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      Hey! Thanks for attempting the RC I mentioned. Iím disappointed it didnít have any affect for you but Iím not surprised and did wonder if it would only work for me.

      Basically I became lucid once from a sensation that felt like something was pulling me up and down from my back and causing the dream to shake as well as my dream body. I then tried this as an RC in another dream and experienced the same sensation. I confirmed this a third time as well and so I believed I had stumbled across an affective RC. My belief was the sensation was caused by me laying on my back in bed whilst dreaming.

      I suppose even though it didnít work for you itís possible it was because you were laid on your side as mentioned in your journal. Or itís possible this is just something I expect to work for me.

      Anyway, Iíll wait and see if anyone else attempts it before I mention this in the thread. Really appreciate you having a go though. Congratulations on the WILD as well, sounds like a good one! 🙂
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    27 October - Fun with my clone

    by IndigoRose on 10-27-2021 at 11:56 PM
    WILD. Vibrations. Suddenly, I feel like I am standing, I reach with my hand and can feel a wall with wallpaper to my left and a carpet under my feet. No vision yet.
    I follow the wall with my hand and take a few steps. I want to open my eyes, but it feels risky. Instead, I stabilize my dream body - I touch my face and proceed downwards. I begin to see. I inspect my body and legs under my nightie - everything looks realistic.

    I decide to try the TOTM task - have fun with your clone. My plan for this is to use a mirror to clone myself, pulling my image towards me. And maybe repeat it a few times.

    I walk around the room and look at the bed. My body and R's are there. There's a wardrobe next to it where a large mirror should be. I think to myself, there should be a mirror here, and when I look again, it's there.
    My reflection looks slightly different than me but nice.
    "Hi," I tell her. "Give me your hand."
    She stops mimicking me and takes on a life of her own (good!), but there's still a glass wall between us. I reach out to take her hand, but the mirror is solid. I remind myself that the mirror doesn't exist and try to use more force, but the glass doesn't let me do it.
    Then there's a big TV next to it, which I can stick my hand in without any problem. The stuff inside feels slightly wet and foggy.
    The mirror also changes size and position whenever I turn around.
    R, meanwhile, has woken up. I talk to him for a while and ask if he knows how to get my other me out of the other side of the mirror. He offers no advice.
    I decide to kiss the other me. For the first second or two, I feel cold glass, but then I feel soft and warm lips. I make it into a long kiss with my eyes closed, as a silent goodbye.

    I leave the room and want to go to the workshop to give the chance to the ring task. Is it even possible to do two tasks in one dream? I don't know, but I don't care, and the cloning didn't go as planned anyway.

    I walk through a couple of rooms that aren't in my house IRL. The last room has an industrial feel, with rough walls, a series of steps to a lower level, and a tiled floor. The door to the workshop isn't where I expect it to be, which confuses me for a moment, but then I see a door a little further to the right - it's glass, sliding, with a motion sensor. When I walk up to it, it opens.
    The workshop is a lot bigger than IRL, but a little darker. There are three benches, one with semi-finished jewellery on it.
    I look for some material suitable for a ring. On one of the benches is a large piece of gold, more bar than wire, high karat (18k or even 22k). It looks too thick for a ring, but I take a closer look. It's at least 10mm thick, definitely too thick for a ring.
    While I'm thinking I wouldn't even be able to bend it, I wake up.


    Notes:
    - While being completely invested in getting my reflection from the mirror, I completely missed that there was another me in the room that could be used as my clone - my body in my bed! I have to try to "wake up" my "real body" one day!
    - That chunk of gold would be worth something around $50,000. I certainly wouldn't mind finding something like that IRL
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    26 September - Control struggles and TOTM

    by IndigoRose on 09-26-2021 at 07:26 PM
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    Failed WILD (light vibrations, I thought that nothing happened but I was probably dreaming about being in bed at that point or very shortly after).

    I'm in bed. I get up and walk out of the room through a hallway. Something feels off. The movement - it's slightly slower and smoother. Am I dreaming? I raise my hand to do a nose plug RC but don't even finish it, the movement has a definite weird feel. I step into the room across from the bedroom where I slept and immediately know it isn't supposed to be there.
    The room looks like a combination of my childhood bedroom and the bedroom in my in-laws' apartment.
    What was I going to do? Trumps! And something else, but I can remember that later.

    Trumps come from the Amber book series by Roger Zelazny. In the books, they are tarot cards used for communicating with the person in the picture and also for teleporting.
    I've always loved Amber and came across the idea of using Trumps in one of FryingMan's posts. If I can get them into my dreams, it would be a neat tool for summoning DCs and for teleporting.

    I try to get the cards out of my pocket. But I don't seem to have any easily accessible pockets. I remember the sweatpants that I wear IRL now - they have zippered pockets. I feel the zipper and unzip it. From inside, I pull out an old tissue.
    I face a desk. There's a black phone on it, and music is playing. It's something modern, pop/techno/dance, mostly beats, I don't like it, but it's an original song and that's what gets my attention. I pick up the phone and say, "Play some rock." The music stops, but nothing new starts. "Classic rock," I specify. Nothing.
    I leave the phone alone and return to the contents of my pockets. More pieces of tissue. A small piece of lined paper, as if cut from my DJ, but blank. Nothing more.
    A DC enters the room. He wants to know what I'm doing with the phone. I pick it up again and say, "Play something." Now it works - the phone starts playing something techno-like again.
    The DC walks to the other end of the room, where he joins another DC who was already there. I wonder what to do next. TOTM! I look around the room - the other DC is now just a little closer. I walk up to him and ask "What part of my subconscious do you represent?"
    He looks at me in great surprise. "I don't know," he says, throwing up his hands. He turns to the other DC, but then turns back to me and says "Mrzoprs" with effort. I'm not sure I've understood correctly. "What?" "Mrzoprs," he repeats.


    "Mrzoprs" is a nonsense word, but if I assume Czech etymology, it could be loosely translated as "regretboob" or "grumpyboob".

    OK, enough. I have more goals to do.
    I go out into a big atrium. My next goal needs me to fly. But my lucidity and concentration have dropped significantly and I'm having trouble getting airborne, as well as problems with my clothes getting in the way.
    Then I get distracted by a friend who finds my attempts amusing.
    Nothing else interesting happens.
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    18 September - The longest lucid so far

    by IndigoRose on 09-19-2021 at 11:01 PM
    comment lucid dream

    A considerably shortened version, it was 20-30 minutes dream

    A very nice non-lucid in the 4th cycle, very light and mostly conscious sleep afterward. After an hour, I feel the 5th REM trying to start (vibrations starting and dissipating), but my mind is a bit too awake. I cuddle up with R. A minute later, vibrations again, and I finally relax into them.

    The beginning
    I see grey blurry spots and R is holding me tightly from behind (IRL we are in a spoons position, with his arm over me). I can barely move. Am I dreaming already? I don't want to risk moving in reality or opening my real eyes, so I close my dream eyes for a moment. But then it feels pretty stable, so I try to free myself. R holds me tighter and won't let go. I have to wrestle with him, and gradually the visuals come in, grey and blurry at first, then clearer and sharper. I throw him to the ground. He's lying under the table, all I can see of him are his legs. I want to unsummon him with a snap of my fingers, but I can't snap, so I just leave the room and forget about him.

    TOTY
    In the hallway, wondering what to do next. I don't expect anything from the dream, I have an unstable sleep in the morning as it is, and if R moves in reality, he'll wake me up.
    TOTY comes to mind first, I don't expect to finish it, but why not try.
    I walk into a larger room where a lot of old people are sitting at tables.
    I call out, "Hey Dream! Superhero time!"
    "Who can tell me what superhero I am?" I ask.
    Two old men raise their hands. I point to one of them. He says something to me, but I don't understand. I lean over to him to repeat it, but I still don't understand. I call out the other. He says something that is more of a feature than a name.
    "It's about the name. I am a superhero. Do you know my name?"
    His eyes light up, he understands, he nods. He doesn't look old anymore, more middle-aged.
    He says four French words.
    Oh. Okay. "Could you repeat it?"
    He repeats it slowly, and I say it after him. Word by word, sometimes he corrects me. We spend about a minute on it. Then I repeat the whole thing. He nods.
    Nice. I start to ask about my powers but realize that's the second task. I ask about the costume and get the answer that it's in a cupboard there.
    The entire wall behind the tables is made up of cabinets with doors, drawers, and compartments. I open a few and find random things, but nothing like a costume.
    I walk out of the room, down a wide corridor, and there I see a toy store. That looks good. And I see a costume rack!
    First on the rack is a burgundy dress with ruffles. Nice, fantasy, but not exactly superhero style. The second is a child's spiderman costume, that's closer, but it's not quite my size.
    The customer who was talking with the saleswoman leaves, and I ask her:
    "I am a superhero. Do you have a costume for me?"
    She nods and hands me a toy wrapped in clear plastic. It's a bee, with a black and blue striped body and red details.
    I'm confused. "Do you want me to use the colours? To have something made in these colours?" She nods.
    Behind her stands a man, thin, stern-looking. He says something like I know there's a message there.
    I walk out of the shop. I unwrap and take apart the toy, nothing.
    But okay. Good enough. I continue out of the building, repeating the French name to myself. I should wake up and write it down, but no... I don't want to... I'll probably wake up soon anyway.

    On my way out
    I walk down the wide staircase, repeating my name to myself. I look around and suddenly I'm confused - where am I? Am I awake? Or still in a dream?
    I do a nose plug RC and it fails. WTF. This again? (It failed for me for the first time 8 days ago.) I look at my hand and I have a sixth finger. That's better.

    Flying
    After training in a few previous shorter dreams, I'm getting much better at the swimming technique of flying. I take off, below me is a nice park built into a slope, further ahead are some fish ponds and behind me is a city.
    I'm practicing faster flying (I'm still not good at that) and flying upwards, at altitude (slowly, but steadily). For a while, I just float on my back and fool around. Some people in sport suits run by, there's an air-running race going on. Then I try to spin and create a tornado, but I can't get enough speed.

    Underwater exploring
    I remember the goal of underwater exploring and fly into one of the ponds. It's deep enough to put me underwater. But it's extremely muddy, I can barely see anything. There are frogs croaking around. I try to breathe, and I have to remind myself that in a dream, you can breathe underwater. I can, but it's uncomfortable, a bit like inhaling mud. I have to keep reminding myself that it's possible. I don't like it in there, so I fly out. Better to try this in the sea, which has better associations. I sense the sea beyond the city, so I head there.

    Chatting with KD and Vikings
    I end up on some street with street food stands.
    I try to recall the superhero name. Was it Jamon (with ch/[x] sound)? No, thatís ham in Spanish. It was French J. I vaguely remember the rest of the words too but I am not really sure.
    My friend KD is there.
    "Don't you mind that you sleep and dream too much?"He asks.
    "I'm dreaming right now," I reply.
    He voices some more criticism of my supposedly unhealthy lifestyle, but I shrug.
    "Don't you think you've been here too long?"
    For a moment I feel time dilation like I've been here for hours, but my rational self is quickly back and I estimate the time so far at 20-30 minutes.
    There is now a wooden table next to me with a bunch of Vikings drinking beer.
    KD continues, "What about your body, how do you know you're ok, what if you're in a coma?"
    The Vikings are more interesting.
    One of the Vikings is trying to rip a piece of wood from a bench to use as a wooden sword to fight me. I don't know if I want to fight. He has long dark hair and a Viking haircut. I kiss him on the mouth.
    "Is this what you want?" He asks, a little surprised.
    He gets up and walks around the table away, I go with him.


    And I finally wake up.
    Not remembering the name at all.

    Total time IRL between cuddling up with R and waking up - 30 minutes.

    Updated 09-19-2021 at 11:06 PM by IndigoRose

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    30 August - Mountains, flying and night sky

    by IndigoRose on 08-30-2021 at 09:23 PM
    comment dream lucid

    After a week with my new Fitbit, I evaluated my sleep patterns (which is how it should be used rather than obsessing about specific dataÖ a note to myself) and completely changed my strategy for the night.
    Simply, instead of focusing on the 6th-8th hour of sleep, I decided to focus on the 1st REM period and then on the 4th-6th hour - parts of my sleep that arenít completely messed up yet.
    So, the idea was an auto-shutoff alarm (vibrations only, 1 secondÖ this wakes me up most of the time but doesnít wake my husband) for the 1st REM period (fail, I wasnít dreaming, light sleep only) and the second alarm for WBTB after 4 hours of sleep.

    I had problems staying awakeÖ only did a quick MILD.
    Then a lot of really good dreaming. On and off, with a couple of very short awakenings.
    Awakening again, from a NLD. Time for a LD. I use the ďI am dreamingĒ mantra but only manage to say it twice...

    I am standing on a cliff, on the edge of some deep cwm (amphitheater-like glacial valley). It could be Snowdonia, but it looks a bit wilder, maybe the Scottish Highlands. Some of the slopes are grass and gravel, some steep rocks. I remember my plan to fly. This is a great place to fly. And it's a dream, right, so I can fly, right? I look around again and the sub-optimal vividness makes it obvious.
    It's that weird part of the day that only exists in some lucid dreams - too dark to be day, too light to be night, but it's also nothing in between... more like both night and day combined.
    I jump off the cliff and want to fly. But I'm wearing a nightgown that completely blocks my movement like a straitjacket, so I can't spread my arms and I am losing altitude. In-flight, I take off my nightgown and throw it away. I'm naked now, but who cares here. I've lost too much height and I land softly on the ground. I notice I still have some stupid slippers on and I take them off too and throw them away.
    Ahead of me is a rockface and some large boulders, I see a cave at its base. I feel drawn to it. But I tell myself no, the plan is to fly, I can come back here later.
    I jump up twice. During the third jump, I remember my mini-goal - to look at the night sky, so I do a backflip and look up. There are little swirls everywhere. I focus more, wanting to see some space objects, and I see little planets with rings. Cool. I'm slowly floating on my back, looking at it in awe.
    I get down on the ground again, really tempted by the cave, but I'm not sure if it's still there. I remember the permanence schema - it's always been there, and surely, it's still there.
    I turn around and the cave is where expected, I walk towards it. There's a person I ďrecognizeĒ as my companion inside. He has my discarded clothes and some camping gear. I can't fit in there with him inside, so I leave it to him. I want to try flying again.
    But as soon as I turn and walk away from him, the dream fades.


    After awakening, I regret not taking time to stabilize or to try to increase vividity. I was a bit like a kid in a candy shop there.
    Technique-wise, I am not sure, what it was. DEILD? I wasn't completely lucid from the first second, but I still had the self-awareness carried on from the micro-awakening.
    I know that the awakening happened in the middle of the REM period, so perfect timing.
    There is also a possibility of the awakening being a FA.

    Updated 08-30-2021 at 09:27 PM by IndigoRose

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    25 August - White plush rabbit

    by IndigoRose on 08-26-2021 at 12:19 AM
    comment daydream/forming dream fully dreaming and lucid

    WILD/V-WILD

    Thinking about lucid dreaming when awake at nightÖ and as a result, having problems with falling asleepÖ my brain goes into the WILDing mode. I experience vibrations two or three times. I can tell I am due for a REM period. I experience forming dreams when I can feel the dream body and sensory perception from the forming dreams but I am neither able to relax into it nor force my way in. I remember I usually need movement or action to do this but I am not able to get anything going.

    I try to relax more to be able to fall asleep normally. The fact that I am close to my usual waking time makes it harder but I still have time to get some sleep.

    There is a daydream or a forming dream. I am on a meadow and there are three men with swords. I decide to run. Running is what I need to get immersed in it, even though it feels weird to start a dream by being chased.
    I'm running downhill, there are forests all around. But I'm not gaining any distance, quite the opposite. It's not vivid, it has more of a daydreamy feel. I run into the woods, but I realize that the woods are going to be bad for sword-fighting, and I don't have much choice but to face them.
    Suddenly I'm back in the meadow and trying to catch my breath. I draw my sword. Three men stand in a quarter circle in front of me. I know I have to move to stand a chance against three, but I'm already out of breath. However, since I assume this is still only a daydream, I can cheat and imagine the way I want it. I'll cross swords with the first two, break through the guard of the third, who I manage to surprise, and thrust my sword into him. It still feels like I'm imagining it and not very realistic.
    Then I back away from the other two. One comes after me and I somehow lose my balance and am on the ground. Suddenly a large, humanoid, white, plush rabbit is standing between me and the man. The man tries to push him away, but he can't. Then suddenly I see the man on the ground and the rabbit is sticking a long, thin rapier into his neck.

    I touch the grass around me and feel that the dream is now solid. I can feel the grass, nothing else, and I'm happy I got in. I consider doing something else for a moment, but this scene deserves a continuation. I look around and see that I can't quite see clearly and that the dream feels unstable. I grab the grass again. I want to stabilize the dream more - a little further away lies the severed head of one of the men. I crawl on my hands and knees to it and grab it, it feels more like a toy than realistic.
    I stand up and look around again. I don't see the third man anywhere (was the head his?). I walk over to the rabbit. He has a human face now, but still has the vibe of a plush rabbit.
    I thank him for his help, shake his hand/paw, and ask, "Who are you?"
    He answers something about some mistakes. It's hard to understand him.
    I say, "Yes, I've made mistakes, everyone makes mistakes. But I ask, who are you?"
    He smiles, looks very happy, and seems to realize what I am asking. But he just says more incoherent words.
    I sigh, wondering why it always has to be this way and consider trying to ask again.

    But I start to feel myself waking up.

    BTW I have a new Fitbit to play with (chosen after reviewing several trackers vs. polysomnography studies). It is bad with awake vs. light (biased towards light) and with light vs. deep (also biased towards light) but it is pretty good with REM. It tracked this REM period as being 4:30 long.
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