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?