Have you ever had a dream while you thought you were are awake? If you have, you are not alone, because I have them too. This kind of dreaming is called lucid dreaming. Don’t confuse lucid dreaming with daydreaming. When you are asleep, you are dreaming that you are awake or that you are dreaming that you are dreaming. The dreams are vivid.
Many times when I am trying to fall asleep at night, I have settled down and I am still awake, but resting, and people emerge. I watch them, and I can see them talking to one another and gesturing as if anyone would while in deep conversation. The only thing is, I cannot hear them. Sometimes I try to read their lips to see what they are all talking about. Sometimes they are all in a church parking lot talking with each other. Church had let out and the people are just talking and laughing and having a great time, but I can’t hear what they are saying. They don’t see me. It is almost like I have stepped into another world and I am invisible, but for some reason the realm I am in I cannot perceive sound, but I can determine what they are saying because many times I can read their lips. Sometimes I watch in detachment, not really caring what they are talking about. I just watch in mild curiosity.
Once I dreamed I was awake at my computer, and then I was suddenly in a deserted street, and the only other person with me was a scary clown. Almost like in the Stephen King Movie. I really felt like I was awake and dreaming at the same time. The next thing that happened was the clown looked at me and pointed his finger, and then a flood of water came from behind me and swooped me up and carried me down a storm drain. I then screamed and came to be aware of my surroundings. I was perfectly safe in my bed. These lucid dreams can be just seconds long or they can take longer. I feel that some of my dreams are just segments and happening in a flash, but my mind builds on them making them seem longer.
If you are dreaming that you are awake and your surroundings seem different to you, you can bet you are in a lucid dream state. If you get up in the morning and your kitchen is totally different than you left it the night before, in that the kitchen cabinets are green where they used to be a pretty oak color, you can bet you are having a lucid dream, you are not really awake; you are only dreaming that you are up. If you are looking into a mirror and someone else is looking back at you, you are having a lucid dream. The person dreaming has a sense of being awake and being in a dream at the same time.
One night I got so turned around, I dreamed I was at my grandfather’s house and we were all asleep. I dreamed that I smelled smoke in the night and that my grandfather had gone to sleep with his pipe still lit. The house caught on fire and I got up out of bed and started screaming that the house was on fire. I was running around the house trying to find a light switch, but I couldn’t find one because I was not familiar with my grandfather’s house. My daughter found me searching all over my house for a light switch, she said “Mama wake up!” Then I found that I was perfectly safe in my own house. I had actually carried myself out of bed in my dream state feeling for a light switch.
I’ve talked with some of my friends about these types of dreams and some of them say that they have had similar dreams. My friend, Wendy, states that she dreamed she was folding laundry and then suddenly she couldn’t talk or move her arms or legs. She dreamed she was nothing more than a brain and eyes. She said she could see, and but she could not move. Then she said, “it might have been only seconds in time that I experienced this, but it seemed much longer”. She said she felt like she was truly awake feeling trapped inside her head. This is a great example of a lucid dream.
Some of these lucid dreams can be very funny. Once I knew that I was a bird and I could take off flying. I was conscious of gliding far above the ground and I could fly like an eagle. Since I truly love to fly, I was ecstatic to experience the wind through my feathers. I had my human intelligence and I was bigger than a regular bird, I was the mass of a human being in bird form. This was so real to me and I felt like I was awake experiencing this. Then when the dream was over, I felt so good to have actually felt what it feels like to fly like a bird. I believe lucid dreaming has a lot to do with the imagination having free reign to express itself.