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    1. #1
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      May 2004
      Calgary, Alberta. Canada

      Dreams help to resolve emotional issues...

      I had my first LD about 8 months ago. Then school and living in rez got in the way of regular night sleeps and dream journals and I all but forgot about the lucid dreaming world.

      I started doing some online seaching about it again the first time a couple days ago. After 2 days of just reading about lucid dreaming (barely practiced the reality checks and didn't keep a journal) I had another lucid dream.

      Typical newb experience: tried flicking on and off the lights, tried kissing the girl standing next to me, tried flying, got too excited and woke up.

      But what was more important was the dream I had BEFORE I became lucid. I was sitting in a movie theatre with my dad. The movie on screen was supposed to be Men in Black II. Instead, the movie was these really nice images, and there was orchestra music playing along, and my dad and I both commented on how good the music was (miracleous how the brain can be so mysterious yet so forthcoming with its beauty).


      I'm still in the same movie theatre with my dad, but now we're arguing. For some reason I think I'm going to die, as if i was going to be given the electric chair. I was arguing with him because he didn't seem upset and wasn't doing anything to try and help me. He said something about me wasting my time and pissing my life away.
      I then started a rant about "I've only been smoking pot for 1 year, its not like i've been sitting on my ass doing nothing for the past 5 years. I own my own small business, I'm passing my classes, I'm an honest person, i'm still productive.....

      Then I woke up (probably because my frustration was at its peak).

      Now here is why I think this dream is worth discussing.

      I have been reading that :
      'When you enter REM and the brain's emotional memory system suddenly kicks into high gear, it calls the shots, constructing the dream by pieceing together images that are in some way associated with whatever the predominant emotion is at the end of your day."

      Well, my predominant emotion for the last couple weeks has been associated with my smoking marijuana.
      Well, as much as I deny it in public, I know I smoke marijuana too often. However, I have been convincing myself that its okay for me to be smoking as much as I have been, since It doesn't seem to have affected my regular daily life. But even I know i'm just making excuses for being too psychologically addicted to want to stop.
      A process also known as cognitive disonance.

      It is interesting to learn about the science behind dreaming as well as the lucid dreaming experience, and try to find personal applications.

      It is also nice to know what my subconcious is doing its job in trying to help me resolve my personal issues. Now if I only gave it some concious effort I'd get things worked out.

      To encourage people to learn about dream science as a whole, and not just lucid dreaming.

      1 question: How many lucid dreams would an experienced lucid dreamer (lets say 5 years of practice) be able to have in a week?
      - what they can never know is what we do to them in our minds -

      - the premise that led to the war on terror is a lie -

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      Member pcmsurf's Avatar
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      Apr 2004
      my guess is about once a night

      i think seeker might be able to answer this question best since i think hes he big kahuna on lucid dreaming

    3. #3
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      Mar 2004
      I always thought that there was a purpose to some of the extremly strong emotional dreams I had. When there was a problem in my life that I wasn't dealing with a dream would come and point it out.
      Must say I have a kind of love hate relationship with my subconscious. Always there to point the finger, never seems to do anyting useful
      Subconscious! Heal thy self! you freakin' whinner
      One of my reasons for wanting to LD is to adress any issues I have.
      I've been so lazy - someone kick me.

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      Oct 2003
      Originally posted by pcmsurf
      i think seeker might be able to answer this question best since i think hes he big kahuna on lucid dreaming
      Thanks for the vote of confidence I wish I could live up to the title of Big Kahuna, but alas, I am mortal like the rest... =(

      I know that I, and at least several others here are VERY interested in all aspects of sleep. It's just a cool thing and I have enjoyed researching about it since I was a young teenager.

      The number of LDs possible is totally dependant on you. In theory, it should be possible to have 21 a week, but in reality, 5 a week is pretty darn good!

      It also varies based on your emotional state and dedication.

      I've been a lucid dreamer for over 12 years now, but have really began to get serious about it in the last two years or so and I feel like I've accomplished something when I have 5 in a week.

      I think my personal record is somewhere like 7 in one week, but that included one night with 3 LDs in it and another night with 2.
      you must be the change you wish to see in the world...


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