a reply to: penroc3
Oh wow - you've had some fascinating experiences, especially the one with your dog (I have a rescue too - half pit bull, half shepherd, and also a
And "reality checks" (well one specific 'method') is exactly what I was laying the ground work for in my earlier post..
...so, if you wouldn't mind rereading the second half (starting where I was 'bolding' text) of that post, and keeping all that in mind, here's my
Have you ever (especially considering your 'high strangeness' experiences) during an actual, definite 'fully awake' experience, truly 'not known'
whether you might be dreaming?
(For example - the cliche in TV shows where something really great is happening for a character and they say, "pinch me, I must be dreaming.")
Because if your answer to the above question would be "no"...
...then the 'reality check' you can train yourself to utilize is whenever you 'wake up', ask yourself -
- "Does the 'question'
of whether or not I'm dreaming 'exist' right now?"
See, it's only when we 'are' dreaming that the 'question' of whether we might be dreaming even 'exists'..
Believe it or no†, this whole concept of "Does the 'question' exist?" came as a result of some deep thinking sparked by a "Doctor Who" episode..
And while I've never had to deal with 'false awakening' type dreams, I can tell you that shortly after I had concluded the basis of what I've been
explaining (badly, I admit) to you...
...I did one night have a dream in which I became just lucid enough to wonder if it was a dream, and then actually did remember to ask myself 'the'
- whereupon, I realized that the very fact of my even 'wondering' whether I was dreaming, constituted the 'answer' that indeed the 'question' did
, and therefore, I must definitely be dreaming!
Okay, sorry to get so long winded, not to mention convoluted, but I don't think it will seem nearly so complicated once you you are able to fully
extricate the concept from my poor descriptive abilities..
edit on 21-8-2018 by lostgirl because: clarification