Johnny Dangerous wrote:So I got a dream yoga/phowa practice teaching and i'm all fired up. I've tried in the past with teachings from books, but didn't quite sustain anything.
Questions for those that do similar practices:
Is there some trick (that you can publicly disclose) to lucid states other than simply generating the desire to have them?
Is it pretty much necessary to keep a journal?
Have you found that pills or supplements for sleeping interfere? I have taken melatonin for years due to years of a graveyard job permanently knocking my rhythms out of whack.
Hi jhonny. Im not a pro lucid dreamer but when I try i have 2 or 3 per week and almost everyday in retreat. Although i did recive some teachings to do while lucid dreaming i would not call them dream yoga.
I would say that a dream journal is necessary, at least at first. I think that turning your mind towards dream is the most important thing, just remembering through the day about dreaming. Waking up , 2 o 3 times during night to record dreams increases your chances of getting one, if you really get this habit it will help a lot.
Having a 20 or 40 minute session of meditation before sleep is very helpful for me. Specially methods where you look at the mind itself, maybe resting the mind in its natural state will be helpfull, it seems to carry over through the night.
Motivation is the most important thing.
Learning about lucid dreaming will be very helpfull to complement dream yoga practice. I havent read Alan wallace's book, but i did heard his retreat recordings on lucid dreaming and dream yoga and where very helpful. I dont have the link with me but ill try to find it for you. And then of course is steven laberge clasic book on lucid dreaming.
Good luck! I find lucid dreaming really cool and helpful for my practice. See you