By Ed Kellogg, Ph.D. © 2012
In the last issue of LDE, in the list of my “Top Ten” lucid dreams, I included one in which I flew to, and bathed in, “The Fountain of Youth.” In this dream I experienced one of the most breathtaking, beautiful, and multisensory dreamscapes I’ve ever encountered.
As such, this dream seems a natural one for me to share in this issue, given its theme of “Lucid Dream Locales and Special Places.” When I have time I plan to create a more artistic image that I hope will do minimal justice to the scene. For now, this dream report and diagram will have to do.
02/07/94 Fully Lucid “I become lucid in an apartment building and remember my task to find the Fountain of Youth. I fly out the window chanting “To the Fountain of Youth!”, . . “To the Fountain of Youth!” and get pulled away fast through the air. I stay calm. At first I fly through blue skies, over what looks like California, but as my flight continues I see some antelope like animals below that look like Ibexes, the dreamscape colors deep and vivid, purples and blues, like an otherworldly painting.
I fly on towards a pool – “The Fountain of Youth!” I cry. My feet skim the surface, the pool feels warm and liquidy, but textured. It looks more like a small lake, flat but slightly rippled, slightly opalescent, with large hot golden patches appearing under the water. “Molten gold in a volcanic hot spring?” I wonder.
Still flying, I enter the water, and descend to waist level. I try to stay calm, but just thinking of immersing myself in the water wildly excites me. I splash water on my face and take the plunge. With my head underwater I lose vision, but I keep moving and breathing in and out. The kinesthetic texture remains the same. I regain my sight and now find myself floating in a softly glowing river of white moonlight.”
Note: While flying over the colored jungle the scene looked like sunset, but when I arrived at the pool night had fallen with a velvety luminescent darkness, and the pool glowed with what looked like reflected moonlight, although I did not see any moon.