The techniques for lucid dreaming entrance via becoming conscious while dreaming are based on reaching consciousness and self-awareness during a dream, which, regardless of dream quality, can be transitioned into a fully realized lucid dreaming experience. Contrary to popular opinion, having an out-of-body experience through dreaming differs little from other techniques. The outcome is still categorized as a dissociative experience: being fully conscious while removed from the perception of a physical body.
The realism of a lucid dream induced through becoming conscious in a dream does not differ from lucid dreams entered using other techniques, and, when deepened, lucid dreaming offers more vivid and lucid experiences than those of everyday life.
If a practitioner becomes aware of a dream while in it (usually accompanied by a clear realization that it is “just a dream”), then lucid dreaming is experienced from that moment forward.
Beginners often confuse the notion of becoming conscious while dreaming with induced dreaming. An induced dream is the dream of a specific topic, provoked on demand; this does not presuppose consciousness. Moreover, not all practitioners clearly understand what it means to be fully conscious while dreaming. Consciousness while dreaming is always present to some extent, but it is necessary to be as conscious as one would be in a wakeful state. Awareness is not possible as long as the plot of the dream continues. When full understanding occurs that everything around is just a dream, a person drops the dream and starts doing only what he wants to do at that very moment. And after awakening, he should not think that what happened was absurd or unexplainable.
During the process of becoming conscious in a dream, a practitioner’s actions must be completely subordinated to the desire to experience a quality lucid dreaming. This is why, upon becoming conscious in a dream, proceeding to techniques related to deepening and maintaining is crucial.
Techniques for becoming conscious in a dream differ very much in nature from other techniques, and there are good reasons why these methods are differentiated from other practices, like so-called astral projection or out-of-body experience (OBE). However, their characteristics differ very little in terms of results.
The technique-related peculiarities rest in the fact that specific actions are not required to produce immediate, concrete results. All technique-related elements are performed outside of when consciousness while dreaming occurs. This is because it is impossible to take some action if you are not conscious and do not realize that you are dreaming. All efforts are directed at making that very realization somehow occur.
Even if a practitioner pays no heed to the techniques for becoming conscious while dreaming, but applies direct or indirect techniques, on average each third lucid dreaming will still occur through becoming conscious in a dream. This has been statistically proven at seminars of the School of Out-of-Body Travel.
Many strive to achieve consciousness during each dream over the course of an entire night; however, this is rarely possible due to physiological barriers. There is a good reason that sleep and dreams are an important part of a human life. There is an important need to switch off not only body, but also consciousness, so that it may unconsciously sift and process the vast volume of information obtained in everyday life.
The timeframe for achieving conscious dreaming is very difficult to estimate due to the nature of required actions. Intensity and intention definitely exert heavy influence. A practitioner may become conscious in a dream when first lapsing into sleep, regardless of when it occurs. Or, with regular attempts, this could happen in two weeks to a month. Nevertheless, these techniques promise a much higher likelihood of success than direct methods, and can be compared with indirect techniques – inferior to the latter only in terms of the speed at which results are achieved and the amount of effort required.
Techniques used to attain dream consciousness should not be combined with other types of techniques. It is better to focus on one thing at a time. Interestingly, when a technique is practiced on a regular basis, there is nearly a 100% guarantee that dream consciousness will spontaneously occur. A practitioner must know how to react when this happens.