Does anyone else have vivid, enlightened dreams?

Northern

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Is it common to have dreams which are highly logical, vivid, and enlightened? For example, dreams which have very clear dialogue, and in many cases brilliant dialogue (sometimes even poetic,) complex and interesting plots, amazing visual imagery (like what you would see in a movie,) etc? I've talked to many people and most tell me that their dreams don't make any sense and even that they are in Black and White or strange colors, or that the "dialogue" uttered within amounts to little more than the musings of a schizophrenic avant-garde play.

I often don't remember my dreams, and even I do get some nonsensical dreams (though they are always in color,) but often my dreams are like highly coherent movies with brilliant and original plots, and I've gotten many ideas from dreams. Just last night I had an amazing dream about Artificial Intelligence. Not brilliant on a technical level, but in the story built around it.
 
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I used to have lucid dreams, but not recently. I would be analyzing the dream as it happened, and they would often involve being in Moscow or Scandinavian cities. Sometimes I would be observing something like a city street from a little above, and wonder if my mind was creating these faces, and often it would be from a long time ago, like Moscow in the 19th Century. Once I was lying in bed with a newly met girl in Trondheim, and I was creating classical music, woke-up, looked at her and forgot the composition.

I keep a voice-activated recorder next to my bed, and whisper dreams almost every night. Last night I had a clear dream that I was in a big room in the Hermitage, alone and wishing I was home in San Francisco. I felt a hand on my shoulder from behind, and it was Maria Sharapova. There was a kindness in her face that I hadn't seen in her before, and she said I could fly back to California with her.
 
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Is it common to have dreams which are highly logical, vivid, and enlightened? For example, dreams which have very clear dialogue, and in many cases brilliant dialogue (sometimes even poetic,) complex and interesting plots, amazing visual imagery (like what you would see in a movie,) etc? I've talked to many people and most tell me that their dreams don't make any sense and even that they are in Black and White or strange colors, or that the "dialogue" uttered within amounts to little more than the musings of a schizophrenic avant-garde play.

I often don't remember my dreams, and even I do get some nonsensical dreams (though they are always in color,) but often my dreams are like highly coherent movies with brilliant and original plots, and I've gotten many ideas from dreams. Just last night I had an amazing dream about Artificial Intelligence. Not brilliant on a technical level, but in the story built around it.

All the time.
 
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Yes, for short spans of time. I see people in my room when I am lying on bed in the dark. Then I wake up and the stranger is gone.
I even thought the stranger wanted to kill me once.
 

Zara

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I had a snake dream very recently. I saw a black snake wrapped around a pipe that was up on the ceiling. And I was right below it lying on the floor which appeared to be made of plain concrete as it felt cold. There was no furniture in the room. I looked up again and the snake was gone but I didn’t move as I felt it very close to me. I held my breath and closed my eyes again because I didn’t want to see it and wished for it to be gone. But then slowly opened my eyes and it was there right in front of me waiting to bite to the slightest movement so I remained still barely breathing and it felt really, really long. It was a game of who is losing their patience first and attack first. I knew I was weaponless so I played dead. But it wouldn’t move patiently waiting for me to move. I was brainstorming at this point to find a way to escape but the snake was too big and part of it was sort of wrapped around my lower body and right hand. I realized I’d have to kill it and that’s the only way but I’d have to move really fast, faster than the snake to bite me back and I’d have to kill it with my left hand as it was positioned on my right hand or on that side. I took a small breath without alarming it and our eyes were locked. I just didn’t want it to pay attention to my left hand that I was about to attack with. In that instant moment, I grabbed it around its neck and got up very quickly and threw it against the wall very hard with all the strength I had. And it crashed as I could see blood coming out of it and I could tell it was dead. The moment was so tense that it woke me up and I was breathing really, really hard. I couldn’t believe for a while that it wasn’t real but a dream only. It was so vivid and stayed with me for a while. I still remember it very clearly- the very dark/black snake - something I have never seen in real life.
 
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Raindogs

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It seems like I'm always asking my therapist to help analize my extremely multifaceted and detailed dreamworld.
All he ever seems to say is "what are you doing in my house?"
 
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Me too. I have dozens of dreams in any 24 period, some lucid. Always in bright color. I hear incredible music, see things that are like special effects movies. In dreams I fly, levitate, teleport and sometimes shapeshift. No one I know dreams remotely as I do. My wife can't even remember a single dream for months.
 

Zara

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^^^ Freud will have a nice explanation
I don't care for his explanations because they all lead to some sort of sexual tensions. The guy couldn't go out of his own sexual fantasy let alone give a good enough explanation for any dream. Dreams are specific to individuals and mostly in metaphor as I understand it but there's no clear explanation for it. We don't fully understand dreams yet and why we dream in the first place.
 

Zara

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Most people have far more dreams than they realize, but deams rapidly dissipate from memory. Powerful dreams that elicit strong reactions often lead to waking up and contemplation, and are more likely to be remembered.
I was told that when you don't sleep for days or don't typically sleep as much, it's easier to get into the vivid dream state, but that's not wise or healthy. You are likely to die earlier because you are not giving your body the proper rest for it recover from all the things we go through in life including garbage food, stress, traumas, other experiences etc.
 
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Me too. I have dozens of dreams in any 24 period, some lucid. Always in bright color. I hear incredible music, see things that are like special effects movies. In dreams I fly, levitate, teleport and sometimes shapeshift. No one I know dreams remotely as I do. My wife can't even remember a single dream for months.

maybe you have a deeply developed intuition

sounds like pseudoscience but there might be a connection
 
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I was told that when you don't sleep for days or don't typically sleep as much, it's easier to get into the vivid dream state, but that's not wise or healthy. You are likely to die earlier because you are not giving your body the proper rest for it recover from all the things we go through in life including garbage food, stress, traumas, other experiences etc.
I found that lucid dreams were most likely when I had jet lag, which used to be often, or if I was sleeping next to a woman I didn't know well, or with a woman where I felt an unusually strong connection.
 

Northern

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I used to have lucid dreams, but not recently. I would be analyzing the dream as it happened, and they would often involve being in Moscow or Scandinavian cities. Sometimes I would be observing something like a city street from a little above, and wonder if my mind was creating these faces, and often it would be from a long time ago, like Moscow in the 19th Century. Once I was lying in bed with a newly met girl in Trondheim, and I was creating classical music, woke-up, looked at her and forgot the composition.

I keep a voice-activated recorder next to my bed, and whisper dreams almost every night. Last night I had a clear dream that I was in a big room in the Hermitage, alone and wishing I was home in San Francisco. I felt a hand on my shoulder from behind, and it was Maria Sharapova. There was a kindness in her face that I hadn't seen in her before, and she said I could fly back to California with her.
One of the most vivid dreams I had (but it had a lot of weird symbolic stuff in it too, so in that sense I guess it was typically dreamlike) had a final sequence that is basically what you describe from your dream with Sharapova, but it was this girl I knew from High School who I had been thinking about asking out but never mustered the nerve to do so. These dreams are so intense and life-like. When you wake up it's almost like not waking from a dream into reality, but as if you have crossed from a different reality.
 

Zara

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I found that lucid dreams were most likely when I had jet lag, which used to be often, or if I was sleeping next to a woman I didn't know well, or with a woman where I felt an unusually strong connection.
I dream both in colour and B&W. My recent snake dream was completely in black and white. I don't have vivid dreams when I am completely bored and have fewer interactions with people. My vivid dreams happen (they are vivid because I am more aware of my surroundings) when my mind is very active due to heavy interactions with people. Also, when I come off my allergy pills. They make me very sleepy; as a result, I go into a very deep sleep state and I am sure I still dream but they are not as vivid as I am in deep sleep, so I don't remember them. But as I come off my pills my sleep becomes lighter and that's when these dreams happen and they are almost always of dark nature. When I am in a creative state in my waking life, that's when I dream something more creative full of ideas and full of colours etc.

I also dream a lot of family-related dreams. These are most emotional and shake me really hard in my real life when I wake up. There are times when I wake up sobbing as they haunt me.

I don't understand the nightmares though and why we specifically dream those. Of course, needless to say, that we constantly live in fears so that should warrant it, but sometimes, some of them make absolutely no sense or I see no relevance to our waking life but then again, they are in metaphor. It's hard to explain those.

But why do we dream anyway? That's something I really want to know. It's a fascinating area to explore.
 

Northern

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Have you gotten any ideas or inspiration from any of these dreams, or do you feel they have been transformative in some way, beyond the sense of amazement right after waking up? I have had dreams like this (last week I had one) where a song was playing, for example, which was amazing, and upon waking up I could still hear it, but couldn't identify it (so I guess my mind made it up, even though in my waking state it wouldn't have been able to do so as easily.) It's almost like being privy to a different world and as if when you depart from it you bring with yourself a piece of it which seems as if it were created by someone else.) Have you ever had THAT experience or that feeling?
 
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Northern

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I dream both in colour and B&W. My recent snake dream was completely in black and white. I don't have vivid dreams when I am completely bored and have fewer interactions with people. My vivid dreams happen (they are vivid because I am more aware of my surroundings) when my mind is very active due to heavy interactions with people. Also, when I come off my allergy pills. They make me very sleepy; as a result, I go into a very deep sleep state and I am sure I still dream but they are not as vivid as I am in deep sleep, so I don't remember them. But as I come off my pills my sleep becomes lighter and that's when these dreams happen and they are almost always of dark nature. When I am in a creative state in my waking life, that's when I dream something more creative full of ideas and full of colours etc.

I also dream a lot of family-related dreams. These are most emotional and shake me really hard in my real life when I wake up. There are times when I wake up sobbing as they haunt me.

I don't understand the nightmares though and why we specifically dream those. Of course, needless to say, that we constantly live in fears so that should warrant it, but sometimes, some of them make absolutely no sense or I see no relevance to our waking life but then again, they are in metaphor. It's hard to explain those.

But why do we dream anyway? That's something I really want to know. It's a fascinating area to explore.
Zara, I don't really care why we dream. Much like I didn't care when I was a child why there were stars in the sky. I just liked watching them in clear Summer nights. That's the way I feel about these amazing dreams. Unfortunately I know you can't get this repply as I am in your iggy list. Now, that's something I would care to know the why of. :(
 
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I had a snake dream very recently. I saw a black snake wrapped around a pipe that was up on the ceiling. And I was right below it lying on the floor which appeared to be made of plain concrete as it felt cold. There was no furniture in the room. I looked up again and the snake was gone but I didn’t move as I felt it very close to me. I held my breath and closed my eyes again because I didn’t want to see it and wished for it to be gone. But then slowly opened my eyes and it was there right in front of me waiting to bite to the slightest movement so I remained still barely breathing and it felt really, really long. It was a game of who is losing their patience first and attack first. I knew I was weaponless so I played dead. But it wouldn’t move patiently waiting for me to move. I was brainstorming at this point to find a way to escape but the snake was too big and part of it was sort of wrapped around my lower body and right hand. I realized I’d have to kill it and that’s the only way but I’d have to move really fast, faster than the snake to bite me back and I’d have to kill it with my left hand as it was positioned on my right hand or on that side. I took a small breath without alarming it and our eyes were locked. I just didn’t want it to pay attention to my left hand that I was about to attack with. In that instant moment, I grabbed it around its neck and got up very quickly and threw it against the wall very hard with all the strength I had. And it crashed as I could see blood coming out of it and I could tell it was dead. The moment was so tense that it woke me up and I was breathing really, really hard. I couldn’t believe for a while that it wasn’t real but a dream only. It was so vivid and stayed with me for a while. I still remember it very clearly- the very dark/black snake - something I have never seen in real life.
I often had vivid, frightening snake dreams as a young child. Hated them. My Catholic upbringing may have had a part in the fear of snakes (aka the devil). Then, when I was in kindergarten, we moved from California to Hawai'i. The snake dreams stopped. I had been told that Hawai'i had no snakes at all. It may very well have been true at the time. (Currently, The Islands do have a small population of non-native snakes. Still illegal to own or import snakes there). 4 years later, we returned to Calif & I feared that the snake dreams would return... They never did. Eventually, I stopped believing in the devil.
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Northern

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I often had vivid, frightening snake dreams as a young child. Hated them. My Catholic upbringing may have had a part in the fear of snakes (aka the devil). Then, when I was in kindergarten, we moved from California to Hawai'i. The snake dreams stopped. I had been told that Hawai'i had no snakes at all. It may very well have been true at the time. (Currently, The Islands do have a small population of non-native snakes. Still illegal to own or import snakes there). 4 years later, we returned to Calif & I feared that the snake dreams would return... They never did. Eventually, I stopped believing in the devil.
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It depends on what you consider "the Devil" to be, but I guarantee you that the Devil is very real.

I've never feared snakes or mice or rats or spiders. As a kid I was like Steve Irwin and I got my hands on any animal I could get. I still don't know how I never got bitten or stung by something serious. A few years later I realized women are far more dangerous. HEHE
 

Zara

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I often had vivid, frightening snake dreams as a young child. Hated them. My Catholic upbringing may have had a part in the fear of snakes (aka the devil). Then, when I was in kindergarten, we moved from California to Hawai'i. The snake dreams stopped. I had been told that Hawai'i had no snakes at all. It may very well have been true at the time. (Currently, The Islands do have a small population of non-native snakes. Still illegal to own or import snakes there). 4 years later, we returned to Calif & I feared that the snake dreams would return... They never did. Eventually, I stopped believing in the devil.
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This is subjective because while in Christianity see snakes as evil, in India, they are almost worshipped. In other words, they see them as something divine and full of wisdom. They also see this as a symbol of transformation much like the butterflies as they tend to shed their skin.

Shiva the Hindu God, for example, wears a snake garland and allows them to crawl all over him.

I had no reason to dream this snake dream (which was very deadly and surreal) because I don't have any built-in prejudices as far as snakes are concerned. I am sure it means something entirely different. But I did take my foot off for a few days and relaxed at home more.
 

Zara

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I'm referring to Satan, as a supernatural being, or the personification of evil. But perhaps we have The Devil in position(s) of political power.
I'd think evil-minded people would crave for power, yes. But I'd think it's all part of the game that we play just like in a movie when in reality, there's no such thing.
 
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This is subjective because while in Christianity see snakes as evil, in India, they are almost worshipped. In other words, they see them as something divine and full of wisdom. They also see this as a symbol of transformation much like the butterflies as they tend to shed their skin.

Shiva the Hindu God, for example, wears a snake garland and allows them to crawl all over him.

I had no reason to dream this snake dream (which was very deadly and surreal) because I don't have any built-in prejudices as far as snakes are concerned. I am sure it means something entirely different. But I did take my foot off for a few days and relaxed at home more.
Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake, he's long, seven miles
Ride the snake
He's old and his skin is cold
The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here and we'll do the rest
The blue bus is calling us
The blue bus is calling us

Driver, where you taking us?
 

Zara

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Zara, I don't really care why we dream. Much like I didn't care when I was a child why there were stars in the sky. I just liked watching them in clear Summer nights. That's the way I feel about these amazing dreams. Unfortunately I know you can't get this repply as I am in your iggy list. Now, that's something I would care to know the why of. :(
I absolutely care as to why we dream. I care about it much more than the content itself. I believe once we figure it out, rest will be in the details, as Einstein would say. But I don't think we will ever find out because then the purpose will be defeated.
 

Northern

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I absolutely care as to why we dream. I care about it much more than the content itself. I believe once we figure it out, rest will be in the details, as Einstein would say. But I don't think we will ever find out because then the purpose will be defeated.
Thank you, Zara. The Universe is a little brighter today.

Well, I've heard that dreams are either an escape valve for your psyche or a warning mechanism (your subconscious telling your conscious mind something it should know.) What I meant by my remark is that I want to enjoy the magic without even knowing the mechanisms that make it possible.
 

Northern

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What about the gods of the Greeks, Romans, Norse, Hindus, Celts, etc.? What about god in a more metaphorical sense, not a literary figure, not a father figure projection? What about god as an energy that can't be bifurcated into good and evil?
That answers my question in a sense because you are right, the concept of God is so open in a sense. I am bound to the concept of God in the Bible personally, so in my case I think Satan is a part of the whole package, but I'm not sure whether Satan's figure is meant to be a symbol alone or not. I am not too dogmatic myself.
 
#40
I’ve noticed that consuming copious amounts of adult beverages cures having nightmares.

When I do have them, they mostly start off pleasant and have nightmarish endings.
 

Zara

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What about the gods of the Greeks, Romans, Norse, Hindus, Celts, etc.? What about god in a more metaphorical sense, not a literary figure, not a father figure projection? What about god as an energy that can't be bifurcated into good and evil?
In truth, our understanding of God changes as we evolve more and more. Once upon a time, God was seen as someone to be afraid of because its very nature was so judgmental. We also saw an angry God who causes all sorts of natural disasters. We are also aware of a God who is capable of unconditional love and supremely creative by nature and does not play dice. God itself never says anything but it's our understanding of it that is constantly changing as we come to know about ourselves more and more. I'd say we really need to look within and see what's going on in there as it seems all the answers lie in there.
 

Zara

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I’ve noticed that consuming copious amounts of adult beverages cures having nightmares.

When I do have them, they mostly start off pleasant and have nightmarish endings.
LSD does the opposite or so I was told where you have nightmares right away followed by pleasant dreams but only if you continue to go through it. Same with ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca is far more natural than LSD for sure.

And yes, I agree alcohol too causes a lot of nightmares.
 
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#45
I used to have lucid dreams, but not recently...
I’ve noticed that consuming copious amounts of adult beverages cures having nightmares...
Might try moderate rather than copious amounts of aforementioned beverages.

Vitamin B6 before bedtime can promote the occurrence of lucid dreams. A bit extra melatonin might help as well. I have seen both of these mentioned by quite a few sources. Here is one source that suggests a few other supps as well:

LucidDreamSociety: Top 15 Supplements for Lucid Dreaming
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Zara

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Might try moderate rather than copious amounts of aforementioned beverages.

Vitamin B6 before bedtime can promote the occurrence of lucid dreams. A bit extra melatonin might help as well. I have seen both of these mentioned by quite a few sources. Here is one source that suggests a few other supps as well:

https://www.luciddreamsociety.com/top-7-lucid-dream-supliments/
Take both B6 and melatonin together before bedtime? I took melatonin in the past when I was unable to fall asleep. It did put me to sleep however when I came off it, it caused me some serious vivid nightmares. That's a mystery to me.
 

Zara

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Thank you, Zara. The Universe is a little brighter today.

Well, I've heard that dreams are either an escape valve for your psyche or a warning mechanism (your subconscious telling your conscious mind something it should know.) What I meant by my remark is that I want to enjoy the magic without even knowing the mechanisms that make it possible.
Pardon me but I did roll my eyes a bit when I read the bolded.

As to your second paragraph, I understand the point and I think it aligns with Hydros' view as well. Some just want to enjoy the journey as it is while others are a bit more curious. I get that magical part but I do tend to wonder about things.
 
#48
Take both B6 and melatonin together before bedtime? I took melatonin in the past when I was unable to fall asleep. It did put me to sleep however when I came off it, it caused me some serious vivid nightmares. That's a mystery to me.
I'd go with just the B6 (with. possibly, other supps) if melatonin is an issue for you.

Perhaps your dosage of melatonin was too high. You can get it in a liquid form and just use a few drops. Usually, if I take melatonin, it is still in my system the following morning -- I feel groggy and often have a struggle waking up -- a melatonin hangover, if you will.
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#49
Dreams are usually about difficult situations because the brain wants to test our problem solving and adaptation skills as well as doing some practice to improve them.
 
#50
Have you gotten any ideas or inspiration from any of these dreams, or do you feel they have been transformative in some way, beyond the sense of amazement right after waking up? I have had dreams like this (last week I had one) where a song was playing, for example, which was amazing, and upon waking up I could still hear it, but couldn't identify it (so I guess my mind made it up, even though in my waking state it wouldn't have been able to do so as easily.) It's almost like being privy to a different world and as if when you depart from it you bring with yourself a piece of it which seems as if it were created by someone else.) Have you ever had THAT experience or that feeling?

Yes all the time. I even "rely" on dreams for much of my ideation. The problem is that some of the stuff that comes up in dreams is so complex and thorough that translating the FULL VISION down after waking can be difficult, especially if you're hearing full sweeping symphonic ideas or complex strings of thought which brings into focus an entire potential solution to a problem. This is when having personal code for ideation helps in the same sense that (I think??) journalists have shorthand language. Last night I had an issue with figuring out solutions for how Now does not know itself. Many solutions for this thought came in the dreams to follow. I even strategically arm myself to dream in this way, and easily hold dreams even when aware that I am dreaming and could awake. Dreams are amazing things. You can dream up entire locations, stories and sounds that don't exist in the unique configuration your brain happens to immediately composite them - stuff which can sometimes seem blocked off and constipated when awake; a free flow of awesome synthesis bubbling in the subconscious bursting to the surface not just in flashes but in sustained streams of absolute understanding and holistic vision. This whole area of creativity is something which sorely lacks research and is poorly taken advantage of.
 
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