My name is E. S. Fein. I'm a "Lucid Dreaming Expert." I have helped thousands of individuals around the world start and stop lucid dreaming. After the previous Lucid Dreaming AMA let-down, I would love to offer you all an actual FREE guide to Luci...
Edit 11, Final Edit: Okay everyone. I have answered over 500 questions. If I didn't answer you, I apologize, but there are FAR more questions than I anticipated. There is a huge possibility your question was already answered multiple times as well, so feel free to look through the questions and answers. With what remained of my time, I tried answering questions that seemed like they hadn't been answered yet. Thank you everyone for your questions, stories, ponderings, and help. If you have a specific question that you think didn't get answers, feel free to PM me. All the best to everyone, and remember to remain diligent and disciplined in your practice. But more importantly, remember that we have no idea what life is or why anything at all is happening. So try to enjoy yourself, lucid dreaming included. I love you all.
WE ARE AWAKE!
My name is E. S. Fein, and I have been lucid dreaming for the last 19 years. I started when I was 13, getting most of my information, insight, questions, and answers from a forum that is still active today called LD4ALL.com. It is a really exceptional community (though I admit I haven't been on those forums for at least a decade).
In 2013 I published a guide to lucid dreaming on a website I developed with a small team at the time called Wondergressive.com.
The guide: Lucid Dreaming Guide
My short, free guide has been viewed millions of times on my own site, and it has been republished on countless other sites as well (with and without permission lol, though I don't mind! I WANT people to lucid dream! It's truly an exceptional tool for inward exploration). Tens of thousands of people over the past 8 years or so have reached out to me for help on their lucid dreaming journey, asking for insight beyond what I provided in the beginner's guide.
The whole reason I decided to do this was after seeing the previous lucid dreaming AMA. I really don't want all of you to think that the world of lucid dreaming is just one giant sales pitch for some dude's book. I really don't mind supporting indie authors (I'm an indie author of multiple science fiction novels myself!), but the answers were just so lackluster...it was just a big let down to me. So, I offer my knowledge and years of teaching and providing support to students in numerous fields of expertise, including lucid dreaming.
If you want to follow me on social media, check out any of my work, or reach out to me personally, everything you need to know (I think?) can be found on my site, OfficialESFein.com
So, ask away, fellow oneironauts, psychonauts, and generally curious minds!
Edit: Additional proof in the form of my Instagram.
Edit 2: Sorry everyone. The mods already confirmed I had enough proof. Now they are saying I don't have enough proof. I guess I'll try to do an AMA at a later date.
Edit 3: The mods have reinstated the post, so I'll get back to answering your questions. Sorry for the delay, everyone! I'll be around most of the day, though, and I can keep answering questions through the weekend as well, so no worries!
Edit 4: Wow you guys have amazing questions, and this picked up even more traction than I thought it would. I will be getting to everyone's question, rest assured. It might just take me a while!
Edit 5: Holy wow everyone! We are still going strong. I'm going to go eat and take a shower, and I'll be back to keep answering questions through the night. Thanks so much for your intense interest in this subject!
Edit 6: I'll be spending time tomorrow and time over the weekend to get to questions I haven't yet. Thank you everyone for your interest. It makes me so happy that you are all so interested in this subject! :)
Edit 7: The reddit hug of death just took down my guide and the whole site lol. Just be patient. It will be back up shortly.
Edit 8: Okay, there are now thousands of comments. Odds are I'm not going to get to everyone at this rate, even if I keep going over the weekend. I'm so sorry if I don't get to you, but as I continue, I'm going to try to go for comments that are new questions, so if I don't answer you, there is a huge chance your question has already been answered along the way.
Edit 9: I've held out for as long as possible, but it's time for some sleep and hopefully some lucidity! I have some work tomorrow, but I'll be back on throughout the day. I'll return on Saturday and part of Sunday as well to keep answering as many questions as I can. Thank you everyone! All the best to you, and stay diligent in your practice!
Edit 10: Day 2. You guys are STILL going lol. So I will too. Like I said, I have some work today, but I'll be back and forth between work and answering questions, and I will have even more time tomorrow. Keep at it, everyone! And thanks again!
I just wanted to add this question and answer up here, because I feel like this is so important to remember:
Would getting good at this make real life seem less worth it or something? Is reality disappointing now?
Not in the slightest. Reality still carries with it the endless enigma of unknowing. When I dream, I know I'm in dream. I know it is just a simulation created by my mind. But reality? I have no idea what reality -- waking life -- actually is. I have nothing to compare it to except for dreams, which stem from waking life. I love my reality, but I have also worked hard to build a reality I am very fond of. I have travelled all over the world. I have accomplished every dream I ever set for myself. There is nothing I feel like I missed out on. Plus, reality contains all my favorite people. All dreams can do is offer me simulacrums of those people.
No, reality is not disappointing. If anything, the dreams are. Reality is a constant mystery, but lucid dreams are whatever I want them to be. Over time, that can definitely become boring, to a degree.