I am aware that the title of this post could be read in a couple of different ways. If you’ve glanced at the tags you may have already guessed the meaning I was aiming for but just to clarify: I want to talk about those things that you have whilst sleeping.
I had a dream last night. Not such a strange statement until you understand that I haven’t had a dream for at least five or six months. So what’s changed that I should suddenly begin dreaming again after all that time? Heck if I know!
Maybe I’m over the stress of losing my job and am, therefore, more relaxed? I know that I haven’t slept much, which in turn means that I probably haven’t had as much REM sleep as I should have – maybe that’s the reason? It’s more-than-likely a combination of both.
Anyway, that’s not relating my story is it?
So … I become aware of the dream as I’m driving what I assume is my own car. I turn on the radio and start to listen to DJ prattle on about something-or-other in the news. Suddenly, it seems I haven’t turned on the radio but instead I have a passenger and it’s him who’s doing the “prattling”! For some reason I’m not surprised at this but I don’t have time to think about it because I’m pulling into my drive. The next thing I know the passenger is holding a gun at me and being quite aggressive – now I know I’m dreaming. How do I know I’m dreaming? Anyway, as soon as I have this knowledge I am able to control my dream. So what do I do? I summon a gun into my right hand and fire off a shot … the dream changes to something else but as it takes shape I wake myself up.
I’m not sure how common it is to be able to control your dreams – talking to some of my friends and family it doesn’t seem that common at all. It’s always been this way for me. When my dream starts it’s like my brain doesn’t acknowledge them but, as it develops, things become “brighter” as my subconscious starts to take notice of what’s going on. Then it’s like “ping!” as the lightbulb goes off I become aware of the dream, normally just at the moment that something happens that gives away the fact that I’m dreaming. This is when it gets good.
I normally realise quite quickly that I’m in a dream and a lot of the time I can have fun with it. One time I might completely change the look of the room, or even change the environment completely.
I’ve used the ‘making things appear in my hand’-thing quite a bit too. I’ve had the “falling through the sky forever” dream but I’m able to wake myself up, although I remember one time when I actually had the ground coming towards me at a rate of knots and only managed to wake myself just before the collision – that was scary!
Only once have I not had this control and that was when I had the dreaded “dreaming / wake up … actually no, you’re still dreaming / wake up … nope, still dreaming / wake up…” scenario. That’s really the one time I didn’t know what the hell was going on!!! I did NOT like that – it took me about 2 hours to believe that I was actually awake!
Now that I think about it – if I’d been a more creative person maybe it would’ve been me that came up with the ‘Inception’ idea!
Oh, well …