Counting to lucidity

After awakening from a dream this morning, I jotted the dream down in my written dream journal. After going back to bed I decided to try Charlie Morley’s technique from his book Dreams of Awakening, counting “1. I’m lucid? 2. I’m lucid? …”. It’s very similar to the counting technique Robert Waggoner describes in Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple.

I was in bed lying on my back with my legs slightly spread and my hands at my sides. Soon after I began counting I became aware of hypnagogic imagery and once the count was well above 50 I began to notice changes in how my body felt. I felt a general tightening sensation in the center of my torso and a vague feeling of stiffness in my joints but I wasn’t sure if it was sleep paralysis setting in. (I’ve never consciously experienced sleep paralysis so I don’t know what it feels like.) I also noticed my breath becoming shallower. The images in my head seemed to solidify and become more cohesive but were still not forming into a dreamscape. I was still also aware of the physical reality around  me like sounds and physical sensations and that I was lying in bed. By this time I’d stopped counting (around 100) and mentally repeating a mantra of “lucid dreaming”. When I drifted off to sleep I still wasn’t fully in a dream state, although I felt I might be getting closer, and I recalled no dreams from that last sleep period of the night.

 

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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

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  1. I had a strange experience the other night. I’d gone to bed around 10:30 PM and gone to sleep. I awoke upon hearing my wife doing something in the bathroom. I heard my son asking if we had any antacid tablets or something. Although I’d just woken up, I felt alert and as if I’d slept the entire night. However, when I looked at the clock with was only 12:15 AM. I’d only been asleep for about an hour and a half.

    I’d problem just come out of a sleep cycle but I didn’t remember having dreamed.

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