Kevin Healey – Reaching Through Time in Lucid Dreaming


I found myself alone in a mostly-empty room that resembled a storage area in an old factory. Nothing in particular triggered my lucidity. As far as I can recall, the dream began in this room and I was immediately lucid. While I considered what to do next, I decided to confirm my lucidity by pushing my hand through the floor. I often perform this type of test with the onset of lucidity. I crouched down toward the floor, which was made of wood boards. I pressed my right hand into the floor with ease.


The warm sensation in my hand increased the clarity of the dream. Unable to conceive a plan of action, though, the dream soon ended. A few days later, I awoke in the middle of the night convinced that I had seen a hand reaching down through the ceiling of the bedroom, directly next to a thick, unfinished wood beam. I was frightened and said out loud, “What the hell is that?” My wife had left the room and did not hear me. Not sure whether what I had seen happened in a dream or in reality, I lay motionless and wide-eyed for several minutes while my heartbeat returned to its normal pattern.


It did not occur to me until later that day that these two dreams might be connected. Upon reflection, I realized that the room above my bedroom is indeed a storage area that looks similar to the room from the previous night’s lucid dream, except that the real floor is covered in carpeting rather than bare wood boards. Nevertheless, the apparent connection between the dreams is remarkable, and I am not sure what to make of it. Had I literally seen my dream body from the previous night’s lucid dream? Or had the previous night’s dream simply influenced the content of a subsequent nightmare?