Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Awareness

It's extremely rare that I realize I'm dreaming.  I can't actually recall it ever having happened before at all, though I think it may have once or twice.  Twice last night I was aware that I was dreaming inside my dream.  I wasn't sleeping well at all, and that might have had something to do with it.  It was a strange experience.

I know it happened twice, but I only remember the first time it happened.  I was watching a woman retrieve a makeup case from her purse, and I noticed that it looked an awful lot like the memory card reader that I bought recently.  It even opened the same way that this reader expands and collapsed.  I thought that was very strange, and then it hit me.  I don't know how I knew, but I just did—the feeling reminded me of déjà vu, in that you feel like you've seen something before, but you don't know how or when or why.  A few seconds after this realization hit me, though, I awoke.

It happened again later that night, in the same sort of situation.  The dream included a coincidence that was apparently just too absurd for me to accept, and at that point I realized once more that I was dreaming, and then woke up.

Both times, upon waking up, I knew immediately what had happened, and my dreams were very clear to me for a few moments.  I felt very strange... almost powerful, in a way.  I had done something I may not have ever done before, and it was a bit surreal.

2 comments:

James said...

I agree, that feeling is a bit addictive. It's only happened to me once. Have you ever looked into any of these induction techniques?:
http://www.dreamviews.com/induction.php

I think there's some crazy mask you can buy too that flashes a bright light during sleep which has a high likelihood of inducing a lucid dream.

Louise said...

I don't get that - but I sometimes get the feeling that I know what I am dreaming about is just wrong. For example, I often dream that I am back in school, yet in the dream I clearly say "I can't be in elementry school - I already got my degree!" But it is never enough to snap me out of my dream - or really change what is going on.