I see the topic of lucid dreaming come up every now and again. I only learned about it maybe around 5 years ago. But upon learning about it….I realized that I do it.

I don’t remember my dreams all the time and I don’t have lucid dreams all the time, but of course the difference between the two is being able to realize that you are in a dream and having control over that dream. I haven’t been able to control characters in my dreams – but then again, I never try. My dreams are also always in color and sometimes I am able to wake from a dream, go back to sleep(within 5 minutes) and continue the dream.

Some report that their lucid dreams experiences are very powerful and some even traumatic. I haven’t had lasting effects from my dreams but I do remember a couple that were particularly emotional. I was just wondering if anyone else has had experiences like this before.




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  1. Jear77 2 years ago

    Yes and no. I might *write* in my sleep, but I’ not sure if that’s a lucid dream or not. But that could be more my unconscious being unconstrained by my conscious mind in order to write them than actually a conscious thing…

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  2. ladybarbara 2 years ago

    I have had dreams of speaking with my deceased husband. I was sitting up when the dream began and I could feel his presence around me. Then he appeared and I was talking to him. He answered me. I tried to hug him and he told me that it was not possible because we are in different dimensions and procreation doesn’t enter in as a factor where he is, so no sexual advances make any sense. He gives me a message that he is doing well and …… then I am aware of being awake and he is gone from sight. I still “feel” his presence, but I am fully awake and still sitting up in the middle of my bed. Because I am still sitting up, I could not have been fully asleep, but in a trance-like condition.

    Then, there are sleeping dreams of another husband that has passed and he clings to me and makes up stupid songs —- while I am pushing him away. He is bothersome. In these dreams, I am aware that Immortal Pirate is sleeping beside me and I point to Immortal and tell the past husband that I am happier with Immortal than ever before in my life. Then the past husband makes up a song about it (as he used to do in real life, long ago) and I wake up with this new song playing in my head all day. The last song was about two weeks ago and was, “You’re Chasing Me With Water” ———- Then, last night, I was in the front yard with a blower and blowing the tree litter off of the front yard rocks, and Immortal Pirate came out with a bottle of water and chased me down, trying to get me to stop working and drink water. I waved him off, not wanting to stop. Then that stupid song starts running through my mind and the blower motor was doing harmony. I commanded it to stop and the blower motor stopped. It must have overheated. I set it down and Immortal Pirate and I finished cleaning the yard and driveway together. I could live without these Mind-songs. They are like mind weeds that come to me in dreams.

    In the 1960’s, these stupid songs that that husband made up would be played on the radio and I couldn’t escape them. The one that plays the most is the song “Happy Together”. It plays in commercials and won’t go away. Dreams of that husband making up songs is as bothersome as having a fly take interest in your face and hair. It won’t go away!!! It is like a nightmare.

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  3. eric 2 years ago

    Like most people, I remember my dreams best during REM (when dreams occur) right before I wake up. Normally when it is unexpected (need to pee, loud neighbor, etc.)

    I hate to suggest there has ever been control control because my understanding is that the part of the brain that largely deals with processing information then allowing for decision making is not active during dreaming. So you have information processing going on throughout the brain, but the part that some scientists might suggest gives us the illusion of “awareness” or “being” isn’t active.

    Like how in a dream you feel like you know not to jump off the ledge and you get that falling sensation, but because the part of the brain that would otherwise stop you isn’t active, you are basically a slave to instinct or the desire to achieve some sort of thrill.

    The worst dreams I have like this are me being in a car, but I push on the brakes but the car won’t stop. Neither will the car accelerate despite knowing this is what I want.

    But dreams are largely still a mystery to some extent. The science is coming along, slowly :disappointed:

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    • griz 2 years ago

      When I became a trucker that dream about the car brakes was unexpected “upgraded” to an 80,000 lb vehicle that wouldn’t stop and lots of fragile little cars around me!

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  4. Lucifer Rising 2 years ago

    Yes, been into dreams though since a child. Came across and read the entire Carlos Castenada series when I was 12. (Castenada’s book series was seminal on this, and he was a major influence on Jim Morrison, the very reason Jim considered himself a shaman.)

    In my late teens, I was told my spiritual name is “Dreamer of Hearts”, by a trained shaman. This was backed up with substantial further messages. So, I have since then, the late 80s, taken the dream concept as very serious, and do believe “reality” is as a dream. Just a lot more powerful then ours.

    I rarely attempt to control my dreams consciously, because I know I already control it unconsciously. However, this attitude influences my dreams. It is like having a very positive attitude.

    So, that hyper-realism and awareness that one can do anything comes out in a lot of my dreams, and real life.

    A lot of what I do do is try and remember my dreams, and then go over them for important information I otherwise can miss in my conscious life.

    As you detail, it is often like that. You get good at this by keeping a dream journal, but once you have done that for awhile, it comes more natural without that necessity. However, because sometimes my dreams do contain important revelations about now or the future, I do, at times, trouble to write them down. Typically, to share with someone who also knows how to “read” them.

    For remembering, very important tip is: try and not change out from your sleeping position, and if you do, get back into the position you were in when you awoke.

    Also, God, or “God”, depending on one’s viewpoint, can send dreams which exceed the natural sensory capabilities. But, only if one is open minded to that suggestion.

    I have otherwise spent several years working out the possible meaning of my dreams and others with a team of really exceptional folks, that has been some of the most rewarding work of my life. Key difference with other methodologies, or popular ones which are generally wrong, is that symbology tends to be unique to the individual, and one has to approach it as a “I don’t know what it means” problem where one possible answer might have several potentially valid theories.

    (Our subforum actually got shut down from tight assed, close minded “Christians” due to complaints exactly because we did refuse to insist on one meaning, which they thought and claimed – having no experience or knowledge, but much arrogance – there could only be one explanation for any dream.)

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  5. griz 2 years ago

    With dreams tending to be quite vaporous, remembering one weeks and even years afterwards could constitute “lasting effect”.

    I do have lucid dreams. But I cannot “command” them to appear. They remain as “gifts”, and this is good: because if I could dial them up at will, they would cease to be special!

    My thought is that dreams that stick with us (with lucid dreams being perhaps the pinnacle) are there to instruct and not to entertain.

    I’ve enjoyed a few that I’ve been able to continue after being awakened by something. Like your experience, I’ve been able to control my own actions in the dream, but not those of other “characters”. Perhaps casting something as “a person” in a dream has a reason over just casting it as “an object”?

    I have a recurring lucid dream about variations on flying/gliding/bounding. Some were so real they entered the realm of “memory”. Less often are ones about exploring space. I had a rare one where I re-lived a span of time with the utter innocence of a child. And from decades ago, as a child, I remember a bizarre one where I had to get up to use the toilet and a pair of mischievous beavers had ripped up all the floor boards. I had to balance on the floor joists to a toilet that was hanging in mid-air by the pipes. I had never seen either an actual or a cartoon rendition of what a floor without floor-boards looked like. I don’t know how I got it so accurate in my dream!

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  6. Spitfire3dC 2 years ago

    A few times. First time I realized I was aware and “conscious ” within my sub conscious, I realized the gravity and decided to make an effort towards something equally important…I opened a door, behind which I would find a naked Madonna in her prime. Second time, I considered upping the ante but opted to fly over a big city instead…without an airplane. Third time; Sting Sex. Fourth time Sting Sex Part Deux. Fifth time will likely be the finale of the trilogy.

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  7. immortal_pirate 2 years ago

    Simple answer…YES.

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  8. luftballooneyegouge 2 years ago

    This is your most lucid dream.

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  9. Squirrel 2 years ago

    Almost never, but last night I sort of did. I had a dream with my dad in it for the second night out of the last three and we were having dinner and I realized “but dad’s dead.” So then I kind of stopped dreaming I guess?

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  10. Scarlett 2 years ago

    I had a true lucid dream once. I woke up in the dream and could see my body lying on a floor watching two people in the dream. When I tried to move the dream blew away. I have heard if you wake up in the dream, rub your hands together to keep yourself in the dream. That is called grounding. Also to increase lucid dreams, do reality checks through the day. Are you dreaming?

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