Today, we will learn not only what reality checks are and how to do them, but we will also learn how to improve our overall quantity of experiences by as much as two, three, four, five times, or more.
Reality checks are part of the essential arsenal of tools of a practitioner of lucid dreaming, astral projection, or out-of-body experiences.
Reality checks have four main functions for lucid dreamers.
1st function – Reality checks distinguish waking reality from dreaming reality.
For example, you have “separated” from your body by the conventional stand-up technique, and you are not sure if you have stood up with your body or your dream body. Before you start jumping from a cliff or a balcony, you understand how important it is to know where you are, and what is appropriate to perform! Watch the video on our channel that talks about the one risk in lucid dreams and astral projections.
2nd Function – Reality checks recognize false awakenings.
I wish I knew this trick when I was a beginner dreamer. Thanks to the information that follows, you will be capable of multiplying your experiences of lucid dreams, astral projection, and out-of-body experiences by two to five times (or more), depending on your characteristics and the situations.
I call it – RECYCLING technique. Teachers do not insist enough on the fact that lucid dreams are usually not isolated events. Often, after you have one lucid dream and wake up, you will feel compelled to write it down or stay in bed mesmerized for a while. It is understandable. The reality is different.
Lucid dreams, out-of-body experiences, and astral projections are usually chained events – one after another; you ride the LUCIDITY wave from one lucid dream to another. You have woken up, and immediately perform a reality check and realize that you are still dreaming. And your dream is about your awakening in your bedroom. You have just detected the famous FALSE AWAKENING. It is essential to recognize it and act adequately. So the next time you think you have woken up, do not be shy and perform a reality check.
I have a personal record of 19 FALSE AWAKENINGS or chained dreams. My mind was more than tired and frustrated to have to get up repeatedly rather than having one whole stretch of a stable experience. Please do not ask me how I counted to 19, I could be wrong by one or two, but still, you get the point!
3rd Function – Know how to use reality checks during the induction techniques of lucid dreaming and astral projection.
Let’s say the technique you are using is not working or, better say- not performing. Do not quit and fall asleep. Create a habit in your practice to always conclude your attempts by one or two reality checks.
4th Function – Mnemonic induction of lucid dreams with reality checks.
Prospective memory is your capacity to execute a task in the future. The mnemonic approach will use associations to help you trigger an action in the future.
It is not a straightforward approach. Sometimes this method yields fast results. You will often hear many practitioners complain about them spending a lot of time repeating reality checks and getting poor results.
It consists of repeating the reality checks at regular intervals throughout the day. The goal is to create a pattern with momentum that can permeate the dream state. If you ride a bicycle every day, there is a chance that in your dreams, you ride bikes too. The same goes for the reality checks repeated 10 to 15 times in a given day.
The mnemonic or the pavlovian approach will consist of associating the execution of reality checks with particular events. Every time you see a door, perform a reality check. Every time you see a person, perform a reality check. Your brain will train to react in a certain way when facing a specific situation. It is a natural process.
When you face the same situation in the dream state, you will perform a reality check by habit. In contrast with waking reality, in the dream, the reality check will be positive, and hence you will know that you are in a dream. You have just become lucid. You can proceed to the execution of your plan of action.
A little tip on how to perform this kind of reality checks.
- Do not perform the reality checks throughout the day just to get rid of the chore.
- Perform them with a state of mind of you being a dream, even if you are not.
- Visualize what you will do if the test is positive.
A second little tip: do not expect the reality check to be negative while doing them in the waking state. Play the game entirely! You never know if you are really awakened or still asleep.