It must be said that various diets, exercises, rituals, and so forth do not produce noticeable supplementary effects to proper practice of lucid dreaming. Naturally existent psychological and physiological comfort is of the utmost importance. Thus, methods recommending overeating, under-eating, or tormenting oneself with various diets and strange exercises are useless and ultimately detrimental to a practitioner’s wellness and balance, invariably producing a negative impact on the effectiveness of techniques taught in this guidebook. Additionally, no meaningful association has been found between practice of lucid dreaming and what may be construed as “bad habits”. Regardless of a lifestyle’s null effect on lucid dreaming achievement, a healthy, active lifestyle will always be recommended to enjoy a good quality of living.
If one believes that it is necessary to position one’s bed with the headboard facing the northwest or some other direction in order to have more effective out-of-body experiences, then doing so will invariably have a positive effect on results. However, the issue at hand is not the positioning of the body, but a belief that is akin to an intention, which in turn is enormously important.
It has been observed that a regular and orderly lifestyle increases the frequency of genuine, lasting lucid dreaming experiences. Sleeping normally and soundly is the most basic example of a lifestyle choice that produces direct, positive impact on results, especially when a practitioner commits to a full night’s rest several times a week.
In order to better understand the proper approach to the practice, it’s worth enumerating four types of people who usually have the quickest and best results. First, people who are mathematically inclined. The more exactly the instructions given in this textbook are followed, the greater their effectiveness. People with mathematical minds immediately get and clearly understand the whole procedure in its entirety, which is why they have better success in carrying it out. Next are the athletes. Their practice is facilitated by their clarity of purpose as well as ability to focus and push themselves. Third are those who love to sleep. A successful practice can definitely be predicted for a person who falls asleep easily and can slumber for 10 to 12 hours, often waking up and then falling back asleep throughout. Finally, children. Their success is ensured not only by physiological factors, but also in much part by a clarity of mind yet to be encumbered with useless knowledge and hamstrung by excessive analysis. Practical instructions reach their minds unhindered and are easily followed unerringly.
There is absolutely no requirement to fall into the above categories in order to take up the practice of lucid dreaming states. You need only separate out and understand what exactly helps these types of people, try to find similar traits in yourself, and then accentuate them in your own practice.
Similarly, certain types can be singled out who often have difficulties in beginning their practice of lucid dreaming. First are those who have light, brief, or fitful sleep due to physiological traits, lifestyle, or their work. Next are active practitioners of esoteric techniques with many years of experience. The minds of such people are so weighed down by various theories and practices that it can be simply impossible to convey even the basics regarding techniques to them, as they immediately interpret everything in their own idiosyncratic way and synthesize it with other accumulated knowledge. Then there are people who are simply inattentive. Their problem consists in frequently focusing on secondary matters, all while blatantly ignoring what’s most important.
If a practitioner fits into one of the above categories, that doesn’t mean that nothing will work for him or that he’s better off not taking up this practice. The truth is that this practice works for everybody, it’s just that some of the habits of the above groups can interfere with their developmental path. If you recognize such tendencies in yourself, all that you have to do is to try to overcome or mitigate them.
One of the main criteria for a successful start to one’s out-of-body practice is to approach it with a blank slate. If a practitioner has read, heard, or tried out even something having to do with this phenomenon, he’s better off forgetting about it or at least putting it aside for now. And that blank slate should be carefully and exactly inscribed with these instructions, which have been proven to work by thousands across the globe.
A number of practices and pastimes have been found to have a positive effect on the practice of out-of-body travel. Sports help one learn to focus on goals, push oneself, and overcome weaknesses. The practice of stopping internal dialog allows one to concentrate intensely and avoid needless analysis when desired. Self-hypnosis and meditation also allow one to learn to concentrate, as well as have control over the mind and body. However, you should never exhaust your energies and enthusiasm by taking up an excessive number of practices at once. That usually leads to overall lack of results.
There should be no neuroticism or obsessiveness in approaching lucid dreaming – as they reduce odds of success to zero. All actions should be cool and self-assured, without letting the importance of the end-goal stir one up into a frenzy.
Sound sleep is one indicator of correctness of approach and following the instructions. If all of the methods are implemented correctly, the practitioner will always enjoy sound sleep. Conversely, fitful and chronically light sleep, as well as insomnia, always serve as symptoms of errors in one’s very approach to the practice. One’s general feeling of well-being is also a good indicator. Correct practice of lucid dreaming will never cause fatigue, nor bring out emotional or physical exhaustion. To the contrary, lucid dreaming should be emotionally invigorating and energizing. To put it simply, the practice should not cause any discomfort, even during unsuccessful attempts.