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    Neon

    by , 08-23-2013 at 08:46 PM (862 Views)
    This was the first of two LDs from last night. My primary goal was to focus on vividness and I really think it helped. Great vividness on this one!

    Color legend: Non-dream Dream Lucid

    Lucid #136: Neon

    I'm walking along a road at night, going over a (mostly) false memory that I just had a shared dream with my son "E". I wonder whether I'm dreaming right now, too, and with a nose pinch reality check, I confirm that I am.

    Immediately I remember my goal of trying to make the dream as vivid as possible before doing anything else. To my left is a strange, 20-foot high stack of flattened stones sandwiching layers of damp newspaper over and over. I run my fingers over the stone and the paper, noting the detail and the way that my hands look as they pass over them. As I listen, I hear the sound of people talking and celebrating, and I think it's coming from just over the other side of this stack.

    By now the dream feels really vivid and I begin to climb the stack of rocks. To climb, I squelch my fingers into the soft layers of damp newspaper between the stones and work my way up. My body feels light, so the climb is natural and easy. I climb up to the top, stand on the top of the stack, and look out on a lively scene. It's like an old west town that's just drenched in neon lights. DCs dressed in western wear are walking happily back and forth between wooden buildings covered with neon signs. A young couple shares a laugh, and she leans her head against his shoulder as they walk across the dusty street to what looks like a bar.

    The scene is so vivid that I become overwhelmed. I've got this huge grin and I feel like I'm crying with emotion. I wonder whether it's possible to cry in a dream, and laugh a little at the thought.

    I jump down to the ground and walk slowly through the dusty street, enjoying the sight of the DCs passing by around me. At the end of the street is a building without any neon lights. It looks like a schoolhouse and I walk up to the door before turning around to look back toward the stack of stone. Behind the stack I see hills lining the horizon. The shape and height remind me of the Hollywood Hills. Dozens of green signs float over the hills, each with the name of a town or city and the city's population painted on it. I try to remember some of the names but it feels like they're changing. I let it go and turn back to the schoolhouse.

    I'm in a classroom now that's filled with other parents watching their kids play. There's a fascinating array of toys like train sets that encircle the room, some kind of clunky robot that walks around, and lots of other cool stuff. I see my son "E" playing here as well, kind of jumping around watching the train go.

    I glance back up at the other parents, then back down at the room -- and the kids and toys have vanished! Everyone is milling around and talking about what a great time the kids had. I tell them something to indicate that I'm dreaming and walk back out through the door.

    The neon wild west town is gone now, and I step directly out onto a street that's busy with pedestrian traffic. Across the street I see an Olympic swimming pool built into what looks like a big basketball court. I think that I'll use it for the "Great Barrier Reef" Task of the Year.

    I start toward the street. Two young women are talking as they walk past me. I notice that one of them is really cute, mid-20s, dark hair, and very short (maybe 5 feet tall!) I have an impulse to kiss her and as soon as I think this, she turns toward me, smiling. Her friend walk off without her, oblivious and now treating her like a stranger. At first I think this is cool but then I think better of spending my time kissing DCs. Need to focus!

    I will the DC to stop crushing on me but something goes wrong with the dream control... and now she seems to actually hate me.

    She bares her teeth angrily and walks toward me, her hands clenched into fists. I can tell that she clearly intends to kick my ass. I want no part of any of this and try to scurry across the street but she jogs after me, still looking like she wants to flatten me. I hurry away and kind of wave her off, saying, "Just leave me alone!" Then I turn completely away and ignore her, hoping that she'll disappear on her own. I make it across the street without being mauled, but as I'm getting close to the pool,
    the dream ends.

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    Comments

    1. fogelbise's Avatar
      Awesome! Cool lucid.
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    2. NyxCC's Avatar
      This is a great dream too! So this is the enhacing vividness tech you were talking about? Fascinating!

      So, in your opinion it really helped stabilize and prolong the dream right? I am always a bit concerned that taking time to look around and check things out may cause the dream to be more unstable since I feek like I am idle too long. Hence, I prefer speeding up a bit and often running like crazy. Still, with results like yours I think I might give immensing oneself in the dream another chance. BTW, I also noticed this time you skipped a few senses when doing so, i.e. taste/lick.

      At first I think this is cool but then I think better of spending my time kissing DCs. Need to focus!

      I will the DC to stop crushing on me but something goes wrong with the dream control... and now she seems to actually hate me.
      Lol! My specialty is making aggressive DCs sexy and you are doing it the other way around!

      Still, in the other DY book they say "systematically reverse everything", so this is quite a success indeed! One day we will learn to be totally unconcerned about those DCs unless we want to!
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    3. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thank you two!

      @Nyx - Yes, this is what I've been doing! Kind of like going back to when I was a beginner and just trying to crank vividness as high as I can get it... and just see what happens. My theory was that this would help lock me in because a super-vivid dream should help drown out the waking world. I had some concerns about losing lucidity but I didn't run into that here.

      The dreams were both long, for sure, although also not the longest I've ever had. The jury's still out on what this does to length but I perhaps should have done some additional "refreshing" of the senses. And yes, I decided to keep the licking and making out with the ground under control.

      As for specialties, yours is WAY WAY better. =) The ability to take friendly DCs and make them want to kick my ass is not exactly my biggest dream control success. I need to get to the point you describe... when I just don't worry so much about it. It's funny how those little moments of doubt about whether I'm doing dream control wrong or "Hey, she looks kinda mad..." can spiral out of control!
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    4. Iokheira's Avatar
      Great town, let me pull on my boots and find a cowboy hat and I'll fit right in Seriously, if that place was real it would be fun to live there.

      And good for you for escaping Hate-Woman. Rule #1: Cardio.
    5. darknightedlady's Avatar
      Dozens of green signs float over the hills, each with the name of a town or city and the city's population painted on it. I try to remember some of the names but it feels like they're changing.
      That is cool!

      The scene is so vivid that I become overwhelmed. I've got this huge grin and I feel like I'm crying with emotion. I wonder whether it's possible to cry in a dream, and laugh a little at the thought.
      Wow, sounds nice.

      And good for you for escaping Hate-Woman. Rule #1: Cardio
      lol!
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    6. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks, Art and darknightedlady!

      Art, I think you'd have loved it! Maybe you were in that crowd somewhere.

      Ha ha, yes... when dream control fails me, there's always cardio to fall back on.
    7. NyxCC's Avatar
      @Nyx - Yes, this is what I've been doing! Kind of like going back to when I was a beginner and just trying to crank vividness as high as I can get it... and just see what happens. My theory was that this would help lock me in because a super-vivid dream should help drown out the waking world. I had some concerns about losing lucidity but I didn't run into that here.
      I already can't wait to see you experimenting more with this. And if there is a friendly DC nearby, I might try that as well. I don't know why but I think the dream is less likely to escape if I have someone to hold on to.
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    8. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      I already can't wait to see you experimenting more with this. And if there is a friendly DC nearby, I might try that as well. I don't know why but I think the dream is less likely to escape if I have someone to hold on to.
      Totally agree! I remember that RareCola used to do this thing where he'd grab onto a DC's hand when he was stepping through a portal so that he'd have something to anchor him to the dream.
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