My dreams. My 10th life.

I would say I have another life;a parallel life that is to an extent mutually exclusive to the usual, but many wouldn’t believe.

Right before i sleep it springs up; it’s a little elusive, so hard to describe but in an instant, from thoughts comes drifting to a new world. A world so ostensible but awesomely constructed, ‘things are things but things just in there.’ Everything seems so real but so far away, much like a mirage.

Thoughts from the last movie watched to the last Whatsapp chat had prior to jumping into bed, slowly pull me from my consciousness. Much as i know where I am exactly (sometimes just before you go into deep sleep and just as you come from sleep, you lose track of your location), listening to what is happening around me, smelling whatever is filling up the air the steady forces of sleep steadily shut me out. Suddenly the noise, the clatter, the whiff takes you back to that first time your girlfriend took you in and cooked that awesome coriander rice. There you are in her kitchen, the recipe seeming all real, only that you can’t touch it and the meal smelling so good only that it’s not by the nose but by the brain probably.

I go through exactly that every night unless am stupidly tired and fall on the bed like a dry log; but still,though it’s shorter on this occasion.

It used to be getting entangled in a whirlwind soon as i slept, not like a cyclone whirlwind more like a satellite-in-orbit whirlwind. Every night i was assured of the exact episode but not anymore. i don’t quite remember if i was being flung around but i clearly recall it being a sweet experience.

Now days on top of other dreams, the commonest is levitating. Not like the magic carpet gliding around the sky, not like the hover-board floating through air but more like wafting through air. In this dream I am in the middle of a fight possibly influenced by a Jason Statham movie I’ve been watching, i drift around throwing punches, jumping over buildings, hiding in the space just above that guy am going to whack.

I have lost count of the mornings i wake up and count my teeth just to be sure it wasn’t just a dream. i always wake up with these depressing thoughts about where next to get money for dentures.

On some nights, the bladder fills up but you can’t get yourself to the loo just so you don’t lose that awesome dream. You hold on to the dream like a kid holding onto his pie. Even when you manage to whisk away to take a well deserved leak, the thoughts are in the blankets. Really girlfriends should put up a gift for every time you recall to place the toilet lid. The struggle to resume the dream to where it was paused is real, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. if it works, the plot of the dream diverts a little from the original. if it doesn’t work, the disquietude of losing something so pleasant.

They say they are Lucid Dreams, they say. I say it’s the only reason that pulls me to bed.

But to develop your dream recall, it’s handy to keep a complete dream journal. Keep the journal handy by your bed and record every dream you remember, no matter how fragmentary. Start by writing down all your dreams, not just the complete, coherent, or interesting ones–even if all you remember is a face or a room, write it down.

When you awaken in the night and recall what you were dreaming, record the dream right away. If you don’t, in the morning you may find you remember nothing about the dream, and you will certainly have forgotten many interesting details. We seem to have built-in dream erasers in our minds, which make dream experiences more difficult to recall than waking ones. So, whenever you remember a dream, write it down. If you don’t feel like writing out a long dream story at 3 AM chilly Kabale like night, note down key points of the plot. Also write down the precise content of any dialogue from the dream, because words will almost inevitably be forgotten in a very short time.

Possibly, all you will need to do to increase your dream recall is to remind yourself as you are falling asleep that you wish to awaken fully from your dreams and remember them. This works in a similar manner to remembering to awaken at a certain time in the morning. Additionally, it may help to tell yourself you will have interesting, meaningful dreams. A major cause of dream forgetting is interference from other thoughts competing for your attention. Therefore, let your first thought upon awakening be, “What was I just dreaming?” Before attempting to write down the dream, go over the dream in your mind, re-telling the dream story to yourself. DO NOT MOVE from the position in which you awaken, and do not think of the day’s concerns. Don’t even talk to that loved one next to you.

Cling to any clues of what you might have been experiencing-moods, feelings, fragments of images, and try to rebuild a story from them. When you recall a scene, try to recall what happened before that, and before that, reliving the dream in reverse. If after a few minutes, all you remember is a mood, describe it in a journal. If you can recall nothing, try imagining a dream you might have had–note your present feelings, list your current concerns to yourself, and ask yourself, “Did I dream about that?” Even if you can’t recall anything in bed, events or scenes of the day may remind you of something you dreamed the night before. Be ready to notice this when it happens, and record whatever you remember.

I dream a lot that sometimes, I want to remain in bed to have one more dream. Good enough for me I last had a nightmare in my form One in Ntare School. I just woke up, sat on the bed shaking and prayed to God. I don’t quite pray like the usual pray written in the prayer book. I just sat down and talked to God eyes closed to spare me bad dreams then on. And i think it worked. Actually it worked because since then the closest I’ve been to a nightmare is a dog chasing after me and earning itself quite a kick up its butt.

By Amanya

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