Everybody spends several hours a days trippin' balls inside their dreams. That's right. Consider for a moment the creative force that goes into a dream: an architect could spend weeks working away on designing a building, but in a dream, you can create the design instantly. This process is effortless and subconscious. This creativity shows the subconscious power that is contained in the dream process. Gain control of the dream realm and you can access this power. Lucid dreams are dreams in which you become aware that you are dreaming and, with practise, you can control the dreams pretty much without limit. Shamans and magicians have long used dreams in The Great Work. Tibetan shamans devised sophisticated methods of dream control, which were later absorbed into Tibetan Buddhism.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche has written an incredibly good book on these practises called The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep. The pdf version is available on torrent sites. This is one of that rare breed of yoga books written by someone who actually knows what he is talking about. The Tibetans use lucid dreaming as a way of extending the practise of constant mindfulness into the sleeping hours. It also trains you to realize that your mind is powerful and flexible. In lucid dreams, rather than being stuck with external conditions you can control them - an important life lesson.
To develop dream recall, we recommend keeping a pencil and paper (or, better yet, a tape recorder, to make recordings which you'll later transcribe into a dream journal) by your bed and recording all your dreams. Very soon, you'll be remembering several dreams a night. This works by the principle of commentology - when you record your memory of a dream, you reinforce the habit of remembering dreams.
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Psychedelics also enhance dreams, if you can get to sleep while still experiencing their effects.
You'll dream more having missed some sleep, as your body makes up for it by piling on more deep sleep, a phenomenon known as 'REM rebound'. Taking naps, or waking up and falling back asleep, means you'll dream more.
The Lucidity Institute explain the uses of lucid dreaming here. In addition to the ones there, your friends here at The Ultimate Comment recommend that you use lucid dream states to meta-program your mind, by going through magickal or NLP rituals. Another good use of lucid dreams is communicating with any of the eight gods.
First develop your dream recall to the point where you're remembering at least Three dreams per night. There's no point trying to develop lucidity until after you've developed recall. Read the FAQ at The Lucidity Institute, for information on M.I.L.D and W.I.L.D methods of inducing lucid dreams, reality checks, dream signs and how to go from lucidity to dream control.
'Reality checks' are the most common technique - getting into the habit of asking yourself "Am I dreaming now?" very frequently. The idea is to habitually ask yourself this question all the time, so that sooner or later you'll be bound to find that the answer is "Yes". It hellps greatly to keep a record of how vigilant you are in this practise. At the end of the day, record in a diary an approximation of how many times you did reality checks that day. This practise of keeping a written record is a very effective reminder and incentive to keep up the practise.
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