My friend, whom I call Maki, recently posted on lucid dreaming: Even In My Dreams. When I read this post I couldn’t help but think that this is exactly how I dream every night. He wrote “The thing I've always seen about lucid dreaming is that the key is planting some sort of idea in your subconscious that will, when it appears in your dream, clue you in to the fact that you're dreaming.” When I’m going to sleep at night I always start by focusing on a story or an idea. I concentrate on it so hard that I don’t fall asleep right away, but I do start to daydream. I have a very active brain. It often gets to the point where I ask my good husband to take a frying pan to my head to make it stop thinking. By concentrating on one idea/story it helps me to calm my random thoughts and achieve ‘peace of mind’.
When I read over this next sentence from his blog I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. “For my part, what I've found to be the surest indicator that I'm dreaming is that somehow everything is even more of a pain in the ass than it is in the waking world.” I find this very true, but even more so with stories. I keep repeating the scenes over and over to make minor adjustments, but I never finish them. It’s only in the waking world that I can actually fill in plots and adventures. I start thinking of other scenes to the story and that becomes the next evenings calming entertainment.
This is what I call a thoughtful dreamer. My thoughts encourage and somewhat control my dreams.