posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 01:47 PM
As an experienced lucid dreamer, I've discovered that the first rule of dreaming is that "Everything requires your attention to exist". The best
way to defeat an enemy in dreams is not to fight them, but to ignore them into oblivion. This applies to pain as well.
The only time you feel pain in your dreams is if you take the time to focus on your wounds. I had my flesh torn to shreds by tigers in a dream once,
and I felt nothing because I was more focused on getting away from the tigers. There was no time to worry about my wounds, it was a life and death
situation and I had to focus on getting away.
It's my contention that said rule applies as much to the waking world as it does to reality. Otherwise, nobody would be able to wear Nike shoes if
they were truly aware of the suffering caused by child labor. It's feasible that if one were to carry that focus on pain from the dream to a waking
state, it could very well manifest some sort of physical injury. Hypochondriacs make themselves ill in this manner all the time.
Incidentally, as a child, I woke with scratches all over my face claiming I was attacked by spiders (presumably in a dream). I have no recollection
of this, but my parents said the scratches were just too fine for me to have done it to myself with my fingernails. That's just their opinion, and
like I said, I don't remember it at all.