I awoke at 6 AM, turned on CNN, and had a bite to eat, as is my custom. After catching the latest news, I turned off the television. I then began to attentively review my plan of action for the day’s upcoming lucid dreams and add in new details. The morning’s first lucid dreaming was to be devoted to an experiment on maintaining by means of assuming an extremely uncomfortable or even painful position with the perceived (subtle) body. The second lucid dreaming would be needed to undertake an experiment on the consistency of bodily perception: somehow separate or cut off an arm and see what happens with sensations. Other items on the plan of action for this and subsequent lucid dreams consisted of more down-to-earth and everyday goals.
At 6:20 AM I closed the balcony door, inserted earplugs, and put on a sleeping mask to keep sunlight from interfering. After lying down in a comfortable position on my stomach, I once again thought about my plan of action. I decided to enter lucid dreaming using a direct technique. I didn’t start off with the technique right away. Instead, I decided to reach the edge of sleep first. I got lost in thought at some point, and my imaginings turned into episodes that enveloped me. My mind was then abruptly returned to the body, and I tried to separate, but unsuccessfully. I then began to do the rotation technique quite slowly and passively. My awareness once again began to fade, and another shallow lapse in consciousness took place. On the way back up, neither standing up, nor levitating, nor rolling out were successful as separation techniques. Meanwhile, I could clearly sense an approaching lucid dreaming. I started doing sensory-motor visualization, imagining that I had already separated and was walking about the room while deepening lucid dreaming. Those imagined sensations started becoming real after another micro-lapse in conscious awareness about three minutes in.
As soon as the sensations had become true-to-life, I rapidly made them hyper-realistic through a mix of palpation, peering, and focused intention. Then, I fell backwards to the floor and folded my legs underneath, trying to recreate a pulling feeling in my hips that had once helped me to stay in lucid dreaming for a long time. This time, however, my legs bent quite flexibly, and so no pain or strain arose. Feeling that lucid dreaming would soon end anyway, I began to twist my legs even more intensely. Mild pain finally came. Realizing that I couldn’t hope for much more at that point, I decided to see whether such weak sensations were enough for maintaining lucid dreaming. Now fading, I kept my legs in as painful a position as possible. I started counting the seconds that went by, all the while enjoying a tranquility uncharacteristic of lucid dreaming. After all, staying in lucid dreaming for as long as possible usually requires chaotic action in order to stimulate all of the senses. At 26 seconds in, the sensations abruptly began to dissipate, as did the pain. Several seconds later, I was back in my body. I was unable reenter lucid dreaming state, which meant that it had fully run its course.
I began falling back asleep with the intention of repeating the test during my next lucid dreaming experience, and only then moving on to the other activities on my plan of action. The indirect method would bring me twice more into lucid dreaming that morning, allowing me to continue on with the experiment. Yet another lucid dreaming would come thanks to becoming conscious while dreaming, and all this by 9:30 AM.