Fresh out of REM sleep and radiating in happiness from what could only be from a successful lucid dream.
I was on some sort of island and it was incredibly vivid. The brightest dream I have had in SO long. The colours all looked like they were glowing off a high definition screen. The grass was a lime green with speckles of hot pink and other neon colours and these glittery glowing dots. There were mountains ( like the one my mom painted at my last class ). It was both dark and ominous but beautiful and bright. I had no idea where I was but there were people on this island, non of them I could recognize. It didn't really matter, they were really nice and somehow they knew I wanted to leave and explore so they were telling me to stay. For whatever reason they wanted me to stay there on this island with them but I felt like I would't have any fun with them. Lol. So funny. I remember thinking man its going to be so cool when take off to fly in front of these people, they're going to think I'm a superhero or some angel or something. All the while knowing this is purely a dream and these people don't exist. So I muster up all my energy and my "flying ignition" and I push myself off the ground with one flap of my arms and It takes me soaring up so high. I actually get scared of the height. That is how real the feeling is. However I have to calm myself by knowing it is JUST a dream and to enjoy my time in it. So I explore the land from a birds eye view. I don't have to really move my arms too often, once in a while I push myself up a bit more. I am also able to direct my body looking down towards the land and descend very fast towards the land. This feels like i'm falling. Its totally exhilarating and no shame but it makes me want to pee my pants in real life. lol. Just trying to give you an idea of the effect the dream has on me. I can see water, it changes shades from dark blue to turquoise, I can smell the air. Its like when you just first get out of an airplane that you've been in for so long. It's just a new air and somewhat refreshing but kinda humid. If I try enough I can change what I smell by imagining flowers somewhere. It also helps to have my diffuser on with essential oils while sleeping. ... I visited a lot of islands. I went to what I thought was greece. I could go on and on. An who knows this could've all just happened within a span of 10 minutes! I feel like it happened between my micro-awakenings but it's hard to tell.
I took a psychology course in college while studying graphic design where we touched on the topic of sleep. I already had a growing interest and common knowledge of sleep patterns and bio clocks but school confirmed my understandings (the science of sleep)... I know that those of us sane individuals have REM but don't always remember or can control dreams during this time.. I know that there is a huge mystery with sleep and why we need sleep or why we need dreams. In my own convictions I believe sleep is a very spiritual gift if we let it be.
I remember when I was logging my dreams in my "Dream Journal" it totally lifting my ability to lucid dream. Somehow logging my dreams (that at the time were highly spiritual) enabled me to open up into those dreams when I wanted to and grow through them. I could connect the stories. I remember I couldn't always control the way I was approached with crazy situations but I could control how I reacted to them. This was a lot of work though because I had to try very hard during my sleep to remember my surroundings, smells, colours and textures. This helped with the logging , the more detailed I could jot down my subconscious surroundings the stronger my memory would be for future dreams. I know this sounds crazy but it is really true, we don't give our minds enough room to build our own perspectives even in our sleep! I mean a third of our life is spent in sleep yet we don't cherish it deeply like we would a spiritual experience in person.
In ALL of my dreams I have the ability to fly. Some people believe flying in your dreams always has some sort of meaning to it or reflection of what we experience in consciousness. I don't believe that. I think flying is just a sleeping sense of ours that we can grow. Once we learn to fly and we learn how to control where we want to fly its the most incredible feeling.
I found this link that gives tips on practicing lucid dreaming if anyone is interested...