Recurrent Lucid Dreams: Going Back to the Same Place
Have I Been Here Before?
If you are an experienced or advanced lucid dreamer, you will have had dreams that seem to take you back to the same places . . . sort of like a dream deja vu.
When I first started recording my dreams in a dream journal about four years ago, my dreams would take me many different places . . . from quiet intriguing libraries to busy malls, common airports to little mountain-side towns, from quaint little farms to luxurious flying airplanes. After years of recording these dreams and the settings of each dream (at least the ones I can remember), I reviewed every one of my recorded dreams and found that many of my dream settings started to seem very similar . . . like my dreams were almost taking me back to the same places . . . places where my mind was longing to go.
It seems odd to think that our minds could so vividly remember a made-up world, a dreamworld. It is almost like my mind has a map to my dreamworld and even though I may not choose to go to these certain places, I somehow remember having been there before. It is a feeling that is very much like deja vu in reality but much much stronger. When you realize that you have been to that same place before in your dreams, it is almost like the place truly exists and you become very comfortable and can even explore the dreamscape a little.
I have decided to share some of my most favorite and sacred dreamscapes in this hub...maybe you have been to a similar spot in your dreams? Maybe reading about my dreamscapes will aid your dream memory and remind you of some familiar dreamworld of your own.
For Beginning Lucid Dreamers
Record every dream you remember, whether you are lucid or not. Eventually you will notice a pattern in your dreams' settings and scenery. After you have established that these dreamworld patterns exist in your mind, you will notice that you will become more aware of your dream surroundings and more lucid within your dreams.
Dream Deja Vu Examples
The Floating Bar
One recurring dreamscape that I visit quite frequently is what I call the Floating Bar. I call it that because it seems to be floating in air, but it could also be floating in water, depending on the dream. To enter this floating bar, I have to climb up a rope ladder on the left side. I even have a favorite bartender who always serves me when I visit. The bar's atmosphere has sort of a sailing/tropical feel. The stools and bar are made of wood. This is the kind of bar you would go to during a relaxing vacation to drink mai tais or daquiris and to listen to the crashing waves below.
The Floating Bar has appeared whenever I have a dream that I am on a large cruise ship. Usually, if the bar is in a dream I know that it will usually be a more calm and subdued experience. In essence, the floating bar mean serenity and fun.
My Retro Home
I have had at least three dreams in which I come back to a familiar house, a retro house that seems new but is decorated with all 1940s and '50s furniture and appliances. This house is situated in a very green yard, with an old abandoned brick building across the street and a large oak tree to the right of the house. There are also forests of green maples and pines behind this house. I feel like this is a house that could possibly be my dream home, a home would like to live in one day. This house makes me feel warm and comfortable and it also makes me feel safe and secure, like nothing scary or terrifying could happen to me within this house. I had a dream set in this house in which I was the most lucid I have ever been in a dream.
In one of my dreams I was purchasing my retro home, I remember walking around the house and through the kitchen and looking through a glass door to the backyard. The forests were not present at this point. Instead there was a dilapidated neighborhood some fifty yards away from my beautiful dreamhome. I decided to ignore it and buy the house, anyway. It was as if that scary neighborhood was not even a threat as long as I was safe in my dream home's walls. The energy of this dream home seems to embrace me and tell me, "welcome home" whenever I visit.
Do you have a dream home in your dreams? Tell me about it!
Revisiting the Past in Dreams
Do you travel back to your childhood homes in your dreams? What do you think each of these homes symbolize to you? Do you think there are lessons to be learned from these dreams? If so, you should be recording all of these dreams and your reactions in a journal.
Another common setting for many dreamers is high school or college. One particularly common setting for me is high school. I am usually running through the hallways trying to remember where my locker is. Or I'm at my locker and can't remember the combination. Do you dream of your old high school or college? Perhaps you are searching for some piece of knowledge within your familiar dreams that you haven't quite put together.
Sometimes these familiar dream places are pieces to a puzzle. Perhaps they are simply a totally different realm that we are visiting. Perhaps they are on another plane and we are visiting the astral plane within these dreams.
Dreams are illustrations . . . from the book your soul is writing about you.— Marsha Norman
The Astral Plane
As a child I was always able to fly in my dreams. Flying in dreams is usually an indication that you are a natural lucid dreamer, which also means that you will have a very easy time revisiting places in your dreams. I believe that these places exist, not in this dimension but on another that is known as the "astral plane."
When you are lucid dreaming, it is almost as if you are taking a plane to the astral plane. If you get really good at lucid dreaming, you can travel back to the same familiar places in your dreams with the purpose of exploring or perhaps accomplishing a task. You might also notice on the astral plane that while places may be familiar, they are constantly changing. And if you fly from one familiar place in a dream too far, you might notice that where that place ends another totally different place begins.
Are we visiting another realm on the astral plane or could this other dimension be our own heaven or hell inside of our own minds? What do you think?
© 2011 Nicole Canfield