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    1. Barking Dog WBTB

      by , 01-12-2023 at 02:14 PM
      (crossposted from my DJ last night)


      Itís 3am, been awake for 30-60 mins, mind racing with worries about things. Forgot to do dream recall because im so preoccupied with these thoughts. A dog has been barking in the distance.

      i stop and think, none of these worries have happened yet. Why am i obsessing over them?


      Is there a barking dog? Is that just a sound distortion from my noise machine? A hallucination?

      I stop and listen carefully. Sounds real.

      I lift my head off the pillow to listen from another angle. Still real-sounding. I swear, it's as realistic as anything I've heard, not coming from my mind.

      But then I stop to think and realize it has been the exact same two barks every time. Dozens of times. The same two barks, spaced exactly the same, identical tone and pitch on repeat.

      Itís not real.

      I proceed to adjust the volume and sound of the two barks with my mind. The hallucination follows my adjustments. Still the same spacing between the two exact same barks, but I can slow it down, adjust the timing, and change the volume with my mind.

      There was never any barking dog.

      The things I'n worrying about arenít happening either. I still hear the same barking on repeat and my worries are still there, but I know what's in my mind and what's not. I'm going back to sleep.
      Tags: barking, dog, wbtb
    2. Discovering The Essence of Happiness

      by , 12-10-2022 at 10:38 PM
      I had a dream last night that led to a mind-blowing discovery about happiness.

      I've been sad lately, don't get much joy out of the things I used to love. It feels like the light inside of me has gone out.
      I have plenty of "reasons" for why I'm sad, like depression and life struggles that are real and understandable.
      But that doesn't change anything. I'm still sad.

      Last night, I decided to try using my dreams as references for visual art. I wasn't trying to find the grand solution to my relentless despair, but I thought maybe I'll be happier if my drawing skills improve. Or maybe I'll make money off of my art if it looks better, and the money will make me happy.
      idk maybe it'll just pass the time, worst case scenario.

      My small, simple goal was to improve my anatomy skills, especially eyebrows. I have trouble visualizing eyebrows and putting them onto paper. I thought "Well, my dreams look just like real life. The human brain is incredible, capable of coming up with elaborate scenery and imagery that look just like real life. Perfect reference material, right? I can study anything I want in dreams."

      So I entered a lucid dream with WILD and started studying a simple painting of a woman facing to the side. I could study the curve of her chin and lips, the size of her forehead relative to her chin, the shape of her eyes and eyebrows. All of the shapes and proportions. It was as if I was looking at a real painting for reference.

      But this didn't help because I can already draw something like that from memory when awake. Side-views are easy for me. I've already memorized the curves and proportions. If I was going to improve, I needed references for more complex angles and expressions that I haven't memorized.

      So I stepped away from the painting and started to look around at everything in my environment, marveling at how vivid everything was. The grass, the trees, every grain of dirt on the ground. I leaned down to examine the petals of a purple flower.

      But again, I could draw a flower like that from memory. Neat, but not what I was looking for.

      I needed to look at things that I have trouble visualizing when awake, because I don't know the finer details of what they look like.

      So I found some people to study. I tried to examine the face of an older man who looked perfectly vivid and realistic at first, but upon close inspection, I couldn't wrap my mind around what his face was supposed to actually look like in finer detail. What's the exact curve of his eyebrow from every angle? Do all the hairs go in the same direction or do they curve out in separate directions? Where exactly on his skull do the eyebrows meet the orbital bone? I can't remember, I don't know these things, but I thought they would "magically" appear properly in my dream. For some reason, I thought my brain must've had this "secret highly detailed memory" storage that only dream-me could access. After all, my dreams are so vivid and realistic.

      Seems kind of obvious that I was wrong, now that I think about it.
      I couldn't make out his finer details in my dream any better than I could without a reference when awake. It wasn't even necessarily blurry, but it was like I was seeing the ambiguity of my mind failing to form an objectively correct visual. I was seeing all of the "possibilities" at the same time (not literally, but the illusion of my flawed perception was clearer than ever).

      This is also what happens when I try to visualize his face when awake.
      I still need a reference.

      But it's mind-blowing that I didn't even notice the illusion covering up these deficits until I started looking for them. My unaware mind had convinced me that everything looked normal, when it didn't. That makes way more sense than my old magical assumption that we could somehow dream in 4K but not access this massive underused capacity for detail any other time.

      So I can't use my dreams for art like I wanted, but this has even more incredible implications.

      First, awareness is a much bigger aspect of our sensory perceptions than I previously thought. Everything you see is filtered through your awareness of it. You're not getting the real thing. Visual artists are specifically skilled to increase their awareness of visuals and a lack of awareness of visuals is reflected through their drawings, but we otherwise may never notice the awareness we lack (whether an artist or not).

      We go about our whole life thinking we see things that we're not fully seeing. Our minds are filling in the blanks and we don't think twice about it.

      Secondly, this is a huge difference between waking life and dreams that I never noticed before. Removing the "filter" like I did in this dream could help you recognize the dreamstate by reflecting on your level of visual awareness.

      Third and more incredible to me is what this implies about happiness in general. I posted this on the Omnilucid discord, and a fellow dreamer pointed out how this happens with other things too (not just visuals) like when you dream of a funny joke, but wake up with the realization that it wasn't funny (your mind just thought it was). Or in waking life, the experience of a garden being extra beautiful knowing the labor and love that went into it VS just seeing a garden in a dream that was easily created on the spot.

      I've had countless dreams that replicated the experience of something, without having the actual experience.

      Like nightmares about things that aren't scary, or losing love for a person I've never met. It was just a trick of the mind, an illusion of having an experience I didn't even have... There's a pure essence to our experience of things that can't be seen, heard, touched etc. It doesn't seem to exist outside of our consciousness. It's invisible and intangible, but it's very real.

      I think I've been getting wrapped up in the illusions of "stuff" and have a better understanding of what that means now. I'm feeling much more hopeful. Maybe I can find happiness again now that I'm seeing past the filters.

      Updated 12-11-2022 at 06:58 AM by 99032

      memorable , side notes , lucid
    3. No Outside

      by , 08-01-2022 at 11:56 PM
      I was in a building with several families on it. They shared rooms with tapestries separating them for privacy. Nobody worked and everyone seemed pretty happy with their lifestyles, despite having never gone outside. Many generations were born into these communities. They were comfy and didn't have much in the way of crime (at least in the community I was investigating).

      There were other buildings like this with other similar communities of families living in them. If residents wanted outside contact, they could get in touch with the other communities using computerized drones.

      Sometimes people would transfer between communities, but it was a big deal to do this. That's what they assumed I came from, though nobody seemed interested in asking me anything about the details of my whereabouts. They were just friendly and interested in the new addition to the community. I was well-liked.

      The computers and drones kept records, maintained society, and brought in supplies. They provided everything.
      Nobody questioned the drones either. They simply regarded them as helpers and protection.

      One of the hallways had no lights, so it would appear dark when you looked down the hallway.
      I noticed a portal in the dark (it wasn't invisible, just an energy field I could feel). Going through it, I found that the portal led to another connected building identical to this one, but with different people in it.

      I can't remember if it was just me that could use this portal, or if the residents knew about it.

      There was also a door that led outside. I asked one of the residents about it. They expressed sharp disapproval and acted like I was crazy to even think about going outside, telling me there was nothing outside.

      The drones will shoot you dead anyway, they told me.
      Yet these drones were protecting them? From what?

      I went outside when no one was looking.

      Upon stepping through the door, I found myself standing in an empty parking garage.
      There were drones patrolling the area. I turned into my dragon and went invisible so they wouldn't shoot.

      There was a light coming from one of the car ramps leading down below. I already knew what it was before I saw it, but I went down to investigate anyway.

      Sure enough, that's where the universe ended. Everything surrounding this building and the garage was a white void.

      There really was nothing outside. Literally.

      Updated 11-30-2022 at 01:31 AM by 99032

      lucid , memorable
    4. Kidnapping & Illness

      by , 06-13-2022 at 08:41 PM
      Accidentally deleted this journal, so I'm rewriting what I can remember of it.


      I was in my childhood home standing on the balcony. I looked up and saw what looked like a cancerous formation in the sky (a patch of red that began to grow).
      When the sun went down, some people with weapons and flashlights showed up. My family ducked behind the furniture. I was lucid and decided not to buy into the fear, so I stepped outside, knowing it was me they wanted. They proceeded to kidnap me, having me get into a van.

      In the van, I went to the front and saw the driver, a woman with straight black hair. I talked to her, asked what was going on. I can't remember the full conversation and lost the journal for this, but she told me about how she was dying of a medical illness and needed a large sum of money to pay for treatment. Due to unbridled capitalism and its goal of limitless growth at the expense of life (like a cancer), crime was her last resort for health care to save her life. That's why she kidnapped me.

      I reached forward from the back of the van (through the little window) and materialized money out of my hands. She was stunned.

      I told her that her world is my dream. She was a bit horrified at first, though because she was already facing terminal illness, I think she took it better than some.

      I felt like I was going to wake up soon and told her I had to go. I asked if there was anything else I could do for her before I left. She was still stunned, but asked if I could change her hair. So I kept myself asleep for a while to do her hair like she wanted, changing it on a biological level so it would stay permanent.

      I then woke up and it was morning.

      Updated 01-12-2023 at 07:42 PM by 99032

      lucid , memorable
    5. Deliberate False Awakening Experiments with V-WILD

      by , 05-30-2022 at 03:19 AM
      One hour long dream. I did V-WILD but decided to just pay a lot of attention to the process, feeling it, being present. I've been running lots of tests like this lately to try and get a better idea of how it works.

      After doing V-WILD into my bedroom, I climbed out the window. I noted how a lot of things were different in my neighborhood like lighting and rearranged buildings.

      I decided to test out waking myself up in a way where itís more dream body instead of waking (trying to get a better understanding for the difference between dream and waking body lately). I tested to see if I can trigger a false awakening.

      Yes! Maybe? I woke up back in my bedroom. I assumed this was either a dream, or I woke myself for real. I did a reality check with finger through palm and it didnít work.

      I was pretty sure it was a dream anyway though. I didn't take the failed RC too seriously, since I know that happens sometimes. I plugged my nose and breathed, that worked.

      I proceeded to practice false awakenings a few times. Knew I was still dreaming each time, got a better feel for it.

      Most of the time I was with my dream character version of SO. She watched me do all this nonsense lol. Most times I told her it was a dream, she acted mock concerned like half-heartedly gasped. I responded ďYeah, I know if you were my rl SO you would be rightly concerned about me thinking everything is a dream, but since we both know itís a dream, youíre fine. No need to act all shocked haha."

      I eventually woke myself up for real when it felt it had been an hour. My timing guess was right (I seem to still have a good sense of RL time in dreams).

      Updated 01-12-2023 at 07:53 PM by 99032

      Tags: awakening, false, wild
      lucid , false awakening , memorable , side notes
    6. Bringing Dream Characters Out of Dream

      by , 05-28-2022 at 11:21 PM
      This is an older dream.

      I was in a world that had crumbled. Everything was surrounded by a white void, and the remains of the universe floated in fragments through space. There were mountains, roads, cars, buildings, and fragments of asphalt and other materials floating around.

      The universe was still in the process of being consumed. In the distance, I could see the edges of the mountains being dissolved by something that looked like a wall of blue electricity or dust.
      In my dragon's form, I flew around in search of remaining life, and spotted a woman standing on a fragment of the remaining road.

      The brunette woman stood at the edge of the road coming off of a driveway. There was a house nearby that I presume was her home.
      She stared out at the dissolving mountains.
      When I landed next to her as my human self, she didn't look at me, but spoke.
      "This is the end, isn't it?"

      I turned and watched the mountains with her, and nodded.
      I could feel my body waking. It was morning.
      "I have to go soon. Do you want to come with?" I asked her and she looked at me in surprise.

      It took her a moment to respond, but as soon as she agreed, I turned back into my dragon and picked her up, carrying her as I traveled straight into the void.

      I woke up in my bed. When I looked up, I saw the figure of the woman standing at the end of the bed.
      "Thank you." she said and then faded away.

      Updated 11-29-2022 at 11:48 PM by 99032

      memorable , lucid
    7. Cursed Future Arthur

      by , 05-22-2022 at 06:53 PM
      Lost the dream journal to this, going off memory.


      I traveled to a post apocalyptic version of earth. The few people still surviving didnít know what happened, so I was just there to tell them what caused the world to endóso that history can be recorded and they donít repeat the same mistake.

      I then traveled back to before the apocalypse wiped everyone out (still in the distant future from our modern time), and I noticed Arthur was still on the air.

      So, I turned on an episode andÖ it was bad.

      It was unbelievably bad... Instead of having a round head, Arthur had a chipmunk shaped head. Instead of human eyes, the characters all had animal eyes, but they were enlarged to fit the cartoon animal face. Absolutely horrifying. Picture large beady black orbs slightly jutting out of the face with flimsy tacked-on human eyebrows. But they had human mouthsÖ. And teeth. It was hyper realistic, but 2D not 3D. You could see every hair, but smooth areas like the teeth had no detail.

      No that's not what started the apocalypse, but dang thank goodness the apocalypse ended it.

      Updated 01-12-2023 at 03:17 PM by 99032

      lucid , memorable , dream fragment
    8. Ethan & Aliens

      by , 05-13-2022 at 11:01 PM

      Updated 10-04-2022 at 12:34 AM by 99032

      Tags: aliens, dragon, ethan
      lucid , false awakening , memorable
    9. Disneyworld Magic Currency

      by , 05-06-2022 at 09:04 PM

      Updated 10-04-2022 at 12:35 AM by 99032

      non-lucid , memorable , dream fragment
    10. Cyclops River Battle

      by , 05-06-2022 at 09:00 PM

      Updated 10-04-2022 at 12:35 AM by 99032

      Tags: battle, cyclops, river
      memorable , lucid
    11. Giving Life to a Dream (4+ hours long)

      by , 04-25-2022 at 05:56 PM

      Updated 10-04-2022 at 12:36 AM by 99032

      Tags: forest, monster
      lucid , memorable , side notes
    12. Awake and asleep at the same time, and lucid and nonlucidat the same time (messing with boundaries).

      by , 04-16-2022 at 06:34 PM

      Updated 10-04-2022 at 12:36 AM by 99032

      lucid , non-lucid , false awakening , memorable , side notes
    13. First Dream/Hallucination/SP & Incubation Exercises

      by , 04-09-2022 at 08:00 PM

      Updated 10-04-2022 at 12:36 AM by 99032

      Tags: monster
      memorable , side notes
    14. Overcoming Sleep Paralysis (if you already have it)

      by , 04-05-2022 at 07:22 PM

      Updated 10-04-2022 at 12:37 AM by 99032

      memorable , side notes
    15. Robot Attack and Blind Driver

      by , 04-04-2022 at 03:31 PM

      Updated 10-04-2022 at 12:37 AM by 99032

      lucid , memorable
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