What are Dreams?

This is a post I created for reddit /r/dreams which you can read here: What Are Dreams?

Nearly every mammalian lifeform dreams and quite possibly every lifeform engages in a type of dreaming similar to how it experiences it’s own reality. Dreams are an important function of our sleep and even though we may not remember all of our dreams, sleep research suggests based on EEG and fMRI research into the 5 stages of sleep: REM and 4 Non-Rem [NREM] that the brain is quite active in producing dream content.

Why we don’t remember is a neurological problem that is observed again in dream research where the content of our dreams often takes place only in the short-term memory centers of the brain. The long term memory center, the hippocampus is observed active but in only allowing information to flow out and not into our long-term memory stores.

Other problems occur in the prefrontal cortex which is involved with our logical and analytical faculties. When this slows down during sleep, our dream content often takes on an illogical and abstract stream of experiences. fMRI scans of lucid dreamers show that instead of being inactive, the prefrontal cortex is quite active indicating that the person while in a lucid dream is now using these critical cognitive functions involving our logic and reason. This is also why dream content during a lucid dream often is more vivid and clear and the quality of the dream content can be more literal rather than being symbolic. Lucid dreaming is always the better focus state to have if you want to gain more control over your dream content and have a more fulfilling experience through dreaming.

Lucid Dream fMRI Scan

When we enter sleep, the changes in brain function invokes a type of sleep induced amnesia where our waking mind is not functioning in a conscious state, rather it functions in an unconscious state during these types of amnesiac dreams. This problem with amnesia doesn’t stop at our initial dreams during sleep. When we wake up, if the short-term memory is not transferred into long-term memory the dream content collapses and we quickly forget what we dreamed about. I call this problem, “Waking induced amnesia”.

Over coming amnesia is part of our challenge as dreamers. By making an effort to record our dreams in a journal, or even just reviewing our dream content when we wake up; we build a stronger bridge in the memory relationship. After all, what good is dreaming is all you do is forget you dreamt at all?

So what is a dream? We know we have them and they become very vivid content rich experiences that represent another type of reality experience. Dreams have similar qualities to our waking reality. Dreams are often in a third-dimensional first-person point of view. Like waking reality, dreams have a duration of time were sequences of events flow from one dream frame to the next. The space we see in dreams allows us to move around and explore the dream world as if it was a functioning reality for the time we are focused in that state. How do dreams create space/time relationships in the dream content? How does the mind produce this effect during sleep?

The first fact about what dreams are can be found in what the dream content is composed of. Unlike physical reality where we have sub-atomic particles forming atoms that produce molecules and larger objects which become tangible to touch. Dreams lack any physical properties that we have come to know from the objective world. The building blocks of dreams from a physical viewpoint is non-relational. Where physical matter reality uses sub-atomic particles to describe the content of physicality, dreams use something completely different to achieve this.

The physics of dreaming derives itself from thought. Dreams are Plato’s idealism in every respect of the term as dreams use “thought-forms” by which to describe the objects, surrounding and events of the dream. So the light that we see in a dream, the colors, the textures, the sounds are all derived from a highly evolved thought process where we think in these archetypes.

Dreams simulate reality by using thought as a type of programming language which is then rendered into our first-person view so that we have this simulated dream reality. Dreams themselves are working examples of how the brain can simulate reality using thought in a very profound and incredible way. Nature has somehow evolved the perfect “virtual reality simulator” and dreams are a living example of this mechanic at work.

You can see how thoughts can take on the properties of sensory information in self-evident examples such as listening to the inner monologue of your voice as it reads this text. The faint audible sound of your voice is actually a type of thought simulating sound. If you close your eyes and visually imagine an apple. The apple that faintly appears in your mind is thought simulating visual information.

These mechanics of thought are even more self-evident if you actively participate in falling asleep with the intent to remain awake and conscious. When we use our sensory apparatus to observe the external world, during sleep something that I call, “The Inversion of the Senses” takes place where our sensory focus moves from external information to start perceiving dream information in a self-similar sensory way.

How often have you fallen asleep to start to see images appear, or even hear sounds such as music or talking as the onset of dreaming starts to take place. Perhaps you’ve noticed that these sensory thought forms are something you are invoking, and that they are your thoughts changing from a simple verbal exchange of ideas, into this more complex language of dreaming.

It is through this higher-order of sensory thought that we are able to change dream content when we sleep. Anyone proficient in lucid dreaming where they think about what they want to dream during an actual lucid dream will find the dream canvas change suddenly to reflect this new content. Thought is a fundamental part of the fabric of dreaming.

The other interesting aspect of dreaming also borrows itself from how we perceive the outside world. In order for us to have a meaningful relationship with sensory information, the mind must take in sensory data, and through information processing by the brain, the mind must then render that information into a view.

Our perception of reality in all actuality is another example of how nature has evolved the ability to take information, process that information and then render that information into a view. It is similar to how a computer takes digital information and processes that information to produce a final rendering of that data on a computer screen so a user can have a meaningful user-interface with that data rather than seeing a string of binary 0001110011 which the visual representation replaces.

Unlike a computer, the human brain does not have a computer screen to render sensory information on. It does something much more amazing in that it has to virtualize the computer screen that allows us to have our experience of reality.

This means the output of our sensory perception takes place on a virtual canvas of the mind. This canvas has been called the Cartesian Theater inspired by Rene Descartes “Seat of the Soul” where by a little man he called the Homunculus sat to observe the sensory renderings of the mind. It has been called the Bohmian IMAX by consciousness researcher Anthony Peake. Plato touches on the same idea in his Allegory of the Cave. All of these metaphors are used simply to describe what the human mind uses as it’s reality rendering screen for us the observer.

It is very ease and self-evident to see in action how the brain is producing a type of rendering on this virtual screen. Simply close your eyes and it will be very apparent that sensory information is being rendered by the brain. What we observe as reality is actually an approximation of reality based on sensory information, information processing and the final rendered product of these processes.

I will also put forth that what the brain uses to render sensory information in this simulation of reality is also a type of thought-form. Each cell along the pathway to the final rendered product adding it’s cellular thoughts as bits of data to the larger picture that they collectively output.

Why this canvas of the mind is important to dreaming is because the same mechanics are at work in rendering dream content. This feedback interface is simply virtual renderings composed of thoughts which produce the final product. The final product is simply described as the dream content.

Thus what we have with dreaming is a type of information processing phenomena where thought programs the content and the mind renders the content in this virtual canvas of the mind so that we have a meaningful view of what that information represents. It is the same canvas that also renders our sensory model of reality. This is one common factor between ourselves as the observer of this content, and where this content renders as part of our feed-back interface.

Through these mechanics, our mind has evolved a type of language which for all intents and purposes is a type of communication between the conscious and unconscious aspects of ourselves. This is also a type of Non-Verbal communication. Dreams are examples of non-verbal communication at work between our waking mind and the unconscious mind if you subscribe to the idea that we are composed of many different compartments like Freud’s Ego, ID, super-ego and unconscious. If you are more Jungian then it would be communication with the collective unconscious which translates how non-verbal communication in the form of dreams is the mechanism by which this communication takes place amongst these different properties of our larger consciousness system.

Regardless of what the dream content may be as the final result of all these processes, the mechanics themselves are self-evident and worth consideration as this is how we dream and why we dream from a mechanical perspective.

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A Response to a Question about Precognition

This question was put forth by a member of the Unexplained Mysteries forum which you can view here: Forum Post.

I think it illustrates in as many words as I like how I view dreams, precognition and reality as an interconnected system of information and where I derive some of my theories from based on other influences, as well, where my experience with precognition supports some of those theories.

RabidMongoose, on 30 June 2014 – 04:50 AM, said:

Do you believe you’re precoging the future or actually deciding it?

That is a very good question, and it is something that I have explored extensively through lucid precognitive dreaming back in the late 90′s.  The answer based on those experiences seems to suggest that at a very deep unconscious level, dreams are a function of reality pre-processing like blueprints to probable futures which we will experience.

Dreams are a valid working example of how we are capable of simulating an experience of reality.  They demonstrate our innate ability to create dream content using a higher form of thinking whereby our thoughts describe the content of the dream world.

I am not sure if you are familiar with simulation theory, or digital physics.  Basically there are a group of physicists and mathematicians who based on the evidence emerging in quantum mechanics as well as mathematical theories suggest that the nature of our physical world is based on the principles of information that “renders” into what they call a virtual reality.

Nick Bolstrom argues based on a computer model of simulated 3D time/space and how we are evolving digital simulations of reality with computers that it’s quite likely that we are already existing in a type of simulation.  Brian Whitworth a mathematician out of Massey University has published papers describing how reality could have emerged from information and itself be some type of virtual reality.  The math supports this better than any other model and as he says… if the shoe fits.

Both of these very intelligent thinkers do not subscribe to the conscious model of the Universe.  However, there are those who do such as Tom Campbell who says implicitly that awareness evolved as an information system the ability to produce virtual reality simulations and he is very sincere that we are already living in an “awareness simulated virtual reality”.  He even talks about the idea that the Universe is like a big computer which fits in with John Wheeler’sIt from Bit” where he says the Universe is like a giant Turn Machine (computer).  Dr. Fred Allan Wolf who is also known as Dr. Quantum and was in What the Bleep also says we are living in a virtual reality.  He wrote a book entitled, “The Dreaming Universe” and I have spoken with him via e-mail where he confirmed his believe that the Universe itself is a type of dream.

If what Nick Bolstrom claims is true… that if something can simulate reality then we are already living in a simulation.  We know from dreams that dreaming itself demonstrates how our awareness via consciousness can simulate reality in the form of a dream using thought.  So the idea that our physical reality is not a physical system rather an information system that is effectively a “rendered final product” of information processing connects into simulation theory and digital physics.

My experience with lucid precogntiive dream content shows to me at least that these kinds of precognitive dreams are being created at run-time and somehow myself and those involved unconsciously are also acting participants on the creation of dream content.  It’s not hard to see that we do in fact create dreams as we do this all the time and have done so since we are born.  Dreams are for all intents and purposes a “Created” product of our unconscious mind.  We can make the unconscious mind conscious and observe these processes through lucid dreaming like I have done.  Thus it becomes even more apparent that even a precognitive dream is a created dream similar to our non-precognitive dream content.

So are we seeing the future, or deciding the future… based on the experience I had we are creating the future through a well defined rule-set which Tom Campbell describes as being imposed by the Larger Consciousness System as he calls it.  Reality then is ultimately a co-creative system where we are all participating members of the content that we generate at that deep unconscious level.  And it moves us back to very old esoteric beliefs that, “Thought creates reality”.

I subscribe to Tom’s model of physics and the idea that our reality is a simulation.  This is also evident in the double-slit experiment where particles can behave like wave-functions (interference patterns) but when observed/measured they collapse the wave-function and behave like solid particles.  Tom’s answer to this is that the larger consciousness system acting like a Universal super-computer “renders” the information into particles because that information is now being accessed.  When that information is not being accessed, the larger system doesn’t need to render the particles because it’s more efficient to leave the information unrendered but still there as a probability distribution (wave-function).

If we look at how other physicists interpret wave-function collaspe we find David Bohm’sMany World Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics” where he believes due to probability many probable timelines are emerging and splitting off at a given second.  Erwin Schrödinger  proposed a thought experiment called “Schrödinger’s Cat” which challenges the idea that if the wave-function known as the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics produces the possibility of probable realities.  The thought paradox places a cat inside a box.  The box has a vile of hydrocyanic poison and a hammer attached to a radioactive decay trigger.  Due to the measurement problem the decay would create a state where the cat is either dead or alive in the box in two diverging probabilities based on superposition and the many world’s interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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“The quantum-mechanical “Schrödinger’s cat” paradox according to the many-worlds interpretation. In this interpretation, every event is a branch point. The cat is both alive and dead—regardless of whether the box is opened—but the “alive” and “dead” cats are in different branches of the universe that are equally real but cannot interact with each other.”

Tom Campbell put forth this diagram showing that the Universe indeed creates fractal probabilities in time as the system tries to accomidate each of our intentions and choices that are defined by the constraints or rule-set that the system imposes on us.

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In this example,  Tom describes the Universe in terms of probability that there is only one actualizing reality which we experience in the 3rd dimension, however there are many fractal probabilities of potential outcomes which do not actualize.  Thus time and the future is probabilistic, even though it seems to those of us who have precognition that it may be deterministic.

My experience with precognition supports Tom’s theory that time is probabalistic as I’ve observed what happens when we interact with precognitive information in our dream content and that causes a type of causality effect between that probability node, and the actuality of it should it collapse from the probability distrubution of future events.  Tom also describes that the larger consciousness system acting like a Universal Computer has to recalculate probabilities in run-time if we make certain choices that affect non-existent probabilities already pre-calculated out.  This causes a spike in calculations where the system has to adjust to new potential probabilities.

To give you a working example of how strange probability actually is vs the actual timeline that we are all experiencing linked to my own precognitive dreams, the example that I talk about is the dream that saved my life where I had a precognitive dream about an accident where I lost control on an icy snow-covered hill and passed into oncoming traffic where a white pickup truck slammed into my driver’s side door waking me up from the dream.  Acting on this dream out of concern that it “might be precognitive in nature” I bought 4 studded winter tires which I reasoned may change the circumstances of that event giving me better traction if I do find myself in the same situation as described in the dream.  Sure enough, the dream was a literal precogntiive dream and I was faced with the same situation in waking life.  I still had difficulty stopping my car but the tires worked, I stopped and the white pick-up truck drove past me instead of potentially ending my life as the dream illustrated.

This means, there is a probability based on the original dream content where I likely died and no longer existed.  If we were on that probability as in, it actualzied then I likely would not be here to share this story with you.  It’s like Final Destination or the Butter Fly effect but in my real life.  So this means, we are now talking in the probability that actualized where I changed the circumstances and lived.  Did the larger system present this information as a key insight to help me avoid a probable death?  I believe so.

This also means the future has been altered as if I had not had that dream, the outcome would have been deterministic thus I wouldn’t be here.  In a way, I’ve lived through Schrödinger’s cat thought paradox thanks to precognition.

Hope this answers the question as well as provides more information as to the nature of probability and time.

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Video on Precognitive Dreams, Deja Vu and Deja Reve

Here is a youtube video I created where I discuss Precognitive dreams, deja vu and deja reve.

As promised in the video, here are the images from the photographs which show how I changed a precognitive dream when lucid, and how those changes came true causing a triangle to form on this persons forehead. This is photographic evidence of changing precognitive dream content when in a lucid state during sleep when the dream content is precognitive in nature.

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Written account from the perspective of the person in the photographs

June 24, 2014 Dream Journal Entry

June 24, 2014 Dream Journal Entry

It’s been a very busy work period since my last dream journal entry. Working on multiple projects staying up late and loosing a lot of sleep in favour of working every free moment I have on completing these projects as quickly as possible which means… no time to blog dream entries. Which is too bad as some of the dreams have been very incredible lucid ones and even with minimal sleep, 4-5 hours a night, I am still able to have quite an nice abundance of dreaming.

One lucid dream took place in Las Vegas, and I was so elated that here I was in a lucid dream on South Las Vegas Blvd near the Bellagio.

It was absolutely beautiful and full of the vivid Vegas lights and colors. I decided to fly down the strip which completely filled me with a sense of joy, fun and adventure. It was a genuine mini lucid-dream vacation.

Why I decided to blog todays dream is because it really demonstrates just how powerful our ability to dream can be at bringing alive the world of imagination. Take movies, comic books and video games as a form of entertainment then strap that level of content into a first-person dream-world and you have todays dream-worthy post.

Dream 1: The Infinity Gems

In this dream, I am looking at my hand and willfully create the six Infinity Gems. The Infinity Gems are part of the Marvel Universe which grant the bearer of these gems infinite power. Here is a synopsis of the gems from Wikipedia.

Infinity Gems
NameColorPowers and capabilities
SoulGreenAllows the user to steal, control, manipulate and alter souls, living or dead, and is the gateway to an idyllic pocket universe. The Soul Gem is sentient and has a hunger for souls.
TimeOrangeAllows the user total control over the past, present and future. Allows time travel, can age and de-age beings and also be used as a weapon by trapping enemies or entire universes in unending loops of time. Also at full potential grants Omniscience.
SpacePurpleAllows the user to exist in any or all locations, move any object anywhere throughout reality and warp or rearrange space. At full potential it grants Omnipresence.
MindBlueAllows the user to greatly strengthen and enhance mental and psionic power and access the thoughts and dreams of other beings. Backed by the Power Gem, the Mind Gem can access all minds in existence simultaneously. When searching for it, the Illuminati apparently discovered that the Mind Gem was the personification of the universal subconscious.
RealityYellowAllows the user to fulfill wishes, even if the wish is in direct contradiction with scientific laws. Occasionally stated to be the most ‘dangerous’ of the Gems if wielded without the other Gems to keep its reality-altering powers from accidentally surging out of control. During the storyline where The Hood had control of the object, it at one point rapidly cycled through multiple alternative universes (apparently showing its ability to not only control reality, but travel to and through different realities as well).
PowerRedAccesses all power and energy that ever has or will exist, and can boost the other gems’ effects. Allows the user to duplicate almost any physical superhuman ability and grants Omnipotence.

Each Infinity Gem grows out of my right hand on the top knuckle of each finger, and the purple gem grew out of the middle of the top of my hand. All of this was followed with a surge of power and energy crackles around my hand and body. I feel absolutely unlimited and god-like and kind of lean back a bit with my fists to raised to shoulder length and just surge with power.

The power is absolutely overwhelming, so I turn it down and look at each gem embedded in the flesh of my hand with all their vibrant colors. I could see cosmic clouds inside of each gem slowly swirling as if each of them contained their own Universe.

Now that I have absolute infinite power, what was I going to do. It seemed to present an immediate problem that I hadn’t really thought of. What does one do with the power to do absolutely anything?

My thoughts were that I could use this power to help other people and make reality a better place for all to live in. In the dream, I had a friend who had been wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Thus, freeing him would be a noble and just thing so I teleport (forget flying) to the prison cell where he is at.

He is shocked to see me appear and is somewhat fearful. “How did you get in here? Why are you in prison?”

“I’ve come to free you.” I tell him. “And I am going to grant you the power to fly and run at near light speed so that no one can catch you again.”.

I point my hand infused with infinite power drawn from the six Infinity Gems and a beam of mystical energy envelops him and his body absorbs it. I turn around and dissolve the prison bars and clearing a path for him to escape. He runs like the Flash from DC comics and bolts out of the prison travelling like a streak.

I teleport outside the prison next to him and he leaps up to the sky and blasts off a remarkable speeds. Again, I have to teleport to his location and he’s now at an abandoned industrial section of a city learning to control his power.

We talk about what he can do and I tell him that no only can he travel fast but his body will adjust to absorb the kinetic impact should he crash into anything. He decides that he wants to also help people and use his power for the better good. Thus, a new super-hero is born.

When that need to help this friend was fulfilled, I was back to contemplating what I wanted to do next with all of this power. Knowing that I could create and have anything that I desired made me really desire nothing at all. I was satisfied in knowing that just such a possibility existed and that was good enough.

I go for a walk down a city street looking at it knowing at a whim I could change it into anything that I wanted which only made me want to keep it as it was. I looked at the sculpted architecture of the buildings and the people walking about, it was already perfect in it’s own unique way. Why change it, and affect the will of others I thought? Again, I was just satisfied knowing that if I really wanted to, I could but it was better to just let things be as they were.

One of the interesting effects of this dream simulating the infinity gems was that I was also picking up the thoughts and emotions of people. I could feel their anger, jealousy, fear, love etc. I could hear their surface thoughts if I focused on a person.

This is where I pick up the jealous emotions of one Mephisto, who is a demon character in the Marvel comics. He desires nothing more than to get these gems from me. So the dream takes a nice plot twist. I can sense him and even see him peering into me wanting that absolute power. He decides to send his daughter after me, Mephista.

MephistoMephista

Mephista appears on the street in a swirl of energy as she teleports from Mephisto’s realm. She’s invisible to others, but I can see her because she is focusing on me and the power of the infinity gems immediately registers when someone focuses their intent my way.

She is wildly beautiful and is wearing a white short cut dress with a belt. She’s like a Succubus with dark black wings and horns, with black flowing hair that is animated as she surges with her own kind of cosmic energy.

I turn and look at her, which catches her off guard as I believe she thinks she is supposed to be invisible. Startled and not sure what to do next, she asks me, “You can see me?”

“Yes. I saw you before you left your father’s realm when you made the decision to come after me.”

“Then you know what I want?” she asks.

“You want the Infinity Gems. But they are not yours for the taking.” I tell her.

She looks at me, uncertain as to what she can do. After all, I have more power at this point than she does and it seems like she realizes it.

“What are you going to do with all that power?” she asks me.

“Nothing, I am going to keep it safe and use it sparingly and only if needed.” I tell her.

“Isn’t there anything you really desire? You can have anything you want, control who ever you want. You mean to do nothing with it?” she asks.

“Just because you have power, doesn’t mean you should use it. There are a lot of people who could get hurt and I would much rather help those people have a better life.” I tell her.

She walks up to me, now with the only power she thinks she has, which is seduction. She looks into my eyes and tries to be like a friendly flirty succubus. She runs her finger down my face, “Surely you can spare just a little of that power.”

She looks down at my hand infused with the gems and her eyes fill with a wild power lust and she smiles madly. “Can I have just one of those gems?” she asks, trying her best to use some kind of seduction power on me.

“You’re just going to hurt people with it. Look how unique and amazing everyone is, with such power it’s better to just let things be as they are. Why put your needs before the needs of others?” I ask her.

I’m giving off this very strong wave of love and compassion which she picks up. Amplified by the power of the Infinity Gems obviously, this causes her to finally realize that hurting others was always the wrong thing to do. She has this total epiphany and betrays her father and as laughable as it it, falls in love with me.

So here I am, Infinity Gems in one hand, the dark beautiful daughter of one of Marvel’s most fierce demons now standing firmly at my side who has turned from the darkness towards the light in an absolutely stunning personality transformation. Mephisto on the other hand is furious and comes back into the picture as I can feel his anger and hate growing towards me and now his daughter. He cannot believe that she betrayed him and turned away but again… he realizes he does not have the power to do anything about it and feels defeated.

She gives me a big hug and holds my hand and walks with me down the street now seeing the world through my eyes in a more compassionate and loving point-of-view. She still looks like a wild demonic succubus but her face has changed from an evil look, to a kinder gentler look.

The dream reunites me with my friend who I granted super-powers too. He has joined up with a team of scientists and is now using his power for deep space exploration and mapping out the solar system.

He introduces me to a group of scientists that he’s working with. I watch as he blasts into space at hyper-speed. Then I wake up.

What a wildly imaginative dream. I didn’t wake up with the Infinity Gems unfortunately, so back to living my usually mundane and simple life but to even just dream like that and have the embodiment of such power was a really fun adventure.

I haven’t read a comic book in years, and the last time I read the Infinity Gem series was nearly 4 years ago so why today would I dream about them in such an interactive way is beyond me. I didn’t know Mephisto had a daughter and I had to google for it to get her comic name. Obviously my subconscious mind remembered and was able to conjure her up as a villainous dream character for the plot.

Well, this is what I get to do when I sleep… have amazing fun adventures in dream land. There is no other place where we can bring our imagination to life in such a vivid and wonderful way than through dreaming.

Dream Journal Entry June 11th, 2014

Dream 1: Hotel with Brother

This is a nice long dream where I am with my brother, we are staying in a nice hotel. The lobby has a large fountain in the center. My brother and I go to some restaurant and dinner and drinks, we are catching up on old times. I tell him work is good, that my daughter is growing up fast. He tells me about his family. There is a bit of a memory lapse but I do recall driving back and forth to the hotel and going up to the room a couple of time.

Dream 2: Father’s House

This dream has even more amnesia, all I can remember is that I am at my Dad’s place with my daughter and we a visiting.

Dream 3: The Big Toad

This dream is likely linked to dream 2, but due to the amnesia it’s hard to know where the break point was. There’s more clarity in this one as I am at a pond and there are some children playing. There are turtles swimming in the water. I see this really large bull-frog and catch it. The thing is the size of a large cat, fat and heavy. I put it down on the ground and the children are all amazed by it. My daughter is there, she loves the frog and wants to keep it as a pet. I tell her he’s a wild animal and we have to let him go.

It was some great dream exaggeration on the frog. The turtles however were fairly tiny, likely fit in the palm of my hand.

Dream 4: Guitar Tuning

I am at a coffee shop in Penticton known as Fibonacci’s. I have my guitar there with someone else who is tuning his guitar. We tune our guitars together. The dream was very clear on sound and also the guitar tuner on the guitar would indicate red/green as we tuned up the systems. He told me he bought his guitar for a steal of a price, $150.00. He thought mine was nicer but then suspected I paid a fortune for mine. We had some Red plastic cups with beer in them. While we were tuning someone had set down a cup near mine.

I ended up grabbing that cup and drinking from it, it had the sharp needle tip from a surgical needle at the bottom. I suspected who ever used it was doing heroin and was disgusted at taking a drink from the cup. It ruined my evening and I got up, packed up my guitar and left.

Dream 5: Star Wars

This is a very fun Star Wars inspired dream where I am a Jedi equipped with lightsaber and force powers like force jump. I am with Yoda and we are infiltrating this dark sithlord’s fortress. We force jump over a wall, and abuse the force to leap up onto a ledge with a open window. Yoda and I split up and I am walking stealthy. There are creatures that are large, almost as if they are made of stone skin with magma veins and dressed in clothing you would expect from the Star Wars Universe.

I end up making the wrong turn down a corridor and come face-to-face with the Sith we are to kill. He’s a bad ass looking dude over 9 feet tall probably 4 foot wide shoulders and not very happy to see me. He does something so quick, I cannot respond the next thing I know, I am dead.

But the dream resets like a game loading from a save point. I am back force jumping with Yoda and this time I am aware of what will happen next so I plan my next stratigy accordingly once we breach the building. This time, I take more effort in hiding in dark corners, waiting for people to pass. I use the force to move objects against a wall to create a noise distraction to get through to the next corridor.

I’m close to where the person was in the first attempt, so I move down a flight of stairs knowing he will pass by soon. The dream starts to morph a bit as this person finds me hiding under the stairs near a concrete wall and shugs it off. I wait for a while to see if he sounds an alarm and nothing happens. Soon some normal human looking people join me and the dream shifts so that it’s now an underpass with a fire.

There are two heavy set ladies who each have poisonous snakes for pets. They are talking about how best to care for them. One does something strange by holding the snakes head and blowing on it’s mouth to get it to open up and show it’s fangs. This also causes the snake to start to shapeshift and morph. It turns into a cross between a cat and a dog with two sharp snake fangs along with other large canine/cat teeth.

The thing hisses at me and tries to bite me. The lady tries to encourage me that the snake won’t bite and that I am safe. I have to use my hand the deflect its attempts while I ask her if it’s poisonous. She tells me it’s deadly if bitten. The stupid thing keeps trying to get a bite, but I control the side of it’s face with an open palm pressed against the base of it’s jaw. Finally, I push it forward then soccor kick the thing and the lady is all upset that I kicked her pet like a soccor ball.

I leave to go find this person I am supposed to assassinate, and the stairs revert the path back inside a building. However, this time it’s a large theater at the end of the corridor with large wooden doors closed as people are watching. I walk along the hall confused as to where this person could be and why the world was now so different. The hall opened up to a lobby.

There were some people wearing masks and wearing tuxedos, smoking on long black cigarette holders with a white tip where the smoke was placed. They had on white gloves and looked down on me as I walked past. I end up deciding to use the bathroom and walk through the lobby until I find one. I wake up shortly after that and make notes in my journal regarding these dreams.

Second Sleep Dreams.

It was 7:00am after my summaries were written and the alarm was set for 8:00am. I decide to see if I can have a lucid dream as second sleeps often present a good opportunity for success.

Dream 6: BBQ

As I fall asleep, I watch the dream form around me. It starts off like a translucent hologram before it pops into a full simulation. I am with my friend Todd and he is having a BBQ. He has some steak that he’s grilling and we are drinking beer. I lose lucidity when the dream hits and although very vivid and real in how it’s simulated, the dream reality locks me in to thinking that I am really there at my friends place.

We are talking about projects we are working on and I tell him that I’ve been working very hard at being conscious during sleep. That I am tired of being locked in to waking life knowing there is just so much more reality to be had during sleep. He tells me that it’s a big waste of time and pointless. I argue that it’s actually the most important thing I can be doing because dreaming yeilds so much new experiences and fun events that it only adds content to my life. I tell him that maybe he has too much negativity and his attitude prevents him from enjoying the rich creative content that dreaming provides. Why not just have extra reality when you sleep.

He doesn’t buy it and decides we need to drink more beer. While he cooks the steak I pound back a beer then another. We have steak and drink more beer and talk about world events and politics. Time passes, more beer is consumed and I am starting to get drunk. Towards the end of the dream, I am completely smashed and don’t want to drive my car. I think also that I have to go to work but then realize that I am dreaming and that the effects of alcohol will instantly pass when I wake up, and there will be no hang-over or adverse side effects. This makes me happy so I drink even more beer not concerning myself with the negative effects of alcohol.

Dream 7: Work Party

The dream shifts and I am at a party with my work continuing the drinking, this time it’s rum and coke. My boss is there and many people from work. I realize that I have to go home because I needed to freshen up. I drive home, have a shower. There is this woman there visiting my mom. She is elated that she has beaten cancer and tells us how happy she is with her new lease on life.

I invite her to come with me to the party. She’s not sure if she want to go. Instead, she ends up kissing me. We end up lying down cuddling. She lies partly on top of me and I stroke my hand along her back. I can feel the silky smooth skin on her back, everything feels very real. She has alot of realism including body heat and again had this not been a dream, it would easily pass as a normal day in waking reality in terms of resolution and detail.

After a while of being together, I tell her I have to go back to the party as people were expecting me there. She decides to come and we drive back to the party. People were wondering where I left too. My boss was happy I was back and buys me a drink. I walk around the party socializing and having fun. This woman is at my side the whole time.

Dream 8: More Jedi Adventures

The dream shifts back into the Jedi game world which is fun. Suddenly I am back having force powers and a red lightsaber this time. Instead of being stealthy, I have the lightsaber out and I am attacking these shadow like figures cutting them down as I move to the same downstairs area of the last dream. I see myself in a full length mirror, I look like Darth Maul wearing all black with horns on my head and face colored in black and red. I stop and look at myself, it looks really cool.

I flip the lightsaber around and it falls on the ground, feeling stupid and clumsy for dropping it I pick it back up. There is a shelf full of items and I start to loot the shelf. It’s very much like a video-game except in first-person virtual dream reality. My inventory fills up and I am unable to loot more items from the shelf. There is a woman there (likely the woman in this dream) and she is scared of how I look and runs away.

I walk back up the stairs and see the corpses of these shadow people that I previously hacked down. I leave the building and the dream shifts into another one.

Dream 9: Psychic Investigator

I go to a parking lot where I have a rusty old truck, it’s brown with rust and paint spots warn out. I have to drive to go meet this psychic investigator who wants to examine some items that I had apparently altered using dream control. I have a briefcase full of these items.

When I arrive to the meeting place there is another lady there who also has the same ability. We are comparing notes on how we are doing these strange things such as changing objects in dreams which later effects the same objects in waking life (in this case… still the dream).

My items all have symbols an marks etched into their surfaces. The investigator examines a cup that has been altered and is fascinated by the way the marks have impacted the glass. He wants to examine them under an electron microscope and I sign a waver allowing him to take these items and preform some experiments on them.