Originally Posted by jeep_on
I've herd of people doing this. Not to sure I understand it though. How do you know your dreaming when your dreaming? Your so far off in lala land you don't know jack about whats going on.
I don't always
know... but there are times when I'm dreaming - something will happen, and it's like a light bulb goes off in my head. At that point I know I'm dreaming and I'll say to myself "Ok... this is a dream. What do I want to happen in this situation?"
Sometimes it's something fun - like "Ok, I'm freaking out about being late for work. This is a dream, so I don't really have to go to work. I'll go *insert activity
* instead." So I'll do that. Other times I'll be having a horrible nightmare. Then I'll start doing things to either make the dream turn into something not so scary, or if that doesn't work, I'll just start doing things to try and wake myself up. It usually works.
That's also how I learned to read in my dreams. I never could before, and all of the sudden in a nightmare I was having, I realized I was dreaming (it was a scene that reoccurs in a lot of dreams I have just as they're turning into nightmares). As soon as I realized I was dreaming, I said "Hm. Ok. I'm gonna try and read something." So I found something with words on it and was able to read them. I've been able to read in dreams ever since.
Also, like SteveBad says, I have a lot of dreams where things are normal, but then the whole point of the dream changes to whatever trivial activity you're trying to do.
One time I had a dream that I had a baby, and I was shopping with the baby carriage. I put the carriage aside to go look at an item of clothing, and then the carriage was gone. I started looking for the carriage, but then I was like "Well, I have to go get my jacket first." Then the whole point of the dream became to get the jacket - and people kept on stopping me to talk, but all I could think about was getting the jacket.