What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?
When I was younger I was interested in expanding my mind and exploring the depth of the human brain.. and this included lucid dreaming. I read about other people’s experiences and explored how to induce lucid dreaming. I found an article somewhere that encouraged participants to become aware of being awake, with the idea that when are sleeping you will be able to tell. I spent two days periodically asking myself, ‘Am I dreaming’. I would ask this question in my head, take note of my surroundings and whatever I was doing at the time, then reply, ‘No’.
After the second day of doing this, that night I had a horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE dream that my Dad had died. In my dream I was wailing and crying while half running down the street to get my sister. I stopped before I crossed the road, looked at my hands, and asked myself if I was dreaming. I obviously hadn’t mastered what I was supposed to be doing here, as I replied ‘no’.
The rest is all a blur, all I remember afterwards is waking up in my bed with a genuine belief that my Dad had died the day before, and I had experienced some sort of melt down, had been sent to bed in a ‘nick’, and it was now the next day. I started crying, and went downstairs. My dad was there.
I’m not sure if recounting a dream is a good example of something surreal, as dreams in general are quite surreal and ‘out there’. This particular experience was very surreal to me – because I genuinely believed it was real.
I no longer want to be able to control my dreams, I like them as they are. I’m not confident that I have the brain capacity to make something like that work, and after feeling the way I felt when I woke up I definitely don’t want to find out.
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