Post by existenceisadream on Aug 8, 2015 8:01:11 GMT -5
This all fascinates me to no end! I often look at my brothers dog and think to myself, "why is my consciousness in this human body instead of that dog?" who may be looking back at me thinking "why is my consciousness in this dog body instead of that human body...?" It's such a mystery of why we are who we are instead of something else. And of course the fact that we even exist is amazing in itself. There's 8.7 million different species in the world and I just so happen to be human... the ONLY species out of the 8.7 million that has the capability to sit here on this laptop and discuss the madness of all this with fellow humans! hahaha
Post by existenceisadream on Jul 13, 2015 17:20:22 GMT -5
Awesome song Somnium. Great lyrics. That band puts out some heavy stuff and IMO opinion she has such a powerful and beautiful voice with so much passion. They get quite a bit of radio play on our hard rock station here where I live.
Post by existenceisadream on Jun 27, 2015 2:21:31 GMT -5
I would like to think anything I can think up is possible within the lucid dream... However there are things I've tended to gravitate more towards. First is movement and travel. Flying has always been my favorite method and it's amazing at how many different techniques and ways to fly there are. Another is teleportation. Though what I used to like to do is take off flying and tell myself when I land I'll be in another place far away and usually end up in magical places doing this. The flying aspect never seems to get old to me. I love showing off to me dream characters that I can fly and then get them to fly with me. So awesome! Another form of travel is just intending myself to what I see. So If I look across my dreamscape and see somewhere I want to be, I will myself there and am instantly there. I got really good at this years ago but it's been awhile since I've worked with this.
For awhile I was working with shape shifting in my LD's and could change myself into different animals. I remember jumping into the water and turning into a fish... or was it a frog.. lol It's in my dream journal here somewhere hahaha.
Lately though I've been working more with communicating with my dream characters. I want to have meaningful conversations and see if there's lucid dreaming lessons I could learn from them/me...
I'm sure I've missed quite a few lucid dreaming abilities... lol but I don't have them as often as I used to. I think it has much more to do with my will and intention vs ability. Thanks for this forum becoming active again, I may begin to hone my abilities back to where they were and beyond...!
Post by existenceisadream on Jun 27, 2015 1:45:20 GMT -5
I came across this technique just now. I've never heard of it before. It sounds promising. The idea is to go to bed as you usually would. Wake up after a few hours. Then while falling back to sleep you slightly move your index and middle finger kinda like you're playing a piano but even softer. After about 30 seconds do a reality check. If you determine you're still awake then repeat the process.
Post by existenceisadream on Jun 25, 2015 15:38:30 GMT -5
I've never considered myself a medium or have attempted to practice in this field as well. However there's a couple things that jumped out to me immediately with this picture so I'll post my initial feelings. First is that this person has passed. Maybe it's just I assumed this because of the thread content, but it was a quick feeling. Second, I see him smiling here but he's not happy. It looks like a forced smile, but he seems sad underneath it. Beyond that though that's all I got.
Post by existenceisadream on Jun 6, 2015 0:09:19 GMT -5
It's called "Time to pretend". Though it should be called Fated to pretend. That first video I ever posted here on this thread of Devendra Banhart, I actually got to see him perform here in Chico like a year ago. It was pretty damn awesome though I was a little disappointed because I thought he was going to have a backing band. Instead it was him with another guy who I forget his name now playing acoustic. And the majority of the songs I didn't know and were sung by the other guy. But whenever Devendra Banhart would sing it was pretty magical sounding.
Post by existenceisadream on May 28, 2015 17:53:43 GMT -5
Would you say this new experience was a OBE or High LD?
I've been at the point for quite sometime where I feel OBE and LD are the same thing. The only difference is in one you become lucid in the midst of a dream and the other you "launch" the dream from an aware state in sleep paralysis. I'm not convinced we're actually leaving our physical bodies during an OBE. Maybe expanding our awareness or consciousness seems more plausible to me. It's hard to say. However if we're using terms I would say since I was in an aware state lying in bed, i would consider this experience at least beginning in an OBE, propelling out with great force.
This is where my confusion comes in play with OBE vs LD. Lets say I'm in trance/sleep paralysis and I project out. Now I'm standing in my bedroom having what in all matters regarding the subject an OBE. I look back at my bed and my "body" is lying there. I leave my house but everything I encounter is not actually happening in real time. As in I can tell real quickly that things are not like this in waking life. For instance if I encounter a neighbor during my OBE and see what they are doing and ask them later they'd say they weren't even home during this time. So how is this any different than experiencing a lucid dream? Some will argue that once you're OBE, since you're in the astral land, you'll often encounter a mixture of dream/astral land as well as real time land. As in things that are actually there in waking life that can be verified. This is a possibility, however I still don't see this being any different than a LD.
So does it make you feel sluggish and out of sync with your body after taking this?
I haven't felt any sluggishness the day after taking this. I get a good 5 hours of sleep in before taking it. If anything I feel energized after having such an intense dreaming session. Again I only plan on taking this once and no more than twice a week. If anything I've been noticing greater dream recall all the time. I think taking this sup in moderation may be healthy for memory and brain health in general...
I'm looking forward to coupling it with the choline. If the results are even better, count me in!
Post by existenceisadream on May 28, 2015 3:37:21 GMT -5
I experimented with galantamine again today. This time I awoke after about 5 and a half hours of sleep. I was very tired and lied in bed for another 15 minutes but pried myself out of bed because I had planned to take this supplement. I went for a walk and after being up for about 45 minutes I again took 8mg and lied down. I could tell that I may have a hard time falling back to sleep (bts) as being up for the 45 minutes really woke me up.
I just reread part of the book that explains using galantamine as a lucid dreaming trigger and it suggest taking the 8mg of galantamine with 500mg of choline bitartrate. I do plan to get that supplement as well but for now using just the galantamine I'm having fantastic results...!
I had great difficulty falling bts. I think it took about an hour (which the author does state will often happen because the effect of the supplement which is a fast increase of acetylcholine in the brain can make it a bit hard to fall bts). However I lied patiently and was able to consciously enter into a trance/sleep paralysis while never losing my awareness at all!
I'm lying on my stomach and can feel the vibrations begin to flow through me. I try to project out but don't budge. So instead I just let the vibrations build. I feel this strange sensation kind of like arms wrap around me and it seems I can feel hands on my rib cage. Before I can give this much thought, I propel vertical out of my bed feet first. Visuals kick in and I get a glimpse of my bedroom floor before I fly through my bathroom and at what feels like light speed right through my neighbors apartment. At this point there are no visuals, just sensations and awareness. I'm feeling a bit uncomfortable because of this feeling of arms around me and the hands on my rib cage mainly because the hands are tickling me. I try to reach down and pull them off but that just makes them tickle more and makes the arms feel like they're squeezing harder. So instead I just relax and wait to see where I'm going to end up. (I'm recording this now at the end of my day so I've forgotten quite a bit of the details and am going to skip over quite a bit as well. By the way It's daylight in these dreams.)
I end up in the courtyard of an apartment complex. I'm with... something. (for some reason I can't really determine now what it is but i feel like it's what "drug" me here... I keep having an image of a short stubby dog... weird I know lol) I'm not scared of this thing I'm with but have the urge to bail and I enter into an apartment with it. As soon as I do I leave quickly and shut the door leaving this thing behind and then put all my focus into teleporting away. I have this desire not to have this "companion" with me for my travels...
I end up on a big rock in the ocean. I can see in the distance a big restaurant on a bluff. It's maybe a mile away. I take off flying and am worried right away that I might not make it and may land in the ocean and that may end my lucid dream. I quickly expel this thought and just focus my eyes and awareness on the restaurant. I land softly on the balcony where many are at tables laughing, eating and having a great time.
(I'm having trouble remembering many details from this dreamscape, however I go through several different dreamscapes with absolutely no lapse in lucidity I can remember! It's amazing how clear things are. Often it's hard to retain lucidity for the duration of the dream and often become absorbed back into the drama and forget I'm dreaming) (I'm going to fast forward towards the end of my dreaming session. This next part of my dream for me is very interesting...)
I'm back outside my apartment. I walk inside and check my bedroom to see if I can see my physical body lying in bed. I check and it's not there. I walk back outside and I see a neighbor is having a little get together. I walk over and inside his apartment are a couple friends I haven't seen in quite sometime as well as other neighbors. It's a birthday party and there's all kinds of cupcakes and cakes here. Since I know I'm dreaming and this dream food can't put real physical calories on me I begin to pig in. And omg these cupcakes and cakes are delicious! I'm in shock at how well I can taste and smell these treats! I actually begin to worry that I may actually be awake (and since I'm currently back to eating healthy and exercising) and worry that I shouldn't be eating all this junk food. But I determine, no I'm still in my dream, continue to get my fill.
(this dream continues on for awhile until I awaken.)
I wake up and am immediately pleased with another successful galantamine experience after having my 2nd best LD/OBE session in quite awhile. I'm 100% sold on this supplement. I do plan to try some of the supplement "cocktails" the author suggests in his book though most all the "cocktails" include the use of the galantamine coupled with another sup or a couple of other sups. I'm very pleased with how I was able to go from awake to trance without losing consciousness. Something that is often very hard to do. I think for my next experiment I'm going to not do the wake back to sleep technique but instead just wake up take the sup, and lie right back down. I'm hoping this way I can fall bts faster. Plus I'm curious if I'll still be able to gain lucidity easily with just the sup alone. That would save about 45 minutes of having to be awake doing the wake bts technique. Though the author does state that even doing it this way it still may take 45 min to an hour to fall bts because of the anticipation as well as how quickly this sup begins to take effect. He also states that taking a bit of time to fall bts is necessary to be able to slip into a W.I.L.D or else you'll just fall to sleep and then usually end up lucid eventually.
Post by existenceisadream on May 28, 2015 2:18:40 GMT -5
You know I've been skeptical in the past as well to take supplements to induce LD's/obe's, however after reading this book and how the author recommends taking some days off between uses I'm not too worried about this particular supplement. Especially since I'll probably only being using it maybe once a week. You should definitely check the book out. It's a good read. However the author does go into detail about several different supplements, he definitely states that galantamine is his go to and I have a feeling that it's because of that particular supplement that inspired him to write the book.
Do you think this entire dreamscape has meaning?
One thing about dreams that interest me is the spontaneity of them. It's fascinating to think that in one theory that I may be creating this whole dream including dreamscape and dream characters though it appears to be at no conscious effort on my part at all. It's like I"m just along for the ride. So when in a lucid dream it's fascinating how I can be fully lucid but have no clue what I'm about to experience. My sub-conscious is creating everything around me without any effort at all. Though once lucid I can consciously create and alter dreamscapes and the such, it's not neccesary. It's so awesome!
And of course another theory is that we're traveling to actual astral land destinations. This theory I'm not so sure of. It's difficult to determine. But if true is just as fascinating as the other theory I just mentioned. Maybe there's a mixture of the two theories happening...
Post by existenceisadream on May 26, 2015 23:05:27 GMT -5
I finally experimented with a supplement called galantamine this morning. I read about it in a book called "Advanced Lucid Dreaming- The Power of Supplements" and purchased it from an online vendor quite awhile ago and finally tried it. It wasn't a planned thing either. I went to bed about 2am and woke at 7am to use the bathroom. I decided to do the wake back to sleep method since that's always been such a great technique to achieve lucid dreams. I went for a walk and about 45 minutes later I'm about to lie back down and remember that I've been meaning to try this supplement. I take one capsule which is 8mg (the suggested dose is 4-8mg, the author states he takes 8mg). The book suggests to use the supplement after you've slept for about 4 or 5 hours for best results but doesn't mention coupling it with the wake back to sleep method. Instead the author just says to wake, take the supplement, and lie right back down to sleep.
I take the 8mg capsule and lie back down, with a bit of anticipation knowing that from what I've read that I'm about to be experiencing some high level vivid lucid dreams. The one thing that's amazing about this supplement is that it makes it much easier to W.I.L.D. right into a dream. Meaning go from an awake state directly into a dream without losing consciousness.
First of all, this is only one experience. I plan to use it again soon to see how the next one goes. But... The following 2 hours after taking this supplement, I experienced the most vivid and high level lucid dreams than I've experienced in years! No joke!
It may had taken about 10 minutes to fall back to sleep and though I didn't go straight from awake into a lucid dream, the falling to sleep process felt a bit different... Hard to explain. I should mention here as well that the effects of the supplement are fast. It peaks at one hour, so within minutes of taking it, it's already effecting you. And then after the 1 hour mark it gradually begins to wear off. However it has a half life of like 2 days I believe to leave your system. So if you do find this supplement to be useful, then you may only want to take it a couple times a week with some days between so not to build up a tolerance to it. So back to the experience. I'm only writing part of it because there's just too much to record here.
I awaken in a bed from an older bother bugging me. The house isn't familiar to me though the set up looks just like my apartment. There's quite a few people here and i walk outside and immediately become lucid. There's a family walking (actually they're damn near skipping or dancing down the street they're all in such a great mood) down the street with huge smiles on their faces. I get the sense that it's sometime in the 1980's. They seem a bit fuzzy meaning my dream clarity isn't at its best. I join the family and it doesn't take long before the clarity is crystal clear. Eventually one of the family members just disappears into the ground and I realize there's got to be a portal there and I dive head first right into the ground. I get stuck. Half of my body is still in this scene and the other half is in the portal. I can see a blackness with swirling lights. This eventually becomes just pure darkness and without losing awareness I end up in what I like to call the void.
It's not sleep paralysis, but just a pure level of consciousness. No body, no visuals, just awareness. After a bit of time I notice the blackness beginning to take form and shape and i see a figure take shape and he turns to me and motions for me to follow. I know now I can re-enter into the dream world. I'm walking down the middle of the street with hundreds of people who are all again smiling and just seem so happy. There are no cars. I remember a couple of my lucid dream tasks and approach a lady and ask her where we are. She says New Orleans! (often in lucid dreams, dream characters seem confused when asked this question) I'm like "that's awesome, I've never been to New Orleans before!" I ask her what her name is. She tells me her name (though I can't remember it now)(again often DC's don't know their name when asked) We walk continuing to converse though now I can't remember most of it and eventually the dreamscape begins to falter and begin to disintegrate around me. This lady tells me to just keep my awareness during the transition. I can still hear her voice as everything goes black and again I keep lucidity into the void.
I wait patiently for visuals of a new dreamscape to begin to materialize. As it does piece by piece I become part of the scene. I'm in a big parking lot and again with a lot of people around. I decide to do some flying. This LD lasts quite awhile and it's just too much to write but the end is very interesting. I end up entering a building that is mid evil style and the people here are dressed in armor and the such. I end up battling someone in this castle like building but only moments into the battle I'm filled with an awareness like we shouldn't be battling. As soon as I stop. The person I'm battling stops. I tell him I'm from another world (OTHER WORLDS!) And he says "I know". I tell him that it's so weird because I know that this is just a dream but this place really feels like I'm visiting a "real" place. He grins at me and says something along the lines of "you have much to learn, follow me, I'd like to show you something". I following him down a hall which leads to a door. He's just about to open it and I feel like I'm about to learn some great big secret but I hear a faint alarm sounding in the distance. In my dream I know that sound. It's the alarm on my phone (in the waking world) and I try to put it out of my head and stay with the dream. But I can't and I wake up. However there is no alarm going off! I awake with a sense of pure joy. I just spent more than an hour in multiple lucid dreams, never losing lucidity that I can remember! It's been quite some time since I've had this level of maintained awareness and clarity in my dreams. Not only that but many of my LD's over the last while have been sort of boring often lacking of dream characters. Just a dreamscape with no DC's at all. I know that this supplement is what helped propel this dreaming session. I'm looking forward to another experience with it. I plan to take it no more than 2 times a week so to not build a tolerance though most likely I'll probably end up taking it only a couple times a month. Hell I've had it probably for like a year now and finally got around to trying it. I did feel slightly dizzy during the first couple of hours after I awoke, which was mentioned as a side effect in the book. But the slight after effects are well worth such an epic dreaming session!
Post by existenceisadream on May 26, 2015 21:43:08 GMT -5
Welcome to the forum Sugilite. Although it's been a bit quiet around here for some time, there is a ton of information here as you may have noticed. Please stick around and lets get this forum rocking again!
Post by existenceisadream on May 6, 2015 15:13:07 GMT -5
Wow 5,000! That's a lot of your life energy sharing with others your experiences, ideas, and knowledge on this fascinating subject! Some of the best years of my life involved sharing experiences and ideas here on this forum. Good times indeed!
Post by existenceisadream on May 14, 2013 5:07:07 GMT -5
I too would get frustrated trying to replicate what I would read from astral projection books and what not. I found that reading this material still helped a great deal because it would get the subject into my awareness which would help me "naturally" achieve projection. What I mean by naturally is that it seems for me that everything was more like improv when it came to lucid dreaming and astral projecting. Reading about it all helped get me aware in the states necessary to project or lucid dream but it was through moment by moment improv where I achieved that greatest success with it. Sure one person might have their experience on how they achieve these states and how they experience it but there's no reason why it should be laid in stone for how another should go about it and what their experience should be.
Now i know what I just wrote isn't exactly on par on what you're talking about... You're turning what most would consider physical concrete reality into a fluid projection where things can be manipulated...
But it is on par in the sense each person person perceives life differently than each other. Why believe someone else's view on what life is and is not? What to beliefs to have and not to have? We are the creators and we can create anything we want.
I find however that many people (myself included) are very stuck or fixed in their "position" in life. It often takes a drug trip or life altering occasion to budge people from their fixated world view. And even then it's easy to slip back into your comfort zone.
I myself often go mad over how stuck I often feel in my perceptions. I know there's an infinite amount of ways to "see" this existence and often question why I view it in such a limited way...