By James Wadman


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If you have made it this far, I offer you my congratulations. Ahead of us is the final frontier, as we stand in a vivid dream on the brink of the unlimited exploration within our creative minds. Herein lies one of the most challenging feats known to any dreamer. In this guide I must confess that the science is muddled in the unlocked mysteries of human consciousness and there is no evidence I can support other than trial and error. However, this last technique is one that few people can execute, and those that can often stumble upon it by chance, but I want to offer advice that few people possess.

I spoke of the time bomb effect in my second guide, where I blamed consciousness for why we wake up so swiftly after the lucid dream begins. While this is not untrue, it is not the whole story. I recently had a lucid dream in which I was caught in a purely white world, a world that allowed only observation. Yet I was conscious in this dream and there was no direct threat of waking up because of it. It seemed almost as if I were gingerly placed in the purgatory of dream states. I was without emotion,and  I was without the physical structures that make me human. I could only observe, as a transparent mind floating in an abstract vision. What I took from this was the simple idea that consciousness and dream states do not have to be mutually exclusive. While consciousness triggers wakefulness, it is not the only the dominating force in the termination of our lucid dreams.

So, now I ask, what was missing from my lucid dream purgatory that protected me from waking up? There are many factors, perhaps too many to count, that can be a danger to the stability of lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming is exciting, maybe a little frightening. They inspire wonder and happiness. All of these factors play a role in the time bomb effect, but still all of these factors were predominantly absent in my white world. Then it hit me. Movement. The key is movement.

Now for the best kept secret of lucid dreaming. In To Lucid Dream, part 5 I addressed the first step of lucid dreaming as Learn to run before you can fly, not yet knowing the importance and literal significance of these words. In a dream you are a construct solely designed by your mind, meaning you are independent of the physical structures that make you human. You a pattern of plasticity, a consolidation of relevant systems in your brain, but you are not your arms and legs. Your arms and legs, your fingertips and toes, are all tools of the conscious mind and have no use in dream state landscapes. Therefore, if your conscious mind tries to utilize these tools of the physical world, you will almost certainly wake up and the boundaries between your physical self and your dream self will dissipate. Staying awake in lucid dreams is only possible if you learn to fly. Don’t try to run from point A to point B, simply imagine yourself being at point B and the rest will work itself out. Imagine yourself as a videogame character and you are holding a controller. You do not need to use the legs of the character; you only need to signify the direction or the destination.

I understand the challenges and the potential for skepticism in this final step. However, as I have said before, with my experiences in lucid dreams and the inspiration I have gained by seeing beautiful worlds so unique from our own, I often wonder why more people don’t try to lucid dream. Sleeping patterns and dreams are not fully understood biologically and evolutionarily, but as humans we have the opportunity to explore hidden worlds every single night.

As always with my guides and posts on dreaming, I will address all questions and comments by either responding or writing new posts that provide answers. You can also reach me through email or send a message on Tumblr. Good luck and safe travels.

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8 thoughts on “To Lucid Dream, Part Six: Final Frontiers (Advanced Technique)

  1. Jordan E. Averetta

    I have a hard time or struggle in my past getting myself to move from one place to another (or pushing myself to run faster when I simply couldn’t.) This could be from physically attempting to move faster as oppose to me mentally trying to push myself. Not really sure to be honest whether it be lucid dreams or not – but I will now try to instill this idea of using mental power/control to guide myself in the dreamworld. On a second note, I very much enjoyed the soundtrack selection. Thank you for your time to devoted to writing!

  2. James Wadman Post author

    Thank you for your kind words. I believe you will have success employing this new technique and hopefully you will know for yourself if you can be a lucid dreamer.

  3. Amanda

    I have done this a few times. Seems to happen when I don’t try. I hope to be able to control it one day.

    When you wake up from a dream, then immediately close your eyes and look, do you see anything?

    I do. But I see lots of things. I can see behind the curtain. Veil. When I look into the dreamscape while I am awake, I can no longer be a part of it. My waking stare makes every living thing burn. Reminds me of the religious myths of the old testament where yahweh said no one could see him without burning. As if ancient Israel were the dreamscape and this “yahweh” the dreamer.

  4. James Wadman Post author

    Thanks for the comment!

    To answer your question, I do not. However, I know people who often experience either closed-eye or even open-eye visuals immediately upon waking up. I would classify this as a phenomenon closely related to sleep paralysis, although it is of course nothing to be afraid of. In fact, I think you are quite lucky to have the ability to see your dreams after waking. I try to write my guides for beginners to lucid dreams and those who don’t have natural lucid dreaming/vivid dreaming tendencies. In your case, I would recommend the opposite of what I would recommend to others: Don’t try to lucid dream and just let it happen. You have the opportunity to perform what many call the “Wake then back to bed” technique, but I believe when you try to see past the curtain and be a part of your dreams you are resisting your body’s urge to fall back to sleep. If you want to lucid dream, consider just going back to sleep without concentrating on what’s behind the veil.

    Let me know if you ever get to the point of lucid dreaming, your sight of the dreamscape is very fascinating. You certainly have the potential to lucid dream, but sometimes it’s better just to kick back and enjoy the show. Just something to think about :)

  5. Amanda

    Hi, thanks. I will try to remember to post back if anything especially cool happens. I have dabbled in a lot of third eye type work–psychic readings, summoning, medium type stuff etc. so I am used to the weird.

    One summer when I was 19, I fell asleep while I was still conscious and had an experience akin to what is called transcendental meditation. I was shape shifting every split second and staring at the earth from space. But the feeling of pure joy–that is something I chased for a long time. I was like a fly on the wall inside my own head. I could feel energy coursing through my body, like I was being healed.

    I was probably only under 20-30 minutes before I couldn’t contain it any longer and had to wake up, but it changed my life in a way. I went from seriously depressed that night and wanting to die, to feeling awed and amazed at what creatures we are.

  6. Amanda

    I had a nap today and experienced sleep paralysis. It has been a year at least since that happened. I could see what was doing it. It wasn’t pushing me down. It was sucking. The life right out of me. It was my mother driving a robotic dinosaur like a crane. She’s the worst person I know. Haven’t spoken with her in 5 years, hope to never again.

    This kind of thing always puts me off from messing with my dreams and head. I’ve felt rather depressed and drained all day from it. Biological function my ass. I’m convinced it is always spiritual attack. Warfare of sorts. Oh well. It’s just so damn ugly. Been so very long since I have had a good dream.

  7. James Wadman Post author

    I am very interested by what you are saying here, so I will address this in a post very soon.

  8. Amanda

    I’ll keep an eye out for the new post, thanks. I went to sleep with an acupuncture tack needle on my third eye point. It still wasn’t the most restful sleep, but I did not experience another bout of the paralysis. Have a good weekend!

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