|Hogwarts: the perfect dreamscape! :)|
Okay, so it wasn't really him (if he "really" exists somewhere). I totally knew it wasn't him. But what are you gonna do when you're hanging out in a Hogwarts Schoolgrounds-esque setting, and you've already gone jumping off cliffs and flying, and an extremely cute Ron walks up to you and is like, "Hey"? Start making out wildly, duh. There were people in the area, so he even conjured a private little makeshift house for us!
I'd say "I wish I was making this up," except I did. It all happened during a lucid dream.
Have you ever had one of those? For some people they come naturally, but for most, it takes either lots of effort or lots of luck (or both) to make them happen. Basically, a lucid dream occurs when a dreamer realizes they're dreaming. Think Inception, but without any of the hair-raising plot.
One minute you're giving a presentation to all of your past exes in your 10th grade Chemistry class, and the next minute you're thinking, "Wait, I graduated from high school already! And none of you ever cared about science. This is a dream." If you're able to stay solidly lucid (which can be super hard), you can do whatever you want: strip naked, walk out the door and go to Egypt, practice levitating, canoodle with a certain redheaded boy... the possibilities are endless.
Next time I lucid dream (which might not be for a while), I want to see if I can meet the characters from my current WIP, maybe by transporting myself to the fictional town where they live. My conscious brain thinks it has them down, but there's something about "talking to your subconscious" (to steal a term from Inception) that can reveal things you didn't realize you were hiding from yourself. Like a secret desire to make out with Ron Weasley... or maybe a whole new plot development!
With that, I say go forth and lucid dream. It does take practice to get down, but it's really fun - and this is a great webpage to get you started if you're interested. The human imagination is a seriously amazing thing, so why not spend the idle hours of the night unlocking it? What has been your past experience with lucid dreaming? Any cool stories?