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Recognize you are dreaming

Externally Induced Lucid Dreaming EILD

Lucid Dreaming App falls into the category of Externally Assisted Lucid Dream induction devices (EILD). Here’s some more information on the EILD method.

There are currently two methods of delivering the external cue into the dream through the app. The first one relies on extended periods of inactivity – the reminder is played after waking from this period. This may indicate light sleep or an intermittent awakening.

The second method is based on predicting when the next REM cycle occurs. The app (as of version 0.6.7) will include a way to set up expected REM episodes and have the app play the reminder either on movement during REM episode or at the end of the REM episode.

When the app starts to play back your own voice reminder, it gets integrated into the dream’s content. The exact way of how you experience this event depends on how your brain works. You may experience a sudden flash of awareness, hear a garbled message,  or hear someone say it. In this case, you should use these queues to recognize that you are dreaming.

  • Your best bet of recognizing the message is if the message itself points out how weird everything around you is.
  • Repeating affirmations before bed, such as “when I hear X, I will recognize that I’m dreaming because of Y” is also useful
  • Try doing a reality check when you hear the message, even if you are certain you are awake. Excellent reality checks are:
  1. Digital clocks – the numbers change as you look away and look back. Numbers may black out on the 3rd try.  99.99% effective for me.
  2. Light switches – flipping a switch and it doesn’t work as intended.   This one is incredibly effective with some preparation.
  3. Reading – just a few words. Longer passages are hard to keep in memory. Look for word changes, hieroglyphics,  blurry text, etc.
  4. Holding the nose, pushing a finger through the palm – these are not that reliable, but require no external tools or implements.

A hypothetical scenario: Your friend tells you that you are dreaming because of how crazy the sky looks. You know he may be joking. But just to check, you pull out our phone/watch and do a reality check on the built-in clock. The clock shows 11:23 followed by 12:47. Bam! You are dreaming. Enjoy!

Without a reality check, your friend may mention how he’s just kidding, how you spend too much time on this lucid dreaming stuff. And look how pretty the sky is. What follows is you observing the sky and the dream changing a few short minutes later.

Recognizing a sudden flash of awareness.

I can only speak from personal experience on this matter. I do not hear the reminder myself. Instead, I have a dream of my elementary school. There, I find myself in one of two distinct classrooms. In a flash of awareness I get up from my desk and walk to the front of the class. I look around and state to the class that I’m in fact dreaming.

When you experience a sudden flash of awareness, expand upon it:

  • Stop whatever you are doing and take a look around. Make sure that the environment is stable and is not hazy. Don’t get caught in how pretty the sand, brick, trees or whatever looks.
  • Try to recall your goal for the lucid dreaming session. This may help you avoid such common activities as flying, sex or exploring (or combinations of thereof 😛 )
  • It is very useful to recall that you may reenter the dream when this one fades. This little fact alone removes most of the anxiety associated with thinking of having to wake up. As the dream fades, you may think of one of the last stable images and use it for reentry.

Onward, towards exciting lucid dreaming!

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