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    The Inventor

    by , 01-31-2014 at 04:39 PM (681 Views)
    This was one of those rare lucids that I had without employing WBTB. Some pre-bed MILD work did the trick! (Edit: Almost forgot -- thanks to Art for psyching me up to have an LD yesterday! Totally helped.)

    Color legend: Non-dream Dream Lucid

    Lucid #183: The Inventor

    Iím sitting on a park bench, working on plans for an invention. Itís some kind of very high-end computer device and Iím drawing up some tweaks for making it much less expensive and bringing it to the mass market. Iím writing all of these plans with pencil on a rectangular, shiny piece of green plastic.

    A woman wearing workout tights jogs by. She looks great and I blatantly stare at her. I become dimly aware that I shouldnít be staring at people and start to wonder whatís making me act this way. It dawns on me that
    Iím dreaming.

    I get up from the bench and look out over the park that Iím in. Itís grassy, dotted with trees, and maybe 200 feet further on is a brick building that looks like a schoolhouse. Thereís a low stone wall behind me. To my left thereís a street with a few cars driving down it.

    Iím convinced that itís a dream but everything is so vivid that I feel a little worried. One of my contacts feels like itís drifting in my eye and my vision shifts just as if this had actually happened. Now I try drawing on the green plastic with my pencil and Iím able to scratch out persistent lines that look completely convincing.

    I wonder whether Iíve finally confused waking life for the dream world. I feel some paranoia settle over me, but I dissipate it by drifting back and forth over the grass without taking a step. Okay, yes, definitely dreaming. I cap it off with a nose pinch reality check and I feel settled again.

    Now I see Wife and my oldest son E approaching me from the direction of the schoolhouse. They look completely realistic and again I fight the unsettling sense that Iíve confused reality for a dream. I hit another nose pinch to settle myself down. How can everything look so real?

    A huge, lean brown dog approaches us. His head is as high as my chest. Itís the first surreal thing Iíve seen in the dream so far. Wife is focused on rummaging through Eís schoolbag and doesnít acknowledge that the dog is here.

    The dog starts to growl and bark at us, approaching uncomfortably close. Wife and E donít react. ďYou see that dog, right?Ē I ask them.

    ďSure,Ē says wife nonchalantly. I donít want the dog bothering my familyís DCs so I offer him my left forearm. He bites down on my arm and whips his head back and forth. Iím sure thereíll be no pain, though, and of course there isnít.

    After a moment of this, the dog lets go, sits down, and starts panting. He seems friendly now and I'm almost glad he's there. It helps make me sure that this is all a dream. Wife finishes up with E and we walk together past the low stone wall as
    the dream ends.

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    Updated 01-31-2014 at 04:51 PM by 57387

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    1. Xanous's Avatar
      Im really glad you had such a vivd dream! Even if you didnt do much that makes the dream totally epic. BTW I have the same worry about confusing reality and dreams but you handled it really well. I also love how you handled the near nightmarish dog. Great stuff man! You've really come a long way in since a little over a year ago.
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    2. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks brother man! Yeah, I've noticed that in your DJ now that you mention it. It can be very disconcerting. With my full mental faculties I'd understand that okay, if you're floating around doing a nose pinch RC, you're probably dreaming. But in the dream, it seems like it's harder for the brain to override something like doubt. Probably especially because doubt is based so much on emotion vs. reason a lot of times.

      Now when I read those spots in your DJ where you worry about being sure this isn't waking life, I'll understand even better what you're talking about. When I'm more advanced perhaps I'll have the courage to leap up on a card table and bellow, "PELVIC THRUST!!"
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    3. fogelbise's Avatar
      I've noticed this too in some recent LDs...basically thinking this must be a dream, but it feels so real! I usually fly shortly after which solidifies the fact that it is a dream, but I plan to try to slow down more and explore the environment that I find myself in first.
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    4. NyxCC's Avatar
      Congrats on the super vivid ld! Isn't it ironical that when we achieve what we always wanted - a super quality ld, we immediately start worring. It poses challenges to come up with even more convincing RCs.

      You handled the nasty dog very well there and it was really cool that you were able to do so without feeling any pain again!

      And the non-ld part was also awesome!
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    5. Xanous's Avatar
      When I'm more advanced perhaps I'll have the courage to leap up on a card table and bellow, "PELVIC THRUST!!"
      Oh my goodness. I totally forgot about that one. That was a bit ballsy I suppose!.
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    6. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by fogelbise
      I've noticed this too in some recent LDs...basically thinking this must be a dream, but it feels so real! I usually fly shortly after which solidifies the fact that it is a dream, but I plan to try to slow down more and explore the environment that I find myself in first.
      Glad I'm not alone on this! Even though I've logged a decent amount of lucid time, it's still just not enough for me to not be a little bit shocked by how realistic everything actually seems once I'm in there. Hopefully after I've got a few more years under my belt this'll be less of a shock!

      Congrats on the super vivid ld! Isn't it ironical that when we achieve what we always wanted - a super quality ld, we immediately start worring. It poses challenges to come up with even more convincing RCs.

      You handled the nasty dog very well there and it was really cool that you were able to do so without feeling any pain again!

      And the non-ld part was also awesome!
      Ha, you are exactly right! I'd never thought about it that way, but a super-vivid LD is my #1 goal right now. And when I hit anything approaching it, I have trouble believing that it's actually happening. Very well said!

      Thanks, I was glad to handle things in a calm way and have a bit of a side-effect of making the DC seem less hostile. I find that this is so much easier if I happen to be in a calm mood at the time in the dream. When I'm caught up in any sort of dream emotions, it's harder for me to not wind up fighting, which I'm trying to minimize if I can!
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    7. Highlander's Avatar
      Well done CL on gaining a LD without WBTB!

      A woman wearing workout tights jogs by. She looks great and I blatantly stare at her. I become dimly aware that I shouldn’t be staring at people and start to wonder what’s making me act this way. It dawns on me that I’m dreaming.
      Yeah I think my eyes would have popped out too, but at least I could have blamed it on the galantamine!
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    8. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thank you, Highlander! And yes, ha ha, blame it on the menthol, and if that fails, blame it on the galantamine! Unfortunately, I was completely supplement free this night so I'll have to blame myself society!
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