Recognizing Dream Lucidity

Recognition by Karen Gadient

The last few nights, I’ve noticed when I was dreaming. I mean, I dream every night and can usually remember parts of the dreams (and I try to write them down)—but lately, I’ve been aware I’m in a dream while in the dream.

Only I have yet to do anything fun with that fact. Sure, I’ve seen Inception and suspect there are levels of play within our dreams, but I don’t feel I’m in the right mental space to handle and control a lucid dream.

Still, the other night found me in a wondrous place: a city of colorful light. I was in a building where there were no floors—well, the floors were made of neon light that you could see through, level after level below, and continue to walk on. I was in a towering building. I went from room to room and finally found a window of polished glass. When I looked into it, I could see myself—drawn as light.

And I knew it was a dream. I woke up. If I get there again, I might do something crazy: jump through the window, fly across the skyline, or shatter the whole darn thing and discover another world entirely. Probably the latter.

I’m sure there are heaps of metaphors there. I’ll need more coffee to sort it out.


Filed under Art, Digital Artwork, Dream Stories, Graphic Design, Imagination, Journal, Psychology, The Unknown

28 responses to “Recognizing Dream Lucidity

  1. Do not worry, you’ll see that same dream will return any day, and tell us…

  2. Were you going up or down in the building? What colors were the floors? What color were you in the polished glass?

    • karengadient

      Are you good at interpreting dreams? Well, I was up maybe two dozen floors and I didn’t go up or down, but walked on the same level, only I did a lot of looking down and up through the floors. The floors were mostly warm colors: red, orange, yellow. The glass in the window was blue, although my own colors were many, both warm and cool.

      • Some thoughts – the building you are in is always Self, with its condition (shabby, ordered, traditional, etc.) having somethings to do with how you view yourself/your life. The fact that you didn’t go up or down points to a bit of status quo at the moment – neither making strides nor falling behind. Colors usually denote emotional states, with blues and purples wisdom and enlightenment. If everything was all colors, emotions lately in your life may be all over the place. The window of polished glass – translucent – on the way to things getting clearer in your life, but it actually sounds more like a mirror, which reflects truth/wisdom. It sounds like you are seeking to gain wisdom, Self seems to be becoming clearer before you move into even larger, more universal things (up).

      • I forgot the 3 colors you mentioned (emotional states): red refers to energy, power and anger; yellow to wisdom and orange to creativity. These are basic – dreams have several levels.

    • karengadient

      Wow. That’s pretty heavy. But it fits. I’ve had a huge loss in my life and am trying to rediscover myself, yet it’s difficult some days to get beyond the sadness of recent past.

      • I’m glad it fits. Keeping a dream journal is very helpful for times like these. Keep a notebook and pen right by your bed, and each morning, before your feet touch the floor, write down anything you remember, because in the first 5 minutes of being awake, we forget more than 50% of the dream, the rest soon after that. Over time, in reading the journal and recognizing patterns, you can learn what your subconscious is trying to tell you, now that you’re ready to hear it. If you ever want me to hear about it, you can always reach me privately through e-mail. I’m sending thoughts your way to help ease the recent sadness…

    • karengadient

      Thank you for the advice and support. It’s truly appreciated.

  3. Sounds like you need to make that into a film.

  4. Glynis

    That was a very interesting post as well as the comments

  5. stevehi

    Once you begin to recognize that you are in a dream some say you can make anything happen at that point. I used to keep a dream journal a long time ago with intentions interpreting them. In time I came to understand that sometimes dreams are just dreams. The are important for restful sleep, especially when you don’t remember much about them. I think that otherwise they are of little psychological value. That is just my opinion based on personal experience. I am not an expert by any means. Enjoy your dreams.

    • karengadient

      I’m sure some dreams are just the mind unwinding from daily experiences and thoughts (hence so many dreams I have get placed in the movie or show location I’d watched before bed). But I also suspect there’s meaning to be found in the subconscious for certain dreams, especially when a person is striving to find their path in life while awake. I’ll write them down more often and see what I find. And I’ll try to gain control of what happens in them and see where that takes me too.

      • stevehi

        I think that all you wrote could be true. I have had similar experiences such as movies and TV shows. Those I think are funny. There are of course many anxieties, longings and deep fears expressed in dreams. There is much unknown when dealing with the subconscious and dreams. Caution might be a thought. Good luck with your path in life. I wish you much happiness and success.

      • I’m not sure if you are able to totally control your subconscious which produce your dreams. Maybe you can control a dream from that point on where you’ve realized that you’re in a dream. When I start realizing that I’m in a dream, I’m often wake up a few moments later and I often think “It’s a pity” cos I would gladly know the end of the dream.

  6. Was there any sort of plot to the dream? Other characters? Do I see a science fiction book in your future? Seriously, I believe all sorts of things are possible so twere me, I wouldn’t take that dream lightly.

    • karengadient

      Just me in this dream, strangely enough. More a wandering than a plot. Maybe I’ll incorporate some of my dreams into the sci-fi thing I’ll be writing for NaNoWriMo 2013.

  7. I’m always having strange dreams, and they do make perfect sense – eventually. It takes time to work some of them out, can be very useful to understanding what’s going on in the back of your mind! 🙂

    I love your picture, the red bit on the top makes it look 3D – or has something very strange just happened to my screen!!? 😀

    • karengadient

      I think I’ll have to keep writing them down. Maybe I’ll see a pattern!

      The red pops out for me too. It’s always interesting how my art looks in the web palette. Just a little different, but always cool.

  8. As a ‘former’ Lucid Dreamer, the trick is not to wake up, but to manipulate the dream to your delight.

  9. Did you do any exercises to get to that lucidity? I’ve heard staring at a clock until you fall asleep can help, because once you realize the numbers make no sense, you know you’re out… But I think it would just make me realize I had lain awake all night.

    • karengadient

      Hehe. It would do that to me too! Nope, I don’t do anything; those kinds of dreams just happen for me occasionally.

  10. I am also a lucid dreamer- or I once practiced it regularly. Now I am trying to regain the ability by working with improving memory (an essential part of it) I seem to be getting there. Would love to share experiences with fellow lucid dreamers.

    • karengadient

      I haven’t had much success with lucid dreaming lately but it’s still something I want to experience more often. I just began journaling my dreams again, so that’s a start. Nice to meet you. Following your blog. 🙂

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