Does it feel as if it is real life? Is it more clear than real life?
It was just a random thought to ask.
I am always blown away by the experience, especially touching things and picking up objects, thinking "how can I be even doing this?" Walking aorund inside a dream world and feeling the ground under your feet. Another great thing is the sudden snap into a 3 dimensional hi-def world, it's like you suddenly go from this semi-conscious or unconscious state into a state of existence in a new world that appears out of nowhere. I especially love the rush of excitement and surprise when I do a reality check and find out that it's a dream. It's a very special feeling and I almost never expect to be dreaming whenever I do a reality check. I wish everyone could experience it.
torakrubik wrote:I agree with lucidinthesky, the unbelievable detail and realism of the dreamscape completely humbles me. I Spend my first lucid moments just picking things up and focusing on things, thinking "How are my surroundings this realistic? Am i in another dimension?".
I had a dream last night and did a reality check by looking at my hand and counting the fingers. At first everything looked completely normal so I decided that I was awake, besides that everything was so real in the dream I was absolutely sure it wasn't a dream. Looked again at my hand and now there is 6 fingers! So the first thing I think is "I knew this would eventually happen, the wrong number of fingers and still awake! It's a hallucination. What are people going to think when I write about this on the forum?" So I missed an opportunity to become lucid because the dream was so real.
I've been wondering a lot if the realism level in dreams has anything to do age and hence experience. How old are you?
But when dreams are more vivid during the early hours, REM state, they can be very real. (and easier to stay in them because you are fully asleep). I am still amazed that I can touch something sharp in a lucid dream and feel the pain. However, the lighting is never the same as waking life. I don't always realize that until after I wake up, but no matter how real a lucid dream can FEEL it still looks like a dream. (to me). It is still a dream and is much like any vivid dream I recall only this time I am aware and lucid. But feeling like you have a body and touching things really makes it different than any other non-lucid dream.
So they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and run the full gamut from dim and vague to feeling like you are in an alternate reality. But I have never had one that looked as real as true waking reality. (And I think that is a good thing because otherwise I may go mad and never know when I am awake or not!)
So how does it feel? Although the vividness can vary, the sheer fact that you know you are dreaming is what makes it a lucid dream. And KNOWING is a great feeling. I feel extremely confident, and in control. (even if somethings occur that I didn't want to happen, I still know there are no true consequences and there will be an end). Whatever the 'external' feelings are, on the inside I feel very liberated!
lucidinthe sky wrote:I've been wondering a lot if the realism level in dreams has anything to do age and hence experience. How old are you?
I'm 17 but I'll be 18 in less than a month.
I think there are a lot of factors that determine how realistic a dream is, but almost all of mine, even the non-lucid ones are very real which makes it even harder to become lucid. For some reason, I still trust my judgement to know the difference even though it's been proven wrong so many times.
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