Lucid Dreaming Book Challenge Day #1 – Do You See Your Hands?

lucid dreaming hand gazingOne of the points that Robert Waggoner makes in his lucid dreaming book Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple: Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth is that when you are first learning how to induce lucid dreams it helps to focus on mastering one method during your first 30 days. He goes on to write about the first method he used to purposely induce lucid dreams when he was a junior in high school: staring at your hands while going to bed with the intention of seeing your hands in your dreams and then remembering that you are dreaming. Robert derived this technique from one of Carlos Castenda’s books on the teachings of Don Juan called Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan.  I read with great interest the same Castenda book (and devoured most of his other books as well), and have actually used the technique myself successfully to have a lucid dream, so I thought it would be a great way to begin my quest for more lucidity. So tonight after making this post I will lay in bed staring gently at my hands repeating the mantra: “Tonight while I am dreaming, I will see my hands and realize that I am dreaming.” I’ll be making this my primary lucid dream induction method this month and I fully expect to have several lucid dreams before the month is through. I love this hand gazing technique because of it’s simplicity, and because of how quickly it produced results for me. If you haven’t yet read a Carlos Castenda book, I’d definitely recommend Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan. Some of his other books feature lucid dreaming as well, although in a later book he ventures into areas that didn’t resonate with me as deeply, but were still interesting. I’ll go ahead and begin my hand gazing now and report back tomorrow! I must say I am feeling really excited about implementing this technique for the next 30 days. Talk soon, Darby

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