Thank You Harry Potter for Giving Me Powers


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

  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. – 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!

Comments

  1. anat says

    I am pretty much a ‘non-dreamer’. It is extremely rare for me to wake up with a sensation of having had a dream, and vanishingly rare for me to remember anything of the contents of a dream. (Of course this makes nightmares also extremely rare, so there’s that.)

  2. says

    I’ve twice realized I was in a dream (as far as I can remember). Once because it made no sense that people were shooting at me, and once because it made no sense that the moon was made of LEGO. I remember trying to exert control, but it didn’t do much.

  3. enkidu says

    Sounds fascinating, please tell more.

    I dream, but rarely remember anything more than fragments. Also, I’ve been reading your posts since you started here, and I’ve found them all interesting, though I’m a really infrequent commenter.

  4. Great American Satan says

    On the subject of remembering dreams (less so lucid dreaming):

    I used to have a friend who talked about his dreams a lot and it led me to focus more on my own. I found that just doing your best to remember them right when you wake up, revisiting that information sometimes through your days, can help a person remember most of their dreams much more easily. You can get into practice.

    It’s cool if you want to access another resource of creativity, but a few downsides: You really need to have the luxury of fucking around when you wake up. Most people with day jobs cannot. Also, many people have shitty dreams every freaking night. And lastly / worst for me, it can also reveal just how unoriginal one’s mind can be.

    I’ve had dreams about Star Trek: TNG, the Aliens movies, the X-files, the Evil Dead, and more. It’s the bland mainstream geek megamix.

    • thoughtsofcrys says

      Many doctors are of the opinion that it is physically impossible to dream about something you haven’t seen. You might not remember that face/place/whatever, but at some point in your life you HAVE seen it. if they’re right, dreams are unoriginal by definition!

      But you’ve also reminded me of a short film I saw when taking a history of cinema elective in college. I don’t remember its name, but apparently these film students got together and recorded their dreams every morning. They then removed all the parts of their dreams which involved things they could recognize as having to do with their daily lives (like when you dream about the class you took or the movie you watched). All the bits of dreams that were left they meshed together and made a short film. The result was… weird. and disturbing.

  5. brucegee1962 says

    By all means tell us about yourself! This sounds fascinating.

    I know that one way to make your dreams more vivid is to talk about them a lot. When I was in college, my roommate and I used to tell one another our dreams every morning. The problem was, they started getting too vivid — the problem was that, for both of us, it was becoming difficult to distinguish the dreams from the realty. As in “I can’t remember if I actually did that assignment, or just dreamed that I did.” So we mutually decided to quit.

    • thoughtsofcrys says

      HAHA Ive been there! One of my scariest dreams actually had to do with confusing reality like that… perhaps fodder for a later post!

  6. The Raptor says

    Ahh, lucid dream. I like my lucid dreaming, it’s fun. I’d be very curious to be part of a study with it. I only have problems with lucid dreaming when combined with vitamins, specifically B12 and folic acid. Apparently, other people report that if you take both of these together right before bed, it’ll enhance your dreams.

    For me, just taking a normal multi-vitamin is enough to take my lucid dreams up to 11, and they were already pretty intense to start with (lots of combat, space flights, dragons, tornadoes.. ect). They become hyper realistic at that point and I really don’t sleep. I’ve tried everything. Taking the vitamin in the morning, taking only half of one, power through taking half for an entire week to see if the effects would lessen. Nope. No luck. So I don’t take them anymore.

    Anyway, any study that comes out about lucid dreaming in connection with vitamins would be super interesting to me. I don’t want my lucid dreaming to go away, I like it, I’m just curious about what they find out. Keep us posted.

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