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Postby YarnIsland on Wed Dec 01, 2004 12:46 pm

This post is about dreams. I find them very interesting and random.

Do you guys think that certain objects in dreams represent things?

Can anyone here do lucid dreaming (controlling their own dreams)?

What are some crazy random dreams you all have had?

Yay for dreams! Yay for the new topic!
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Postby mithril721 on Wed Dec 01, 2004 1:40 pm

Most of my dreams are really random... they will make sense while I am having them of course, but when I wake up and think about it... I just don't understand. So usually when I try to recount them to people it just doesn't make any sense at all especially because I can't remember all of the dream. Oh well. I can't think of any specific ones right now. Every once in a while I have dreams that I can control, but not very often. And sometimes my dreams make sense. Most of the time I can't remember dreaming at all anyway. I would say, "most of the time I don't dream," but then someone would correct me saying "You dream every night! Stupid-face! You just don't remember them!" So yea.. preemptive correcting of myself. Sorry... that got kinda rambly. And I'm sure you all are above insults such as 'stupid-face'... but yea.
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Postby I Love Lloyd on Wed Dec 01, 2004 2:07 pm

The dream I spoke of in the other thread that prompted you to make this one, is, as I consider it, a lucid dream...probably the first one I've ever had.

I guess that's why I had to post it.

I could control my flight. My speed and what not. I flew with my arms at my sides, my hands adjusting my direction. I knew my destination although I can't remember now what is was or why

But when I got to that destination, which as it occurred was the cemetary, I was to be given some sort of answer or explanation. i.e. the "There was a car crash..." deal.

I don't know what it means.

The ducks were really cool...

And I awoke just as I passed a fence below that entered into the cemetrary, as I passed it I did this sort of swoop around so that, in slow motion, I shifted onto my back with those words ringing in my head and I awoke with the strange sinking, tingling feeling I awake with sometimes.

This was rather long winded.

But interesting!
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Postby YarnIsland on Wed Dec 01, 2004 3:17 pm

mithril721 wrote:Most of my dreams are really random... they will make sense while I am having them of course, but when I wake up and think about it... I just don't understand.


That is a good way to describe it. At least to me, it makes perfect sense. My dreams never make sense in the way that things/people/places can change in the dream w/o my questioning it. As in I can be in one place and suddenly will be in another and its no problem. But when you wake up, if you're lucky enough to remember switching places you say to yourself "that didn't make sense.." or whatever.

I wish I was lucky enough to have lucid dreaming, or to be able to dream about whatever I want, but sadly I cannot. I have looked up some stuff on it once and there are a bunch of things you can do to help yourself to lucid dreaming, or to tell if you're dreaming or not. One example is to try to look at your hands. I don't know why or how, but if you cannot, then supposedly you are dreaming. Same with light. If you cannot adjust the light level where you are (a light switch, candle, etc.) then you are also sleeping. It's pretty weird. The light example was in a movie called "Waking Life" this weird movie all about philosophy and different theories of it and it goes into dreaming as well, its a very interesting movie.

I have had some repeated theme dreams though such as falling, and that overwhelming feeling I get when I do so, that is all most too much to bear. And I've also (funnily enough) had repeat dreams that I showed up to school wearing only my underwear, which were very embarassing. Also a couple months ago I had a different dream each not for about a week and each dream had one of my 3 past girlfriends. It was really weird and I don't know why it happened. Guess they were on my mind. And saying that I do believe a certain amount of your dreams are simply different forms of what you have on your mind when you go to sleep, while the other amount is just random.

Either way I think dreams are facsinating and love talking about them.
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Postby mithril721 on Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:10 pm

There was this one recurring dream I used to have when I was pretty young... like maybe around 7? (Although I've noticed that whenever I describe things that happened to me when I'm younger I usually say I was about 7... so either a lot of stuff happened that year, or it just seems like a good number.. who knows.. maybe I was 6.) Anyway... the dream, or nightmare really. I don't really remember it specifically now, just that I was in my house and there were all these various monsters who kept appearing in places. It was pretty scary and was recurring for a good while. Eventually it stopped. *shrug*
The dreams I hate the most are then ones when I can't really see. I've had ones before where it's been like my eyes are half shut and I just can't open them. Those suck.
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Postby I Love Lloyd on Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:50 pm

When I was young, I used to have dreams of my mother dying. I would wake up in tears.

Those dreams of falling and going to school in your underwear though, those are the one's always talked about - I've never had any as such.

It's said that if someone is without sleep for atleast four days they can start to halucinate, as if dreaming, because we need dreams to stay sane.
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Postby YarnIsland on Wed Dec 01, 2004 7:21 pm

Yeah, the falling dreams are crazy. I don't think i've had one for a couple years actually but I used to a couple times a year. Those dreams are practically impossible to describe. The feeling that is. It makes me think of what causes that feeling? How does it all happen, arg, dreams are so mysterious and awesome.

Oh and on a strangly different note but still involving sleep, I used to have Sleep Apnea. That would be where you just stop breathing in your sleep and pass out. I didn't even know I had it until I took Pychology my freshman year in college and our tecaher was going through a bunch of clinical disorder things and she described Sleep Apnea and it described what had been happening to me during elementary school. It would happen and I think I would wake up for it and when it was happening I would think it was beacause my mouth was up against my pillow and stopping me from breathing, and I couldn't move my mouth away from the pillow and I would just freak out until I passed out I guess cause I would just wake up the next morning. But imagine thinking you were going to suffocate to death, that's what happened to me. I know dramatic, but its true. And I think I've never told anyone other then my pych teacher and brother. It was scary.
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Postby eskimodora on Wed Dec 01, 2004 10:57 pm

well then, this is a very deep thread indeed.
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Postby YarnIsland on Thu Dec 02, 2004 8:42 pm

*looks at post count in newly created topic*

*cries*

So....dreams, huh?
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Postby Scud422 on Thu Dec 02, 2004 9:56 pm

Whenever I'm dreaming and I realize I'm dreaming, I can turn it into a lucid dream. That's why I love dreaming, because I can usually figure it out that I'm dreaming, then, no matter what type of dream it was in the first place, it becomes a fun dream!

Like, there was this one dream I had where this other dude and I were having a race. I realized that it was a dream, so I flew through the race. But when I got to the end, my opponent was there with the Judge smiling, both of them declaring him the winner when it was obvious that he went straight there without going through the check-points. So I ripped off their heads. Disappointing => fun!
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Postby Scud422 on Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:12 pm

I apologize for making these 2 posts because I made the first before reading yours.

So, I've never had any dreams about falling or coming to school wearing only underwear.

The way I figure out that I'm dreaming is just to stop, and analyze how real the surroundings are, or try to remember what was before, but usually if I stop and just think/look around, I figure out right away that I'm dreaming, and then I can do whatever I want.
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Postby YarnIsland on Thu Dec 02, 2004 11:20 pm

I think the main problem for me is that I never have a chance to just stop and think 'hey am I dreaming?' Like, I guess the dreams are more of me watching or something, instead of just walking around and trying to figure out whats going on. :-( I am jealous Scud, but happy for you. Can I be in your next dream? I want to fight a dragon, and win!

lol @ u ripping their heads off! WOW.
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Postby Brady Kj on Fri Dec 03, 2004 4:50 pm

I was astonished when I learned that not everybody can control their dreams, and that controled dreams have their own name to categorize them as different from other dreams.

I'd say that I've been able to control around half of the dreams that I remember, but in recent years I always wasted this control on having sex with as many people as I can rather than trying to think of something more creative for those dreams.
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Postby YarnIsland on Fri Dec 03, 2004 5:17 pm

I was astonished to find out (years ago) that people can control their dreams. I mean for me, its so weird to imagine thinking of something and it being there or whatever, I am very jealous. It also raises a lot of questions too, like can you wake yourself up, can you 'talk', etc. I don't know, its awesome, good for you.
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Postby Scud422 on Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:19 pm

Next time I have a lucid dream YarnIsland, I will pull you into it so we can both feast on iMacs together.
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Postby YarnIsland on Fri Dec 03, 2004 6:56 pm

YES!
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Postby Brady Kj on Fri Dec 03, 2004 8:45 pm

I'm sure that with practice you can control your dreams. It's just a mental thing, afterall. And, even if you can't, you can probably do a lot of weird things that you didn't know most people can't do. Can you wiggle your ears or bend your thumb backwards? Iloveloyd claims to be able to get pregnant; now that's weird. Very few of the people who are willing to talk to me can get pregnant.
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Postby mithril721 on Fri Dec 03, 2004 9:01 pm

Brady Kj wrote:Can you wiggle your ears or bend your thumb backwards?


I can do both of those things!!! Wheeeeeeeee......
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Postby YarnIsland on Fri Dec 03, 2004 11:50 pm

Very true, what I lack in lucid dreaming, I am sure I make up in other talents. I can pull my leg behind my head if I am sitting down. Yeah I know. Um what else? Gosh I don't know if there is anything else.

I have to say I make up in the social department, I consider myself a very talkative people person. Or something. I am still jealous, and will work on learning how to lucid dream. That'd be sweet. :-)
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Postby TFBrett on Fri Dec 03, 2004 11:56 pm

I have far too many nightmares. I've died in dreams on numerous occasions. I'm surprised I'm not decked out in full "emo kid" apparel by now.
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Postby The_dreaded_AL on Sat Dec 04, 2004 3:05 am

I used to dream
Now I don't, that I recall anyway
This doesn't make me sad
I had a similar dream about being in a house with the monsters...
They were green and slimy
And I got it occurring pretty similalry for about a year irregularly
Strange stuff eh?
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Postby Psyonide on Sat Dec 04, 2004 3:58 pm

I stopped dreaming for a while, around a few years (possibly more) give or take. I had a particularly fucked up dream which invlolved someone cutting themself open from groin to chest with a large saw, among other things. So I started going to sleep listening to my discman through ear-buds which stopped me having any dreams, or at least stopped me having any that I remembered.
I still generally go to sleep listening to my mp3 player, but I find that I'm dreaming again these days. I don't mind though, as none have disturbed me yet.

Funnily enough, I have never had a nightmare. If I ever had any while I was too young to remember properly, I don't know about them. I've had bad dreams, obviously, but never a nightmare. Maybe I'm just too well adjusted? :roll:
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Postby mithril721 on Sun Dec 05, 2004 4:52 pm

Well, how do you define nightmare? I would define it just as a really bad, scary dream. Maybe you mean you have never had night terrors...? I've never had those either.
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Postby YarnIsland on Sun Dec 05, 2004 8:17 pm

What is the difference between a nightmare and a night terror? Isn't a night terror worse then a nightmare? I just don't know how. And so is there a difference between a bad dream and a nightmare? Wait, I know there is a difference, I was just wonderfing what it is for you Psyonide. And also Mithril, if you'd define and compare night terros for us, it'd be great.

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Postby Psyonide on Mon Dec 06, 2004 1:07 am

I've always associated nightmares with fear. Everyone I've spoken to about nightmares said they were scared in the dream and/or upon waking. That hasn't happened to me. I've woken in the middle of the night, but never scared *shrug*

The dream that I mentioned made me feel sick, not scared, hence I regard it as nothing more than a bad dream (horribly violent perhaps) and not a nightmare.
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