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    Foiled Creativity

    by , 10-09-2013 at 04:44 AM (687 Views)
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    Lucid #153: Foiled Creativity

    I'm riding with my family in a car and we pull up near a curb in a shady-looking part of town. When the car stops, my two young children "E" and "R" leap out of the car and bound away toward a group of maybe half a dozen grimy-looking people that are huddled near a wall. I run after the boys and when I catch up to them, I see that the grimy-looking people are muttering angrily and trying to hide some kind of drugs they're using.

    I hustle the kids away back to the car and Wife gets out to join us. "We can't just let the boys go running off over here!" I tell her. "Those people over there are using drugs." I look into the car and see Jesse Pinkman (from Breaking Bad) sitting in the front passenger seat. "Pinkman!" I say. "What's that they're using? Is that meth?" He slinks down in his seat and doesn't respond.

    Wife and the boys move off together into a nearby building. When I follow, I catch sight of them taking a right into a bathroom, but when I enter they're nowhere to be found. I consider that I might be dreaming, nose pinch, and
    become lucid.

    The scene gets shaky and I move into the void. I rub my hands together, keep walking forward, and mutter reminders to myself that I'm having a lucid dream. After perhaps 20 seconds of this, I get a vague image of a dark-haired woman in her late 30s trying to speak to me. I kiss her, partly to draw myself into the scene and partly because it seems like a fun thing to do. After a few moments of this, she pulls away sort of gestures at the room. I see that I've stepped into a big living room with a high ceiling and hardwood floors.

    There's a couch nearby with a gold-stringed violin lying on it. I look at it closely and run my fingers over the strings, trying to make the scene as vivid as possible. Vividness goes up sharply and the strings jangle pleasantly beneath my fingers. I try playing a few open-string notes pizzicato and the dark-haired woman silently observes, looking a little amused. The music sounds nice, but after a few attempts the notes grow soft, almost too soft to hear. I look down at the golden strings and see that they've all broken and hang limply downward. They still look beautiful, though.

    To my left there's a projector showing a huge image of a computer desktop. My friend "Conan" is standing nearby, working on a computer, and characters fill the screen as he types. I think that this will be a good opportunity to engage my creativity. "Hey [Conan]! Let's work together to make some kind of game on this computer."

    He goes into a long speech about how he got screwed over in his most recent business dealings. Now he never enters into any business arrangement unless everthing is in writing. "No, you don't get it," I tell him. "This is all a dream. Let's just make a game or something." But he's steadfast, telling me again how "careful" he has to be. I'm disappointed, but I let it go.

    Now I think about the Colosseum. I announce to the room that I'm going to the Colosseum and I see that the dark-haired woman is observing from a few feet away, saying something encouraging. There's another woman watching from a different part of the room, mid-20s, light brown hair. I think she's someone familiar but I'm not sure of her identity.

    I'm determined to change this room into the Colosseum. Oddly, I notice that there's some kind of turban on my head and a something like a long, red satin blanket spills out from the turban over the right side of my head. I find this all super weird but I use it to block out my vision of the rest of the room so that I can change it. I turn slowly around, trying to switch the room into the Colosseum but I can't stop seeing that hardwood flooring. I'm feeling a little stuck so I head outside through a door in the wall, emerging in a grassy field. The elegant house I just walked out of now looks like a temporary building. As I'm deciding what to do next,
    the dream ends.

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    Comments

    1. fogelbise's Avatar
      Cool dream!! This motivates me to give it a go tonight despite a worknight...need to get to bed I guess. Geez, I love the beautiful dream ladies that seem to frequent both of our dreamworlds!
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    2. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Awesome, fogelbise, hope you wound up catching a great LD last night! Yeah, the possibility of a good lucid dream is the single best motivator for getting to bed that I've got. Starting lucid dreaming wound up turning my sleeping habits around!
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    3. fogelbise's Avatar
      I could feel that feeling that I have right before transitioning into the dream on the few regular WILDS I have done and my wife moved. I was quite sure that it wasn't HH's but tried to convince myself it was and attempted to float. I assume it was her moving IWL since I felt quite awake by then...how could it be that she had such "great" timing...Anyway, though it was nothing like an LD, I did turn it into a decent visualization session!
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    4. NyxCC's Avatar
      Congrats on the ld, CL! Your dreams always start with such thrilling stories, feels like I am watching a movie trailer.

      After perhaps 20 seconds of this, I get a vague image of a dark-haired woman in her late 30s trying to speak to me. I kiss her, partly to draw myself into the scene and partly because it seems like a fun thing to do.
      Isn't it fun to be a lucid dreamer? We can do all kinds of things like this in order to stabilize.

      Really cool idea to start a creative project with your friend. Too bad he was so soberly minded. It's also amazing how much free will this DC had. I am even starting to suspect you might have talked to your friend for real, who knows?

      Fantastic on the spot thinking with the turban and the satin blanket! In the last few days, I was contemplating about using my hands the same way. Still need more lds to properly try it.
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    5. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Heh heh, thank you, Nyx! I love when I get story-driven dream content like that, even when the story is a bit weird.

      Oh that reminds me! I've been meaning to ask you what dosages worked best for you with St. Johns Wort. I tried a single cap before bed one night and had a nice night of dreaming but I was curious what level had generally given you the best results.

      Quote Originally Posted by NyxCC
      Isn't it fun to be a lucid dreamer? We can do all kinds of things like this in order to stabilize
      Ha! Now that you mention it, I guess this was a more fun version of the famous "Full Xanous" stabilization technique. In all seriousness, it actually works really well! I've seen you have success with it in a dream or two and it certainly worked for me here. The only downside is that it's potentially very distracting!

      Yeah, I was at a loss as to how to deal with all of Conan's "free will"! The only other thing I can think to do is next time speak to the DC as if we already have an agreement and "let's get started" rather than saying it like a suggestion.

      I'm looking forward to hearing how your hand idea works! Were you thinking of using your hands to block part of your vision? I used mine to once block all of my vision for a teleport. I teleported... but to a completely random spot. Just make sure you imagine the right spot and you should do better than I did. =)
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    6. Highlander's Avatar
      I like how you got beyond the void; the woman and how the room scene came into focus.

      I managed to visualise the scenario whilst reading from your fluent description.
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    7. NyxCC's Avatar
      Oh that reminds me! I've been meaning to ask you what dosages worked best for you with St. Johns Wort. I tried a single cap before bed one night and had a nice night of dreaming but I was curious what level had generally given you the best results.
      I've only taken 450 mg which is my cap size. How much did you take? By the way, I have recently observed that melatonin, HTP and SJW taken by themselves won't get me lds anymore but instead make me quite sleepy. This wasn't the case before when I could ld only on mel or htp. No idea why is that.

      For best results, I would throw some awareness enhancing supps in the combo and extend the wbtb if I feel sleepier. I think for SJW, I primarily added B6 pre bed, menthol and caffeine wbtb. Talking about B6 adding some sleep enhancers (like the above 3 or valerian pre bed) reduces the amout of wakefulness I would get if relying solely on B6.

      I guess you would be taking this the slow way and gradually play with any combos. As Aly said, just don't mix with melatonin or htp, and I think it can be a nice substitute for htp in the htp combos.


      Yeah, I was at a loss as to how to deal with all of Conan's "free will"! The only other thing I can think to do is next time speak to the DC as if we already have an agreement and "let's get started" rather than saying it like a suggestion.
      That's a great idea. Don't hesitate to con those DCs, they can be so shy or stubborn and we've got work to do!

      I'm looking forward to hearing how your hand idea works! Were you thinking of using your hands to block part of your vision? I used mine to once block all of my vision for a teleport. I teleported... but to a completely random spot. Just make sure you imagine the right spot and you should do better than I did. =)
      Yes, exactly. Cool you already tried it! That tech sounds promising and it's high time we learn some teleport cheats to help us with TOTY. I am looking forward to see how those go for you as well.
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    8. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      @Highlander - Thanks, Highlander, I'm glad that the vividness came through in the description! The scene offered a lot of interesting characters and scenery, which helped with drawing me in. Made it hard to focus on goals, of course, but this can still be a very nice trade!

      @Nyx - Thanks, I think my cap size is 300mg. Great info, and yeah I completely agree on keeping SJW totally separate from any of the serotonergics like 5-htp. Serotonin should always be managed very carefully!

      I totally agree on teleport cheats! I need and welcome all the help I can get. Time may be getting tight but we've still got like, what, 80ish days to get this done? No problem. I'm totally frosty. See? Watch me...

      Good luck!!
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      Updated 10-09-2013 at 11:34 PM by CanisLucidus