Geo Bell 12/11/2015
One of the most fascinating aspects of dreaming is the mind's ability to simultaneously create and experience a virtual world that is the dreamscape. Where as "dream world" describes everything contained within the dream, the term dreamscape refers specifically to the scenery or environment in which the dreamer finds themselves.
It's possible to consciously influence elements of the dreamscape, or create entirely new dreamscapes from scratch.
When we enter a dream, the scenery appears to manifest itself spontaneously, without any input on our part. When lucid, we are free to manipulate objects within the dreamscape. The easiest way to enter a new dreamscape is by using the Spinning Technique. Alternatively, one can retreat to the void and enter a dreamscape of our desire.
The 'void' refers to the empty (visually blank) nothingness in which the dreamer finds themselves either before a dreamscape has been projected, or upon cessation of the dreamscape. In the void, the dreamer has no visuals and can influence the projection of a new dreamscape.
Spinning a new dream
The spinning technique is a reliable method of prolonging fading dreams, but it can also be used to induce a change of scenery. To perform the spinning technique, simply spin around as fast as you can, and as you spin, imagine a scene which you'd like to end up at. Will yourself there and tell yourself a few times that when you stop spinning this is where you shall arrive. Believe it, and you'll be there.
The new scene will be quite stable thanks to the spinning technique, but it doesn't harm to perform a stabilisation technique to be safe.
Entering the void
If you feel yourself waking from a dream, it's best to use the spinning technique to avoid transitioning into waking. However, if you're in a relatively stable dream but need a change of scenery, it's safe to retreat to the void and manifest a new scene from scratch.
To enter the void from within a lucid dream, simply close your eyes and maintain awareness. Your visuals will disappear as they would if you were waking up. If you're worried about waking, rub your hands together as you picture a new scene before you. Vividly imagine the dreamscape in as much detail as you can and then see youself walking through it. Look down and see your feet walking along the ground. The scenery should form around you within a few moments.
It's important now to stabilise the dream by using a stabilisation technique.
You're now free to explore the new dreamscape.