Alongside remembering lucid dreaming immediately upon waking, another important requirement is awakening without moving, which is difficult since many people wake up and move. Upon awakening, scratching, stretching, opening the eyes, and listening to real sounds should be avoided. Any real movement or perception will very quickly disintegrate the intermediate state and introduce reality, the activation of the mind and its connection to the sensory organs.
At first, awakening without moving seems difficult or even impossible. However, it has been proven that this is remedied for through active attempts and the desire to achieve set goals. People often claim that they cannot awaken without moving, that it’s an impossible experience. However, after several attempts, it will happen, and it will occur more and more frequently with practice.
Thus, if there is difficulty in awakening without movement, do not despair, just keep trying. Sooner or later, the body will yield to the practice, and everything will happen smoothly.
Awakening without moving is very important because, for the majority of people, experiments with lucid dreaming are not possible except in the first waking moments where waking without moving sets the stage for successful indirect technique cycles. Often, a practitioner will make 10 unsuccessful attempts and move while awakening. Once the practitioner learns to consistently wake calmly and gradually, success quickly follows.
However, if an awakening is conscious, but with movement, that does not mean that the practitioner cannot immediately make an attempt to fall into lucid dreaming. Such attempts, although they will be about 2 times less effective than usual, should nevertheless be made. Any opportunity to practice while waking should not be wasted. It must only be kept in mind that one must first neutralize the effects of the movement in order to once again fall into an intermediate state. In the case of movement, it is extremely helpful to begin practice with forced falling asleep. Listening in also works well, as does observing images. After performing these, cycling may begin.
WARNING!!! IF YOU WAKE UP AFTER OR TO PHYSICAL MOVEMENT, IT WOULD BE A SERIOUS MISTAKE TO FORGO AN ATTEMPT! YOU HAVE TO TRY ANYWAY! NOVICES OFTEN GET THEIR FIRST EXPERIENCE TWO TO THREE TIMES LATER THAN THEY NORMALLY WOULD DUE TO THIS MISTAKE.
After physical movement, the success rate for attempts using indirect techniques is usually substantially lower merely due to the fact that practitioners lose confidence in both themselves and the success of the current attempt. As a result, the attempt itself simply becomes poor in quality and lackluster. However, if the attempt is nevertheless performed self-assuredly and as if no movement had occurred, then odds of success will remain practically undiminished.
Awakening without movement, despite all its importance, is not a goal in and of itself, and also not worth suffering over. When awakening, if there is great discomfort, something itches, a need to swallow arises, or any manner of natural reflex, it is better to deal with it and then act according to practices recommended when movement upon awakening happens.
Not all movements upon awakening are real and, if only for this reason alone, when movement occurs, indirect techniques should follow.
Up to 20% of sensations and actions that happen upon awakening are not real as they seem, but are phantom.
False sensations occur in widely diverse ways. People often do not understand what is going on with them without having experienced lucid dreaming. For example, a person may think they are scratching their ear with their physical hand when they are really using a phantom hand. A person may hear pseudo-sounds in the room, on the street, or at the neighbor’s without noting anything unusual. Or, a person may look around the room without knowing that his eyes are actually closed. If a practitioner recognizes such moments for what they are, they may immediately try to separate from the body.