Step 4: Cycling Techniques after Attempts to Separate

If immediate separation doesn’t work out – which would become apparent after 3-5 seconds – start right then and there to alternate between 2 to 3 of the techniques that are most straightforward to you, until one of them works. When this happens, you can try to separate again. Choose 2 to 3 of the following five techniques so that you can alternate through them during awakenings:


For 3 to 5 seconds, try to imagine rotating to either side along your head-to-toe axis as vividly as possible. If no sensations arise, switch to another technique. If a real or even slight sensation of rotation arises, focus your attention on this technique and rotate even more energetically. As soon as the sensation of rotating becomes stable and real, you should try to separate again using it as a starting point.

Swimmer technique

For 3 to 5 seconds, try to imagine as decidedly as possible that you are swimming or simply making swimming motions with your arms. Try to feel it no matter what, and as vividly as you can. If nothing happens, switch to another technique. There is no need to switch techniques if the sensation of swimming arises. Instead, intensify the sensations that arise. Afterwards, the real sensation of swimming in water will come to you. That’s already lucid dreaming – and there’s no need for separation when you’re already in lucid dreaming. However, if such sensations occur while you’re in bed instead of a body of water, then you will need to employ a separation technique. Use the swimming sensations as a starting point.

Observing images

Peer into the void before your closed eyes for 3 to 5 seconds. If nothing occurs, switch to another technique. If you see any kind of imagery, peer into it until it becomes realistic. Once it is, separate from the body right then and there, or allow yourself to be pulled into the imagery. When peering at imagery, it’s important not to scrutinize details, lest the image wash away. You’ll need to look through the picture, which will make it more realistic.

Hand visualization

For 3 to 5 seconds, imagine vividly and decidedly that you are rubbing your hands together close to your eyes. Try no matter what to feel them in front of you, to see them, and even to hear the sound of them rubbing. If nothing happens, switch to another technique. If any of the above sensations start to arise, then keep with the technique and intensify it until it becomes totally realistic. Afterwards you can try to separate from the body, using the sensations arising from the technique as a start-off point.

Phantom wiggling

Try to wiggle your perceived hands or feet for 3 to 5 seconds. Do not move a muscle under any circumstances, and do not imagine the movement itself. For example, try to intensively press down and then up, wiggle to the left and right, and so on. If nothing occurs, switch to another technique. If a slight or sluggish sensation of real movement suddenly arises, then focus your attention on the technique, trying to increase the range of motion as much as you can. Once you can move by at least 4 inches, immediately try to separate from your body starting off from the sensations arising from the technique.

All that you need to do for each attempt is alternate between 2 to 3 techniques for 3 to 5 seconds each. This leads to indirect techniques cycles, where the practitioner alternates one technique after another over the course of a minute in search of the one that works. It is very important to do no less than 4 cycles of 2 to 3 techniques during an attempt. Remember – even if a technique doesn’t work immediately, that doesn’t mean that it will not work on the very next cycle of techniques, if not just a bit later. That’s precisely why it’s necessary to stubbornly alternate techniques, performing no less than 4 complete cycles, but all within no longer than a minute.

For example, the entire process may take place as follows: a lucid dreamr goes to bed at 11:30pm and sets his alarm for 6:00am; at 6:00 he wakes up to his alarm clock, goes to the bathroom, drinks some water, and recalls the indirect techniques as well as his interesting plan of action for lucid dreaming (for example, to look in the mirror and fly to Mars); at 6:05am lucid dreamingr goes back to sleep with the clear intention of entering lucid dreaming upon each subsequent awakening; at 7:35am (or whenever natural awakening occurs) lucid dreamingr awakes unexpectedly and immediately tries to separate from his body then and there; not having separated within 3 to 5 seconds, lucid dreamingr begins to try to do rotations, but those also do not work within 3 to 5 seconds; lucid dreamingr performs the swimmer technique, but that does not work within 3 to 5 seconds, lucid dreamingr does phantom wiggling, but it doesn’t work within 3 to 5 seconds, lucid dreamingr does rotation again, then the swimmer technique and phantom wiggling for 3 to 5 seconds each; then he once again does rotation, swimming, and phantom wiggling for 3 to 5 seconds each; on the fourth cycle he begins to do rotation and it unexpectedly starts working – the feeling of rotation arises; lucid dreamingr keeps with this technique, and spins as hard as he can and separates from his body right then and there using the sensation of rotation: he then runs to the mirror, all the while actively palpating and scrutinizing everything around him from a close distance, which intensifies his sensations; having already looked in the mirror, the practitioner employs the translocation technique and finds himself on Mars, but he is unexpectedly returned to the body; lucid dreamingr then immediately tries to leave his body again, but is unable to; he falls back asleep with the clear intention of repeating the attempt upon the next awakening and staying longer on Mars; and so on.

Just repeat the above using the techniques that come most naturally to you, and you’ll open yourself up to a whole new universe!

If you take 20 to 30 minutes out of your day to simply train the techniques and the procedure, the method will be remembered and work better. This will substantially increase the success of attempts upon awakening.

Dream consciousness is also considered to be a lucid dream experience. If you suddenly realize that you’re dreaming while asleep, then that’s already lucid dreaming. You should therefore proceed to implement your plan of action and stabilize the state. If dream consciousness does arise, it would be a side effect of doing technique cycles upon awakenings. This side effect is quite common – always be ready for it.

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