Dreamed 1953 by Alder; illustrated by Wayan
When I was seven, I had a cold or flu that gave me a fever. So I crawled in bed with my mom, and fell asleep knowing she was next to me.
I'm being pulled down into a spiraling black and white funnel, like the hypnotic spiral in old movies that evil magicians and hypnotists all use on their victims (I'd seen this on our recently acquired black and white TV...) The whole world is this black and white whirlpool. At first it looks nearly level, but it pulls me round and round and slowly down toward a black hole in the central pit.
I scream and scream, calling to my mom. From the black hole at the bottom comes an evil laugh. I don't know if it's the Devil or an Evil Hypnotist, but I don't want to find out.
I felt mad. I thought my mom should have been there to protect me--both in bed and in my dream.
AFTER THE DREAM
Soon after this, two big changes happened to my dreams:
When I was eight, a grownup told me that I could change my dreams or wake up from them if I wanted to. Nobody used the term lucid dreaming then, and I don't even recall who told me this, but I took that advice to heart, and it soon paid off.
Not long after, I dreamed I jumped off a high cliff above the sea. At first I shut my eyes in fear, but then recalled I could change things. So I deliberately opened my eyes and just watched the rocks come up. I found I was quite enjoying this and wondered what it'd feel like, going splat. I woke just before I hit. It worked!
After that I was never too afraid in my dreams.
A modern 7-year-old dreaming of black holes and gravity wells would be quite precocious, but look at the date--this was the 1950s! NOBODY knew about them then. Except, apparently, Alder.
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