I don't mean, do you stink in a lucid dream, (that would be another topic ), but are your olfactory senses ever awakened?
Last night I became lucid within a dream and decided to awaken my senses and look around and place myself in the environment and cement myself there as best I could. It works quite well when I do this, but this time I tried to add a new sense. I could see things, and examine things up close... check! I could hear things and make sound myself... check! I could touch things and pick things up... check! I could put food in my mouth and taste it... check!
Then I decided to see if I could smell things. I have never done this before, and only once did I ever get a strong sense of smell in a dream, but it was non-lucid.
So I sniffed, but smelled nothing at all. I tried again and felt like I was just smelling with my real nose in reality and realizing it and thinking about it kicked me out and I woke up. And sure enough I was actually inhaling threw my nose as I awoke.
I don't have the strongest sense of smell when awake either and for most of us it is the least intense of our five main senses anyway. BUT...
Who can smell in a lucid dream? I think I could if I practice, but for some reason it is hard for me and I have actually never done it.
And there is only one thing we say to death "not today"
- Syrio Forel
You smell... but you don't *SMELL*.
You taste... but you don't *TASTE*.
All these acts you speak of are PHYSICAL.
In the non-physical you don't have a physical body...
Beyond the fact you don't have eyes, nose or a mouth... there's no LIGHT, there's no scents, there's no tastes to taste.
Everything you experience in this manner are best described as memories of how you believe things to be. That's why when you eat something, it tastes absolutely beyond perfection, because it's your best memory of what "perfect" of whatever it is you ate is.
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I think I failed too because I tried too hard. I was taking deep breaths through my nose, which is a physical motion and not just relaxing and smelling things with my mind. (like Ryan said). I was over exaggerating the motion and it wasn't smelling; it was just breathing through the nose... completely different. (I was also thinking about this yesterday: There is no need to put 'food' into your 'mouth' in a lucid dream. That is just what we are use to doing in reality. There is no reason why one cannot taste food from a distance without even 'touching it' is there?... IF one can wrap their mind around it.) The whole food-hand-mouth thing is purely physical and what we are accustomed to, but not nessesary in a dream. That would be a good challenge.......... (another good challenge would be to spell 'nescessary' correctly!)
lumencryster wrote:well it has been a while since i've showered in a dream
I'm surprised I only got ONE smart-alec response... I was expecting more!
To know it's a false awakening do several reality checks. Make an object move with your mind, push your hand through a wall, look at your hands, bend a finger back on itself, plug your nose and try to breath through it, jump in the air and see how high you go, the list goes on, and sometimes one fails, so you need to keep checking. The key is to think critically and if you have them often, you will most likely suspect you are in one. I get quite a few false awakenings too.
If I find out I'm dreaming, I don't want to wake up. Why would you?
But if I really wanted to, I usually try to scare myself by jumping off a tall ledge and land on my face, however that doesn't always work. What usually wakes me up from lucid dreams is trying to have sex, so why not do that, and if nobody is around masturbate to the point of orgasm. If you still don't wake up or it throws you into another false awakening at least you had some fun, right?
The bottom line is adrenaline and over excitement should do the trick.
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