The Danger Of Reality Checks And How To Increase Awareness

Sometimes you can’t even see what’s in front of your face.

You know what I’m talking about. The thing you’re looking for is right there. Right in between your eyes, only it’s invisible.

You end up thinking you’ve lost it, and if you are really lucky you’ll look again in a few minutes and spot it straight away. How could you be so blind?

This could be the difference between having a lucid dream, or not.

The zombie apocalypse is here

You don’t need to prepare for any zombie apocalypse. You’re living it right now. It’s not your fault, it’s just one of those things. We’re all zombies.

People are not aware of what goes on around them. Our awareness as a human race is pretty pathetic. It’s affecting your ability to be a great lucid dreamer.

I don’t know about you, but a few lucid dreams per month is not good enough. I want you to have more. Every night even. But to do that you have to improve your awareness.

Are you ever on cruise control?

You could easily walk 2 miles to someone’s house without looking where you were going. You could be walking along texting on your mobile and still navigate your way there. There could be a six-legged dog walk past you and you wouldn’t realize.

You need to start paying attention to everyday life. As much attention as you do to your mobile phone. Things will begin to look different. They’ll look much more real.

Staring at the clouds

Have you ever lay down on the ground and looked up at the clouds? I used to do it when I was younger and I’d try to pick out certain shapes: elephants, houses, clowns. It’s pretty amazing what shapes you can come up with when you pay attention.

When you’re walking along the street they just look like white things in the sky. When you shift your awareness onto them they suddenly look different. They look more in focus. Your awareness completely changes.

It’s important you remember what this shift in awareness feels like: when something looks different after a few seconds of staring at it, because this is what you need to start doing.

Why are reality checks dangerous?

They’re not going to bite you. Not that kind of dangerous. But performing reality checks without proper awareness is going to make them much less effective. You might not notice when they fail, which is the whole point in doing them.

It’s like that dog with six legs. If you’re not paying attention you won’t see it. When you perform your reality checks you must shift your awareness onto them, just like when you look at your mobile, so you wouldn’t notice the dog when it passes. You’ll see much better results.

You must open your eyes

Inside a lucid dream you are completely aware. It’s the same inside the lucid trance. To complete the tripod you need to be aware during waking life.

You spend most of your day being awake. Building up awareness during lucid dreams or a trance is great, but if you can build up awareness in everyday life it’s going to boost your lucid ability by loads.

What the hell does that mean?

I know it’s pretty vague. You’re not used to having awareness during normal waking life, so let me tell you what it means and how to do it.

People always ask me how they can do 20 reality checks in a day. How can you possibly manage it? Carrying out the reality checks isn’t the hard part. It’s remembering to do them.

You need to build up habits. Once you’ve done reality checks for a certain amount of days it becomes a habit. Not just a habit you carry out in a dream, but you will always remember to do them during the day.

It’s the exact same with awareness

You don’t have to walk around staring at everything. You’d look pretty weird for a start, but it’s not exactly an easy way to live your life. Build it up slowly by paying closer attention to stuff. Try and question your reality as much as possible. And guess what happens?

It will become a habit. Eventually you’ll become more aware of what’s around you without even trying. You will look at things in more detail. You’ll notice much more than before. Your reality checks will also get a lot better.

And this is what you’re shooting for. Once you do it your lucid dreaming will reach a new level. Meditation will become simple. The lucid trance will be a breeze.

And you’ll have much more lucid dreams.

So remember:

  • Reality checks = You wouldn’t notice the six-legged dog
  • Everyday life = You’d notice the dog from miles away

Start shifting your awareness onto whatever it is you’re looking at, whether that’s during reality checks or when you’re walking around.

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  1. Agota says

    I’m glad you made this point. It’s amazing that so few lucid dreamers get the connection between lucid dreaming and “here and now” awareness. It’s strange that trying to wake up in my dreams only made me realize that I’m not awake in my real life either. How can one expect to become lucid in their dreams when they are not lucid in their waking life?

    • says

      Definitely. I think building up a strong awareness is the foundation of lucid dreaming. I think it’s one of those things that people will leave until they become really frustrated about their lack of lucidity.

  2. Olga says

    Hi Jamie,
    I apply a trick to revive the daily awareness. I look at my surroundings as if it was another (not my) place, another time, another country…
    Once I did this when slowly driving my car in a traffic jam – I imagined that I was in another country in an unknown city. After 30 seconds of gazing around I felt so dizzy that the traffic jam was my luck, otherwise I could drive into a tree. The whole scenery around began to shake (the Matrix lost its stability, I guess :) )
    I give this story to confirm – the reality checks are dangerous. You may feel lost if you do these checks without the proper awareness and readiness to accept the results of the check.

    • says

      Hey Olga,

      That’s a great way to do it. I’m going to give it a go. That’s cool about the car, though luckily you were stopped. It’s amazing the things that can happen with an altered mind. That’s definitely a lot more dangerous than not becoming lucid because of a failed test.

  3. says

    Hi Jamie,

    Very interesting, indeed. The point of you made about increasing awareness is so true. It takes time but is well worth the effort. Like anything, it takes practice. However, the impact of doing so can be become evident quite profoundly. It’s like experiencing life with a heightened sense of consciousness.

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