In the last article we discussed The Sensibility Test.
This was to help you make sure that when you ask a question to check your state in a dream, you actually have the wherewithal to realize that you are dreaming.
There are more ways to snap into that awareness and from there, start controlling dreams.
A very common technique is known as The Reading Test. It’s kind of funny to think about, or maybe you have not even noticed before. But try to read something in a dream- you can’t!
Whether it’s words on a page, or flashing text on a neon sign–if you attempt to concentrate on reading words in a dream, you’re met with a morphing jumble of symbols that ultimately don’t make sense.
Even if you have strong concentration and at times can make certain words out, try the following. Read the text, look away, then look back and try to read it again. Do this several times and you will see for sure that the text does not remain steady.
This phenomena may have to do with the more linear and logical parts of your brain being suspended in the dream state.
Again, practices like these are important lucidity-inducing techniques which then lead to controlling dreams. Your consciousness is very slippery in the dream state. Beginners can easily slip in and out of knowing that they’re dreaming. So you need anchors.
Another common, and fun, method is to attempt flying or levitation.
Please note that for some people, flying in dreams may take a little practice, even while lucid and consciously attempting to do so. That’s okay. The bigger factor here is the attempt.
The fact that you are in a state of mind to even consider flying or levitating should often be enough to get you to cross the threshold where you say, “hey wait, I must be dreaming!” From there, once you are aware enough, controlling dreams can naturally flow out of your sustained awareness.
As discussed previously, continued flying, floating, or even attempts at flight will keep you grounded in the fact that you’re dreaming. You can do this intermittently, even after that initial threshold-crossing when you first realize you’re dreaming.
Remember, once you have that realization, you then have to maintain that level of consciousness.
One more thing for now: you can check light switches! Just flip a light switch on and off if you are in a dream environment that has light switches. They’ll rarely work correctly and provide another good indicator that you’re dreaming.
Remember, once aware, looking at your hands, or the ground also keep you conscious in the dream state, and thus better equipped to start controlling dreams.
It’s a depot for enhancing your consciousness!
That’s it for this article on in-dream state tests.