I know we have enough existing terminology to describe all of the various states of lucidity in the dream without me going and making up my own. But this state that I call “foundational lucidity” feels different from how I perceive “tacit lucidity” or a witness dream.
Just for background here…I have only been on this path for 15 months or so but I have a very strong background in other more wake-centric mind/body non-dual type disciplines.
Those first few months of my very serious training were filled with scattered lucid events that were often very strong but seldom were well controlled as I reacted to events in the dream. I was working very hard with classic lucid dreaming induction techniques like SSILD and WILD and I was just trying to find out where I could go with this amazing thing we call lucid dreaming. I began to think of this sporadic but very strong lucidity as “situational” because it was always in response to something.
But after a few months I wanted more direction. I’m a bit older than many lucid dreamers and I began to realize that I was not interested in the excitement and explorations that many seek. It was around then that I discovered dream yoga and I knew right away that this path was a better one for me. I had yet to find the Night Club so instead I immersed myself in Tenzin Wangyal’s protocols.
As I became comfortable with Tenzin’s specific induction protocols I abandoned the classic LD induction techniques and my dreams began to change. Gone were the kinds of things that tended to cause sudden “situational lucidity”. All of my dreams began to be very much like my waking life…real people in real places doing real things. As I realized this change I began to work hard on being lucid during my days, working with the people around me as if they were dream characters.
I also began experimenting with nocturnal meditations when I had time at the end of the sleep cycles and some very powerful things happened around those meditations. I am fortunate in that my day life is very controlled so I was able to expand into a stronger meditation routine and to begin to study and practice a very non-dual Dzogchen type of outlook on the reality of my existence.
I began to realize that I was almost always lucid in my dreams but that lucidity had become part of the very fabric of my consciousness. As my days got more and more “lucid” this “foundational lucidity” in my dream state began to coalesce even more.
It is like that to this day. I have conversations with people…some who I knew very well at some time in my life and others who I have never consciously met but who are very real…I could describe them in detail. I never consciously say “this is a dream” any more and I never try to change anything. But I am always aware at a very deep level that I am dreaming and that I will be waking up…often times I wake myself because I know it is time to rise for work.
Just this morning I sat in my dark studio at 3:00 AM after writing down a dream and was amazed at the feeling that I had just gone almost seamlessly from one state of consciousness to another…and as I sat there, one did not feel much different from the other.
I think that at some point I will find myself expanding beyond this as I work my way into some of the deeper protocols of dream yoga and I think that this “foundational” kind of dream awareness will serve as an excellent platform for that expansion. For now, though, I am enjoying watching karmic traces self liberate and feeling the strong reciprocal effect that is having on my waking life.