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Greetings / Newbie here - lifelong lucid dreamer
« on: October 27, 2013, 06:34:00 AM »
Hi everyone,

I recently joined after finding this website. I'd had a weird parasite dream, it felt very physical.
. I have narcolepsy which means I am tired all the time and don't get any None-REM sleep and for which I have been on bin loads of meds for 20 years.  I began lucid dreaming when I was 7 years old, just after developing my illness.  I used to have up to 6 'epic' lucid dreams every night. I can control my dreams or decide what to dream about if I wish to, but my nightmares, when they do happen are extremely vivid and disturbing. I used to have a lot of nightmares, basically i ended up 'getting good at them'
I don't bother to choose what to dream about as much these days but if a dream isn't going quite how I want it to, I become the director and reshoot scenes or change the plot.

Some crazy and awesome things I can do In my dreams:  I can drive, which is something I can't do in waking life. I can also fly, be invisible, manipulate time and the speed of travel, transfer between characters or experience all characters views simultaneously ... actually there is very little I haven't been able to do in my dreams except make myself actually sleep walk during a dream. ... Although being narcoleptic I can fall asleep whilst standing or walking around during which I can go into a dream.
Another symptom of Narcolepsy is sleep paralysis and hynogogic or hypnopompic hallucinations which I experienced on a daily basis throughout my childhood and teens. Much less now though.
I used to struggle to make people's facial features look real and also struggled with the 'accuracy' of the speed of travel whilst driving or walking but I eventually managed to achieve more realistic enterpretations of those things.

I would like to find new ways to challenge myself with dream techniques and be able to use them as a tool in some way.
Although being narcoleptic is not at all pleasant, I realise my ability to lucid dream is quite a gift.

Nice to meet you all! ;)

Dream Interpretation / Re: Parasites
« on: October 27, 2013, 05:58:33 AM »
... Other body/image themed dreams I have has include a recurring one about all my teeth going rotten and falling out one by one. I experience a great deal of embarrassment and shame as a result of it happening and am usually trying to get to a dentist but can't ever manage to make an appointment or end up being too far away.

Another one is that I become very obese and again, experience feelings of shame and unhappiness.
Others include hair loss, disfigurement and sudden ageing.

Lastly, if this helps at all ... I grew up with an anorexic mother who became alcoholic to hide the eating disorder and eventually died aged 60 weighing leas than 5.5 stone and having lost her memory 10 years previous due to brain damage caused by lack of nutrition to the brain. As you can imagine, living with this had a huge affect on me which I can see much more clearly now I am older.

Dream Interpretation / Re: Unusual Tsunami Dream
« on: October 27, 2013, 05:45:33 AM »
I too have had epic vivid dreams about tsunamis and other natural disasters: earthquakes, volcanos and also man made disasters such as plane crashes and sinking boats, falling buildings, etc
In my dreams though its very real and things are destroyed as they would be in real life, my dreams are about surviving and escaping, usually I am one of only a few survivors and we narrowly escape death but are surrounded by devastation. It is possible that I watched far too many 70's disaster movies as a child and combined with my extreme visual memory and having read and seen a lot of footage of these terrible events that happen in the world, I would put it down to me having some kind of morbid fascination with the details of what happens during these events, as well as an intense fear of violent death... but the fact that I am on a mission to survive against all the odds in these dreams, well I don't think that is difficult to figure out, I don't think there is much hidden meaning in that, more that it represents my struggles to survive things that have happened in my life.  I am enjoying reading about everyone's dreams here!

Dream Interpretation / Re: Parasites
« on: October 27, 2013, 05:32:44 AM »
That's interesting. Could it be something to do with self body image? Not exactly something embarrassing
But more something to do with shame or self loathing, not being comfortable in ones own skin?
The home I grew up in features in a lot of dreams, usually it seems to represent something negative, the house itself sometimes manifests as a sort of entity filled with bad emotions, like the house itself is full of anger and rage, in those dreams I generally fight against the entity and have to escape it or destroy the entity.
I thought I would point that out because the house isn't anything I haven't dreamt before. Like I said, I've had what I have thought to be anxiety dreams before about snakes appearing and multiplying around me, having to kill them but they keep coming back but this parasite thing felt a lot more physical.
Thanks for the links, I will check them out!

Dream Interpretation / Parasites
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:04:55 PM »
I just had an extremely vivid dream in which my body was riddled with very long thin wormlike parasites.
They were crawling out through my gums at first and I had to pull them out like long thin strings, but there were more and more. It became terribly embarrassing as they would appear suddenly when I was talking to people and I’d have to excuse myself and run somewhere to pull them out.
I went to a doctor who told me to take a pill, she said the worms were attracted to metals and which the pill contained, it would draw them in to my stomach before excreting a poison which would destroy them and they would then be broken down and leave my body, but anyone I had come into contact had to test for the worms.

There was one bit where I could hear them literally crawling through the walls of my family home (where I grew up) but in the dream I was a child and my family was a different family. No one else could hear them so I think I could just hear them crawling through my own skin. I had to take the pills for several months during which they kept coming back before finally dying off. The second I woke up I searched for ‘parasite’ dreams online.

I am a natural lucid dreamer and have a lot of bizarre vivid dreams, normally I would have identified something like this as an anxiety dream as i have had lots of dreams about infestations of snakes and spiders but something was different about it… that being that they were actually growing and living inside my body! I have no idea what they represent and will be spending much time trying to figure that out. Any thoughts on that?

Update: I just spoke to my fiancé and he had an equally bizarre dream about flies laying eggs on his face! Weeeird! Something is bothering us both?

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