Are you still having trouble with your first lucid dream?
Maybe you’ve already had some, but you want them to happen much faster.
My friend, Rebecca Turner from World of Lucid Dreaming has answered a few interview questions about her beginners course, The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track.
First, I’ve had a chance to look over the course and I want to give you an honest review of my thoughts.
Art of Lucid Dreaming
The book is called The Art Of Lucid Dreaming and is full of every method that’s been discovered so far. These methods will help you achieve lucid dreams much quicker, but some of them do require you to use an alarm clock and wake up in the middle of the night. I’ll let you decide if that’s something you can do.
It’s also loaded with great advice Rebecca has acquired over the last 14 years. There are things that will help you inside the dream, as well as out. It’s a pretty big book. It’s also full of the tiniest details I think you should know.
Check out Rebecca’s book on Amazon – World of Lucid Dreaming.
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Hi Rebecca, let’s get straight into it. Do you hear back from the many of the people who have successfully completed your course?
I’ve had some lovely bits of feedback from people who are still working on the course and are just eager to report on their progress so far. The first thing people talk about is an improvement in their dream recall. This can be surprising for many people, as they realize just how many vivid and detailed dreams they are actually having each night.
People are also excited to report back on their first lucid dream. This is a big moment and it validates all the effort they’ve put in so far.
Again, they surprise themselves because it’s common to have real self-doubt when it comes to trying something new. They think “lucid dreaming will never work for me – I’m not that smart / lucky / talented” and go in expecting failure on some level. So when suddenly, they have their taste of lucidity, all the rules are changed! Then things can really get going, because they are no longer held back by self doubt and can really throw themselves into it.
By the time they’ve successfully completed the course (over, say, a month long period), people usually report multiple lucid dreams. I’m frequently impressed with the quality of their early lucid dreams – when I began lucid dreaming it was a painstaking process of learning by doing, and I made tons of mistakes. I like to think I’ve given my students a much better start by considerably boosting their knowledge in advance of their first few lucid dreams. So when they do encounter hurdles (like losing lucidity, or losing control) they know exactly how to react to steer the dream onto a more fulfilling course.
To put this in context, here’s a quote from a student named Fred Tracy, reporting on his first lucid dream: “I owe my first lucid dream to this book where I flew, smashed bad guys, and even received life-changing information from my subconscious… I had four separate dreamscapes within one single night of dreaming. Each was filled with its own unique landscape, beauty, and purpose… It was an amazing journey, and I can’t wait to do it more.”
What kind of lucid experiences do they typically go on to achieve in the first few months?
The lucid world is your oyster – and it all depends on what you want to achieve personally. It’s a very common desire to fly (lucid flying dreams are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G) and also to have realistic sex with dream characters.
Flying dreams are very rewarding and liberating, and while there are some ground rules to learn, most all beginners can pick it up quickly. Meanwhile sex dreams can be harder to control for newbies, because the excitement can wake you up, which can be a very frustrating way to end a lucid dream! In my course I explain the “rules” of lucid sex and how to get what you want and prevent the moment going off course. Ultimately, it just takes practice 😉
Other common lucid desires are to fight zombies or become a spy, assassin or superhero – that’s a big male fantasy I think, and it goes hand-in-hand with a lot of video game themes. People also want to eat dream food, walk through walls, manipulate the dream world scenery, summon specific dream characters and heroes, travel to the future, and perform impossible stunts like jumping across skyscraper rooftops, Matrix-style.
With the right tuition, the learning curve can be steep – and so all this is possible within your first few lucid dreams. Especially once you know how to prolong your lucid dreams, so that they can last for 20… 30… 40 minutes or more. If your lucid dreams fade out after a few seconds or minutes, you’re doing something wrong! There are plenty of easy techniques to extend them.
Apart from all the fun stuff like walking through walls and flying, what do you think are some important benefits of lucid dreaming that could change someone’s life?
There is a whole other side to lucid dreaming, separate from wish fulfillment. It involves probing the dream itself – which, remember, is a construct of your subconscious mind. There is so much to learn about your own inner psyche… you can identify and challenge your deepest beliefs in life, you can re-live childhood memories and even have them turn out differently.
I use my lucid dreams to talk directly to my subconscious self (via dream characters, animals, or sometimes through the fabric of the dream) and it’s quite empowering. Perhaps the most obvious opportunity to initiate this kind of self exploration is when you take a nightmare – and become lucid. You immediately dispel the fear and now, no longer victimized by a person or a situation, you can confront your nightmare in a more productive light.
Lucidity can also be used to probe fears and phobias. Once scared of spiders, I have talked to and touched dream tarantulas just to learn more about them. It’s the unknown that makes us scared – so learning about your object of fear in a controlled environment can be really useful. This has definitely impacted on my relationship with spiders in waking life!
In my course, I highlight tons of ways that dreamers can use lucidity for their own benefit. Ultimately I want students to come up with their own applications, based on their own lives and desires, because the benefits are so far-reaching. I don’t want to limit anyone in their adventures because of my own world view. Use lucid dreams to meet your maker, or become a spec of oil in a painting, or travel through a black hole… Use them in ways that no-one else has ever thought of before!
Thanks a lot for the interview, Rebecca.
You can check out Rebecca’s book on Amazon – World Of Lucid Dreaming.