Lucid Dreaming – Attention running haywire after staring

I woke up in the middle of the night from a lucid dream. Usually I don’t wake up so deep in the night, but this was a special occasion.

I was happily dreaming when I noticed a text on a paper package from something like a music record. I remembered then that other lucid dreamers use text as a reality check.
Text changes when the dreamer looks back at it. The text on the box in my hand was not meaningful at all. Some link of a website and they often appear totally meaningless anyway, so I may not have noticed at all, but I was already lucid. I looked away and back at the text to see if it had changed and indeed it had. The new text was meaningless, also. In the hope that a meaningful phrase would appear, I looked back and fro several times. It didn’t become meaningful. The text was now not even trying to appear as fitting to the context. The letters where still very distinct in a professional font, neatly with a capital in front. I liked the game anyway, still hoping something meaningful would appear. I realized that I did not have to look back and fro. The text was quite willing to change without that routine, so I just continued to stare allowing it to change. Soon after, the text was flipping at high speed. Initially I had been able to see the meaningless letter combination, but that had now ended. While the text was flipping so quickly, suddenly the image of the package began to dissolve and my attention became fully overflown with a cascade of changing short sentences. That lasted only a few seconds before I sensed that I began to wake up out of it. It had not bothered me, I was still curious where it would lead even when my attention seemed completely overtaken. Frankly, I had not been given the time to act, before I unexpectedly woke up.

One of the first things Don Juan de Matus, the teacher of Carlos Castaneda in the Toltec tradition, advised a dreamer is to only glance at objects. He says that otherwise the dream attention will get lost in detail. I had once needed the technique when I became lucid after waking up and falling asleep again quickly. Then it was functional for me because the dream images where not stable at all and quickly glancing of the environment helped to stabilize attention. But I had almost forgotten about this advise. I must use it naturally. I remember one time when I wanted to get deeper involved, I had stared, recapturing my attention before it got lost. Interesting feature of dream attention.

Lucid Dreaming – Attention going haywire

I woke up in the middle of the night from a lucid dream. Usually I don’t wake up so deep in the night, but this was a special occasion.

I was happily dreaming when I noticed a text on a paper package from something like a music record. I remembered then that other lucid dreamers use text as a reality check. Text changes when the dreamer looks back at it. The text on the box in my hand was not meaningful at all. Some link of a website and links often appear totally meaningless anyway, so I may not have noticed at all, but I was already lucid. I looked away and back at the text to see if it had changed and indeed it had. The new text was meaningless, also. In the hope that a meaningful phrase would appear, I looked back and fro several times. It didn’t become meaningful. The text was now not even trying to appear as fitting to the context. The letters where still very distinct in a professional font, neatly with a capital in front. I liked the game anyway, still hoping something meaningful would appear. I realized that I did not have to look back and fro. The text was quite willing to change without that routine, so I just continued to stare allowing it to change. Soon after, the text was flipping at high speed. Initially I had been able to see the meaningless letter combination, but that had now ended. While the text was flipping so quickly, suddenly the image of the package began to dissolve and my attention became fully overflown with a cascade of changing short sentences. That lasted only a few seconds before I sensed that I began to wake up out of it. It had not bothered me, I was still curious where it would lead even when my attention seemed completely overtaken. Frankly, I had not been given the time to act, before I unexpectedly woke up.

One of the first things Don Juan de Matus, the teacher of Carlos Castaneda in the Toltec tradition, advised a dreamer is to only glance at objects. He says that otherwise the dream attention will get lost in detail. I had once needed the technique when I became lucid after waking up and falling asleep again quickly. Then it was functional for me because the dream images where not stable at all and quickly glancing of the environment helped to stabilize attention. But I had almost forgotten about this advise. I must use it naturally. I remember one time when I wanted to get deeper involved, I had stared, recapturing my attention before it got lost. Interesting feature of dream attention.

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