Last week I introduced the inverse: that something happening in the waking world affecting the dream, but this week, I'd like to look at things flowing the other way.
I'm going to try and stay out of
superstitious fictions or unproven possibilities, like astral projection
or OOBs (out-of-body experiences). But even avoiding those, there are
still circumstances where dreams affect reality.
can generate emotional states that can carry through to post-waking.
While this isn't a strictly physical reaction, nonetheless, it counts.
sorrow, apathy, joy... even the feeling of belonging or spiritual
awakening can be felt while in the dream and carry over while you are
still sleeping and after you wake.
teenage boy knows about this one, but it's not restricted to wet-dreams.
Heat, cold, nausea, itches, hunger or lack thereof, even the desire to
sneeze can be felt in the dreamworld and your body can respond as if it
were truly feeling the stimuli.
While exuberant behavior in the
dream rarely translates to in-dream or out-of-dream hunger,hunger itself
can be sated, at least, for a short while, if you eat a feast in your
dream before you wake.
If you dream about being hurt in
the dream, it's likely you'll wake up feeling pain where you were hurt.
This can manifest both as psychological and physical, and probably isn't
too dissimilar to the "phantom limb" phenomenon.
If you have a
history of joint pain (as I do), suffering through an injury in the
dream can exacerbate the out-of-dream pain. You can even suffer from a
feedback loop, where the in-dream injury causes out-of-dream pain, and
the increased out-of-dream pain can affect the dream and make the injury
feel more real.
For many people, inexperienced
dreamers and those who don't become lucid in many of your dreams, you
may never consciously feel any of these symptoms. Also, your dreams may
not be vivid enough to convince the body to respond appropriately or to a
However, if you're like me, whose dreams feel
more vivid than reality itself, and are lucid very frequently, you are
far more prone to experience these responses. If you do, I would surely
like to hear from you! Feel free to comment below, or if you want to
comment privately, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.