When you’re creating in a dream there’s a ratio that must be balanced between conscious creation and subconscious creation. If you become too conscious, you’ll wake up, and if your subconscious takes too much control, you’ll forget that you’re dreaming.
To keep a lucid dream balanced and strong, the ratio you want to be at is around 1% conscious and 99% subconscious. The objective is to wisely use your mental efforts and manage your conscious thoughts. Although you’re always consciously creating, in order to keep yourself asleep, you just want each thought to have as much influence as possible with little mental effort.
Let’s say you want something and it’s going to take you 100 steps to achieve it. To keep the ratio balanced, you have to create in a way that only involves taking 1 conscious step that can allow your subconscious to do the other 99 steps on its own. This is done in the dream world with an expectation and/or an intention.
For example: If your intent is to explore a city, you’re going to want your subconscious to “fill in as may blanks” as possible, or do 99% of the work. All you need to do is have an expectation of what you want the city to look and feel like when you’re there. So, instead of trying to visualize individual buildings and creating from scratch, you give your mind an expectation of a finished city and begin walking around as if you’re already in it. Although a city seems massive and need a lot of conscious effort to create due to its magnitude, it doesn’t. It’s requires the same amount as creating a rock. All you need is the expectation of the finished product.
After the first creation however, things get difficult in a dream, because you’re able to “see” your thoughts and lack of thoughts. Once you’re walking through your city and having fun, you still have to keep 1% of your conscious mind controlling your actions and/or environment, otherwise you forget you’re in control of everything and fall into an endless storyline like any other “normal” dream. But, if you control too much, your city will start to fade, or you’ll wake up, because your subconscious won’t be able to fill in enough blanks since your conscious mind is overlapping its outcome in the overall reality. This is what I meant by “seeing” your thoughts. You’re able to see how much less your conscious mind can do when compared to your subconscious. Your dream will start to get “smaller” or more distorted. This also creates a cycle that can completely collapse the dream because as soon as you realize you’re becoming too conscious, you could panic, and become even more conscious, and wake up.
I bring this up because it shows how weird lucid dreaming is and how everything about them is sort of a paradox. The more you think, the less you control. The less you control, the more you can create. It’s as if everything imaginable is possible at every moment, including doubt and hesitation. This makes it hard to do things, because every thought has just as much power as any other regardless of what it is. Because it’s you creating them, it’s also hard to filter through your emotions, live through the dream, and have spontaneous fun while still controlling the world. Even when you don’t think you’re controlling the dream, you still are, and even when you think you’re in control of everything, you’ll never really understand how or why.
It makes you wonder if this is what’s going on in our waking lives. Maybe, everyone is simultaneously in control of everything yet we’re always allowing 99% of everything else to “fill in the blanks” without ever realizing how much 1% of creative control can really do. It makes you wonder again if this is by accident or by universal law.
Maybe this is what all the spiritual gurus and ancient scriptures were trying to explain with “enlightenment” and “awakening.” Because, if this were true in our walking lives, we could go the opposite direction with our consciousness. Rather than trying to keep ourselves asleep and keep our conscious awareness and control at 1%, we could increase it, thus allowing ourselves to wake up in “the great beyond” or whatever/wherever we’d wake up into. This would also mean the only thing holding us back from truly God-like abilities would be doubt and hesitation.