I've been able to consciously enter my dreams since I was about 16 or 17. In about 10-20% of my dreams (I figured) I am very aware I am in a dream. It's like watching a movie almost. There are times when I have tried to wrest control of the dream away from the subconscious. Most of the time I am unsuccessful, or at least successful for only a very very short period of time. On a very rare occassion, maybe once or twice per year, I can take full control of the dream and direct it in any way I choose.
I did not know what any of that was called until just today when a news story sent me looking for additional information on the subject, which lead me here.
I have always wanted to be able to take better control of my dreams. Frequently, I will lose out to my subconscious, and revert back to being only a witness instead of a participant. I would like to learn how to move to that next level of control. I guess it all starts here, now that I know there are people who have taken the time to study and catelog how.
Thanks for having this site and providing this forum.
One thing I am interested in finding out though is if people are having different experiences in lucid dreams, especially in terms of how closely they resemble waking life: how "real" the lucid dreams are. You said it was like watching a movie, but have you had any lucid dreams where it was a real 3 dimensional physical world with gravity, and solid objects that you could actually touch? Things that felt warm, cold, sharp, smooth etc.?
Even I didn't know the name for it. I wrote in a dream journal from a few years ago that: 'I was dreaming and knew it." That was all I could call it.
And then I have been getting more and more weird lucid experiences since and it is a fun ride.
I told my brother about it, but it went way over is head. He said I should join a blog or something and that's what I did! I AM HERE WITH PEOPLE WHO KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE AND WE ALL HAVE STORIES TO TELL!!!
Welcome to this forum.
You are right. I don't consider a lucid dream GOOD until I am THERE! IN IT! and you can touch and feel and grasp and hear and smell, and taste. And all your senses are alive and you are in a world as real as the waking one.
But sometimes it can just be a dreamscape and you are lucid, but it may not be completely real feeling and you just watch.
BUT IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE THERE ISN'T IT!?
HAGART wrote:I want to respond to LUCID IN THE SKY.You are right. I don't consider a lucid dream GOOD until I am THERE! IN IT! and you can touch and feel and grasp and hear and smell, and taste. And all your senses are alive and you are in a world as real as the waking one. But sometimes it can just be a dreamscape and you are lucid, but it may not be completely real feeling and you just watch. BUT IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE THERE ISN'T IT!?
YES! All my lucid dreams are like that, so real. My mind is always blown by it and I can't understand how it can be. I had a dream about lucid dreaming last night which means I'm getting close, but it's a regular dream and no where near a real lucid dream. The lucid dreams you're talking about are much more like some place you go like an alien planet. It's a real world and suddenly you are THERE! You walk around and can feel the ground beneath your feet, wondering "What is this place and how did I get here?" I spent my first lucid dream just stamping on the ground in disbelief. You see things, pick up objects, feel their weight, feel their texture. Marvel at the whole while you know you are dreaming. You're IN this physical world, not watching it, but actually part of it. Of course you are dreaming, but that's almost impossible to believe while it's happening. I had one lucid dream where I had to keep telling myself it was a dream, part of me was saying "no, it can't be". Then another "yes it is! try not to wake up!" I think it's so amazing, I wish I could just show people what it is like.
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