Lucid Dreaming Dry Spell - Finding A Possible Solution

A true master of the mind
Lucid Dreaming can be very frustrating for some people. While others have the natural gift of being able to recognize the dream state, some struggle to have lucid dreams on a consistent basis even though it seems they are invest a lot of effort.
I am also experiencing a dry spell at this time. I am not having lucid dreams as often as I would like to have. The last time I had several lucid dreams was about a month ago.

As I am right now trying out different things to break this dry spell, I am going to share with you what I experience and what techniques work for me. I am going to give continuous updates on what worked for me and what did not.

First Possible Solution:
First thing I am going to try is strengthening my intention behind why I want to become aware of my dreams. For me the motivation is to discover the inner workings of my mind and get to know myself through this process. So ultimately I want to use lucid dreams on my path to enlightenment. But to really increase my motivation I need to go to another level. Why do I want to know more about myself? Because as I already discovered we humans are an immensely complex and interesting system. In order to get the greatest satisfaction and happiness out of life I feel it is necessary to master ones psychology. This can only be done with thorough introspection. And lucid dreaming takes away many barriers that usually blur the vision inside of ones mind.

The problem I think is that this goal fell a little bit into the back of my mind. I was more concentrated on induction techniques. But this does not give me enough motivation in and of itself to get myself into the mindstate I need to be in to have lucid dreams. I remember in the past times where I was so super excited about lucid dreams that I would have them every night without even having to use any technique. From that I learned that having a strong motivation and the right intention will greatly increase the chance of having a lucid dream.

In more concrete steps, what I am going to try first is this:
  1. Every night before going to sleep I am going to visualize the purpose of why I want to experience a lucid dream. I try to vividly see where the dream could take me in order to show me what I wanted to know.
  2. Constantly throughout the day I am going to remind myself that the dreaming experience will be just like waking reality and that I want to recognize it as such. I also use an app on my phone to help me and perform a reality check regularly.
So this should help bring up my motivation and break the dry spell. I am excited to share this journey to master lucid dreaming and psychology. I hope I will be able to soon give a positive update.

Combination of Meditation and Dreaming – a Lucid Dreaming Experience

Have you ever tried to meditate in a lucid dream? I tried it out several times already and I every time I am fascinated by the effect it has. So let me tell you about some interesting sleeping meditation session I had.

Dreaming of Meditation #1:
I remember vividly this first time I tried out to sit down in a meditation posture while dreaming. I became aware that I was dreaming. And instead of pursuing some fun activities, I remembered my goal of wanting to meditate. So I quickly did some exercises to ground myself in the dream and make it more stable and vivid. Looking at my hands from both sides – check. Screaming something out loud – check. Listen to the sound of my hands clapping – check. Feeling my whole dream body – check. Smelling something – no check. Doesn’t matter, I sit down and close my eyes.
Where there has just been a dream there is now only darkness. I feel my breath with a very deep focus. Automatically a question pops up in my mind. What the fuck am I? What is this miracle I call universe, existence, creation or god…
I hear someone answering that I feel is not me. This voice seems to control also what images arise behind my closed dream eyes. I see the universe in it’s superstructure. Quickly my view zooms into that image. Galaxies fly by. Galaxy-level. Stars fly by. Solar-system-level. I see the earth, I see where I live, my house and then right into my dreaming body. The voice says: you are it, you are the whole of creation.
I wake up in awe and fascination.

Dreaming of Meditation #2:
This other dreaming meditation-session I remember does not serve as such a good story as the first one. But it felt equally as meaningful. It started out similar. I stabilized the dream and got into a meditative posture. I quickly found myself being out in space again. Slowly drifting by a beautiful, detailed, crispy clear planet.
But then I got shocked by a force pulling me back and out of this scenario. It pulled me away further and further and I could not see where it was taking me. But then the feeling of backwards acceleration stopped and I found myself pulled back so far that nothing remained. Emptiness surrounded me and everything was calm again. I do not know for how long I rested in this pure awareness. It was completely empty of any thought.
I perceived this as a kind of forced silence. No one prepared me for being stripped of all existence. All memories gone. Just a slight sense of who I was remained. So I would not call this a clear light dream. But maybe something similar. Or not at all.

Learn about the inner workings of your mind through dream yoga

There is an old Tibetan practice called dream yoga. And in the beginning stages it is similar to lucid dreaming. You first have to develop the ability to recognize the dream state. But from there dream yoga merely starts. Whereas regular lucid dreaming techniques are all about how to achieve lucid dreams and how to control them.

Lucid dreaming generally does not look beyond the dream. It is all about what happens in the dream and how to control it. Seen from the dream yoga practice the dreamer is still in a regular dream, just that he knows that he is dreaming. But he can not see beyond the dream. He is still living out his subconscious tendencies, behaviors and impulses.

Dream yoga is all about discovering how the mind works from a radically different starting point compared to waking reality. From the dream state is much easier to access different levels of consciousness and discover first-hand how the mind creates reality. This ultimately requires to stop dreaming. Because all dreams have their root in so called carmic traces. They are habitual reactions to situations and triggers you experienced many times in your life. Over and over again. And they usually cause reactions we live out unconsciously.

Many people are able to recognize those automatic behaviors of the (usually) subconscious so they loose the grip on them. In dream yoga practice the grip of the subconscious is greatly reduced through awareness itself. After you learned to reach a state, where you can deliberately stop the dream scenery and abide in pure awareness, this practice will erase many of formerly unconscious reactions from your mind.

The deep meditative state you can reach in a matter of seconds during sleep, will accelerate your enlightenment practice and provide deep insights for you. It can also be a strong support for your daytime practice and it will naturally boost your motivation as you see yourself growing much quicker.

But dream yoga has a steep learning curve in the beginning. Reaching a state where you can reliably induce lucid dreams and also remember them in vivid detail, is the most important goal for any new student of this practice.

So in the upcoming post I am going to share with you my journey, how I practice lucid dreaming and what my experiences are so far.

This is a great journey of personal growth and self-mastery. Stick with me on this topic if you want to see your life truly transform in the next month and years to come.

Why You Have A Depression That You Do Not Know About

The hypothesis is that the human race is basically driven by its own depression. Our own fear and mental instability is responsible for everything we do. If you do not believe this to be true right now than read on and I guarantee your opinion will change.

The actions of almost everybody, who is not seriously working to increase their awareness, are unconsciously lived out mental habits to but it nicely. But seen with much greater awareness they reveal their harmful nature. They have been reinforced by every action from your first day of life. This does not only play out in very obvious things, like how we interact and talk, but also on levels very few people are aware of.

To show you how deep and maybe even impossible these automatic behaviors are, try the following things:

  1. Try to look at this article without attaching any meaning to the words you see. Can you do it? It is most likely impossible for you.
  2. Listen to a sentence in your mother language without understanding its meaning like you would with a totally foreign language.

These automatic reactions spread throughout everything you experience in life. They influence every one of your actions. The true, direct experience of reality was only available to you when you were very young.

And this disconnection from reality is responsible for all human fears and drives all the self-harming behaviors we can observe today and throughout history. A clear experience of reality does not lead to any problematic behavior. But because we only experience our own distorted interpretations and our projections of reality, this creates unhappiness of various degrees.

True, lasting happiness can be experienced. People who trained their awareness of reality to a point where they no longer react to their mental chatter. They experience no confusion anymore and see that unhappiness, just as any other emotion arises in the mind. Ang they do not exist in the real world. Therefore they can also be changed by the mind itself. With awareness at first unhappiness and depression loose its grip on you and later are even transformed into blissful experience that is grounded in reality.

To get back to the original point: Our mind deceives us in almost any situation. It tells us we are experiencing reality when we are actually not. This creates unhappiness in almost every single human being. 

The lifelong goal of building up awareness is worth every hour invested and pays back tenfold. Because it is the only way to experience unconditional happiness.

How To Discover The Existential Void

What does meditation lead to? In general the answer is that there is nothing to achieve in meditation. Striving for some goal in meditation actually defeats the purpose. But still there is something happening in your brain after many hours of meditation. And this is an ongoing process that will keep changing your brain with time.

I would like to compare this to the production of a microscope. To create a really good microscope you need to manufacture very good lenses. And this is done by honing the glass over and over again, in order to make the surface smoother each time. This will increase the visual resolution of the microscope.

Likewise during meditation you rest your awareness on the present moment. And by doing so or a very long time you will increase your resolution for the present moment. And now stuff gets interesting.

This will show you a lot about yourself. Because in order to get to the present moment you need to erase all the burs and scratches from your mind. Those that do not allow you to have experience reality directly. What you will discover after an extended period of practicing meditation regularly, is that you are not actually experience reality. What you experience instead are your own reactions to reality and projections of your own desires.

With meditation those habits and carmic-traces will be eradicated from the mind through many insights and through the direct experience of them with greater awareness.
But be prepared that this process can be quite painful. Not only in the beginning but also in later stages when you see parts fall away that you formerly thought were part of yourself.
I felt that those changes became less and less painful with time. After a while this process has now become very pleasant and interesting. Increasing my awareness through different forms of meditation is my number one long term personal goal.

In my experience the insights from meditation are very valuable for the course of my life and my direct quality of life. They are coupled with a slow but steady change of my behavior in the outer world. And the most beautiful part about this is the effortlessness with which these changes manifest.
Basically all of our problems stem from psychological issues that we hold and do not see. By seeing through these illusions of the mind you will find yourself in a new position where your world seems to hold less objects for you.

For example, I was for many years deeply concerned with my diet. It had to be healthy and calorically controlled. Otherwise I would not be happy. I would start eating way too much and feel physically ill afterwards. Now after living through many of those instances with full awareness, diet has become a non-issue for me. Now I will naturally eat healthy food in the right quantity. If not, that is no problem anymore as well.

This is one small area of life where awareness has sharpened my view for reality. But this works for everything else. After many years of meditation you can discover the beautiful emptiness of the present moment. Reality is basically an existential void. Nothing you think right now that exist does really exist in the real world. It is completely empty of any meaning, history, feeling, projection and virtually nothing you spend all of your time thinking about. All those things do not exist in reality.
This can be a shocking and at the same time liberating and awe inspiring realization. To be free in your decisions, you first have to arrive at this level of resolution for what really exist in the present moment. Before that you will only be reacting to whatever your own inner mind-chatter serves up for you. But with a continuous meditation practice this will gradually reduce. You will increasingly act from a place of true understanding and appreciation of for reality. At this point you do not need to follow anymore rules to act moral. The Good and Truth will be your default mode.
To achieve this insight into yourself and reality I will today leave you with only but very powerful rule that you need to follow:

1. Practice any proven meditation technique, every day and with increasing duration over time. Start with 20 minutes a day and slowly increase to 1 hour over several month. Never stop for the rest of your life. Enjoy the process!