Lately I noticed that even though my dreams were fairly lucid at times I still wasn’t “waking up from my dreams” or experiencing true lucid dreaming. So during the day I decided to employ a technique of using reality checks which I learned about from an earlier version of Belsebuub’s book The Astral Codex and have found to be very effective.
But what I noticed of myself during the day was that I was already getting distracted half way through the checking process and didn’t reach the point where I’d provided the clear answer to myself in what dimension I found myself in. I knew that if I already lost concentration while checking during the day then at night, even more so, that would also be the case.
I questioned myself why I wanted to try to become lucid in the first place? This helped me to hone in on a goal which helped me to start doing the reality checks more seriously from then on. Making sure I stayed concentrated till reaching the definite answer to: “is this a dream? where am I?”
Knowing I Was in the Dream World and Going about Exploring It
After waking up during the night from some symbolic dreams which I was taking in and contemplating, I later fell asleep again.
During some dream situations in the house I grew up in I saw people who I don’t normally see during the day now. This was only a slight nudge or doubt, but it was just enough to lead to the next step, it triggered me into applying what I had also done during the day—to do a reality check. I asked myself the question with the same seriousness, yet due to previous experiences I knew almost straight away I was in the astral dimension.
Immediately I tried to gain control over my clarity and direct my senses to perceiving the astral world. But it didn’t work quite so well, and I felt a bit of a low vibe in the surroundings and in myself.
I thought maybe there are negative entities around influencing the environment. My own thought of this alone was enough to create an imagined dark atmosphere. I applied a recitation of protection, but still a bit of that atmosphere remained. I felt that this told me it was due to my own imagining of it.
A Change of Scene
Some moments later in my dream I was back in my old house, the same one. But this time it felt completely different. Not only was it in my own mood, but as I walked into the backyard everything felt very pleasant and vibrant, with lots of colours.
Towards the back there were three friendly creatures. One of them was a dog and it said something to the effect of: “You need to be more natural…” (talking about my way of being aware), and then it said “…like the wind.”
And as this dog, which in this case I believe was probably a representation put there to help me by spiritual forces, said this last line I could feel myself being carried away in this wind of colours which flowed around the different objects and along the nearby surroundings.
From what this creature said, as well as the contrast between the two scenes in the same place, I understood the meaning. I was trying to force my perception too much while in the astral dimension. Sort of “ordering” my mind and senses to be clear and perceive by willpower. I was doing this as a counter to my subconscious which can so easily make my perception quite “murky” over there.
However (relevant for me at this time to my situation) I understood from this help that I needed to be more natural. To let the information from my senses naturally reach me, as a way to perceive. And that this would make my view there more clear and more open to taking in the astral world.
When I woke up, I realized that this little lesson was also something useful for me to keep in mind in my efforts to be aware during the day.