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Last night I dreamed lawn piranhas were stealing my clean clothes. I started a twitter illustrating some of my odd dreams, if you find that kind of thing interesting, you can find them at @sketchy_dreams on Twitter.
Dream Submission: Since college ended, I have had recurring elevator dreams. They place me in a hotel/casino entering the elevator from the ground floor and other times from higher levels descending. When I first had the dream, I was descending from a higher floor level. I would get in, and the elevator would be completely broken, missing pieces, and one time even free falling. In the last year, the elevator dream has changed to begin at the lobby level and go up. Last time I had the dream the elevator, however, was still in pieces. A lot of fear was still present. My most recent experience last night was intriguing to me. I entered the elevator from the ground floor and it was not broken, classic style nice on the inside. I hit the button for floor 6. The elevator started to ascend and jerked unexpectedly; suddenly I could see the first floor under me similar to previous dreams and fear overtook me. Then I suddenly had persoective from outside abd could see elevator moving up along the building. I noticed the tracks holding the elevator were too wide, and that was causing the shaking/ imbalance. Perspective changed again to back inside the elevator. The elevator began to quickly rise. My fear was great. The elevator passed six and I noticed I was heading towards level nine, so much fear. This whole time during the speedy rise, I did not notice the imbalance, just fear and the numbers. Please help.
Hi Friend! Your dream is really interesting, and I’m sorry that it’s so frightening. We like to promote the idea that the person having the dream is the ultimate authority on it. In the end its all about you as an individual, there’s no accurate dream dictionary, we’re all unique and constantly changing.
With that said, it’s always nice to get an outside opinion to help you see things more clearly, maybe to have one of those ah-ha moments. But since I don’t know you at all, take it with a grain of salt.
When the dream account came to the part about seeing the elevator from the outside in, a light went on in my brain. This part seems important. The following interpretation might seem cliche, but let’s say the elevator is you and its shakiness is something in your psyche that needs to be addressed, that’s causing imbalance and fear. When you saw the elevator from the 3rd person, objective outside perspective, perhaps you were seeing yourself from the outside in. This event, when it happens in the waking hours, is rare but it does occur–we get a sudden insight into who we are or what we’re doing, the fog parts for a moment. Maybe you were seeing that imbalance in yourself, in the form of the rails being too wide. Or you can even say the dream was showing it to you.
This could be a starting off point for a little self-exploration, like a check-engine light on your dashboard: sit down, close your eyes, and ask yourself, your body, your heart: What feels out of balance in me and my life? Or if you want to address the question in a lucid dream, you could use this reoccurring dream as a trigger to become lucid, and then once lucid ask the elevator, “What the hell is going on?” Or ask it to correct itself, etc. Our book goes into more detail in the nightmare chapter.
Thanks for writing us. In theory, one can lucid dream whenever they are experiencing REM. Most people average between 1 and 2 hours of REM per night, so with some simple math, that’s 30-60 hours of lucid dreaming per month!
In reality, the majority of lucid dreamers (even the most experience) don’t spend every minute of REM in a lucid dream. It takes a lot of effort to have a lucid dream every single night and sometimes one would rather “watch a movie” instead of “play a video game”.
What does happen with experienced lucid dreamers is that they’ll remember their dreams almost every night, wether they are lucid or not.
A wonderful flying dream submitted by B! Thank you for sharing.
I had an amazing dream last night. I dreamed that myself and others were in a big open gym like room. There was workout equipment, exercise balls, and weights. For whatever reason our teacher is talking to us about dreams in this odd location. Well, after hearing her start talking (mostly about things I’m reading in Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming) I start to think, “hey, I may be dreaming right now.” Well, of course I immediately become lucid. I don’t do much flying in my dreams…not sure why, but since I’d just been reading about it in the book I decide to give it a try. So, for one of the first times since I’ve been able to lucid dream (so since I was 8 years old, I’m now 28) I took off. It didn’t take too much effort to take off and start soaring. I felt the wind in my hair and flew through the clouds with ease. I was even impressed that I remember reading about how to land. So, I slowly started to lean back and softly landed. It was so cool and a truly exciting experience. I went on into my dream fully aware I was dreaming but the flying was the best part. I think I’ll start flying more often now.