PRIMARY DEEPENING TECHNIQUES

The goal of primary deepening is to achieve complete separation from the body, allowing further actions within lucid dreaming. Primary deepening entails achieving two principal objectives: complete separation from the physical body and anchoring the perceived body within lucid dreaming space.

When separation from the body occurs through the use of a separation technique, a posture must be assumed that is completely different from the posture of the real, physical body. The greater the degree of postural similarity between the physical and perceived bodies, the more shallow and brief lucid dreaming will be. For example, in the case of horizontal levitation, a 90 degrees turn must immediately be performed, arms and legs spread, adopting a vertical posture. Under no circumstances should a practitioner in lucid dreaming remain in a posture identical to that of the physical body.

If a practitioner is pulled back toward the body after separation, anchoring should be initiated that facilitates standing or sitting in lucid dreaming. Resisting the gravity of the physical body is paramount to remaining in lucid dreaming. The result of willful resistance is directly proportional to the degree of applied effort. It will help to grab hold of surrounding objects and hold on to them; any means of anchoring the perceived body within lucid dreaming are appropriate. It is possible to start rotating around an axis; not simply imagining the rotation, but performing it with the perceived body as well.

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