• Lucid Dreaming - Dream Views




    View RSS Feed

    The Lab Notebook

    Of Ships, Oceans, Forests, and Trains

    by , 09-15-2012 at 07:20 PM (673 Views)
    (This one is from last night, bringing my DJ up to date again.)

    Awake, Non-lucid, [Commentary made while awake]

    I'm in House #4, which is enormous and elaborate and has lots of rooms [far, far more than in real life]. I go into one room that I had been using as an office/storage room, turn on the lights, and wonder why the lights in the ceiling fan don't turn on when I flip the switches, like they always have. [Arrrrrgh! *facepalm* It's been a while. I completely forgot that this was a dream sign until just now, when I was writing about it!] Then I notice that the room has been completely redecorated and filled with all kinds of objects and belongings. Someone has moved into these rooms. That someone has left a note on a rectangular sheet of yellow paper, attached to the wall, and has signed it with her first name, Emily.

    While walking through the house, I pass a seating area with couches and a coffee table in an open area of the second floor, on a sort of landing next to the walkway that leads to the other bedrooms.

    I'm in a dining area, sitting at a table, eating a meal with my roommate, LB. We talk about how I have this is my last night in the house, and I have to return to my original home.

    I go downstairs and walk out of the house, which is now a small cruise ship sitting at a dock. Someone says something like, “If you don't come back, the ship will leave without you.” And I'll be marooned, I think. Well, Long Beach sure is a great place to be marooned in.

    I wander off, along the city streets, heading toward the ocean. I find the frontage road that runs along the edge of the beach, and follow it to the next cross-street that leads inland.
    [The intersection I came to looked a lot like this intersection here, a place I know well from real life, but that intersection is actually in Santa Barbara, not Long Beach. In the dream, this area looked like that intersection, except grayer, more urban, and more built up - more like Long Beach, in other words.]

    I turn right and head up that street that leads inland from the ocean. I come to an enchanted-forest-themed park area, where there is a gently-curving path through a forest of tall trees, and little statues and figurines, including one that plays a chipper, pre-recorded message when you touch a marked panel in front of it. The companion I'm with does so, and I turn around and walk back the way I came along the path, annoyed by the recording.

    While retracing our steps, my companion and I come to a section of the pathway where there's a little toy train that runs along a ledge, about three feet off the ground, on one side of the footpath. The train consists of a toy engine, a toy caboose, and a whole bunch of random, small objects in between them. Any object placed in the line of objects between the engine and the caboose levitates a few inches above the ledge, and is pulled along as part of the train. The idea is that you're supposed to stand on the objects and ride the train along the ledge. I take my totem out of my pocket and place it on one of the flat objects in the train, and look at it for a moment. However, I then put it back in my pocket, because I don't want my companion to see that I have it.
    [Again, how did I not realize I was dreaming? Apparently, in my mind, that totem object is associated with the idea “This is a secret - no one else must know you have this” much more strongly than it is with the ideas “This is a symbol of your membership in the lucid dreaming community, a reminder to do reality checks, and a way to do them.” Great. :/ ]

    Submit "Of Ships, Oceans, Forests, and Trains" to Digg Submit "Of Ships, Oceans, Forests, and Trains" to del.icio.us Submit "Of Ships, Oceans, Forests, and Trains" to StumbleUpon Submit "Of Ships, Oceans, Forests, and Trains" to Google

    Comments

    1. Batch's Avatar
      Sorry you missed the signs that you were dreaming, but other than that, nice dream. Fun to see somebody else dreaming about California locations. Though I've been away from CA for 20 years, it is where I grew up, and still where probably 75% of my dreams take place.
      Emiko likes this.
    2. Emiko's Avatar
      Thanks for the comment! I also grew up there, and only just moved away last month to pursue a career in the Midwest. I predict I will have many, many more dreams about my old stomping grounds as time goes on. Nice to meet a fellow Californian!