“Sleeping Beauty Did Not Know How to Wake Up” #28
by Cherie Ann Turpin
(30 Stories in 30 Days)
Once again, I found myself lying in a bed next to Stephen, watching him sleep in a nondescript room with a bed, wardrobe, and drawers. It resembled a room in an airport hotel that needed some color. I had not seen or spoken to him in well over two years, but for the last two months I felt myself being pushed into his dreams, his Guardian Spirit showing me the world from its charge’s perspective, and showing me its desperate efforts to wake him from his deep sleep.
I battled demons and dragons on his behalf in the dream realm in years past, but never this….silence, this void that kept him locked out from his own feelings. It was an emptiness that left his soul in a coma-like state in the dream realm, while leaving him hollow and bereft in the harsh light of the day.
This was the first time I actually encountered his dream body in its true state–asleep to the richness of the dream realm. Unable to imagine a landscape while trapped in the void, Stephen’s dream self remained oblivious to its status as a prisoner. I felt myself drifting into a light slumber and quickly jerked my dream body out of it with a sudden roll onto the floor. I felt a sharp pain in my left arm from my elbow to my pinkie as it hit the carpeted floor.
I stood up and leaned over him, rolling his prone body towards, jumping slightly as I discovered his eyes open, staring. He blinked, and looked at me with a slightly confused look. A realization came to me: he doesn’t know how to switch to lucid dream state. I could feel my dream body’s energy draining as he drew from me to stay awake.
“Stephen, I am tired. I cannot continue to carry this for you alone. You have to help me help you heal and get out of this trap. You must be lucid, aware, and awake in your dream state.” I saw a shadow crawl from the ceiling towards the bed. I felt my waking body snatch my astral body back across the realm. My waking body sat up in my own bed, quivering.
I needed to talk to Stephen in the waking world, and I needed to do it fast. I had no idea whether he would believe my story, but he needed to learn what I learned so he could fight the monster holding him as a prisoner in his own dream realm.
But I had to find him first.