I had my 7th Lucid Dream today since Joining Night club about 10 months ago. It was kind of pivotal, not in the contenxt of the dream, but in the success of doing a WBTB for the first time. After getting only about 5 hours of sleep last night I woke up this morning to do our Dream Sangha group with @MABennett61 .
When I woke I took 8mg of Galantamine, being tired and with me being pretty sensitive to it, it has a very stimulating effect. Typically even small dosages (2mg or 4mg) will prevent me from going back to bed and doing the WBTB method. I also hydrated with a no sugar Vitamin water that was packed with B vitamins, which I have read help with dreaming. The Sangha Group lasted about 90min, and I think engaging in in converstations about dreams and lucid dreaming was very helpful in helping incubate a lucid dream.
After doing Dream Sangha I decided to read one of Waggoners books. Having averaged about 6 hours of sleep for the past 3 nights, I was pretty tired, and needed make up sleep. After about 15min of reading, the words started to blurr and my mind was begining to transition to sleep mode. I kept reading trying to tire myself out as much as possible.
I have had success in the past with covering the air vent and Cracking the window to get some fresh air, it seems to help me fall asleep faster, so I did this before I started reading. I also think, because of the cold and noises, it contributes to a lighter sleep, which I think helps wirh LDs.
Finally getting very tired I put the book down, and got into a comfortable sleeping position on my back. (I have read one author say that sleeping on your back can help produce LDs more than other positions, its rare I can fall asleep in this position though, I have to be very tired or very relaxed).
In my mind I had a strong intuition that I would have a LD. The circumstances seemed favorable, and I was surprised I was feeling so tired even with the Galantamine in my system. I kept on repeating in my mind that I would become lucid in the dream. I also visualized my hands, and me climbing a rock cliff out in nature, with my hands being in view.
Then to relax more, I did the 61 Point relaxation technique. I dont remember being able to complete more than 25% of it, doing my right arm, and then spending extra time and awareness in my throat Chakra, and then even more time on the Heart Chakra, visualizing the blue Lotus ( @_Barry showed me) in the heart center. I believe this is where and when I lost consciouness. During this meditation, I still had the strong intention of being lucid while doing the different points of body awareness, I did not let that intention leave my mind.
Multiple dreams followed. What was unique about them was that in the ones where I wasnt lucid, I was still thinking about dreaming or becoming lucid in some way, often wanting to find a bed in the dream to go to sleep so I could lucid dream (lol). The intention I had set before sleep, seemed to linger heavily and saturate each of the different dreams. I have not had this happen before, it was very meaningful for me.
Lucidity hit in a dream when I was on the 2nd floor of an unknown house, with a wide roomlike hallway in between 2 rooms. I was standing in the hallway and thought I was awake, and I wanted to go to the bed and fall asleep to have a lucid dream. Before I walked to the bed in the other room, I noticed the wall of the extra wide Hallway was covered with books, floor to ceiling, and in the center was a sink. Someone had left the sink running, so I went over to turn it off, before going to bed. As I turned it off, and thinking this senario was a little odd, I decided to do a reality check and test the stability of the book wall, putting my hand through it. As it went through I realized I was dreaming, and then things blurred a monochrome brown color and I thought that I woke up. But instead of really waking up, I had lost the lucidity when I went through the wall and found myself on the other side of the wall in front of the house, dreaming again. After a few distractions from dream characters, the memory of going through the wall came back to my mind, and I realized I had briefly become lucid, and I wanted to remember this and write it down, I then realized I was still in the dream and woke up.
The Lucidity was neither strong nor long, but the learning experience from the steps I took before dreaming were very valuable. I never thought I would be able to do a WBTB with Galantamine becuase I am so sensitive to it, but I think taking it as a replacement to caffeine for the past few months has helped me build up a small tolersnce to it. The biggest variable I think that helped was the sleep deprivation of the prior nights. About 50% of my past LDs have occured after prior nights of sleep deprivation. I also think the Sangha, reading the LD book, and saturating my mind with LD intention while doing the 61 point meditation all helped greatly.
The running sink has occured in 1 other Lucid dream before as well, which I find pretty interesting. Water flowing coupled with the books I think may have some important symbolism.
I am very greatful to this NC community, thank you all for your help! I would not have been able to do this on my own. NC is a very powerful Sangha!