Aug. 18th, 2008
Bridges and dreams  
I've had a few recurring dreams about bridges lately, usually involving danger of some kind.

In last night's, I was in a van with a bunch of people who seemed familiar. I was sitting in the very back seat with someone unspecified who I knew to my left and jdhorner in all his faux-hawky goodness to my right.

The bridge was very narrow, and I was scared shitless we were going to go over the side. I remember freaking out just looking out the windows. I recall saying, "I can't look", closed my eyes, faced the ground and tucked my head behind the seat a bit. Josh put his hands on my shoulders to comfort me and said something like, "Dude, it's okay. It's gonna be all right."

I remember feeling less scared when he did that. I lifted my head, opened my eyes, and looked out the rear window to the left (the van had windows everywhere) and saw another van tailgating us. Suddenly the other van struck us. The van we were in lost control and careened off the bridge and into the water.

Then (in the dream) I realized I must be dreaming and told myself that I just had to wake up. After I did that, I found myself back in the van on the bridge. At which point, I woke up for real after a few moments.

Not really sure what's up with the recurring bridge theme or jdhorner's random appearance, but, Josh, thanks for the hugs (even if it apparently totally jinxed us).

 
 
 
Mood: awake
Listening to: Boxcar Racer - There Is
 
 
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jay dee 8ch: sidewaysjdhorner on August 18th, 2008 - 10:49 pm
anything i can do to help your subconscious. :D

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perrycompositeur on August 18th, 2008 - 11:16 pm
Wow - you sir just had a lucid dream, if only a sliver of one. =) For a few seconds you consciously controlled what happened in the dream (putting yourself out of danger) because you knew you were dreaming.

Long time ago, under the encouragement of ferociousbcycad, I put a fair amount of energy into trying to cultivate lucid dreams. Apparently, one can spend the time while falling asleep "programming" or just telling oneself "I will look for signs that I'm dreaming, and I won't be surprised or freak out upon the realization, and the bubble won't pop for a while." Mind over matter, like.

It took weeks of trying, but I did finally have several occasions where something implausible in the dream tipped me off, and the answer to that nagging "I know what this means, what the hell is it?" was just, "oh, it's a dream, OK." The moment is precarious & easily broken, but like a wave there's a sweet spot & you can ride it if you don't think about it too much. What I remember happening after that was: I knew I could then control events & do stuff you can't do in real life, so there was bouncing 50 feet in the air (up thru the roof and back down to my bed over & over), and flying like a bird, and becoming as small as an ant, and walking thru walls and such.

It only happened a handful of times during that period when I was actively pursuing it. Since then I stopped trying & haven't had one since.
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mark or markymarkormarky on August 18th, 2008 - 11:37 pm
Josh shows up in my dreams too, but a bit more actively.
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perrycompositeur on August 18th, 2008 - 11:59 pm
Plz 2 elaborate.
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mark or marky: You are naughtymarkormarky on August 19th, 2008 - 12:10 am
;p
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jay dee 8ch: lickjdhorner on August 19th, 2008 - 12:12 am
*raises eyebrow*
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on August 19th, 2008 - 12:27 am
I would have preferred that.

hmmm... perhaps I should work on that lucid dreaming thing as compositeur suggested.
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jay dee 8ch: lickjdhorner on August 19th, 2008 - 12:36 am
wowzers!
see here.
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perry: naughty elfcompositeur on August 19th, 2008 - 04:15 pm
then u could make him do all sorts of anything u wanted him to!

...and report about it here in full.

*ducks*
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jay dee 8chjdhorner on August 19th, 2008 - 04:19 pm
hrm.

i have a feeling that even in his lucid dream, i'd have all the power.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous) on August 19th, 2008 - 12:57 am
The People's Exhibit Adavidology on August 19th, 2008 - 01:56 am
i read this in the car. There's a tour bus of Europeans who caught me lolirl when i got to zombies.
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chrissstopher on August 19th, 2008 - 08:32 pm
i can never control my dreams like that... thats always interesting to hear
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