A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to have some control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment.
When I was 12, I I went through an awful period in my life, in which I was tormented by nightmares. It all started when I watched a notorious Japanese horror movie starring a long-haired creepy girl. I think I discovered fear for the first time because of her. My nightmares were so scary that I ended up seeing her in my room even after I woke up at night. When it happened, I used to go to my parents’ room and ask if I could sleep with them. I don’t know how it happened, but she traumatized me to the point that she got inside my head and planted herself deep.
When I told a friend about my nightmares, she said, “Next time you dream about her, kick her ass.”
Strangely enough, the next time I dreamed about her, I remembered my friend’s words, and I gained consciousness that I was in a dream. If I was dreaming, and everything was in my head, then I could control it. So I screamed, faced my fear and ran toward her, and she disappeared. Well, she didn’t really disappear, but I sort of locked her away.
This is how I became able to lucid-dream. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does, it’s really cool. I can change the events of the dream, to escape nightmares, for example. If I realize that the atmosphere of the dream is changing and turning into something scary, I transform the dream by changing the setting or the people I’m with.
Even when I don’t ludic-dream, in the morning I can often remember my dreams, and everybody makes fun of me because of how weird they are (aliens, the end of the world, natural disasters, houses on the clouds, a city on the moon, all the stars in the sky becoming shooting stars and so on), but they’ve always been a good source of inspiration for my writing.
I’ll probably post a lot of these dream-inspired stories on Thursdays, for my “random posts”.