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      There were all kinds of dream-y signs last night. But this one was particularly egregious:

      I'm in a house, fairly tall-ceilinged room, and a very large bus enters from the upper floor heads down the stairs and gets stuck trying to make the turn into the next room. I think "there's no way it's going to make that turn, it's too tight."
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      I am trying to set the deadbolt of an exterior door as there seems to be something large, wild and ominous on the outside. There are 1 foot long iron rods which penetrate the keyholes of both the door latch and the deadbolt mechanism to prevent the use of a key to unlock the door once it is secured. As I attempt to throw the deadbolt into the receiving door jam, a woman's tongue emerges from the door instead of the hardened bolt. The tongue explores the region around the hole in the door jam but never goes in and secures the door. In any event the tongue would be too insubstantial to provide the required strength and security. I wake, anxious and in a bit of a panic.
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      This happened a few nights ago.

      I'm getting ready to start school, and my parents are rushing me to get everything ready. Now, I'm in college, but my parents kept telling me to hurry up so we could get to my high school. As I was getting everything ready, I kept thinking to myself, "I graduated high school three years ago. Why am I going there?" But it never clicked. And I went to my high school.
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      Pretty usual: I'm on an airport with a small boy and as I see planes outside I tell him : " Iv recently been dreaming a lot about planes did you know?"

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      Although I was technically lucid, I missed a big DEILD/WILD opportunity by being a bit too concerned about wanting to wake up at a certain time. I wanted to wake up to do something but kept finding myself repeatedly falling back into sleep and dreams, so I kept doing things like wiggling my fingers to try to stay awake. As soon as I finally managed to wake up fully and sit up in bed, I realized what I had just done and kicked myself.

      It's not very often that I'm concerned enough about waking up to go into this light, partly-lucid sleep mode, so I guess I tend to forget. Kind of like how I sometimes try so hard to escape from FA-dream-journal loops that I forget I'm in a LD and try to wake myself up just so I can really journal the last dream. Looks like I need to set some intentions to remember the correct priorities of things!

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      Not again! ; A plane is falling from the sky and I'm all like " oh my god " and successfully nose pinch- reality checking without realizing it's working.
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      I am at first driving and then walking through progressively more beautiful and fantasy-like areas of a city in Africa and all the while exclaiming to myself, "Wow, this is so amazing, beautiful, and dream-like, who knew Africa was like this! Ooohh, look at the flock of huge purple geese!" I wake up and my first thought is "OH YOU GOTTA BE $%^&^%$ KIDDING ME!"
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      I had a dream in which I was having immense difficulty typing a simple five-digit number and wondered what was wrong with me. I started to consider doing a RC and even seemed to catch a glimpse of it indicating I was dreaming. Unfortunately, I was a bit preoccupied with the fact that someone was waiting on me, so it appears that the slight anxiety I had caused me to defer a proper RC and not give it the significance I should have at that moment. Naturally, I ended up forgetting about it and remaining nonlucid.

      Though technically, I don't consider this (nor any of my other slipups) a “stupid” way of missing lucidity, just an opportunity to learn how I might handle similar situations better and more lucidly in the future. In this case, this might be a suggestion that I shouldn't be afraid to take an extra couple of seconds to RC right when I feel I need to.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Travis E. View Post
      I had a dream in which I was having immense difficulty typing a simple five-digit number and wondered what was wrong with me. I started to consider doing a RC and even seemed to catch a glimpse of it indicating I was dreaming. Unfortunately, I was a bit preoccupied with the fact that someone was waiting on me, so it appears that the slight anxiety I had caused me to defer a proper RC and not give it the significance I should have at that moment. Naturally, I ended up forgetting about it and remaining nonlucid.

      Though technically, I don't consider this (nor any of my other slipups) a “stupid” way of missing lucidity, just an opportunity to learn how I might handle similar situations better and more lucidly in the future. In this case, this might be a suggestion that I shouldn't be afraid to take an extra couple of seconds to RC right when I feel I need to.
      Exactly. This is what I tell people who ask for suggestions for RCs that are not "conspicuous" to do in public. It's really important not to be inhibited when doing RCs, because those inhibitions will likely carry over in to the dream state.
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      That's true. This fortunately isn't a common problem for me; the main difficulty seemed to be that this was an oddball case where I felt rushed (which I personally don't tend to handle well in general). Realistically, there are times when I have to delay an RC slightly (for practical or even safety reasons), but I try to keep this delay as short as possible since even a few seconds can be enough for a distraction to derail it.

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      Tried to WILD it worked but i taught it didn't work so in my non lucid dream i was having a DJ a bed and was preparing my self to lucid dream i closed my eyes after a few seconds i had the vibrations and the noise that you get when you WILD this happened 5 times after 5 times i felt disappointed why isn't it working only to wake up after a minute to feel like the biggest idiot lol ^_^

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      I realized that I could change the landscape at will and I gave the fault to the fact that I was just awake and still sleepy so I was quite dreamy and those are things you could do when you dream.

      And no, I didn't become lucid. Wtf

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      Walking on my grandparents house which has been deeply modified by my dad in my dreamworld. I saw one of the doors he built. I remember I use to dream that, although now I know it’s not a dream because of I know exactly where it leads... a nasty bathroom of course!

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      I had a dream a couple of days ago that had me feeling ridiculous when I woke up. I was washing dishes with my boyfriend and I kept turning to him and saying, "Brett, this is ridiculous. We don't have to wash all of these dishes, this is a dream."

      He kept responding, "Of course we have to wash the dishes, look at how many there are!"

      I agreed and we kept washing dishes.

      So--not only a pretty mediocre dream, but I totally missed the chance to make it way better!
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      I dream about having sleep paralysis and then have a false awakening where I tell people about the weird SP dream I just had.

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      I went for a run on a nice sunny trail, ran till dark. Some people started chasing me into a theater. In the theater a movie called sleep and dreams played, during the movie my popcorn was golden and shiny. When the movie ended, went outside and it was sunny. I was like wasn't it dark, before the movie? My mind was like just stop thinking and keep running. Me ya this seem's completely normal.

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      Convincing myself that I alone of all the people on Earth had finally figured out how to move objects with my mind.
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      Having a conversation about lucid dreaming with a lucid dreaming expert in a dream, after looking for a book on lucid dreaming and finding out that it was right in front of me.

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      as I removed a bottle of orange juice from the the fridge the colour changed from purple to brown to orange, the whole time I was saying aloud is this orange juice? Two dcs were saying yes the whole time.

      I told myself must be the way the light is hitting the bottle -Doh!!
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