For whatever reason, I decided to look at Youtube vids on lucid dreaming, out of curiosity on how it works, I have heard about it a bunch of times, but never really understood them or how “strong” they are, I just knew that you have more control there in comparison to regular dreams where you don’t have control.
I can’t remember where, but I read somewhere that lucid dreaming is risky due to a possibility of sleep paralysis, the thing where you are semi-awake, but can’t move any muscles, while you have nightmarish hallucinations which last for 20, 30 seconds or more, I can’t say for certain, but I am 99% sure that I experienced this several years ago, either that or an extreme nightmare that resembled it, so due to fear of that I avoided the whole lucid dreaming topic.
Now however I decided to not just watch videos, but also to read comments and many people say that it’s one of the best things they experienced ever, most people of course talk about triple x stuff, but some mentioned that they could feel various senses like drinking soda, that they could have meaningful conversations with friends, that people they talked to in dreams had real emotions,etc. and out of dozens and dozens of comments I read, no one mentioned sleep paralysis, except just one person who didn’t try it, so perhaps I was wrong the entire time and didn’t have what to fear about and now I am thinking about trying to achieve lucid dreaming.
My main concern now is how exactly would I know that I am lucid dreaming and not just having a regular ol’ dream that’s just more vivid than average? Recently I had a dream where I was in a high school, but students around me were mostly my classmates from middle school and some from the high school, I don’t think I had any control whatsoever, but it was pretty vivid and I could recognize many of my friends, let’s say that that was just a regular dream which it probably was, how would I know if it was a lucid one, would I feel like I am awake and that I have full control or what?
Another question, since people keep saying that you can dream about whatever you want, let’s say that you want to go to Hawaii with your friends and you somehow achieve that, could you then transfer to a different setting like Alaska where you are alone, would it be instantaneous and what would happen with the friends you were with in Hawaii? Do they just “despawn” like in a videogame? If you don’t want to change the entire setting, but only want to change a detail in the present location, to have a more expensive car, a swimming pool in your house,etc, how would that work, does it just appear out of nowhere…? Also, can you somehow feel all these things or do you just see them visually like in a average dream?
If you have any personal stories, I’d be more than interested to hear about them, with as much detail as you can remember.