Have you ever been set on fire before?
I have and it didn’t happen in a lucid dream. I was at a beach party and you know how a beach party is boring without exciting games to keep you occupied.
There was a limbo pole and everyone had to take turns to walk underneath it while bending backwards as far as possible without falling over. If you fall down you’re out.
The only difference here is this limbo pole was on fire and there was immense heat coming from it. I like to keep things interesting, so instead of trying to walk underneath it I attempted to somersault underneath it and you’ll never guess what happened next…
The whole thing came crashing down on me and I burned my arms and legs. I’ve recovered now, but it’s the reason why I’ve not posted for a while. I just thought it would be a funny story to share, plus it will teach you never to play with fire.
Spending more time in the dream world
When you first begin to wake up inside your dreams you’ll have an overwhelming urge to do something crazy. You’ll want to fly to the moon, or maybe you’ll want to backflip down a large flight of stairs.
You can’t die in a lucid dream, so why wouldn’t you do crazy things?
There is a good reason why and it involves teaching yourself to have lengthy lucid dreams.
When you attempt crazy things you’ll think it’s great, but you’ll wake up more often than not. You’ll end up having nothing but quick lucid dreams until you learn to take things easy.
Just start walking around
After a while I decided I would just walk around in the dream world instead of attempting anything too crazy. It might seem boring to some, but it allowed me to slowly build up the time I could spend lucid without waking up in my bed.
When you’re walking around doing practically nothing you can really focus on remaining lucid for as long as possible. If you feel the dream slipping away you’ll be ready to prolong it using a multitude of different techniques:
- Focusing your awareness onto something
- Rubbing your hands together
- Dropping to the ground to touch something solid
- Spinning around in circles
Basically just anything that helps you keep your awareness in the dream world instead of your physical body lying in bed.
You can’t waste a lucid dream
Doing nothing inside a lucid dream doesn’t mean you’re wasting the lucid dream, especially if you’re doing it to teach yourself to stay in for longer.
It’s the wrong attitude to have. Lucid dreaming is not a zero sum game. You aren’t given a certain number of lucid dreams you’re allowed to have in your lifetime before they’re cruelly taken away from you.
You’ll be able to become lucid for the rest of your life.
So instead of thinking you’re wasting a lucid dream by doing nothing you should be working towards having them more frequently.
And when you start having them more frequently you’ll want them to last longer, so from now on you should practice trying to stay lucid for as long as possible before you wake up.
Beginners can ignore this
I’m not naive and I know when beginners become lucid the first few dozens times there is no way they’re going to settle for walking around doing nothing.
It’s different for those people have had gotten over the initial excitement of walking around in a world that doesn’t exist anywhere except inside their head.
You should be smart enough to realize longer lucid dreams are going to benefit you a lot more in the future, so if you’re not yet at the stage where you can stay lucid for around 20 minutes I’d definitely recommend my boring approach, which is to walk about exploring without trying to do anything crazy.
At the same time you should be focusing on the basic core principles:
- Increasing your awareness through meditation
- Building up your dream memory by remembering more of your dreams
It will pay off in the end
Once you start to become lucid multiple times per week you’ll know how to prolong them. You’ll get to spend much more time in the dream world doing all those exciting things.
Unfortunately the boring stuff has to come first much like anything else in life.
But it will be worth it in the end. Just remember you can’t waste a lucid dream because it’s not a zero sum game. You’ll just have another one tonight, or tomorrow, or the day after.