You can do anything in a lucid dream. The possibilities are limitless. There are, however, some tasks that need a high level of self control and a good mastery over the dream. Beginner dreamers often loose concentration and lucidity when they try to perform them.
The most popular of such energy-consuming dreaming activities are transportation, transformation and world-creation.
The thing is, we do not exactly travel in the Dreamland. It is more like locations are spawned as we need them. Most often, our subconscious throws them at us as we proceed along the dream scenario. But when we travel into a certain location we’d like to see, we create it as we go. That is a huge effort that needs a lot of concentration and control. Transportation techniques are basically tricks that, a workaround to make your mind think you follow the scenario and keep dreaming.
Teleportation. Basically, it is the simplest method of transportation, since it needs minimal conscious effort. Just close your eyes, think of a place you’d like to be and, when you open the eyes, you’ll find yourself in a different setting. The drawback is, it is not necessarily the place you had in mind, but keep training, and you’ll master the method. Still, it’s a good beginner technique.
Directions. A good way to visit already known dream locations. As we keep a dream journal (or make a dream map), we gather a lot of interesting dream locations. Visiting them is a good way to continue an old dream or look for certain dream characters.
Ask a character for directions. “How do I get to [name of the location from your journal]”. It doesn’t matter what the answer is “42”. Start walking or flying somewhere and soon you will reach the location you were looking for. Once again, it was “loaded” from your memory as you invoked its name and image. Talking to dream characters stabilizes the dream and, at the same time, makes your level of lucidity to look lower, tricking your mind and preventing you from awakening.
This technique, however, seems to work specifically for familiar dream-locations. Since it takes more time and more concentration than, say, teleportation, the chances to wake up or loose lucidity are higher. Trying to “load” an unfamiliar setting need more concentration and often fail.
Picturing. When I was a kid, I could sit for hours over a beautiful book illustration or an unusual interesting landscape. I would imagine myself striding towards those woods or exploring the moon craters. Well, if a setting on picture captivates your imagination, you can explore it in a dream.
Find or spawn a drawing surface. It is not necessarily canvas; I like to use walls. Whatever is stable enough and easy to work with. If you start with a small surface you can enlarge it later but that would be additional effort. Better to start big.
Watch the surface, remember the picture you’d like to import into your dream and let it develop itself on your surface, like a photograph. Concentrate until it becomes more or less clear and recognizable. You don’t have to work on small details – your dreaming mind will supply it later. Basically, this technique is very much like your visualization exercises. If you train constantly, you won’t have any trouble animating your picture.
Imagine it is nut a wall and a mural in front of you but a window – and a whole world behind it. Then step inside and explore it. The problem is, if the level of animation is low, you may just walk through the wall. Keep trying and training – this is an advanced method that is almost a world-creation technique. It also needs good visualization skills.
There are other transportation techniques, of course. Each dreamer develops techniques of her own over time. Something works better and something worse, methods are very individual and depend on your level of skills.
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