I can’t remember the exact point when I first heard about lucid dreaming.
I always maintained an interest in my own dream and I actually recall dreams that I had when I was maybe as young as 4 or 5 years old.
But the earliest I can place my interest in lucid dreaming is 1999.
I was 19 years old and this was the year I first experienced a lucid dream.
The idea was something my high school buddy Jeff and I talked about a lot. I had these conversations, a few books (I think by Stephen LaBerge), and then luckily stumbled onto some very old but functional DOS (yes, as in the OS pre-cursor to Windows) lucid dreaming program for free, somewhere online.
I don’t remember what it was called, but I do recall that it was old-school as hell, even for 1999. You could say it’s something of a primitive version of DreamPort’s Infinity Software, except the DOS program contained the actual reality tests and other activities as part of the program – this was the program itself, actually.
The very day I downloaded the program, I went ahead and did the exercises that night.
They consisted of a letter test, where a letter would come up on the screen, and you had to press the corresponding key. There was also a phone dialer program, some kind of light switch exercise, and a few other tests.
The plan was to use the software right before going to bed, or wake up and do it in the middle of the night, and then go back to sleep.
Then…if you’re lucky, you’d have a dream about doing the exercises, but in the dream things would get a little weird as soon as you started finger-pecking the keys or tried to dial a phone number; then you become aware of the fact you are dreaming and become a God. (Or something like that.)
Amazingly, it worked. On the first try.
The very first night I used the program I had a lucid dream!
How cool is that?
It was the phone dialer program that did it for me.
That night I dreamt I was at work. I picked up the phone and started dialing and something wasn’t right – maybe it was the numbers, or my inability to correctly place a call, but at this point something clicked and I knew I was dreaming!
And what an ecstatic feeling it was!
I raced out of the office and into the hallway and guess who was there? My friend Jeff, the one who shared a mutual interest in lucid dreaming. He was just standing there smiling at me. My boss was there too. I grabbed her excitedly by the shoulders and exclaimed, “Debbie, I’m dreaming! I’m dreaming!”
Then things get weird – my boss simply melted before my eyes, exposing organs and blood and all the lovely gore that makes up a melting body. This happened of its own volition – that is, I was not intending it, nor thinking negative thoughts about her. In fact, I was quite fond of my boss.
And that’s the whole dream. (Yes, a lucid dream combined with the characteristically bizarre nature of the dream world. Too classic, eh? )
The next day I excitedly told Jeff about my dream. I had this glassy-eyed stare into the clouds when I thought that maybe, just maybe, he would tell me he had the same dream!
Alas, this hope that we had a shared dream was mere fantasy; he was just another dream character, one that I happened to know, who in real life was happily living out his own dreams, seperate from mine.
For the next few years I flirted with lucid dreaming, and had maybe a dozen or so lucid dreams. I can probably remember them all if I tried; luckily I have them all written down somewhere (I’m an avid journal keeper.)
I still wrote down many dreams (I have dream logs back to 1999!), but in general, my interest began to fade, becoming less of something I tried to do and more of an idea I was generally intrigued by.
About a year ago I decided to get back into the game. Not just talk about it but try to do it. I knew I needed something bigger than myself to ground my interest and this is where the idea of starting this blog came from.
I started Dreaming Life because I wanted something that I could share with others, something that would inspire not just myself but hopefully everyone reading the blog to pursue their interest in lucid dreaming.
Hopefully it’s working. 🙂
So now, it’s your turn.
I invite you to answer this question either with a comment here or on your own blog:
How did you get into lucid dreaming?
And to make this more fun, I’m going to specifically call out the following blogger friends to answer this question either here or on their own blog:
Hatter at Dreaming to Infinity, Kris at Reality Shifter, Sophia at Visions of the World, everyones favorite barefoot runner at Zen at the Art of Dreaming , Bill at Lucid Blog, David at It’s All In My Head, Bodhi at I Am Shaman’s Blog, Jacob at Reflections, Ideas, and Dreams, Neurosoup’s Video Blog, Breeze Debris, Darcy at Spiritual Blog Reviews….
& you too, dear blog-less reader. 😉
What’s mine is yours.