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    The stop watch experiment

    by , 07-09-2021 at 06:56 PM (251 Views)
    The stop watch experiment
    Lucid# 7 - DILD

    Iím in a strange bed in a room full of other sleeping people. I get up and exit into what appears to be a hotel corridor. I then turn around and Iím surprised to find my old best friend and his wife standing behind me. I follow them into their hotel room and when I look back at my friend I see heís shrunk to the size of a child and this startles me. ďWait am I dreaming!Ē I think with disbelief.

    I put my hand up in a halt gesture as if telling everyone to stop talking and donít come near me. I then lift a finger and try to push it through my palm. My finger hits my palm and doesnít go through but it does seem sort of spongy. I do it again and get the same result. I donít give up though as Iím convinced this is a dream. On my 3rd attempt my finger indents my skin a little and feels sticky like Iíve just stuck it in chewing gum. I pull it out and a string of my sticky Palm comes stretching out stuck to my finger. ďItís a dream!Ē I conclude.

    I waste no time and know I have to quickly stabilise the dream. I rub my hands together and yell ďstabilise!Ē Then I remember my stabilisation experiment I was thinking about before bed. The idea was to find a way of tricking my mind into keeping me in the dream longer. So I came up with the idea of wearing a stop watch and setting the time. ďIím wearing a watchĒ I say and look at my wrist but there is no watch. I feel a little silly thinking this will work but I try again. I look away and say it again and this time a watch has appeared on my wrist! Itís quite a big bulky, grey watch made of rubber with a digital face. I then grab the spinning wheel around the edge and turn it with a Ďclick, click, clickí and as I do the numbers on the screen change. Iím trying to find the time I want to stay in the dream but the numbers come up in a random, incoherent order which makes it difficult. ďThese numbers are all over the placeĒ I say. Finally I find 10:00 minutes and begin the timer now telling the dream I want to be here for at least 10 minutes.

    I then walk around the room as if I own the place. I ask my friends wife if me and my friend can talk alone. She complies and leaves the room. I stand in front of my friend now, who has returned to normal size and jump at him and shove him playfully. ďHello!Ē I yell in excitement and he smiles and appears a bit startled. ďItís great to see you!Ē Iíve been waiting for a while to have a lucid dream with my old friend (he moved away many years ago). I remind myself I shouldnít get too excited though and try to calm down.

    I canít actually recall what happens next but I think Iím exploring the room and feeling the furniture as I come across a grey sofa and suddenly remember I wanted to try flying. I canít really fly properly indoors so I decide I should start simple and try hover. I feel like I need something to jump off so I aim to stand on the sofa and jump off. Iím not sure what happens then but my friend grabs me or I bump into him and it knocks my vision and my eyes fog up and go dark. I panic knowing the dream is going to crumble so I try justify the darkness to my brain and say ďOh no I have mud in my eyes!Ē I start pretending and wiping my eyes hoping the dark patches will disappear like Iím rubbing the mud away. It doesnít work as Iíd hoped and only gets worse.

    In a last desperate attempt to stay in the dream I spin in circles hoping I can spin into a new dream. My vision has become completely black though and for a moment I feel like Iím spinning in a dark void but then my body is gone as well and I think Iíve woken up. I realise my eyes are still closed and I should attempt a DEILD but my mind begins to wander and I worry it will take too long and I have to get up soon. So with regret I give up and wake up and recall my dream.

    It was one of my dream goals to hang out with my old best friend again and he appeared all on his own so it was probably on my mind. Then he turned really small and my lucid brain spotted the oddity straight away. It was good to see my memory was working at full capacity as well and I was able to carry out a planned experiment which was to manifest the watch that was meant to tell my brain that I couldnít wake up until the timer was up. I definitely wasnít in the dream for 10 minutes so it didnít work. I suppose I should have known. details like numbers and text are known to change all the time in dreams and the watch was nonsensical as I should have expected. It was interesting to try though. Then there was the rubbing the mud from my eyes. That too didnít work as Iíd hoped and it seems you canít always trick the dream in this way. Iíve learnt a lot and was a good experience all round.

    Waking Notes:

    Stability: Medium
    Control: Medium
    Clarity: Medium
    Awareness: High
    Length: Low

    Trigger: Dream oddity
    Reality check: Finger palm
    Length: 3 minutes (approx.)
    Goals: Meet up with my friend & try watch experiment
    Techniques: WBTB, MILD
    Time: 6:30am
    Lucid count: 7
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