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Dreams – They’ve Been So Vivid Lately

by Stanley Bronstein on November 25, 2008

What Is Vivid Dreaming?

Vivid dreaming is often referred to as lucid dreaming. According to, “A lucid dream is a dream in which the person is aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress . . .”

To me, vivid dreaming is something slightly different.  A vivid dream is one where all the details are so specific and you are able to remember many of them both while the dream is going on and after you awaken.

Just look at the difference between the definitions of the two words:

Vivid – Strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc..  Full of life; lively; animated.  Strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible.   Forming distinct and striking mental images.

Lucid –   Easily understood; completely intelligible or comprehensible.  Characterized by clear perception or understanding; rational or sane.

So, What’s The Big Deal About Vivid Dreams?

They are incredibly full of images.  I don’t know what it is, but 3 out of the last 4 nights I have dreams that have lasted virtually all night.  The minute I fall asleep, I start off on this long dream and it just continues and continues and continues.

If I feel myself beginning to awaken, I simply decide to let the dream progress and it keeps going.

When I finally get to where I’ve had enough of the dream, I simply decide to awaken and “poof”, the dream is over, yet I’m remembering most of the details from the dream.

In short, my dreams lately have been BOTH lucid (I’m aware that I’m dreaming and of what’s going on) AND vivid (I awaken remembering most of the details from the dream).

These are probably some of the most incredible dreams that I’ve ever had (in terms of lucidness and vividness).

Some Examples

2 nights ago I had a dream where I was reading contracts.  I can remember most of the details of the contract and EVEN the physical layout of the contract.

I remember what it looked like.  I remember the size of the paper.  I remember what provisions were found in the contract at the top, bottom and middle.

In short, I remember an amazing amount of detail.


Last night, I remember a dream where there was an incredible amount of violence (none of it “by” me or even directed at me – I was simply witnessing violence occurring around me.

I remember most all of the details.  The looks, the smells, the colors, the sounds.

There even was a lesson to be learned at the end and I remember that too.

It was quite the amazing dream.

Have You Ever Had Dreams Like This?

I’m starting to have them all the time.

One thing I’ll say about them is that your mind stays so engaged that when you wake up, you’re still a little tired.

It’s almost like your mind never shuts off, it simply changes gears and keeps on going full speed through the night.

HOWEVER, I do think I’m getting used to this, as I did not wake up that tired this morning, whereas the 2 other nights out of the last 3 I woke up exhausted.

Is this happening to you?

Recommended Reading

Dreaming – Wikipedia Article

Lucid Dreaming – Wikipedia Article

Laws of Positioning #25 – Position Yourself To Be A Dreamer

Law #25 talks about the power of having dreams in your life.

Tell Us Your Dreams

Tell us your stories. I want to hear about your crazy dreams and what you thought they meant?

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Until next time, take care. Stanley F. Bronstein
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