You know what’s all the rage lately?
Actually just kidding, most people seem to not know about it… Well that’s from my observations, because when I excitedly told my friends today that I was “attempting to lucid dream”, my response was usually a blank stare and then the infamous “wat”.
Anyways, if you are one of those people, I’ll tell you a bit about lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is basically when you know that you’re in a dream, and taking that knowledge further, you can manipulate your actions in the dream.
Sounds hard, right? Well, it’s the first step to like crazy dreaming tricks that you can do… and I’ve decided that I officially want to try lucid dreaming.
I actually first learned of lucid dreaming from my brother, but he was actually way off on the actual definition. He thought it was manipulating your dreams, period. “That’s impossible!” I thought. And so I searched it up (I love proving my brother wrong), and yeah… proved him wrong. But honestly, I’ve always been really interested in the whole dreams stuff. Like how the heck do dreams work? So I did some more research on the topic of lucid dreaming, and I thought, “hey! I can do that!”, so now I am religiously following Wikihow’s “How to Lucid Dream”. Link is there, for you guys who want to try too!
Oh, let me give you a background about my dreaming “abilities”. I know everybody’s different on the whole subconsciousness level stuff, but my dreaming capabilities are definitely up there in the top 50%, I’d say. I have really vivid dreams, and when I wake up, I find it really easy to recall most of the stuff in my dreams, or at least the big ideas. I usually have 2-4 different dreams per night, but most of the time I can’t remember all of them that well. It depends what sticks in my mind the most. And I noticed I have a tendency to dream about the things that are preoccupying my mind that day. For example, I have this math test coming up real soon, and I’ve been having dreams about the math test a lot (I know, lame dream… just kidding math rocks my socks). One last thing about my dreaming. I have a lot of dreams/nightmares where I know that I’m going to die, and like, of course I don’t want to die, right? So I have this ability to take myself out of the dream the second when I know I’m in trouble. It’s so cool. I basically realize, “oh wait, this is a dream!” and next thing you know my eyes are open and I’m catching my breath, very much awake. Cool stuff eh? That’s the main reason why I think I can effectively lucid dream. Because I already have the “power” to realize that I’m in a dream, the next thing I’m working on is actually being able to stay in that dream.
So the one thing I’m doing right now is keeping a dream diary. I started on Saturday, so I have a laughingly little amount of actual writing in it. And the bad thing is that I should probably get a diary with a lock, because uh, I kinda wouldn’t want my mom peeking at it :/. Anyways, I’ll show you my first two entries here!
Sunday April 3, 2011
– sang at Glen concert, forgot lyrics and w/ random asian kid
– Talons dressed up in cartoon dinosaur costumes at concert, dancing around.
– 2nd dream! kidnapped, have to do a talent show, whoever has the least amount of talent dies… This one was a lucid dream! I didn’t want to die (cuz I have no talent lolz) so I woke myself up
– 3rd dream! pizza w/ family, asked if they made congee
-4th dream! adventure trip type thing, zooming around in dirt buggies/carts/ATMs then went to this huge auditorium/gym and hung out w/friends in a fortune teller booth
Monday April 4, 2011
– @school in library, I was grade 11, I met new Talons kids
– went off campus with my friend, he was like “oh we don’t get to hang out much so wanna come here every week” and I was like “aww sure” but then I got hit by a car and died… and my dream point of view switched because I was already dead.. Oh by the way the same friend predicted my death by a car accident in grade 8, so I’m scared now.
– 2nd dream! Met The Purse Forum people, they didn’t know what patina was! *gasp*, and I warped into my parents’ car with my parents and my dog, and there was a random phone book somewhere… and I sewed a fake Chanel bag hmm.
So those are my 2 nights recorded so far! It’s kinda weird how I came close to/actually died both days… that’s depressing. Hopefully someone up there isn’t trying to tell me something. Anyways I will keep this dream diary to notice patterns in my dream. I think it’s super cool to read back on your dreams! By the way I dreamed about Talons both days too! That means you guys are special ha ha ha!
For science, we were asked to create and conduct our own experiments. I’m not sure of the exact details of Zoe’s experiment, but basically she selected 3 different pieces of music, and had us free-write for 6 minutes while listening to each song. She also chose topics for the free-writes – trees, fish, and clouds.
I read over my free-write about clouds after emailing it to Zoe – and realized I actually liked the message in it. Actually, it almost sounded like a This I Believe essay. I edited the free-write, and this is what I ended up with:
“When I was in kindergarten, clouds represented shapes. I could make out the shapes of bunnies, people, and other objects. There were always new shapes – because the clouds were constantly moving and changing.
In grade 5 we learned about clouds in science, and they held a new meaning for me. They were no longer the abstract pictures; they now meant something. For instance, I knew about the various kinds of clouds, and how they were formed. When I looked out the window, I tried to identify each of these types of clouds. I no longer looked for interesting pictures. I was no longer using my imagination.
Of course there were days when I tried to use my imagination. There were days when I was successful, and days when I failed. For years the first idea that popped into my head when I looked up at the sky was “What cloud is that?” That idea saddened me, I felt like I was losing my inner child.
I don’t think I ever did lose my child-self though. Maybe I just know more about her now. As I grew, so did the meaning of the clouds. As I learnt more about myself, I also learnt more about the clouds. There are days when I can identify the clouds, days when I can explain why they are formed – and then there are days when I still see fluffy white rabbits floating in the sky.”