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I honestly don't remember much about my childhood dream experience. At an early age of about 10 years old (I am now 49) I did become interested in the occult and astral projection. This passion lasted for many years and I read everything I could lay my hands on about astral projection. I practiced various exercises nightly for a very long time without success. I had one very brief OBE and a couple of many layered false awakenings when I was about 17.
Around the age of 20, I kept a dream journal (which I still have) for a short time. I was amazed to see how much longer and detailed my dreams became after only a few days of keeping the journal. After that I didn't regain an interest in dreaming until about 4 years ago.
My interest in dreaming was peaked again about 4 years ago when I learned about lucid dreaming on the Internet. I bought LaBerge's "Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming" and began reading it. I had one lucid dream right after reading some of the book (without doing any of the exercises). Unfortunately, at the same time I had to have surgery for a tumor and undergo radiation therapy so I wasn't able to pursue the interest for another year. At that time I re-read LaBerge's book and other books on the subject. I bought a used NovaDreamer and started practicing the various techniques and recording my dreams religiously. My dream life blossomed! I began having lucid dreams on a regular basis and my dream recall improved tremendously.
I viewed dreams as a possible spiritual path. Most of my ordinary dreams seemed rather mundane or entertainly bizarre; but I thought lucid dreaming would allow me to explore the hidden realms of my consciousness and perhaps get a glimpse into a deeper reality. I was particularly inspired by the book "The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep" because it mirrored how my approach to dreams and dreaming and how to harness that power.
Dreaming remains a large part of my life. I continue to try to practice Dream Yoga and keep a journal on a regular basis. The Alchera software has been extremely helpful in keeping my interest going over the last several years. Even so, I occasionally have lapses and fail to record my dreams for a week or two. It is amazing how quickly my dream recall dips when I stop keeping the journal even for a few days. On the other hand, it is equally amazing how quickly the recall returns once I start recording my dreams again.
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