When I came across these two pages from my favorite book about lucid dreaming, I really had to share its core message. Not only does it apply to your lucid dreaming experience but I also find it useful to apply it to your everyday life (if not to enhance your probability of experiencing a lucid dream). For me it’s a form of building your conscious awareness of your state of being. I’ve copied page 12 and 13 especially for you to read this and really consider each aspect as a useful exercise. Spend about one minute on each of the steps. This way you become more aware of yourself as a living being.
Exercise: your present state of consciousness
Become aware of what you see: notice the richly varied and vivid impressions-shapes, colors, movement, dimensionality, the entire visible world.
Become aware of what you hear: register the various sounds taken in by your ears- a diverse range of intensities, pitches, and tonal qualities, perhaps including the commonplace miracle of speech or the wonder of music.
Become aware of what you touch: texture (smooth, rough, dry, sticky, or wet), weight (heavy, light, solid, or empty), pleasure, pain, heat and cold, and the rest. Also note how your body feels right now and compare that to the many other ways it feels at other times, tired or energetic, stiff or limber, painful or pleasant, and so on.
Become aware of what it is like to taste: taste a number of different foods and substances, or remember and vividly imagine their tastes.
Become aware of what you smell: the odor of warm bodies, earth, incense, smoke, perfume, coffee, onions, alcohol and the sea. Remember and imagine as many of them as you can.
Attend to your breathing. A moment ago you probably were not consciously aware of your breathing even though you have inhaled and exhaled fifty times while doing this exercise. Hold your breath for a few seconds. Let it out. Now take a deep breath. Notice that being conscious of your breathing allows you to alter it deliberately.
Become aware of your feelings. Remember the difference between anger and joy, serenity and excitement, and as many other emotions as you care to feel. How real do emotions feel?
Become aware of your thoughts. What have you been thinking while doing this exercise? What are you thinking right now? How real do thoughts seem?
Become aware of the fact that your world always includes you. As William James noted, it is I see, I hear, I feel, I think that is the basic fact of experience. You are not what you see, hear, think or feel: you have these experiences. Perhaps most essentially, you are who is aware. You are always at the center of your multidimensional universe of experience: At the same time you attend to each of the various aspects of your experience, be aware that it is you who is noticing these things (“I see the light…”)
- Awareness of awareness
Finally, become aware of your awareness. Normally, awareness focuses on objects outside ourselves, but it can itself be an object of awareness. In the light of ordinary experience, we seem to be distinct and limited centers of awareness, each alone in our inner worlds. In the light of eternity, mystics tell us, we are ultimately all one- the unlimited awareness that is the source of being. Here, experience cannot be adequately expressed by language.
if interested: get your own copy of the book “Exploring
the world of Lucid dreaming” by Stephen LaBerge
and Howard Rheingold