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Dreams and Nightmares
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Posted 2/19/13
My dreams are too magnificent to retain a memory.
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I think dreams are based off of something you've seen/experienced previously, or are your subconscious trying to tell you something, or maybe even harbingers of things to come. The dreams/nightmares I can remember usually involve something I've seen happen, want to see happen, frequently think about, or want to happen. Sometimes they can just be random. But I think it's all my subconscious trying to communicate with me, in a way. Dreams/nightmares are supposed to have some meaning.

For example, recently, I've had a couple nightmares where one of the parts is of this almost skeletal figure chasing me. Whether this arises from my watching of Amnesia: The Dark Descent playthroughs and the monsters there, or my desire to have a very slight figure & my dysmorphia (and the consequences if I stop eating completely, which I sometimes want to, lately, I've been feeling shitty & bloated, so I've stopped eating a full lunch on weekdays, instead having maybe a couple peanuts and a bottle of water, next to nothing), I don't know, but I think in a way, dreams can be a reflection of our subconscious.
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Dreams, nightmares included, I rarely remember. However when I focus on a topic while fading into sleep, I see a dream relevant to it. Unfortunately all but a shred of the dream fades from my memory mere hours or even minutes after I awaken, oddly refreshed. The last dream shard I obtained, I was thinking heavily about a fantasy world I am still creating. The fragment remaining went as following:

I am walking across my gravel driveway, to the back of my house. Training sword in my right hand as I am partially slouched, as if I am not only tired from training but trying to avoid some unknown's attention. My steps are deliberate and muffled. The car is parked to my left and rear, garage closed on my right. As I am about to step off onto the grass, a man offers a greeting. I turn my head left, partially twisting my torso to meet the gaze of this amiable fellow farther up my sloped driveway. My lips barely part in response, he morphs into a large, dragonoid monster-- fazed is more accurate, perhaps blended. I widen my stance, dropping my center of gravity, left hand moves forward, right hand raises slightly, adopting a one-handed combat stance. I feel the hiss of metal as a sheath drops from my now steel blade and exhilaration overwhelms me; a fanged grin befitting a tyrant spreads from cheek to cheek. I face my potential death yet my eyes show only pleasure, the joy of the hunt. "I am alive," my entity whispers. Fragment ends: I awake, filled with the same exhilaration, the same life. I had a fun dream.

Upon probing this fragment, the man may have been my dad, or a neighbor --his face was blurred. I moreover felt his expression rather than saw it. The scene derives from my strongest wish: to live in a world of magic, monsters, and metal. An adventurer. However the presence of the blurred man is still an enigma, his purpose and identity still unknown to me. There was more to the dream, I feel there was, some wilderness exploration, but those segments have long faded from memory.
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I only have dreams when I go back to bed after I turn off my alarm clock.
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Yes. Often, my dreams contain something I thought of a while before I went to bed: for example, when I watched OHSHC when I was younger, it appeared in my dreams. Things you deeply care about show up, too. After a bad break up of mine, I constantly dreamed of my boyfriend for the first 2 weeks. If you are fearful and have gone through trauma, you'll have more scary dreams.
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In my dream last night, I remember a fragment of it where I recieved a massive gash down my arm. I woke up with this cold feeling in my arm, but what was strange was that it was wet.
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Striferu wrote:

Yes. I remember when my dad died between 2. January - 2 February til 20 February 2012. I got this strange sensation. Like the whole me was ''dying'' Breaking down or something. I was reading some random news about someone jumping in front of a train and died. At that time I suddenly felt really bad. Like being tortured with my strongest and most heavy feelings inside me. It was not a coincidence. He actually died in the same period I felt that. The people would call me sick or saint like but I am jsut telling what i actually experienced. I didn't believe it but I know it actually happened. I did not get the notice from the priest before 20 February when I became 23 years old. not exactly my best birthday. When I got that sensation I rushed and called my mom to check upon her. She was alright and I calmed down. Then the priest came several days later and told me that they found him dead in his apartment in Sweden. He lived there in his last moments. My mom called me minutes after the priest came. These strange connectons between my closest ones. It happends in my dreams sometiems too. It is like an alert. When I got sick like I did with my Pneumonia I woke up very often hearing a scream right before I woke up. Terrifying.
Well he is gone now but my dreams is getting lighter somehow.


I'm sorry to hear all of that happened :(. It is odd, though, how many have these types of things happen before/when a loved one dies. I have two examples:
1. My mother's brother was ran over by 2 cars when he was 17, and this broke her since she was badly abused by her parents and he was the only person there for her. The second car that ran over him killed him, the first he could've survived but would have probably been brain dead. It turns out, the girl that ran over my mom's brother was a cousin to someone who worked at my mom's store. The good Samaritan who was waving the traffic while this happened also worked as a security guard at the store.. Strange connections, right?

2. My mother's best friend died from an aneurysm 36 hours after she held a baby shower for my mother when she was pregnant with my older brother. Often she'd complain about how my brother would never kick for her. At the baby shower, my brother finally did kick after all of her impatient waiting and she was ecstatic. Not to mention, when my mother went to visit her grave once with my brother (a toddler at the time), he ran up to her grave and hugged it. My mother had not told him anything about what it looked like and where it was- in fact, they were having trouble themselves.

I doubt these are coincidences in life..
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Posted 2/22/13
悪夢。。それはちょうど私のバグは =='
i just make me scared to sleep again
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Had a nightmare of the illuminati trying to sacrifice me, 4 days ago...
I looked up someone trying to kill me on this dream definitions site...

Turns out I was under a lot of stress (I had midterms to study for).
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I've been having a chain of nightmares lately.. But I know its cuz I had a bad experience recently and I'm afraid of it reocurring. But it wont. And I've slowly been getting over it. It's just a little difficult with no breaks from the normal problems of life.
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Striferu wrote:

I had a dream about a blue sky and that was at night. I never dream light dreams at night. This is the first time I did that. Maybe a sign?


Maybe it means you're about to change.. ? Seeing things differently?
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I am in a change and I hope someone sees it someday...
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Good Luck out there. Jakari. ^_^
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I agree. I think so too. As I have been trying to tell before. I made a vow with myself. ''You have to take responsibility now'' No matter what your family say. No matter what anyone say. No matter what mess you are in. I want a life that I can call a life. I have been living up to that ever since. Be a part of the society. Do something for it and get something in return. I also wanted power. Power to change my life. Power to help other people. In the end I was just risking my own privacy. That didn't mean that I would to try if I could. Getting that helpless feeling made me start thinking a lot. I was despising myself for helping me out of this alone. Even then people said I was selfish and arrogant. I took every word as an insult because they didn't understand. They probably never did. Now I only wish for one thing. Love. Establish a network of friends, find a girl, get education, start working. All those standard procedures of dailylife that most people have to do. This might sound pretty common but I am really deep into life. I have been through a lot. I always wished to become healthy again. Healthy mental state and healthy within my body. Without my heart I could only rely on my music. Feelings, memories and regets where just going deeper inside of me while I just acted like nothing was wrong. Until Christmas 2013 and New Years Eve. I could not stand it anymore. I was hating myself so much. I said: ''Damn you man! Why did you do that? No stop don't say that to yourself. Be kind to yourself. Come on. Trust me. We can do this. I am not giving up. I want to live. I really want to live. I know it can be good. Just take this step. Make your desicion. ''
After that I quit games and started changing my lifestyle. Those spaces that were coffe and games is now tea and anime. Those spaces that were games is now internet and a reunion with my family. I had my knife so close my throat. My body would not stand it anymore. My heart would not stand anymore of this sorrow. I really didn't have any choices back then. Only the unfair thought of this mess I was stuck in.
How can I possible make this out all alone. With my own decisions and intutions? I want to feel again. Like colours, like nature and this earth. Almost died by pneumonia and had pharma drugs in my blood and brain for almost 8 years. If I get ill again I am not sure if I can resolve a situation like this ever again. This was my last wish. I had to do something and I did. I started value every single second, minute, days. Everything I got from people. Everything I had in possesion.
I don't wanna die of sorrow. I still have things I want to do. I wish to go to Japan. Be a musician. Find my love. Start anew and a lot more...


Yeah, my experience was also a life changing one for me. I was thinking the same kind of things to myself. Because lowering our own self esteems does nothing for us right? If we can't believe in ourselves how can we expect others to believe in us? And not believing in ourselves when there are people that do is just too selfish..

I'm also trying to take responsibility for my actions. And it's hardest now, when I've first started to realize the mistakes I've been making. And just getting on the right path is not enough. I have to remember what I did before. And make up for it. Even if it'll take what seems like forever. But I know once I've settled all my wrongs and I can just be on the right path with no more regrets, it'll be worth it.

A life you can call a life, I know what you mean. Alot of people say things and make promises that they never keep. But if we don't follow through with what we set out to do what does that make us? Not something that I want to be.

But you have to know what you are capable of, know your limits, no that you can't do everything alone.

I know that place you were in, not able to feel anything. So broken that you can't feel. It feels like you can never go back to your old self.
I'm still amazed I made it past there.. ahaha.

I'm looking for friends, too. And I think I jus found one, good luck to you too, Striferu.
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I dream of world domination. Well, that's more of a life goal, really. But I still have dreams about it too.

Dreams affect us so strongly because they register in our memories as real experiences, even though we know that they didn't really happen. My best friend's wife has hated him for years for the things she dreams that he is doing. I'm not kidding - she wakes him up at 3 am to bitch him out for cheating on her in her dream. Poor guy.

Dreaming also helps us "revisit" things we learned during the day and move the memory from "temporary" into "permanent" storage. There are reasons why students are always told to get a good night's sleep before a test instead of staying up all night cramming, and one of them is the transition of recent memories (freshly learned concepts/facts) into permanent memories.

While we dream our brains fire off action potentials that mimic (to some extent) the patterns of activity that they had during the preceding day. This explains why people who play a lot of first-person shooter games dream about killing Nazis, calculus students dream about math, and universal advice during adversity is "why don't you sleep on it?"

Many things can cause weird dreams, including stress, illness, medicine/drugs, and hormone changes. But mostly dreams are just a psychological garbage dump caused by uncoordinated activity in various parts of the brain, and shouldn't be taken any more seriously than the ramblings of a hippie on a ten strip of LSD.
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