Xtreme Lucid Dreaming

Ken Korczak:

Now let’s discuss something extremely dangerous. I relate this information, only on the grounds that you fully understand that what I’m talking about is highly dangerous, and no one should try it. My subject is dreaming — lucid dreaming to be specific. You may never have thought experimenting with dreams as being dangerous, but this particular method of triggering lucid dreams in just that — dangerous! Don’t try it!

I stumbled upon this sure-fire method of triggering lucid dreams — and out-of-body experiences — by accident. The technique involves dream deprivation by suppression of dreams with drugs. Here’s how I happened to encounter this dream induction process:

I have long suffered from migraine headaches, and recently, I began suffering a blasting migraine that was painful beyond imagining. Those of you who have suffered true migraines know what I’m talking about. Few things in life are worse than a pounding, nauseating, skull-splitting headache so bad you actually wish for death. Well, to deal with one such headache, which had been tormenting my head for nearly three days, I finally obtained some prescription narcotics — oxycodone — from my doctor and took to my bed. Because my headache was so extreme, even this powerful opiate was able to provide only moderate relief, but it was better than nothing.

My headache persisted for almost a week, and for about five days in a row, I was bombed on oxycodone. Among other effects, prescription narcotics really mess up your sleep patterns. In my case — and partly because of headache pain — I never slept deeply enough during that five-day period to enter REM state, the dream state. When my headache finally lifted, I was finally able to put away the energy-robbing, mind-numbing bottle of pain killers.

During that first night of normal drug-free, pain-free sleep — FIREWORKS! My poor dream-deprived brain had lost five nights of dreaming, and now it was determined to catch up, and really make up for lost time!

Now — I have long been a practitioner of lucid dreaming, and I have learned many good methods over the years if inducing lucid dreams, but rarely have I had as easier time — and more conscious control of my dreams than I did that night after having been dream deprived for several days. I was also easily — remarkably easily — able to capture the hypnagogic state — and practice that wonderful experience of lifting in and out of my body with my dream body, or astral body, or whatever you want to call it.

To make a long story short: Dream deprivation is obviously a way to powerfully magnify your ability to dream, and to help you enjoy improved control over your dreams so that you can practice your favorite lucid dreaming techniques. There are other, safer ways to deprive yourself of the dream state, but even that can be dangerous for some people — so don’t try it. I, however, have continued to experiment with non-drug, temporary dream deprivation techniques as a way to enhance my ability to explore the world of lucid dreaming.

I expect to write more about this in the near future, so stay tuned!

e-mail Ken with questions or comments! — writer@wiktle.com

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11 thoughts on “Xtreme Lucid Dreaming

  1. That’s an interesting comment, Gasper. Remember, though, there are many other good, safe ways to induce lucid dreams. I believe anyone can do it. Start out with a book called “Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming” by Stephen LaBerge.

  2. I doubt I’d want to deprive my body of regenerating REM sleep, even for amazingly easy lucid dreams. Instead, I would rather enhance these periods which are highly creative and good for problem-solving and learning by using specific foods and supplements like vitamin B and B12 or the scent of herbs like Lemon Balm or Catnip. Or simply using the famous WBTB (Wake Back To Bed) technique… works (almost) everytime! Ken, I do appreciate the fact the you have made me aware of this issue. Thanks and keep on blogging! –Dominic

  3. Dear Ken Korczak!
    my name is Dolly and i”m a healer for 15 years, i read your article about the lucid dreams, and your migraine headaches, well i”m willing to take good care about that, if you will let me have your permission.
    i ask nothing in return from you, if that”s o.k with you.
    no more drugs,prescription or enyside effects.
    trust me. hop to ear from you.
    dolly kaplan
    dalida1506@walla.com

  4. Depriving oneself of the Rem/dreaming state has been a part of Tibetan Dream practices for thousands of years..the brain /mind indeed seeks to catch-up with more vivid dreams..
    Congrats of findind an alternative although somewhat dangerous method of your own.
    :D..
    Happy Dreaming

  5. ok, my question is simple i have been in the last few days having some amzing dreams for instance in my old backyard i was looking in the feild of short grass and i couldnt help but see this overwhelming waving colours on the ground which when i looked up into the was the reflecting image of the northen lights and when i looked i though wouldnt it be cool if i could see more in the sky and not moment later a chinese dragon almost like a very detailed drawing of one appeard and swayed in witht he light thmesleves i was wondering what other methods of this type of lucid dreaming are there please email me with any comments

  6. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  7. i hate lucid dreaming and OBE’s!
    it’s only been a few months since
    i finally stopped being ‘forced’ to
    astral project. because before,
    something would trigger me to
    astral project forcefully everytime
    i went to sleep. it was annoying
    as hell and not to mention, scary.
    although i want to experiment with
    astral projection, i can’t get myself
    to do so because of the fear i have.
    i swear there were times when i would
    experience OBE three times in a
    day (mornings when i’m still in my
    bed). all i want to do is sleep
    but something just wants me to
    astral project so badlyyyy.
    also, i have ‘false-waking-up’
    moments sometimes too. i would
    think i woke up as if i have in real life
    and carry on, but then i realize i’m
    still sleeping :S.
    sry for the grammatical errors, i
    didn’t check over.

  8. I’m sort of an “automatic lucid dreamer” from time to time, because I naturally don’t get much sleep, and then there’s just a certain point where my brain is so exhausted. It’s during those periods of not getting enough sleep that I’ll often get some lucid dreams in the late morning hours.

  9. When I was a teenager I was able to learn to use sleep paralysis as a gateway to lucid dreams and out of body experiences. When I was a kid sleep paralysis was absolutely terrifying because I didn’t understand what it was. I thought I was some sort of freak and was afraid to approach adults about my experiences. But as I grew older I started going to the library to research the topic and realized that it was related to other strange, spontaneous phenomena, namely out of body experience and lucid dreaming, that I was experiencing. I soon learned to embrace these skills as gifts rather than abnormalities and have even learned to have OBEs and lucid dreams at will. As I grew into an adult, other concerns took over and I’d experienced fewer and fewer episodes of SP, OBE, and LD. Now I kinda miss them since I spend a third of my life sleeping, and I feel that a lot of that is going to waste if I cannot harness these abilities.

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