Post Reply Dreaming, lucid dreaming, and intentionally waking up
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Posted 1/5/16
So, I was talking with a good friend the other day about dreams, and mentioned that I often lucid dream, sometimes intentionally, or sometimes as the dream is going on I'll realize what's up. A recent one we were discussing included a point where I knew it was a dream, decided to wake up, and did so.

She said that the process of recognizing the dream, deciding to wake up, and being able to do so immediately was very strange, so I was wondering - any other lucid dreamers out here in CR land? Anyone else who has realized they were dreaming and decided to wake up?

Or the reverse, you can't wake up even if you want to?

Be interested to hear other viewpoints!
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Posted 1/5/16
unfortunately i struggle to even remember a dream so i effectively hardly dream at all; maybe a few times a year i'll recognise that i've just had one.

a friend of mine said he was able to lucid dream by forcing upon a mentality on himself before he slept that he was going to have a lucid dream and it worked for him. it makes sense because you have to be aware that you're conscious in dreams in order to lucid dream.
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What is lucid dream
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dreams are fascinating to me, lucid dreams are when you dream and become aware you're dreaming, and can control them
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Ahh.never had them
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My whole life, and often enough
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When I was younger while in high school I used to be able to control my dreams but it wasn't complete control, I was aware I was dreaming but I could not change the situations I was in. The more I tried to explore the more distorted my dreams got. However it was the reverse for me of what you said, when I realized I was dreaming I tried my hardest to stay asleep.

A person once told me that dreams extend from your darkest desires or deepest fears, I can certainly say that if your dream involves a desire you cant completely control it, or atleast I cant, willpower goes away.

I'm sorta the reverse of most people when it comes to dreams, I remember them, I can remember dreams from my childhood, and nightmares too. I'm sorta glad I cant control anymore...

I once had a dream where a friend shot me in my driveway, and I said thank you when I died in the dream... Imagine being able to remember that your entire life.
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I wish I could have just one once... I mean think about all the horrible perverted things I could do.... Wait maybe forget that last part.
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If i have a dream its always lucid , heck today i even had one
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Oh man, I used to have the opposite problem... night terrors... combine that with paranoia and somewhat realistic dreams and it was just the worst. No control over anything. I used to hate sleeping and going to bed.
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I actually tend to lucid dream almost every night. When it's a good dream I try to stay asleep even when i know its only a dream. When something is uncomfortable or I don't like the way my dream is turning out I can go and change it. I cannot however do this if my dream is a nightmare, then I can't do anything.
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I actually find studying dreams interesting and I keep a dream blog for whenever I remember my dreams. Ive had several where I realized I was dreaming but Ive never been able to wake myself up. The most interesting thing I find is when a sound from the "outside" incorporates itself into the dream aka an alarm or someone speaking.
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