posted on Apr, 3 2007 @ 12:10 AM
The dream of being pursued, and being unable to move one's legs is perhaps the most common nightmare ever — all people have that dream at
some point in their lives. It's a paranoid dream of helplessness, probably not too far removed from the waking sleep paralysis experience.
Usually indicates that you feel out of control of your life, and you feel that others are manipulating you beyond your control.
The recurrent, high-pressure work-related dream is another common nightmare, which usually takes you back to a moment in your life when you feel
that you failed or let other people down in some way. It's a dream of anxiety and regret.
I had both types of dreams pretty regularly in my teens, because I guess I didn't feel I was doing a good enough job, and I did feel as though
others were running my life. After a few life-changing experiences in my early 20s, however, I learned how to lucid dream and have never had the
slow-motion pursuit dream again — today, when I'm running in my dreams, it's always at extremely high speeds, and this progresses to
flight, both within the atmosphere and beyond, into deep space. Nobody chases me in those dreams, I just do it.
The high-pressure work-related dream still haunts me from time to time, and I always find myself in the same situation — 25 years in the
past, at one of my earliest and most favorite jobs, seeing all my old friends again, but they're all pissed off at me, and I feel guilty for
not carrying my weight. Now, none of this ever occurred in real life — I suppose it's my subconscious guilt, because I was so much
of a perfectionist on that job, and I guess I imagined that people resented it.
So, whenever I get into that dream nowadays, I become lucid, grab one of my friends in the dream, and tell them loudly and repeatedly that I'm
happier now and that I don't feel guilty at all. That may sound like a strange thing to say, but you've got to keep in mind that, when
you're lucid dreaming, your rational mind can challenge your subconscious directly... Kind of like yelling, "You know you're injured, so
heal yourself!" And, in my experience, the subconscious mind responds to such a command.
— Doc Velocity