I just saw the documentry yesterday and was shocked when I saw many of my ideas shared by other people. I had had lucid dreams in which I knew I was dreaming and was able to change around decoration or events in the dream. Most of them happenned when I was having a nightmare and so scared that (probably was about to wake up) I realized I was dreaming and decided to make monsters disappear, or produce a sword in my hand to defend myself. Other times, when I was having an erotic dream and decided to finish it before waking up.
I had also read some of the book of Carlos Castaneda when I was younger, but totally convinced that the practice of such experience under the influence of peyote was not very recommendable. Yesterday I saw the video, read the instructions on the book online, and decided firmly, not only that I wanted to try, but also that I should teach my children (I have three, 9, 6, and 4 years old). But I had to wake up early today, so I took the opportunity during a day nap (this was just two hours ago). I had been sleeping for about one an a half hour the most, when something exterior started waking me, now I know it was the phone, but I am so lucky as to be a sound sleeper, and normally take outside stimulous into the dream and go on sleeping. But this light awakening reminded me of what I was trying to do today, so I started with the technique of leaving my physical body. I wasn´t being succesful and was nearly falling completely asleep again, so I ketp on "thinking" (the word just seems meaningless in the state I was in) about what I had read in the book, it was almost as if I was reading it over again in my mind, but the other techniques described seemed even more difficult, so I just forced myself into looking far beyond my eyelids. Then, suddenly, something happenned, I felt weird, so I rolled out of the couch I was lying on and found myself ineplicably going to the lavatory I have near the living room to cover the first step, look at myself in the mirror. I didn´t even bother to turn the light on, so it was dark, and the mirror wasn´t exactly as it is in reality, but I recognized my face in the shadow. I have to admit here that I was so eager to start travelling that I did not take longer here, and suddenly I found myself in a room, standing in front of a white wardrobe closet. There was a window to my left side and it was night, a clear warm night. I opened the closet and started touching everything. All the time reminding, telling myself, feel all you can as said in the description of the website. The doors felt so soft, inside there was some linen and I touched all the clothes, even smelled them, it felt so real! Looking at the wardrobe, I thought it looked like something in my granmother´s house (even though nothing looked like anything I can actually remember), so I said to myself: "That´s what I want to do while I´m here, I wanna see my granny", she passed away 15 years ago. I started walking along the house passing by several different rooms, calling her name. I could smell something was cooking in the kitchen, but I dint´t see her. I got to the end of the long house to a room hardly furnished, thought I had missed her somewhere along the way, but when I tried to come back a door had closed. This can´t be, I said to myself, I didn´t do this, I need to go back, so I took a key and open the door. At this point, something was trying to pull me back to consciouness, I could feel I had little time if I was to find my grandmother. There she was, I kept on calling her and crying. Honestly, it was so real I could feel the tears on my cheeks, I could feel my arms trying to reach her, one part of my mind was sure I was moving also in the reality of my couch in the living room, I was sure I was moving my lips in dreams and that that would wake me up, so I tried to stay calm. Finally I hugged my granny. I was aware I was about to wake up, so I just told her: "Quickly!, just giv me a hug before I have to leave". The phone was ringing again, so now I was awake, but it has been too hard to stay awake and not fall back asleep. Like I couldn´t open my eyes.
This has been my first controled eperience in the phase. I had been unable to speak or think for a while after it, it has been amazing.