Shaun St. Clair – Simultaneous Dreams


I had a/two brief simultaneous dream/s recently, but was also lucid for a short while. I was only lucid for what felt like a few seconds but it was long enough to become fully aware of how completely natural and effortless the experience felt. Being lucid however, I was aware that this wasn‘t how I ‘normally‘ experienced things and I did question myself as to how I could be having two dreams at once. I didn‘t receive a verbal answer to this question but a feeling of ‘why are you even asking it in the first place, this is normal/easy.’


In one of the dreams, I was sat on one of the beaches in Newquay, watching my eldest daughter walk slowly along the strand line towards a cave. At the same time, I was stood by my garden pond watching two fairies sat down, talking at the opposite side of the pond. One of the fairies was particularly distinctive in that its body colour was very dark purple. If you‘ve ever seen the film Pan’s Labyrinth, from what I can remember, my fairies looked very much like the ones in the film. I became lucid for a few seconds before I woke from these dreams and so, without a doubt, I know that they were definitely occurring simultaneously. I could/can remember the sound of the sea lapping at the sandy shore on the beach and at the same time the tranquillity around my garden pond.


I woke up very soon after becoming lucid, still with a vivid memory of these dreams occurring simultaneously and the sensation of it being nothing out of the ordinary. However, the more I thought about the sensation and I guess the more fully conscious I became, the two dreams separated and became stacked on top of each other – rather like watching a split screen TV.


It (the simultaneity) really did feel very natural, so much so that you don‘t even question it until reality starts to creep in. The sensation of reality creeping in and almost imperceptibly changing the character of that feeling reminded me of the feeling when you‘re trying to remember dreams that you know are there, you‘ve just had them, but you can‘t quite grasp them.


If you relax and drift back towards sleep you can sometimes pull the dreams out but run the risk of falling asleep completely and forgetting about them for good maybe. Alternatively, if you concentrate too hard and begin to wake fully (or at least fully enough to be able to write down a few key pointers) then it sometimes feels like a shutter has very subtly been brought down between you and the dream – you know there‘s something behind it but you can‘t quite see it or get to it.