Friday, August 5, 2011

Ending that dream was necessary for me

I was startled awake. My mind must have pushed me back to a reality that I could handle. It was a strange feeling last night as I curled up to try and process that dream.

Have you ever told yourself to "wake up" within a dream?  The dream was very "present" to me as I was experiencing it.  Then it took a turn that scared me when I sensed that my cherished loved one (who is very much alive and part of me forever) was leaving me.  That feeling of her mortality in this dream sequence was something that I had to run away from.  I can distinctly remember yelling at myself in the dream to wake up.  And I did.  There was an urgency or desperation in my desire to wake up from that dream. As I sit here typing, I feel unsettled by the experience.

So I guess it is true that you can wake yourself up from a dream or nightmare.  Anyone else have a similar dream escape experience?

22 comments:

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh, my! Sounds awful. Yes, I have forced myself to wake up from some terrible dream, or I have even said to myself during a particularly bad dream, "It's only a dream. Dont' freak out." I don't know how our minds can do that, but I'm glad! Hope tonight is more restful for you. :)

Deborah said...

I'm aware a lot of the time in my dreams and often spend the next day trying to shake the feeling. Knowing every character in your dream is an aspect of yourself/subconcious trying to show you something helps ... but still, I know that unsettled feeling well!

T Rex Mom said...

Sounds like the recent movie - I cannot recall the name, pardon my sleep deprived mom brain. But it was about this exact thing. Very interesting. One never knew at the end if he was awake or just stuck in the eternal dream limbo.

Apparently last night when I managed a few minutes of sleep I was talking incessantly about having to buy my school books.

Here's wishing you sweet dreams tonight and me any kind of dreams!

Be well, dear friend and thanks for the visit and all the nice comments.

Jenners said...

I totally know that feeling! It is freaky and unsettling. I had dreams about both of my parents dying (20 some years ago) and had that feeling and sense of panic and unease that made me wake myself up to make it stop. Here's hoping that you get better dreams tonight.

Randi said...

I have told myself to wake up from dreams many times, usually when the dream is so frightening that I don't think I can go on. I am a great believer in the power of dreams though. I think many times that is how God communicates with us--either to give us comfort, to give us answers, or even to get us to deal with things we have been running from. I sure hope you have sweeter dreams tonight! Wishing you peace throughout the night...

And for T Rex Mom, I think the name of the movie was "Inception."

Vicky said...

Its so visceral, isn't it! I have definitely done this before and thank goodness I can. I'll awake with my heart pounding and feeling the urgency even when I realize it was just a dream. So surreal and downright frightening!

khushi said...

Yes I've had a couple of bizarre dream experiences...where I woke up in a dream to continue controlling things in the dream...you know what I mean? A dream where situations call for me to wake up, but I do not wake up consciously. I wake up in the dream and do things to change whatever it is I think needs changing...so that then carries on into another dream...weird! I was shaken and my people told me about a leonardo di caprio movie called; Conception. whew....

Valerie said...

I used to have bizarre dreams but they seem to have become more pleasant lately. I don't think I've ever made myself wake up but I can't be sure about that.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I have had a dream, woken up only to have the same dream again.
Your expereience must have been frightening.


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shabby girl said...

I've certainly woken up right before some catastrophe, but never told myself to wake up. That's amazing!

Ken Devine said...

I agree...it's strange that the brain can tell the difference and warn you that it's only a dream....almost as if it's a separate being sharing the same body.

I trust that you, as we all tend to do after being reminded, enjoyed a more peaceful sleep.

the wild magnolia said...

Wishing you sweet dreams, sugar plums and magnolias, dancing over the moon and back.

kisatrtle said...

I know that feeling. It is not fun

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

I have dreams every night that are like motion pictures. Sometimes I get deja vu because I can recall having a dream about something I just experienced in real life. I have also made myself wake up from a dream that was a nightmare. I think it's our subconscious trying to tell us something.

Creativity!! said...

Relax Dear. At Times, It Happens. Takecare :) :)

Love & Hugs :) :)

Naqvee said...

Hey Kelly.. I know such dreams.. I have experienced the death of loved ones as well.. In fact my last post was about how i conquered a recurring dream of same power.. http://faheimgul.blogspot.com/2011/07/recurring-dreams.html


WISH U ALL THE BEST.. for your reference check this website its interprets the dream.. and mine have mostly been rightly intepreed in its context, http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/

love

Kim said...

My dreams are always quite vivid and i have had these types of dreams. We studied lucid dreaming in one of my classes at university. It's quite a thing that you were lucid enough to force yourself to wake up. I don't have anything professional to back this up but I would say that you are a strong soul, with deep preservation skills.

glnroz said...

more than once,, lol

The Write Girl said...

That sounds like a horrific dream! Probably sounds like a nightmare. I've had dreams that people were sick or worse but usually they played up to my fears. Nothing bad has happened to them thank God! Hope you have sweet dreams tonight.

Gerri said...

I can relate! When I was 4, I began to have very scary nightmares that continued for over a year. When I was five, I taught myself a little "trick". Once my sleepy consciousness realized I was dreaming, I would force myself to wake up. It worked and helped me get away from many monsters! peace

Kelly L said...

I don't remember ever waking myself out of a dream but I have woken up and wanted to go back to a dream in progress..
I've Become My Mother

Michelle said...

I only wish I could. I have some dreams that are SO real and so disturbing... and I wake up convinced they actually happened. Bleh. Glad you managed to wake yourself!