Passing directly into a lucid dream can be scary and you’re going to have some hiccups along the way.
Imagine lying down on your bed and closing your eyes. You then magically transport yourself into the dream world. One minute you’re lying in bed and the next minute you’re standing in dream land.
Unfortunately it’s not as easy as that, so be prepared to face some demons along the way.
Losing control of your body
Have you ever experienced a panic attack? I’ve had a few in my time and they’re not nice. I’d be lying in bed and I’d notice a strange sensation in my body. Maybe my heart would start beating too strong, or I might have felt a throbbing sensation in my head like blood was pumping out my brain
All of a sudden I’d think I was going to die. The more I worried about it, the more I thought something was seriously wrong with me. Luckily I eventually realized it was all in my head, but at the time I was just praying my heart wasn’t in shutdown mode.
Luckily you won’t experience anything quite as bad when you’re passing into the dream world, but you will have to get used to the fact you’re going to be experiencing sensations you’ve never experienced before.
The sensations might feel good
There is a transition phase you have to go through if you want to pass directly into the dream world from an awakened state. When you lie down in your bed you’re in zombie mode, which is the unaware state we find ourselves in for 99% of our waking life.
Before you pass into the dream world you’ll be in a state of complete awareness. You will be able to notice every sensation in your body. Some you’ve never even noticed before. Nobody likes losing control of their body, but that is what must happen if you want to pass into a lucid dream.
It’s hard to describe what it feels like, but just imagine you’re a ball of energy. You are pure awareness and the only thing you can feel is buzzing energy all around you.
The 3 phases of strange sensations
There are 3 different phrases you’ll go through and each one is more intense than the last.
- The initial stage
- The ready stage
- The extreme stage
The initial stage
This stage happens once you’re in a meditative trance and there is nothing to worry about. Once you kill your inner-voice you will be completely aware, so you do notice some strange sensations inside your body.
- Your head might feel light or heavy
- It can feel like the world is resting on top of you
- Pulses of relaxation might pass through your head and body
- You feel like you’re floating, swinging, or turning
I think you’ll love most of these sensations. In the beginning you might be a little freaked out, but after you’ve experienced them a few times you’ll just think they’re wonderful.
I experienced the world resting on top of me a lot when I was younger and I remember I used to be scared, but since it’s started happening over the last few years I’ve felt differently about it because I now know why it happens.
My bad experiences will help you
I want to mention this before I move onto the more intense sensations, but the reason why I’m telling you all of this is because of the way I now feel. I believe when you know what to expect it’s easier to accept the sensations.
I’m telling you what to expect so you won’t be scared, or at least you’ll be able to get over your feelings of dread much quicker. In your head you will already know there is nothing to be afraid of.
The ready stage
I call this the ready stage because you’re ready to pass into a lucid dream. It’s kind of catchy if you ask me. During the ready stage you’ll get a lot of the same sensations as before except they might be a lot more intense.
You need to be careful because this is part of the reason why you won’t be able to pass into a lucid dream. When you get scared it will ruin any attempts to shift your awareness out of your body and hold it there. You might suddenly find yourself in your bed again right back where you started.
It’s usually not the sensations themselves that throw you out at this point because you already know what to expect. It’s the reaction you have to those sensations. Nothing bad will happen, but it doesn’t stop you thinking you’re in danger.
You might also see some scary stuff, or even sense some scary things waiting for you inside the dream world. This is all in your head, but when you’re looking into the back of your eyelids and you see some strange shapes moving around it can convince you otherwise.
The extreme stage
I’ve got some good news, but I’ve also got some bad news. I’ll get the good news out of the way first to soften the blow.
The good news
There is a good chance you might not even experience an extreme stage because it doesn’t happen all the time.
You might be able to handle the mild sensations your body throws at you. Instead of feeling any strange sensations you will pass straight into a lucid dream. Sometimes it’s just the way it goes. You’re instantly transported into wonderland, but other times it’s not so nice.
The bad news
Some things you might experience during this stage could include:
- Loud noises
- Strong vibrations
- Sleep paralysis
- Extreme delusions
Noises and vibrations
I’ve been pretty lucky because I’ve not heard too many loud noises. I do sometimes hear something, but it’s nothing compared to the sounds some people hear. They make it sound like they’re standing under an airplane as it’s about to take off. You might also experience vibrations and they can be equally as scary, but you eventually get used to them.
Sleep paralysis is like purgatory (not that I’ve been there before). It’s the state you’re in between the physical world and the dream world. You can’t actually move and you might suffer from hallucinations. I’ve only suffered from it once in the last few years, but I used to get them a lot when I was younger.
If you want to find out exactly what you’re in for you should check out this article by Ryan Hurd. He probably knows more about sleep paralysis than anyone else and his article will fill you in on the details. He also has a free book in the article you can download which will help you deal with sleep paralysis.
This is caused by your state of mind more than anything else. You’re apprehensive about passing directly into the dream world, so you think there are scary things waiting for you. I know I mentioned this before, but there are different levels of how scared you’ll actually be. It definitely doesn’t help that you can see strange shadowy figures when you look into the back of your eyelids.
Don’t worry about it
It’s important that you know what you’re getting yourself in for because passing into a dream isn’t all rainbow colored skies and chocolate fudge waterfalls, but…
It’s not really scary once you get used to what those sensations feel like. It’s like watching a scary movie because you might be afraid when you watch it the first time, but if you watch the same one again you already know what’s going to happen and it doesn’t bother you as much.
If anything is too much for you to handle you can always open your eyes, so you’re always a split-second away from being safe in bed.