Yes, you read that title correctly.
Not in the real world, of course, but my dream world has just gotten far more interesting.
Here’s the thing: I am a lucid dreamer, and I have been for as long as I can remember. I don’t mean those kinds of lucid dreams you get when you’re about to wake up, that are sort of hazy in-between dreams that are easy to control but don’t feel real. I mean full blown, deep sleep dreams can come fully under my control.
Over the years, I have gotten much better at controlling my dreams and developing my powers. When I was very young, it was limited to teaching myself to wake myself up from a bad nightmare. Soon after that it was flying, then a certain amount of telekinesis. Then it was trying to “trick” my brain out of sheer curiosity. For example, I would be in the middle of one of those classic anxiety dreams, in which I am trying to get somewhere and I am late, when I realize that I am in a dream. I decide to randomly open the doors along the street to see what my brain would put behind those doors on such short notice. Then, I realized that I could tell my brain what to put behind those doors, so that I could step into a more appealing dream scenario.
Now, thanks to having completely internalized the Harry Potter audiobooks, my left index finger has the power to cast spells, and I’m loving it.
The upside to all of this is that I pretty much don’t have nightmares any more. I will either take out the bad guy, change the scenario or, if it’s all too much, draw a door and step into another universe. The downside is that lucid dreamers also tend to have very, very realistic dreams. I have always been able to feel pain, and it is not uncommon for that pain to linger in the part of my body which was shot/stabbed/burned/whatever for a while after I wake up.
Anyway, why am I telling you all this? Well, because
- I only recently found out that lucid dreaming is something that not all people can do, and telling these stories can be interesting to others who also don’t know that people experience dreams in different ways
- According to studies, lucid dreaming is supposed to be stronger when you’re young and get fainter with age. For me it is the opposite, so I am thinking of enrolling into one of those studies, if anything to make sure I don’t have a brain tumor or something, and if I do I will keep you posted (if you’re at all interested in an insiders account of a scientific study)
- – biggest reason – because I am setting the scene for a future post about how my lucid dreaming may have held me back from becoming a skeptic much sooner in my life.
If all of this is boring, self-satisfied white noise to you, let me know and I’ll stop posting about myself!