Sunday, 22 November 2015


'Useless Weapons'
Dream date: 20 November 2015

Scene 1: My Bedroom in my Nan's House - Night
I had a false awakening, without sleep paralysisI was in my bedroom at my nan's house in Sheringham, waking up in the dark in my bed. I did not at any point realise this was a false awakening, so I accepted the situation as waking reality. The room looked at it does in real-life. I felt like I was being choked. I reached up to my neck and found I was wearing a pearl necklace. I reached under my pillow and pulled out a fork - I thought this was a possible weapon. I then drifted back to sleep. I woke up again, in my own room and realised I must have experienced a non-lucid false awakening. I ascertained that I was actually awake for real this time and I was, but I quickly fell back asleep.

Scene 2: My Bedroom in Norwich - Night
I was in my bedroom in Norwich. I was aware that the wind (through my open window) had caused the large picture of Marilyn Monroe (which is on my desk in real-life) had fallen down onto my bed and the glass had smashed. I thought about having to replace the broken glass and was annoyed that I had to clear broken glass from my bed. I then realised that I had many pieces of broken glass stuck in my bare foot. This was excruciatingly painful. I started to remove the glass using a pair of tweezers - there was no blood.

Scene 3: A Familiar Room - Night
I found myself in a familiar room, although I cannot recall where it was, just that I potentially had been there before in real-life. It was very brightly lit. It might have been a room in a school/university, as there was a green carpet and a desk. I cannot recall what other furniture there was. I was seated at the desk with RR - we were doing some colouring in. Suddenly, RR's female cousins, DS and LW (sisters) entered and the climate in the room turned hostile. I was aware that DS and LW were going to fight me, so I pre-empted their attack by deciding to attack them first. We started brawling, but I was getting physically exhausted. I could feel pain and exertion during the fight which had lasted several minutes. At one point DS had punched me in the face. I stood back (DS and LW were on the floor, me having put them there) and leaned against the wall. I became lucid, suddenly. I decided to try and control the dream and get myself a weapon to use in self-defence, but I no matter how much I concentrated on visualising a weapon, I could not make one appear. I held my fingers into a 'gun' shape and said: 'I've got a .22' (this was the worst choice as this is a relatively weak gun - associated with female use in self-defence rather than an assault weapon). I started 'firing' the gun at DS and LW and although I could hear gun shots, the 'bullets' (I did not see them, only hear them) did not seem to have much effect - the reaction of DS and LW was as if I was shooting them with a pea shooter - so something was hitting them, but causing no pain/harm. I lost lucidity because I was so frustrated and confused that I did not attempt to stabilise the lucidity. 

Scene 4: A Kitchen/Dining Room - Night

DS, LW and I called a truce and walked through to a kitchen area which was next door. My mum and RR were present. My mum was sitting at a large dining table opposite the door, which was laid out with various dishes, and RR was standing at a stove, next to the door, cooking something - it was a dish consisting of pickled onions, carrots and ginger. 

I sat down at the table, as did DS and LW and RR placed the dish she had prepared down. We served ourselves and started eating. I was surprised to find that the dish tasted good. The atmosphere was much better now - with no sense of threat or violence. My mum said that one of us had to go out shopping for her as she needed some more ingredients for a dish she would be making for the dinner party we would be holding later that evening. She said: 'I need cocktail sausages and ginger'. I wondered if my mum was going to use these ingredients in the same dish and thought that it sounded disgusting. I also wondered if she had got the recipe from Nigella Lawson, but then I decided that my mum must have invented the dish herself.

TIME: 02:00 - 11:00 hours (I am not sure when this dream took place)
LUCIDITY: Fully Lucid via DILD (Dream Initiated/Induced Lucid Dream)
  • Spontaneous DILD, no induction technique/method used
  • No dreamsign to trigger
  • No reality check performed
  • Weak/moderate lucidity/clarity
  • Extremely weak stability (dream did not last long enough for me to use any stabilising methods in good time)
  • Lucidity lasted approximately 1 - 2 minutes

Dream Information:

  • There was very violent wind storms the night of this dream and I was aware of the wind blowing strongly through my open window
  • I did not like RR's cousins, DS and LW while I was at school, as they were vicious, ignorant girls who were excessively violent and lacking in basic morals. My mum does not like these females either

  • I woke up in my bedroom in my nan's house in Sheringham, even though I should have been in my own house in Norwich
  • There is no way the  Marilyn Monroe picture could have fallen on my bed as my desk is across the other side of the room
  • There was no blood on my slashed foot
  • My mum (nor I) would never socialise with RR or her family

Recurrent Dream Themes:

  • None of note

Potential Day/Dream Residue:
  • Before I went to sleep I was aware of strong wind blowing in through my open bedroom window and wondered if it was likely to blow my Marilyn Monroe picture over - note that I have had to replace the glass in this picture once already when it was smashed while I was moving house
  • On 15 November 2015, female UFC champion Ronda Rousey was sensationally knocked out by challenger Holly Holm, an event which received extensive international media coverage - RBA and I had discussed this
  • I had been watching a documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos (1956 - 2002), who shot her victims using a .22 (which indicated to investigating police that they were likely to be searching for a female suspect)
  • I had been watching the new Nigella Lawson series on TV shortly before this dream

Waking Thoughts & Emotions:
This dream was frustrating as (1) I was unaware that I experienced a false awakening; and (2) the lucid part of this dream was short, uncontrollable and unstable. I also disliked the fact I experienced such realistic pain in this dream.

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