• Lucid Dreaming - Dream Views




    General Dream Notes & Details


    Dream Signs & notes:

    Common:
    • Train
    • Elevator/lift
    • Long journey in car
    • Note: The above are unlikely to make perform Reality Checks, as they are too well embedded into my subconscious responces to their context; so I generally don't perform reality checks in those situations because they are specific spatial contexts that require spatial threshold crossing, which makes me unable to recall the intention to check.
    • Games, literally inside them or otherwise - Perception of Human Interface Devices, i.e. mouse and keyboard, is negligible if at all noticeable during my dreams, but the "something feels off" factor tends to be items or objects that don't actually exist within the game.
    • Movie/game camera-like effects - Rarely think about it "feeling off" during dreaming, but it is a common sign nonetheless.
    • Dream generated scenes
    • Partner - If my partner is present in a dream, his behaviour is usually, well, unusual.
    • Vehicles have incorrect driving side - I live in a country with a driver side different from my native country, and the driver side in dreams tends to be at random regardless of dream location.


    Uncommon:
    • Old friends - Unlikely to make me RC because of good personal acquaintance to them, despite the fact they have not been a part of my life for many many years. Reality checks when other conscious individuals are present is rare for me, due to the waking life awkwardness factor.
    • Early school years (the locations, the people) - Unlikely to make me RC because I am generally within the "old friends" context as well.
    • Being back in my native country - Usually the locations are mixed from different periods of my life or with surreal or dream-generated environments.
    • Driving - Very often noticeably "something feels off", because I do not actually have a driving licence. Therefore I am usually keenly aware of my inability to drive correctly during the dream. But concentration on the clumsy driving does not allow time to consider RCing, since the situation and therefore danger of crashing feels real during the dream.


    Rare:
    • Labcoats - Self-introduced dream sign; high likelihood of noticing and doing a RC. Generally other individuals wearing them and not my dream self; and sometimes they are naked apart from the coat. Still too rare to be used consistently despite the artificial introduction into my dreams, but when present, very likely to make me question reality.
    • Angels - Limited memory of this dream sign, but most often angels carrying a message from God to me.
    • Having children of our own
    • Dying but continuing to exist - In some dreams I have died, sometimes painfully, and noticed I continued to exist, but usually this did not result any increased awareness of the dream state.
    • Sunset - A dream sign I've had a few times, it usually has a somewhat eerie feeling of "end of time".


    Will expand the dream signs list as I remember more, but initially added the most prominent ones.




    Reality checks:

    • Simply looking at hands, palms facing me
    • Counting the fingers on my either of my hands - usually the left hand's fingers when awake
    • Trying to pass two fingers through my other hand's palm - usually try with both hands
    • Trying to put my hand or arm through an object - usually only happens if the object has appeared strange to me in some sense already
    • Pinching nose and trying to breathe - new dream sign I picked up here on DV, haven't used it in dreams yet


    Passing my fingers through my palms or my hands through objects seems to be effective within the dream context. Counting my fingers generally results in correct assumptions that something is off about reality but does not always elevate awareness of dream.