This is my first post soo make me feel welcomed :D
I've decided to finally reach out to the forums and talk about my most recent experience with lucid dreaming. Even though I am kinda lazy and even more so distracted (having lots of things to do in my daily life) I am training my mind from time to time. But not training by recording my dreams. I am training by asking myself am I dreaming? As well as making other kinds of reality checks. BT Dubs, usually thinking about your dreams and trying to recall them in greater details also helps. Sadly, I end up making like one reality check a day, which is highly insufficient in the short term. I do have somewhat more frequent lucid dreams now, but the thing is, none of them occur mid-dreaming, meaning I do not realize I am dreaming by making a reality check or straight ahead, which is what I've been training for. I would say they are a result from awkward sleep schedule and waking up a lot of times. I always have had lucid dreams so I think I am very prone to having those. Now they are more frequent as I said, but I also want them to be. All my recent lucid dreams started when I started dreaming. I actually maintain consciousness from point A) to point B) meaning I am aware that my dream is starting. It is a weird weird (and I wouldn't say very pleasant) experience. It is commonly associated with a lot of tingling which increases in strength the more I relax to the point it is so strong that I have to stop and... do something else. This is where I usually have problems actually starting to dream, because of those powerful similar to paralysis formications. Sometimes, if I am perhaps a little less-aware they will appear transiently and won't stop my dream from coming to be. Sometimes my dream simply can't start because of that, but yesterday I think I actually found a way to force my dream to start! It's actually what motivated me to write now. Having your lucid dreams this way means you got to be master in stabilizing your dream. If you realize mid-dreaming then the dream is already somewhat stable, but if you are constantly aware, your dream doesn't stabilize at all and you have to force it somehow. I've utilized so many techniques to stabilize my dream and I'll share it with you. First of all, my new approach to force my dream to start when I experience powerful tingling the more I relax can't be easily described. What I did is pretty much all let them overtake me. I relaxed a bit, then I didn't care about that tingling (I am always aware that whatever is happening is weird AF) and then what is the key thing I think - I started imagining stuff heavily, thinking, trying to see my thoughts, really just like talking in your mind while imagining places while being.. what's the opposite of excited? That. Even the slightest of excitement (for e.g when it begins to work) will interrupt it. I need to maintain focus. Now speaking about that - it sounds ridiculously hard, but it isn't as hard in practice. So don't worry. So the dream always comes severely distorted and unfocused. It's like a puzzle that begins to connect itself. I know it is weird, but I also realize it will stabilize if I continue doing what I found out is working. Previously I have had a lucid dream that de-stabilized in such a way that while I was flying (from known destination) and trying to travel to interesting new destinations I reached a point in the environment that looked like a game that won't render. I.e only the ground and the sky was visible and then I woke up. It was kinda frustrating. When the dream starts while I am being aware it is even worse. Everything is very noisy and distorted, but goes better eventually. Suddenly I got a whole picture, but it was still distorted and hard to spot so I said to myself "Focus" and nothing really happened beside from a slight trembling. Then I was like "MAXIMUM FOCUS"! That didn't work either. I think that works when the dream is just blurry (read about it somewhere). It's just wanting your dream to look better, but at the point where I was at, I just needed to stabilize it and then do amazingness. Then suddenly my % of consciousness might have dropped or something, but I got a whole steady picture of a place I didn't really think of. It was random. (EDIT: No it wasn't THAT random. The place was actually the same place my previous lucid dream occurred at!) It still wasn't looking very realistic, or so to say, so I began to apply my next stabilization techniques. First I rubbed my hands together (like practicing washing your hands). I read that these sensations help your brain work harder in your dream and it is scientifically proven to do so. I do not know whether this is placebo (works, because I expect it to work) or it does boost my cognitive functions, but it always worked. My dream got more vivid, more colorful and sharp, detailed and immersive. What I also would do is spin around. I ended up having a pretty decent lucid dream, doing all that I pretty much wanted to do in a lucid dream, even though I did not prepare for it all and didn't expect it. I am actually not the type of guy that is all interested in sex, flying or even exploring amazing words - the basics, which I have had enough with :D I actually want to test all the possibilities and bring it to the next level. I want to see what the brain is really capable of. I wanted to see if a person in my dream can cure my hand if I ask him to and how it will affect my real life injury (if at all). I needed deep concentration in my pain and expected to feel the most pleasant curing sensation in my arm and then test it out without experiencing pain in my dream and getting used to it. This time however I did not put much effort in it, because I knew this might wake me up and it isn't as urgent now anyway. Next thing is I wanted to taste onion.
Weird huh? Why would you waste your lucid dream by eating onions!?
Well.. since COVID my sense of smell never really fully recovered and now I have what is called dysgeusia. What Dysgeusia is in brief - a lot of foods taste the same (onion, garlic, french fries, fried, grill, non-white meat, pizza etc..) and they all taste like some heavy alien leftover spoiled and rancid thing that I am sick of. Not-so-surprisingly the onion smelled like.. onion! But I got another reward that actually surprised me. Sniffing onion created a very good stabilizer. Now I didn't expect that to happen so I'll say the thing with sensations is not placebo. Those stuff really do stabilize your dream. I hardly stopped smelling this onion as I experienced increase in my cognitive functions to the point I realized I must start repeating that I am dreaming, not to loose consciousness, especially as I changed ambients and perspectives. Changing locations is a great change that can easily lead to loosing awareness, because it is just too weird and impossible and sometimes works as a "restart". This is why I do not recommend to do point-blank sudden changes in the ambient. Instead, open a door and make a transition or something. Last thing I wanted to do is travel to interesting locations. Which I did, but I rushed it too much and ultimately nearly forgot I was dreaming (maybe because they changed like crazy and was very sudden). Now that I am a master dream stabilizer I can say my downside is being very bad in traveling. There is something about it that destructs my dream and I feel like it has to be extremely stable in order to do even small steps. In this dream, I started repeating words like "Wait, what?, what?" as something weird was happening, but it was just me loosing focus, so I woke up. The great thing in my involuntary approach to lucid dreaming is that you learn how to stabilize your dream and even when your dream goes away, you can force it to occur again. That's what happened to me this time. I had many hearts failing and receiving another opportunity. As long as you are not woke up enough, you can relax over again and experiment. Excuse my English, I am Bulgarian. Good day everyone! I hope this makes a discussion :)