How can you not want to practice this for life? It prolongs your conscious life and makes it more interesting. It is undoubtedly life-enriching
Hi, I'm not back, I just came by to check into this thread.
I stopped because to enter the phase I had to focus on the phase and only the phase in my life to be able to enter it. Basically I spend a day working then want time to relax from work. I don't want to go home, do a page of writing (trust me, I need to write to be able to enter the phase, it's just my thing) then spend the night deferring and losing sleep through my sleep simulation technique or other phase entry techniques. Then even after all that only have time to actually attempt phase entry rarely throughout the week while writing my normal dreams.
For me the only fun part of all this is being in the phase, something that happens very briefly after a lot of planning and preparation. I have to make my physical life more dull to enjoy short bursts of the phase which becomes nothing more than a memory of an event once it is over. Why spend hours preparing for minutes of enjoyment when you can spend minutes to produce hours of real life enjoyment?
Every time I was about to quit the phase something else happened to encourage me to continue. Someone would leave a positive comment on my experiences, my blog would be pinned, my youtube videos of phase experiences would become popular, I become a moderator, the phase seems to provide telepathic links, I meet "the somebody" (a person I met in the phase), the phase would leak into the physical world providing me with physical powers such as time travel to make the world right but... I leave it all behind when it just doesn't work out the way I wanted it to becoming more work than its worth.
The phase should be an enhancement to your life, not a replacement! I've got work, full time work, 42.5 hours per week in a childcare centre, observing the development of children while trying to balance caring for them and writing their development. Preparing for phase entry and maintaining dream recall unfortunately is also work... Although its work I prefer than childcare it doesn't put a roof over my head. Childcare does however and I only want one source of work in my life so I choose childcare.
If Michael opened a research centre near Sydney where multiple people did a job similar to me, entering the phase, making and testing methods, actually hooked themselves up to sleep monitoring machines, performed and planned phase experiments and so on and it was a professional paid job then I would drop my current job at the drop of a hat and start working there to instantly continue my phase journey at a massively improved rate with better tools, results and success.
Once I retire I'll continue with the phase but that's 45 years away! So really I am more than willing to continue but I don't want it to be an "on the side" thing anymore. I want to investigate the phase professionally with my full potential and with others that I can physically work with. So don't worry, I'll be back in 45 years or when an OBE research centre opens in Sydney, whatever comes first.
I dream to be a phase professional only if that becomes a real job. Teaching lessons in a classroom, creating and writing phase books, doing research in a lab with consciousness tracking instruments, personally going to people's houses for private lessons if they wish... But not if childcare is still in my life! I had no work in my life when I started with the phase, then I had Tafe which slowed me down then I started working as a casual childcare worker and now I'm a full time semi-room leader for the tiny tots...
Other work took up my phase time, now it's gone until the phase becomes a paid profession or I retire. I hope you all understand so I'll disappear again into my physical life.. Unless of course I see something special opening in Sydney, Australia or even better... Manly/Queenscliff, Australia.