posted on May, 12 2010 @ 07:03 AM
It isn't so much something to explain, but rather something to do.
The first part, assuming you haven't simply woken up and are experiencing sleep paralysis (searchable), is dream incorporation (also
searchable). That is, you really are distonic during REM sleep, which is normal, and this real-life condition shows up in your dream as a plot
Now, where it gets interesting is that you drop into a well-known motif dream. The names for these aren't so standard, so I use descriptive names.
This one I call Unseen Menace. In your case, it's pretty obvious why the name fits. In other examples, there's more storyline about why and
how the menace isn't seen right away.
Unseen Menace comes in two versions: challenge declined and challenge accepted. The difference is whether you choose to meet the menace face-to-face
or choose to escape instead. Challenge declined is a notorious recurrer - you keep dreaming it, maybe until you do accept the challenge (choose to
confront the menace in the dream). Strong affect, feelings of dread, etc., is typical, and even physical stuff like sweats isn't all that unusual.
Usually, there is a dramatized "decision point" and "escape route." The dreamer has a clear opportunity to confront the menace, decides not to,
and successfully escapes. At least in your telling, you just bail out and wake up. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there is a decision point
which you glosssed over, or I missed. Or maybe you just don't think of it that way. It is simply "obvious" to you that out is the only way to
Anyway, what you want to do is dream the challenge accepted version. Stand your ground and look at the menace. Don't worry about "dream control,"
just get it done. Don't worry about a weapon, either. The dream will take care of what is needed for this very old story to play out.
I won't spoil the plot for you, but when you dream it, it pretty much "interprets itself."
Challenge accepted doesn't seem to recur, so problem solved.
Meet the menace, and you'll be glad you did.