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      Smile Hello everyone

      When I was a kid, mainly between the ages of 6 and 10, I think, I used to have pre-lucid and low-level lucid dreams. Back then I didn't realise they were dreams at all because I would have these as I was "falling asleep", like a sort of natural WILD happening.

      As years went by I thought I didn't have dreams at all, or that I couldn't recall them, because I didn't even consider these events to be dreams. At the time, it just felt like I was very vividly inside my imagination a little while after closing my eyes, and then there would be a blank in my memory and suddenly it was morning. I know they were low-level lucid dreams because of the amount of "control" that I had (it was easy to create things, but not necessarily easy to manipulate all of the reality) and the fact that I was sort of following some kind of plot.

      A lot of the dreams revolved around the same themes, the one I remember best in particular was that I was the leader of some sort of godzilla-like alien species that was visiting (invading maybe) Earth, so both me and the members of my dream species were quite... large. For context, I watched some godzilla cartoon quite a lot at the time, so I think that was a big source of that theme.

      The other kinds of low-level lucid dreams were strange, by comparison. I remember being in dark rooms, and the walls of the rooms were no specific colour, they were like a dark TV static; the colour almost felt physically fuzzy to look at, if that even makes sense. I never understood these, since I only ever tried to interact with the strange environment, but nothing really ever happened, other than "impossible" physical sensations...


      Eventually these stopped happening entirely and I mostly forgot about dreams and the dreamworld in general. I would usually get somewhat upset by others mentioning their dreams, because for many of the following years, I wouldn't remember dreams, almost at all, apart from nightmares; I don't know why it was upsetting exactly, but looking back I think I felt like I was left out.

      Then, I found out about lucid dreaming, I don't remember how, and started reading a book from LaBerge and practiced some of the techniques, almost with success. My dream recall had been improving slightly but with some of the things I learned and with a dream journal it ended up improving drastically. Despite not being able to fully use any specific technique, I went from having no lucid dreams at all, to having about 1 per year, on average, and so it has remained, more or less.

      In the meantime, I discovered that I have fibromyalgia and that I likely always did from a young age, but that's a different story altogether; I mention it because I know that the way my sleep is and has been, is strongly affected by the condition.
      And my first lucid dream was an eye-opening experience. It was the first time in my life I understood what it was like to not be constantly tired, and in pain. That has remained as my main motivation to keep wanting to have lucid dreams; it doesn't even matter too much what I dream about, it simply makes me feel complete, in a sense...

      Finally, to end the "short" story; I have recently been having dreams with a low-level of lucidity, more often than I would expect and with no particular effort to it. To be honest, I stopped practicing techniques about 4 years ago, and have only maintained the habit of doing reality checks, now and then. I still miss a lot of situations where there are things in waking life that in my dreams would be a clear dream sign.


      TL;DR: Used to have semi-lucid dreams as a kid and only understood lucid dreams a few years ago. Want to focus some more on it again.

      From here, I simply hope to make my mind more consciously aware of the dreamworld, in an indirect way, if nothing else.

      I probably missed something I wanted to say, I always do, but there we are; I'll probably be reading and posting in random threads that I find curious or interesting, as I like discussing things.
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      Hello and welcome aboard.

      The TV static you mentioned struck my attention as I sometimes see this in strange nonsensical places in my dreams. For me, it is most often on a wall or on the ground, usually in a shadow. I always thought it may be a portal to another part of the dream, but I could never approach those areas because it would go away as I got closer. I now use these as a dream sign which helps me to realize that I am dreaming in the first place.

      For you, things like this combined with the lack of tiredness and pain could be some very strong dream signs for you.

      I wish you luck on your lucidity journey!

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      Quote Originally Posted by anderj101 View Post
      Hello and welcome aboard.

      The TV static you mentioned struck my attention as I sometimes see this in strange nonsensical places in my dreams. For me, it is most often on a wall or on the ground, usually in a shadow. I always thought it may be a portal to another part of the dream, but I could never approach those areas because it would go away as I got closer. I now use these as a dream sign which helps me to realize that I am dreaming in the first place.

      For you, things like this combined with the lack of tiredness and pain could be some very strong dream signs for you.

      I wish you luck on your lucidity journey!
      Thank you for your welcome post.

      Unfortunately the lack of tiredness/pain is not the most reliable dream sign(see some by clicking here) I could make note of, because in many non-lucid dreams I do still feel my normal tiredness and pain, and in other ones I think I simply make no note of it, because that is something I must do in waking life to get on with things. I can go a bit further than simply "tuning it out" as I have, over the years, trained to use willpower as a way of ignoring pain, but it's not foolproof and relies a lot on my mood.

      Let me try to explain a little further: I know there is a difference between tuning out of pain and not having pain, because the way it manifested itself in my lucid dream was like when you are somewhere so silent that the silence feels deafening. The silence is loud and clear. You are made consciously aware of it, absolutely. That is what the freedom from pain felt like, an absolutely loud and clear freedom from the pain. It was an incredibly positive experience and for many days after real pain felt very, very easy to manage.

      I have simply never noticed this in a non-lucid dream, and even in lucid dreams, I understand very clearly that the level of lucidity has to be very high for me to feel this way, but I have kept the possibility open that I might feel such a way in a non-lucid state in the future.

      That said, thank you for your suggestion, as it was something I have already considered in the past, and it's good to have reminders.
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