Q:Hypnosis anon here! I recorded a guided fantasy script for relaxation and then a script for dream recall using Strategic Self Hypnosis by Roger A Strauss and Instant Self Hypnosis by Forbes Robbins Blair. I listened to it before going to bed, then used the intention "I will have total and amazing recall of my dreams." It worked really well! These past two nights I filled about 1/8 of a page of my dream journal, but with hypnosis I filled 4+ pages with vivid detail. Would definitely recommend!
Wow! That’s great! We’re glad to hear it worked so well. We’re definitely gonna have to give this a try. Thanks for letting us know how it went.
Q:Hi! I'm pretty new to lucid dreaming and I was having some trouble with intentions.However, hypnotism for relaxing/goals has worked for me in the past. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for combining hypnotism with dream recall and having lucid dreams? As in, any specific scripts or strategies I could follow? I have a hypnotism book with a script for dream recall and lucid dreaming, which I'm planning to use, but I would appreciate deeper insight and recommendations!
Intentions can definitely be tricky, especially with sooooo many distractions in our world. One of the ways we like to look at setting an intention, is to naturally “program” our brains. If we’re setting an intention to have better dream recall, we’re essentially telling our brain, that it needs to do a better job in remembering our dreams. If we were a programmer of sorts, we would be “writing some code” for our brain to carry out.
Now we haven’t really had any experience with hypnotism, but how you’re describing it, definitely makes it seem like it could assist with lucid dreaming. If hypnotism is there to first relax your brain and then focus it on a specific action, we don’t see why the specific action couldn’t be lucid dreaming.
If your book has a script for lucid dreaming, definitely go for it. And if you get a chance, please write back to us and let us know how it went.
Thanks for writing in!
We got a new video for you all! In fact it’s two videos!
It’s a brand new experiment that we’re trying out to see if watching a particular video during a WBTB will help induce a more vivid lucid dream. Check it out part 1 here:
(More details about the experiment in the notes section and on our our website: http://dreamlabs.io/experiments/view/25/A-Better-WBTB)
Q:Loved your book, Why is this stuff not on TV? The whole world should know about lucid's. When is your next one due out? I just got today Stephen LaBerge's, and Robert Waggoner's as well. I think people wouldn't turn to drugs if they knew about this first. From the book store not available in the library. That I found so surprising. My Mother is getting The Field Guide. I've gone on so much about it. Love you guys!!
Thank you so much! It definitely should be on TV! The lucid dreaming community is getting bigger and bigger everyday and it has started to weave it’s way into pop culture. Though we’re not fully there yet, hopefully a day will come where more folks are talking about lucid dreaming in the same way they talk about what they did over the weekend.
LaBerge and Waggoner always put out excellent stuff. Some of the OGs of the modern lucid dreaming community.
We agree. While lucid dreaming can’t solve all the troubles in the world, we feel that it can have a truly positive impact on millions. It could help people deal with anxieties and depression (which sometimes steer folks towards drugs) as well as assist in over coming nightmares.
That’s awesome that your mom is getting the book! Thanks for being a fan! Love ya!
Q:Hey Dream Team, Why does the site seem so inactive?
Our apologies for that. It’s been a very busy 2014 and the three of us have been bouncing around a lot. One of us is in the process of moving from NYC to LA.
That said, we have some exciting stuff coming up for the summer. Plus a new interactive experiment were about to launch. Sorry for the slowness of the site. We’re hoping to get it back up to full speed in the coming weeks.
A great article on segmented sleep, and that crazy in-between state where dreams and reality flirt with each other. Has anyone tried segmented sleep and had interesting (good or bad) results?
"Its spreading" - Question from Katie
"I’ve been able to have the most amazing lucid dreams. Cool. Now I am hearing from my friend that she has started to have these nightmares. The best gateway really. That’s where you become aware of dreaming from fear to tell yourself to wake up. That is what she has been doing in these nightmares. The oddest part is what she is experiencing is how it started with me. Feeling someone on the bed, rapping on the bed, or tapping me.She has not been touched tough..Even the best when they lay down with me. I was never frightened by this, I thought it was a part of the evolution of it. I wish for this to happen again. She is scared to death. I tried to tell her about stopping in the nightmare when she is trying to wake up, when she realizes she is dreaming, that she can tell it to go away, or ask what it wants.That it is really all wonderful once you’re past nightmares. I did have two creepy first lucid’s. It was where I was asking in them “I am dreaming right?” I was told “no” by dream characters. After that it has been grand. With the feeling of a presence, I just thought it was a part of me trying to get my attention. It is so strange that now it is happening to her.I have never spoken to her about what I was doing on the lucid dreaming front.I don’t know if she will let it, but as well I think it is something that you can’t stop. She does nothing on a computer, I will give her the book when I see her. We don’t live in the same town. I’m wondering if anyone else had these same things happen to them?I mean being touched or have the feeling of someone else with you? Is it not just yourself, trying to wake you up to being awake in your dreams?"
It seems like you’re giving your friend some excellent advice. And you’re right, nightmares are a great way to become lucid. They’re so visceral, that they almost beg for your focus. And that focus is what’s at the crux of lucid dreaming; we want to apply a strong conscious focus to the dream. I often find that the best way to use a nightmare to become lucid is to keep reminding myself that as soon as I feel that wave of fear, I will become conscious in the dream. Sometimes it’s the “desire” to wake up that reminds us to become lucid, but for me at least, it’s intensity of the moment that acts as the trigger.
The “tapping” and “rapping” at the bed makes me think that your friend might have a bit of sleep paralysis. (a seemingly scary sleep phenomenon) Can your friend move when this experience is going on? If not, I’d guess it was some kind of sleep paralysis (SP). The good news about SP is that it can be over come and actually be used as a tool to help become lucid. If you and your friend think that’s what it is, I would suggest reading up on SP and definitely checking out articles and books by our friend Ryan Hurd (a lucid dreaming expert with a focus on SP).
Lastly, these nightmares could be stemming from a waking world occurrence. We experience many ups and downs in life and sometimes the downs stick around and try to invade our dreams. Lucid dreaming is an excellent way to over come bad dreams, but sometimes it’s not enough. If your friend is dealing with a repressed traumatic memory or an element of their life that is troubling, we suggest talking to a proper mental health care physician. Hopefully some lucid dreaming and going through our book, will assist your friend in overcoming their nightmares. Lucid dreaming is just one of many tools that can help us understand ourselves better as well as overcome our inner turmoils.