I heard about lucid dreaming many years ago, but had never experienced it myself. I then had the occasional lucid dream in the years that followed, but these seemed to occur randomly and were generally fairly short and unclear experiences. So I was enthusiastic to learn about Belsebuub’s course in astral travel and dreams, which gave techniques to increase the ability to experience lucid dreams and even to consciously astral project during the process of sleep.
I practiced the exercises for a while, but didn’t have the successes that seemed to come so easily to my fellow students on the course. But I persisted nevertheless and took up a few opportunities to practice astral projection with a group of friends. I’d already felt an increased motivation, when participating in other spiritual practices with a group, so hoped that a group astral practice would also bring about positive results.
Comparing Myself to Others
To my disappointment, I didn’t have much success during the first group practice, but tried again a few weeks later.
Some friends shared their experiences from the several practices we had done together, but again, I felt I was going away “empty handed.” I was disappointed as I travelled to another friend’s apartment, where I was staying for the weekend and decided to have a nap in the afternoon.
I didn’t expect to experience lucid dreaming or astral projection – then to my pleasant surprise, I “woke up” within a dream.
An Unexpected Result
In my dream I was in the room where I was staying, which was a replica of its physical counterpart. I started to do some investigations to check if I was in the astral, such as touching objects to see if my hand would pass through them, or pulling my finger to see if it stretched. This lucid experience was probably one of the longest I’d had and it gave me a boost to see that my efforts had eventually paid off.
Since then I’ve woken up in dreams in most of the places I’ve stayed and have been able to explore within the room, or outside it, which were useful experiences. However, my focus gradually changed so that my main interest is to now learn about myself, both in daily life and through the astral or dream worlds.
Understanding the Importance of Activity
I have noticed a big variation in the frequency of these lucid experiences, depending on my level of activity. So, I realised that in order to gain knowledge from them, efforts first need to be made. I’ve also seen that although the results may not always be immediately visible, with persistence, experience and learning may come unexpectedly.
Furthermore, I’ve become more aware of the pitfalls of comparing my progress against the experiences of others and have become more appreciative of the learning that is available in my own life, if I make the efforts to uncover it.