Christmas is just around the corner and I think it’s going to help me become lucid a lot more often. I’ll be stuffed with food which means I’ll spend 16 hours each day in my bed. I can’t wait even if it means putting on a few extra dozen pounds.
Before Santa Claus comes I thought it would be cool to take a look at some of the things I’ve messed up this year and what I plan to start doing differently. My lucid ability has progressed nicely and I’m happy with what I’ve achieved this year, but there are still some areas I need to work on.
1) Too lazy to record my dreams
I think recording dreams is absolutely essential, but I’ve been too lazy to do it on a daily basis. I’m good at going over my dreams when I wake up and I try to remember them throughout the day, but I don’t always write them down. Sometimes I go through stages where I don’t write anything down for weeks.
I can still remember my dreams, but it’s getting to the stage where I want to remember every single second of them. I’ve also noticed I can remember becoming lucid in some of my earlier dreams. This isn’t so bad when you wake up straight after them, but if you keep going back to sleep it’s not ideal.
2) Failure to set dream intentions
I sometimes set dream intentions, but most of the time I don’t. This is bad because when I become lucid I don’t have a plan of action. I usually just do random things I find enjoyable, but there are certain things I’d like to tackle next year and it will mean setting dream intentions more often.
It’s not easy to remember something when you wake up in a lucid dream. There are other things you can do like waking yourself up before passing straight back into the dream world, but it’s better to stick to what’s easiest. I think I’ve failed to set proper dream intentions before going to sleep because of laziness.
3) No meditation in the afternoon
I’m glad I meditate often because it allows me to have a lot of lucid dreams per week. I meditate before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning. I only meditate in the morning if I plan on trying to become lucid again, but sometimes life gets in the way and there are things I need to do.
I hardly meditate throughout the day, which is silly because I think it would help me. I could easily meditate multiple times throughout the day for 20-30 minutes, but I choose to do other things that aren’t as important. I’m not sure why but I know it’s holding me back.
4) Lack of daily awareness training
I don’t actively try to increase my awareness throughout the day. I don’t even perform reality checks anymore, at least not on a regular basis. I’ve been telling myself I don’t need to do them because I already have enough lucid dreams, but doing them can only be a good thing.
It’s not even the reality checks I’m worried about. I’d actually like to become more aware in general. Because of past experiences I know how great it feels to be aware. I hate being a zombie that’s plugged into the matrix, but I don’t do anything about it even though I’ve seen what’s on the other side.
5) Not following along with the dream
I want to start following along with the dream more often. It’s something I’ve done in the past and I love it. I love normal dreams because of the stories you get to see unfold before your eyes and when you follow along with the dream lucidly it’s just as fun.
One of the main reasons why I’m going to start doing it more often is because I have plans to start writing fiction books based on my lucid dreams. Instead of coming up with stories while I’m sitting at a computer I’ll let my subconscious mind come up with them while they’re happening in real time.
6) Not enough 30+ min lucid dreams
I’m happy with the amount of lucid dreams I have each week, but I’m not happy with the length of time I spend inside each one. I don’t set out to time each lucid dream because the exact number doesn’t matter to me. I just want them to be longer so I can do more things while lucid.
I have lots of short ones that might be around 5 minutes long. Most of them are in the 5-20 minute range. Only a few have crossed the 30 minute mark. I need to find a way to keep them from falling apart otherwise those long lucid dreams won’t happen often.
7) Carrying out more experiments
I have a huge amount of things I want to speak about on the blog. My ideas are based on things I’ve only experienced once or twice. I can’t write about them until I experiment more because I want to write in-depth articles instead of superficial ones.
When I write an article I don’t just want to tell you what to do, but instead I want you to know:
- What to watch out for
- Any best practices
- Alternatives you can try
- How to apply it to your life
I haven’t been carrying out those experiments even though I’ve known about some of them for a long time. It’s probably because I haven’t been setting enough dream intentions which I’ve already talked about.
8) A lack of posts on the blog
I’ve not been publishing tons of articles on the blog this year. This isn’t just because of laziness, but it’s definitely one of the reasons. I already write multiple articles every day for work, so sometimes the thought of writing even more makes my head hurt.
Things are going to change because writing articles helps me have more lucid dreams. Every second lucid dreaming is in my thoughts is a good thing. I’ve already got a backlog of about 6 months worth of articles, so as soon as I’ve enjoyed Christmas pudding I’ll get to work.
My biggest problem
My biggest problem is definitely laziness. I’m not saying I sit and do nothing on purpose, but I’ve obviously been a little lazy otherwise it wouldn’t rear its ugly head in every single one of the things I’ve messed up this year.
Are you happy with your lucid dreaming (or life) results this year? Can you pick out your biggest problem?