Copyright Joseph Kemeny © 2017
My first attempt at flying during a lucid dream occurred during what I now believe was a wake induced lucid dream (WILD). At the time that it happened, I was attempting to initiate an out-of-body experience and had never heard of “lucid dreaming.” After reading Robert Monroe’s book, Far Journeys, I practiced visualizing myself floating out of my physical body, going downstairs and out through the front door.
Finally after several weeks of this practice I was awakened at 3 a.m. by a loud buzzing in my ears. I also experienced an almost “electrical” vibration in the center of my forehead. The vibrations were so strong that it felt as if my teeth were chattering! I tried to remain calm and motionless as I thought to myself, “Wow, this is really working!” After a few moments of letting the vibrations spread throughout my body, I attempted the roll out technique, which I had read about in the book. With a little effort, I managed to roll out of bed and onto the floor. It felt so real I thought that I had physically fallen out of bed!
As I rose up off the floor, I noticed a very pale body resembling me lying in my bed. It was then that I knew that I had achieved some type of lucid state. I became very excited, but I did remember my goal of going downstairs and outside. As I moved down the stairway I looked at my hands and shouted, “Clarity now!” The entire environment became as clear and vivid as everyday physical reality.
Once downstairs, for some reason I decided to try and pass through the bay window instead of going through the front door. As I pressed up against the glass it molded around me like Saran Wrap. With a little push, I managed to break free of the bulging glass window and I was outside. The environment was warm and summer like. The trees were full and green, which is unusual for a January day in Michigan.
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I then had the urge to attempt to fly up into the sky above the trees. I stretched my arms up, Superman style, and mentally tried to lift up off the ground. However, disappointingly, I only seemed to lift a few feet off the ground.
I then remembered the technique of focusing on the area that you wish to move to as a means of traveling in the lucid state. I looked up to the top of a beautiful maple tree and imagined that I was there. I started to float upwards like a helium balloon caught in the wind. About halfway to the treetop I seemed to be pulled by an unknown force into some power lines. My arms and legs became entangled in the lines, causing me to become frustrated, but also somewhat humorously impressed by the event.
As I chuckled to myself over my predicament I began to feel my consciousness “phase” back to my physical body in bed. Soon I was fully awake and very excited to have had this experience.
Co-editors note: Joseph has graciously allowed us to use his lucid flying artwork titled “Learning to Fly”. To view more of his amazing art, visit his website at http://fineartamerica.com/art/kemeny.