Did you describe this event already? If not, do tell. If so, refresh my memory
Not in this thread, I provided a link in an above post to the thread where I do describe it. It was an out of body experience.
That is awesome to hear how well you can both remember your dreams and consistently lucid dream, you might be surprised at how many people can't or think they don't dream at all, which is just them not remembering.
The same goes for obe's. They are said to happen to us every night during certain dream phases but are either misconstrued as dreams or forgotten all together.
One of the concepts is that since you are in or interacting in a different energy based dimension, transferring the memory to the physical memory banks is difficult and as influenced as beliefs in or against psychic abilities. Again meaning that if you aren't aware of obe, lucid dreams, or other psychic phenomena then you will think its something else, not important, or just won't recall it because you don't believe in what is actually happening.
I highly recommend you find a good book on lucid dreams and obe's, which are supposedly nearly the same thing, but not quite.
But for the express puspose of you putting this ability to use. You will hear of ideas you may have never thought to try before.
Painting skies and altering environments in dreams is an excellent excercise, but it is only scratching the surface of potential.
For a couple of examples, like the above mentioned of talking to people in the dream, but elaborating. If you take it serious and truly want to evolve and grow, mentally, psychicly, emotionally. You would want to ask what a dream means, what is the most important lesson you need to learn in life right now, some will be mundane but useful, some will be profound.
Ask someone what they represent about you, as some are parts of your subconscious, but as an answer I have received before, some are not.
Ask who or what they are, be it people, animals, or objects. Ask if they are dreaming or if they know that you are or what dreams really are etc.
But you can call on things, guides, teachers, dieties.
Dreams are very symbolic. Like claims of telepathy, the concept is that masses of information are packed into symbolics that convey a multi-dimensional message. Its like trying to describe a moment in linear language, like a vivid memory, but instead of tedious one dimensional words that leave much to interpretation and can easily be confused or used out of context, and idea is exchanged as if you are experiencing an event symbolically often with all sensory data from all senses and with deep, complex, and multi level understanding.
You bring up a good point that I forgot to mention.
This type of dream work has many benefits, some obvious, some speculative, some cryptic or unseen.
But among the most important and powerful experiences is to face and overcome fears. Again, many will be symbolic, a key here is to trust your intuition and feelings about what the fear represents, what the things scaring you might mean.
Be it fear of flying, as you mentioned, or a beast, or strange event like you passed, uh, thing.
Some can be warning of health issues of yours or loved ones. I've heard of the teeth experience from many books and people, its actually kind of common and often health or fear related. Again, examine your feelings and the first thought that comes to mind of what it means or represents to you. Don't let anyone ever tell you what it means definitively, but listen to what it meant to them. You have to trust yourself, its often you, your subconscious, or someone of importance to you (whether you know they are out there watching over you or not) trying to warn of or teach you something.
The basic rule of thumb in facing fears is to remember first that you are dreaming and virtually completely safe and all powerful, have confidence in yourself, your power, and that the fear exists to teach you and help you.
Be it a past trauma that fractured your psyche or spirit, or a representation of a negative part of your personality, or a way you harm others by judgement or fear of them.
So if it is a creature or person attacking you, you want to generally find the courage to not run away, to face it, and not necessarily passively let it attack you (though shamanic tradition shows great benefit in an animal and or people ritualistically killing, dismembering you and putting you back together improved). But face it, if you have the opportunity, ask it what it means or represents, what you are supposed to learn.
If it doesn't answer or speak or give you the chance, again, a basic rule of thumb is to accept it, forgive it, and offer it unconditional love, embrace it. It will often change into something less threatening and even be absorbed into you. Leaving you feeling greatly empowered and energized even once awake.
This is free therapy at work, on all levels.
But there are all kinds of fascinating ideas and places to explore. But taking it more seriously is a good first step. Understanding that dreams aren't nonsense is important.
I have found in my lucid dreams, which lately I've had a hard time doing at all, but, going through certain doors or portals have very strong affects.
There are boundaries, like channels on a tv or radio that require further tuning and this is a common means. This can transport you into a completely different environment, but often more than just that, the entire feel of things can be different and even more solid, or less, but this would be a way to explore other dimensions in theory.
I have even jumped into a refrigerator, ended up in a blank space for a moment, only to end up in a boat with a gnome looking guy who when I asked him to say something profound or important started jabbering away but I couldn't hear him well before I awoke.
When something like that happens, where you can't hear or see well, calling out for improved sight or hearing is said to be helpful, almost like tech support
But from attempts to speak with dead friends or relatives, sessions for guided psychic development, exploration of other dimensions or even places within this one, to healing yourself or others, the possibilities are literally limitless.
And just like the placebo effect, what you believe to be beneficial, real, or even detrimental or fake, will generally be or come true.
This is why I discourage doubt and encourage trust in your intuition and feelings. We make this reality, this is as close to proven as anything. We intend reality into our beliefs. Its a collective process on one level and a completely personalized individual process on another, but all are connected and influence eachother to some degree.
With your christian leanings, try to speak to angels, jesus, god, ask for guidance, love, give and offer the same, and you might be surprised by what happens.
Ya, and check out my experience, that is truly taking lucid dreaming to the next level. Have you ever had an out of body experience that you are aware of, or even unsure but think you might have?
I hope this is helpful to getting you thinking and perhaps productive in your dreams, don't squander that gift, but don't be afraid to have fun and goof off as well. Finding happiness in all things is extremely healthy and important.
So have fun with it but push your boundaries and explore, let nothing hold you back, I'm excited to hear of your adventures, feel free to continue sharing past lucid dream experiences as well.
Keeping this frame of mind and focusing on this subject matter more consistently helps me and others generate experiences, out of sight out of mind you know, and vice versa.
Thank you for sharing by the way.
Oh, are your avatar picks of you or someone else? I find it hard to believe that they are of a 35 year old woman as your age indicator indicates