Conscious Dreaming is simply the ability to control your dreams, or be more aware of them and just observe. It offers insight into your own mind and perception, giving you a unique view of how you see the world around you. It grants self awareness to those who know how to seek it.
Martial Arts is the practice of disciplining your body, not for fighting or for show, but to gain absolute control over your actions. It has many mediums, including Yoga if you want to be really specific, as well as Tai Chi and various other forms. It grants self control to those who know how to seek it.
My intent, by practicing both at the same time, is enlightenment. First, of myself. Second, of the world around me. I feel it is more important to know myself before I learn about anything else.
Gaining self control and self awareness should, theoretically, allow even more deliberate control of my mind, possibly at a faster pace, or to a greater extent.
My dreams have been conscious since childhood, as it has been an early practice of mine.
I am currently focusing a lot on Vinyasa & Hatha yoga, both for physical reasons but just as much (if not more) for mental and spiritual wellbeing. So far, I am absolutely in love with what I'm doing.
It happens to me almost every night, so I don't really think too much about wanting it to happen, anymore. It just does, now.
But I would say, it happens more frequently when my sleep is very shallow (which it often is). For example if something wakes me up in the morning, and I immediately concentrate on whatever I was dreaming upon waking up and then fall back asleep immediately. That's when I seem to be most aware that I'm dreaming, and most inclined/capable/willing to take full control of what happens in my dreams.
During the night I am most often aware that I'm dreaming, but it's not always I feel the need/want to control anything other than my own actions in the dream. I like to see where "things are going" without forcing them to happen. Seems more natural and enlightening to me, I guess. Like an interesting conversation between subconscious and conscious. If I always force everything to happen the way I want it to, then I don't feel I get to learn anything about the deeper, subconscious levels of myself.
True, but it is extremely rare for me to remember much beyond the last few moments of a dream.
For instance, I woke up this morning to a dream where I was actively questioning the reality of everything around me. It was when I took notice of an ape nearby that I called bullshit and woke very suddenly.
I am intent on trying everything until I find what works. :3
Well, something else you can try, is keeping a dream diary. Every night before you go to bed, make a conscious pledge to yourself, that you will remember your dreams. First thing in the morning, try remembering what you dreamed and write it down. Do it everyday, also if you can't remember anything, the first couple of times. Eventually you will start remembering things. It's a good practice, IMO.
Also try going back to sleep immediately after waking up, thinking hard about what you dreamed. Might work for you as well. Good luck.