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Previous posts have discussed topics related to ongoing dream topics throughout a night's sleep and the déjà vu experience in dreams. But what about a brief jump back into a dream prior to completely waking from a sleep session. Specifically I would be referring to the short span when we might awaken from a dream to discover that we still have a few more minutes of sleep time that we can resume before we intend to leave the sleep activity and we return to sleep and to the same dream we were previously having.
An example is a recent dream experience that I had. I had been dreaming an intricate dream that seemed very long and involved. As with so many of my dreams I was dreaming about being on the road with a traveling theatrical production. The principle players in this dream were my brother and his wife and their daughter and her husband. There were also unremembered/unidentified persons who may have been family members, friends, or people from my past road tours.
Like in many dreams of this nature I am confused about my job, there are issues about time, I am having certain conflicts with others in the dream, I am uncertain as to where I am or where I am going next, and many other situations which give me a certain amount of consternation. However, despite all of these elements there is a certain element of pleasure and positive feeling about the dream. This is possibly due to the dream players on one hand and the dream setting or situation on the other. I am with people with whom I feel comfortable and in an occupational setting that brings me good memories. I overlook the turmoil welling within me because I am happy to be there.
Then I awaken. I look at the clock to see that it is 5:01--29 minutes before the alarm is to go off. I get out of bed to go to the bathroom. I briefly consider staying up and going to my computer. Instead I decide to go back to bed to see if I can go back to sleep until the alarm goes off. The clock now reads 5:02. I close my eyes and immediately return to sleep. I return to the same dream setting that I was in before I woke up.
For the next twenty seven minutes I sleep and dream in the same vein of the dream I had been having. I am in the same settings with the same cast of dream players and experiencing the same sense of uncertainty and consternation. It's okay and all is well until I awaken once more. The clock now reads 5:29. I get out of bed to wake up my wife.
Since the dream was a relatively good one for me, I wanted to return to the dream to continue being in the experience of it. Despite an underlying tension in the dream, I felt comfortable being there and was more than willing to return to the dream after the first awakening. This type of thing has happened to me before, but not with regularity. And in this particular case the event was more pronounced when I look back upon it. Though there did not seem to be a conscious effort on my part to make this happen, it all seemed to occur very naturally.
As an addendum to this, my final awakening was interesting in itself and rather curious. The way I woke up will be the topic of my next post as I discuss "The Wake Up Code".
Do you ever return to dreams that have been comfortable or pleasant? If so is this something you do willfully? Or often? Are you able to will lucid dreams?