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Answers For Person ID: harris_youth_2011:26524

The gender of the participant, Male or Female Male
The age of the participant, in years. 17
Current grade in school, asked of participants in the Children's Dreams Survey 2011. eleventh grade
School location, asked of participants in the Children's Dreams Survey 2011. Small town or rural area
School type, asked of participants in the Children's Dreams Survey 2011. Public school
Race/ethnicity question asked of participants in Children's Dreams Survey 2011. White
Text of most memorable dream reports from participants in the Memorable Dreams Survey 2011 and other sources. Exact question used in the Memorable Dreams Survey 2011: We are interested in hearing the story of an especially memorable dream you had, from any time in your life. Please try to recall as many details as possible, including the setting, characters, colors, actions, and any feelings or thoughts you had in the dream. I was wandering through a house that felt distantly familiar due to its kitchen's similarity to my old home's kitchen. There was no one in this dream besides me and as I approached a door that led outside from this familiar kitchen I noticed that it had the same exact lock as my bedroom door. This triggered me to become lucid or conscious of my own dreaming. I felt magnificent at this point having achieved enlightenment on the fact that I was sleeping and could do what I wanted. I had no idea what was behind the door so I instead willed a huge grassy meadow surrounded by upstate New York forest into existence behind the door. I opened the door - lo and behold the scene I'd imagined was there. I took two steps onto the old rickety porch that appeared and I willed myself with my mind to begin rising. At first I rose relatively slowly into the air at about 30 miles per hour then at around 50 feet up I rocketed myself over the landscape at the speed of a jet ecstatically taking in the landscape as my brain generated more and more of the beautiful forests and streams. The experience was true freedom. After a few moments of this I fly down into the trees willing a monster into existence for me to practice fighting and making up powers for me to use. I begin losing lucidity at this point and the dream becomes vague but I remember some detail. The monster was around 8 feet tall and somewhat like an octopus. I thought to use some type of plasma projectile that came from my hands and the dream ended with me throwing these balls at the monster. I was 14 when I had this dream and I was staying in a cabin with my friend at the time.