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Nothing I can really remember about the temple complex. It was unique and exploring it was equal parts scary and thrilling. Eventually I became
aware that there was another forest behind it, one that was found through the big waterfall that acted as a backdrop, so I started walking through
the temples and random bits of architecture. When I finally reached it the thing was gigantic in scale, Kilometers wide and just as tall. The water
was crystal clear and ethereal in nature.
Swimming somehow through the waterfall were the shadows of massive sea beasts that looked like elongated wales and manta rays put together. It was awe
inspiring. I was afraid of them but I just kept walking into the waterfall. I wanted to see what would happen.
When the feeling of being drowned by a billion gallons of water passed I was no longer anywhere remotely close to where I was. Now I was in a dark
dead forest. One with tall dead trees that were bone white. There were no stars in the sky. but the place was lit by an ever present moonlight despite
there being no moon to see.
So I walked and walked through dead ashes. trying to reach somewhere, or literally anywhere. Looking back I realized I never tried to return to where
I was. Or even looked over my shoulder. but I walked.
Eventually I saw where somehow there was a more green forest, one with sunlight. It was a world of it's own that contrasted with the one I was in
perfectly. the shadows of the dead forest and the sunlight of the green one did not mix and had a clearly defined border.
I don't know what any of this means to this day, but maybe there is some esoteric principle at play or maybe not. Regardless, the green forest
somehow more silent then the dead ash. And as I walked to it the ash gave away to dirt. And several paths were revealing themselves to me. As I got
closer to the path entrances I kept getting this feeling that I wasn't supposed to be here.
One of the half lucid delusions I was under was suggesting to me that somehow, I was in a video game. Not any game, but one that can only be played
inside the brain. Given to me by Game designers who were more like gods then men. And this place I was going to was like a glitched area in the game
where things aren't complete and the player isn't supposed to go. But I wasn't the only one who had found it. Still somehow lucid, but this is more
like 1/4 lucid. I remember who I was but it wasn't as convincing anymore.
Sign posts hung loosely from trees on either side of each of the side roads that branched from the main trail. each had a number that represented the
amount of players who had reached this little glitch and a list of names. Beside the list was a counter that tracked the time the game had been on it
was well into the billions of years if the number of zeros mean anything. Erected by the first few who had made it there. one side path led to a
little circle of grass where only these really nice looking flowers grew where a particularly bright beam of sunlight shined down on them. Another
contained the a series of opened pickle jars of different sizes. Another had a dog and a wolf that were eating the # out of each other but never
I kept walking passed all of these things and they each had really specific meaning to me. Until around the next bend of the main trail I saw the path
led and ended at a cul-de-sac with three relatively large houses. Seeing people after all this exploration was definitely something I wanted to do as
I finally remembered that this was a dream. And communicating to dream characters is my favorite thing to do.
When I reached those houses, I didn't see any signs that told me that others had been here. so I felt kind of special, like this was something I got
to discover to add to the others.
The houses had dark windows, like nobody was home. and there a truck parked in front of the very middle one. I walked to the truck and poked around,
seeing what was inside. Before I heard the house door open and shut. I looked over and an older version of me was standing there, smoking a cigarette.
Visually this person would change from being an amalgamation of me from different ages to my brother or even father. but I knew it was me.
he walked over and I was overwhelmed by awe, like I finally had answers to questions i didn't even ask. I tried to talk to him, ask him things. But
the other version of me had this half smirking expression that was filled with obvious pity, like he knew I couldn't even ask the right questions even
if had to ability to properly speak.
I asked something like (Are you a pneumonic impression?) somehow trying to translate the idea that he was either one of the programmers of the "game"
scenario encoded into the game itself, or that he was a part of my psyche trying to communicate to me through the dream and about a dozen other
things. he just laughed as I completely failed to understand what was happening. and then I laughed. He walked over to me, and offered to share his
cigarette. after some fumbling around with dream physics I managed to take it and try to get a drag. But it turned into an old Play station original
memory card from when I was a kid the second I put my lips on it. After that the dream goes out of my control and i fall into a number of other
scenarios that I've completely forgotten before awakening.
Well, just wanted to share those. here's a breakdown of my lucid dreaming method that I've been using since then. It's difficult to explain in words
but hopefully this triggers things in those who have had some experience lucid dreaming and maybe it becomes good advice, who know.
If your have the time to stay up until your sufficiently drowsy enough to fall asleep but not to pass out immediately this is for you.
1. Reach a point of tiredness that minor distractions cant keep you awake if you focused on sleeping.
2. lay on you're back, with your head slightly elevated by a pillow, this alleviates apnea a little and reduces anxiety due to fears of shallow
3. begin meditation, if your aren't familiar with meditating, it's not hard at all. Just be aware of your breathing and use it as a focus point for
your mind. you will get distracted, but this is desirable. the meditation wil relax your body and take your mind out of flight or fight mode. the goal
is to release your hold on your body but not your mind
4. Notice how your minds attempts to branch into tangent thoughts as you breath. These mini daydreams will happen suddenly and becoming aware of them
may literally erase a few moments from your memory as they fade into nothingness the second you realized you've lost focus. This stage is important,
and you may want to stay here until you can discern your normal bubbling thoughts from the near illusionary state of these waking day dreams.
5.Ride a day dream into a real dream. These day dreams happen just before the hypnogogic hallucinations begin. Where you body starts to feel floaty
and you feel movement where there is none. With just the right amount of concentration, (about a tea spoon) and a relaxed body you can stay aware and
latch onto these daydreams right into a real one. like hopping into a boat from the shore.
6. Sleep paralysis, this state is the most desirable for lucid dreaming.
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