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Raising Your Awareness

Author: Rox
Date: July 7th, 2012
Published in Archived, Inspiration, Techniques  |  2 Comments
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Raising Your Awareness

Now, a point that is really, really important. When you are lucid, you are aware in a dream. If you aren’t completely aware in your waking life, how on earth do you hope to become aware in a dream regular? It is difficult to stay aware a long period in your waking life. When you are sitting in a boring class, there is a very low chance that you stay aware the whole time. When you are going to your job/school you often forget what you’re doing.


It is essential that you become more aware in your waking life in order to become lucid in the night. People often say you can’t really do anything in your waking life to prepare for lucid dreams (except for reality checks), but one of the most important parts of lucid dreaming is in the waking life. Your dreams always feel very real. Even the most odd things can pass without us dreamers noticing. This is strange isn’t it? It’s because you aren’t being aware, or paying attention to your surroundings. If we are awake, we would immediately notice a flying pink elephant and we would know that is strange. In a dream we don’t because we lack the awareness. Now because even in the strange dream world we don’t see extremely odd things continuously, we have to notice the smaller things. They are still pretty obvious but not obvious enough to make us lucid. We have to get aware of the dream signs.

Becoming aware

It’s easier said than done. Now before we begin, you have to understand the gaps that you want to fill with awareness. I can recall a lot of times that I’ve been daydreaming in class about random things and not being aware. This are the target areas.  In the time that you were reading this blog, you might have lost your awareness for a short while. We want to be as aware as possible for the longest time that’s possible. In the beginning this is short, it also depends on the situation your in. But now lets take a general scene, not interested, not bored.

You are going to try to stay aware for a minute. You can do this with your timer. A minute seems short but it isn’t very easy. Try it and if you noticed that you lost awareness, do it again.
When you succeeded, do it for 1,5 or 2 minutes, depends on how hard the 1 minute was. You are going to try this, and slowly you will go on and on, until you can reach 10 minutes of full awareness. After this you will go on and on until you reach your limit. This is going to take a lot of time. This could take weeks. But it will pay off. When you reach the point of continuous awareness throughout the day, you have reached the point of non-dual awareness or some people call it mindfulness. This is a great technique to enlarge your awareness, it costs time but it will certainly pay off. When you reached the point of non-dual awareness, you will lucid dream with ease.

This non-dual awareness is the goal you will be reaching for. This can be done with different techniques. I read a part of a book and it has 40+ tasks in it that you have to get accustomed with, examples are: using your non-dominant hand, noticing the filling words like uh, hmm etc. and a lot more. The book is called: How to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays. It has some very funny tasks.


It has great advantages, you will most probably be lucid continuous because you are aware the entire time. WILD will also come easier to you, meditating and a lot of others. You will also get some non-lucid dreaming advantages. If you are in class and you are aware the whole time, you will most probably learn more and you will get smarter and catch better grades. You learn quicker and work more efficient.
Of course, the lucid dreaming advantages are the greatest.

While I am writing this blog, I am trying to stay aware the whole time, I have a timer on my telephone and it’s quite hard. When you are trying this, don’t give in and keep trying. Show persistence and discipline, this are essential pieces of your lucid dreaming program.

Good luck!

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  1. Lence says:

    July 8th, 2012at 11:34(#)

    Actually, most people are always aware in some form or another. If they aren’t, they’re unconscious – which is very rare, because even in deep sleep there’s still some dreaming going on. But I get what you’re saying with “being aware”; I use it all the time to describe being lucid, i.e. being aware of the present moment (mindfulness).

    Another point to make is that you shouldn’t confuse mindfulness with concentration. Both can be exercises of meditation. Mindfulness is basically “letting go” and being “in the moment” (in a passive way) as much as possible, while concentration is focusing your awareness on an object (which can be a thought, an emotion, a sensation, perception, …).

    Both practices are very useful to lucid dreamers: mindfulness for basic awareness of the present reality and concentration for setting intentions (WILDing, dream control, …).

    So I don’t think it’s useful to set a timer and to “try being mindful” as long as possible. If you do that, you’re turning mindfulness in a “doing”, while it should be exactly the opposite (letting go). Of course, when meditating, you can always set a timer to remind yourself you still have other things to do :p Concentration however, when practiced, should be maintained as long and uninterrupted as possible, so I can see the point of doing timing exercises for this.

    Anyway, that’s just my interpretation. It’s all just semantics. What’s important is the awareness and it seems like you got that figured out. :)

  2. Rox says:

    July 9th, 2012at 23:21(#)

    After re-reading my post with your comment in the background I understand the misconception. But I actually meant something else.

    With the timer exercise my intention was to have a uninterrupted concentration the whole day long. But the concentration is based not on solely one thing, but a entire set of things, the happening around you, the car that you hear, and a lot more. So the exercise was to notice “The Happening”.

    Our goal was to be mindfull. You said that concentration is active and being mindfull should be passive. I agree, but my intention was to merge those two things into a single thing. If you are able to notice “The Happening” the whole day long, on a certain moment you will passively notice it. And on this moment I think you reached the non-dual awareness. Passively noticing The Happening, the whole day long.

    So my goal was to merge the two concepts into a single concept. I know it is a very idealistic and very hard to reach goal, but once there, you reached the moment that I think is the highest possible level of lucidity.

    Thanks for your feedback, it really helps me shape my blogs into a more understandable way! :)

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