this is part 2 … for more nightmares read A diary to be used by all… The Nightmare Diary 1
I don’t really remember the last time I had a nightmare (a long time ago), but I have a “trick” that always gets me out of them.
When a dream turns into a nightmare and I start to panic, there is a sort of magic technique that I use in the dream to exit said dream and wake up. I’ve called it X-cancel, because I cross my index fingers and yell out “cancel!” to interrupt the dream and wake up. But when I use the trick, it’s not because I know it’s a dream. It’s just an act of desperation that I only use in dreams and I just sort of hope it’ll get me out of a tight spot. So far it hasn’t failed (at least not that I remember).
So, subconsciously I know I’m dreaming (otherwise I wouldn’t try to X-cancel it), but I’ve never actually realized I was dreaming like I do when I become lucid in a normal dream.
The last time I had a nightmare was almost a year ago, though, so I haven’t used it in a long time. I wonder where I got the idea in the first place?