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    The Singing Robot

    by , 07-21-2014 at 03:59 PM (1532 Views)
    Color legend: Non-dream Dream Lucid

    Lucid #221: The Singing Robot

    I’m taking an unusually long time to fall asleep after WBTB and I sense a shift which makes me wonder whether the dream has begun. I will myself to roll out of bed and I find myself floating in the air about 3 feet above and to the left of where I normally sleep.

    The sun shouldn’t be up yet but a trickle of daylight’s coming in through the shutters. I roll a couple of times, a little out of control. When I try to fly I wind up just heading straight downward, soon faceplanting in the floor. The scene goes dark and I hold on for DEILD. After a while I give up,I incorrectly thinking I’ve failed and have a
    false awakening, feeling disappointed that the dream was “so short”.

    I log onto DV and see that Dreamer has left a series of comments on one of my DJ entries. Rather than text, these comments are a series of giant images that are larger than my screen, so I have to scroll around to see the entire picture. The first is one of Dreamer standing with one foot on a balcony railing, looking back at the “camera” and grinning. She’s holding her other foot over her head almost straight up in the air like some kind of crazy ballet move.

    The next few pictures show different angles of a similar scene from a Japanese manga and I see that she’s just creating some favorite piece of a manga she likes. I think that this looks dangerous but I chuckle at her cleverness.

    Soon
    the dream ends and I hold on for DEILD. I feel another shift and I once again roll out of bed into the air. This time I’m able to fly again but my dream body feels slight and insubstantial. It’s daytime, just as before, and I phase out through the shutters. The dream’s feeling really thin, and I try to rub my hands together but I can’t even manage that simple act. The dream soon falls into the void.

    “I’m having a lucid dream,” I say, but my voice comes out very gargled and robotic. I don’t want to lose the dream, so I try singing. It works, but every word comes out in this strange, metallic robot voice:

    This is a dreeeeeeam,
    This is a dreeeeeeeeeeeam…
    <pause> Dream dream dreeeeeeam…


    The audio holds together for longer than I expect, but eventually I lose even this and
    wake up.

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    Comments

    1. KristaNicole07's Avatar
      Don't you love FAs? Happens to me a lot when I have LDs, and a lot of the time I "go back to sleep" and enter back into the LD.
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    3. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      @KristaNicole - Yeah, I really do! I used to get frustrated by them and... well I still do a little I guess. But now I think of them as a really cool part of the dream landscape and a great measuring stick for just how real dreams can be.

      And you're absolutely right! You can often go right back in. And usually once I've gained lucidity back I still don't realize I just came from another dream. I usually just think I'm an amazing WILDer until I'm journaling it up later.

      @Dreamer - Oh you are good!!
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    4. KristaNicole07's Avatar
      And usually once I've gained lucidity back I still don't realize I just came from another dream.
      Yup!! I know that feeling all too well! Then you wake up for real and you're like...well, I just had a lucid dream...within a dream...

      Inception?
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    5. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Yup!! I know that feeling all too well! Then you wake up for real and you're like...well, I just had a lucid dream...within a dream...

      Inception?
      Exactly! It's funny, but when I saw Inception, I thought that the layered dream-within-a-dream sounded extremely cool but extremely far-fetched. Little did I know that this is something that's likely to happen to a lucid dreamer if they're just at it long enough.

      Even now, just thinking about "waking up" from my 2nd lucid dream, "journaling it" and then waking up for real... the memories still give me chills! It was so real.

      Hey, have you ever had the thing where you go from an NLD into an LD via WILD and then "wake up" back into the same NLD? It is nuts.

      Dreams are awesome.
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      Updated 07-21-2014 at 04:40 PM by CanisLucidus
    6. KristaNicole07's Avatar
      Hey, have you ever had the thing where you go from an NLD into an LD via WILD and then "wake up" back into the same NLD? It is nuts.
      Yes!!! I have! There's one I remember specifically where it was more like I was having an OBE while being "asleep" in a NLD. I went to the moon. I have it somewhere in my DJ, but I think it was back in 2011. It was super vivid!

      And yes, dreams are awesome. I love that I can come here and talk about them with people who don't think I'm nuts, haha.
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    7. Highlander's Avatar
      Yeah those roll-out bedroom dreams are always cool. They never cease to amaze me.

      Congrats CL.
    8. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Yes!!! I have! There's one I remember specifically where it was more like I was having an OBE while being "asleep" in a NLD. I went to the moon. I have it somewhere in my DJ, but I think it was back in 2011. It was super vivid!

      And yes, dreams are awesome. I love that I can come here and talk about them with people who don't think I'm nuts, haha.
      Wow, nice! I've never had one of these take me to the moon (never been to the moon, now that I mention it!) Sounds amazing!

      I hear you!! It's really hard to get these concepts across to people that don't also LD (or aren't at least dream enthusiasts.) While it can be fun (and probably useful) to present the idea of LD to new people, it gets a little tiring after a point. Sometimes you just want to geek out about dreams with your DV buddies, ha ha...

      @Highlander - Thanks! Yeah the OBE style lucids can be a lot of fun. I need to keep working on my control in these (since I can get a little overexcited) but I get the sense that there are more opportunities to "roll out" like this than I've imagined...
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    9. NyxCC's Avatar
      Congrats on the lds! That robot voice must have sounded really cool! You are a pro at making special sound effects *hears Morgan Freeman* .

      Nice touch with the deild! I rarely even remember to do that after a non-ld, don't know why. It's a great opportunity to get more lds at any rate.
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    10. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks, Nyx! Ha ha, Morgan Freeman sounded much cooler, but I enjoyed the robot too. Oooh, too bad I didn't get to sing as Morgan Freeman!

      Yeah, I usually don't either but I was blessed with a strong outpouring of laziness at just the right moment. So rather than get up and journal I thought I'd just dive back in. In all seriousness, though, this can be a difficult choice! To me it's the biggest issue with DEILD is that it works best off of some prematurely-fizzled LD but recall on those earlier dreams usually takes a hit! I haven't found a perfect answer to this.
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    11. Highlander's Avatar
      Oh no, not Morgan Freeman... he's a big bully in my ld's!
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    12. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Oh no, not Morgan Freeman... he's a big bully in my ld's!
      Ha! I'd almost forgotten about that! Your dream is the only movie / work of art that I can recall Morgan Freeman being cast as the villain. Particularly as a big, dumb, mean bully!
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    13. Xanous's Avatar
      Nice! You're noticing that subtle shift now. Interesting how indescribable that is huh? Good going on the WILD!
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    14. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Nice! You're noticing that subtle shift now. Interesting how indescribable that is huh? Good going on the WILD!
      It is indescribable, you're right! I guess it's something that can only come from being aware and from practice over time. It's that sense that something has changed. I guess if I was aware enough to look for it all the time, I'd be lucid a lot more often.

      Just another reason why consistent practice is such a help with LDing...
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    15. NyxCC's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by CL
      So rather than get up and journal I thought I'd just dive back in. In all seriousness, though, this can be a difficult choice!
      Oh yeah, I know what you mean - the pull of the pillow.

      To me it's the biggest issue with DEILD is that it works best off of some prematurely-fizzled LD but recall on those earlier dreams usually takes a hit! I haven't found a perfect answer to this.
      Right, there's always that trade off between greediness and lost recall. I wonder if this issue can be solved really, I have the same recall issues when going for a deild.
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    16. fogelbise's Avatar
      ^^I don't think I am quite there yet with the subtle shift thing but it sounds like another level of experience that I look forward to! That robotic voice must have been trippy! Congrats!
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      Updated 07-22-2014 at 10:03 PM by fogelbise
    17. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks, fogelbise! Yeah, I'm not nearly as experienced with WILD but after enough time my brain will occasionally pick up on the fact that "hey, this is feeling kinda dreamy" and then I'm floating around.
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    18. fogelbise's Avatar
      Ah yes...that shift. I forgot that your dream here started as a WILD. I haven't done a WILD in a while but I guess I have felt that subtle shift a few times with WILDs/DEILDs. I was thinking more of that thing where people say that they get to a point where they can sense a dream feeling and I always thought of that as being in the middle of a dream becoming a DILD, but maybe it was WILDs/DEILDs they were talking about. Either way, I imagine it takes experience to key into that shift.
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    19. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Yeah, good point! I think that the power LDers sense that a little more readily than I do, but I also believe that all of us that do this semi-seriously have at least some of that in us. You know how a lot of times you're reality checking to just sort of confirm what you are already really beginning to suspect? I imagine that some part of us has learned to spot all these little signs that our dreaming brain has taken us for a ride. Now if only get could engage this full time...
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