomach turns. So I’ve decided to follow through on my goal to I have more lucid dreams for the purpose of actively explore them as a huge tool and resource for personal growth and spiritual discovery. I’m going to take some specific daily and nightly action steps, and document them here at LucidDreamingBook.com, once a day for the next 30 days. I call it the 30-Day Lucid Dreaming Book Challenge. Now this is a challenge to myself to have focused intent and daily action to induce more lucid dreams over the next 30 days. I’m creating some accountability here, by putting it out to the inter-webs that I’m going to blog about it over the next 30 days. If I don’t, I’m not following through my commitment to myself, or to you the reader. If I don’t post every day for the next 30 days you can send me a little 🙁 faces in the comments of this post! My guidebook over the next 30 days will be the new lucid dreaming book I purchased buy my favorite lucid dreaming book author, Robert Wagoner. Together with Caroline McCready, he has written a new book called Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple: Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth. I wrote about this new book in my previous post, and it is now available! I’m about a quarter of the way through so far, and I can say it is a great read for anyone wanting to jump in and start exploring lucid dreaming. I probably would recommend this book as the first book to read about lucid dreaming, and then follow up with Robert Wagoner’s first book Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. Of course, you can’t go wrong with Dr. Steven LaBerge’s classic lucid dreaming book, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, as an first read as well. I’ll definitely be re-reading that in the coming weeks. So each day starting tomorrow for the next 30 days I’m going to write about my daily and nightly experiences with lucid dreaming, and the practices I’m using to have more of them, as well as little tidbits of wisdom I’m learning from different lucid dreaming books. Ultimately, I may end up creating some type of the lucid dreaming course to offer to others as a way to take a 30-day fast start approach to exploring lucid dreaming, and have some specific accountability steps. Ultimately, it’s up to each one of us whether we follow through with pursuing new dreams goals and passions, but it can help to do so following along with other people in a simple step-by-step course that will give you a big fat “ 🙁 “ if you don’t complete the steps! See you tomorrow! Darby

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