In another thread we stumbled onto the topic of lucid dreaming. The wikihow link on that topic How to Lucid Dream: 16 Steps - wikiHow was posted, and people seemed interested in continuing the conversation about just what one can accomplish in a lucid dream.
I have not experienced these dreams, though they fascinated me long before the movie Inception was a flicker of a thought in a Nolan brother's cerebrum. I often have the opposite "realization" from discovering that I am dreaming: realizing that I am awake. Let me explain: in almost all of my dreams, I possess the ability to glide pretty much as far as I want. It's a form of flying, which I understand is common in dreams, where I simply take a step and decide not to land yet, sometimes for...miles. Most often, though, in the dreams, I use this to get down staircases quickly, etc. And once in a while, IRL, I find myself--I know how odd this sounds--standing on a staircase suddenly overcome by the awkward reality that I can't do that. It takes conscious thought to remember that the ability existed only in a dream state, and this catches me by surprise each time.
This has happened three or four times now. I can't really explain it, but it certainly has something to do with Dream state bleeding over into Waking state. That's one reason I'm so interested in consciously going the other way.
What experiences have you all had?