maybe im just dreaming out loud

January 17, 2009 at 8:33 am (randoms)

For example, one young man dreamt of being pursued by a lion. When he had no place left to run, he realized he was dreaming and called to the lion to “come and get him.” The challenge turned into a playful wrestling match, and the lion became a sexy woman (NightLight 1.4, 1989, p. 13). Monsters often transform into benign creatures, friends, or empty shells when courageously confronted in lucid dreams. This is an extremely empowering experience. It teaches you in a very visceral manner that you can conquer fear and thereby become stronger.

has it ever occurred to you why you didn’t figure out it was a dream sooner when encountered with fantastical situations? there’s an explanation!!

Dream or hallucinatory images triggered by the brain stem are considered to be real, even if fantastic. The impulse to accept the evident is so strong the dreamer will often invent a memory or story to cover up an incongruous or unrealistic event in the dream. “That man has two heads!” is usually followed not with “I must be dreaming!” but with “Yes, I read in the paper about these famous Siamese twins.”

below are some ways to test if you are dreaming!
Reality testing

Reality testing (or reality checking) is a common method used by people to determine whether or not they are dreaming. It involves performing an action with results that will be different if the tester is dreaming. By practicing these tests during waking life, one may eventually decide to perform such a test while dreaming, which may fail and let the dreamer realize that they are dreaming.

Common reality tests include:

* The pinch reality check: Pinch any part of your body and if you feel no pain (or if it feels “different” or “obstructed” compared to waking life) then it is a dream.
* The nose reality check: Pinch your nose and if you are able to breathe without using your mouth, it is a dream.
* Try to stick your finger through the palm of your hand.
* Looking at one’s digital watch (remembering the time), looking away, and looking back. As with text, the time will probably have changed randomly and radically at the second glance or contain strange letters and characters. (Analog watches do not usually change in dreams, while digital watches and clocks have great tendency to do so.)
* Flipping a light switch. Light levels rarely change as a result of the switch flipping in dreams.
* Looking into a mirror; in dreams, reflections from a mirror often appear to be blurred, distorted, incorrect, or frightening.
* Looking at the ground beneath one’s feet or at one’s hands. If one does this within a dream the difference in appearance of the ground or one’s hands from the normal waking state is often enough to alert the conscious to the dream state.
* Pick up a book and look inside. Often, the pages will be blank, or change after the second look.
* Look at your surroundings. If the placement of the buildings is different from what it ought to be, you are in a dream (for example, the Great Pyramids next to your house).

hahah i remember when i was younger i’d always try to escape from a nightmare by jumping off a building and killing myself! till my dream minions got smarter too and physically tried to pull me back. then i’d try to stab myself with a knife instead to wake up! sometimes that would lead to a false awakening.

it just occurred to me though, that i must have been already lucidly dreaming then if i could realise that killing myself was gonna wake me up!!
Dream signs

Another form of reality testing involves identifying one’s dream signs, clues that one is dreaming. An individual may record their dreams in a dream journal and analyse the common themes to determine one’s own dream signs. There are many kinds of dream signs, but they usually reflect the waking life of the person who has the dream.

For example, someone who is a doctor will often dream about performing duties in their field of specialization. The most common, and telling dreaming sign is that something illogical occurs in a completely natural and self-accepted manner (although the dreamer may not immediately realize this).

Dream signs can also reflect wants, fears, things the subject hates, and even finds embarrassing. They can manifest themselves in many different ways, depending on the dreamer.

Recognizing one’s dream signs is an important technique for achieving lucid dreaming, and allowing one to become consciously aware of the dream state. The most common of the dream sign are as follows:

* Action — The dreamer, another dream character, or a thing does something unusual or impossible in waking life, such as flying, jumping or running great distances, walking through walls, teleporting/changing the dream setting, or noticing photographs in a magazine or newspaper becoming three-dimensional with full movement.
* Powerlessness — There is a sensational loss of bodily strength. This can mean being unable to move entirely, simply that you are unable to run away from something you otherwise would.
* Context — The place or situation in the dream is strange and includes fictional characters or places.
* Form — The dreamer, another character, or an object changes shape, is oddly formed, or transforms. This may include the presence of unusual clothing or hair, or a third person view of the dreamer.
* Awareness — There is a peculiar thought, a strong emotion, an unusual sensation, a loss of normal logic, or an altered perception. In some cases when moving one’s head from side to side, one may notice a strange stuttering or ‘strobing’ of the image.
* Clocks — The dreamer looks at a clock or watch, looks away, then looks back, and the time could have changed, unintelligible symbols appear on the watch face or even the watch can be gone all together.
* Fingers — The dreamer seems to have an abnormal number of fingers (e.g. more than 5 on a hand).

One can build up a habit of periodically asking oneself throughout the day if you are dreaming, and performing some of the tasks above. This habit will eventually cause checks to be performed during a dream, leading to lucidity when dream signs are remembered and recognized.

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