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After months of being terrified by nightmares, my Grandmother took me under her wing. Without knowing anything about Lucid Dreams or Dreamwork, she very patiently encouraged me to re-enter my nightmares and eventually face my "monster" who had be haunting my sleep...turned out to be my big brother! :) I haven't had a nightmare since then (40 yrs).
After using Lucid Dreaming to help me escape my boring real life, where I was a fat, insecure kid who stuttered, I eventually ended up in college, majoring in psychology...guess why :)
I just happened to find myself in the only undergraduate psych program that had access to a full sleep-lab and I worked my way into the lead position as Professor's assistant in charge of the "lab" portion of a Psychology of Sleep class. I then proceeded to spend around 300 nights doing all kinds of research into sleep and dreams.
Many of my photo/art works at http://www.legendsmagazine.net in my RPM gallery, are dream-based.
Since I started very early in life to use dreams to help better deal with real-life problems, I've continued that practice as well as simply enjoying the entertainment value of them.
I've turned a lifetime of interest in dreams into a semi-profession, dealing with reports of psychic phenomena / anomalous cognition / hauntings, etc. The lessons learned early in life, leading to an extremely intense scientific investigation of altered states of consciousness in college, has given me a unique insight into the inner workings of the mind and how we perceive the world we live in. I can't imagine living life without considering dreams to be an important part of that life; how boring that would be!
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