Blueboy's Lucid Dreaming FAQ
I hope this to be a practical guide that will help people actually achieve LDs and such, not just define terms.  If you want defined terms, go read Lars' Lucid Dreaming FAQ, which is posted frequently on the newsgroup.  Please do not copy/reproduce/sell/etc. this without my permission.  This FAQ is largely composed off of info I gleaned from alt.dreams.lucid and some websites, so everyone there has contributed in some way!

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Q: My LDs fade quickly upon reaching lucidity.  How can I prolong my lucid dreams and make them sharper?

A: There are several methods to achieve this.  The effectiveness of each technique varies from person to person, sometimes drastically.  Try the different techniques to find out which works best for you.

1. Spinning.   Make your dream self spin rapidly in place when you feel that your dream is fading.  This can help stop the fading or sharpen a normal LD, but has the side effect that it can sometimes cause an unwanted "scene change."  Unlike the rapid movements technique, this can work once your visuals have faded to black.

2. Rapid movements.   Specifically, eye and head movements.  Move your eyes and/or head back and forth (or up and down) rapidly.  While this basically uses the same mechanism to keep your LD going as spinning, it doesn't cause a scene change as often.  The downside is that it doesn't include the sense of balance.  I have never heard of this technique working once the dream has faded to black.

3. Tactile.   This is a good technique for when your dream has already faded to the point where all the visuals have gone to grey/black (which is often; your sight is the first thing to go).  Your other senses remain after your sight has gone.  Try to feel your surroundings. You can even try smelling, tasting, etc.

As you can see, these techniques all involve making your mind think about the pseudo-sensory input to keep the lucid dream going.  Here are a few slightly different techniques.

4. Teleporting.  There are two ways to do this.  You can "will" the dream to be at another location.  An easier way is to imagine a "teleporter mechine" behind a door or around the corner.  Open the door (or walk around the corner) and you will (hopefully) see the teleporter you expected to be there.  Step on/in the teleporter and reappear elsewhere.  The reason teleporting works is that often the dream will become clearer when there is a "scene change."  The roundabout method of teleporting can be easier because it doesn't require a drastic change in perception of your immediate surroundings, which your brain naturally resists.  I guess for clarity we can call these willed teleporting and mechanical teleporting.  You can also imagine your complete scene behind the door or around the corner.  See the "around the corner" technique in the HOW TO CONTROL DREAMS section.

5. Modified teleporting.  This is my little creation.  :>  Basically, in your dream you stare at a 2D image of where you want to go (it can be a photo, painting,  TV, movie screen, or just force the image to appear in your view if most of the visuals are gone).  This image must take up most (say 80%+) of your field of view to work.  As you look at  the image, your brain processes it.  The more it processes the image the more "real" it becomes as far as your brain is concerned.  The image will gain depth and detail (mostly more depth) until it becomes the actual place you are standing at.  This is handy because your brain is changing the location for you in stead of fighting you.

Please realize that these are things you do while in the fading dream. Don't spin yourself to sleep or anything like that!  ;>

6. Acting.  You act like the dream isn't fading.  Just keep walking, talking to dream people etc.  You act like your dream is stable, so it becomes stable.  This technique can work after visuals are gone.
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