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Wow...I can't believe you found this. About 4 years ago, I stumbled upon this exact website. I was so fascinated by it that I actually used it for my high school pyschology final. Since then, I've lost the report, forgotten the web page, and have never thought again to search for it...almost forgot about it completely. I never did get around to trying any of the exercises either. I'm curious if this really works. Has anybody here tried this? It sounds very similar to lucid dreaming (which I haven't experienced) but with a little something extra...
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You've never had a lucid dream? Thats crazy... When I was like ten or eleven, I used to have really bad nightmares, and managed to teach myself awareness in dreams, and was able to lucid dream pretty well, for a kid. It ended when the nightmares did, though, for the most part. I think I'll be giving it another try, now.
Very cool link, Fliquid. Are you familiar with the works of Carlos Casteneda? I think it might be right up your ally. Some good exerpts are located at http://www.prismagems.com/castaneda/
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Here is a sample: "Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. This question is one that only a very old man asks. Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths, but I am not anywhere. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you... For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have a heart, on any path that may have a heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is to traverse its full length. And there I travel--looking, looking, breathlessly."
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