Here are some personal experiences that have helped me understand me how to properly use the reality checks technique for lucid dreaming, as explained in Belsebuub’s course on astral travel and dreams.
The Power of Habit
I had learned that the reality checks technique is based around a habit of testing whether I am currently awake or dreaming. And I noticed how this habit worked and its impact just as I learned the technique.
At the time I had very little astral experience. I did not understand how to practice awareness and had virtually no success with exercises for astral projection. Yet reality checks were so basic that I knew I could just do them.
I made a daily effort to gently pull my finger to see if it would stretch, and take small jumps to see if I could float or fly. I preferred the jump technique in most circumstances.
Within a few weeks I began to jump habitually in my dreams. As I jumped (almost always thinking that I am in daily life and awake) I floated. This helped me realize that I am dreaming. And flying experiences happened very often afterwards.
This was the time when I first saw the vivid colors of the astral plane. I saw lush forests with huge trees, the sea, as well as many buildings that had a spiritual feel to them.
On some occasions I became lucid in my own bedroom after a having a dream set in a completely different place. Such times helped me understand the difference between ‘dreaming’ and seeing the astral plane in its reality. I found it amusing that I can have fantastical dreams, but really just be walking in my bedroom in reality.
Being Genuine with Reality Checks
I had also learned about being genuine when doing the checks. I was once talking to a person also taking Belsebuub’s courses. As part of the conversation I asked him if we were in the astral and encouraged him to check.
I pulled my finger in a genuinely testing way, and to my surprise it stretched (at the time I was sure that I was talking to this person in the physical). My companion needed convincing to try and even when he pulled his finger it did not stretch.
I then encouraged us to take a jump. As I jumped I floated easily because I already knew that I am in the astral plane and that I can float. My companion was still half-hearted about it and did not float even as he took a jump.
I think that really helped me see how genuinely questioning is essential for reality checks to work.
Working to Reach Inspiring Goals
Over time the initial enthusiasm to explore reality checks waned off and daily life took hold.
Belsebuub describes this process as entropy, and he says that for the activity to improve an additional effort is needed, such as having goals.
One way that I learned to create this effort was indeed by working to reach inspiring goals.
Recently I did an investigation of my local area. My goal was to find the sacred in it.
I put toward the exploration all the tools of esoteric investigation that I thought would help. Reality checks were one of them.
A few days into my exploration I noticed that I was taking a little longer to land in a jump from a reality check. I jumped a few more times, paying attention to whether there was anything strange in the way it happened.
Sure enough I noticed that I stayed in the air a little longer than usual. This observation cleared away any doubt that I was in a lucid dream and I flew out the door of the house with the intention to explore my local area.
This particular attempt I only got as far as my neighbor’s house.
In a funny turn of events I bumped into the same neighbor the following day in a nearby city. We spoke about my interest in finding the sacred in our local area. It turned out that he is also interested in this and has helped me find nearby stone circles as well as learn about local myths.