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Originally posted by Rock Ape
reply to post by Resonant
I've been able to lucid dream since the age of 5. My mother and her younger sister are both lucid dreamers too.
I think it must run in my family on my mothers side.
I know what opened me up to lucid dreaming too. When I was 5 I had a nightmare, just a short one lasted no longer than a few minutes, but it woke me to full consciousness in like 1 second flat. I'd never had a nightmare before that one, and never had one since.
And since that time I've been able to lucid dream. I dream in colour, with sound and touch. i can start and stop a dream, change dreams and even go back to a previous dream and start it from where I left it off.
Don't get me wrong, my dreams are still amasing and weird, and I have little control of the course of events as they unfold (I leave that to my sub-conscious mind) but I am fully aware that it is a dream, and I can do something about it if I don't like the way events are unfolding.
On the downside, most lucid dreamers will tell you, that when you first wake, sleep paralysis can be quite scary. As your mind awakens before your body does, this lasts a few seconds but can seem like minutes.
JROCK - To answer your question, it's happened once before about 10 year ago