I had the opportunity for a late morning nap Nov. 13th with the hopes of sleep paralysis(I get it almost always during a late morning nap) since I’ve been experimenting with astral projection lately (no luck yet).
After falling asleep on my back, I hit the jackpot. As I was laying there I tried my absolute hardest to will my consciousness (or astral body, haven’t experienced it just yet) out from behind my eyes in the pineal gland area. I started to see a bright soft white light, thought that it was happening, and I slipped into an instant lucid dream.
I was on top of a very high mountain that had a light coat of snow on everything. I walked to the edge of the cliff to look down, but noticed some small doll figures of different Egyptian gods (Ra, Thoth, Anubis, and I think Horus) by some rocks to my right. Once I noticed Thoth (Egyptian god of wisdom and knowledge), I instantly thought about how I’ve been waiting for my next lucid experience to speak with him. So, I decided to give it a try (my first lucid dream summoning).
I looked to my left where there was a clearing, and as I did, just with the thought of summoning him, he was already there. A giant, black, almost fat Buddha version of the bird god.
(It was as almost we were communicating with thought, because everything would happen automatically as I thought it, and I have never been able to control the setting of my lucid dream, only interact with it as of yet)
I approached and decided to ask for guidance on astral projection; how to leave the body to be more specific. I sat in a typical meditation style, which I felt he wanted me to do. He then said in a very deep manly voice, “The first step to leaving your body is to bring focus to your eyes.”
As he spoke this, I closed my eyes (now back in sleep paralysis), and brought attention to my eyes. After a moment, I opened them again (now back in the dream state), but Thoth was gone and I was alone.
I approached the cliff again, this time I looked down and it was so deep that my vision couldn’t see through to the bottom. After peering down, I looked to the right to a funny rock formation. It was shaped just like a diving board, I knew that was its purpose.
I thought about using it as a launching pad for flying, but felt apprehensive for some reason. I decided to just go for it anyway, and as I did so….I woke up 🙁
Probably not, but could this have been a lower level astral projection? The way my thoughts were being carried out instantly has never happened at this level before. I’ve seen the bright light before in a past SP experience, but nothing happened and I woke up.
Neat stuff we can do with our minds.
Where are you from?: Riverside County, CA
Was this your first lucid Dream?: No
How many lucid dreams have you had?: Not enough!
Where are you from?: Riverside County, CA
Was this your first lucid Dream?: No, but most intense and lucid as of yet
How many lucid dreams have you had?: Multiple
Subject: Dream Characters Helping Lucidity
I had returned home from picking up a friend at the Palm Springs Airport and decided I would take a nap in the hopes for Sleep Paralysis (as I tend to get it often and want to astral project). But what happened was something I couldn’t have anticipated.
I woke up in my room, but there was someone next to me. I felt around, then looked to see who it was. It was my friend Alma, who I had just dropped off at home after picking up from the airport. I asked her, how did you get here, she didn’t know. I asked if my family had noticed her come in, she didn’t know. In fact, she had no answers for me, other than “I don’t know, I just woke up,” so I decided to look at the clock to check if this was a dream or not…and my digital clock had no answer to what time it was, I was lucid!!
I went out to the living room and saw my family sitting watching TV. I left the house, but was instantly driving my truck. Alma and a girl friend of hers were both riding in the back. Then her friend, who I will refer to as punker girl, grabbed and tickled me. As we were driving on a curving cliff road, the tickle started us over the side. As we were falling, I thought in my head that this is only a dream, and when we land, I will be safe…the fall was just as vivid as a real one.
Once landed, I turned and told the girls to hold hands in the form of a circle and we would use our intent to get back up to the road. But no dice.
Then as if in a instant, we were driving again. This time I was in the passenger seat, the girls in the back still, and a man who I did not know or communicate with was driving. My attention was almost completely captivated by punker girl. We kept talking, and I felt a strong connection to her for a reason I couldn’t identify.
As we were talking on this trip, she told me that we were going to meet soon in the future. I kept asking her questions, so that I could remember her and talk to her when we met. She said she thought I was hot ever since she saw me on the bus. I asked what bus, and she said I looked like the guy from that movie Roadtrip, the guy that made the pot that couldn’t be tested by any drug test. She also said that it’s all heavy black guys nowadays, while looking at a magazine (I still have no idea what that meant). I read her tattoos, but can only remember that they had a lot of red in them.
She was really good at controlling MY dream and said she had a ton of experience with lucid dreaming. Alma chimed in and validated her claim.
I tried my hardest to control any little aspect of the dream, but every attempt left me in no control at all. The girls even made fun of me for trying the moves like on Dragon Ball Z in a futile attempt to move something. Then the ride was over, we were where we were going…
We came up to a doorway that had two big doors, like at a doctors office or something. Once through the door, I tried to move a desk…and it moved! But with a huge delay, so I turned around and saw a women in a lab coat moving it. In my mind, I kept thinking, how can all of my dream characters control MY dream, but I can’t!
I asked her to help me learn how to control my lucid dreams, and she agreed, then told me to follow. The girls did not come with us, they left as I was getting ready to follow the lab coat woman down the hallway. The woman, who I will refer to as Dr. Labcoat, told me that my “speech cognition was really good.” I said thanks, not really knowing what she meant.
Then we reached a room at the end of the hallway with some other lab coat people walking around, a chair in the middle of the room, and some type of machine in the corner of the room.
She sat me down, then put some diodes on my head. I kept clapping and rubbing my hands in order to stay lucid longer, I wanted the procedure to work in a hope that my subconscious would somehow unlock the power of controlling the lucid dream for subsequent lucid dreams.
I sat there for a few seconds, then turned around, and saw a previous college roommate. But he was frozen! I asked what was wrong, and he replied by touching an object and freezing it. I told him I was super hot, so I got up and gave him a hug in order to warm him up. Right after I did so, Dr. Labcoat turned to me and told me “I couldn’t control that,” Meaning that my roommate was not planned or something, at least that’s the feeling that I got from it.
Then everything started to fade to black. NO! I tried everything, but couldn’t stay any longer. I woke up in sleep paralysis, and tried to desperately go back into the dream. Then, as I was coming out of SP, I heard the loudest bell sound off, DING! Just like a front desk hotel bell. Wasn’t my phone, wasn’t any other “thing” I could attribute to this sound. Then I was back in waking reality.
The entire dream was so vivid and real, that it felt like I was somewhere else. Still haven’t come across Punker Girl in real life or in my dreams.
Name: Dillon McAvoy
Where are you from?: Alabama
Was this your first lucid Dream?: Yes.
How many lucid dreams have you had?: 4
Subject: Multiple ones in one night on the first night?
So I’m a bit confused considering last Sunday was what I belive to be my first Lucid dream. I had always sought to Astral Project and learned lucid dreaming helped achieve this so I decided to attempt to master both. Well this night I didn’t intend for it to happen, didn’t even think about it. Remember this detail because it was the detail that awakened me.
I had received a laptop from a cancer group, (I’m 15) for free and only had this laptop a few weeks. That night before I went to bed the last thing I did was close the laptop and set on my night stand. After a lot of thinking about how I missed my girlfriend, I feel asleep, and began having a nightmare.
I was lying in my bed with my laptop open turned on and next to me while being choked by a demon. While I was being choked I noticed the laptop out in the corner of my eye. I said to myself that I could have sworn I set that on my night stand, then it hit me, I was dreaming. Suddenly the demon and the laptop disappeared and I was just lying in my bed. I didn’t know that I had done something this site calls a reality check, but I’m still confused as to why the demon and laptop went away.
The next thing I did was think, and then suddenly I awoke, around 5:00 in the morning and couldn’t fall back asleep due to the amount of fear and excitement that had come over me. I fell asleep maybe an hour later, and then dreamed about my girlfriend. I was laying next to her in bed, fully clothed, and she began to talk about her dream. I told my girlfriend in the past about attempting OBE (Out of Body Experience) and Lucid Dreaming, so I began to tell her about the dream I had, but only I thought it was the night before. Then I said I didn’t remember falling asleep that night, and then she froze up, and then I said to her, “Oh my God Skyy, (my girlfriend’s name), I feel like I’m dreaming.”
I began to sit and try to remember my day, then it hit me, I was dreaming, and I heard a long GONG and then she had disappeared. I was laying in her bed, without a clue what to do. Then I found myself in another dream, one with my friend Meigan, who I wasn’t all that close to. We were both famous and seemed real, I Remember my aunt being the manager for what ever we did. Well in the dream my aunt took me to the wrong room, and she had told me the room was mine, when really it was Meigan’s. Then I went to sleep, and Meigan got in the bed next to me, she turned over and screamed.
After a few moments of pitch black I awoke into yet another dream. I was dreaming about astral projection, something I have been fooling around with at least once a week. I had gotten to sleep paralysis a couple a times, but always became fearful and freakout and moved and struggled because the noises I heard freaked me out. Well, thinking I was awake I attempted to astral project. I succeeded in my dream almost instantly. Instead of happening like the articles I read explained, I was being pulled around the house with my eyes closed, I felt my hand touch the hard wood floor, which is odd because it felt real for sure, but every time I opened my eyes I was back in my bed. And I attempted this over and over again. Then I began to give up and looked over to my left, the laptop was missing. Then again I realized I was dreaming.
So I had began to experiment using the fake astral projection for an experiment, I decided to have my body lifted up, instead of pulled across the floor, and it did so. I decided I wanted to be at my grandparents house, and I ended up in the garage, only I was a lot taller. I think I had lost focus and became a zombie again, once I saw my aunt. It was weird, because now that I think about it, one distraction was all it took for me to play out the rest of my dream.
I had more dreams but none of which were Lucid. The fact that I remember them clearly is a good sign though right? I can’t believe I felt the hard wood floor, it felt so real, who wouldn’t believe they weren’t dreaming, it was impossible. I fell like I’m accomplishing something here. Although one thing about me is different, I feel so head light today, like as if some sort of weight that I actually liked is missing. I have nightmares about demons and my girlfriend dying a lot, maybe if I can master this, I can fend off what always haunts me at night, and stop it from happening. I don’t know, I feel weird about all this. Is that normal?
Lucid Dreaming Stories: Dillon, This is one of the best stories we have received here and I just want to thank you for taking the time to write it all out in this much detail and share it with us. I have had many nights like this where I will experience multiple lucid dreams, false awakenings, and false astral projections all in one night.
What is most interesting is that this was your first night experiencing lucid dreaming and you had so much lucidity through it all. This type of lucid dreaming is much more advanced but I believe that you experimenting with astral projection is what allowed you to go so far in your lucid dreams. Like you said in your story one little distraction and you forget your dreaming and everything is thrown off. Once you realize you are dreaming you must stay extremely focused to keep yourself at a high level of lucidity. This can take years to master.
That noise you are describing when attempting to have an OBE is called astral noise. For me it’s like a combination of hissing, cracking, popping, and sometimes hearing voices whisper, though it may be different for other people. I still have trouble getting through this stage sometimes but you cannot let it distract you or you will never stay relaxed enough to astral project.
I don’t think that people realize how real a dream can actually feel. Especially when you become lucid and pay attention to the feelings. I have had dreams that I can honestly say were more real than reality itself. I believe this is because our senses and emotions are heightened when we are dreaming and so it can be more intense than waking life.
Also do you think that you were actually experiencing astral projection or just dreaming that you were astral projection? Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference sometimes and takes practice.
Also I am currently writing a post about overcoming the fear of astral projection. It will help you get over the fear of sleep paralysis and also getting over the demon experience. I will update this with a link as soon as I finish it. (Sometime this month hopefully)
Anyways thanks for the story and if anyone else is reading this far then take this as an example when submitting your story. The more details you write down the more you will remember and the more vivid your lucid dreams will become.
P.S. This story is going in our Best Lucid Dreaming Story archive which I will start putting on the front page.
Where are you from?: MI
Was this your first lucid Dream?: No
How many lucid dreams have you had?: None
I started reading about lucid dreaming a few days ago. I do not buy into Astral Projection or any of the new age stuff, but I am curious about being more aware of the fact that I am dreaming, and more involved in the process. I am very interested in the WILD technique because I think it would be the most consistent and reproducible. Though I must say I have been absolutely terrified to try it out. I do not like the idea of Sleep Paralysis, and more specifically, the hypnogogic hallucinations. I also suffer from sleep apnea(where your throat closes off while you sleep and you cannot breathe), and do not like the idea of adding the feeling of suffocation to that equation.
That being said, last night I was actually at the sleep center for a sleep study where they fit me for a machine to help me breathe at night. There I was, laying there in a strange bed, in a strange room, covered in all kinds of wires and electrodes, with a giant plastic mask stuck to my face that was connected to a machine forcing air down my throat, trying to fall asleep. I was not trying to Lucid Dream, since I did not think that this was the proper time or place, and my condition severely limits my REM sleep anyways (I only get about a minute and a half an hour when I’m lucky). I was only trying to fall asleep. However, as I lay there, completely still, I started to feel an irritating feeling in my legs. I knew from my reading on the WILD technique that this was my body checking to see if I was still awake, so, in order to trick it into falling asleep, I stayed still. Another minute or so went by and the feeling subsided. I then started to feel kind of tingly all over. By this point I realized that I was on my way to sleep paralysis. I wanted to let my mind drift off, but my focus on trying to fall asleep was keeping my mind awake.
After my whole body had begun to tingle, I started to feel a kind of numbness, like a pressure that started at my finger tips, and started moving up my arms. Then it started in my toes and started moving up my legs, then my stomach, then my chest. All of a sudden I felt very very strange. I almost felt like a giant head, with a teeny tiny little body. I then started to see these strange creatures, I had no idea what they were, and I tried not to focus on them, but to just let them pass. All of a sudden I could almost swear I felt this rushing feeling like I was flying away. Then I started to hear myself snoring and gasping for breath. Another few seconds went by and my arms and legs started tingling again. I found that I could move them. I counted my fingers and tried to push through my hand. I then realized that I was once again fully awake. I must have been woken up by an apnea.
I must say, I am now more confident to try a WILD. I did not have any feeling of dread or evil or anything like I read about during what I assume was the Sleep Paralysis taking hold (the numbness, the heavy weight, and the feeling of being tiny). Once I get my machine, and I can breathe again during sleep (and reach REM sleep so that I can dream in the first place), I will have to actually try a WILD and see how it goes.
Where are you from?: Seattle, Washington
Was this your first lucid Dream?: No
How many lucid dreams have you had?: Tons
Sometimes as I am trying to fall asleep (and on occasion this can take quite a while) and my limbs are all… I guess I would compare it to sleep mode (no pun intended) for a computer. In other words they start to feel heavy but if I move any of them even a little bit (which is perfectly easy so I don’t think this is relate to sleep paralysis) it feels just like normal. I’m not sure if that feeling is connected or not but its not what I want advice on.
What I want advice on is what happens when I have been lying with my limbs in “sleep mode” for a while. What happens is all of a sudden my vision sort of “clicks” and all of a sudden I can see where before there was just darkness. Whats strange about this is that my eyes are still closed when this happens and what I see is usually not the room I fall asleep in (and when it is the room I sleep in there is nearly always some blaring difference to reality. Oh and its always in black and white just as though I was in a dark place. (The color receptors in our eyes turn off in the dark) I suppose this would actually be interesting but I can’t move at all.
I guess its more accurate to say that I shouldn’t move because if I do my limbs come out of sleep mode and whatever it is disappears and I’m back to the usual back of the eyelid experience. I have no idea what this is and would seriously like to have some info on what it might be. Also I wouldn’t mind some info on how to actually do stuff other than just looking around without waking myself up. Again any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Lucid Dreaming Stories: I believe you are entering the hypnagogic state from staying relaxed and not moving for so long. What you are actually seeing when you enter that state is the astral. As you said, your eyes are closed and so you are not looking at things with your physical eyes but your astral eyes. It’s the beginning stages of Astral Projection and with practice you can separate your consciousness from your physical body to another perspective. Hope this helps if you want more information then look up astral projection or stay tuned as I will be writing about it here very soon.