Originally Posted by Fullcrum
That's it: I'm gonna have to master lucid dreaming and astral projection. It sounds like a lot of growth can be had from them, and they're also a lot of fun.
Any suggestions on beginning not covered elsewhere, anybody?
LOL. I already started trying AP. I tried last night on the couch, but I fell asleep. Tried this morning, fell asleep again. I think I need to read up a bit more on it.
For Lucid dreaming, I've already done that a few times. I actually have a NovaDreamer device that you wear over your eyes while sleeping that blinks little blue LED lights when it detects REM sleep to let you know what you're inside a dream. The way it works is that inside your dream you will all of a sudden start seeing blue lights places.
For example, you might be walking down the street in your dream and all of a sudden you'll see the sky blinking blue...that gives you a hint that you're in dream land. Or you might be crossing the street in your dream and instead of the crosswalk light, there will be a blue light blinking instead. That makes you question "Is this a dream?".
The only reason I stopped using it was that during the training phase, you mostly end up waking up every time you ask yourself "Is this a dream?" so basically everytime you reach REM sleep you end up being awakened due to lack of training to "stay in the dream". The side-effect of this is that I found myself super tired the next day when trying to go to work because we need our REM sleep to properly rest our brains. I remember a Star Trek episode where the crew stopped getting REM sleep due to some kind of interference energy being put on them, and they didn't know about it so they all started going crazy. Apparently without REM sleep we go nuts.
The other "trick" to lucid dreaming I learned was to wear a digital watch, and look at it every day multiple times a day and everytime you look at your watch (when awake) ask yourself "Is this a dream?" and look at the watch. Obviously you know you're awake, when you look at the watch but you develop a habit of looking at the watch which follows you into the dream world.
When you're in the dreamworld, and you look at your watch and ask yourself "Is this a dream?" the watch will look all gimped because apparently we can't read in dreams and letters and numbers and stuff look all screwed up. So really the secret to Lucid Dreaming is developing habits in the waking world which follow you into the dream world.
Then, there are other things you learn for preventing yourself from waking up.
Steve / Erin, could you share how a person would go about starting out doing Astral Projection? or Channeling?