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Mid-August Update

 

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I apologize for the recent lack of updates here. There are two culprits: one good, the other kind of meh.

I’ll start with the positive: the lucid dream seminar I hosted at Float Stress Relief and Wellness Centre was a big success, so much so that we’ve been hard at work to make it a monthly event. I had a chat with Jon, the owner, this afternoon and you can expect to hear something soon about a September session. Between this, the Blue Jays, and our former deputy mayor ascending to demi-god status on Twitter, it’s not a bad time to live in Toronto.

The work involved in putting together these seminars is one reason I haven’t been writing much, the other is that I’ve been in a bit of a lucid dreaming rut. Technically I’m still having lucid dreams, four so far this month in fact, but the lucidity is so fleeting, and my presence of mind so poor, that nothing happens. Moments after I realize I’m dreaming, I forget.

It’s a good reminder that there’s more to being a good lucid dreamer than getting lucid. Once that skill is developed enough, it’s not a bad idea to work on staying lucid and some degree of dream control. It can be a bit like powerlifting. Someone might be able to deadlift 300 pounds, but if their form and technique is atrocious, there might not be much benefit to it.

Similarly, some goof on the internet might have four lucid dreams in fifteen days. However, if his concentration and mental stability are lacking in those dreams, there may be some trickling benefit, but nothing like the peak experiences most of us are after.

Last night was a bit of a breakthrough in this regard. I got lucid, stayed lucid, and tracked somebody down in there I’d been meaning to for awhile. The beginning of a hot streak perhaps?

Toronto Lucid Dreaming Seminar – Thursday, August 6

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My apologies for the lack of content here. It’s the result of my day job getting busy, my YouTube habit starting to become a problem, and (primarily) a new lucid dreaming project I’ve been working on.

For those of you in the Toronto area, on Thursday, August 6th at 7:30 PM, I’ll be giving an introductory talk on lucid dreaming at the beautiful Float Stress Relief and Wellness Centre.

The Centre is located north of Lawrence Ave. on Yonge St. It’s north enough of Lawrence that I’d recommend taking the bus a few stops from Lawrence Station if you’re planning on taking transit. There may be a small fee to hear the talk in order to play for the space. I’ll do my best to confirm or deny that prior to Thursday.

The talk will focus on 4 foundational practices I think can really help a beginner start to have lucid dreams without the 3 months of frustration I went through before I finally had one.  They are:

  • Dream Journaling
  • Reality Checks
  • Understanding Sleep and Good Sleep Hygiene
  • Mindfulness Practices

Hope to see you there if you’re at all interested in the basics of how to become lucid in your dreams.