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While I’m not sure where I should start, I guess this is as good of a place as any: lucid dreaming.

Until a few years ago I didn’t even know there was a word(s) to describe how I dream. Lucid dreaming is something I’ve always been able to do naturally. All my dreams have been lucid dreams ever since I can remember. I know I’m dreaming. I remember all my dreams. And I can control my dreams. I used to control my dreams almost all the time just because I could. Lately, I’ve realized my dreams are more fun if I just let them go where they may go, especially my crazy weird dreams.

I also have the ability to I guess you could say choose what I am going to dream about. It’s different than going to bed thinking about something and then ending up dreaming about that. I’m asleep and I just decide I want to dream about something specific. I can wake up in the middle of a dream and the next time I go to sleep I can pick up right where I left off in the dream if I wanted to. A few years ago I had this dream about cartoon dinosaurs taking over this city. Most of the people in the city were trying to get out, but I was with a group of people who weren’t going to be run out of the city by these dinosaurs and so we all decided to go bar hopping. I had the same dream a few months later, but this time I was trying to get out of the city. Ever since then I’ve made it a reoccurring dream and have made it my mission to explore every single building in this city. I’m about a third of the way through the city and so far every single building has been a bar or restaurant. And despite some close calls, the cartoon dinosaurs haven’t gotten me yet.

I dream very vividly and my dreams feel so real. I’ll wake up in the mornings and my dreams feel like they actually happened the day or night before. Of course, with my crazy weird dreams I know they didn’t really happen. But, sometimes when my dreams are absolutely normal I’ll wake up the next morning and it will take me a while to figure out if it was something that actually happened or if it was something I just dreamt.

All my dreams may feel real, but I have these dreams that I call my ‘real dreams’. These dreams feel real like all the rest, but they feel real in a different sort of way. I can’t really explain how. I just know when I have one of these dreams they are different than the rest of my dreams.

Thirteen years ago I lived in La Crosse for a while. I didn’t have a car at the time so I had to take the bus to work. One night I had a dream that I woke up late one morning and missed the bus I had to take to get to work on time. I was at the bus stop waiting for the next bus when three people came up and asked me if the bus had come yet. I told them I hoped it hadn’t because I’m late for work. They told me they hoped so too because they were really late for work. They should have caught the bus before the one I needed to get on normally. I was so surprised when they walked up because these people were people I actually worked with and didn’t even know they lived in the same area as me. Anyhow, the morning after I had that dream I woke up…late. I missed the bus I was suppose to take and was waiting for the next bus to come when three people walked up and asked me if the bus had come yet. I told them I hoped it hadn’t because I’m late for work. They told me they hoped so too because they were really late for work. It was about then I realized I dreamed this happening the night before. It kind of scared the crap out of me at first, ha. Ever since then I continually have dreams that end up actually happening. It’s never anything big or important. I’ll dream about a conversation I have with someone or going out to eat with someone or running into someone I haven’t seen in a long while, etc. These dreams feel different and so when I have one, it’ll get written down in a separate notebook. When the dream actually happens I’ll go back and write down when it happened.

This concludes my Dreams Edition Part 1. I have more to write about my dreams, but I don’t want everyone thinking I’m crazy, so the rest of it will get its own entry that won’t be posted to my dreamwidth account.

If you dream you fall off a cliff and watch yourself hit bottom, you don’t really die. I pushed myself off a cliff once to see what would happen..

Date: 2012-12-01 06:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] and-yet-i-fight.livejournal.com
That's awesome about your dreams... I've controlled a few of my dreams, but they were always nightmares. I wish I could exert more control over them.

Date: 2012-12-01 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sitaangel.livejournal.com
I once told Cagen that when he's having a nightmare he should tell himself he doesn't have to dream that and then to change it. Ever since then he's not woken up once because of a nightmare. Makes me wonder if he's lucid dreaming too.

I tried to tell Aiden the same thing without much success. But, he's prone to night terrors and I don't know if they are easily gotten out of once one has a hold of you.

Date: 2012-12-03 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] and-yet-i-fight.livejournal.com
Night terrors sound like a scary thing from what I've heard, I wonder why he has them? I thought it usually happened if you had something traumatic happen to you or does it just come about in some kids?

Date: 2012-12-03 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sitaangel.livejournal.com
Hmm, I've never heard that before. I think some kids just get them. I used to have night terrors as a kid too. I have a friend who has a son who has night terrors. Neither that kid, Aiden or me have ever had a traumatic experience.

Date: 2012-12-02 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noir-au-blanc.livejournal.com
Im a particularly lucid and vivid dreamer as well.. and I have always viewed having dreams like going to the movies for free.. they are sometimes so weird and fucked up and at others so real that Ive ended up at the opposite ends of the bed or falling out altogether lol

I find that sometimes the heat or extreme tiredness/ being ill (sometimes) or smelling certain smells ie the ocean really give me vivid dreams.. what do you find triggers your dreams if any?

Date: 2012-12-03 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sitaangel.livejournal.com
I have found not sleeping in my own bed or having a few drinks tend to trigger really normal vivid dreams. Snakes tend to trigger really vivid dreams. If I've seen a snake it's almost a given I'll have a dream about snakes. And these dreams will have me waking up as I'm jumping out of bed because I'm dreaming of a snake in bed with me. Haha.

Date: 2012-12-04 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anxious-hearts.livejournal.com
I wish I could do that. My dreams exist in a parallel universe. A lot of people I don't know are central characters. The people I do know that appear have different names. Hell, I'm not even the main character! I wish I could control when I had those dreams. I'm itching to know what happens.

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