2 weeks ago, I had what I consider to be THE BEST lucid dream I've ever had. The dream itself wasn't special, but the circumstances of inducing it and what I had learned has really changed my perception of reality.
I hope that this thread inspires and helps those who have trouble having LD's. Remember, patience and persistence.
I woke up at around 1AM. I went to use the bathroom, sat down and watched TV with my aunt (she's nocturnal :P) for about 10mins or more then I went back to bed. I had trouble falling asleep for about an hour or two as I tossed and turned in bed. So, I decided to give OBE's another go. Lately, whenever I find myself unable to fall asleep, I give OBE's an attempt. This has been really helpful because even if I don't get an OBE, I end up falling asleep with ease.
Regardless, I laid there for about 30mins and the sensations of sleep paralysis overcame. I was in the perfect state. After trying to do some visualizations and whatnot, I felt really tired, rolled over and dozed off. As I was dozing off however, I started to visualize. Almost like daydreaming, I visualized myself flying across a field along the ocean. The important thing to note here is that I was "observant".
Basically, it's like watching a movie. You're not focused like someone would be if solving a math problem or listening for a certain line....but you're not completely "spaced out" either. You're somewhere in between....you're observant.
So, I imagined flying across the field. There were light poles and trees along the beach. I stuck out my arm so I could feel for the poles/trees. At first, no feeling at all. But then, with each passing tree/pole, I began to feel them taking existence. In other words, they began to have a presence in my visualization/daydream. At first, they went through my arm but I felt them as something magnetic. As each tree/pole passed, the magnetism got stronger and stronger and the visualization become more vivid. Eventually, my arm caught on to a palm tree and then BAM! The visualization became real....I was in a lucid dream.
I felt it too because the visualization had a sudden addition of dimension/reality. In other words, it wasn't 2D anymore...it suddenly became 3D. The feeling I felt all over my body was what I can only describe as "melting into" the dream. What made this LD so unique was my state of mind. All my LD's before I had experienced overwhelming euphoria and it was hard for me to focus and control my dreams. However, this time, I was completely observant and focused. I suppressed my euphoria 100% until it was completely gone. Being in this state of mind added to the reality of the dream.
I, for the first time, was able to actually stand there and explore the dream world and let it "sink in". Trust me when I say this: You CANNOT tell the difference between what's real and what's not. I simply stood there in awe at the reality of it. A thousand thoughts were running in my head: "If I didn't know I was dreaming, how could I tell I wasn't awake? If I wanted to do an OBE, how could I imagine myself floating out of my bed if I can't even see where I really am?!"
I first stared at the ocean and the rolling waves. I could feel the breeze that was coming from it. The heat and light of the sun is as vivid as being awake. The hardness of the ground I was standing on was concrete as ever. Then, I started to walk inwards towards the field. I was in some kind of park. I tried to walk, but I couldn't. Walking in the dream world was like walking underwater. You kept tripping over yourself but not falling. No wonder flying is the common form of transportation in dreams! To gain some ground and balance, I grabbed hold of a small fence to my right. The cold, hard metal felt as it would in the real world. Using the fence, I walked towards a gate that led to the "exit" of the park, I was about to walk through and then I woke up.
The dream itself was not interesting as I didn't fly or talk to some entity or do something cool, but the experience in it's entirety was the amazing thing that ever happened to me. Since that LD, I began to see my real life from a different perspective. Material things that used to be important (money, possessions) lost most of their value. I used to be sorta stingy, but now I give away. Arguments I used to have no longer became important. I can say without hesitation that this last LD changed my life. I'm glad I had it....and I hope all of you get to have the same experience as well.