posted on Apr, 20 2009 @ 10:19 PM
I think I remember your post, and IIRC I mentioned that I had an almost identical experience (in how realistic the perception of
sight/smell/touch/etc. was of the experience) only I "felt" like I was on Venus for some reason rather than Mars, and that it occurred at night
after being awoken and then going back to sleep.
In regard to whether it was a "daydream" or not, I would say trust your memory of how "real" it seemed, not to determine whether what you saw/etc.
was real or not, but whether it was something special, whether lucid dream, OBE, AP, or whatever. If your experience was anywhere near as vivid as my
"Venus planetscape" dream, then try not to forget this, because (for me, anyway) direct memory of most dream-like experiences fade over time until
you completely forget the experience itself, and remember only your conscious thoughts after waking. For example I still remember my thoughts as to
how vivid the chilling breeze felt, how strange the air smelled, and how bizarre yet beautiful the strange forest around me and ground growth looked
as it blew in the wind - yet I don't remember the sensations themselves, just my reflection of them after waking when the memory was fresh (hard to
describe). If I hadn't made such an effort to burn into my memory how unnaturally vivid this dream was, I think a day later I would be doubting it
Now if you've established that what you saw/smelled/felt/etc. was more than an ordinary daydream, the only remaining question is whether it was an
OBE/AP or just a lucid dream / hallucination (which is all dreams are really). I can't really answer this one, because I myself don't yet fully
believe that OBEs/APs are anything more than alternate forms of lucid dreams (until I prove to myself by finding information in this state that I
would otherwise not be able to know, or some other method of personal proof).
P.S. My theory on the dream memory fade thing is this: it's like you have two memories, separate from each other. A conscious memory and an
unconscious. The only time when information can be shared between these memories is when your brain is in a state between consciousness and
unconsciousness (hypnogogic/hypnopompic states), which occurs when entering/waking from sleep of meditative states.
But even when the unconscious memory is made available to the conscious mind during a certain mental state, it will fade again when you return to full
consciousness unless you "clone" the memory into your conscious memory. This is why writing a dream log is so helpful - by reciting your dreams as
you write it down on paper, the writing process itself helps the memory to be processed and "copied" into your conscious memory, as well as the hard
copy you're writing. I think with practice this also helps strengthen the ability to recall dreams by increasing the link between
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