I find it hard to explain things for a few good reasons:
- I’m Scottish (which is as good as speaking a foreign language)
- I wasn’t the best at paying attention in school
A few years ago I didn’t even know how to write. Seriously. My words could bring a tear to your eyes, but only because they’d be hurting so much. I forgot everything after school because I stopped writing. I still can’t write with a pen unless it’s in slow motion.
Writing about lucid dreaming is even harder because I have to explain stuff that goes on inside my head. How can you explain to someone what a sensation feels like when 50 different people would probably explain it 50 different ways? Even if I could explain stuff well there would be a few people who wouldn’t get it.
A technique alone is not enough
I read about people testing different techniques but they don’t work. They try to follow a technique to the letter, but it’s impossible to follow a technique to the letter. One person tries to make sense of what is going on inside their head and they write it down. You need more than a single individual’s interpretation of what worked if you want to succeed.
I used to think curiosity was something that killed cats. Or you’d tell someone you were curious when you were just being nosy. Then I discovered it’s one of your greatest assets if you’re a lucid dreamer. You can tack it onto any technique to make it a thousand times more powerful.
Curiosity means you veer off the beaten path. You go somewhere nobody else has ever gone before. You become an explorer and you navigate your way around the inner-workings of your mind. Once you see why techniques don’t work on their own you’ll understand.
Why your technique is failing you
Let’s imagine Mr. Eman comes out with a new technique, but he isn’t very good at explaining it. He doesn’t tell you the things he tried and failed. He forgets to break down each stage of the technique and explain it thoroughly. Maybe he doesn’t even test it properly to weed out the crap, so survivor bias kicks in and he starts including stuff that doesn’t need to be there.
This is the technique he comes up with:
It looks terribly simple. Mr. Eman has found a way to get from A to B, or awake to lucid, without much effort. But your mind isn’t the same and you can’t follow the exact same path. Take a look at the picture below and you’ll see what happens when you try to copy the technique:
You come up against a bunker and it frustrates you greatly. It’s even more annoying because other people are praising the technique saying it’s the best thing since sliced vegetables (I’m paleo, bro). It works for some people and it doesn’t work for others.
Nobody is hiding anything from you. They’re following the same technique as you, but for some reason it doesn’t work for you. Let’s look at what happens when you throw curiosity into the mix:
You do the exact same technique, but this time when you come to the first bunker you go around it. When you come to other bunkers you go around them too. Keep trying and you’ll eventually become lucid. The very technique Mr. Eman gave you will become easy.
It just took more than listening to one person’s interpretation of the technique. Mr. Eman told you what worked for him because that is what he felt going on inside his head. He just couldn’t explain it to everyone so they all understood. This is the same problem I face every time I write an article.
But when you add curiosity to any technique it will become easy. Just learn how to overcome any bunkers that get in your way by going around them. If you don’t know how to become more curious I’ll try to give you a few simple examples.
Use curiosity to supercharge your techniques
Silencing your inner-voice
Before you can pass directly into a lucid dream you need to silence your inner-voice. There are many different ways you can do it, but when you read about a technique you’ll only hear about one of those ways. They might not even mention the fact your inner-voice will be silenced as it will just be built into the technique.
How they tell you to silence the inner-voice isn’t integral to the technique. The only thing integral to the technique is silencing your inner-voice, so if you find it difficult to follow the method they talked about you can use another one.
Shifting your awareness out of your body
I tell people to shift their awareness out of their body and into the void so their body can fall asleep. People will email me asking what the void is and how they can focus their awareness onto it. You don’t need to focus your awareness onto the void. You just need to shift your awareness out of your body.
I find it difficult to pass into a lucid dream when I visualize something. Because I’m deep inside a trance I’m very aware and I can feel my brain working harder when I try to think. But it might be different for you and visualizing something might be a good thing.
Instead of visualizing yourself walking around (which means thinking) you could perform a simplified visualization instead by just focusing your awareness onto a static dream scene. This would involve being aware of something, but after thinking about what the dream scene looked like you wouldn’t need to think again. You could just wait on your body to fall asleep.
Or instead of asking what my interpretation of the void is you could just focus your awareness onto your interpretation of nothingness. Once you’re at the stage where you’re waiting for your body to fall asleep you could try many things. Keep being curious and exploring until you find something that works.
Staring into the hypnagogia
When you look into the back of your eyelids you might see nothing. Where is this hypnagogia everyone keeps talking about? Maybe you can only see white dots and no matter how long you wait it doesn’t change a thing. Instead of waiting around any longer you could get curious.
Pretend you can see a shape form in among the white dots. Keep staring at it and imagine it’s moving. If nothing is working you can look into another section of the white space and try again. You might not see photographic images like someone said you would, but you’ll see something and those vivid images will eventually come.
Color is another big one, but just because someone says you should see colors doesn’t mean they’ll appear. You need to invent them yourself. Use your mind to think about the colors in front of your and they’ll appear. If they don’t you just need to keep staring and trying different things until they do come (they will come).
A little bit of you
I’ll leave it there because you’re probably starting to get bored, but don’t forget you can add curiosity onto anything. You’ll need it even more once you start exploring your lucid dreams.
Remember it’s difficult to follow a technique to the letter because what you’re reading is only one person’s interpretation of what they felt inside their mind.
If you want a technique to work well you need to inject a little bit of you into it
The reason why techniques might work for some people is because they’re naturally a little curious. They might automatically try new things if they’re not getting anywhere, but now you can too. Don’t keep following something blindly if nothing you do ever works.