A quick tip to make your next dream stand out

I find that many people that I have tried to introduce to lucid dreaming have been very dissuaded by an eventual boredom with recurring dreams. Some monotonous recurring dreams that I have seemed to share with my close friends include: the death of a beloved family member or friend, a missed test/assignment causing stress and the ever-dull wandering through a blank landscape.

Dreams are not as spontaneous or creative as one might think. You need to find ammunition for your dreams in your waking hours, oftentimes in ways that require a bit of patient thought.

My suggestion is to find the nearest fiction and read it slowly. Instead of reading the fiction for it’s lessons or twist try reading it for its imagery. Use every instance of imagery to make a real effort to place yourself in the story. If a man is described as having an overbite while wearing loose blue overalls try and complete the image by using someone similar you’ve seen (I think Earl from the old show My Name is Earl). I’m not asking that you spend hours trying to get to the bottom of each page but don’t skimp out on the final image, be patient with your mind and picture each scene fully.

Try and imagine yourself as a highly distracted bystander in each scene. What does the place smell like? Which way is the wind blowing? How bright is it outside? Personally I find it fun to add in little details that I think are appropriate, its a kind of creative feedback into the reading process. Once you add in the little details once you’ll find they follow you through the story and make things a little more clear overall. The point with this exercise is to test your ability to fill in the blank and learn how to “get the picture” off of only a few minor details. Testing your creative mettle against the landscapes of fiction is very similar to the process you have to undergo to make your mind make sense of a dream scape.

Admittedly I’m the sort who can’t help but speed read a riveting story. My best tip for this kind of reader is reread an old favorite since you’ll be less driven by the end result and more driven by an interest in the journey itself.

 

Oh and new side-quest: take some time to see shapes in the clouds. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever been able to picture in a cloud? How about in the branches of trees or the black etchings on a classroom floor? I’d love to hear any comments 😀

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