|This is a close up shot of the Carousel at House on the Rock. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
There is a phenomena that sometimes occurs for me at the end of an REM sleep cycle (that is the cycle when dreams occur) where I will try to hang on to my dream story and push it further. I may focus intently upon the dream story while I am awake and then push the story into a continued REM cycle or an on and off dream-like state. Sometimes I am very successful at continuing the story within the dream, while at other times I suspect the dream story is being forced in a conscious artificial dream state.
A recent dream is an example of that phenomena to which I refer. Before my waking, I am dreaming of a tourist attraction in Spring Green, Wisconsin called "The House on the Rock". This is a place I haven't visited in waking life for over thirty years. At the point where my dream memory begins I have arrived at this attraction.....
My wife and I arrive at the House on the Rock after some period of travel. We are accompanied by a young man who resembles my son-in-law Tom, a young woman I do not recognize, our granddaughter Marley, and a young woman tour guide. We have completed touring the house itself and are about to go to an observation area where we can see the scenic view.
In my mind I imagine the view to be a vast panorama that overlooks a river valley where a small town sits along the river and gentle mountains in the distance beyond the town and river. I know the view is spectacular because I remember having seen it in the past. I am anxious for all of my traveling companions to see the view.
However, everyone is tarrying with other preoccupations. For one they all need to go to the bathroom. I go to the observation room which is mostly enclosed with only a small square window too high to look through. There are support railings where viewers can stand and hold onto. This is all new to me--an addition since I was last in this place. I am somehow aware that the room is movable and when everyone is in place it will go into viewing position at which time the walls will retract allowing those present in the room to see the panoramic view around us.
Tom tries to go to another "viewing room" because he doesn't realize how they operate and is concerned he can't see out of the window. I direct him to the room to which we've been assigned. The young woman has changed into a white skirt and blouse outfit in the bathroom and while she was there accidentally peed on herself. We tell her not to worry about it, but I can see that the front of her outfit is soaking wet. I am trying to get them situated in our viewing room as I am anxious for everyone to see the view. I mentally reconstruct various ways this viewing room operates...
Then I wake up. I try to return to sleep in order to keep dreaming the story. I try to push my mind back into the dream. At times I think I may be dreaming, but then again I may only be in a half sleep having some sort of lucid dreams. We never seem to make it to the point where the walls open and we can see the view, but I visualize various parts of "The House" attraction and imagine how everyone will react when they see them.
Eventually I am too awake to dream. My attempts to stay and push the dream story end and I get out of bed for the day.
This is something that has occurred in a similar way at other times. I want the dream experience to continue because I anticipate the enjoyment of the dream activity to come. On other occasions I will be interested in the dream story itself and want to finish it in the same way I might want to finish a movie I am watching in waking life. In those cases the story is very interesting and these dreams will often cause me to write them down to be turned into a written story.
Do you ever have dreams that you are so interested in that you will try to push them past waking? Can you successfully go back to sleep and continue a dream that you are having? Have you ever written a story based on a dream that you've had or finished a dream story in your mind after you've woken up?