OK. I want to tell you all about my experiences with OBE\'s and Lucid Dreams for two reasons:
1) To let you know what I went through and 2) To allow some constructive criticism for those that know more than I about LD\'s and OBE\'s.
I\'ve been practicing OBE\'s and LD\'s for about a year and a half now. It\'s been a long time but now that I look back, I must say that it was worth it. For those new to OBE/LD, take my advice: Patience is key. DO NOT GIVE UP!
I\'ve had a couple of LD\'s here and there without intending to have one. I\'ve read a couple of articles here and there about inducing LD\'s and most of them did not work for me. Except for one....
This method has worked wonders for me since I have the natural ability of excellent Dream Recall (the ability to recall dreams clearly). Basically, you keep a dream journal. As soon as you wake up, ponder on the dream you just had. Believe me, whenever you sleep, you ALWAYS have a dream. Recall every detail from lighting, to sounds, smells, sensations, and even the overall feeling of the dream (depressing, excitement, dread, etc.). Then write down your dream in your dream journal. Write it in present tense, NOT past. Example: \"I am entering a very rocky area\" instead of \"I entered a very rocky area\", \"It is sunny\" instead of \"it was sunny\".....you get the point.
I found that despite my ability to dream recall, writing in my dream journal helped not only to bring more focus to my dreams, but it helped me analyze my psyche. Since then, with each dream that I had, they became progressively more vivid.
While practicing LD\'s, I decided to tackle OBE\'s. To hit two birds with one stone: Have a LD and turn it into an OBE.
Unfortunately for me, having an OBE had become promising at first, then extremely difficult as the sensations for OBE\'s became less prominent until non-existent. I decided to switch gears to take on OBE\'s fully. No such luck. I\'d get close but then I\'d be stuck or fall asleep.
Regardless, it stayed this way for almost a year. Then, the amazing happened. I woke up and I tried to roll over. To my surprise, I was rolling over but I felt as if I was rolling in a sticky sleeping bag. It was hard to move in my bed. I felt my arms move through my real arms and my lips moving through my real lips. Then, after truly waking up, I realized I just had my first OBE....and I hadn\'t even tried to attempt it that night! Immediately after falling asleep, I had my first LD in a while. Although short and brief, it was extremely vivid and euphoric.
My second OBE came months later...also on a night I hadn\'t attempted it. After a lucid dream, I tried to wake up but instead of getting out of bed, I was floating up. I felt held down by an invisible veil. I couldn\'t see anything but I could see the light through my eyes. I kept trying to break the veil but it just gently pushed me back down.
Finally, my third OBE also came months later....you guessed it! On a night I hadn\'t attempted it. This one is the most interesting to me as you will see in a moment. Basically, I was awake from a deep sleep. It was morning. While drifting off, I suddenly saw myself look down on my and say \"You can do this! Focus...just lift your arms up and you\'ll do an OBE.\" I lifted my arms through my real arms. It was as simple as taking off clothes. Then I rolled over to the side of my bed to slide off. There was only one problem, I thought I was awake the whole time. When trying to do an OBE, you shouldn\'t move a muscle. Thinking I was awake, I figured I messed up my chance at an OBE (while doing the OBE....lol), I opened my eyes. Only to realize I just blew a great chance at exploring the world through OBE.
You have no idea how happy/pissed I was after that. I had a legit OBE that happened with seemingly no effort, and I blew it off on the thought that I was awake. Overall, I am glad because I\'m sure now that OBE\'s will happen to me more frequently than before.....
Any questions, advice, etc?