Have you ever realized you were dreaming while the dream was still happening? That is what dream experts call a lucid dream. Most people have had this experience at some time, and it is often during a nightmare, when the fear of the situation suddenly lifts as you say to yourself, Wait a minute, this is only a dream! A lot of times, however, dreamers wake themselves up as soon as they notice they are dreaming. Next time it happens to you, try to stay in that state of dreaming sleep and pay attention to where your conscious dreaming takes you.