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How an Airplane and My Friends Sparked a Lucid Dream Experience

Article by Jordan

One time many years ago, after having had a bit of a dry-spell with the astral and wishing to get more experiences, I chose a few “triggers” for questioning if I was in a dream.

I once had a very clear lucid dream as a very young child, but nothing significant like that since. In fact I all but forgot about it until being reintroduced to the topic in Belsebuub’s courses, and I figured this was my best bet at the time to get an astral experience.

One of the triggers I decided to use was that whenever I would hear an airplane in the sky I would look up at it and then genuinely ask myself if I was in a dream or not, and then I would jump to see if I could float, or pull my finger and see if it would stretch.

I was doing this over and over again throughout the day for a period of about a week or two, and of course seeing as I was in the physical world whenever I heard and saw planes go by, I would just land right back on the ground after jumping and/or my finger wouldn’t stretch after pulling it. Nonetheless I kept going with it, doing this at least twenty-five times a day if not much more seeing as the city I lived in at the time had plenty of airplanes going overhead all the time.

Public domain image found on Pixabay. (Image has been modified)
Public domain image found on Pixabay. (Image has been modified)

Then one time I heard an airplane going by and looked up in the sky, and saw it going up and down, literally bouncing on the ground and way back up into the sky, over and over again. I thought to myself, “that’s weird” and then remembered that seeing an airplane meant I was supposed to check if I was dreaming, so I did my little jump and didn’t float, and pulled my finger and it didn’t stretch.

Next thing I knew I woke up in bed. I was kicking myself for not having realized that I was in a dream—especially with something so obvious like that, and it was the very trigger I had chosen too!

The next day, and from then on, I tried to question myself as to whether I was dreaming much more genuinely every time I saw one of my chosen triggers during the day.

Moving on from airplanes, I decided to check if I was dreaming every time I ran into any of my close friends. Sure enough, after only a few days of doing this, I remembered to question if I was dreaming when I saw one of my friends in a dream.

I saw my friend and this time I knew right away—”I’m dreaming,” I thought to myself. I pulled my finger and it stretched. The dream completely disappeared, and I found myself sort of half-standing, half-floating around in my bedroom at home. I felt very light and free, but otherwise quite similar to how it feels in waking physical life.

But I was very, very excited to be conscious in the astral, and as a result, I then felt myself being pulled back as though I was being sucked backward by an extremely strong vacuum or something, and was merging with my physical body only seconds later. I tried to fight it but to no avail—I woke up in my physical body with a bit of a tingling/pins and needles sensation all over for a few seconds, sort of like when your foot falls asleep but throughout the body.

Nonetheless this was very motivating to me—I had confirmed once again that questioning if I was dreaming or not with triggers during the day really works in dreams themselves, and, I got a short taste of being conscious in the astral as a result.

  • Great triggers Jordan and it does help to check which ‘plane’ you are in so to speak as the astral can seem so much like the physical. I like how you persevered and also re-evaluated your approach.

    I used to have dreams all the time of taking a little jump and flying and trying to tell other people ‘hey you can fly’ but I never realised I was in the astral I just thought that I could fly in the physical, it happened quite a few times and it made me wonder why I thought I could float and fly in the physical when in reality I couldn’t? Still trying to solve that one.

    Thanks for the inspiration, great to read your experience!

  • I remember I was doing these checks mechanically and without much creativity for so long. I wish I had read your experience some time ago! It seems like it’s very important to be genuine when asking, and to become aware of my body, internal state and being, to try to feel where I am, kind of question it with my very being. I’ve had times when I know that I’m in the astral but my finger wouldn’t stretch, and if I don’t follow that feeling I can just continue in the dream.

  • Thank for that, Jordan!
    I remember I’ve already seen weird things such as cows flying, and other weird stuff in a blue sky in my dreams… as Karim said, it’s really impressive how such weird things seem totally normal / acceptable in a dream. On the other hand, sometimes I was sure I was in the astral just because I wasn’t able to feel the sensations of my physical body… As you implied, it all depends on the level of awareness you can keep / reach during the day.

  • I agree from my own experience, that using such triggers does work to remind you to question your dreams, with enough patience, persistence and not giving up. I like how you got strength from that ‘failure’ and helped yourself to do it more genuinely and with more determination from then on, instead of it making you feel down (something that I tend to fall into.) It is amazing that these things are ‘mathematical’ like Belsebuub says, not so much due to your special abilities but faith and persistence and sincerity. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • literally bouncing on the ground and way back up into the sky, over and over again. I thought to myself, “that’s weird”

    Haha 🙂

    It’s interesting how sometimes even such obvious impossibilities seem perfectly normal to us in the world of dreams. But it’s a positive step for it to have made you question where you were. I find that sometimes even though I do a reality check in the astral and I know it’s the astral, it’s still not enough to shake me out of the psychological sleep, I may be aware of the fact I’m dreaming, but not actually aware 🙂 It sometimes needs an extra effort to push through for the dream to completely disappear.

    Planes are pretty good trigger point btw. In fact I can hear one now….

  • Yes these triggers totally work! I never thought of using other people to check where I am – I think that is a great idea actually. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  • I remember you telling me about this experience at the time, Jordan. And I was so excited about it — it helped me have a few similar experiences of my own just thanks to the motivation 🙂

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