Typical Mistakes When Practicing Becoming Conscious While Dreaming

Perceiving the state of dream consciousness as a non-phase state even though this phenomenon is one and the same with out-of-body experience.

Attempting dream consciousness while performing other phase entrance techniques when it is better to focus on dream consciousness alone.

When falling asleep, lacking sufficient desire to experience conscious dreaming even though this is critical.

Continuing to yield to the plot of a dream even after achieving dream consciousness, whereas subsequent actions must be independent and based on free will.

Forgetting to immediately begin deepening techniques followed by maintaining once dream consciousness has been achieved.

When exercising memory development, recalling the most vivid dreams instead of every dream.

Inconsistent concentration while practicing dream consciousness techniques.

Typical Mistakes with Non-Autonomous Methods

The belief that devices are able to cause phase entrance if autonomous techniques fail, even though it is much easier to enter out-of-body experience through strictly individual efforts.

Wasting a large amount of time and effort on various technologies to create an out-of-body travel state.

Using cueing technologies on a daily basis, even though they aren’t supposed to be used more than twice a week.

Using cueing technologies all night long, when it is much better to use these in conjunction with the deferred method.

Using cueing technologies without affirming a personal desire to react appropriately to the cues, although this is crucial to their effectiveness.

Working in pairs during the first hours of nighttime sleep, even though REM sleep occurs infrequently during them, and at that for only short periods of time.

While working in pairs, the helper giving an active practitioner too strong a signal. Signals should be kept discreet to prevent waking the sleeper.

Employing an amateur hypnotist to increase the frequency of dream consciousness.

The use of hypnotic suggestion on a practitioner who is not susceptible to hypnosis.

Using physiological signals on a daily basis and thus causing physical discomfort versus getting enjoyment out of the practice.

The belief that chemical substances are the normal path to dissociative experiences. Acting on this belief is equivalent to drug abuse.

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