(Ok, not rainy, but I’m always up for a Hendrix reference.)
When I first heard of lucid dreaming my response was, “Yeah. And?” I thought everyone dreamed that way. Apparently not.
I always have. I don’t remember all of my dreams, but all the ones I’ve ever remembered have been the lucid kind. This is handy, of course, when they’re scary or creepy or disturbing in some other way. It’s great to be able to acknowledge that I’m having a dream while the scary, creepy things are happening. Hmm … Does being a lucid dreamer also negate the possibility of being a sleepwalker? Or a sleep talker?
The two-seconds’ worth of research that I’ve done on this topic tells me that being able to manipulate my dreams can be a good thing for lots of reasons, including the point I’ve already made: helping to deal with nightmares. I mostly fall into the camp of people who, even though they know they are dreaming and know they can control what happens in the dream, choose to observe. I talk to myself during my dreams, but I don’t usually try to make anything happen, or change whatever is happening. In the dream I had the other night, for example, I could have removed Michael from my apartment, from the dream altogether. Or maybe turned him into someone else. Or had the cops come and take him away. But I didn’t. I did try reasoning with dream me so that I wouldn’t be so afraid, but that’s a pretty mild intervention. I could have had dream me pick up a big stick and smack Michael in the head with it.
So I’m not much of a dream meddler. Like Chance the gardener, I like to watch. I like to offer up my running commentary, but I don’t tend to get involved.
Now I’m curious to do more than two seconds of research. I’d like to know if my particular lucid dreaming behavior has a name. And, too, I’d like to test out the manipulation stuff and see how that affects my dreaming. Perfect: a homework assignment I can sleep through!