A few years ago I heard about lucid dreaming and was curious. In reading up on it, I discovered this was something I did quite often before the age of 20 and less so after.
It’s fascinating that we can dream and be aware that we are dreaming at the same time. And not just aware, but capable of moving the characters in our dreams like chess pieces. Rewriting the story. Changing the scenery. We can write, direct, and produce from within a dream.
As a child I had nightmares, and as a teenager the nightmares gave way to premonitions that the devil was under my bed, and would come for me. I faced bedtime with a great deal of fear.
It was when my nightmares/premonitions were most terrifying that I developed the ability to change them. The nightmare would progress to a point that I didn’t want to go past and I would say to myself, “no, no, no, I don’t want to dream this anymore,” and the dream became something more pleasant. It was like turning a channel on a television set. It was a way of coping, controlling, and eventually banishing my bad dreams.
Are lucid dreams borne from our psyche’s need to deal with the terrifying imaginations of our mind? When nightmares are so vivid they seem real, maybe being able to manipulate the outcome is what stops us from going mad. It’s not totally known why we have lucid dreams, but awake or asleep, our minds are complex and extraordinary.
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