Fear in lucid dreaming is a very common occurrence. The practitioner may experience fear at any stage, although it is expressed much more clearly during initial practice. The causes of fear are very diverse: a feeling that returning to the body is impossible; a fear of death; worrying that something bad is going to happen to the body; encountering something scary and terrible in lucid dreaming; painful sensations; overly sharp, hyper-realistic sensations.
Fear is often specific in lucid dreaming and depends on the practitioner’s current life situation. For example, young mothers often begin to fear entering lucid dreaming just as they’re entering it out of a sense that they would risk leaving their children behind. It often worry that they simply might not return or undergo an unsafe situation.
One fear dominates all others: the instinct of self-preservation, which, without any apparent reason, can induce a feeling of absolute horror – a feeling that cannot be explained or controlled.
For a novice stricken by insurmountable fear that causes paralysis, there is only one way to gradually overcome it. Each time a novice enters lucid dreaming, an attempt should be made to go a step further than the previous time. For example, in spite of feeling terrified, the practitioner should try to raise the hands and then move them back to the initial position. The second time, the practitioner should attempt to sit down. The third time, standing up should be attempted. The fourth time, walking around in lucid dreaming is advised. Then, after incremental steps toward experiencing the harmlessness of lucid dreaming state, productive, calm action may ensue.
Fear itself can be used to enter lucid dreaming and remain there for a long time. Once lucid dreaming is entered, fear should be allayed if it begins to cause problems for the practitioner.
For a practitioner who faces periodical fears, realizing that there is no real danger encourages progress in practice. Urges to rapidly return to the body are then made baseless. Sooner or later, calmer thought dominates events in lucid dreaming, and fear happens less often.
When dealing with momentary fear caused by events in lucid dreaming, the simplest solution is to tackle it head-on and follow through to the end in order to avoid a fear-driven precedent. If a practitioner always runs away from undesirable events, the events will occur more and more frequently. If a practitioner is incapable of facing fear in lucid dreaming, it is best to use the translocation technique to travel elsewhere, although this solution only produces temporary relief.