What is the most lucid dream you have ever had?

Psychedelic 11My c3 hero Teddie convinces herself that her out-of-body experiences are merely lucid dreams. This is a condition that supposedly occurs when your body is fast asleep but your mind is wide awake. It doesn’t happen often, but apparently it does occur. One study estimated that about one in ten people report such dreams, and that they feel “real” in a way that other dreams never do.

Have you ever had one?

I remember having two in my life, and each affected me deeply at the time. In both cases once I was fully awake I understood that what had occurred wasn’t real, but none-the-less the events I experienced in the dream overpowered me for days and stuck with me for years. Both dreams ended up ultimately affecting some of the most significant decisions I have ever made. Things turned out well, though I don’t know that I can credit the dreams for that. Perhaps they only left me more sure of what I needed to do.

Teddie will turn out to do far more than have lucid dreams. Before the book is done she will understand out-of-body experiences in ways I suspect that I never will. I’m intrigued by the idea of flying through the air, weightless, silent and invisible, but I’m not convinced that it happens for anyone and I’m fairly sure it isn’t in my future.

I am content with my dreams having provided me with two wondrous experiences that gave me windows into other worlds that I will never forget. I also appreciate the irony that that they offered me a sense of certainty that no real world piece of information or advice could ever have provided.

(Thanks to the Fractal Enlightenment Facebook Page for the great image above.)

That’s how far down?

SleivemoreI once found myself on top of a cliff in Country Mayo Ireland.  My husband and I, dumb tourists that we were, had driven past road closed signs and ignored warnings of seasonal winds to get to edge of the earth and stare 2000 feet down into the wild blue water of the Atlantic. A gust of wind came along that was so strong that it made us both hit the ground, grabbing on to rocks and brush and thinking the same thing. We could get blown off of this damn thing and not a soul would know what had happened to us. My husband reached for his camera. I thought, I’m going to write about this someday. In c3, I finally did.

In my first draft of c3, Haley rappels down the side of a 2000 foot cliff, but in later versions I reduced it to 1600 feet to make it more believable. I was worried that a 2000 foot cliff pushed the bounds of credibility. Later I did some research and I discovered how wrong I was.

MitrePeakNZWhere is the largest cliff? It depends.The highest cliffs on land are in Pakistan. One side of Nanga Parbat slopes slightly, but rises up an amazing 15,000 feet above its base. The highest almost true vertical cliff is the east face of Great Trango in northern Pakistan and it is close to 6000 feet straight up (or straight down).

If you’re looking for cliffs that drop into the ocean, the north face of Mitre Peak, in New Zealand drops almost 5000 feet, although it slopes outward a little. The Southern tip of Greenland has the biggest nearly vertical drop and it is almost 5000 feet too.The biggest drop straight down can be found on Baffin Island. It’s 4500 feet down (or up).

If you’re willing to look under the ocean, there is an almost 25,000 foot drop into the Kermadec Trench. If you’re willing to look off- planet, a moon of Uranus called Miranda has a twelve mile (60,000 foot) drop that no one is likely to be rappelling off of any time soon.

So sending one of my heroes over the edge of a mere 1600 foot cliff didn’t turn out to be so fantastic after all.

 

 

 

 

 

Cabo Girão is located in the southern part of the Madeira Islands. At 570 meters (1,870 ft), the cliff is often referred to as the highest sea cliff in Europe but at least three European cliffs are higher. The view down the almost sheer drop to the ocean is thrilling nonetheless. The terraced fields that can be seen beneath the cliff used to be only accessible by boat. In 2003, a cable car was installed on the slope of the cliff so farmers can reach these low-lying fields. – See more at: http://www.touropia.com/most-dramatic-sea-cliffs-in-the-world/#sthash.LZGXV5T5.dpuf
Cabo Girão is located in the southern part of the Madeira Islands. At 570 meters (1,870 ft), the cliff is often referred to as the highest sea cliff in Europe but at least three European cliffs are higher. The view down the almost sheer drop to the ocean is thrilling nonetheless. The terraced fields that can be seen beneath the cliff used to be only accessible by boat. In 2003, a cable car was installed on the slope of the cliff so farmers can reach these low-lying fields. – See more at: http://www.touropia.com/most-dramatic-sea-cliffs-in-the-world/#sthash.LZGXV5T5.dpuf