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Dream Interpretation / Re: Can't see or go lucid
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:39:46 PM »
Update: It has happened again!  But under different circumstances, which I find fascinating.

Last night I dreamed that I was at a New Years Eve concert and had backstage access.  I marveled at how I had only just recently wished for this in my waking life and now it was coming true.  So, at some level I knew that I was dreaming. It was before the show and I was wandering around going into multiple rooms and hallways.  This wandering about is a recurring theme in my dreams but usually I am at a conference or trade show.  At one point I entered a room that was darkened, like being in a movie theater, and as I walked across the room I was suddenly in front of large spotlights that were shining and making it impossible for me to see where I was going.  It was the exact same feeling as in the other dreams.  No real fear and I kept trying to move forward even though I couldn't see where I was going.  It was like I was groping around in front of me to find my way.  I was sort of concerned that I would run into the equipment or trip up on the wires and cables, but I was not afraid.  This is the last thing I recall from the dream but I am not certain that I woke up right after this little episode.

I have recently had the experience upon waking of trying to recall my dream but being shut out from that remembering by my own mind getting stuck on and repeating a word or short phrase to exclusion of all other thoughts.  This is highly annoying.  Given that I have been working hard on my dreams it makes me think that this is a sort of mechanism the brain has of stopping you from remembering dreams.  So, in the last few days I have tried to trick myself into using a phrase of my own choosing.  Thinking that if I was waking up and trying to recall a dream, that if my mind wanted to repeat a phrase it might choose the suggestion that I gave it the night before.  My suggested phrase is "Go lucid" hoping that as I wake I might remember to go lucid and then maybe I could stay in the dream and start controlling things.

Ok, that's my update.  Still running into blind alleys. 

Dream Interpretation / Re: Can't see or go lucid
« on: July 25, 2012, 01:51:16 AM »
Thank you for the responses.  Christine, if you mean that I should focus on my feelings in the midst of the dream, that is not possible as I have not realized that I am dreaming.  If you mean to analyze the dream after its occurrence, then that I have done quite a bit of.  The main feeling being anxiety in not being able to see while driving and the fear that I will crash.  In the sliding door dream I had no intense feelings and no real anxiety.  It was more like a confusion.  Why can't I see type of thing.  I'll assume you meant to look at them after the dream as Tony has indicated. 

Thank you Tony.  These types of dreams seem to be happening more often.  The fact that I remember them and have indeed analyzed them to some degree likely indicates that I am making progress (in my opinion). 

I had another driving dream last night.  I did not see where I was going nor was I blind behind the wheel.  But, it was interesting in that I was driving around some small town parking in various places.  That is all there was to it.  The good news is, I don't appear to have gotten any tickets. ;)


Dream Interpretation / Can't see or go lucid
« on: July 11, 2012, 02:34:11 AM »
I have never been able to have a real lucid dream.  But I feel as though I am getting closer to LDE1 (lucid dream event 1).  I had read somewhere that if you notice that you are driving a car while dreaming, that this is a good time to realize that you are dreaming and that if you can do that, then you can potentially go anywhere you want to in the dream.

I keep having two or three dreams a year in which I almost realize that I am dreaming.  But I never quite make that leap.  What happens is that I find myself driving a car but I discover that I can not see where I am going.  This has taken on several manifestations.  Once it was too dark for me to see and I had no headlights apparently.  I could only barely see dim tail lights on the car some distance in front of me.  Another time I dreamt that I was driving and I could not open my eyes.  I was either asleep (well.. yeah..duh) or just too tired to open them.  I knew the road I was on and had to remember when the curves in the road occurred to avoid crashing.  And the last time this happened I was somehow driving from the back seat of the car and could not see over the seat and out the front windscreen.  In every case I simply do not realize that I am dreaming.  Perhaps if I could, then I would be able to see.

The reason for this post is that the other night I had a new type of dream where I could not see.  This time I was trying to get out through a sliding glass door but could not 'see' in order to get out.  And, I kept moving along the wall to the next sliding door but still I could not see and I could not get out.  It then came to me that (no, I did not realize that I was dreaming) if I moved my eyes back and forth from left to right underneath my eyelids, like during REM sleep, that I would somehow be able to see.  How frustrating!  My mind is hell bent on finding solutions instead of just realizing or accepting that I am dreaming and just let it happen. 

I wonder now if I will ever achieve a lucid state in a dream.  I am not the type of person who can close their eyes and see vivid images of things.  I have a good memory and can remember much of what I have seen, but it is not like I am looking at an image when I do recall such details.  So, I wonder if my brain simply is not wired to produce images with my eyes open?

So, my question about these dreams is twofold really.  Does it sound like I am making any strides towards lucidity?  A breakthrough if you will.  And, any suggestions as to what I might do to nudge my subconscious along the path?


Dream Interpretation / Meeting self
« on: April 04, 2012, 09:32:17 PM »
I had an interesting dream last night.  I was out for a walk near my home.  I was just a few houses away from making it back when I encountered a kid who was about 5 or 6 years old.  The kid said, "Hi... my name is (and the kid said my name) John."  I replied, "Hi.... my name is John too."  He said "No way!" and I said "Yep" and we high-fived each other.  I started to say that I live right there, pointing to where my house should have been but it was not visible.  Some other house that I did not recognize was in the way.  This is where the dream ended as I struggled to understand why I couldn't see my house.

Did I just meet my inner child? I cannot say 100% that it was me as a kid.  Is meeting yourself in a dream significant?


Dream Interpretation / Re: Red bird
« on: August 12, 2011, 04:14:01 AM »

 Thank you for your thoughts on this.  It gives me quite a bit to think about.  I am looking out at the second half of life and developing my intuition is high on my list of interests.  My dreams have returned to a more mundane level, except that I jumped out of a plane the other night.  But even that is nothing as compared to 'seeing' the red of the bird.

 Thanks so much again. (and to Dakota... I'm a him not a her by the way :)


Dream Interpretation / Re: Red bird
« on: August 08, 2011, 06:02:24 PM »

 Thanks again for some interesting food for thought.  I cannot say what the link might be either.  Although, in my dream the bird only acted like a cat when it curled up in my palm.  I see it again later and it is still a bird.

 Perhaps you need to research Zitkala-Sa.  Read the Wikipedia entry on her.

 I am focusing at the moment on the Chinese mythical Red Bird or Feng Huang (Phoenix).

Dream Interpretation / Re: Red bird
« on: August 07, 2011, 10:03:30 PM »

Very interesting.  I went and read your Redtail posting and am surprised about something.  I am not sure why I did this, but I left out of my post something that I wrote in my journal for my dream. When the red bird curled up in my hand, it did so like a cat would.  I see that I did use the words 'curled up' here in this forum but left the cat part out of it.  I also find it interesting that I also have a black cat in real life. :)  And, you actually kept your bird, albeit sans soul, while I readily let mine go it seems.  I hope mine returns.

 In the days following my dream and posting here several things have occurred.  The marked selloff of the financial markets almost has me believing that I should have sold everything and moved into cash on the morning after my dream.  That would have saved me quite a few dollars in my retirement accounts.  But, the way I look at it is, I could also subsequently invest in something else that loses me any savings I might garner by selling now.  And, I am not getting my usual gut feeling about the markets now in spite of all the negative hype.  And, I am not managing to make any connections whatsoever between the red bird and financial markets (other than 'being in the red'). 

I found one mention on the internet of bird and red in dreams equating to everything is going to be OK.  I also found mention that in Hindu interpretations red is just plain bad to dream about since it is only when we are cut or something that red gushes out.  Personally I do not see that as being a very modern interpretation since these days we can heal most wounds with the proper care.

 The one coincidental thing that has happened to me is that I cut my left hand right in the center of my palm,right on my fate line, a day after the dream.  So, all I can do at this point is to interpret the dream in a very literal sense and make sure this cut does not get infected and take on a life of its own.   

 I like your assertion that meditation might be a pathway to get further information about my dream.  Actually, visualization (Alla Shakti Gawain) is something that I am struggling with and working on at the moment.  When they say you should 'visualize' what you want or how something should be, I do not get an actual image in my mind.  When folks say to 'put your attention in your midsection or on your breathing', I have a hard time with that.  I am not getting the feedback I feel that I need to know that I am doing it correctly and am improving.  That is why I was very excited about seeing the bright red of the bird in my dream.  It is my only recollection ever of actually seeing color in my dreams.  This is why I say that I feel like I have reached some level of sorts.  Because, I have been trying to 'visualize' better during mindfulness meditation. 

 Other than that, I am lost as to the meaning of my dream.  However, when I am out in the world now, every red thing I encounter gets my immediate attention.  A very strange side effect.

Thank you for the blessings and right back at ya :)

Dream Interpretation / Red bird
« on: August 04, 2011, 01:07:34 AM »
I had a very vivid dream last night.  I was suddenly looking at my left palm and a red bird was trying to land on it.  I would say that it was fluttering about above my palm at first, but it was more like it was a digital image that was flickering in and out of existence.  It finally landed on my hand and I was very excited about it.  I tried to get a friends attention (and did) to show them that a bird had trusted me enough to land in my hand.  I was worried that this would scare the bird away, but the opposite occurred.  The bird turned around about 270 degrees (left to right) and curled up and nestled down in my palm.  I then brought my right hand up to make a bigger platform and to protect the bird more.  I don't know how long I held it there but my next sense was that I had let it go.  It was then that I saw it was a much larger bird than would fit in my hand.  As it spread out its wing and moved away I saw that it had long flowing feathers underneath its wings that had white in them.  And the tail was longer and more flowing and also had some white in it. It was not a cardinal and not a scarlet tanager. Like nothing I have seen before.

This was the most vivid thing I have ever seen in a dream.  That red color of the bird was truly shocking and its affect on me lingers still.  I have had a very good feeling about it all day and my impression is that it is a good omen or sign indicative of some level of accomplishment on my part or something new that is about to bless me.  My only regret is that I did not go lucid during this dream encounter.  I have never had a lucid dream but have been trying to for quite some time.  Primarily in trying to realize when I am driving a car in my dream that I am dreaming (and try to go somewhere of my choosing).  No luck so far.  But, if this red bird returns I hope I can go lucid and ask it questions or something.

I have spent all day searching for answers.  Any thoughts?

Greetings / Hi All
« on: August 04, 2011, 12:49:48 AM »
Just wanted to say hello before I run over and post a dream I had last night.  I have been working with my dreams since early spring and began keeping a journal.  A lot of changes going on in my life and dreams are a big part of that.  I hope to learn some things about dream interpretation here.  I think I am right in saying that it is really up to me to interpret my dreams, but I am new at this and am stumbling so far.  I say that because I feel that some of the dreams I have had recently are more important than I have given them credit for.  So, I will give them the attention they deserve.  I hope this site can help.


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