In order to receive information using this method, imagine an event or series of events that will communicate the desired information. Then, move to the area where predetermined events are expected to take place by using translocation techniques. After arriving at the destination, use visual observation to understand what is taking place and the information that the events are communicating. The episode technique is suitable only for cases where information can be obtained by observation.
How to verify the information? The techniques for receiving information in lucid dreaming are not complex and prove successful after just a few attempts. However, as was already mentioned earlier, the properties of lucid dreaming spaces that do not fall under the category of vivid perception are not particularly stable – not only in terms of appearance, but also in terms of their properties. Correctness of information also depends on the objects themselves. The problem rests in that the practitioner may not be able to properly control the object in question and may receive false information.
lucid dreaming space is not everyday reality; therefore, it should not be treated with the normal belief that every observation should be regarded as fact.
Even when a practitioner has learned to find animate and inanimate objects with an absence of doubt, there is still no guarantee that the received information is always accurate. A few technique-related tricks are able to test an object’s ability to speak the truth.
For example, an object can talk about something with absolute confidence, but that does not mean that what it communicates is all true. If doubt is experienced while finding the object, then doubt may have an effect on what the object says. This is why doubt must be avoided at all costs – although beginners are bound to initially have problems with this.
To determine whether an object is able to give accurate information, a control question should be asked. It essentially consists of asking some very simple questions and observing the object’s reaction. For example: "How much is two times two?", "What’s my name?", "How old am I?", and "Where do I live?", and so on. If the object is unable to answer even such simple questions correctly, then there is no sense in trying to obtain further information from it. The practitioner must have made committed some errors when creating the object. A proper object will remain silent or say that it does not know the answer to the control question.
After any information is obtained, it must be confirmed. This is done by means of a clarifying question. The practitioner needs to ask the object where the information came from to find out the details that offer proof of the information’s authenticity in the real world. The object may also be asked the same questions more than once, provided they are reworded. The answers to reworded questions must be identical.
Remember, the more important the nature of the information and the more serious action it implies, the more effort needs to be invested in verifying it in the real world since a certain percentage of the information is bound to be incorrect despite correct performance of information-related techniques.
Approaching the obtainment of information with as simple questions as possible is also extremely important. The simpler the information that needs to be found out, the better. As soon as a lucid dreamr becomes able to do this in his practice, he can move on to more difficult and more important tasks. There’s no sense in beginning such experiments with something incredibly difficult. If a practitioner is unable to count how many pairs of shoes there are in his foyer, then he’ll hardly be able to find out how to become a millionaire.
In addition to everything else, it’s important to consider how specific the needed information is. Practitioners quite often seek answers to totally vague or abstract questions while in lucid dreaming, which leads to a lack of success. The more specific the question, the greater the odds of obtaining an answer to it. For example, it hardly makes sense to expect a specific and clear answer to a vague and all-encompassing question like, "what awaits me in the future?" It’s many times better to ask a question regarding how to achieve some extremely specific goal in the future. Other examples: instead of "how do I get a raise at work?" ask "how can I make my current project as successful as possible?" Instead of "how do I get healthy?" ask, "how do I get rid of my headache?" and so on.
The ability to obtain undistorted information from lucid dreaming is considered to be a masterful skill of nearly the highest order. So where do problems occur? As has already been noted, obtaining information is not anything difficult from a technical point of view – it suffices to get into lucid dreaming and find something out from objects or lucid dreaming space. Problems occur on a completely different plane, one that is much more difficult for people to control – the plane of thought, mood, and belief – both the superficial and deep-founded variety.
One of the most exciting and interesting tasks of ongoing modern research is the study of how lucid dreaming space, its properties, and functions depend on the internal mental background of the practitioner. This task is made particularly clear by the following example. This example will assume that lucid dreaming space is controlled by the subconscious mind. It will also assume that a practitioner has gotten into lucid dreaming using an indirect technique and has rolled out of his body while in his bedroom. It turns out that the subconscious was able to generate the entire room along with millions of minute details with exact precision in a matter of seconds, perhaps in a mere fraction of a second. Unimaginable is the amount of computation that had to occur in order to so quickly generate everything, up to every thread in the curtains and every dot of ink on the wallpaper, without violating any laws of physics. It’s difficult to even fathom. Next, the practitioner decides to perform a well-known test with a calculator. To this end, he needs to find that computational tool and punch in the numbers to be crunched. He will then verify the calculator’s answer in the real world. And so, he uses the technique of finding and finds a calculator. He finds the real thing, and not just a mere representation of it. This object, despite its size, is quite complicated – yet lucid dreaming creates it with singular accuracy and precision. All of its lines, buttons, and curves are generated – all much more accurately than could ever be drawn. Moreover, this calculator can even be taken apart, and its internal components may be examined. Everything here is generated in only an instant.
But then the trouble starts. The practitioner multiplies 2 by 2 and gets some odd result, e.g.: AP345B, 5?eE74047… etc. That is, the result is anything but the correct product.
A paradoxical situation now arises: the subconscious mind generates a space around the practitioner, accurate to an impossible degree and up to the minutest detail. However, this very same subconscious mind is unable to multiply simple numbers together, a simple math problem that the practitioner himself can solve within a second. Doesn’t this situation seem strange? Actually, not at all. lucid dreaming space and its computing resources are not at issue here. For lucid dreaming, this calculation is not difficult at all. This is really a mere trifle for the resource that the practitioner has at his disposal, even if he himself has difficulties with multiplication tables.
The crux of the problem lies in the mind of the practitioner when he is performing this given test. He may simply lack confidence (and this doubt will be reflected in the result). In addition, there may be a mass of other thoughts and feelings going through his head, which may bring all of his efforts to naught. For some reason, it sometimes seems that a similar phenomenon pertains not only to lucid dreaming, but also to the everyday physical world…
A quite similar situation arises with the technique of translocation in lucid dreaming with eyes closed. It is enough to think of something extraneous, enough to have some doubt in the outcome of the flight, and that flight will then take much longer, or even eject one into a different place, or simply return one back to the physical body. The very same mechanisms and systems are at play when obtaining information. While with teleportation it’s enough to translocate several times in order to understand the essence the answer sought, or to feel it, more protracted problems may develop with obtaining information.
One of the proven properties of lucid dreaming state is that its stability and steadiness are directly proportional to those of the person experiencing the sensations it offers. For this reason, the external characteristics of objects tend to be very stable and unchanging. For example, one cannot put one’s arm through a wall when in a deep lucid dreaming. But at the same time, the properties and invisible functions of those same objects can be very unstable and sensitive to any mental disturbance. That is why it is difficult to instantly evaporate water or turn it into blue brick while in lucid dreaming, but water can easily be turned into vodka – a transubstantiation accompanied by change not only in taste and smell, but even in properties which affect the mind of a person who drinks it. After all, water and vodka have the same outward appearance, but only differ in terms of properties. And just as well, an object created in lucid dreaming for the purpose of obtaining information is extremely dependent on the internal state of the practitioner. A polluted mind muffles just what the practitioner wants to learn, and blocks what lucid dreaming objects could easily convey to him.
For that very reason, a practitioner desiring to obtain information in lucid dreaming should remember one important thing: one must be not only externally, but also internally as indifferent as possible to the information one obtains. In parallel with this, it is necessary to have full and complete confidence that everything will work. Otherwise, the object will vacillate between what one wants to hear and what one is afraid to hear, instead of a simple transmission of information occurring. This problem is overcome in large measure through practice, but there are some tricks that facilitate this task. The simplest of these is as follows: the practitioner asks the object his question neither point-blank nor right away, but unexpectedly during conversation on a side topic. This approach simply allows the practitioner to relax and remain indifferent to what is happening, if at least for a short while.