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    Be Still My Beating Heart

    by , 02-04-2014 at 03:29 PM (807 Views)
    Color legend: Non-dream Dream Lucid

    Lucid #184: Be Still My Beating Heart

    I’m walking through a parking lot into a mall, recalling an earlier dream where Dad had brawled with some pellet gun-wielding high school kid in a parking lot just like this one. As I enter the mall, I recall my intent to have a lucid dream, and one begins.

    I walk past a set of red metallic benches, taking in the detail and comparing it to waking life. I marvel at how completely realistic it looks. As I continue down the walkway, I turn toward a woman walking with her two young daughters and half-shout, “Can you believe this is all a dream?” They smile politely and scurry away.

    I take a brief detour through a clothing store, walk past a few more places, and then exit onto some kind of outdoor boardwalk area. There’s a tattoo parlor to my left with a wood-carved sign overhead which depicts two attractive, dark-haired, pale-skinned women with intricate sleeve tattoos. The place is called “Nutjob”. I think how cool it’d be to get tatted up in a dream and start to head inside. It looks a bit more like a boutique when I get closer and I suddenly get this irrational fear that things will turn sexy in this place and that I’d better avoid it.

    I head back through a door into the mall and encounter a grinning, friendly-looking British woman in her late 20s. I remember Task of the Month and ask her, “Who is my true love?” She says some stream of hilarious nonsense about waffles, and we both start laughing. I think she is super cool. “I’m not going to be able to remember that. Can you answer again?”

    She laughs even harder and then starts singing “Polly Wolly Doodle” in a British Donald Duck voice. (The kids have an Easter toy that does this, but not with a British accent.) I can’t stop laughing and I try not to think about whether you can laugh yourself awake from a lucid dream.

    I start thinking about what the other tasks were and she wanders off as I do so. I remember something about your heart, and then spy Wife walking in the mall about twenty feet in front of me. Still in an incredibly good mood, I run up to her, get her attention, and after she says, “Hey!” I make out with her for a little bit. This is fun, but okay, back to tasks! I’m supposed to pull my still-beating heart from my chest and give it to a loved one.

    “Here, watch this!” Wife keeps looking at the nearby stores instead of me. “You really need to watch. I’m only going to do this once.” She looks back and I reach my hand inside my body. I feel something about the size of a softball pulsing very softly. The movement is a bit too weak for a heart muscle, but whatever. I pull it from my chest and when I present it to her… my hand is empty!

    “What are you trying to do?” asks Wife. I explain the task and she furrows her brow. “You really don't need to do that for me,” she says before wandering away into a nearby store.

    I wander through the mall some more, baffled by how long and stable this LD is. I pass through a busy arcade area where I see a mom busily taking care of 10-12 girls shouting demands during a birthday party. There’s cake being passed around which I sort of want to try but I feel like I am at enough kid birthday parties in waking life.

    As I’m heading back into the hallway, an attractive Asian woman with waist-length hair passes by. We look at one another and the guy she’s with, some generic dude in his late 40s with thinning hair, seems to jealously take notice. He kind of freaks out, storming around and I say, “You want to go to the parking lot.” He obediently leaves. But when I turn back to the woman, blood’s pouring out of her nose like he just hit her. I’m confused because I didn’t notice him do this. I worry that my confusion means the dream is ending.

    I pass my hand in front of her face and she’s healed. When I glance over my shoulder, the guy is back, glaring at us. “You’re not coming back here again,” I say, and again he leaves. I say something to the woman about how this is a dream and she agrees. The dream is definitely fading now but we still manage a bit of sexytime before
    the dream ends.

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    Updated 02-04-2014 at 04:36 PM by 57387

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    Comments

    1. Highlander's Avatar
      Good TOTM attempt!

      I will have to be mindful going past a tattoo parlour.

      Nice long LD, plus you had healing powers and sexytime.
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    2. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thanks, Highlander! I was proudest of the heart attempt, even though it failed. The basic, even though it was a lot easier, was great fun too, though. DCs are so cool.

      I do still want to try a dream tattoo at some point... even better if I could find a mirror to check out the results!

      Thanks for mentioning the healing, forgot to tag it!
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    3. fogelbise's Avatar
      Nice variety and length CL!! I am trying not to fly off immediately upon becoming lucid to see if it lengthens my LDs (I remembered my goal but didn't get a lot of length...but felt like progress). I can't pass up sexy time most of the time but I like the idea of delaying it towards the end! I also like the idea of asking about my true love and see if a person is named.

      Love the Jedi Mind Trick on the guy!
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      Updated 02-04-2014 at 08:12 PM by fogelbise
    4. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Thank you, fogelbise, glad you liked it! Yeah, my inclination has always been to just jump up in the air and start flying. I find LDing hugely exciting and excitement is even more difficult to control in dreams than IWL I find. But lately my primary goal has been to maximize dream vividness and experience what's really possible. I'm hoping that this will help me form some good habits. Even if not, it's a lot of fun and quite a mind-expanding experience... dreams can be so incredibly vivid.

      Yeah, the tasks are pretty cool this month. No zombie-kissing for me, but the rest are all fun. Hell, I'll even eat a dog biscuit. And thanks, yeah, the Jedi mind trick is my one of my favorite ways of interacting with hostile and unpleasant DCs. It's hard not to get caught up in a pattern of using lots of force on DCs, and I really try to go for these more subtle forms of control. The results just seem so much better and the dream tends to remain much more pleasant this way.
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    5. Sibyline's Avatar
      You were the perfect gentleman.
      I'll keep the Jedi mind trick in my toolbox for annoying/useless DCs.
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    6. fogelbise's Avatar
      It's inspiring to see how many different things can be done & different ways to do them. I can't see ever getting bored with lucid dreaming!
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    7. NyxCC's Avatar
      Awesome ld! Congrats on TOTM and the very brave and romantic adv task try!

      I can’t stop laughing and I try not to think about whether you can laugh yourself awake from a lucid dream.
      I sometimes have the same worries when in too much euphoria. This is going to sound strange but I don't think I've laughed in an ld.

      Loved the part at the end where you healed the woman, now fixing DCs' like second nature to you! And very good DC control making that man go away. No unnecessary violence, the power of words did it!
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    8. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Sibyline
      You were the perfect gentleman.
      I'll keep the Jedi mind trick in my toolbox for annoying/useless DCs.
      Ha ha, thank you! I think you'll find it very effective, particularly when you do it with intent, like you know that this is what this DC is now going to do. The verbalization is probably just "extra", but I'll take all the "extra" I can get when it comes to dream control!

      Quote Originally Posted by NyxCC
      Awesome ld! Congrats on TOTM and the very brave and romantic adv task try!

      I sometimes have the same worries when in too much euphoria. This is going to sound strange but I don't think I've laughed in an ld.

      Loved the part at the end where you healed the woman, now fixing DCs' like second nature to you! And very good DC control making that man go away. No unnecessary violence, the power of words did it!
      Thank you Nyx! For me, LD laughter is kind of a strange thing. I should pay more attention to what it feels like, but it's tough when you don't exactly see it coming. I wonder what would happen if I went up to some random, hapless DC and requested that they "make me laugh". I seem to be very susceptible to silliness in-dream (even moreso than usual) so maybe it's not that tough.

      Yeah, I'm glad that lately I've been remembering to solve more of my DC problems without using too much violence. It seems to keep the dreamscape so much more placid when you gently shape it rather than blowing the bugle and going to war with a bunch of dream figures.
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    9. Xanous's Avatar
      Youre such.the.heroic type. lol I like how you handled the.bully. I know they have been a problem for you so often. Great dream!
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    10. CanisLucidus's Avatar
      Ha ha, thanks man... hostile DCs often make me flustered, nervous, and violent in some of my lucids so this has been a good change recently. I'm going to try to keep up with this as best I can! It's not always easy to stay frosty but hopefully I'm building some good habits.
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