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The name’s Kelli (age 21) but I like to go by the pseudonym Gnossos online. I have always had a passing interest in lucid dreaming (one of my favorite films is Waking Life) but have remained quite skeptical about the importance of dreams. Lately I’ve been led to research LDs because I’ve been having some very strange ones lately.
Since I’ve been unemployed for the past 2 months, I’ve slept a lot more than usual and been under a lot of stress, in addition to my anxiety problems I’ve had since I can remember. I believe this is what has spurred some strange occurrences in my sleep.
It started with the old wives’ tale of “a witch riding your back”. When I dream, about 9/10 the dream is either a nightmare or just very negative, probably because I am just a generally negative person. The initial occurrence of sleep paralysis grabbed my attention.
More recently, after crashing on a friend’s couch one morning after a long night of drinking heavily, I had a nightmare with about 5 or 6 false awakenings. Each time I thought I was awake but would see something weird, realize it was still a dream, and “wake up” again. In one instance, I looked up on the ceiling to discover the pillows from the couch levitating just below the overhead light. Frightened, I looked in the corner to see a demon-like figure smiling eerily at me and realized once again that I was dreaming.
I started to think it had something to do with sleeping on couches when a few weeks later I had a horribly terrifying nightmare in which I realized I was dreaming but couldn’t wake up. It’s always toward the end that I become aware. The dream started off fairly normally and led into a horrifying nightmare in which I was being chased. Lucid, I wished for my boyfriend to save me. I ran into our bedroom to find him seemingly dead (or asleep) on our bed, demonic/possessed, scantily clad women making out in the floor surrounded by baby toys. I kept screaming in the dream for him to wake me up (he was asleep on the couch beside me), but it took awhile to finally be able to come out of it. By now he’s fairly used to me waking up sobbing or hyperventilating. After this, I did a search for “lucid nightmares” and sleep paralysis… it definitely piqued my interest.
What finally solidified things was when I had yet another one of what I’ve come to call my levitation dreams. Once again, I was napping on the couch. I had noticed in passing that my boyfriend had put a sound cable on the counter a few feet away from me, and in the dream I looked at it and it started uncoiling and coming toward me in midair. The thought occurred to me that wouldn’t it be cool if I really was making things levitate in my sleep? But no, since I sleep next to someone I’m fairly sure that wouldn’t go unnoticed… Still I wish I could record myself when I sleep sometime, I think it would be interesting to see.
Has anyone else had any similar dreams, as far as the levitation thing goes? What about false awakenings in nightmares, or nightmares where you can’t wake up? I’m sure it’s fairly common.