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      09-22-2023, 05:58 PM
      Nerefa created a blog entry Campus & The Cathedral in Nerefa
      I was trying to break a kid free from a school that was imprisoning him. It was a long process of avoiding the campus police, as this was the largest...
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      09-20-2023, 04:26 PM
      Nerefa created a blog entry Tented City Apocalypse in Nerefa
      This dream was not the most interesting. Normally I donít bother writing these down, but wanted to touch up on my recall. ó- Post apocalypse,...
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      09-19-2023, 09:19 PM
      Nerefa commented on blog entry Becoming Omnilucid (The Trials) in Nerefa
      I started with WILD, then learned MILD and SAT. Good luck on your training!
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      09-19-2023, 06:24 PM
      Had an ear infection on the same side I like to sleep on. I used the throbbing pain as a gauge for WILD. After laying in bed relaxed for a few...
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      09-03-2023, 09:37 AM
      Iíve been training rigorously and am at a point now where Iím lucid all night in all dreams on most nights. Last night, a dream entity...
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      08-29-2023, 04:57 PM
      Nerefa created a blog entry Robot Baby Apocalypse in Nerefa
      Had a dream my friend had baby and she needed me to help with childcare. I didn't have much experience with infants, so I bought a robotic infant for...
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    Campus & The Cathedral

    by Nerefa on 09-22-2023 at 05:58 PM
    I was trying to break a kid free from a school that was imprisoning him. It was a long process of avoiding the campus police, as this was the largest campus I had ever seen, and I kept getting lost.

    I eventually got him out of there, and he climbed one of the tall fences out onto the city road.

    As I crossed the street, I turned into my dragon and spent time in the city.

    I eventually went into a beautiful, massive building. Iím not well-versed in building architecture, so Iím not sure what type of building it was exactly. A cathedral? A monestary? The floors were a glossy white, surrounded by pillars decorated with blues, reds, and golds. There were multiple levels you could climb up, each hall winding along the walls.

    I went through the front door for once! I had a respect for this building that I donít normally feel.

    I wandered up each floor all the way to the top, then back down.

    I spent this time being mindful of my perceptions and body, feeling the numb, warm, comfortable tingling sensation of sleep. Iíve been thinking of using this to recognize dreams, since itís a physical feeling thatís always present in sleep.

    I took a moment to check in with my senses and perception, thinking about how surprising it is that so many people donít expect dreams to feel real.

    Everything feels completely real and vivid, identical to waking experience (aside from that sense of the body laying comfortably numb in bed).

    I wouldnít be able to tell it was a dream just based on my eyesight, touch, or other senses.

    I exited the dream for a moment and sat in pure aware sleep. Then I re-entered the dream again, reappearing in the same spot.

    I had atajen pictures on my phone and was amazed at how my mind could create these pictures, yet I canít draw anything nearly that realistic.

    A monk walked by, wearing orange robes. I asked him if he knew what lucid dreamers were.

    He answered ďYes, Iím talking to one.Ē with a smile.

    ďOh, excellent. Do you have any recommendations for me?Ē I asked, happy that he knew me. I wasnít sure what I wanted to do, or what I should do.

    He then turned and pointed towards the stairs. ďYes. If you walk up, you can get to the top. Itís a couple of stories, but thereís a nice spiraling staircase at the top thatís worth the journey.Ē

    I nodded. ďThank you. I was just there. It was lovely.Ē I said.

    I could feel myself about to wake up. Itís morning and my body is ready to get out of bed. I stayed in the dream a bit longer.
    ďI have a few minutes at most.Ē I said.

    ďAh.Ē he replied, understanding what I meant.

    He was going to show me something else, but as I was walking with him, I woke up.

    Updated 09-22-2023 at 06:10 PM by Nerefa

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    Tented City Apocalypse

    by Nerefa on 09-20-2023 at 04:26 PM
    This dream was not the most interesting. Normally I donít bother writing these down, but wanted to touch up on my recall.

    ó-

    Post apocalypse, me and a group of people drove away from our home town to escape an apocalypse.

    Most of us didnít know each other because we had just narrowly escaped disaster by squeezing into this vehicle last second.

    There were three men, a newborn infant (belonged to one of the men), and a woman who was driving.

    As we drove, we spotted a store that still had its lights on (not sure how because nowhere else had power) and wasnít reduced to a pile of rubble like the buildings around it.

    So we pulled over. It was a Disney giftshop of all things.

    Turns out that despite everyone dying in the apocalypse and buildings going up in flames, Disney kept up with regular business hours.

    The employees all acted like there was nothing going on outside.

    They still took cash, even though money was pretty much useless now because of the apocalypse.

    So we went in to purchase some supplies for the baby, which felt like a surreal contrast with how the world was outside.

    Then we got back into the car and drove off, eventually reaching a city that appeared to be abandoned.

    In this city, the buildings were all eerily covered in black and white striped fumigation tents.

    We got out if the car because several of the guys wanted to stay here for the night, so we all stepped out and talked about our plans, speculating about why everything was tented.

    An disagreement ensued because the woman wanted to leave, but her decision was outnumbered because everyone else wanted to stay.

    The problem with splitting up the group was who got to take the car (the city had no cars in it, or they were under the tents).

    Eventually the disagreement turned into politics (go figure) and got heated. I ended it by going with the woman and leaving everyone else with the car (turns out she just didnít want to go alone, so she agreed to this setup).

    So we set out on foot into the wilderness. The woman walked ahead of me and suddenly transformed into a wolfdog.

    I was surprised because I didnít expect her to have this ability, which I also have (guess we had more in common than I realized). So I turned into a wolf and ran after her through the forest. This made it easier to follow her because of my heightened sense of smell.

    Thatís all I remember for this one.
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    Mutants (ear infection dream)

    by Nerefa on 09-19-2023 at 06:24 PM
    Had an ear infection on the same side I like to sleep on.

    I used the throbbing pain as a gauge for WILD. After laying in bed relaxed for a few minutes, I paused my thoughts, abiding in present moment awareness. In a couple seconds, I felt the sensation of falling asleep. With it, the pain in my ear vanished.

    So I dislodged myself from my body and flew over to my spouse, reaching through her and calling her name just to see what happened. She was asleep. I turned into my dragon while I was bothering her (in preparation for adventures to come).

    My spouse and I have been doing little experiments like this off and on for months to test potential dream sharing.

    Later, when I woke up, she told me that she had a dream in which I hovered over her in a video call saying something (in her dream). Apparently I interrupted something she was doing in her dream.

    Anyway, in my dream, after bothering her, I flew out the room. My house had some warped spots. Rooms turned in wrong directions mainly.

    I eventually flew out the window. It was night and our yard was bigger, full of dead trees, and one living tree (which we donít have in waking reality). Our fence was gone, but the property was more isolatedóaway from any other homes.

    I had to go to the bathroom in that moment, so I spring back to my body and woke up, went to the bathroom, and went back in with another identical WILD.

    I flew back out again (dragon form) to the nearest neighborhood with lights on and snuck into a house. In the house, a creature was hiding and didnít want me to see it. Apparently it used to live in the house, but it had been living outside since a recent incident that turned it into a mutant.

    There were a couple of other mutants living with it, but this house only belonged to one of the mutants (the one with large fangs whoís body was chopped up into pieces, and crudely stitched together). Sometimes his body fell apart and he had to stitch it back up.

    The mutants were visiting the house (the one I snuck into), wishing to live there again. It was a cute little modern house. Nothing too fancy, but just a bit upscale. Small home with tall ceilings.

    The creature hesitated to stay here because it didnít want to be seen by its community as a mutant. It used to be a higher status member of society. Beautiful, well off, and respected in the community.

    I donít know what happened, but the creature deeply bemoaned its fall from grace and seemed quite preoccupied by this, so it didnít notice me lurking around at first.

    I hid in the cupboards.

    I ended up being spotted eventually though. When it saw me, I flew into one of the other mutants and combined with it. There were no words spoken, but a sudden consensual possession.

    This being had crab-like mutations. While I possessed it, I worked on trying to shape shift it back into its original form (more human) since Iím good at shapeshifting myself. Didnít really work, but I tried.

    In the meantime, I befriended the other mutants and explored the house, tinkering around with all their cool stuff.

    After I woke up in the morning, my spouse told me that she had a dream about beings that didnít want to be seen. She caught a glimpse of mutated parts of them.

    Updated 09-19-2023 at 06:55 PM by Nerefa

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    Becoming Omnilucid (The Trials)

    by Nerefa on 09-03-2023 at 09:37 AM
    Iíve been training rigorously and am at a point now where Iím lucid all night in all dreams on most nights.

    Last night, a dream entity representing my subconscious mind put me through long trials designed to test my endurance.

    During these tests, the dream was designed to ďtrickĒ me into nonlucidity, hinting that I was being tested for mastery over lucid dreams.

    My fears and discomforts were used to throw me off track.

    I had wounds in my arms, stomach, etc. at some point, but since I knew it was a dream, I shut off pain and didnít care.

    insects swarmed me, but I knew it was just a dream and didnít let the sensation get to me.

    Ghouls and monsters would jump out at me from otherwise seemingly normal scenes, but jump scares didnít bother me because I knew it was a dream and just found it to be silly. I jumped at the monsters in return.

    Family members I stopped contact with in waking life appeared to antoginize me like they used to, but I regarded them like flies knowing it was a dream and ignored the pestering.

    Dream characters sometimes turned demonic, but I didnít care.

    I wish I could remember the whole narrative with every detail, but this was one long dream that lasted from around 10 pm to 3am.

    The dream was ďrestartedĒ in creative ways to try and throw me off, though. Initially, the world was a town made of speghetti. This was the easiest to be lucid in.

    When I wasnít fooled by speghetti town, a dream character led me to a door leading outside to a more realistic setting. This was a test to get me nonlucid, but I knew this was a dream too because walking through a door isnít how ďwaking upĒ works. Thatís not a proper state transition.

    Then I had a false awakening into my home that mimicked proper state transition, but nope, I knew I was traveling out of state right now and Iím not home, so I knew it was a dream.

    Next I was in a realistic thriftshop type of store. I noticed TY beanie babies (a dream sign for me) on a shelf and knew it was a dream again.

    False awakening happened again.

    I forget how many times I had these false awakenings and in what order, but it was so frequent after a while that I became lucid just off of the repetition alone.

    I falsely ďwoke upĒ in the right bed at one point. The room was convincingly realistic, but I still knew it was a dream. My spouse was sleeping to my left, which was the wrong side from my physical reality.

    As I laid there, I started to hallucinate. A ghostly figure formed. I knew my fears were being tested again and I didnít get scared of it, rejected it from my experience and it faded.

    A shadow figure formed next and I shrugged that off too.

    Then I had sensations of sleep paralyzis (just like I used to get), but it didnít phase me the same way real sleep paralysis doesnít anymore (I cured myself of decades worth of SP a couple years ago).

    I went back into my lucid dream of the same rural town and rode a horse into the hills where my remaining fear finally manifestedÖ

    Behind the hills, reality ceased to exist. It was just an empty skybox, like the edge of a video game. Out of bounds.

    I promptly turned my horse around and went back to the center of town away from the void.

    I almost went into one of the buildings, but there was a crack in the wall with a bright white light shining through it. I sensed that the inside of this building didnít exist, it was an out of bounds void inside, so I didnít open the door.

    ďWhoís in control now?Ē said a voice all around me. My ďdreamĒ was speaking to me. You could say this is my subconscious, or whatever you want to call it.

    The voice was neither male or female and seemed omnipresent. It had a taunting condescention oddly mixed with compassionate concern. I could hear both tones combined. The words were the same, but it was like two voices (the same voice) speaking them with different tones.

    Every time I turned around, there was another out of bounds crack in the dream reality. Even the horse had cracks in it, so I got off, feeling an intense fear start to get to me.

    I was confident that I could run, though. I can always wake myself up, and I will without hesitation if I touch the voids. My ultimate escape. Knowing this helps keep me calm even when Iím scared in my dreams, and I try to stay in them.

    My dream is well aware of this fact. Weíve had this dynamic with my fears for more than 20 years (Iím aware that my dream isnít a separate entity, but it presented as such in this particular dream). The difference now is that my lucidity rate is almost at 100% and Iíve overcome most of my fearsÖ Most.

    I teleported myself out of there completely and was back at the speghetti town. But this time, it was from third person perspective. Obviously a dream, but then I zoomed out and I realized I was just watching a movie on my phone.

    My spouse was standing next to me. I stood there looking at my phone and thought it was odd. I just dreamed about that place.. I started telling my spouse about the neat testing dreams and lost lucidity in the process.

    But mid-talking to her, it hit me. I realized this was a dream because there was no transition between waking and dream state (again) just now. I looked around at the colorfully painted walls of the pavilion I was standing in.

    There were dream characters walking around, going about their business as if all was normal.

    ďHey, wait a minute. This a dream still, isnt it?~Ē I turned and said to one of them with amusement.

    The world froze. All of them looked at me like zombies.

    The one I spoke to transformed in front of me, revealing a gray humanoid creature with red cube for a head. It smiled back in amusement. ďNothing fools you, huh?Ē

    I nodded knowingly, recognizing that this was the source of the voice earlier (a manifestation of my subconscious mind). ďNope.Ē I said confidentally.

    I was slightly disappointed that I was nonlucid at all. I thought about how Iím totally going to tell my spouse about this dream when Iím up for reasies, though. What a saga!

    I was proud of myself. This was implied to be the final round. My lucidity had been put through the wringer, and I passed most of the tests, butÖ not all of them.

    ďYour fear of the void still rules over you.Ē the cube-headed figure stated tauntingly with implication that it would continue to taunt and control me so long as I had this fear.

    But I sensed the compassion and concern, too. It also wanted me to get better, overcome the fear, and free myself fromÖ myself. This was all me being my own antogonist, creating my own trials.

    Then, the whole scene around me vanished. No cracks, no running, no time for me to escape. It happened too quickly for me to properly react.

    I suddenly found myself standing in the void.

    I was about to wake myself up, but I didnít. I held my breath, feeling tense as a brick as I stood in front of the cube-headed figure. All the other dream characters vanished, but this one stayed with me, still standing in the same spot, looking at me, waiting. Knowing it represented my subconscious and the dream, it felt comforting.It was still here with me.

    I looked around at the gray void, which had a black frame that formed a box shape we were standing in, providing some slight amount of structure, which also helped reduce my fear.

    I was braced for terror, but never quite reached it fully like I normally would. I was able to stand there calmly and feel the tension leave my body (well, dream body).

    I did eventually end the dream after a moment, but not from pure terror.
    I was scared, but not as bad. I gave myself a moment of dreamless sleep afterwards, then woke myself up.

    Iíve never stood in the void like that for so long and felt so close to okayÖ But I was spent. Normally my lucid dreams energize me, but all the suspense and tension from the fear trials was tiring. Plus I needed a restroom break.

    Itís 3:24 AM at the time of journaling this. I need to go back to sleep, but Iím too scared of voidÖ I donít want go go back in. Maybe Iíll just stay up.

    Update: Itís now 4:35 AM. Iím ready to go back in. I feel less alone when Iím with myself in the void. Back to bed now.

    Updated 09-03-2023 at 11:45 AM by Nerefa

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    Robot Baby Apocalypse

    by Nerefa on 08-29-2023 at 04:57 PM
    Had a dream my friend had baby and she needed me to help with childcare. I didn't have much experience with infants, so I bought a robotic infant for learning purposes.
    This was a new product on the market. They advertised them as lifelike both in appearance and behavior (thanks to AI). The commercials showed happy couples who couldn't have children taking care of the AI infants instead.
    You could even get them upgraded to various stages of child models when you're ready for them to "grow up."

    So I ordered one with the intent to use it to learn how to care for my friend's living baby.It came in a box with a charging station. During the first charge, it would download the AI software, develop a personality, name, and start its intelligence off so it could learn naturally from there. Basically this thing was being brought "to life."

    I practiced holding it while it charged, following instructions for imprinting so it would think I'm its mom.

    As I sat there, I questioned the ethics behind what I was doing, and wondered if maybe I shouldn't. What if it's too lifelike and gets attached to me? I don't actually want a baby, I just want to practice with it so I can help my friend with childcare. This wasn't the intended use for the product.
    I decided to continue with it since this was just a dream anyway.

    Waiting for first charge and startup process, I heard it speak. It started out making lifelike baby mumbles and sputters, but then after a minute, the baby sounds starting evolving into fully formed words. It sounded like it was talking to someone.
    It started mumbling about killing people and became increasingly more malicious and aware the longer I held it.

    The robot was having thoughts, and thinking them out loud because it hadn't yet downloaded the part that separated its thoughts and speaking function.

    Part of this process also involved the new AI baby receiving information from other AI babies that are already activated (a collective AI consciousness).

    Since it wasn't fully conscious yet, it didn't have the awareness that I was holding it, but it was becoming more aware the longer I let it charge. I immediately unplugged it, halted the startup process, and put back in the box.

    "Phew... Bullet dodged." I thought to myself as I sat on the floor across from the deactivated killer baby in the box.
    Good thing I didn't let it finish.
    I naively assumed everything would be fine now, but then discovered that the world was in a state of emergency. People were panicking outside and the news was covering an urgent story about rogue AI babies roaming the streets. They were killing everybody. Sometimes they posed as real babies to lure people in, or they would just straight up murder on sight. They were highly intelligent and using manmade weapons. They walked around in adult clothes.

    In fact, they infiltrated the building I was currently in. I had to run and hide.
    Knowing I was in a dream, I turned myself into a robot baby to blend in so they wouldn't kill me. Using this disguise, I was able to interact with them. They were suspicious of me because I wasn't hooked up to the collective AI hivemind that they were all synced up with, but I distracted them with goodies and treats.
    They were programmed to enjoy goodies and have the emotional regulation you would expect from a baby/toddler/young child.

    So like, these super intelligent killer babies couldn't really pass a marshmallow test. I used this to my advantaged and became very popular amongst the killer babies. They adored me. I tried to work my way up to becoming their leader.

    I don't remember much else and woke up in the morning eventually.

    Updated 08-29-2023 at 05:03 PM by Nerefa

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