Oh my, it’s been too long!
Lucid dreaming, my love for you will never die, but I’ve been so busy with work and “life”, that I haven’t been getting enough sleep, and being exhausted much of the time. This just isn’t conducive for lucid dreaming. But, I know you understand. You’re always there waiting for me to make some time so that you can show me the riches waiting to be glimpsed in the dreaming state.
As you know, I’ve started to be much more consistent with doing reality checks throughout the day. The Lucid Reality Check app is still the tool I am using to remind myself to do the reality checks through out the day. When I hear the “dreamy swell” alarm sound from the app every 30 – 90 minutes, I try and poke my finder through my hand, and also look at some text, look away, and then look back again. I also do reality tests on the app itself, where I see this image:
You recognize that house, right? it’s the house I spent most of my childhood in. I still dream about it often, so it is a great dream sign.
I’ve also been doing a better job at recording my dreams. I looked around the iPhone App Store for a voice activated audio recorder and finally settled on the Dictaphone Voice Activated Recorder app. I wake up, grab my phone, hit the record button, and start babbling. I’ve also been using that app to record “dream voice” sessions. This is an idea I learned from David Wilcock of DivineCosmos.com. The basic idea is that you tune into the background chatter in your mind and just start recording whatever it is that you hear. As you further cultivate this practice you may notice that the messages start to become more and more clear and coherent, and may contain relevant and helpful information for your life. For David, this practice was the doorway into what most people would call channeling. David eventually found himself channeling a group consciousness that identifies itself as Ra. This may or may not have been the same Ra that was introduced to the modern-day public by L/L Research and their Law of One channeled material. I have found the dream voice process very interesting and ripe for further exploration. I may start blogging my dream voice recordings for fun.
One new member of my lucid dreaming toolbox is an app called “Brain Wave Dream Inducer”. I actually purchased their Brainwave App Bundle that includes five different apps, one of which is the Dream Inducer. These apps use a technology that has been around for awhile called binaural beats. I was introduced to this technology back in the mid-90s by the Monroe Institute. I purchased their home-study Gateway Experience course and dived in, exploring “mind awake – body asleep” states of consciousness. Binaural beats use tones that are played in both ears to induce the brain to entrain to a given frequency, which correspond with the brainwave states of delta, theta, alpha, beta, and gamma. The developers of the Brainwave apps, Banzai Labs, have a good explanation of how binaural tones are thought to work on their website here.
I find that binaural beat technology helps me in my meditation and consciousness exploration practices, and thought I’d give the Dream Inducer app a go, as it has a setting for Lucid Dreaming. So far I have used the lucid dream audio from the app just a handful of times after waking up and then going back to bed after an hour or so. I have had two lucid dreams while listening to this audio. While I don’t have any proof that the audio itself is responsible, that’s not going to stop me from continuing to experiment with it as I haven’t had any lucid dreams in awhile, and it appears that this app my be tilting the odds in my favor!
In their app, Banzai Labs said that the lucid dreaming audio track “uses a low frequency theta wave stage to induce deep relaxation, but not sleep, before entering a complex program that blends beta and theta waves into sequences designed to induce ‘waking dreams’.” I wonder if these beta waves, which are associated with states of waking consciousness, help to keep the maintain a more heightened state of awareness while asleep, increasing the likelihood of being “awake” while in your dreams. I sort of view it as a balloon tied to my mind as I jump into the swimming pool of the unconscious. The balloon keeps me from going completely under, just as an inflatable device does the same in a real-life swimming pool.
It seems to be working for me so far, so you might want to consider giving it a try. If you do, let me know how it works for you!
If you’ve been following my posts you may have notice I missed yesterday’s post on lucid dreaming for my 30 day challenge. I was fried. Full day of work, picking up my son at school, shopping for dinner, cooking dinner, working on our YouTube project with the kids, doing college work… By the time I was done and realized I hadn’t done my blog post yet, I simply had nothing left. I thought about doing a one line post to simply put a proverbial check mark through that day’s task, but that’s not the point of what I am trying to do here. Continue reading Lucid Dreaming Book Challenge Day #6: Enjoy the Journey
It’s been a busy day. My son, Yusuf, was riding the school bus home and the bus slid on some ice and got stuck perpendicular to the side of the road. They had to call a tow truck to pull it out. Thankfully, everybody’s okay and his Mom was able to pick him up at the school bus. The rest of the evening was busy with dinner, making a Minecraft YouTube video with the kids (we have a channel for Minecraft Videos), and bedtime routines. I just got done reading from a section of the new lucid dreaming book I am reading by Robert Wagoner’s called Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple: Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth. He is really diving deep and discussing the power of our conscious and unconscious perceptions on waking and dreaming reality. In this section of the book he also gives a lot of great practical tips on choosing strategies in the dream world that can allow for instantaneous change. Initially I thought this book was perhaps lighter fare for first time lucid dreamers, but now I am feeling that it has great content for all levels of experience, and just like Robert’s first lucid dreaming book, he is getting into the real meaningful meat, the chewy center of the toostie roll pop that is lucid dreaming , and what makes it such a fascinating phenomena and the perfect tool for exploring consciousness. Dream on, Darby
I got to bed later than I wanted to last night as my dog Kip got sick and we had to call the vet and determine whether to make a late night emergency trip. You know that third eyelid that dogs have? His were basically stuck closed. He pretty much looked like a demonic dog and he was very lethargic. It turns out that he was dehydrated. We gave him some water with chicken broth and he perked right up and the strange eyelid thing stopped. He’s a beagle. Why am I telling you this? Because I was tired and didn’t get up in the middle of the night for my dream recall like I wrote I was going to earlier. It’s late again tonight and I have to get up at 6:30. It’s hard to focus in on learning lucid dreaming when you aren’t getting enough rest! I’m also feeling like this 30-day blog post writing challenge is a big hassle. It’d be great if I didn’t a million other things going on had more time to relax, read and reflect and deliver a nice, well written and insightful piece on lucid dreaming. Instead, you are getting this. Despite it all, I’m going to continue doing the 30-day challenge as that’s what I said I was going to do, and it’s important to me to follow through. So tonight? I’m going to have less then six hours of sleep as it is and I need eight, so I’ll be recording my dreams in the morning as I am sitting at my work desk waking up with my coffee. I’m going to start notating the dream signs in the dreams I record. Dream signs are clues that I am dreaming that I would have perceived if the more rational part of my brain was active during the dream, as it is in waking life. For instance, if I saw the demon/imp-like creature I saw in my dreams last night in waking reality, it would occur to me that something really odd is up. However, in my dream I followed it into a house, but then refused its requests to go into the basement. I’m guessing in waking life I would have been long gone, running down the street by then. So the more I can consciously observe that “Oh, I dreamed of my grandmother that passed away. The next time I see her in a dream I will remember to recognize that I am dreaming”, it will increase my chances that I will recognize these dream signs while dreaming, and then become lucid. See you tomorrow, Darby
It’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. Continue reading 30-Day Lucid Dreaming Book Challenge!