Falling Backwards

Falling backwards is a popular dream stabilization technique. Like other kinetic techniques, such as spinning around and shaking your head, falling backwards must be done with intention, or you risk waking up! Falling backwards can be a good way to transition into a new dreamscape when the one you’re in starts to destabilize or become fuzzy.

While falling backwards is a technique I use often, it took me some time to learn to use it well. This technique needs to be used with caution, as it’s one that’s known for making you wake up or have a false awakening. Before you try falling backwards next time one of your dreams starts to destabilize, read through these tips and tricks for making it work better for you.

What is a false awakening?

First, let’s talk about how falling backwards is often associated with having a false awakening. Essentially, a false awakening is when you’re still in your dream but you think you’re actually awake. This type of awakening is common when you use stabilization techniques like falling backwards and spinning. You often find yourself right back in your bed without knowing what’s going on.

It’s important that you always do a reality check or two when you wake up after falling backwards. Chances are likely that you actually won’t be awake but will still be in your dream. If your reality check tells you that you’re not actually awake, you can go back to your dream and start using dream control techniques to change your dreamscape from your bedroom to something else.

Tips and tricks for falling backwards

The most important thing to know about falling backwards is that you can’t just let go and let yourself fall willy-nilly. Instead, you have to make sure that you’re actually thinking of a new dreamscape to fall into. Now, sometimes this won’t work, and you’ll still end up in a false awakening. However, falling intentionally from your current dreamscape into something new will help you make sure that you don’t wake up.

You may want to close your eyes when falling backwards. This seems to work best for most people, although with other kinetic techniques some people prefer having their eyes open while others prefer having their eyes closed. When falling backwards, close your eyes and focus on where you want to end up when you’re done falling backwards.

As with all kinetic stabilization techniques, it’s important when falling backwards that you move intentionally. Don’t just throw yourself head over heels. It’s a good way, for one thing, to cause your physical body to flinch, which can wake you up faster than anything. Instead, you might want to prepare to fall backwards by doing something like crossing your arms over your chest or locking them at your sides, as you might do in real life when falling back into a body of water.

Falling backwards is a good technique to use for teleportation as well as for dream stabilization. If you want to teleport to a new dreamscape, you might try out this technique. Once you get the hang of it, you can use it for both cases – teleportation and dream stabilization, as needed. In fact, sometimes teleportation is one of the best ways to re-awaken the detail of your dream so that it becomes more stable and you become more grounded in your dreamscape.

Falling backwards can be a disconcerting technique to use at first, particularly if you’re grounded enough in your dream to get the real sensation of falling backwards. However, it is a valuable technique to learn to teleport yourself while re-establishing your dream and keeping it more stable.

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"The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation." - M. C. Escher