Can meditation increase your lucid ability if you’re doing it wrong?
I think a lot of people are doing it wrong and I don’t want it to be you.
Meditation is hard to understand when starting out because how can anyone really know if they’re doing it right? Someone can tell you what to feel, but if you say you’re doing it right then how can anyone tell you otherwise?
I think there’s a difference between meditation for lucid dreaming and regular meditation…
I was asked a question
I was speaking to a member of the LA family, Barclay Lucid, and he asked my a very important question. One that made me realize the words I write don’t necessarily sink into your head in the way I want them to. He asked:
Why does the inner dialogue need to be killed?
I’m starting by telling you I wasn’t brought up in a Tibetan temple and I’ve only got a bald head because I didn’t age well. I learned meditation by myself and I don’t really care about meditation as a whole, not on Lucid Ability anyway, but only how it helps improve your lucid dreaming skills.
Why you’re doing it wrong
I don’t know why, but when 75% of people talk about meditation I just get the feeling they’re doing it wrong. I can’t feel what they feel so I wouldn’t bet my house on it (forget the fact I don’t own a house), but I just know.
I think they sit and think about what they’re going to have for dinner that night. They don’t meditate, but because they are sitting cross-legged and not speaking to anyone they think it’s meditation — it’s not.
Even the people who are meditating the right way aren’t doing it right. They aren’t going deep enough, which is the basis of that question, “Why does the inner dialogue need to be killed?”
My meditation story can help you
When I started meditation it was hard. In the beginning it never really helped my lucid ability. I’m sure it helped in ways that weren’t obvious, but it didn’t cause me to spontaneously become lucid inside a dream.
Spontaneously become lucid inside a dream: isn’t that what we all want?
The only reason I kept digging deeper is because I knew there was something magical there. I found something magical happened to my lucid ability when I crossed a certain point.
This takes hard work and a lot of effort, but once you’re there it’s easy.
The weird explanation
I’m going to make this easier to understand. I was speaking to someone a while ago and I remember he mentioned something that stuck in my mind — sand — so I had the Lucid Ability Head of Design come up with this picture.
Imagine there’s a line drawn in the sand.
You can be meditating at either side of the line.
On the wrong side of the line you are meditating, but it won’t do anything special for your lucid ability.
On the right side of the line you are meditating more deeply and it will do something special for your lucid ability.
I determined (or completely made up) that when the voices get cancelled out, that’s when you cross the line onto the right side. The side where the magic happens and you get 5 golden/orange stars.
Further down the rabbit hole
I had great results from this in more ways than one. If you read my article on why meditation is the best lucid dreaming technique in the world you’ll see a few reasons why.
But the biggest results, and probably too many lucid dreams that it was a coincidence, came when I took meditation even further. When I discovered that once inside a meditative trance you could increase your awareness and alter your internal sensations using the power of thought.
I won’t go into it now, but it will increase your lucid ability even more and you can read about the lucid trance here.
Just start already
If you’re serious about lucid dreaming I highly recommend you begin today. It’s a long and bumpy road, but I’m giving you the little crumbs and you just need to follow the trail. It won’t happen overnight, but nothing great does and that unfortunately includes waking up inside your dreams.
The most basic of the basic starter techniques for meditation can be found here. Start working on it today and more advanced techniques will follow.
In the next article I’m going to explain in more detail what the inner voice actually is and how you know when it’s gone.
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