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Old 04-09-2013, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I occasionally (but very rarely) have dreams in which I awake from a dream in the dream and think I'm awake only to later discover I was still dreaming. In several there were three stages (ie: I thought I had awakened from a dream in which I dreamed I woke up from a dream - but I was actually still dreaming and later awakened for real!). In one I even dreamed that I dreamed that I dreamed that I was dreaming (four stages!).

This has happened only a handful of times (I'm 56) and the process happens quickly toward the end of a dream, that is - there are not elaborate themes (at least not that I can recall) to each separate dream. Generally the "bottom" dream is the main one and soon after seeming to wake into the real world I wake up for real and go "woah! I dreamed that I woke up but wasn't really awake!".

Same for the 3's and the (one) 4 stage. Really weird!

My daughter took me to see the movie "Inception" when it came out and I had no clue what it was about before I saw it. Intriguing/fun movie but nothing like my much shallower experiences. I am generally non lucid and am convinced upon each false awakening that I am really awake.

The only four stage did happen some time after I saw the movie and though it was nothing like the movie - I wonder if my subconscious was influenced by what I saw and so managed to pull off a slightly more elaborate scheme?

I'm curious just how common this is.

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Old 04-09-2013, 08:40 AM
 
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been there, done that, most people don't do it, some do, any kind of encounter you had during the day can effect your dreams.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:06 AM
 
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I have done this too.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:10 PM
 
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I've drempt that I'm dreaming before... in my experience anything that has gone through my mind can and does show up in dreams from time to time.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:42 PM
 
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This has happened to me. Strange feeling when you really wake up.The last time,I wasn't sure if I woke up and looked out the window or if the dream was that I woke up and looked out the window.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:59 PM
 
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False awakening - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Also, one, by conscious effort, may become aware of being in a dream state, and can become conscious inside a dream. It is a psychic state, and for one that learns how to attain such states, dream becomes just as real as any other reality - but with ability to control that reality to ones desires. This is similar to one of the after death states, or state of heaven, when reality a conscious Self is in is completely produced by its desires to ultimate happiness and produces reality that fulfills that desire.
I was aware of being able to become conscious within my dream several times. But, every time, I was afraid to take further step and "awake within the dream", or allow myself to become conscious inside my dream. My fear is that I may be stuck in that reality and not able to leave it.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My fear is that I may be stuck in that reality and not able to leave it.
Naw... we're just not that lucky. You'll snap out of it instantly as soon as we wake up!
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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This happens to me all the time. I have the craziest, most vivid dream world of anyone I know. Almost all my dreams are connected, lots of repetitive dreams, characters and themes that replay over and over. Often in a dream I'll remember a place or a person from my life, but when I wake up I realize that person never existed, that I was actually remembering them from another dream, almost as if I have two lives with two memories - waking and dreaming. It's really messed up.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:35 AM
 
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I have had dreams of infinite levels. I met Alan Turing and Issac Newton, they brought Nicola Tesla and we built a virtual time machine that could not break or be defeated.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:19 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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So how do you know if you're really awake now or dreaming?
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