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No. 692 [Reply]

I'm tired of waking up inside the nightmare again and again. During the night there are up to 10 such cycles. Did anyone have something like that?


do you mean waking up from a nightmare? I usually turn on the light and stare at the ceiling until i get sleepy again and go to bed. kinda wasteful since it takes about an hour each time, and I usually wake up feeling like shit anyways


No, I mean waking up in another nightmare. I think I woke up, but still sleep.
What are your nightmares?


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That happened to me once, a while ago. I kept waking and waking up in my dream(s) to the point that I screamed "I am stuck in between dimensions help me." After waking up irl I had to check if I was still in a dream. I actually enjoyed it. I love colorful calm dreams but nightmares are also welcome.


I can't say that I've ever woken up inside a nightmare multiple times. I've had false awakenings before, but those were always very mundane.
A nightmare that really stood out to me was one I had when I was about 15 or so, when my room was next to my sister's room. I dreamt that she was some kinda cannibal necromancer that had killed my entire family and cut them into pieces arranged around her room, and reanimated or kept them animated. Then she spread her legs and there was nothing there except clear plastic piping like you'd find in your plumbing or something. There was just such a sense of disgust I had when I woke up that I wanted to puke. I could smell the viscera and gore and feel it in my hands, see it squirming and gasping. I have a feeling it really messed up my psyche because now I have very involved dreams about my sister and death


I get in little loops, but it's never a big deal. Just falling asleep inside a dream and waking up on different "layers." If it gets really confusing, sometimes I end up thinking I'm in the real world and end up living for months or even years, and make relationships and learn and grow and all that, but then I wake up for real and only 10 real minutes have passed. It's discombobulating.

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No. 665 [Reply]

I've been noticing recurring locations in my dreams lately. Being able to recognize them has helped me go lucid a few times. I wonder if it's worth trying to map them out? Here's some of the more common/familiar ones.
>the neighborhood I grew up in the dead of night, but all the trees have glowing purple flowers on them. When I can lucid dream in this place, flying is very difficult. I always feel like I'm being pulled downwards by my ankles. It's like I can jump very high and drift around, but not actually fly. I'm sure you know the feeling.
>A wide, fast-moving river with cottonwoods on the banks. I always start at the same place, but there's always something new downstream. I also tend to lose lucidity as I drift downstream. I usually end up in a canoe. This location is rather unique in that I always remember how I physically traveled to it; either I was running through the forest when I came to a tributary, or I was going on a trip with my old boy scout troop, or something like that. The sky is usually bright, but overcast with stratus clouds.
>A two-lane road on the side of a mountain. On one side is the steep slope rising up, on the other side is a beautiful, wide green valley. The sun is always incredibly bright here and directly overhead. There's something very captivating and beautiful about the simple blueness of the sky, there's never a cloud. There's a little patch of grass on the side of the road with a big rock on it. I often park my car there and just lay down in the grass and just stare up at the sky. Once I got to see the sunset there, and it remains as one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
Do you folks have recurring locations in your dreams? What are they like, do they mean anything?


Most recurring locations I see tend to be places I go to irl: my house, my school, ect.
Sometimes I have dreams in the same place with the same people, but with a different event occuring


The only specific one that comes to mind is my workplace. I've had two or three dreams where I spend the night there for some reason, and even have my own bed. I've had many dreams where I go shopping in different stores and malls.

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No. 580 [Reply]

Does anyone here know if it is possible to induce a nightmare? (Preferably a natural method without any drugs or stuff like that)

I'm pretty bored I guess, I don't really experience anything in my life I just live in my room and I want to experience things you know? My life is so mundane, I don't even remember what fear feels like anymore.
I havn't had one in over 10 years I'd say.
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wew it finally happened

I had fallen asleep on the couch after just having finished the 2001 cowboy bebop movie (It started out well enough but fell off towards the middle. overall I wouldn't recommend it) and some ice cream.

the dream took place in my house at night very dark, only a dim light was on in my kitchen which is where I was. I need to explain something really quick, IRL there is a facility relatively close to my home that works on airplane engines and when they test them you can here it for miles. It basically sounds like a normal airplane passing overhead but kinda different, its more rhythmic and it goes on for hours. It used to scare me as a child because I didn't know what it was.

So in the dream this sound was going but it was much much louder than it is in reality. I was a little on edge because of this and one of my dogs was also visibly frightened. My other dog was not present in the dream. The sound got louder and louder and now it sounded like a lawnmower was right outside my house. So that made me think there was someone mowing my lawn right out the window in front of me. I ducked down behind the kitchen counter so that he wouldn't be able to see me. I suddenly had a cup of boiling water in my hand to use to splash on him if he came in. I thought about going to get my gun but I didn't want to move and be seen.

Then I had a thought this man capturing me and my brother and brutally torturing us. We were tied up and hanging from a tree and he had those giant tree branch clippers and was cutting off our limbs. This scene was somewhat disturbing and gruesome but was not the nightmare part.


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>>612 (Continued)

Then I was back in the kitchen. The sound had moved off so I stood up to peek out the window and in the corner of the room, near the window where my dog was laying in his bed before, there was an 8-10 foot silhouette of a very muscular humanoid demon with wings and horns. It looked kinda like the included image but 1000x scarier. Also its wings were folded in not outstretched like the image. As soon as I stood up it started hastily walking towards me and closed the 20 foot distance between us almost instantly. When it got to me it reached it arms out and grabbed me and lifted me up by the neck. I was struggling to breath.

As soon as it got me the dream ended and I was thrown into this sort of semi-conscious limbo state, it was just blank greyness. I thought it was sleep paralysis at first because I couldn't move and kept trying too. I tried opening my eyes but I couldn't and didn't even have a body which led me to realize that it wasn't sleep paralysis but didn't know what it was. I kept struggling and trying to move and eventually it felt like I was moving. Soon after I woke up breathing heavily and trembling. It felt like I was there really long time but in reality it probably wasn't more than a few minutes.
Looking back on it now I guess it was a technically a lucid dream at that point but I just wasn't conscious enough to really take control of things

I hope this was a somewhat coherent read and apologize if it wasn't as I am not very good with my words.

All in all it was an interesting experience and wouldn't mind if it happened to me a bit more often. Obviously I don't want it to happen every night but maybe once a month or so.
Is it strange that I desire this? We humans enjoy a good spooking every now and then- if we didn't the horror genre wouldn't exist correct?


Very coherent, and a good read. I'm glad this finally happened for you. And by the sound of it, it really happened hard lmao. (And the sleep paralysis combo)

Being frightened releases endorphins which make us feel kind of good, alive. Especially for the unstimulated and sedentary, deviation from the norm via a shock really can put things in to perspective.

I hope you have more soon too ;)


For me, when I wanted nightmares, I got them.
Just make sure you want them, and you'll get them.


Scary movies, too much sugar, all the stuff your parents told you to avoid.
I don't get nightmares very often, but they are usually much more vivid than my regular dreams. And even when I do get them, it is even rarer that they will wake me up. I think the scariest dreams are when you attain a slight amount of lucidity, but not enough to gain control. Feeling like you've been pit against your own mind is a very scary feeling. I usually get it when I'm just drifting off.

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No. 616 [Reply]

Have you ever had a dream that felt so vivid and alive that you almost feel ashamed to forget about it? Like you would be doing the people in it a disservice? It's honestly breathtaking to have a dream that makes you want to switch realities with it.


Too many times anon. Their always so vivid it makes me incredibly disappointed to forget.


All the time. I like to feel sand between my feet, smell the ocean, smell drinks and food, anything.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, I once dreamt I was my pillow, and somehow I felt things. That wasn't realistic at all.


That kind of dream is why I still spend so much time on this site. I guess it's a fascination. Any other chan as inactive as this one I would have ditched long ago. But, since this one contains a lot of individuals who value dreams as much as me, I stick around.

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No. 640 [Reply]

I've had lots of dreams this month. I dreamnt a song for the first time today, I can still almost hear it. I'm telepathic and they are forewarnings.


Forewarnings of what?

Also that man looks like Benjamin Franklin and Dennis Quaid had a kid.

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No. 588 [Reply]

So, what have you been daydreaming about, recently?
What's your current project?

I've been spending a lot of time pacing and thinking about ruling a medieval country, and what I would do.

Of course, first thing to do would be to get an expert blacksmith to listen to my explanation of trains, and clockwork, and Etc.
Just get the modern technology I understand made.
Then, I'd make a senate like this:
The King, with the equivalent of maybe 10~ votes, he would be trained from birth to be a good king, no partying, or anything, just studies.
This would be inherited.
The Ministers, with something like 2~ votes, all experts at their field, and, of course, responsible for various sections of the government, like the Education Minister, the War Minister, the Entertainment Minister(Scheduling public plays, sports games, festivals, Etc.), Etc.
They would not be elected, but be chosen by their predecessor.
Then there would be the Noble Senators, elected from the nobility, only nobles could apply. They would number something like 1/10th~ of the Common Senators.
And the Common Senators, elected from the people, only commoners could apply. Elected from the people.
The Senators would have a single vote.
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Some revised ministry stuff, wrote about it on /his/, so copypasta.

You have a monarch, raised and educated to be the most efficient ruler he can be, but instead of absolute power, all he gets is to be the head of the senate, of the nation, and to have a few extra votes in the senate.
Also, there would be ministers, who are appointed by the last ministers, based completely upon skill, and departments within those ministries.

Ministry of War; Departments of Police, Border Control, of Firefighting, and the Military.

Ministry of the Post, News, the Census, and Public Entertainment; Departments of Carriage Post(Mail delivered by carriage), Bird Post(Mail delivered by trained birds), the News(Weekly newspaper, with everything said by politicians, word-for-word, information released by the government, recent events, short-stories, puzzles, census data, Etc.), the Census(Makes censuses about everything imaginable), and Public Events(Circuses, plays, other organized public events, Etc.)

Ministry of Health, Education, Museums, and research; Departments of Health(Maintains hospital



Ministry of Health, Education, Museums, and research; Departments of Health(Maintains hospitals and clinics, one in each town), Education(Maintains schools, one in each town), Museums(Maintains museums, might just be one in each big city), and Research(Based in the National University, researches health, history, science, Etc.)

Ministry of Building and Maintaining(Builds and maintains everything built by the government, basically nation construction company); Departments of Roads, Sewers, Public & Government Buildings, and Inspecting.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Departments of [Every nation we have relations with]

Ministry of the Treasury and National Bank; Departments of the Treasury, and the National Bank(One in each town).

Ministry of the Courts; Department the Court(One in each town)


Oh, and change Ministry of Health, Education, Museums, and Research to Health, Education, Museums, Libraries, and Research and add a Department of Libraries.


OP here, recently been chewin' on an idea.
A radio show. Stay with me, now.
A radio show about a noir-style detective. Framed in his tapes. He'd record everything, from his ramblings while pacing, to his street interviews, to all his phone calls.
Episodic cases, probably two hours a week on some station.
Opening would be him pacing and rambling about something, just his footsteps, breath, and shirt buttons snapping as he does and undoes them.
Set in the year it airs, he doesn't really like modern conventions, but ends up doing a lot of internet searching off-air, since he can't get a ton of real work.
Became a detective after buying the office, making a website, Etc. on a drunken night.
There would be no description of him, but we'd gradually learn about how he looked through other's observations, like how he's missing half his right thumb(This comes from my grandfather, I thought it'd be an interesting addition.)
In the very end, his cassette recorder would be shot, and we wouldn't know whether he lived or died.
Now I'm just coming up with a few episodes.

What do you think? Would you tune in every week?


Lately I've been daydreaming about two things.
One, what I'd do if I could redo life by reincarnating as myself but younger. I'd fix many things, and learn so many arts and sciences.
The second would be what I'd do if I had some godlike regex powers.

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No. 627 [Reply]

this is my dream about 'the basket game'.

some people had stopped a whole group of randoms on the street to play a game.
can't remember really the details butit involved "basketing" them into two groups
with some kind of hypnotic/arabic drone music playing to subdue everyone.
for some reason at this point all the people being basketed were hot as fuck girls
in one group they were in bikinis one girl with polkadot bikini was stretching her leg
up. other group was more middle eastern outfits, all white lace/braided stuff.
i was just kind of walking around watching what was going on, lots of people were.
but i heard one of the organizers talking about how they were going to start killing
the people, and then killing them at a greater depth and number. (cant remember the exact

at this point thanks to dream continuity it's happening inside red rooms of a large mansion,
im the only one watching and got to see the hot girls in their bikini think they were just playing a nice game but about to get killed? in one room. getting pushed together closer. go through to the other room and the other group are all syrian looking and they're naked (pussies showing) except for their lace/braided headwear things. I think i woke up there..



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No. 583 [Reply]

What's your favorite dream you had this month?

I had a dream earlier this month where I was in this awards ceremony kind of place. I left the huge room because I needed to use the restroom, I looked around the building and it took me forever to find a restroom but I eventually found a restroom in the parking a lot. I went to go use the restroom but It was blocked by two men in suits telling me that I must leave. I said no then they threw me out of the area. I found a long haired man who said that he was also kicked out of the building. We became friends and left the area and started walking till we hit a river. We both got on a small boat and drifted down the river. All of the sudden a whole bunch of men in suits started chasing us in their own boats. My new friend turned into a talking can of soda which I shook up and opened. I would fire bursts of soda towards the suited men and every time I knocked a few guys off of their boats, there would be this animation of this superhero flying out of my soda can to tell me I leveled up. I kept shooting at the until I eventually woke up.


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that sounds kind of scary anon. I haven't had a nice dream in months, but I think I'll sleep a lot more easily having quit my slave retail job.

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No. 316 [Reply]

i've had a lot of trauma in my life, bodily, emotionally, and the two at the same time. most of it is body trauma that of course has emotional trauma directly related to it. i've had 11 surgeries before, and each one is exponentially harder on my mind than the last.

the first eight were on my eyes for acute strabismus, and on the eighth (age 15) i ended up not being completely unconscious for the first twenty minutes. that's more common than people think with surgeries on children, since too much anesthetic can kill a child very easily. it's better to do too little than be sued for malpractice.

my ninth surgery was at age 16, to remove a ruptured testicle from a violent encounter with a group of people who didn't like me. later that year i had my ninth and final eye surgery. it was relatively uneventful.

the last two were separate surgeries to remove shrapnel from a single welding accident.

i'm 21 now, and as i go through EMDR therapy for PTSD, everything is coming back very vividly and painfully. it's 3 am right now, and i'm awake because i have come to dread sleep. every dream is a mundane, hazy vision of being in a hospital bed. the room is well lit, as hospitals are, there are no windows, and always one or two people semi-visible in my peripheral vision. i can move, but not with any meaningful control over myself, and never enough to get up or get the attention of the passing figures.

it's been four weeks, and every night it's the same dream. does anyone here have any advice to give me? i can't stop the therapy but i really can't continue dreaming like this. it's never restful and i just want everything to stop.
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Oh, I'm well aware. Looking at my relationship history, I can't help but only get romantically involved with someone after I've come to terms with the idea of their premature death. It sounds cynical, but the love here is so strong that it could very well destroy me even without her premature death, so I need to make sure I'm in a state where I can be there for others most of the time.

It's crazy, I've regained the fear of my own death because of her. I feel a reason to not die. It's incredible.


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I still have dreams that I'm back in school, and it's usually miserable because school itself was miserable for me. However as of late my dreams have mostly taken different directions, being somehow video-game influenced or just straight up random or nonsensical.

For OP, if you're still having hospital dreams or dreams you don't like, maybe you could put some effort into learning to lucid dream? I've heard the control can be a great way to overcome fears and traumas, if only because when you face them head-on in a dream they tend to morph into something pleasant. I have yet to experience one yet, unfortunately, but once I do I plan on making some DC posts about it.

Good to hear you're doing better, man. You've had it really rough, when I hear stories from guys like you it makes me realize how easy I've had it.


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Glad to hear you're better OP.
Best of luck to you.


Nice doggo


How are things, Anon? Have you forgotten about this place?

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No. 550 [Reply]

Hey, I'm >>316
I had two nightmares in a semi-coherent stream.

The first dream felt around four hours long, with the first three being many quick vignettes of very stressful situations. The final hour placed me in a mountainous desert, very similar to parts of New Mexico's Florida Mountains. After walking though very familiar desert I found myself in a flat pine barren filled with dead or dying trees, and a ground covered in loose dust. The dead trees gave way to dark green trees, and later more uneven ground, leaving me in a forest similar to Gila National Park in New Mexico.

As usual in my dreams, this atmosphere was retained when my stream of consciousness was suddenly placed on a black asphalt road in what struck me as the same forest. I was standing near a shiny black and chrome object that I recognized as a car, then a figure inside the object noticed me and drove away. "Noticing" me included implanting the outcome of a statement in my head, which I understood as the figure leaving me there for something or someone it knows. The road ahead me turned softly into the trees, and a smaller road the size of a sidewalk extended perpendicular to the wider road. I walked down the smaller road, which was suddenly rain-slick without it having rained. It felt very cold and humid. To my either side were two rows of trees placed equidistant from each other, with the second row placed between and slightly beyond the inner row, creating a staggered formation concealing the fields beyond them.



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From my right side came two figures from the trees. One was a five or so foot figure slightly shorter than me, with a hunched back and ears like pitcher plants. He had someone/thing else with him; a "man" with a short, fat torso, and limbs that seemed atrophied dangling where you'd expect limbs to be. I could not see a head, only a black stump of burned flesh where one would be. He was dragged by his cohort by a rope tied across his fat chest. The hunched creature said they were paid to "deal with me", whatever that meant. I was stricken with paralysis and fell to the ground, then I woke up immediately.

Once awake, I splashed my face with water, drank some, and had a piece of French bread before returning to sleep. I was far too tired to go about my day.

The second dream was again, many quick vignettes of terribly uneasy memories. It felt around six hours total, with the final thirty minutes being back in the forest with the two creatures, just before I left them. I was walking down the small road again in a replay of my last dream. The same pitcher-eared creature walked up to me, dragging the other one behind him. He approached me in a much calmer fashion than before, getting close enough for me to see how terribly painful their physical afflictions must be. Here I realized that they were once something else. The pitcher-eared one said that they were paid more to protect me, and that someone outbid their services. They spoke as if knowing where we left off, and that we were going through the motions identically.

I woke up just as tired as I was, and didn't go back to sleep. The second dream had only been three hours.

I need to find a way to calm down my dreams. I'm so tired all the time.


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That's all of it. Here's a good picture of pine barrens similar to those I walked through.


S-so, nobody?


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a wandering dream

with outside unknown actors deciding whether you live or die

at the hands of seemingly monstrous others

but upon second inspection you realize they are in pain and may or may not have another choice of how to live

I typically interpret dreams by taking them back one or two levels of abstraction. Yours, while undoubtedly very personal and very emotional, is also somewhat understandable considering your condition.

Not that I "understand how you feel" because I absolutely do not, but I may have touched on a core "message" of the dream, if you believe them to have meaning, which I tend to do, because I often learn something about myself in the process of interpreting them.

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