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My experience with Robert Waggoner's wonderful Lucid Dreaming - Lucidly Living course has been very positive so far and I wanted to share a recent experience relating to the content.

This is a online course with lectures delivered via video.  It is however quite interactive the forum.  Robert is very responsive to students  and I have found his feedback to be invaluable.  This post is about that feedback as much as it about my experience.

I have, as anyone who follows this blog closely knows, worked with lucid dream techniques before.  When I worked with the Stephen LaBerge material I was eventually able to increase my dream recall to 30 dreams in 30 days as recommended in LaBerge's book.  As much as I admired LaBerge's work however, I did not achieve lucidity.

My dream recall right now is not as good (about three to four dreams per week) so I worried that I might have trouble achieving lucidity in Lucid Dreaming - Lucidly Living. I have only been working with the material for less than a week however and find myself feeling hopeful and encouraged.

The following is my most recent (notable) dream experience as shared in the Lucid Dreaming - Lucidly Living forum:

I went to sleep last Thursday night asking for a dream sign as we were instructed. I woke up without a dream on Friday morning and made myself go back to sleep to have one. In that time I did have a dream that was of interest to me on a couple different levels.

In one part of the dream I was talking to my partner and feeling very frustrated because he was challenging everything I told him. As I tried harder to communicate I began to talk in my sleep though I didn't realize it then. I did notice (in the dream) that my voice was kind of strangled and that it was very hard to get the words out - this happens to me when I fight through sleep paralysis to talk in my sleep.

Despite my apparent physical problem in communicating, I found myself defending my ideas until I abruptly understood the hidden issue behind the argument. I felt that this was a real revelation and felt surprised I hadn't recognized it before.

I then realized that I was dreaming and felt that I woke up though I'm not sure that I did. I remember thinking that it was the weekend and that my partner might be outside so I went downstairs (now definitely dreaming) and saw that he was working in the garden.

Our dog was outside with him and another dog had joined her. I caught up in what was happening and didn't share my revelation. Some time later I woke up.

So no dream sign really, aside from the aha moment and talking in my sleep. I don't think using an aha moment as a dream sign is reliable because I do get these when I'm awake as well. And I don't think talking in my sleep is the best sign either because I usually only do that when I'm experiencing a lot of emotion in a dream.

I was thinking that I should set the intention to realize that this strangled speech pattern is a sign I'm dreaming but I don't think it's going to help me on a nightly basis.

My idea is to work with the hands method for now. I'm only getting about three dreams a week right now so I feel that I need to make each dream count! 

I had my doubts about this dream initially.  While I did think it was important on personal level, I had no idea whether or not it was a semi or pre-lucid dream experience.  I wasn't even sure if I dreamt I woke up or really did wake up (though I don't usually fall back asleep in the morning very easily).  I was a bit disappointed that I didn't receive a clear dream sign and found the experience of possibly waking up confusing.

Because of this I shared my experience in the forum and Robert replied sharing some very helpful feedback.   He told me that the dream sounded like a momentarily lucid dream followed by a false awakening and congratulated me on my progress.

I remembered that Robert stressed the importance of enthusiasm in one of his lectures and had to agree that enthusiasm was important.  Having had a lucid moment was a huge step for me and I was very encouraged by the experience.

Robert went on to remind me that lucid dreams can be quite short in the beginning and that this is why the methods he teaches to stabilize the dream are so important.  And I can see how my excitement about my dream revelation might have affected my lucidity (modulating emotions is one method of stabilizing the dream).  He also said that pre-lucid dreams show that the intent to become lucid is gaining strength.  And I agree!

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