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    Kunoichi

    by , 08-28-2013 at 06:21 PM (889 Views)
    Long dream! I think that in all this dream may have gone for about 30 minutes. It's got me excited about the Great Pyramid Task of the Year again!

    Color legend: Non-dream Dream Lucid

    Lucid #139: Kunoichi

    I have a false awakening in some kind of luxury hotel suite, feeling frustrated that I failed to have a lucid dream. All of the lights are on, and a digital clock on the kitchen counter tells me that it's 4:45 AM. Okay, I still have a little time left to have a lucid dream.

    Suddenly I realize that Wife isn't here and I panic. I have a false memory that she went out just as I was going to sleep and I start freaking out that something has happened to her. Two men walk into the suite from the adjoining balcony and I run at them, demanding that they tell me where she is. They look bemused by the intensity of my reaction and I wonder whether this could all be a dream. I try the nose pinch reality check and
    become lucid.

    Ignoring these two random guys, I phase through a glass door out to the balcony. Rather than go leaping off, I float up a few feet first (just to be safe) before flying out into the early morning sky. I'm about 80 feet up, and I swoop down toward a park that I see below me, landing near a tree. I notice that the tree looks amusingly pixellated and I remember my goal of trying to maximize dream vividness. I focus on drawing out the detail of the tree, feeling its bark and studying its needles until it becomes extremely vivid.

    I follow a dirt path toward a mall, scooping up a handful of reddish dirt and (for some reason) popping it into my mouth. (It tastes about like you'd expect.) At this point, there's a long segment of the dream where my memory gets a little hazy, but I recall that it was fairly long, involved me travelling through a shopping mall and flying around a bit between levels. I remember flying close by a harried-looking mom struggling to manage a pair of kids and a pair of shopping bags, a bright central area, and at one point a black guy in a purple dress shirt gives me a thumbs up when I fly by.

    Finally I leave the mall through an emergency exit and emerge in an alley. A man slouches lazily against the wall and farther away a dark-haired teenage girl is sitting on a stack of shipping palettes. I look at each of them in turn and they immediately return my gaze. I'm struck by the subtlety in the way their faces move, blink, and shift so realistically.

    As I'm deciding which way to go down this alley, I remember the Africa Task of the year (fix the Great Sphinx then ride her to the top of the Great Pyramid.) I decide that the Great Pyramid is just at the end of the alley, imagine it in detail, then turn around with the image still firmly in my end.

    I'm shocked by how well this works. I walk out of the alley onto a windy landscape of sand dunes. In the distance I see an enormous version of the Great Pyramid dominating the horizon, probably four times larger than the real thing. Dark storm clouds roll violently above the Pyramid. At the top of the Pyramid, the wind is so strong that I see stones rolling off of the top and tumbling down the side.



    I run over the dunes toward the Pyramid and as I get closer I see not just one Great Sphinx but probably a dozen of them scattered near the Pyramid's base. Some of them are in a horrible state of disrepair, but this doesn't worry me. If I can fix her nose, I can fix everything else too.

    As I'm approaching the top of one dune, a pair of female ninja dressed in red appear and come racing toward me, each wielding a pair of sai. The first one leaps at me and I force-push her to the side so that she flies past me. The second I force-push directly forward and she flops onto her back on the dune. I walk past her and I watch over my shoulder as the two of them regroup for another attack. I hold out my hands toward them and jokingly say "Now kiss!" They glare at me like I'm a huge pervert and I feel a little embarrassed. (This is a nerdy reference to this meme.) One ninja gives the other a quick peck on the cheek and then they return to glaring at me.

    I say something about how I was only joking and that I drank a lot of peppermint tea before bed, and as I'm going on and on explaining myself, the two ninja start making out. I realize that all my blah blah blah is only making things worse and I'm feeling sexy and distracted. I turn back toward the Pyramid but the landscape doesn't seem stable anymore. I wind up in the void.

    I rub my hands together to stay locked in and start feeling the floor, trying to turn the ground back into sand so I can return to the Pyramid. I go at this for a good while. After roughly a full minute, the floor starts feeling like carpeting and I emerge in what looks like a dormitory. I walk out into a nearby hall and run into a college friend that I've lost touch with (and is notorious for being hard to reach.) I ask him how he's been and he gives me an email address (!) and promises to respond if I email him at that address. I make him repeat the promise (which amuses him) and bid him goodbye before phasing through a glass door to a second-floor walkway.

    My father-in-law is standing nearby with a few elderly Asian men and women. I jump onto the railing and start pulling myself onto the awning when I feel hands grasping at my legs and shouts of "You'll hurt yourself!" and "Are you crazy?" They pull me back down to the balcony and my father-in-law starts explaining to the other DCs that I'm "special". I fly down the walkway to provide a visual aid and the DCs react by speaking in astonished Mandarin. I think about how amazingly realistic this Mandarin sounds but then think, oh yeah... of course it sounds realistic to me. It's what I think Mandarin sounds like.

    I fly off of the walkway, landing in front of an entrance to the same mall I was at earlier. I decide to retrace my steps through the mall, and I pass through a store that sells little pet sweaters for tiny dogs. Little sweater-clad dogs roam everywhere. I exit the store and it isn't long before
    I have a false awakening back in the same dorm room, no longer lucid.

    I walk outside to find that it's daylight out. NewArtemis and her husband are standing nearby. We say hey, not at all surprised to see one another. Art lays down on the sidewalk, still participating in the conversation but also trying to sleep by curling up with this big canvas bookbag she's holding. I tell Art and her husband about the dream I just had, mentioning that I went through a store "that sells sweaters for those little yappy dogs". Immediately a little white yappy dog comes crawling out of Art's book bag, dressed in a green sweater. "Seriously?" I say, feeling like a jerk. "I'm sorry." She laughs and says it's cool.

    Art seems to kind of fall asleep and I talk with her husband for a while about dogs, telling him they did the right thing by not getting huge, crazy dogs like us. I look down and notice that Art's hair has changed and become really curly and sort of red. It seems weird to me but since her husband doesn't say anything, I figure this is normal. He and I talk about other random stuff for a while until
    the dream ends.

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    Updated 08-28-2013 at 06:54 PM by 57387

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    Comments

    1. Highlander's Avatar
      Congrats on the long ld. The detail and recall is excellent.
      It is a pity those 2 ninja women tried to sidetrack you from the TOTY task as you were very close.
      At least you kept the lucid going through the void.

      A man slouches lazily against the wall and farther away a dark-haired teenage girl is sitting on a stack of shipping palettes. I look at each of them in turn and they immediately return my gaze. I'm struck by the subtlety in the way their faces move, blink, and shift so realistically.
      Yes I love to notice these subtle things too, they seem to define the experience for me.
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    2. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks, Highlander! I particularly appreciate the recall compliment because I felt a little sad that so much of the first mall scene was scrambled. I think that a lot happened there but I suspect that the lengthy false awakening created some recall issue for that part.

      The ninja women were a huge distraction for sure! I bet that if I'd stayed more focused once I ran past them that I'd have had a much better shot at continuing the task. So I think I could have done a lot better there. At the same time, their appearance was such an interesting turn of events that it was hard not to pay it some attention.

      We always walk that line between being focused on goals and making sure to appreciate interesting dream content when our minds create it for us. It's a balancing act and it's hard to tell what the right answers are. Especially when your brain's not working 100%!

      Yes I love to notice these subtle things too, they seem to define the experience for me.
      I completely agree. They provide some of the most memorable mental "snapshots" from these dreams.
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    3. Highlander's Avatar
      We can plan or visualize the scenarios, but the randomness that gets thrown in can be a real challenge which can be fun, unless you are near to completing a set task!

      Recall can be an issue but you handled it really well.

      I sometimes wonder if I sometimes cause my dreams to end early, simply because I'm worrying about trying to remember the key details. I dunno?

      I did have a strong flashback of how yesterday's dream started much later in the day, before bed at night in fact.
      So it is suprising what you can remember. I mean I just mulled over the morning dream before bed and what you said earlier about flying, phasing, etc. and the key part came back!

      I always like to remember the lucid start part if I can.
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      Updated 08-28-2013 at 10:18 PM by Highlander
    4. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      We can plan or visualize the scenarios, but the randomness that gets thrown in can be a real challenge which can be fun, unless you are near to completing a set task!

      Recall can be an issue but you handled it really well.
      You're absolutely right! As much as we are able to exert dream control in order to move things in the direction we like, so much of the dream is built for us on the fly that surprises are inevitable. Learning to flow with them is quite the art, but it's a lot of fun. And thanks on the recall. I feel a bit better now, ha ha... I'll stop fretting about the mall thing.

      I sometimes wonder if I sometimes cause my dreams to end early, simply because I'm worrying about trying to remember the key details. I dunno?
      I'm afraid that I just don't have a full grasp on what causes dreams to end but this seems plausible to me. If it feels like this takes your focus off of the dream itself I'd certainly think it wouldn't help. The search for answers on this is what's leading me to work a little bit more on anchoring lately.

      I did have a strong flashback of how yesterday's dream started much later in the day, before bed at night in fact.
      So it is suprising what you can remember. I mean I just mulled over the morning dream before bed and what you said earlier about flying, phasing, etc. and the key part came back!

      I always like to remember the lucid start part if I can.
      Oh, that's great! I'll have to check that out! I'm glad it came back to you!
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    5. Bharmo's Avatar
      I've heard about projecting love to hostile DCs, but what you did to the ninjas was not what I had in mind!
      I enjoy you lucids (and learn from them) very much, thanks for sharing!
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    6. NyxCC's Avatar
      Congrats on the awesome ld, CL! That's exactly the cool stuff that I like to read about when trying for TOTY. I know you may think these things are only distractions, but you can make a whole movie right there!

      I follow a dirt path toward a mall, scooping up a handful of reddish dirt and (for some reason) popping it into my mouth. (It tastes about like you'd expect.)
      For some reason...yeah, sure!

      Finally I leave the mall through an emergency exit and emerge in an alley
      I find it hard to leave shopping malls too and if I had an ld there, that's just "goodbye tasks"!

      I say something about how I was only joking and that I drank a lot of peppermint tea before bed, and as I'm going on and on explaining myself, the two ninja start making out. I realize that all my blah blah blah is only making things worse and I'm feeling sexy and distracted.
      lmao @ this one.

      By the way, it may sound weird to you but I have no knowledge of ninja terminology. However, and this is even weirder, I was watching Goemon and did a quick search for ninjas/shinobi in wiki and saw the word kunoichi for the first time yesterday before your post. It was very strange to see your entry's title.

      I'm shocked by how well this works. I walk out of the alley onto a windy landscape of sand dunes. In the distance I see an enormous version of the Great Pyramid dominating the horizon, probably four times larger than the real thing.
      Absolutely impressive and very inspiring! This tech is one of the most efficient, so it is worth mastering. Great to read you are using the back summon so well!

      Great stuff as always! Keep them coming!
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      Updated 08-29-2013 at 06:23 PM by NyxCC
    7. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by dreambh
      I've heard about projecting love to hostile DCs, but what you did to the ninjas was not what I had in mind!
      I enjoy you lucids (and learn from them) very much, thanks for sharing!
      Thanks, dreambh! Yeah, ha ha... I have a certain lack of control over my dream control sometimes! It's hilarious how stuff turns out and it's especially amusing because the whole thing is just me psyching myself out. LDs are such a trip.

      And thank you, that is a very nice thing to hear. I learn a ton from others' lucid dreams as well. Why do you think I'm always stalking your dream journal?
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    8. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Congrats on the awesome ld, CL! That's exactly the cool stuff that I like to read about when trying for TOTY. I know you may think these things are only distractions, but you can make a whole movie right there!
      I totally agree! I mean, yeah, I do want to bring the "big quest" to completion but at the same time, the challenges that arise along the way are really exciting and a heck of a lot better than just everything going perfectly according to plan. So far, all of these have turned out way different than I planned them, even though I was able to use pre-planned elements to help make things easier/smoother. (The spray paint from the Great Wall was a big helper, for example.)

      For some reason...yeah, sure!
      I admit it, I'm doing the NyxCC thing where I'm trying to start the dreams just like I would in real-life for extra stability. And for me, that involves eating dirt.

      lmao @ this one.

      By the way, it may sound weird to you but I have no knowledge of ninja terminology. However, and this is even weirder, I was watching Goemon and did a quick search for ninjas/shinobi in wiki and saw the word kunoichi for the first time yesterday before your post. It was very strange to see your entry's title.
      Wowwww, way cool! I also figure that kunoichi is on the slightly more obscure side of ninja terminology. It's not like "shuriken" or whatever. Don't you just love those coincidences? So fun.

      Absolutely impressive and very inspiring! This tech is one of the most efficient, so it is worth mastering. Great to read you are using the back summon so well!

      Great stuff as always! Keep them coming!
      Yeah, I love that you are also working this tech right now! Keeps it in my mind and lets me learn from your experiences. It's just very powerful IMO. Even though you'd have impressive success recently with summoning right before your eyes, building the scene in detail behind you and turning around to find it is super effective. Come to think of it, both of my Task of the Year successes (and my most successful trip to the Alamo) were using this summoning behind me thing.
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    9. bemistaken's Avatar
      So proud of you CL!

      Look at you, teleportin' all over the the place! Maybe one day, we can meet up on top of the Great Pyramid of Giza and have a drink and enjoy the view!
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    10. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      So proud of you CL!

      Look at you, teleportin' all over the the place! Maybe one day, we can meet up on top of the Great Pyramid of Giza and have a drink and enjoy the view!
      Ha ha, sounds like a great time! I look forward to it!

      I'll be arriving by Sphinx. You as well?
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    11. NyxCC's Avatar
      I totally agree! I mean, yeah, I do want to bring the "big quest" to completion but at the same time, the challenges that arise along the way are really exciting and a heck of a lot better than just everything going perfectly according to plan. So far, all of these have turned out way different than I planned them, even though I was able to use pre-planned elements to help make things easier/smoother. (The spray paint from the Great Wall was a big helper, for example
      Great experiences for sure! Which reminds me I forgot to say I totally enjoyed the way you dealed with those ninjas. The kissing part was quite a good example of reversing emotions, but the force-push was also very impressive. I've been meaning to try it but so far haven't been able to remember.

      Yeah, I love that you are also working this tech right now! Keeps it in my mind and lets me learn from your experiences. It's just very powerful IMO. Even though you'd have impressive success recently with summoning right before your eyes, building the scene in detail behind you and turning around to find it is super effective. Come to think of it, both of my Task of the Year successes (and my most successful trip to the Alamo) were using this summoning behind me thing
      I know! Well, I love reading your entries and am also secretly benefiting from it by effortlessly saturating my subcon with ideas and stories of cool techs working out. It's interesting how much of a cooperative effort lding can be! And those little coincidences just make it even more intriguing.
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    12. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Great experiences for sure! Which reminds me I forgot to say I totally enjoyed the way you dealed with those ninjas. The kissing part was quite a good example of reversing emotions, but the force-push was also very impressive. I've been meaning to try it but so far haven't been able to remember.
      Thanks! Come to think of it, the whole kissing part was something of an accidental NyxCC ripoff. For some reason, force pushing has always come kind of naturally to me as an act of dream control. I'm not entirely sure why. I'm not such an amazing Star Wars buff that this kind of thing is always running through my mind or anything. But for whatever reason, the schema is there and it's often quite an instinctual thing for me to do. Surprisingly so.

      I know! Well, I love reading your entries and am also secretly benefiting from it by effortlessly saturating my subcon with ideas and stories of cool techs working out. It's interesting how much of a cooperative effort lding can be! And those little coincidences just make it even more intriguing.
      Totally agree about it being a cooperative effort. I didn't appreciate just how much it was until I joined up on DV and started trying the Task of the Month and that sort of thing. I learn so much that way!
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    13. bemistaken's Avatar
      I'll be arriving by Sphinx. You as well?
      You said all I have to do is close my eyes right? I'm ready to saddle up!!!
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    14. PennyRoyal's Avatar
      Really close to that Egypt TOTY man, I was rooting for you
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    15. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Ha ha, thanks PennyRoyal, I appreciate that! Maybe I should go back to trying this one again. I'm getting a little stuck with the Colosseum right now, it seems.

      And it's good to see you back! I'll have to check out your DJ and see what you've been up to.