I would be interested to see if anyone else has experienced, or is experiencing, this. Here's what I noticed about my dreams:
- I often have dreams where I experience "life-like" situations like being in a classroom and studying something, or walking through cities shopping,
or remodeling a house, etc. When I have those dreams, often my husband and/or son are with me, but often it's also friends from my past that I don't
have any contact with anymore.
- In those life-like dreams, I usually have a complete memory of the past -- not my "real" past in this life, but a complete history that belongs to
the dream, and only to the dream. For example, I sit in that aforementioned classroom and remember exactly that last week I took an exam, the week
before I was hanging out with a friend from that class, and so forth.
- Often these dreams are ongoing, i.e., I fall asleep and continue the classroom dream from a week ago, and the memory of that classroom scene will
have been added to my memories that I have in that "life." (It really feels like it's a complete life, not just one standalone dream scene.)
- I recently dreamed that my husband and I had just moved into a new house in the city, from a rural area. Some people we wanted to do business with
were coming to the new house, and I was cleaning up a bit. Wandering through the house, I noticed some old green wallpaper and remembered that we had
talked months ago about tearing that down, but had never gotten around to it, and I felt a little embarrassed.
So, there's a whole history and connected memories in those dreams, just like in this life. Sometimes I'm wondering how real this life actually is, or
if the other ones might be just as real. I already told the story many times on ATS how on the day of 9/11 I woke up and listened to the radio and
everything felt completely surreal, and then I lay down for a nap and dreamed of a totally ordinary day. When I woke up, I said to my husband, "I just
had the most bizarre dream... someone flew planes into the WTC," and then I realized THAT was the reality and the ordinary day had been the dream. Or
had it? Ever since, I'm not so sure anymore what's reality and what's not.
- I've also had dreams within dreams within dreams years ago (not so much recently). I.e., I was chased by a wicked witch and then I would wake up in
my bedroom... but then all of a sudden that wicked witch would be there, and I would realize I was still asleep... until I finally really woke up.
Very disorienting and scary.
- One thing I also noticed is that when I wake up from a dream and am still in that drowsy state and wish to continue the dream for a little while
longer, I have to stay on the same side I'm lying on that moment. If, say, I had the dream lying on my right side, it will vanish immediately if I
turn on my left side, and vice versa. If I stay on that side, though, I can quite easily slip back into the dream and continue where I was.
- I noticed that I only ever have nightmares lying on my right side; never when I lie on my left. So when I do have the rare nightmare (they're almost
all about vampires chasing me down, don't know why), I just have to turn on my other side to make the dream stop and go away.
- About the nightmares: I also noticed that nearly every month shortly before the full moon I get nightmares. Sometimes it's ON the full moon, but
more often 2-3 days before it's full, and it's usually only ONE night. Another thing that's weird is that I get nightmares almost guaranteed when I
leave the blinds up and the full moon shines into my face. If I put the blinds down, I usually don't get them.
How about you? I'm excited to hear your input.
edit on 22-2-2012 by sylvie because: (no reason given)