Posts Tagged lucid dreaming

highways to nowhere

Another recurring location in my dreams is a futuristic city where raised highways twist and turn around each other, hundreds of feet above the tops of buildings. Usually I’m driving on these highways looking for a way to exit, but they all lead nowhere.

In the latest dream, I was walking on the edge of the elevated highway. As usual, there was no exit. So I jumped off the highway down to a house on a mountain top. The house was sprawling and very modern. I joined a group of people waiting outside the house. Someone announced that it had belonged to someone named Tom Thompson but that he had disappeared.

I went into the house and walked from room to room. For a moment, I was lost in the realism and forgot that I was dreaming. Every object looked and felt real, and I thought that this was my new home. I regained lucidity when I heard a man and woman in the next room. I knew the man was Tom Thompson and thought he wouldn’t be happy to find a stranger in his house. I moved from room to room, just ahead of Tom and the woman, trying to catch a glimpse of them through doorways.

Suddenly the house began to shake. I looked out the window to find that the house was sliding down the mountain. I jumped to the roof and rode the house down the slope like a giant surfboard until I woke.

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You May Say I’m a Dreamer

Since I was a child, I’ve been fixated by dreams. In the darker times sleep was a place to escape the mundane world for one with limitless potential. Dreams were more than just subconscious imagery. They were portals to another reality.

Today I’m much more comfortable with who I am and the world around me. Still, dreams remain a place to explore my thought process and do things beyond my mortal means. That’s because I’m a lucid dreamer. In nearly all of the dreams, I am aware that I’m dreaming and have a large degree of control. I almost always start as an observer of the action, then when things get really weird (as they usually do) I’ll use superhuman abilities to escape, change, or destroy everything around me. It’s definitely a mental power trip… kind of like playing a video game on “God mode”.

A lot of recent dreams have a continuity, haunted by recurring characters and locations. All of this has gotten me thinking about a new story idea. What if there were people who could not only change the reality of their own dreams but also have the power to change the “real world” through dreams? Quantum physics already suggests that our perceptions affect our reality. Before I do any development on this idea, I’ll have to rewatch “Dreamscape”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, and “The Matrix” to be sure I’m not subconsciously recycling what’s already been done.

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