To Lucid Dream, series by James Wadman
Transitional Lucid Dreaming is my preferred technique, although it is far more difficult. Transitional lucid dreaming occurs when the body fades into a state of half-sleep and half-conscious awareness within its natural environment. Although I apply this technique for dreaming quite often, I have no idea what the science is behind it (not for lack of trying), and I will proceed to explain based solely on experiences. I can relate this technique to out-of-body experiences such as astral projection, but for me it is far simpler. I focus on my thoughts as I fall asleep, holding on to an idea as I acknowledge my body preparing itself for sleep. Slowly my mind will fade away from my conscious thoughts, but I remain in a unique state of awareness. I hold on to my awareness as best as I can and all I can do is hope that I will enter my dreams with a conscious mind. In the next instant, I am awake again in my bed, unable to remember what I was just thinking about but I know there was an idea I was trying to hold on to. That is my indicator that I am in a transitional lucid dream. And this is just the beginning.I am in my own world that mimics the world I perceive on a daily basis, sometimes with some deviations or diversions. It is here that I can create whatever I wish just as I would in an active lucid dream. However, I am always overcome by a sensation that makes me just sit at my bedside and ponder my unification with the universe. When I become aware in my own version of the world I become overwhelmed by how intertwined my mind is with the world around me, how even the smallest observations, the corners of rooms, the slight details of the walls, the dust on the windowpane, can be replicated within an instant. I will stop just to converse with myself to seek the answer for why the human mind and soul is so powerful. I ask myself why I am able to do this.When I awake, I often see that no more than 30 minutes have passed. Then I usually shake my head and wonder why everyone in the world doesn’t try this.