Watch the video How to Defuse a Nightmare on Yahoo Shine. The authors of “A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming” explain how you can manipulate dreams and conquer nightmares.
Today we’re featured on Yahoo’s webshow “The Daily Shot” with comedian #Ali Wentworth. We talked about nightmares and orgies with the Hardy Boys.
Ali is known for being wickedly funny and for being married to George Stephanopoulos.
Solid proof that dream and reality ‘aint too different.
Q:I've read your book several times. Great work! I've experienced several lucid dreams. A buddy of mine and I were discussing the WILD technique. Can this work if you have not already gotten all of your regenerative sleep out of the way? Can one WI a LD when preparing for your first sleep cycle? If so, is the lucidity as deep a level as if it were done during wake to bed? Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s always a pleasure to hear from folks who have enjoyed our book.
On to your questions. For most people, it would be very difficult to go into a WILD during their first sleep cycle for two reasons. One, they naturally go through the regenerative sleep before entering REM (where LD take place), meaning there would be a break in consciousness, preventing a potentially LD from being a true WILD. And two, the REM periods during the earlier sleep cycles are relatively short, not allowing a whole lot of time to get lucid.
All that said, everyone sleeps a little differently.
Your sleep cycles might offer up the opportunity to perform a WILD earlier on in the night. Have you tried experimenting with it? There is also the possibility, that the night before, you only slept a couple hours and are REM deprived. Sometimes when this happens, your body might first jump into REM before reverting back to normal sleep cycles. If you find yourself in this situation, a WILD could be performed. This is also the same reason why a nap is the perfect time to try a WILD. A direct shot into the REM stage.
Q:Hi, I have lots of questions about my lucid dreams but I'll start by this one. When I'm flying it feels like swimming. So I have to use the same techniques to get higher. I wonder if I could teach myself another way of flying so I don't need to move and use my body to get higher. I tried some sort of superman technique last time but it didn't get me too high either and I always drop when I stop moving. That's also why I don't get high up in the sky, swimming goes way too slow! Any advice?
Don’t feel bad about your techniques with flying, my friend. We all have our own style. Superman had his fists forward, aquaman had swimming, spiderman shot webs, and batman… well he just used his gadgets.
Flying high in a lucid dream can be scary and difficult if you haven’t gotten use to flying and moving throughout a dream. I remember when I was young, I would practice every lucid dream flying. For me it was really hard to stop or to make sharp turns. I had to learn them all slowly and push the boundaries of what I thought was possible one step at a time. It took me a good deal of time to master not only controlling the movement of my flight but to master myself and my focus. Here’s my advice: next time you are having difficulties flying (or the atmosphere feels thick like water) bring your awareness back to you. Forget the “outside” world for a moment and remind yourself that you’re in a dream… that everything around you is a projection of YOU… that the space you find yourself in right now can be bent and molded by your intention. A thought here has instant effects. Think of a six legged horse, and turn around… you’re sure to find it. Therefore, use your mind to focus on flying fast or high, whatever you desire. In fact, you don’t need to fly anywhere since with a simple thought or intention you can bring (or be brought to) whatever world or scenario imaginable.
Take a breath of dream air, empty your mind, and open your heart.
And please please enjoy the wind against your face while you’re flying.
Tutti sogniamo. Durante il sogno viviamo esperienze reali, in cui abbiamo accesso a tutti i nostri …
For any italians out there, check out the italian version of our book, “L’Arte di vivere i sogni”, published by Sperling & Kupfer. We have no idea how to pronounce that title, maybe you can help teach us? Also, we’re interested to figure out how the translation turned out.
The Italian version of our book comes out Tuesday! Magazine Il Venderdi has written a great article about us. Or at least I think it’s great—I did a Google translation, and the computer thinks it starts like this: ” would like to know how to fly, gliding slowly on a soft landscape snowy, or explore without air tanks the deep sea? Dying to visit India, make love to the neighbor / vi- Sino home that you see only the window but it is so cai-ino / a, having the nose ali’insù without chi- plastic surgery? The list of human desires is infinite and there is no way, in life, realizzar- them all. “