• xKorix

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    Aug 03, 2007 12:02 AM GMT
    Lately my dreams are starting to grow increasingly vivid and I even became lucid about a week ago. I enjoy these dreams. I'm with people I once had strong feelings for. But it's kinda sad too, because they're not a part of my life anymore. During these dreams I have such a euphoric feeling but once I wake up, I'm upset. I just find it odd I'm having these dreams that stir powerful emotions. I used to think dreams were just meaningless random visual junk, maybe they still are. Has anybody else gained control of their dreams i.e. lucidity?
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    Aug 03, 2007 4:33 AM GMT
    No I haven't gained control but will say that I have felt like real life in some of my dreams.
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    Aug 03, 2007 5:31 AM GMT
    Cool topic.

    I've been exploring this for years. I was quite young when I started having lucid dreams.

    Years of meditation have given me the ability to retain some level of conscious awareness even when I'm cold asleep. It's not really a true lucidity so much as a duality - sort of like being in a movie, but also in the audience, at the same time.

    You can do a lot to explore this sort of thing. The problem is that it can be like building your own sandbox... As you seem to already know.
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    Aug 03, 2007 1:13 PM GMT
    Ive actually been having dreams like that since I was a kid. Its kind of freaky sometimes. I would be exploring why you are dreaming thoes people that are no longer in your life. Example: is it that these people are from your past that you had a falling out with? or is it someone that has passed on? Just some questions to ask to try and figure out whats up and really on the mind.

    The other day I had a dream I was a date or something with this guy very cute and it was a totally romantic night and i worked up feeling like he was lying next to me. I have no idea who he was but totally amazing haha.
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    Aug 03, 2007 2:21 PM GMT
    i've had dreams do vivid they came with their own blasting soundtrack! the strangest ones that stand out are visions into the future that are like puzzles waiting to be solved. i've also had clear dreams of my mate who passed away nearly 4 years ago in a freak road accident. they've kinda been comforting, letting me know that he's out there somewhere, and doing fine. have you ever flown or levetated in your dreams? truly a wild experience, although i do wake up feeling more tired than when i went to bed!
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    Aug 03, 2007 2:59 PM GMT
    my ability to control my dreams started in my youth - around dreams where I felt unsafe and was able to be aware I was dreaming and will myself to fly away and then control my flight over fields, oceans and forests. To this day I can meditate prior to going to sleep and if I am lucky I can fly the night away... havent used this technique for sex dreams yet.

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    Aug 03, 2007 3:07 PM GMT
    My dream usually related to what I been doing the day before. Said if I think about work, I tend to dream about work related things. If I am thinking about some guy he will appear in my dream. Once I was reading about HIV and AIDS, strangely I dream that I have been affected and was extremely relieve when I wake up.

    I really think what we do in the day will be store in our memory/subconcious and will appear in our dream
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    Aug 03, 2007 6:56 PM GMT
    The brain, per say, doesn't distinguish between "reality" and "dreamed reality"...we just decide which holds more validity for us at that moment. Dreams can tell you so much about your path in life, about where you've been, and perhaps where you're on the way to going. I find dreams to be an amazing and frightening glimpse into a more vivid realm of the possible, if you're open to it. You might try writing them down immediately after waking and keeping a journal of them all, pull it out say two weeks after, and see what the reoccuring themes are, if any.
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    Aug 03, 2007 7:37 PM GMT
    ive always had such odd dreams

    when i was younger i used to have a reoccurring dream that i would fall until i hit a huge piece of sliced cheese
    it used to scare me awake

    but lately ive been having odd dreams as well

    and they seem so real

    i think its because ive been really stressed out tho so thats prolly the reason
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    Aug 25, 2007 6:45 AM GMT
    I pray every single night that I don't dream. I hate dreaming. My dreams are way to vivid and often violent. There have even been times where I've woken up and almost threw up from the horror film imagery. I dream in every sense, including smell and taste.

    But anyway, that's just me.
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    Aug 25, 2007 6:55 AM GMT
    wow... you sound like my mom. I bitch out my aunt mentally everytime I see my aunt that took my mom to see darcula when she was a kid. My mom called me crying like it was the end of the world when my brother took her to see Resident Evil 2.
  • 2thTEE

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    Aug 25, 2007 7:27 AM GMT
    Has anyone ever experienced Sleep Paralysis before? It happened to me once and it was pretty scary at the time since I didn't know what was happening. It's a bit freaky " seeing " some sort of shadowy figure (the shape of a human torso) at the opposite side of the room just slowly making it's way towards you. I knew that I wasn't dreaming at all.

    I tried yelling for my brother but nope, no sound could be heard. I remember just staring at my left arm, just hoping it would flinch or twitch, but nope, nothing, nada. For some reason, I had just closed my eyes and went back to sleep.

    The next day, I was a bit freaked out by the experience...actually thought that my room was haunted...lol. Did some research and it was a big sigh of relief to find out that others had experienced this as well...and oh yeah, that my room wasn't actually haunted !!! If this ever happens again, I'm gonna try and urinate on my shadowy peeping tom buddy.
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    Aug 25, 2007 12:30 PM GMT
    I've had the experience of being aware of both sleeping and dreaming, and on one of those occasions, I did notice the body in paralysis. It's a bit disconcerting.
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    Aug 25, 2007 12:41 PM GMT
    I'm part of an unfortunate group that does not remember their dreams upon waking in the .morning. I sleep right through the night. I might recall one or two a month at the most.
    Perhaps my brain is protecting me from something. >:o)
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    Aug 25, 2007 12:50 PM GMT
    I dream often of a person I knew in the past. Someone I had strong feelings for. It's never the same dream but when he's in it, I've learned to control it.

    Last time, I succeeded to tell him my feelings for him...and finally, after all these dreams, I finally kissed him. It was great. But when I woke up, I felt very sad and empty.

    As for the sleep paralysis, I have experienced it 2 times. It was hell. I couldn't move, I couldn't scream and I felt a very strong and very bad presence in my room, watching me. I tried and I tried to move, to scream but I couldn't move a muscle nor make a sound.

    It was hell, pure hell. It seemed that it lasted forever but then, I reasoned and calmed myself and when back to sleep. I think that when the reason takes over the instinct, the fear goes away.
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    Aug 25, 2007 12:57 PM GMT
    I've had lucid dreams.

    I've levitated and have flown in one of my dream. it was like so real that i kinda just blinked back to reality not so much as waking up. i had a full conscious mind. i thought i was really flying...so when i "blinked" back to reality...i tried to push by self off the bed. and i kept trying for full 10 minutes or more. only then i realized it was a dream.

    I've also had sleep paralysis. several times. and yes i saw a torso of some man once, a hooded woman ...more like a witch ... falling on me, and some spider like animal jump off my chest and cling to the ceiling and then just vanishing there. at these times i was wide awake...and couldn't even utter a single word let alone scream. for those of you who i think i might be on drugs... I'VE NEVER EVER SMOKED EVEN.

    I've also had dreams that hint at the future. i saw some one die close to me for three consecutive nights and on the third night my aunt passed away.

    I still remember a few dreams from my childhood. when i was like 5 or 6.

    so i dont think dreams are just random thoughts . they're more meaningful then we think or can even imagine.
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    Aug 28, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    xK, They are not meaningless junk, I did a term paper on dreams. One of my ex's told me she goes to dreammoods.com evry time she remeberers a dream. I think that is a light hearted site. There are many great books on the topic. Go to ask.com or amazon. Knowledge is the key to better self-awareness.

    Dream interpretation is not a science, but you can learn alot about yourself. My paper was on why do we as human beings share many of our dreams Ie: Flying, going in public naked or in underwear, finding yourself in a class and there is a test and you didn't study for it etc. Getting physically hurt in a dream and waking up with pain in that spot.

    There are many Buddhists who claim they can go back to dreams once they have been up if they choose to, or even alter a dream without waking!
    peace --Mike
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    Aug 30, 2007 3:47 AM GMT
    i will pay you for that urbanguy. i envy you.

    i have had the sleep paralysis thing too. fucking awful. and rather like doing just a little too much special K. but those days are past.
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    Aug 30, 2007 4:57 AM GMT
    I've experienced that most of my life, although much less so the past few years. I'd feel 'euphoric' as xKorix decribed and enthralled, not wanting it to end, just marvelling at the bizarreness of my mind's imagery yet not afraid in the least since I was fully aware of it being a dream. Unlike xKorix, I'd often feel upset when the dream was interupted or concluded in a way that I had not predicted or wished. Even before I awoke.

    As for believing that dreams are meaningless... I still do not know their purpose but I have had spooky visions of the future while dreaming, often of tombstones or long-defunct hospital wards. I've chanced upon several of these deceased person's tombstones in various countries and even found out that I was living in a former WWII veteran's hospital at one point when I lived in London (UK). ???????????
    The B&W Pic on me straddling and embracing a headstone (Kunz) was snapped by a friend - I had dreamt of this woman in an erotic dream seven years previous and it was actually my friend that noticed the name on the stone and said "Hey Darko, isn't that...?" (all other names and dates on the marker have been cropped out).

    **shrugs with a baffled baboon expression**
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    Aug 30, 2007 6:24 AM GMT
    Heh, I dream every night - if I make an effort or something strikes me I have no problem recalling it.

    Once or twice I recall "blinking" and suddenly noticing that it was daytime - like no time had passed between going to bed and getting up. No dreams, no blackness. It was strange, like having your sleep robbed from you. Loved it as a kid; hate it now, when I look forward to getting a chance to sleep at night :p

    Concerning sleep paralysis:

    Man, I get it ALOT - less recently ... it depends - goes in spurts, and I can't quite pick out the patterns yet. Started in high school - well, I recall it starting earlier when I was small, but it would be something simple like I just couldn't turn over or move my arm.

    But in high school, that all changed. Anyone ever watch the Exorcism of Emily Rose? Well, I had an episode where I "woke up" and couldn't move. A shadowy figure floated over me, looking like it were made from television static, and proceeded to strangle me. I couldn't breathe, or shout or anything, and I felt like I was convulsing or something, can't describe it. Lots of fear and dread and evil. I finally managed to break free, and was so scared by the episode I had to wake up my parents and let them know what just happened. Freaked me out really bad, and I kept having episodes similar to this - usually not with the shadowy figure, but the feeling of being "invaded" or convusling and a terrible evil presence. I thought it might be something praeternatural, until I learned more about sleep paralysis, and realised it's something lots of people go through, and since then I've dealt with it better.

    Still, it's hardly something you get used to. I've had some bad episodes somewhat recently of my sheets being pulled off my bed, of being thrown about the room, of hearing an unintelligible evil voice, those same feelings of fear, invasion, and convulsion ... but each time I wake up and it's obvious it's all part of a dream state (no evidence of thrashing around the room).

    Good news is that it hasn't happened in a while :D. It'll probably happen again, and though it is terrifying, you learn to deal with it.

    As far as I can tell there isn't a "cure" and it seems that you have a higher chance of experiencing it if someone in your family does. Basically as far as science goes, your body produces some chemical to keep you from acting out your dreams while you sleep, and somehow you "wake up" before it has a chance to wear off. And in this state of semi-sleep there's alot of brain activity occurring, which tends to manifest itself in intense emotional experiences. Some people even mention euphoria or intense sexual stimulation, though the prevailing emotion seems to be a sense of fear, dread, and evil.

    Anyway, that was probably more than anyone wanted to know. If you want to read up more on it, just google it. Blah ... sorry for the long post ...
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    Aug 31, 2007 2:35 PM GMT
    arnt dreams supposed to be unfulfiled desires,so freud said.
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    Sep 01, 2007 2:25 PM GMT
    man, I didn't think sleep paralysis was that common... it's happened to me several times, different locations, different times in my life. yes, i thought the bad spirit thing too...but i'm not so sure, tending to agree it's the power of ones mind over body. i'm usually forced by the back or upper shoulders while lying face down and cant move, scream, awake or open my eyes. the room in my last house was actually haunted, needless to say the whole episode there scared the hell out of me! the guy who moved in there after me said his cats even sense the spirit in the house. freaky stuff. he confronted her in a recent dream and told her to leave the place and since then has had no new experiences. two worlds collide. strange world we live in!
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    Sep 01, 2007 3:32 PM GMT
    I generally have three types of dreams, very detailed, specific, and memorable:

    - Dreams about the past, friends and family, usually happy or special events from my childhood.

    - Dreams about things/events that have not happened yet. A couple times a month I dream of... situations... like standing in a checkout line and turning around and recognising someone I know... or like going for a swim at the lake and having someone on the phone unexpectedly... or just everyday events in my life.

    The only problem is that they pretty much turn out to actually happen a week or so later.

    Very much like what I have been told a deja vu experience is; but I can remember the specific dream and when I dreamed it.

    It REALLY freaks out my partner when we are outside or something, and I tell him he has to go pick up the phone - before it rings. Or the time we were in India and I had a dream that his nephew was going to total the Rover - he laughed: three days later he totaled the Rover in exactly the way I told him he would.

    I used to think I was nuts and really worried about it, now I just go with the flow; "There are more things in heaven and earth..."

    - The third type of dream is the one I think is the weirdest. Say I have a systems engeineering project at work.

    In those dreams I am designing things - very real, very complete, incredibly complex things - sort of like problem solving in my sleep.

    Then I will wake up and remember how I solved the probelm and be able to just walk into my office and sort of regurgitate the answer to a problem that might have eluded me for weeks.


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    Sep 02, 2007 4:55 AM GMT
    more and more people are being able to become lucid. It's because we are coming closer to the close of the mayan calender.

    the 5th and final one for human kind. In or around 2012 is the expected culmination of the human conciousness. Our actual vibrational patterns are changing in the engery fields around us.

    be prepared for a lot more psychicesque occurences happing withing your life.
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    Sep 02, 2007 5:08 AM GMT
    the Mayans just ran out of numbers. the world will go on. it's too profitable.