DIY Lucid Dreaming Life
by Jenny Funkmeyer
Art by masterful lucid dreamer M. C. Escher with many thanks
eBook design by: Otis Funkmeyer
Edited by: Jake Jacobs
This part is for those who have had one or more lucid dreams and are just crazy enough to try and use the same lucid dreaming technique to becoming more lucid in waking life!
3-D waking life is the best dream we’re creating! It’s the leading edge of thought, the crown of all of creation! My waking life deserves my highest respect and attention!
Once lucid dreaming caught my excitement, I began to have many lucid dreams. Once, using the Tibetan dream yoga technique WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming), I sat in meditation and was fully aware as my body went through the sleep cycle. My consciousness fell into the dark void. I was gone for an eternal moment and then emerged again in a fully lucid dream. I saw my mother who departed this physical life and the dream helped to heal my lifelong struggles in my relationship with her. (See my article “A Fond Farewell To Mama”)
The effect of witnessing myself switch from one reality to another reality that is just as vivid was so startling and powerful! Overnight, my operating principles regarding waking life were wiped clean and rebooted!
If “I” sat awake while “I” fall asleep, then there must be two “I’s”. An eternal I and another I. Oh, boy!
*“I’m not this one who dreams *
I’m this one who is aware that I’m dreaming”
I’ve read and heard what the sages, spiritual teachers, ascended beings, yogi masters, plus quantum physics scientists all unanimously say – there is nothing out there. Waking life is only an illusion. For me, lucid dreaming gave me the experience to realize that this reality is also a dream. Very much like my medicine journeys, it gave me direct experience to sense a bigger consciousness.
I can see it, I can taste it, and I can recognize that I’m dreaming in my 3-D waking life. It’s the only way to go if I want true bliss in my waking life. If I want less trouble, less heavy lifting, more joy, and less heartache! I want a healthier, leaner, simpler waking life. A life lucid with awareness!
Lucidity is awareness. I’m aware of what I’m doing in life. Now that might sound silly. “I know what I’m doing!” you say. Don’t speak so soon. We get caught up in life’s drama because we’re run by our emotions. We’re not aware that we’re under the control of some hormone, be it happiness, sadness or anger, we get caught up in the story. Life’s drama is simply the setting, how we react to it tells us how we’re living our life. Being aware of how we’re reacting to life’s drama is lucidity.
I can stay engaged in life’s drama (the endless stories) without getting caught up by the details. Being caught up by details means to have emotional reaction that is not under my control. I control my emotions; my emotions do not control me.
Having a life that is more under my control *]makes it easier to relax into who I am. [*Waking life becomes a spiritual practice!
Over time, more and less will become essentially the same thing. Winning and losing are two sides of the same coin. Getting ahead and staying behind will each have their own rewards and benefits. Sometimes, you’ll take the road less traveled and other times you’ll take the high road to that popular destination. See through the veil. Take a good look, the veil is right here, right in front of us.
Treat Waking life as a dream or a magic show.
Although I intellectually understand the concept, I struggle to live it. At times, dark nights of the soul hit me hard. I waver, I doubt, I lose faith. How can this chair I’m sitting on be a dream?! I can almost hear Buddha laughing. :-( I know that I’ve got to BUT I still have a really hard time living it!
So, I made up some techniques that are helpful for me. Lucid Dream Life techniques are deceptively simple and fun and the result is very powerful! Do It Yourself! Give it a try.
I share them with you here.
Live your dream life now in this waking dream!!!!!
With best wishes and LOVE,
You’re in a dream, the story goes on and on and then you wake up, you remember some of the details. It can be an eventful dream, a fun dream or a frightening dream. The point is, you fail to become lucid in the dream. You remain completely unaware that you are in a dream.
Once you wake up, lie still and don’t move. Keep one of the most vivid images alive in your imagination, feel it, taste it, be in it. Feel yourself falling asleep again and say to yourself quietly, “I’ll become lucid when I dream again.” This technique is called MILD: Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming. It was invented by Dr. Stephen LaBerge. I’ve had the privilege of learning lucid dreaming from him personally.
Unlike a nighttime dream, you’re awake in the waking dream. You simply can’t believe this reality can be a dream. How can this chair be a dream when I’m sitting on it? I don’t know how! How, how, how?! My logical mind goes bonkers!
If Buddha and Einstein say the same thing, who am I to disagree? I use MILD. Whenever I feel my emotions getting caught up by the story, I repeat the following mantra from a Tibetan song:
“All is like a dream or a magic show…”
Just saying it makes me feel better. I let go of details more easily. Lo and behold, life slowly becomes more magical. Synchronicity abounds. This reminder really helps me.
Often in dreams, things are strange. These “strange things” are called “dream signs”. The trouble is that we fail to recognize dream signs because the logical and analytical portions of our brain are asleep. We’re not “lucid” in these dreams, we’re just ignorant.
You’re having a wonderful conversation with an elephant. You’re unaware that in waking life elephants don’t converse using spoken language, so you’re unaware that you’re dreaming. You’ve failed to become “lucid” during the dream. When you wake up, you say to yourself: “I missed the signs that I was dreaming!”
Once you awaken, use your imagination to put yourself back in that same scene. Play the scene over like a movie. Make the scene vivid in your living imagination. Watch yourself talking to the elephant, see your own mouth moving, hear your voice, and notice your body posture. Now say to yourself, “next time when I notice myself unaware that something is out of place, I’ll know I’m dreaming.” Don’t get too caught up in the story; don’t say, “next time I see myself talking to an elephant I’ll know I’m dreaming.” Keep the details loose because next time you might not dream of an elephant, instead you might be talking to an alien or doing something else totally outrageous. Noticing yourself doing things out of place is the first step towards lucidity.
In waking life we do the same thing as in dreams. We don’t know what we’re doing. We’re blissfully unaware, ignorant of what actually going on. We’re in the grips of emotions like anger, sadness, and fear. We react instead of act. We’re not in control. We’re not aware. Spotting Yourself is a very useful technique to becoming lucid in waking life.
Watch yourself at all times; spot yourself in your life. No judgments, no sadness, no anger. Use your pure awareness as a silent witness to what you’re doing. New understanding of who you are will come to you naturally. It’s magical. You’ll start to have an understanding of the situations surrounding your life. Your life will magically change. This is one of the most powerful techniques in a spiritual life. Become lucid! Know that you’re not the one who is talking to the elephant; you’re the one who knows you’re talking to an elephant.
How is Spotting Yourself a solution to life’s frustrations, loneliness and strife? Lucidity in waking life changes the reality you’re in. Magically, you will not be in situations outside your control for long. This is a magical tool in becoming lucid in dreams and this is a magical tool in become lucid in waking life. Keep at it. Don’t give up. Watch your life become magical!!!
1.Sit back comfortably, close your eyes and relax. Recreate a situation (see examples below) in your imagination.
2.Observe yourself (with your imagination) from the point-of-view of about two feet behind yourself. Notice the back of your head, your neck, your hair, and your ears. Now, make your eyes travel down the back to the legs. Observe how you’re standing; see your knees and your feet. Notice what happens to your back when you talk, notice what happens to your feet when your lover talks. No judgments, no anger, no sadness. Just observing.
3.Observe yourself (with your imagination) from the point-of-view of the ceiling. Notice the top of your head, your hair, and your posture.
4.Observe yourself (with your imagination) from the point-of-view of about two feet to the right of yourself. Watch your hands, your thumbs, your fingers, and your mouth.
5.Observe yourself (with your imagination) from the point-of-view of about two feet to the left of yourself. Watch your hands, your head, and your shoulders.
6.Repeat the Spotting for your lover. Observe she or he from the back, above, to the right and to the left. No judgments, no anger, no sadness. Just observation.
7.End of Spotting Yourself meditation session. Open your eyes and say to yourself, “next time I fight with my lover, I’ll Spot Myself during the fight.” Get up from your seat and go about your business. Trust that work has been done. There is no need to look for a result. Keep a playful attitude. Easy does it!
You just had a fight with your lover.
After the fight, go home, sit down, close your eyes, and recreate the fight in your living imagination using Spotting Yourself Meditation. Simply observe both you and your lover in the fight, hear your voices, and watch for body gestures. No judgments, no sadness, no anger. Just is the pure awareness that is observing you in action.
While you’re in the fight, right in the middle of a sentence – your lover is yelling at you or you’re yelling, it doesn’t matter who is doing the talking – stop talking. Simply stop talking and observe your lover and yourself using the Spotting Yourself Meditation.
You’re in a big party, there are lots of people but you feel very shy.
Notice yourself feeling shy? Immediately do Spotting Yourself Meditation. While you’re still at the party, close your eyes and recreate the party scene in your living imagination, observe yourself, hear yourself breathing, watch your body gestures. No judgments, no sadness, no anger. Just is the pure awareness that is observing you.
You’re stuck in a traffic jam, frustrated, hating all the cars around.
Notice the frustration? Immediately do the Spotting Yourself Meditation. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. In your imagination, fly out of your car, go above your car, go behind it, go to the sides. No judgments, no sadness, no anger, just observe yourself in the car. Now go out to the top of the entire traffic jam and just observe the whole situation, the other cars and the other people.
The most common thing that happens to beginning Lucid Dreamers is waking up. When you find yourself realizing that you’re dreaming and you start to become lucid, you can startle yourself out of the dream and wake yourself up against your will.
You’re making love with your lover, oh so good! Suddenly you say to yourself, “This is too good. My god, I must be dreaming!” The next thing you know, colors go away, sounds get faint and the walls crumble. Your lover is gone, the dream flutters away and you find yourself alone in bed.
As soon as you realize you’re dreaming, stop thinking and DO something with your dream body. You see, when you go “oh my gosh, this is a dream!” you’re THINKING. Thinking takes you out of the dream but doing puts you in the dream. Engagement is the key to staying in a dream. Get busy moving your dream body. Rub your hands on your dream lover. Kiss! Big fat wet kisses! Once you stop thinking and start doing, you will stay in the dream.
Start to do what you desire. It is not enough to think about what you want to do, you’ve got to act upon it. You will not be in the waking reality you want unless you’re actively engaged.
You don’t have to quit your job or divorce your spouse or anything drastic because it’s not what you do that counts. Killing things that are bad in your life doesn’t help as much as DOING what fills you with joy.
Whatever is makes you happy is what you must do. Doing what is joyful to you makes the day fun. Fun is energy. Energy creates reality. Literally, your dream life depends on what you do, not what you think.
Have a good idea? Act on it! Don’t think about it, don’t talk about it, don’t plan it, just do it! Only doing counts. It takes four times as long to realize a dream goal when you think, talk, plan and then do. Thinking, talking and planning are totally overrated. Leap into action!
Be creative! There is lots you can DO right now, sitting where you are. Start to DO!
You’re sick and tired of your day job. All you want to do is travel.
Engage your body in travel. Book a hotel. Buy a ticket. Create a day off.
You hate your spouse. All you want is to make love to a beautiful person.
Go out there and make love. Let the spouse take care of the fallout.
You’re overweight. All you want to do is eat goodies.
Invest in some healthy, great-tasting goodies. Learn what tastes as good as white sugar to you. Find an acceptable substitute for you. Honey? Maple Syrup? Get engaged in solutions and forget the trouble.
It’s Saturday night; you’re feeling lonely sitting at home in front of the TV.
Venture into the night, open the door, pick someone and make a friend.
1. You hear yourself telling your friend a new thing you’re going to do. Stop! Just stop yourself mid-sentence. Don’t talk about what you’re going to do. If you must talk, report on what you’ve already done. Stop wasting all the Engagement Action energy to talk; instead use that energy to do. Stopping talking is a big step in action.
2. You catch yourself thinking about a new thing you’re going to do for the fifth time. It’s okay to think about it four times. On the fifth time you must stop! Baby talk to your mind. Say: “okay, we’ve thought about it enough, give me a break while I gather up the courage to do it. Let’s stop thinking about it.” Simply stopping thinking about the plan will help the Engagement Action happen.
3. You find yourself in a group meeting about a new thing. You hear yourself talking about what to do and you hear others giving their comments and their ideas. You hear yourself and the group congratulating each other for having this good meeting about what can and will be done. Have this meeting once or twice, if there is no real action taken by the group, stop going to the meetings. Simply not attending the meetings will help the Engagement Action happen. Let them have the meeting. You should stop attending until you have done something and are able to report on what you’ve accomplished in the meeting.
4. You notice yourself sitting and not doing what you want to do in this new thing. Get up, fling your arms around, yell out, jump, spin, and clap! Engage your body in action, it doesn’t matter what action. Simply putting yourself in action will make the new thing happen. Take a dance class! Go jogging! Whatever you can imagine yourself doing, just do it. What you do doesn’t have to directly relate to your new thing.
For years, people have talked about having recurring dreams. These are dreams that come back over and over again with the same situation, the same characters, and the same feelings.
A big dark monster is chasing you and you’re running but the monster keeps gaining on you. The monster catches up to you and you wake up. You sit up in bed, shaking with fear, sweating and confused. You spend the rest of the day feeling bad.
Immediately upon waking from the nightmare, lie still and use your imagination to go back into the dream. Imagine yourself doing something different, anything is good but it has to be different from what you did in the dream. For example: you could stop running and turn around to face the monster, look into its eyes and ask, “Why are you chasing me?” Or, run toward the monster and kick it in the shin. Or, turn around to face the monster and when it bumps into you, embrace it, say to the monster, “I love you!” In your imagination, run over all the different things you can do.
Evidence has proven that once you start to do things differently in the recurring nightmare, the nightmares will cease altogether. Once you’re able to truly embrace the monster and love it, the nightmares will stop.
We’re creatures of habit. We take the same road to work. We do the same thing at work. We talk to the same people about the same things. We repeat ourselves without noticing. No wonder we have recurring dreams. Everyday is the same day until we learn the lesson that it means to teach our soul.
The character in the movie Groundhog Day is doomed to repetition until he changes until he changes his bad habits to something new. It’s a really good movie, check it out!
“I love you”
Bill Murray in Groundhog Day
You’re in a fight with your lover
After the fight, go home and reimagine the fight. Ask yourself, “How could I do this differently? What can I say that is different from what I said?” In your imagination, see yourself in the fight and doing something new, something different.
Different things that you can do: while the lover is yelling, you’re silent. The lover is mad but meanwhile you’re making love in your mind. The lover is hurt so you bring flowers. You feel you’re right, but you’re seeing the lover’s point. Ignoring your own point of view, examine the lover’s point of view. In the middle of the fight, stand up and walk out.
In my experience, I didn’t have to do this meditation for long. Once I started doing the imagination game, there were simply less fights. It’s a very magical technique.
Most of us have had nightmares at one time or another. The scenarios are different – you’re being chased by a monster or a dark figure, etc. – the emotion involved is always the same, you’re in the grips of primal fear. There is no way out, no solution and no hope. Something bad is going to happen and there is nothing you can do. You feel helpless.
I’m not talking about reasonable fear, the kind of fear that keeps you alert, safe and is actually very useful. We need to have reasonable fear to protect us. Primal fear is a different kind of fear. It’s unreasonable and illogical. There is a deep area in your psyche that harbors a sort of fear that is unhealthy and not useful for a highly developed person. For a highly developed person, it’s better to be strong, confident and able to resolve primal fear in a healthy way.
The monster dreams are to give us a chance to confront those deep-seated primal fears so that we’ve a chance to examine the emotion without harm. That’s why we have those dreams. The dreams are actually healthy to the psyche. If you’re haunted by the nightmares, it’s a signal from your psyche that it’s something you need to deal with in waking life.
The monster is not real, it’s only a dream but your fear of the monster is real. Resolving that fear is very helpful, very healthy, and will make you a stronger, better, more confidant person.
The only way to end the fear is to become lucid in your nightmare, stop running, stop escaping from the situation and turn around and face whatever it is that frightens you and – this is the hard part – LOVE the monster by embracing it or kissing it or laughing with it or any other ways you can think of to love it. Accept the monster and make it your friend. Magically, once you’re able to do this in a dream, the nightmares happen less often and eventually go away altogether. It’s funny how the more we avoid something the more it haunts us.
The only way to conquer fear is to love. Isn’t this a beautiful concept? Embracing hate with love is the only way to resolve war. Waking life demonstrates the power of love to us in a most dramatic way once you begin to use this technique.
1. Find a comfortable place to sit down and not be disturbed. Set up a chair by the window, a pile of pillows in the bedroom or find a nice rock to sit on in the garden.
2. Decorate the place with icons of protection: your favorite angel, Mary or Buddha statue, posters of yogis and ascended beings or a picture of your family. Anything that makes you feel protected is good. Bring them all in! One more can’t hurt!
3. Go into a meditative state. Count down from five to one. At the count of one, imagine yourself protected by your beloved protector.
4. In the meditative state, see a cloud of loving and compassionate brilliant white light streaming from the sky above toward you. (Sometimes I see a softer, beige, yellowish golden light. You’ve got to find your own light. Don’t take my word for it. Be creative.)
5. Imagine the white light pouring down like a liquid to form a big bell-like shield an inch around you and seal you inside its loving energy. Now that you’re inside this translucent bell, tell yourself, “no harm can come to me while I’m inside.”
6. (Be gentle here, go slow, check in with your psyche, take this seriously, it’s no joke.)
Keep your imagination’s eyes open and look straight at what you fear most. If it’s a monster, look into the eyes of the monster. If it’s a dark creepy corner of your house, look into the dark energy in that corner. If it’s the image of a ghost, look at the ghost. If it’s a person – your father, abuser, and a solider – you’ve got to look at him or her.
6a. If it’s too scary, stop and freeze the image or object of your fear in a still photo. Leave it there and say to yourself: “Stay! I’ll come back later.” Skip over the rest, go to step 11 and end the meditation at this point. Come back to this point when you feel up to it. Keep at it. Move the image a bit further each time.
7. Feel the fear. Reach deep inside your psyche and feel the emotion of fear. Make the emotion of fear vivid. While you take one or more deep breaths and say to yourself: “breathe in divine love, breathe out fear.” Keep looking into the eyes of your object of fear. Stay here for as long as necessary.
8. As you keep looking at it, you will feel the feeling of fear change into something else. Feel that new feeling fully.
8a. The fear might change to uneasiness. You may feel uncomfortable being in the presence of the darker energy. This is a good sign. Stay with that uneasiness. Keep feeling it deeply.
8b. Or, the fear might change to anger, “how dare you frighten me for so much of my life?” you might ask. Stay with this fear. Feel it. It’s a gift from your soul!
8c. Or, the fear might become joyous. You might find yourself laughing, “Is that all you are? I can’t believe how little you are. You’re just small and as scared of me as I am of you!” Stay with this joy, feel it deeply.
8d. Or, you might feel pity for it, “oh, I’m sorry to scare you too. It’s been a misunderstanding!” Stay with this pity.
9. Once you feel you had enough, it’s time to either let it go or give it your gratitude. This is a very important moment. This here is the heart and gift of your fear to your development as a higher consciousness. Look into the eyes of the source of your fear (in the image of a person or a monster) and say, “thank you, I love you.” If you feel up to it, embrace it. If you can’t do that, say to it, “I let you go” and send it off into the universe.
It could take just a moment or several hours, it could even take many sessions. It all depends on your unique situation. Don’t be discouraged. Take as much time as you need. This step must not be rushed. On the other hand, you must not linger here. Either love it or let it go; don’t keep the fear alive by reimagining how it was just a moment ago. This is very important. Don’t linger and don’t rush.
11. Once you’ve love or let it go, it’s time to move on. “Moving on” is an action step. Say a short prayer of gratitude, “thank you!” or “I’m grateful my feeling of fear changed today.” Do It Yourself! Be creative: make up a prayer of gratitude that is sweet and short.
12. Count from one to five. At the count of five, open your eyes and get up. Move on to something fun to do: make yourself a cup of tea, go out to do some shopping, see a friend or take a yoga class. Action! Keep your mind off the entire meditation. Don’t think about it! Don’t analyze it. Don’t go over it. Leave your thinking till later. End of meditation.
13.At least ten hours later. Now, you can give what happened in the meditation some thought. Think about it all you like! Feel the fear, feel the wonder, and feel the love.
If the fear of the same thing comes back, don’t be discouraged! Most fear has been in your psyche for many, many years and can’t be taken out with one meditation. It might take more than one try. My fear of height took many meditations, each time it got better and it’s completely gone now. My fear of ghosts took many years, each ghost took several meditations to love or let go. Now, I’m not afraid of ghosts at all! In fact, I became a spirit medium! This meditation works wonders!
As you see, there are no hard and fast rules. Do It Yourself! That’s the only way to go. Find your own way to be grateful and loving to your fears.
Many people complain that their dreams are dull. Dull in color, dull in sound, dull in detail. Just plan unexciting but this needn’t be so.
In your dream, you’re in a supermarket. It’s just a plain, dark supermarket. There’s no music, people are kind of dark shapes and you can’t recognize anyone. You stand by the counter with some apples. They’re dull, small apples.
Look at vivid pictures before you go to sleep. Listen to pleasant music. Some people (although I don’t do it) take vitamin B6 to enhance their dream state.
Your life is dull. Nothing exciting happened today, nothing happened yesterday and you know nothing exciting is going to happen tomorrow. Next year, it’s going to be the same. You can see all the way to your old age, nothing exciting will ever happen. What are you going to do about it?
Your body will die on you if you don’t give it something to look forward to. Fun is your nature. Games are your life’s spirit. Don’t delay! Get up and make some fun happen.
Saturday night, sitting at home, nothing to do, really dull.
Put on a brightly colored party dress. You don’t need to go to a party to dress in your party dress. Open a box of sweets. Paint your house many different bright colors. Spend your life savings on a trip to a remote part of the world that excites you! Your money is no good to you when you’re dead. Spend it now! If an idea makes you both happy and scared, you’re onto something great. Act upon it.
Often your dream is so vivid and so real that you don’t realize you’re dreaming, thus fail to be lucid. The telltale sign that you’re in a dream is that things don’t stay the same. The dream reality is more malleable and fluid than the solid, 3-D co-creative reality of waking life. Find anything “solid” in your dream – a printed street sign, the time on a clock, a tree – look away and look back. If this were a dream, the “solid” thing would’ve changed. For example, the street sign will be different or the face on the clock will be replaced by some other face, etc. But if this is waking reality, the thing will stay the same.
You’re having the best sex you’ve ever had with a most beautiful being. You think to yourself, “this is too good to be true. Wait! Maybe I’m dreaming! Let me do a reality check.”
In this situation, look deeply in your sexual partner’s face. Look away and look back. If she or he is still the same, it’s real and if she or he is now changed, even the slightest bit, you’re dreaming. If you determine that you’re dreaming, quickly perform the technique you learned in “Engagement”. Rub your hands on her or him or kiss them more vigorously, etc. Do something so that you will stay in this nice dream. If you think too much, you’ll be left lying in bed alone. Of course, if you’re not dreaming and this is indeed 3-D waking life, then all the better! All the better!
Performing a Reality Check can tell you what kind of 3-D waking life you’re living. I know, this sounds totally absurd to some people, “I know what kind of life I’m having.” Others are not so lucky and confusion abounds. You know who I mean: those coming-of-age folks, mid-life crises folks, those born confused, lead astray by their families, culture or history. Me!
You’re working at your job and you’re totally bored.
Go away. Take a vacation or something like that. On the first day back from the vacation, look around. Is the work boring? If the work still feels really boring to you, then it’s time to change jobs!
Have no fear! Touch the void to see how far reality will stretch for you. You’ll be surprised! This is a great advantage of believing in this waking life as a dream too. The spiritual path is not about meeting the white light when you die. The spiritual path is about making your daily life a better life for yourself NOW!
WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming) is the premier Tibetan Dream Yoga technique, perfected over a thousand years of practice. You stay awake while your body falls asleep.
Sit up with several pillows propped up behind you. Go into a meditative state. Stay focused on watching your body slip into sleep. You’ll get tired. Often, you’ll simply find yourself falling asleep. That’s when you have to fight yourself. Stay awake! Stay awake! Suddenly your brainwave goes bonk and you realize that your body is asleep. It’s dope! You go, “Holy cow, I’m awake and I’m asleep!” That’s when you realize there are two of you! It’s trippy but true. Then your body will go into a state of paralysis so you won’t be able to move. Then you drop into Deep Delta Sleep, which means you’ve lost yourself in the void, the unknown, the all, the god. Your identity ceases to be. By and by, you’ll come to and find yourself in a dream. This technique is so fun and amazing!
Staying awake while you live means never losing sight of your highest goals. Don’t get caught up by what’s going on. Instead, stay focused on your dreams. Be who you want to be! Don’t allow others to tell you what to do and how to live. One’s family, history, culture and society can be very powerful influences. Don’t allow your dreams to be altered by anything or anyone.
Go for your highest goals. Don’t get caught up by what’s going on in other people’s drama but instead, stay focused on your dreams. Stay focused on who you are and what you want while you live! Don’t allow others to tell you what to do and how to live. One’s family, history, culture and society are very powerful influence. Don’t allow your goals to be altered by anything nor anyone. Your path is not their path and may never seem right to others.
Tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other mind-altering herbs and chemicals were once medicine in ancient cultures. In today’s society we’ve made them to be recreational drugs. My recommendation is that mind-altering substances are to be used with respect and attention. Stay awake! Don’t allow anything to fog your mind away from your highest goals.
What are the benefits of becoming more lucid in waking life? Lucidity is awareness. I'm aware of what I'm doing in life. Now that might sound silly. "I know what I'm doing!" you say. Don't speak so soon. We get caught up in life's drama because we're run by our emotions. We're not aware that we're under the control of some hormone, be it happiness, sadness or anger, we get caught up in the story. Life's drama is simply the setting, how we react to it tells us how we're living our life. Being aware of how we're reacting to life's drama is lucidity. I can stay engaged in life's drama (the endless stories) without getting caught up by the details. Being caught up by details means to have emotional reaction that is not under my control. I control my emotions; my emotions do not control me. Having a life that is more under my control makes it easier to relax into who I am. Waking life becomes a spiritual practice! Over time, more and less will become essentially the same thing. Winning and losing are two sides of the same coin. Getting ahead and staying behind will each have their own rewards and benefits. Sometimes, you'll take the road less traveled and other times you'll take the high road to that popular destination. See through the veil. Take a good look, the veil is right here, right in front of us. Treat Waking life as a dream or a magic show.