Most people either do it incorrectly or they are less focused towards this particular method, but I believe that lucid dreaming reality checks are of utmost importance if you are willing to become a conscious dreamer.
Yeah it is true that you can do whatever you want in your dreams as a conscious dreamer and live what can be called a “virtual reality” when you are asleep with practice, but lucid dreaming is basically all about becoming aware in your dreams.
You may say “that is not everything, it is just the first step”, but I say it is everything!
Why?? – Because all you learn as an expert conscious dreamer, whether let it be “having long lucid dreams”, “lucid dreaming frequently”, “being in control of your dreams” etc etc, it all boils down to the dream awareness. The more conscious you become, the better it gets.
With my interest in both spiritual practices and lucid dreaming, I understood something on a deeper level about what separates our dream world and waking life, and it just bubbled up recently due to a very interesting online course I joined and that’s what I am going to share here with you.
The Crucial Difference between Dreams and Reality
Have you ever wondered why we actually are not able to know it when we are dreaming? Why we become so less aware of the true nature of reality in dreams?
It is alright if the gravitational pull is less, the time is not moving properly, or even if pigs are flying, we are hardly concerned about anything that happens in our dream world except our own experience. How true is that when it comes to waking life?
I agree we are aware enough to pay attention if something “huge” happens when we are awake, but apart from that we are mostly engaged in what is happening in our minds and not the outer world.
Our thoughts keep us in a “hypnotic state” unless something from outside catches our attention. The main purpose of all spiritual activities like meditation and mindfulness exercises is to make us more aware so that we could interpret the world “as it is”.
We are constantly moving between the objective reality and the subjective reality, and mostly we are living in the subjective one since the objective reality is not that interesting and our mind hates boredom.
Dreams are also a part of our subjective reality!..Apart from the objective part of the waking life, everything else is present there as well..our thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions, you name it.
So, unless you start becoming more aware of your inner and outer world in order to realize that a world exists around us which is independent of how we perceive it, you probably will have a lot of difficulty in becoming conscious in your dreams because this waking life “lack of alertness” is what we carry into our dreams.
Even though you can improve your awareness using spiritual practices and get better at differentiating your dreams with reality, there is something else that makes it easy for the lucid dreamers to become conscious when they dream – Reality Checks!
Waking Up in Your Dreams
I took that line from the Andrew Hillock’s new dream sculpting program, it is the product that I mentioned I recently bought. Okay, so if you really want to be good at lucid dreaming, apart from focusing too much on all the methods, like some specific meditation for conscious dreaming, visualization or anything that you might have known from somewhere, reality checks are what you should try to master.
I am not saying that the other things are of no use, they have their own importance, especially for beginners, but in the long run, the habit of performing reality checks is what will help you.
The Right Way to Perform Reality Checks
When I began this post I said that most of the people who fail to understand the significance of reality checks either don’t give much focus towards it or don’t do it correctly. Well, I have talked a lot about why it is necessary now let’s see how to do it the right way.
I am not going to give you a 100 tips on this or introduce you to a new “working formula”, it doesn’t matter what reality check you use or how you do it, just keep two things in mind: –
1 – Make it a part of your life.
2 – Do it with total sincerity and genuine curiosity.
What people tend to do is to use this tool for the end goal i.e. to induce lucid dreams, but reality checks are not there for generating lucid dreams, yes you heard me right, it is for knowing “the truth”, which is whether what you are experiencing right now is real or not.
If you will do the reality check and think “I know I am not dreaming, but I have to do this for becoming a lucid dreamer”, it is never going to work because the chances are that you will perform it in your dreams with the same kind of thoughts.
But if you will start doing it in order to question your reality with genuine intentions of knowing the truth, you will naturally do that in your dreams and with your new heightened awareness you will eventually start having frequent lucid dreams.
That’s all I wanted to share with you, I could have provided some reality checks here also, but I have already made a good list in a previous post that was about turning sleep paralysis and false awakenings into a lucid dream, so in case you want to know them please read the final part of that post.
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