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    One Last Handshake

    by , 07-31-2015 at 05:16 PM (744 Views)
    Color legend: Non-dream Dream Lucid

    Lucid #2??: One Last Handshake

    I walk down a long hallway to find my dad and my grandfather sitting next to one another at a table next to the top of some stairs. My grandfather passed away over 10 years ago, so I simultaneously feel overjoyed and realize that this is a dream.

    I say, “I want the chance to shake your hand one more time.” He smiles at me. He was in a wheelchair in the years before he died, but now he just stands up and towers over me like he always did. I shake his hand, and hug him. For a moment I have the sensation of hugging him, but soon the visuals vanish into abstract shapes.

    “I want to ask you just one more question,” I say. “Can I do that?” I don’t have anything in mind but for some reason I want to do this.

    “Yes.”

    “What’s your favorite memory of your time in World War II?” A map of the world appears. “Was it your time in Okinawa?” Wait, no, he was never in Okinawa. “Or Pearl Harbor?” He wasn’t at Pearl Harbor. As I name each location big red glowing circles surround different spots on the globe. Other spots light up at random too. I become confused about what I want to ask, now, and the moment slips away.

    Now I’m back at the top of the stairs, and my dad and my grandfather have both vanished. I head down the stairs, trying to think of goals or Tasks of the Month. Nothing comes to mind, so I just wander through a long series of rooms that are decorated in fancy, rather frilly, and outdated ways. I run my fingers along the walls as I go, trying to remember to take my time with the dream and not to rush things.

    I come to a room that looks like a kitchen and there’s a girl of about 12 standing here. She’s talking to someone, a man that I can’t see. The man says, “[Girl’s name]? Is that you? Prince’s little sister?” [Prince, as in the singer!]

    Her: “Yeah, it’s me.”
    Him: “But how are you so young? It was years ago when we fell in love…”
    Her: “Yeah. Isn’t that creepy?”
    Him: “No, I remember…” He says something about how she was much older when he knew her.

    Now I have a false awakening where I’m lying on the ground in an empty parking lot next to a building. I’m still lucid, though, and nearby I see a door into the building labeled “Tony’s Dream Productions!” in fancy script. (This is a reference to Inside Out!) I realize that the man I saw in the previous dream scene is having a nightmare, and I should try to help him out. I mostly think Tony is a DC, but have this strong sense that I should still help.

    I enter the building and find myself on some kind of soundstage with all of these different facades and bits of fake movie scenery. “Tony!” I shout. “This is a dream! That’s not really her!” I keep walking around the soundstage trying to get his attention.

    Finally I see Tony at the top of a set of metal stairs. “I’m dreaming? How do you know?”

    “Because I’m dreaming right now. You are too.” I tell him that I’m sure everything’s fine between him and the girl, and that he was only speaking to a dream character. Soon after I tell him this,
    the dream ends.

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    1. JadeGreen's Avatar
      I’m still lucid, though, and nearby I see a door into the building labeled “Tony’s Dream Productions!” in fancy script.
      I remember thinking while watching the dream portion, if dreams are just movies, then how does lucid dreaming manifest in the context of that movie? I was also laughing louder than anyone else in the theater through that entire segment...
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    2. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Ha ha, I know what you mean! I really enjoyed that segment as well.

      After spending a lot of time studying dreams and enjoying their composition, you really appreciate all of the cool subtleties that they threw into that movie!

      I liked the whole film a great deal. I thought that it was such a fun take on internal discourse, introspection, dreaming, and about a million other cool topics related to the mind and personality.
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    3. Xanous's Avatar
      That whole dream was pretty interesting, but mostly I love how you got to get connection with your grandfather. Really good stuff there.
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    4. Xanous's Avatar
      And what movie is this you guys are speaking of?
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    5. ~Dreamer~'s Avatar
      The scene with your grandfather was so incredibly sweet, I'm so glad that you got the chance to do this!

      I like picturing the scene with you running your fingers along the wall, it seems very calm and mindful.

      It's cool that you went with your feeling to go along with the dream plot at the end. I know it's not the first time you've done a random act of kindness for a DC, and I always hope you feel nice when you do.

      I also happen to be a big fan of Inside Out, and I was like Jade, laughing louder than any kids at the cinema!
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    6. Xanous's Avatar
      Ah Inside out. I must watch this.
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    7. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      @Xanous - Thank you, man, it was a really special experience for me.

      Quote Originally Posted by Dreamer
      The scene with your grandfather was so incredibly sweet, I'm so glad that you got the chance to do this!
      Thanks so much. This (seeing my grandfather) has actually been a long-standing LD goal for me, one that's been on the "long list" basically since I began trying to have lucid dreams. But I've never pursued it with any determination, so it was neat to have the scenario already set up for me.

      Quote Originally Posted by Dreamer
      I like picturing the scene with you running your fingers along the wall, it seems very calm and mindful.
      Did the mindset remind you of anyone in particular? =) Any time I can remember, I'm trying to take your lessons about slowing down to heart!

      It's cool that you went with your feeling to go along with the dream plot at the end. I know it's not the first time you've done a random act of kindness for a DC, and I always hope you feel nice when you do.
      Thank you! It really does feel good to help a DC out in situations like this. Something about the misunderstanding, particularly related to dreaming, just didn't feel like something I could leave alone. And if he ever feels like it, Tony can return the favor some day and let me know that I'm dreaming.
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