I was having a nightmare of a dream, on top of a branch of a tree 100 meters above the ground with no way to get down, the kind of nightmare I get quite often. I wanted out. I forced myself to let go and fall and sure enough it did the trick.
I awoke in a sweat, sitting up in bed I noticed the bedsheets were damp. There were beads of sweat on my forehead and a small trickle of water ran down my cheek. Wiping the water from my face with my hand I recalled the dream and how uncomfortable it had made me feel. Looking at my watch it was 2:30 in the afternoon, I had intended to have an hour before picking the kids up from school at 3, so the timing was just right.
I could hear my wife downstairs washing the dishes from the midday meal. I stood up and pulled the curtain back so I could see outside. The sun was still shining, as it was when I went to bed. Kids were playing in the street.
After getting dressed I pulled the curtains back completely. I noticed my neighbour playing with her daughter near an open window. Suddenly I noticed the child was in a very dangerous situation, hanging off a ledge by the open window. I opened my window to warn my neighbour. She told me to mind my own business, the child was fine. Angrily I closed the window again and noticed the window would not close properly. Checking the catch it was hanging off.
Hang on, I have a brand new house, there is nothing wrong with this window. I cant see my neighbour from this window anyway. Her child is only 1 month old and cant even crawl yet. What is going on ?
I awoke in a sweat. Sitting up in bed I noticed the bedsheets were damp, there were beads of sweat on my forehead and a small trickle of water ran down my cheek.
Oh heavens, I thought, now that was a very strange experience.
I know it has been done in several films. But for me it is the first time I have ever had a dream within a dream. When I woke the first time I was convinced I was awake. But I was still asleep and had just woken from a dream within a dream. It was only when things were obviously wrong that I realised and actually woke up proper. I must admit I had to do a double take to make sure I was actually awake.