Direct transitions rely on the same principles as indirect transitions
– Bank REM by sleeping off first 4 hours of deep sleep
– Get up after 4 hrs
– Go back to bed to dream to catch a dream
The only difference is that we do not typically stay awake for 45 mins but typically try not to wake up too much and try to get back to bed within 5 minutes, avoiding any intense activity or light (just enough time to make the toilet is enough). Now we go back and lie in bed and gently follow the transition procedure below. It will normally take about 60 to 90 mins to transition (I’m closer to 45 mins with supplements). The time spent waiting to transition is important to fill with some sort of routine and I will show you the routine I use. However always just allow whatever is happening to just happen. So for example if you are halfway through some part of your routine but suddenly happen to start transitioning, then just go with it, just stop the remainder of the routine and let the transition process take over. It’s a lot like surfing, just waiting for the right (sleep) wave and just going with it.
In a direct transition there are two typical outcomes and these need to be considered before I describe the method. The essential principle involved is to achieve a state of consciousness whereby the mind is awake and the body is asleep, the MABA state.
Normally the mind falls asleep first and the body afterwards, once it is sure the mind is asleep. The body speaks to the mind continuously and in the case of sleep it has a specific technique to ask the mind if it is still awake or not. It does this by sending an impulse to the mind to turn the body over. This triggers us to turn over in our bed. This goes on until the mind stops responding at which point the mind no longer responds. At this point the body knows it is time to fall asleep. However we can use this concept to trick the body into falling asleep while preserving the mind awake. The trick is simple to not respond to the body’s requests to turn over, in effect telling the body that the mind is already asleep. Just lie still and don’t answer the question by the body’s requests even as intense as they can sometimes get and the body will start to switch off gradually
Another technique to trick the body into falling asleep is to keep the eyes still to trick the body as the eyes also let the body know if the mind is still awake or not. The use of a sleep mask is a very good idea here as it allows the eyes to slip out of focus. There are a lot of methods of visualisation being explored but I would say what is crucial to understand in the case of LD inductions is that you are going to be visualising in your mind’s eye not your physical eyes so avoid the temptation to try to visualise through your own physical eyes. The trick is to just allow your eyes to completely relax, not focusing on anything in particular and then just casually hold them there after a minute or so. I call this technique anchoring the eyes. Like your breathing in the later stages of relaxation, the trick is to finish in a state whereby you are casually detached from your eyes, aware of their presence but not trying to control them. I call the kind of visualisation used here passive visualisation as I am not trying to force the event.
When this state is entered, the consciousness has limited information as to the whereabouts of the physical body and starts to speculate and reconstruct the body in a mental plane. The reason this happens is that the body normally communicates to the mind through the 5 senses continuously letting the mind know its whereabouts. During sleep the amount of information being received is limited. Furthermore the stimulus threshold from the senses is increased by various biological triggers as the body starts to fall asleep.
The overall effect is that the mind starts to lose its whereabouts as to the location of the body in space and time. Because of this the mind starts to speculate and recreate where it thinks the body is, effectively creating a new mental construct of the body based not on what it perceives but what it thinks the body might be doing is it normally does in a dream. Morpheus refers to this as the “residual self image”. What is key to understand here is that the mind cannot differentiate between physical input and imagined input (remember the reality generator cannot tell where the info comes from). So when the mind recreates the body in sleep, for example in dreams, it believes this to actually be the body.
As the eyes are generally closed, it will also recreate what it believes to be its physical surroundings in a mental plane. So we literally end up consciously aware as a mental construct in a mental plane. When the mind reconstructs the body, it typically reconstructs it in clothes that we are wearing in bed as it has a conscious memory of this event and this memory has not been broken up by sleep as in DILDs. The location we end up in the dream too can therefore often be our bedroom, which is reconstructed by the mind from memory. Think about it, the mind is reconstructing the body in what it believes to be the body’s actual location in space and time based on recent events, still consciously perceived.
However this is not always the case. Often during transition we can use a technique to visualise somewhere else. We may then step into this location; using a technique I call Jumping. We literally imagine the location and as the vision starts to form, I simply put my hands forward and pull myself into the vision. I will go into more detail on this shortly.
Just before I go into the transition method I will briefly outline some sensations that occur during transition. These really can vary so much and every author will have a different description of what these are and why they occur so I hope we can all remain open minded on this as this is really when lucid dreaming can start to feel very strange.
The list below is an outline of some of the more common experiences and is not exhaustive. The list is probably closer to my own experience and is laid out more or less in the order that I experience them. Once more this will vary for every one.
Type 1) White lights, either just generic brightness or more precise images floating around. Your eyes are closed so these are in your mental visual filed but it is pretty hard to tell the difference
Type 2) Geometric shapes. These typically follow the lights and can be very vivid. Again they are in your mental/visual field and can be very real. Some float around, some can form larger patterns
Type 3) Noises. These can vary from hissing noises in your ears to more intense rumbling, vibration type noises.
Type 4) Voices. These can be pretty intense and I have found these among the more interesting transition experiences. They do not always make sense and I find it hard to concentrate on them as they tend to occur when I’m pretty much passed out but still conscious.
Type 5) Vibrations of fizzing in my body. In my experience this can feel like you are a can of coke or even like your being shaken like a can. If someone else was to observe you in the room they would not witness you being shaken but you will feel it like a very real event. This one tends to occur a little later in transition but tends to spark me back into conscious awareness pretty sharply.
Type 6) Floating and sinking. This is when it starts to get pretty intense by any stretch of the imagination. Literally one feels themselves floating into the air and or back down through the bed into the floor. It is common to get pulled up by a limb or two. I have been pulled by my ankles into the air and been suspended off the ceiling during transition. I could literally feel the weight of my body loading down on my head as I was suspended. It was a pretty intense transition.
Type7) Seeing images of your own bedroom. Though your eyes are closed, an image of your bedroom literally forms and you can see it in the dark but pretty vividly. Not everything is exactly in the right order so its pretty bizarre. I once had a load of pictures on one wall that I do not have in my room. Weird, no doubt but it was a fun to see.
Type 8) Feeling yourself or your bed darting around the room. This literally feels like your bed just takes off like a rocket and shoots across the room. Make no mistake, this one is pretty intense but do not let that wake you up, just ride it out.
Type 9) Images of random events and/or locations. This normally occurs later in the transition and when vivid enough, I use this as my exit point into the dream. This is the
Jump technique I referred to earlier.
To do this I either wait for an image to form or else just fire one here and there at my mind until one sticks. Then I push my hands forward into the dream image and visually investigate them. Then I rub them together as I visually follow them up to my shoulders and then chest. Then I look down along my body to my feet, trying to take in any sounds and smells as I touch my tongue off the tip of my mouth and look up again and try feeling my feet on the ground. Again bare feet are an advantage here. This jump technique is essentially the same as allowing the dream to unfold naturally but I find it quicker and more effective as well as allowing me to exit to more interesting locations than my bedroom.
Type 10) Seeing your own self. This can happen by either an image of yourself forming in front of you or by you actually stepping out of your own body.
As discussed previously, the mind tries to constantly keep an image of itself manifested to reflect the whereabouts of the physical self. When we are in the out of body state, the mind recognises this and often projects the images of two bodies, one being a representation of the sleeping body. We can again use this concept as an exit strategy.
The strategy here is to try to separate the two bodies but this is easier said than done. The mind is not easily willing to allow this to occur and often there will be an almost pulling like action between the two bodies. The technique I personally use is to try to float my dream body out of my sleeping body in a kind of 1…2…3 action and on the third I try to roll to either side. Sometimes it might take a few goes to nail it but it tends to work very well and with increasing confidence, better results can be achieved. There is a lot written on techniques here and I urge anyone to look into a variety of methods as experiences vary a lot here.
Type 11) The feeling of someone else in the bed beside you. This is one I have personally experienced quite a lot and has increasingly put my beliefs to the wall as the level of detail is pretty intense and the experiences I’ve had have been pretty scary from time to time. I simply hope that if one does experience this that is at a later stage in your dream practice as it can be a bit of a heavy experience.
How can one even start to explain these events? There is such a thing as neural discharge, whereby as the brain is going to sleep, it downloads images and sounds for a brief period just as we enter sleep. These are call hypnogogic or hypnopompic hallucinations. They are usually experienced as we fall asleep and we do not experience them consciously. However due to the transition, this can be experienced first hand.
What about the vibrations and hissing?
I have been of the opinion that these are due to some sort of frantic communication between the body and mind to seek each other out when the waking physical link is broken and this just might explain it.
I could continue to speculate and I will certainly continue to look into these experiences but I am experiencing increasingly strange phenomena in my own exploration and I admit, my beliefs are constantly being challenged. I would simply say science has a role to play here but so does the spiritual world. These experiences really could be evidence of a gateway between this physical world and something, as of yet, still misunderstood.
Method: Set your alarm to wake after 4 hrs of sleep
Get up gently and go to toilet without waking up too much
Put your eye mask on, this is not essential but it helps
Lie down in your bed on your back and just settle your breathing as you allow yourself to relax. Any previous breathing exercises may be employed here
Firmly set your intention to transition directly in about 60 mins
Spend 10 mins practicing MILD
Now I practice a form of transition rehearsal I call tuning. Essentially what I am doing is preparing my body for the possible type of transition whereby I will feel and see my mental body lift out of my physical body. To do this I imagine and really try to feel my body being winched up by my waist into the air as I inhale, feeling my arms, legs and head fall back towards the floor as I float into the air. As I exhale, I try to imagine myself doing the exact opposite as I feel myself fall back into the bed buttocks first as if I just fell backwards off a building, allowing my body to simply fold up as I fall backwards. This is a mental activity but it feel very similar to how a transition actually feels. Floating to the ceiling and falling back into the bed is a common feeling as described in transitions so I want to be letting my mental body know I will not be fighting this. This is like surfing, go with the direction of the waves, not against
After 5-10 minutes of this I am ready to turn over in my side
I now just wait and allow my mind to settle, practicing the quite mind method, that should by now be second nature to you
The temptation at this point will be to either get wrapped up in random thoughts or to start turning over in your bed. Either activity will alert the sleeping self to move away from sleep and towards wakefulness. As we want to avoid this, the trick here is to be disciplined and casually resist. Don’t get frustrated, just let the notion pass casually.
Keep the eyes still and anchored
Think more along the lines of meditation rather than engaging an opponent in a fight
Now I just wait for the various transition experiences to occur and I am looking to exit when the imagery becomes strong enough
I will exit by using the Jump or Body Separation technique, depending on what the imagery forming looks like. I personally just let the dream show me the images rather than force one but am having a lot of success recently with intending a particular exit point and visualising it to jump into when my timing feels right
Now I perform my reality, cognitive and body check and if I am wearing shoes, I generally take them off before setting off into the dream adventure