I've probably died over thousands and thousands of times by now in my dreams in just about every way imaginable (falling, drowning, dismemberment, being burnt alive, being impaled, decapitated, shot to death, stabbed to death, falling in lava, boiling water, flayed alive, etc). Death is a recurring theme and often I die at least 2 or 3 times in one session, sometimes 10+. Also more often they're set in the night time than day time. I used to have more day time dreams when I was a kid, but something changed and nighttime became far more recurring.
Repetition occurs frequently as well, like a stretch of highway that never ends -- street light, street light, street light, street light, no cars, can't see anything in the horizon. Winding staircase -- winding step, winding step, winding step, etc. I find something beautiful about the repetition, and maybe the darkness engulfing everything so as to highlight the smallest number of elements... the pitch-black becomes like a "fog". Of course, those dreams to start to get boring after I while so I usually die after finding it boring or I'll make up something at the top of the tower or a remote village on the side of the seemingly endless highway.
Oh and giant monsters. I love those dreams. Like a dragon made of bone erupts from the sea, creating a tsunami and drowning everyone around it. It's so huge that the entire sky turns dark, with only glimpses of moonlight shining through between its giant ribcage over us. I like those kinds of apocalyptic scenarios, like something burst out of hell.
The concept there I think is that it emphasizes mortality when faced with a force of pure destruction. It makes me feel small and doomed as well as everyone around me. But it's beautiful and magnificent in a way, like an atom bomb. I often die in those as well, naturally. :-D Sorry for rambling a lot. This is an interesting topic for me since I only have lucid dreams. I sometimes admire people who can do it the other way and not tell that they're dreaming, but I don't know how to do that.
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