From what you said I’m inclined to believe you may well have been lucid. Just because it was hazy doesn’t necessarily mean you weren’t. By the sounds of it you also had a false awakening after the dream, this is not unusual either. It does depend on if you realised properly. Ultimately it’s down to you to decide if you really decided to do the things you did, or if it was an automatic reaction.
First off what I’m talking about happened roughly ten years ago when I was in first grade so it has nothing to do with me learning to have LD’s right now. Basically there were two times where I had very vivid dreams about me going to school that described the entire school day, in detail and in what felt like real time. For years in fact I thought it was something that really happened until I realized that for somewhat obvious reasons (I don’t feel like specifying, kinda embarrassing) it was just a dream. These were dreams so realistic that I didn’t realize they were dreams even when I woke up so obviously they weren’t really lucid. However in the dreams I was fully conscious, making decisions just like normal. It didn’t feel like most of my ND’s where it’s almost like watching a movie with me as the main character.
Does anyone know what to classify this as?
Sanome: the main description would be a False Awakening ( FA )
Dreams can vary in the amount of conscious thought in them from just action dreams with no thinking to ones in which you think and make some decisions.
Some would call your dream a Vivid Conscious Dream.
Last night I had a dream, at first I’m pretty sure it was a at first ND but perhaps halfway through the dream I was in a shop and shoplifted a few things, as I was leaving the store the manager told me to stop but I just ran. As usual in my dreams I couldn’t run very fast and I actually thought to myself “Damnit! Why do I always have to run so slowly in dreams? I might just as well fly…” Then I just stopped and lifted myself up into the air I think I was lucid at that point but I’m not sure if I actually stayed lucid
At another point in the dream I was in a swimming hall with a really weird swimming pool, just below the surface there was like platforms that you could step on but you couldn’t see them so you couldn’t know if you were going to fall or not. I saw someone try but fail and I though to myself “This is a dream, I don’t have to bother with those things, I can walk on water if I want to.” and then I did just that Though now I’m really wondering if this was a real semi lucid dream or a false LD
hey, Mrs T. It could have been a FLD or maybe you got lucid for a few seconds and slipped back into a LD and just forgot about it…
I know saying this doesn’t help at all. You have to ask yourself if you felt lucid. I mean, was there a click “Hey! I’m lucid!”?
Usually (in the beginning of LD’ing at least) getting lucid is kinda WOW. But then again, you could have been low lucidity so you realised you were dreaming but not exactly how increadible that is…
These kind of dreams, where your not sure, drive me crazy!
That’s why I’m so confused about it, I expected it to be like “Wow I’m lucid!” but it was just, “Hey, I’m dreaming I don’t have to put up with this!” Oh well, I’ll try again tonight…
I already posted this dream in the Dream Journal part of the forum, but I think that I’ll post it here too:
I don’t know if this would count as a lucid dream or not but a few nights ago I had this really creepy dream where I was in a stranger’s house with a bunch of people I don’t know. We were all in a bare room and there weren’t any lights on. I think that they were having a seance because they were chanting and then all of a sudden I heard a really loud, snarly voice come from nowhere. I freaked out and ran out of the house and into another house that I guess was mine in the dream. Then I started yelling “This isn’t real, this is a dream!” and then I woke up. So I’m not sure if it was a LD or not because I don’t know if I said it because I really did realize that it was a dream or if I just said it because I was scared.
I think that I looked down at my hands as a reality check too but I still seemed to think it was a dream even though my hands looked normal.
Yeah, they can be tricky to identify sometimes… but seeing as you remembered to look at your hands I say you were probably lucid.
And welcome to the forums!
i am kinda confused. Is it possible the realisation of dreaming to wake you up?
the excitement and ‘shock’ of finding yourself in a dream can result in you waking up
Well for my first i believe it wasn’t that bad… Only my lucidity lasted at least 5 mins, and in the same night i could remember another full dream, and fragments of ANOTHER dream!!!
I was amazed.
But the thing is, im not sure if i was 100% lucid. I was climbing the stairs of my house and suddently it just came to me…“My house is full of women… wtf, am i dreaming?” More details on my DJ.
And there i realized i was dreaming. I didn’t do any RC’s but i instinctivly knew i was dreaming, and carried on with the dream. The actions that i did i was aware of, but i didn’t try anything awesome…
Merged from “My First LD :D”, the comments were merged to SlyPT’s Dream journal.
I think I had my first lucid dream the other night, but I’m not sure.
I first had a ND, but I can’t remember it at all. Then I had a FA. My room seemed elongated and my dad was babbling to me. I sat up and thought that it was all strange, so I did a quick RC by looking at my clock.
What do you know, the time changed. It clicked in my head that I was dreaming, but never that I was lucid. I was able to move water around (quite entertaining), mnake a failed attempt at flying, and attempt to shoot electrictiy out of my hand before I lost the lucid concept.
It doesn’t feel like I was lucid. Was it low-lucidity or didI have a FLD?
Since you knew that you were dreaming it was a LD, but a low-level one.
It’s sometimes hard to be 100% if you were lucid or not, from reading your Dream journal, I can’t see anything that would indicate you weren’t lucid. If you aren’t sure, I wouldn’t worry about it too much, if it isn’t an LD you will realize this when you do have one.
If you realized that you were dreaming then you were lucid. Just because you didn’t use the term lucid doesn’t change that. People have been lucid, myself included, without even having heard the term lucid, or lucid dreaming.
I’m sure I had a lucid dream once, I’ll explain:
I bought another Chucky doll in April (big collector, like), a lifesized one, and for the next few weeks I wouild dream about him almost every single night, about him coming alive and killing me.
One day, I dreamt he attacked me, in my room, but I said “wait, this is a dream”, I fell to my knees, started pounding the floo,r looked at my bed and saw myself sleeping ion it, then suddenly woke up.
This dream is right at the front of my mind right now.
Was I lucid?
and for the record, I’m practising lucid dreaming now with the reality-check dreaming, and so is my friend. My friend has has two dreams inwhich he’s been asked to reality-check but both dreams he’s replied “No, I know I’m not dreaming”! How close is he?
Thanks for the help, like.
It’s hard to say straight off if you were lucid or not, it’s possible to say “I’m dreaming” autonomously and not really give it any thought. Perhaps if you give some thought to why you fell to your knees and started pounding on the floor, that might help. You should be able to tell if you knew what “I’m dreaming” meant during the dream from your reasoning for your behavior. The other thing that might help is that LDs often have a different feel around them to normal dreams.
It sounds like your friend is getting closer to having a Lucid dream. I don’t think he was lucid in either of the examples, but they do show that the idea of LDing has penetrated his sub-conscious and it should only be a matter of time before he gets lucid.
Thanks for that Dragon!
OHMYGODOHMYGOD! I think I had a lucid dream last night, well, actually, I know I did, I just want to know your thoughts…
so, last night I was telling myself I was going to lucid dream tonight, and when I finally got to sleep I remember running, then something happened so I reality checked by looking at my hands, I only had three fingers, my ring finger had disappeared on both hands, I held my nose and could still breathe, and I just went insane. An overwhelming sense of excitement came, and I could actually feel myself waking up, like, I could feel myself lapsing back into my waking life, so I quickly remembered to spin around fastly to keep my REM sleep going, I done this for about a minute and I was fine again.
Then, after realizing I was in a lucid dream, I popped over to do what I’d always wanted to do, meet Clementine Kruzcynski (Kate Winslet), the character from Eternal Sunshine. I was standing on this hill, looked down at the frozen lake like in the film and saw her, so I shouted a quote and she quoted back and we were doing that, then I ran over to her and lay down with her and looked up at the sky, but it was a ceiling. I wanted to make it the sky so it was like the film but I couldn’t, I got my finger ready to rub it out, and started to rub out the light, but it didn’t work. I concentrated harder, telling myself my finger was a rubber/eraser and suddenly I could rub out the light.
I done other stuff aswell but I can’t remember, then I had a false awakening and then I woke up properly, went back to sleep and can’t remember what happened hten.
This dream felt so different to every other dream, it felt so much more real. Was I lucid? I definitely think I was!
Boy, after weeks of reality checking I’ve finally sussed it, hopefully!
Oh, yes! Deffinetly a LD!! Isn’t that feeling just increadible? I’ve never felt that excited IWL, lol…
And congratulations, it was a very good lucid dream! And you met Clementine! How cool is that! It was your first LD? It was great for a first one!
How did you know when to stop spinning? Did things get stable and you just felt you weren’t waking up anymore? I’m not that good at spinning…
Keep up the good work!
It was the single most amazing experience of my life.
Sounds sad really, but I really am in love with Clementine.
Aha, is it actually possible to fall in love with a DC if you become so attached to them in your dreams?
Put it this way, upon feeling me waking up, it felt like I was being pushed out the dream, like, off a cliff and when I fell I’d wake up, and when I started spinning after a while I felt safe again, sturdy.
First LD! I’m so excited, I hope for another one soon. It really is extremely exciting, worth going to bed early for, I think!