I'm having a nightmare in which a thin, gray-faced man is trying to kill me. I become lucid and battle him with ease, firing shots of lighting out of my hands and hitting him in the chest. He falls to his knees and I lock him in a gated prison using only my mind.
But then my lucid dream evolves into a lucid nightmare. Another villain, who looks like Krang (or Krang's body at least) from that delightful cartoon about giant mutant turtles, frees the gray man using his telepathic powers. I am no match for him.
Krang then ruthlessly beheads the gray man and laughs as he grows a new pair of eyes in the stump of his neck. Much to my dismay, they steal my three-year-old son from my arms. My lucidity lapses. Then they are gone.
So this is where the dream gets cool.
I remind myself I'm dreaming. My lucidity comes back. I head into the nearest house, looking for the writers of the dream. I want to know why that just happened and how to save my little boy.
Sure enough, they're sitting in an office at the top of a staircase. They're all women: two in their late 30s are the senior writers, while two younger women are their assistants taking notes.
"I need to get him back," I blurt.
They are a little surprised to see me. "We can't just give him back," one writer says. "There has to be a point to the story. There has to be a show of courage, some evolution, before he can return."
Damn. I know she's right. I can't just magically make him reappear, that would be missing the point. I have to let the story show. But I'm frustrated, I know I don't have much time left before I wake up...
And I'm right. I can't even get out of the house. It's 8am and I'm woken by dogs hopping up on the bed.
I open my eyes and there is my beautiful little boy fast asleep beside me.
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Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?
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