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Reality Checks: Do they actually work?
PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

Well do they? Cause i used to do them in rl but never actually became lucid in a dream from doing one, i could only do them in dreams when i was already lucid, which kinda helped me stay lucid and make evryfing more clear and stuff but what i want to know is does anybody do RCs in real life and then do one in a dream and become lucid? If so when and how do you do an RC?

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

Yes, they can be a decently effective method for LD's. The key to RC's is to do them frequently enough, think 20-30 times a day, so that thye become habitual. At this point they will carry over into the dream state asnd you will begin to get lucid from RC's

It wouldn't hurt to do an extra one everytime your in an awkward situation.


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

Hav u any idea roughly how long it would take if you did 20-30 a day before they start crossing over into your dreams?

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

Not sure, you will know when, because you will start doing them habitually without thinking.

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

For me, it worked the within a couple days and I had an LD, though... it was very brief. The point is it can work quickly. I wasn't even doing it 20-30 times a day... I was doing more like 5 (hehehe, not as effective).

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

I hate RC´s! I had a LD after doing 100 RC one day... But It´s different for everyone. I doesn´t work on me though.

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

gabbe, it's probably better in general to focus on LDing during the time when you're about to sleep... what's the point thinking about it in the morning then going through an entired day where all your worries and things that are going on just wipe that clean. Last night I did about 2 RC's... one just before I went to sleep, just by looking at my hand and trying to get my intent right (that I would know i'm dreaming) and it worked! In my dream I looked at my hand and wallah!

But yea... you're right everyone's different.


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

I only do RC s when I think it might be a dream or when someting strage happens*.
It have helped me having maney of my lucids.

*) (Once I was going to take the subway trought the city, but the station did not look like I rememberd.
So I did 4 RC s before I thought abute the posebilety of me going ito the wrong door.)


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

I have had 4-5LD's, but not one came from doing a RC, I just 'know' in a dream that I am dreaming. I have stopped doing RC's after my first LD. And i still have them from time to time.

The ting about RC's is that you question your reality, and if that fails you know you are lucid. Say you do a RC every hour, your mind will automatically do them every hour for you. Of course if you continue doing them. And if you are dreaming, your mind will post a RC in the dream, if its in the cycle, one time in my dream some DC's started shouting "RCRCRC!!" But that didn't help me very much.. So RC's doesn't work that well for me smile


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

RC's are great way to check that it's dream or not. In dream there is sometimes a trought "I could be dreaming !" Then, its a good way to get fully lucid.

And RCs irl ? It makes, that we're thinking "Am i dreaming?" or something like that. It causes DILDs, because there is more of troughts like "Am i Dreaming" in dream. That's way RCs seems to work on me.

NeoMarine wrote:

But yea... you're right everyone's different.

And that's the point of that discussion.


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

Yeah i find RCs are good for improving lucidity once i've already worked out its a dream but like i said i never become lucid from doing one i just randomly think 'oh i'm dreaming' but i've been doing a loada RCs today so i'll see if it does anything.

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

I think the main point of RCs is to train your awareness and critical faculty during waking time. That's why it's important to not simply look at your hands mechanichally and then forget about it. You have to really question the world around you.

RCs may only be a sort of training wheels until you learn to be aware of your surroundings all the time. Which is a great advantage all by itself, and can help maintain lucidity in dreams.


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

I can tell you from my own experience that RCs can be very effective! grin In fact, just earlier this afternoon I had my first lucid dream in over a month, and it was during this dream that I relied heavily on them. However, I don't do them all throughout the day, only on a few occasions.

Orange Element wrote:
I think the main point of RCs is to train your awareness and critical faculty during waking time.


This looks like a good point; increasing your awareness is key to becoming lucid. In fact, that may be one of the reasons as to why meditation has been linked to lucidity. It increases the chances that you'll stop and think, just what if—what if this were a dream?


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

*BenDrummin58 agrees 100% with Orange Element.

reality checks ARE training wheels to ultimately put you in the state of mind to always be aware and never let your guard down. Once you reach that state of mind, you will become able to LD pretty much every time you go to sleep.


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006  Reply with quote

I was wondering, maybe ask yourself throughout the day 'when was i sleeping last' and take your mind back through the day until its going to bed yesterday. Maybe if you ask yourself this in a dream you'll just be left at a blank at some stage or you'll realise oh actually im sleeping now and become lucid??

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