Big Ben Walk (DILD)

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Summerlander
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Big Ben Walk (DILD)

Postby Summerlander » 20 Apr 2017 18:50

BIG BEN WALK (a dream-initiated lucid dream)

I'm working in Lidl, serving customers at the checkout. There is a power cut and customer becomes verbally abusive. A manager comes over to appease him. I notice that my counter has an extention resembling a slot machine with a calico screen but think nothing of it. The abusive customer has a chiseller vibe about him and begins to insert coins in the slot machine during the power cut. He claims he's in a hurry and that we are wasting his time. I'm uncomfortable with the unregistered money going in as the acerbic remunerator could claim to have paid more than he should and demand that we open the cashbox.

Luckily, the would-be transgressor doesn't do that---instead, he makes other customers feel uncomfortable on his way out. His breach of peace reveals him to be demented and is a cause for concern. I follow him outside. He strikes up a conversation with an unsuspecting mother before turning his leering attention to the baby in the pram that she's pushing. After sticking his tongue out at the baby, the madman leaps onto the pram to stand on it upright as the woman watches in horror. As he dances above the pram, I ponder at the impossibility of a baby buggy supporting the weight of a full-grown man. I must be dreaming!

This realisation doesn't stop me from kicking the madman in the face---an act that brings me great satisfaction. I return to the weird supermarket-casino hybrid with a misguided sense of duty to carry on working. 'Hold on---this is a dream! I don't have to work here,' I think to myself. I suddenly become aware of being aware of dreaming! I see an exit that reveals the pseudo-workplace to be adjacent to Big Ben and, having no action plan, my improvisation entails reaching the pinnacle of the famous clock tower in an impossible manner; I start horizontally walking up its structure with the intent to defy gravity. Big Ben is the ground I walk on and a cloudy night sky dominates my line of sight. Gravity initially tugs at my dream body from behind but I manage to repeal this mental manacle. Walking on Big Ben is a bit like walking on the moon.

When I finally reach the top, darkness engulfs me. I wish for a panoramic view of London as I rub my hands to prevent the premature collapse of lucid dreaming; subsequently, amber lights begin to emerge in the veil of darkness. A scene materialises at a much lower altitude: I'm standing on the upper deck of an open top bus and I recognise my house in the distance! This funky tour bus is taking me home and its cheerful passengers are singing to me. The surroundings begin to fade and an old man's voice mutters in my ear, 'Rub your hands!' I do but suddenly I appear to be wearing a gas mask that partially obstructs my vision. This strangely makes me 'realise' (could be a false memory) that I probably had been wearing a Lidl headset the whole time which possibly transformed into a mask---giving me this infernal tunnel vision with cropping dark bands of plastic.

I take the mask off but appear to be wearing another. The dream passengers continue to sing as I remove the second mask in vain to find that I am now wearing several layers of plastic. I can see that the bus is no longer heading towards my house. A gorgeous silver moon looms over the horizon and I can make out an idyllic nightscape surrounding me. I wake up to the sound of my wife talking in her sleep. I go to the loo and look at the clock; it's 2.30am. (Short REM short DILD, I guess.) I type notes about the lucid dream on my memo app before returning to bed.

In hindsight, I realise that certain dream elements reflect waking life experiences. It is interesting to note, for example, that the dream workplace was an amalgamation of my current job at Lidl with my former job as a bookmaker at Betfred; and the dream madman displayed behaviour akin to the transgressive antics of characters in Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's animated sitcom 'Rick and Morty' which I've watched recently. 8-)
"Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing, is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state. when not altering what is, allow it to be as it is, and the awakened state is right now spontaneously present."

- Padmasambhava

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Re: Big Ben Walk (DILD)

Postby Mythos » 20 Apr 2017 19:38

What an enjoyable DILD. I should make a lucid trip to Big Ben in the future. Just hope that I don't experience the gas mask problem.
Wishing you pleasant days and lucid nights.

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Re: Big Ben Walk (DILD)

Postby Summerlander » 20 Apr 2017 19:51

Thanks, Mythos! :D

Do post your lucid dream if you manage to visit Big Ben! I stumbled upon it but it'll be interesting to read about a lucid dream with the initial intention to visit the monument. I hope you don't get any gas masks either. :)
"Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing, is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state. when not altering what is, allow it to be as it is, and the awakened state is right now spontaneously present."

- Padmasambhava

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Re: Big Ben Walk (DILD)

Postby Price » 24 Apr 2017 23:37

What were the people singing? I am trying to imagine it. Was it a Rock Opera Ballet, a 1950 musical number, or a Pop song?

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Re: Big Ben Walk (DILD)

Postby Mythos » 25 Apr 2017 05:28

Will certainly post my visit to Big Ben when it happens.
Wishing you pleasant days and lucid nights.

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Re: Big Ben Walk (DILD)

Postby Summerlander » 25 Apr 2017 08:41

Something like For He's a Jolly Good Fellow (but I can't remember the words), Price. :D

I look forward to it, Mythos. 8-)
"Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing, is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state. when not altering what is, allow it to be as it is, and the awakened state is right now spontaneously present."

- Padmasambhava


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