The Place of the Practice in Life

A high level lucid dreamingr lives in proper balance between the practice and real life. This is reflected in a successful and content physical life that neither interferes with the practice nor detracts from it, but instead enriches it with emotion. lucid dreaming enriches physical life, and physical life enriches lucid dreaming. Problems in day-to-day life have a catastrophic effect on one’s practice. Thus, even when in pursuit of a better lucid dreaming practice, one should never forget the real world, where consciousness first arose. In the same vein, lucid dreaming itself can be used with wide application for one’s career or business.

An experienced practitioner always knows when it’s time for real life and when it’s time for lucid dreaming. Everything goes best when the two are kept separate, and not intertwined. For example, during the working day one must try not to think of lucid dreaming, but instead concentrate on more vital matters. When the time comes to enter into one’s practice, it is necessary to turn one’s attention to only it, and put aside any pressing problems. A practitioner will feel most comfortable when he clearly separates his two lives, and thus avoid the gaps in practice that inevitably occur unless this philosophy is followed.

However, this is not to give the impression that advanced lucid dreamingrs must enter lucid dreaming every day without exception. They too take breaks, whether by choice or due to external circumstances. They’re sometimes simply not up to it for physical reasons. On a good week they’ll devote maybe 3-5 days to it, and be able to enter lucid dreaming from 3 to 6 times or more on each of those days. That’s about five hundred full-fledged lucid dreaming experiences per year, enough to take long strides towards mastering the phenomenon.

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