The BIG Reality Check topic, part IV
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#16:  Author: kaybee2 PostPosted: Wed 25 Jul, 2007
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I read somewhere that a reliable RC was to look at your hands and pull on one of your fingers.... Apparently if your finger stretches to un-normal lengths, you're dreaming. Don't know about this one (never had an LD so can't exactly test it out), but has anyone ever tried it before? Sorry if this has already been asked, I'm still a newbie and I'm trying to learn as much as I can! ^-^

#17:  Author: Basilus West PostPosted: Wed 25 Jul, 2007
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Yes, stretching my finger is my favorite RC. I would prefer to do another one, cause it's not very reliable, but I generally forget the others and think of this one cause it was the first RC that was tought to me. Anyhow, it's very funny when it works. lach2

As for me, it works about 50% of the time.

#18:  Author: MovieMe PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul, 2007
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I tried to do the nose RC in my LD a few nights ago, but my hand just went right through my nose, and my head, and the rest of me! sadblauw Fortunately that worked just as well tounge2
My hand just went right through me like air tounge2 It felt so wierd :D

#19:  Author: Nr1 PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007
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my biggest problen in RS;s is that i just dont do them in my dream..
so howmany times a day do i have to do a rc to also do it in my dream? i do about 5 a day now

#20:  Author: ThePromethean PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007
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i worry that RCs might become so routine that you could glance at your hands or pull your finger whilst dreaming, not really think about it and not register anything strange. should i be concerned about this as a real possibility?

#21:  Author: MovieMe PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2007
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Dragan wrote:
my biggest problen in RS;s is that i just dont do them in my dream..
so howmany times a day do i have to do a rc to also do it in my dream? i do about 5 a day now


5 a day? That is far to few I believe. I'm doing them a little now and then (About 20-35 times a day) It has become a habbit of some sort.

#22:  Author: Vagabondage PostPosted: Tue 31 Jul, 2007
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Looking at my hands doesn't work anymore.

For a while, I looked at my hands. Usually, they were blurry or another finger magically grew if I was dreaming, but soon, my dreams contained more realistic hands. I had to resort to counting my fingers and fingernails. Something was out of place for a while, but soon my dreams had my ACTUAL HANDS. Then, I had to look at my feet and count my toes...

Now, the only RCs that work for me are looking at digital clocks or observing my surroundings such as when I was dreaming and sitting in bed - I have solid-colored flags hanging from my top bunk and I had to take it down and look at it. Checkers appeared on it and I knew I was dreaming...

#23:  Author: kaybee2 PostPosted: Thu 02 Aug, 2007
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Hmm...perhaps I should start doing more RCs. Usually I only do them occasionally (maybe one or two a day). I'm going to start making it a habit and doing it often.

#24:  Author: StEvE21 PostPosted: Wed 08 Aug, 2007
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"i worry that RCs might become so routine that you could glance at your hands or pull your finger whilst dreaming, not really think about it and not register anything strange. should i be concerned about this as a real possibility?"

Yes, that is very much so a possibility. It's happens much more than you might think. Look as what Basilus said about his favourite RC.. "As for me, it works about 50% of the time." What do you think happens the other 50% of the time? The RC doesn't register, and the person does not achieve lucidity.

Reality checks should be used WITH lucid living, not as an alternative to lucid living. This will make them much more effective.

Good luck smile

#25:  Author: Bones PostPosted: Sat 01 Sep, 2007
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StEvE21 wrote:

Reality checks should be used WITH lucid living, not as an alternative to lucid living. This will make them much more effective.


Kind of late I know, but could somebody re-phrase this to a beginner please?

#26:  Author: StEvE21 PostPosted: Mon 03 Sep, 2007
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For example, you shouldn't do a reality check while watching a basketball game and totally concentrating on the game, while ignoring the RC. The act of the RC is not enough. You have to be conscious of it, and you have to remain conscious even after the reality check, throughout the day- always observing and being aware of your surroundings.

#27:  Author: Bones PostPosted: Wed 05 Sep, 2007
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StEvE21 wrote:
For example, you shouldn't do a reality check while watching a basketball game and totally concentrating on the game, while ignoring the RC. The act of the RC is not enough. You have to be conscious of it, and you have to remain conscious even after the reality check, throughout the day- always observing and being aware of your surroundings.


That makes a lot more sense.
Thank you for your help.

#28:  Author: Wishbone PostPosted: Thu 04 Oct, 2007
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Hey there people. As you can see I'm quite new here, but I have a question. I hope this isn't obvious, but I don't really have any other resources to get my information from. When you guys do a RC with numbers. Is it vital the that numbers be ones that regularly change? (a digital clock?) or would any numbers, say on a sign, found in a dream change when doing a RC?

Thanks,

Ted

#29:  Author: kTFox PostPosted: Fri 05 Oct, 2007
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Wishbone wrote:
Hey there people. As you can see I'm quite new here, but I have a question. I hope this isn't obvious, but I don't really have any other resources to get my information from. When you guys do a RC with numbers. Is it vital the that numbers be ones that regularly change? (a digital clock?) or would any numbers, say on a sign, found in a dream change when doing a RC?

Thanks,

Ted


So you look at a sign or something that has words or numbers on it and you look away and look back sometimes it doesn't change the first time, do it again, the sign/numbers should change into something out of the ordinary like gibberish. Also another good RC is you pinching your nose and try to breath through it. If you can breath through it then your in a dream if you can't then you're probably awake.

#30:  Author: MMDreamer PostPosted: Tue 27 Nov, 2007
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I've just started doing RC and up to now I regularly look at my clock, mobile phone, my computer or my alarm clock to control the time. I wonder if this will work and manifest in my dreams. Up to now I have never looked at these item in my dreams as well as I haven't done any of the other RC.

Do you think it is good to have several different items to do a RC or do you prefer one single? uhh

Furthermore, do you think the one with the time is reliable? (I think, that I actually have to answer this question by myself using it over a certain time. But maybe you have own experiences there.)

And one important question: If you do RC in real life, do you always answer with something like: "Hmm, I've done a RC and it failed. Well I'm not dreaming".? Would be logical. I just worry the "I'm-not-dreaming" could repeat in my dream!



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