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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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February 13th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Hi Stanley,

I know what you are talking about. I can’t tell wether my dreams are lucid or vivid…but they are very intense….The last days I don’t remember so many anymore, but my mind still is very engaged, as if it would even by accelerating during my sleep….I don’t get a good rest anymore and need more and more breaks during the daytime, where I sometimes have to sleep for a while too, to recover…

All the Best

Comment by Stanley Bronstein
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February 16th, 2009 at 8:38 am


Lately I’ve been going through a phase where I have trouble falling asleep (as my mind is racing with thoughts and ideas), BUT once I finally fall asleep, it’s an INCREDIBLY deep sleep and I start having all kinds of incredible dreams.

Really good stuff.

I think you might want to try meditating when you lay down, as it will help your body and mind slow down enough to actually fall asleep. Let me know how it works.

Stanley Bronstein

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August 23rd, 2009 at 10:49 am

The last 2 nights in a row I’ve had vivid, long and intense dreams. They aren’t exactly enjoyable as they have started out in a situation where I’m a medical patient of some sort, but end up escaping and going on an intense journey/getaway. There are many similarities between the two. The first one, I went to bed late, around 2:30am, I was working on my website up until then, so my mind was engaged and I didnt have much time to wind down. From this dream, I woke up first around 5am, amazed at how realistic my dream was, and thankful that I probably wouldn’t fall back into it. Yet, I fell right back into the same dream, it basically continued from where it left off. I then woke up again around 8am, thinking I should wake up and tell someone about my crazy dream. I then fell back asleep and went back into the same darned dream. At this point, I was not enjoying it, and I finally found myself woken up at 10am by my mother, at which point I was incredibly exhausted, but didn’t want to fall back into that dream, so I woke up and told my dad about it. He was amazed at how I could recount the events in the dream with so much detail–I was even leaving out many parts of the dream. Last night, I had another dream that lasted quite awhile too. It was also just as vivid, and waking up from it, I felt unaware and very tired again. I would love to go into detail about each dream but it would be like writing a paper, or a short book even. I’m curious as to why these dreams have been happening, and why they share so many similar qualities. Sorry this is so long, but these dreams are leaving me so confused, and tired too.
Great website by the way.

Comment by Stanley Bronstein
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August 24th, 2009 at 1:49 pm


You obviously have something going on inside your head that’s slowly working it’s way out.

Your dream is just your mind’s “crazy” way of working over the aspects.


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February 25th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I’ve had the same thing going on for as long as I can remember now, quite some time. I have had a dream and remembered the entirety of each dream for at least the past two weeks straight. I have no idea why this is but its getting pretty tiring. Its to the point to where I’d rather just not dream, lol.

Comment by Stanley Bronstein
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February 25th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Go with the flow and try to figure out what the dream is telling you.

There’s something on (or is that “in”) your mind and it’s trying to work its way out.

Stanley Bronstein

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July 19th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Hi Stanley,

I just moved to Australia to be with my boyfriend. Since I have been here, I have both vivid and lucid dreams. The type that when I wake up I am like “wow that was just a dream”, or I am starting to confuse conversations I have had in my dreams with people I know and thinking i have had them in real life. Lately I have dreams with my boyfriend in every single one of them. It seems like there is always an obstacle I have to get through, but the main point is I am always looking for him. I even wake up stressed thinking I can’t find him, or I’ve lost him. It has gotten to the point where I love to dream so much that I would rather sleep than be awake. All my life I have had really clear vivid dreams, and sometimes they are lucid in that I am aware I am dreaming and i am able to control my actions. I love dreaming, I just wish I knew how to interpret my dreams more.

Comment by Stanley Bronstein
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July 20th, 2010 at 3:48 am


Dreaming can be a wonderful tool, but don’t fall into the trap of wanting to spend all your time dreaming.

If you’re “chasing” in your dreams, it probably means you’re searching for something. My guess is you’re searching for evidence as to whether or not you’re recent actions are going to achieve the results you desire (just a guess). You are probably looking for security and you’re not sure you have it.

A quick Google search shows that most dreams about chasing talk about what it means when you are the one being chased, not the one doing the chasing.

Without knowing more of the details, my guess would be that your brain is trying to tell you something . . .

Go with the flow and listen to you. Your “gut” instincts about what it is trying to tell you will probably be fairly accurate. Trust your “gut” instincts.

Good luck.
Stanley Bronstein


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