If a practitioner is unable to enter lucid dreaming after performing cycles and attempts to separate, or even if everything worked out, it is still better to go back to sleep to facilitate subsequent attempts. Again, it is very important to go to sleep with a clearly defined intention of actually performing the cycles upon awakening. Such intention vastly increases the probability that the next attempt will occur soon. That is, one should not fall asleep with an empty head and the desire to simply get a good night’s sleep. When using the deferred method, clear intention is mandatory, as several attempts are possible over the course of a sleep cycle.
Even if only a few attempts are made accompanied by decided and concentrated effort, then the four steps described in the algorithm will undoubtedly produce entrance into lucid dreaming.
It must always be kept in mind that one of the most common mistakes novices make is simply lying in bed while in lucid dreaming. Generally speaking, for each successful attempt novices have, there are 2 to 3 attempts where lucid dreaming had also occurred, but they didn’t take advantage of the moment and missed separating by the skin of their teeth. For example, any technique working extremely well immediately after awakening is a sure sign of lucid dreaming. Instead of continuing to lie down in lucid dreaming and play with one technique or alternate through other ones, try as hard as you can to get out of your body. Any possible evidence of a technique working should be tested in the same way.
It is also important to immediately take advantage of a technique working. When something starts working, a novice will often, for some reason, fail to take immediate advantage of the moment. lucid dreaming is then already over within several seconds, and the techniques no longer work. If an opportunity to enter lucid dreaming isn’t taken advantage of as soon as occurs, the window of time for leaving the body will simply close within several seconds. That’s why it is necessary to try to leave your body immediately upon any technique working substantially well. Otherwise, the moment will be lost.
In order to more effectively use the system of indirect cycles, it is necessary to discuss what to do if one technique starts working, but progress then ceases during the cycle and lucid dreaming entry does not occur.
First, understand that if a technique has begun to work, only lack of experience and skill will prevent lucid dreaming.
Second, barriers are overcome by temporarily switching to other techniques. Let us suppose that noise arising when listening in grows louder and louder and then peaks in volume. It would surely be beneficial to switch to forced falling asleep or observing images for several seconds, and then return to listening in. The sound may then become much louder and provide an opportunity to proceed with the technique. Sometimes, it makes sense to break off several times into various techniques and then return to the primary technique that yielded some results.
The most important thing is to never give up on a technique that has begun working ever so slightly. In essence, it is a road sign to the shortest path to lucid dreaming, and should always be followed.
It is often possible to simultaneously perform two or even three techniques and experience no negative effect on results. It is also normal and natural to skip around from technique to technique, deviating from a specific plan of action. For example, sounds often arise during phantom wiggling. In this case, a practitioner may just simply switch over to listening in. Other oft-encountered results pairings are: images from sound, sound from rotation, sound from straining the brain, a strain on the brain from listening in, vibrations from rotation, vibrations from phantom wiggling, and so forth.
During initial attempts at using cycles of indirect techniques, the problem of confusion during a critical moment may arise, when a novice practitioner suddenly forgets exactly what to do and how to do it. This is normal, and the solution is to immediately do whatever comes to mind. Results can be achieved in this manner. When a practitioner is more relaxed about the practice, such problems will no longer occur.