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    Quote Originally Posted by zago View Post
    I've heard that dream characters, when told they are dream characters, never believe it. Maybe it was in this thread? I dunno.
    Some of them. Yep. Then they explode when you do something out of the ordinary. You've just crumbled their existance. Any new dream stories?

    I don't have any lucid dreams, but there are occasions where particular dreams are much more vivid to me than random ones. Usually I start assigning meaning to it, and I think the fact that I assigned meaning gives it meaning to myself as an individual. Still it's hard to tell whether we choose to experience this dream vividly, or whether the dream just happened to be vivid therefore we experienced it. Which do you reckon?

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    I've done what qualifies as lucid dreaming. But I always feel like I am partly awake when I do it.

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    I truly believe that I do not dream most nights.

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    Recently I've been making a conscious effort to learn how to lucid dream (after watching the movie 'waking life'). Lucid dreams are dreams where you are aware of the fact that it's only a dream, trained lucid dreamers are even capable of controlling themselves in their dreams, though their surroundings are usually still out of their control. The technique to learning this is to recognize you are in a dream by noticing the things that are different from waking life.

    One way to do this is to throughout the day occasionally ask yourself if the world you're experiencing is normal. If you make a habit out of asking yourself this whenever you notice pretty much anything, you will also start asking this question in your dreams, and once you realize that whatever happening is unlikely, impossible, or simply insane you will also realize that you are dreaming. Apparently, according to the movie Waking Life another technique is to occasionally flick a light switch when you're awake to see if the light goes on or off. Apparently it's not possible to change light intensity in your dreams in any way. I made a habit out of doing this as well (even at work, where I would then excuse myself without explanation )

    Yesterday I was talking about this with a friend, and he told me the technique of pinching myself. Because you can't feel anything in your dreams, if you can't feel you pinch yourself, you must be dreaming. This makes sense since I jumped of skyscrapers etc billions of times in my dream and just got up without a scratch (this is dream stuff only, do not try this at home).

    So, last night I was walking through the park and I accidentally dropped my glasses after wiping them clean when a monster truck driven by an alligator came by and ran over them. I asked myself the question: "Is this real?" and realized it was highly unlikely. To be sure I pinched myself. Nothing. I immediately realised I was dreaming and something changed, the scene continued and I was still seeing the park, but I was also very much aware of the fact that I was in my bed, I felt my body in the position I was lying in, my brain still blocking all conscious movement (as it fortunately does during dreams). I had my real sense of proprioception, my dream senses of seeing and hearing, and still not a real sense of feeling at all. One thing was weird though. I couldn't make out whether the broken glasses I still had in my hand were in my real or waking state. Had I gone to bed with my glasses still on? I do that occasionally if I want to watch a bit of television from my bed, but I had never fallen asleep with them on before. Yet the sense was so real, much more than the park, which I knew to be fake. I figured there was only one way to know for sure and forced my brain and body into the waking life. A second later, after realizing I was lying in my bed exactly as I'd imagined, I noticed my glasses on my desk, safely and in one piece.

    Tell me your lucid dreams. My most freaky dream was a lucid dream as well, I'll post it later.
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    The best times I am able to do this are near morning hours and when I begin to go in and out of sleep. I tend to go through this cycle and end up aware in my dream that I am dreaming. Its like somehow the 2 worlds become aware of each other.
    Im out, its been fun

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    Alright, Alright! Here's a super weird dream.

    I was back in my home country of the Netherlands after an intense 3,5 week holiday through Europe. It was the last night I'd have to miss my bed (I've never been homesick, and this was the first time ever I longed for the peace and quiet of my own home) and I was sleeping at a friends place on the couch.

    I had a brutal nightmare at one point. A man with a mask and a chainsaw was chasing me across an empty town somewhere deep in the jungle. At some point I realized it was a dream and turned the tables around. First I flew away from him rather than running. Then I turned the tables round and started chasing him. It was fun, but knowing I was dreaming I still wanted to get out of that chaotic story. I decided I wanted to wake up, and so I did. I was in the room of the friend calming down a bit when all of the sudden the man with the mask and chainsaw cut his way through the door. "Shit, I wasn't expecting that to happen, I must still be dreaming." After a couple more minutes of playing in my dream I decided to wake up again. Back in the friend's room, other random shit started happening.

    The cycle of not really waking up continued a couple of times with some freakishly scary dreams in between. Eventually I woke up again. Not immediately trusting my environment I sat up and started examining the room for clues of realness. Luckily this time I was awake. After drinking a glass of water I went to bed again to find a dreamless state waiting for me.
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    I have many of these dreams, however the decisions I make are fine, it's the people around me that make most of my dreams nightmares.

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    The most interesting lucid dream I've ever had was one in which I realized I was dreaming, decided to get up, and awakened in my bed; realized I was still dreaming, decided to get up, and awakened in my bed; and did it all over again what must have been five times. By the time I actually woke up, I had a feeling like the one you get when you hold two mirrors in front of each other and glance down the tunnel of endless reflections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nunki View Post
    The most interesting lucid dream I've ever had was one in which I realized I was dreaming, decided to get up, and awakened in my bed; realized I was still dreaming, decided to get up, and awakened in my bed; and did it all over again what must have been five times. By the time I actually woke up, I had a feeling like the one you get when you hold two mirrors in front of each other and glance down the tunnel of endless reflections.
    I've had dreams like this so many times! Supposedly a dream of waking up signifies some kind of enlightenment... still waiting!
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    Pretty cool stuff.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxLiP...rec_grec_index

    I did it more when i was young but at age i have only done it enough to know i did it a few times.

    One of the times i was hunting zombies. I failed to kill my target and got saved by the team. Lesson: team work is superior.
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    wierd memory work->Tamagochi->tetris->Starcraft2->thugs->Chess->german techno->Love parade->disaster->death..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1wH2...eature=related

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