Last 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. I really like it, although I think I may have had the volume a little loud as about 45 minutes into the audio there is a higher pitched tone which I believe is some variation of the binaural beats, but it was a little jarring for me and woke me up.
In addition to going into detail about how the Instant Lucid Dreams MP3 works, day three has you identifying your own personal dream signs and setting up processes to use them as lucidity cues. As I wrote yesterday, I had already started doing this on my own by printing out pictures and photos representing common dream signs for me and leaving them lying around the house. I think I may start doing this again and also incorporate it into a screen saver on my computer, as I am on it most of the day for work and that would be natural way for me to see it, though, since I am always on it, the screen saver is not likely to engage… Hmmmm…
Actually, when I was using the dreamsign photos before I actually put them into a collage and used them as the image for a another lucid dreaming reality check app I have called Lucid Reality Check. Maybe I will start using that app as well for reality checks and alternate every half hour between the recorded audio cue of the Lucid Dreamer app, and the visual cue the the Lucid Reality Check app uses. Yeah.
Identifying your own personal dream signs was a process taught in the Course in Lucid Dreaming put out by Stephen LaBerge and the Lucidity Institute years ago. The Instant Lucid Dreams course has you optionally categorize the different types of your personal dream signs, much as the Lucidity Institute’s course did, so this part of day three is pretty familiar to me.
I’ve started using the Instant Lucid Dream’s Association Builder video that comes with the course which features an image and sound of an owl, and this sound is woven into the MP3 you listen to at night as an additional lucidity cue
I’m looking forward to trying another W.I.L.D. tonight using the specific instructions from the course to achieve that “mind awake, body asleep” state, to borrow the term that the Monroe Institute uses in their work.