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Since the board is slow, I guess a dream thread might be appropriate, as many people suppose that we enter a wholly different realm in our sleep.
I'll start with a short one.
>in 2nd story bedroom
>look out window
>see black cat walking in street front of house
>morphs into a human figure
>still black, like a shadow
>black figure makes a mad dash towards my front door
>just about shit myself in fear
>get over it in a second
>grab buck knife
>run to the top of the stairs outside my bedroom
>all lights off, pure darkness at bottom of staircase
>I feel it is right there
>jump towards it from the top of the stairs, ready to embed my knife in it's head
>wake up right as I'm enveloped in darkness
>feel like total alpha for the rest of the day for BTFOing a spooky monster in my dream
I'm fascinated by dreams. Why do we have them? Any theories? I've had sleep paralysis before and felt as if there was a presence near me during it. Any explications about sleep paralysis? I understand the part where your body thinks it's asleep while you're awake and that's why you can't move, but what about the shadow figures a ton of people report?
Dreams as a whole are an extremely easy and vastly underrated gateway to /x/ stuff.
>Why do we have them?
Dreams are the link between conscious and subconscious, they absolutely have a prophetic aspect, but most people don't realize just how prophetic they really are. If you can identify what creatures, things, and events happen in your dreams, they can correspond to how your day in the waking world will unfold.
Dream diaries are nice for remembering dreams, but having a dictionary helps immensely.
If you know how to remember and "view" your old dreams, you can even change the dream you had last night to influence how your day will go today.
Many say it can be used as a gateway to astral projection, and that kind of thing is a "depending on the person" type of deal. I had a sleep paralysis episode that I thought I was still awake, got out of my bed, and then it turns out I was in a lucid dream which looked like a teal-blue victorian-era hallway that was filled with darkness.
There really isn't a definitive answer, but from what I've read they are usually one of the following:
--Thoughtforms projected by the person in paralysis because they're expecting something scary or evil.
--Some form of energy or thought that is passing by the person in paralysis, and interpreted by mental sight.
--Strong amounts of negative energy gathered into a semi-conscious form. If it's this, then it's a result of someone being constantly-miserable for years.
--Negative entities, low-level, vermin-like creatures taking a more imposing form to try and scare you. Imagine beaming love energy into them, it surprisingly-enough is anathema to them.
--Humans, covering themselves in shadows as a form of protection. Unlikely, probably a paranoid assumption, but you never know.
I keep having this dream every couple of months.
>I'm in my living room
>try to turn a light on
>none of the switches work
>or if they do, the light is very dim, flickering, and goes out in 10 seconds
>always feel a sense of urgency to turn the lights on
>always feel watched
Is there any deeper meaning than me being apparently afraid of the dark?
My guess you probably have fears of the unknown, and/or fears of losing the truth to liars.
Not sure if that's exactly what you think the fear of dark means, but it's just my spitballing.
If you want to recall more dreams, you should keep a dream journal. Just get a blank notebook and write the date and the dream in first person present tense (i.e. "I see a bioluminescent afro-american federal agent")
Do not analyze the dream as you are writing it down or fill out the blanks if you don't remember something.
If you want to achieve more lucid dreams or Out-of-Body Experiences/Astral projections, you should have a regular sleep schedule and don't drink alcohol/coffee, use drugs or take melatonin because if you are too deep in sleep, you won't either have lucid dreams and OBEs or you won't remember them. One of the methods to induce a lucid dream/OBE is to sleep for a few hours (say 3 hours) and setup an alarm. Once the alarm goes off, get out of the bed for like 5-10 minutes and then go back to sleep.
Also, I want to point out that clairvoyance and precognition are real and anyone can learn to do it, at least to some extend.
I've had dreams that predict shit that would later happen many times throughout my life, shit's weird but I'm used to it. Never really important stuff, just things that I would think back, "oh yeah, I dreamt about X last night, and Y happened today." I've had spooky shit happen in my dreams that felt fictional (which is fun because you can have power fantasies similar to the OP) but also spooky shit that "feels real" - these feel somehow malicious and caused by other entities and I can't explain it, but I think they are demons trying to fuck with people while they sleep. The one or more I'm thinking of have to do with shapeshifting and imitating people or animals you are familiar with to get close to you. In one case I also saw something while waking, going through the wall above my bed after laughing at me. When these dreams happen now I pray to God for protection and it seems to work. I don't get the shit scared out of me and I wake up calmer. I've only had maybe 4 or 5 in my life of those malicious-feeling nightmares, hopefully never again. I've only had a spooky sleep paralysis experience once or twice, but it didn't feel the same way, so I assume those were all in my head getting psyched out. I've also had a couple uneventful sleep paralysis. I don't think I want to invite whatever into my dreams for fear of what could happen, so I'm not interested in more than lucid dreaming for playful reasons like having more dreams where I can fly or do other fun shit.