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I might be addicted to Lucid Dreaming
02-24-2012, 11:31 AM
Post: #1
Aka, ask me anything about dreaming, because I like talking about it.

Posted this on another forum, but I'm not getting much feedback there.

I think I spend at least half of my nights lucid dreaming, I never get tired of it. I don't seem to have nightmares, and when I do I find them very amusing. I love experiencing hypnagogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis. Parts of my dream world are consistent, and others ever-changing. I love the world my mind creates every night. I feel relieved waking up in the middle of the night, because I know I have more time to sleep. It wasn't always like this. I have a really long history with lucid dreaming and hallucinations, but if I were to go that in-depth this post would end up being a novel or something

Long story short, I used to have hypnagogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis every night when I was young (4-10, I think). I pretty much had a phobia of sleeping. I used to believe in prayer, because of my Christian parents, so one night I prayed asking to stop dreaming. Well, turns out the placebo effect is pretty awesome, because the hallucinations stopped from there on out for the next 3 years. Then one night I had my first lucid dream, and did some investigating. I was sucked into the world of WILDs and DILDs and everything in between. I became better and better at lucid dreaming, and somehow parts of my dream world have become consistent (architecture, people, holidays even). I love living in the dream world. It's fun, and horrifying at times, but either way it's exciting.

But in the day, everything is drab. Living feels so dull and dead and repetitive and stressful. It's almost always so boring, save for when I'm doing graphics. Every now and then there are things I find I can appreciate. Last night I watched The Secret World of Arrietty with my girlfriend, and we were both quite happy. Then I was depressed, because the immersion was gone and I was back in the real world. I had to worry about whether I did my AP Physics homework for the weekend, and wonder when I should study for my AP US Gov test on Wednesday.

I get very depressed at night for reasons like this, and the only way to pick myself back up is by sleeping and dreaming. In the morning I might be groggy, but I'm usually functional until the afternoon. I used to play a lot of video games, but I've started restricting myself to a couple of hours a week, so that I could be more productive and practice making graphics more. I used to meditate to relax, but it's difficult finding time to do that in public school and at home. And now that I'm 18 and moving out soon, I have a growing pile of worries and problems. People keep asking me to plan things for the long term, I'm simply not that kind of person. I can plan ahead for maybe a year max, and I'm horrified when I hear my friends who have plans for when they're 27. To me that's a thousand years from now.

I love dreaming. I'm depressed when I'm not dreaming. Sometimes I wish I could dream and never wake up. I'm not suicidal or anything dangerous like that; I don't think I believe in an afterlife like that or anything. It just makes me sad how boring real life is compared to the adventures that exist in my own mind at night. And when I take a hard look at what I think consciousness is, to me there isn't much difference from being awake and being asleep. It's all stimuli and perception, and etc. Fundamentally either one could be reality, I think. Being asleep is just as important, but being awake is ten times more awful. The only things that make it worth it are my girlfriend, my graphics, and whatever art and media other people make to immerse me in their world.

I don't really want people I know to know I have this addiction to dreaming. You know how schools and parents and people are when someone is depressed. Always getting concerned over the most minute trivial things, offering counseling and maybe even medications. I don't want any of that. I think I want people to leave me alone, but then I'm not sure why I would post this if that was the case. I don't know what I'm looking for. I just feel like I had to put this info down somewhere. I got used to blogging my dreams for a while under the title "Adventures in the Hyperspace" on another community. I'm used to just putting info out there, and I need this info out there. Maybe there's people who can relate.

The night I first posted the thread ---

Last night I dreamed I was in the middle of a heavily wooded area. It was gray, and foggy, the classic wooded horror environment. I found myself on the top of a steep slope of mud and branches, which descended into a river. The water was blackened. I looked to my right, and saw a child staring back. He darted away from me, and I chased him. We flew down the slope, I nearly felt like I was going to trip and fall face-first into the ground. He tried to cross the river, but I caught up with him and tackled him into the water. The river was surprisingly deep, I remember being underwater for a moment while I held his face down. His screams sounded absolutely awful, although I took more interest in the bubbles in the water from his thrashing. They were very bright. When his body sank into the water, I got back up and realized there had been a line of children marching through the river the whole time. They didn't seem phased by the death, although some of them did stare at me briefly without stopping. I followed them down-stream, until we reached a tunnel. On one of the tunnel walls was a door, which upon opening I found myself in the kitchen of a restaurant. I think it was a seafood place, which is weird because I don't like seafood. I walked to the front entrance of the restaurant, and saw that it opened up to an amusement park. I met up with my girlfriend here, and we spent a lot of time going on rides. A lot of them were simply over-sized intricate slides. We also shopped around a bit at the gift stores, looking at clothes and stuff. I realized that the authorities were looking for the guy responsible for drowning that child, so I tried not to attract attention to myself. I happened to notice that my father was in the place of one of the cops, even though in reality he's a landscape contractor or something. The dream ended while I was looking at some shirts in a gift shop with my girlfriend. My alarm clock woke me up. I think one of us was drinking a Slushy.

This was the first time I've ever killed someone in a dream.

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Quote:Why don't you tell your g/f about his if you feel she truly loves and can share your problems?
I don't know how good that idea might be but take it into considerations..
Its weird you get such dreams.. Trust me its not at all normal... You should do something about it....
My grandmom used to keep a knife under my mattress when I was a kid so that I dont get bad dreams... Maybe that would help? Not sure..

I haven't told her, because I don't like her knowing when I'm discontent. I'll probably tell her eventually, there wouldn't really be any cons to that. As for the dreams, the 'scarier' they are, the more I am interested in them. I tend to reverse-engineer the elements of fear in my head. I realized long ago that reality is more frightening than dreams anyways.

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02-24-2012, 11:42 AM
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Oh wow, I bet I would love lucid dreaming. I have one big problem though, I can never actually go lucid. I've tried everything, and nothing has worked. *Sigh*

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02-24-2012, 11:58 AM (This post was last modified: 02-24-2012 12:02 PM by JDBar.)
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(02-24-2012 11:42 AM)United States of America Wrote:  Oh wow, I bet I would love lucid dreaming. I have one big problem though, I can never actually go lucid. I've tried everything, and nothing has worked. *Sigh*

I'd say about half of the time I automatically become lucid in dreams. When I was new to it though, I found the most success with the swinging red ball method.

Step 1:
Lay down in your bed as usual, and think positively. You CAN lucid dream. You WILL lucid dream. And this method WILL work. You are the master. Everything is in your head. Complete control.

Step 2:
Get comfortable, but try and make sure that you are somewhat lying on your back. This makes the method much easier. Feel free to turn your head to the side if it's more comfortable that way.

Step 3:
Now, with your eyes still open, picture a red ball levitating about 3-5 feet from you. Wherever you look, it is there. It floats swiftly, but benevolently. Make sure you picture it very clearly in one spot in your room, and keep it there.

Step 4:
Close your eyes, but keep picturing the red ball inside your room. Clear your mind of any other thoughts or worries. The only thing you need is this image of the red ball in your room.

Step 5:
Slowly, the ball starts to move towards you. It gets very close to you, inches from your face even, before it gently reverses direction like a pendulum. Picture it swinging away from you. It passes the point where it started, but a few more feet and it reverses direction again. It moves back and forth, towards and away from you, just like a pendulum.

Step 6: As the ball is swinging, back and forth, you realize that it is beginning to pull you closer. It's almost like the ball has its own magnetic force. Slowly but surely, you begin to swing with it. Up and down, your body safely swings with the ball.

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Step 7: Keep picturing this swinging for as long as you're awake. You don't need to worry about anything else.

I don't know if this works for everyone, I don't personally know anyone who does it. Just figured I'd share, since it's a lesser known method (works well as a WBTB method, but is fine as a plain WILD method)

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03-03-2012, 11:36 AM
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Interesting, I don't know I want to be able to lucid dream, but not getting addicted to it. I got a couple of question to ask:

1. How vivid is the dream world?
2. How long is a lucid dream?
3. Does it happen that the dream might drift you off to a normal dream?
4. What should I do if I fear sleeping paralysis?
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03-03-2012, 04:36 PM
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(03-03-2012 11:36 AM)Farouqxii Wrote:  Interesting, I don't know I want to be able to lucid dream, but not getting addicted to it. I got a couple of question to ask:

1. How vivid is the dream world?
2. How long is a lucid dream?
3. Does it happen that the dream might drift you off to a normal dream?
4. What should I do if I fear sleeping paralysis?

1. Seems pretty real to me. I think that some details are missing sometimes, but you don't notice them until you wake up, so it doesn't impact the dream itself too much.
2. I guess mine are usually 30 minutes to a couple hours or so... real time. Dream time for me seems to go by a bit faster than that.
3. Yeah, you have to practice 'maintaining lucidity'. Some people lose control easily, I used to have a lot of problems with it.
4. Don't do Wake-induced (WILD) methods, instead do Dream-induced (DILD) methods. Train yourself to do reality checks. I prefer plugging my nose, and trying to breathe through it. In dreams you can still breathe through your nostrils even if they're plugged or underwater. So when I notice this, I realize I'm dreaming and become lucid.

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08-02-2012, 03:33 AM
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Hey I know this was posted a while ago, but I am happy to see that someone else is similar to me. I find that almost every person that has this "addiction" to lucid dreaming is a male. I am a 20 year old girl. I have been lucid dreaming since forever! I can remember my first dream, I was probably around 8 years old, I was standing in the kitchen and I looked around and I just sort of realized that this was not my kitchen. I don't know how I concluded that young, that I was in a dream but I did. To make sure I was right I needed to test it. My parents were also in the kitchen and I screamed out a swear word, I don't remember which one, it could have even been the word "stupid" but whatever it was at the time I knew I wasn't allowed to say it. So my parents looked at each other and I felt nervous but they really didn't react, i could see they were angry but it wasn't a typical reaction.
That was my first Lucid dream that I can remember. I think I started having them so early because before I would go to bed every night when I was younger I would close my eyes and create a dream in my head while i was still very awake and conscious. I thought maybe it would turn into a real dream, I had a very vivid imagination. It never did turn into a real dream, but I think that is what made me more aware that I was asleep I could tell the difference between my mind creating a dream awake, and me having a real dream asleep.
Now I am still lucid dreaming, the thing about my dreams though is they are almost always sexual. I will tell you now that while awake I am not like that creepy horny girl all the time, no not at all. My boyfriend gets annoyed sometimes since he is the one always wanting to initiate that type of thing. But in my dreams I turn into someone completely different. People say they look at their hands or look at the time on a clock to see if they are dreaming, I usually notice the way people react when I do certain things which is probably pretty risky haha. but for instance one time I was in public and I was pretty sure I knew I was dreaming so to test it I took off all of my clothes and began to masterbate. The people definitely reacted but not like they would in real life. I am extremely aggressive in my dreams to I will try to have sex with almost anyone I see sometimes. I have been a girl having sex with a boy, an girl having sex with a girl, a boy having sex with a girl and a boy having sex with a boy. Whats weird about it, is that I promise I am a straight girl who loves her bf and has zero interest in doing any of these things in real life, but its almost like when I know Im dreaming I need to do inappropriate things because I know that I will never get the chance to do anything like this anywhere else. I don't enjoy the dark dreams though I just love exploring sex in my lucid dreams. And when I wake up I just want to go back to sleep almost every morning..
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