Monday, 25 January 2016

Dream 553

'The Worst Gym Ever'
Dream date: 23 January 2016 (Normal Full Sleep)

Day 13 of 14-Day Dream Incubation Experiment
This is Day 13 of my 14-Day Dream Incubation Experiment. Click on the red link to access the article which explains the experiment. This is the second dream on this date as I had one recorded from my afternoon nap - Dream 552 (click on link to read this dream).

Scene 1: An Interior, Location Unknown - Night
I was in a domestic interior, unknown to me in real-life, although it felt familiar in the dream. I was standing in a room which may have been a lounge or kitchen (I am not sure, but it wasn't a bedroom) and was looking out of a large window, while I talked to RBA who was also present with me. I then saw a tall, thin, mixed-race (black and white) male - in his 20s - approach the window. I invited him inside and was aware that I had a romantic/sexual interest in him - I was attracted to him and wanted to spend time with him. I opened the window and he climbed into the room. I asked RBA to leave, which he was not happy about, but he did so - walking out of a door to the left of the window, which we were all standing in front of. I felt happy to be alone with the new male dream character and thought that it was nice of RBA not to cause a fuss when I told him to leave. I then started talking to the male dream character, who I knew very well in the dream (although he is not someone I know in real-life and I cannot recall his name in the dream if I was ever aware of it in the first place). I then became aware that he and RBA were the same person even though they had been 2 separate people a moment before. I was confused about how this happened and the dream character male said: 'You wanted me to leave so I became him', which also confused me. I said: 'Are you RBA?' to which he said: 'Yes, but this is the dream version of him'. I did not become lucid, even though this dream character was clearly telling me that I was in a dreamstate. The male told me he had to leave and I wanted him to stay. I was begging him to stay and keep me company, and he agreed that he would, which made me happy. 

Scene 2: A Gym, Location Unknown - Time Unknown
I was then in a gym. It was very large and dark. Other dream characters were there, working out and I was using 2 machines - a cross-trainer and also a machine which looked like a large pink padded rectangle, the size of a mattress, balanced at a 45 degree angle, with a bar which you hooked your legs over. The exercise motion was leaning forwards and backwards at the waist, which caused the machine to tilt in the same direction - this was a leg and butt workout in the dream. I was alternating between these two exercise machines, which were next to each other. I realised DL was with me. He was using the cross-trainer. I started to use the cross-trainer next to him, and found that I was OK at going forwards, but everytime I tried to do the reverse motion, I would get thrown over the handlebars onto the ground. I said to DL: 'Mine doesn't go backwards!' I decided to use the leg and butt machine, but became trapped upside down on it. I looked towards the left (while in this uncomfortable upside down position) and noticed a partition, behind which was a row of wooden bars mounted on the wall and a pile of white towels on the floor. My nan approached from this area and said: 'We need to leave now'. I said: 'I need to do more exercise', but I was aware that she was impatient and did not want to wait, so I decided to leave with her. 

Scene 3: A Charity Shop, Location Unknown - Day
My nan and I were then in a large charity shop which only sold clothing and accessories. I was looking at the many secondhand handbags which were sold in the shop (I did not seem to be interested in the many rows of clothing). Inside each handbag were half-used items of makeup - some of them very expensive brands. I wondered if it would be OK to still use these cosmetics as they were very tempting. My nan was talking to the shop assistant - a middle-aged female with dark hair. I realised - suddenly - that this shop assistant had worked in a different charity shop, in Sheringham, previously. This charity shop was a 'dream' one, not a real-life one and I thought: 'It's an imaginary charity shop I dreamed of before' (I searched my Blog for dreams involving charity shops and found that the dream in question was Dream 254 from 3 June 2014 - I have not had cause to think of this dream since it took place). I was taking a long time to look in each of the handbags - my nan was waiting for me to finish.

Scene 4: The Living-room in my Nan's House, Sheringham - Day
I was then in my nan's house. I had several of the handbags from the charity shop with me - I had obviously bought them. I started looking in the bags for the cosmetics and found there was some expensive foundation, but the shade was far too dark for me. I kept sifting through the items. My nan was standing in the hall and was again waiting for me impatiently. She said: 'Hurry up!' and I responded by telling her I was trying to. I then saw 2 books resting on the arm of the sofa - they were both yellow with black writing on the cover, almost identical, although one was much thicker than the other. Both were square in shape, and had many pages. I noticed that I was the author of both books. One of the books was a novel and the other was a book of collected poetry. My nan said: 'You are more of a writer than an artist...' 

I woke up.

TIME:  03:00 - 13:30 hours (I woke up from this dream)
LUCIDITY: Pre-Lucid (I was told by a dream character that they were the 'dream version' of one of my real-life friends; and I 'remembered' that a dream character had appeared in a different, earlier dream (dream déjà vu) although I did not become fully lucid - see below)
SPECIAL NOTES:  14-Day Dream Incubation Experiment:
  1. MILD Technique 
  2. Tholey's Combined Technique
  3. Dream Incubation methods
  4. Dream Visualisation methods
  5. NO Vitamin B6 taken
  6. 2 Reality Checks
  7. No WB2B

Dream Information:
  • None of note

  • RBA and the male dream character were the same person, even though I saw them as 2 separate people initially - I was also told that the male dream character was the 'dream version' of RBA
  • I realised that the female shop assistant was a dream character from a previous dream
  • I was a published author

Recurrent Dream Themes:
  • RBA as a dream character
  • A shop as a dream scene location
  • My Nan's house in Sheringham as a dream scene location

Potential Day/Dream Residue:
  • I had done a butt workout shortly before I went to sleep and had this dream
  • About a week before this dream I had told my friend LD2 that I found it really hard to reverse the motion on a cross-trainer when we were discussing gym workouts
  • I had been watching makeup tutorials and reading makeup websites just before I went to sleep and had this dream
  • On the day of this dream I had told DL that I would like to launch a makeup range just for people with darker/black skintones as I feel they aren't being properly catered for by the cosmetics industry and there is a clear gap in the market
  • I bought a book on the day of this dream
  • While in the city on the day of this dream, I had thought about a friend from Sheringham - RP - who has written 2 books which have been published and sold locally. Strangely, RP features in Dream 254 (he worked in a charity shop in this dream), although I had no idea/memory of this connection until I found the previous dream for the purposes of writing this Blog post

Waking Thoughts & Emotions:

This dream felt really significant and I am pretty certain that I was close to becoming lucid due to the references to dreams and dreaming/previous dreams in this dream. This dream was very complex on a number of levels, described above. I woke up very happy to have experienced such a vivid dream with such interesting references to a previous dream, which were actually much more deep and multi-layered than I first thought when I woke up.

This dream appears to be very vaguely related to the theme of my Dream Incubation Experiment - perhaps it reflects a subconscious awareness that I am a better writer than visual artist? It may be that my dream was trying to tell me that I already am an artist of sorts, because literature/poetry is an art in itself? 

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