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Offline Mel Martinez

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Tapping into the Flow
« on: March 08, 2010, 01:30:44 PM »

This is just something I thought I'd share with you guys. I had a strange dream the other night that provided me with some insight into our art.

To preface this, I am an active Lucid Dreamer, so I'm going to explain this the best way I can. Some of it will be difficult to understand if you've never experienced it.  :-\


So it's been a little over 2 weeks since I fractured my elbows. They're slowly healing up, and physical therapy is BRUTAL. I desperately need some sleep, so I lay down and began to rest, slipping into the warm embrace of sleep.

    I am in a strange place. Around me, I see a courtyard, I see people walking about, minding their own business. They are in black and white. There is no color anywhere. I walk to the center of the courtyard. A friend of mine (Who looks suspiciously like my brother) walks behind me. He taps me on the shoulder and asks me what's wrong. I look at him strangely; There's something odd about him. I tell him that I fractured my elbows and I can't run. I suddenly notice what is wrong with the guy. He has a blue shirt.  He looks at me and asks "Why not?", and I repeat myself. "I fractured my elbows, I can't do anything right now." He looks at me and smirks, then runs up a wall to the third floor. "Follow me!" He yells.I try to run up the wall and fall. I look at my arms and realize they are in casts. I scream in frustration and close my eyes.


    I Open My eyes again. I am at a lake. The blue shimmering water gives me a cool, calm feeling. It's so beautiful. Water! Instantly I know I am dreaming! I look at my hands and concentrate on every ridge and crevice in my hand, I flex and watch the light play off my skin. Everything is so clear now! I know I am dreaming! Instantly, I want to tear off my casts and go running. I have wanted to run for so long. But I can't. I rip and tear, I even grow a new arm and try to tear the casts off, they will not come off. Defeated, I sit myself down next to the lake and begin to scream! This is my dream! Why can't I run?!

   As I lay in my self pity, I feel a presence nearby. I look up, and there, by the shimmering, beautiful water, is a little girl. I have seen her in my dreams before, I know she is one of my persistent Dream Characters. I know she knows me more than I do. Her piercing eyes, every second a different color, rest on me. She walks over and kneels next to me, dripping water on my face from her hands. It is cool water, bringing relief, calming me. I look at the sky and watch the clouds race by. Fantastic birds with many colored feathers fly by, and a large, omnipresent moon completes the alien scene.  I have been here before.

   My little friend flicks her hands dry, giggling, and asks why I am unhappy. I tell her I can't run. She looks at me and asks why that matters? I may be injured out in the waking world, but this is my world. I can do anything I want here. I tell her that I can't take my casts off, and I really want to practice Parkour. She looks at me strangely and asks what Parkour is. I explain to her that it is the Art of Movement. Getting from one point to another as quickly and efficiently as possible. She smiles, "Oh, humans came up with a name for that huh?" I look at her, startled. She is no longer a little girl, but a grown woman, in her early thirties. She smiles and stands. "But you're wrong, Parkour is more than that. Parkour isn't movement." I look at the girl.


She stands over me, once again a girl of eight or nine. I can feel the intensity of her stare. She brushes the hair from my face and told me to sit up. I did so, compelled to obey, compelled to hear more. She pointed to my surroundings. Behind me, Bright and dark green trees, leafy and thriving had appeared. In the small forest, I could see a mountain, looming large and fierce, a sentinel guarding the strange landscape of my mind. She directs me back to the water. "What do you see around you?". And I proceeded to explain my surroundings. I stick to the simple "Trees, water, a cliff." explanation. She giggles and smacks my head. "You are distraught right now, so I'll cut you a bit of slack. What do you See? What do you Feel?" I look around and proceed to think. It slowly comes to me. "Life" is my answer.

   She smiles slowly and praises me. And then she asks "What does all life have in common?" I begin to think of the milion and one smartass answers I could give, but out of respect for the girl and our relationship, I withhold my remarks. I realize there could be one answer. "Energy?" I ask. She smiles again, and points around me. She walks to the water and walks in ankle-deep. Pure joy suffuses her face as she relishes the feeling of the cool water on her feet. She turns to me and says softly, "Energy is everywhere. It moves through us and our surroundings constantly. It is in the trees, in the rocks, in the water, in the air. It is in you, and it is in me. Energy is the thread that connects us to the world. Can you not see it?"

   I look around me and shake my head. "I can't see energy." I admit. The girl looks at me, almost disappointed, but somehow with a tenderness not shared with anyone else. "I can see energy, and I am a part of you. So you should be able to see it too. This is your world. You can do anything you want.  You just need to open your eyes." She beckons me into the water and takes my hand. She then bends my head over without touching my head and pushes my face into the water. The cool water brings relief and joy to me. I pull my face out of the water and open my eyes.

   LIGHT! Light everywhere! Bright, beautiful light, yet it doesn't burn my eyes! I look around and saw the light touched everything, and ran, as if in a current. The girl smiles at me, and speaks. "Do you see it now?" I turn to her, startled by the change in her voice. She is no longer a little girl, but a girl my own age, dressed in training pants, a T-shirt, and handwraps. She smiles at me and speakes softly. "This is the Flow. This is the current of energy that binds all of us to the world, that binds all of us to each other. It travels freely between all things." I am now smiling myself, marveling at the beauty of it all. She continues to speak, "This is what you're trying to touch. This is what you're trying to be. This is the flow of energy, of Life. To practice Parkour is to realize that the only obstacle that truly matters is your mind. Once you've conquered that, nothing in this world can stop you. To practice Parkour is become one with the Flow, it is to tap into the essence of life."

   I am beaming by this point, as I look upon my world with the Sight, I see all the places I could go, all the things I could do, and realize I have already done it. At this moment, I tap into the flow, letting the energy fill me and feeling it propel me forward. The girl ran ahead of me, beckoning me to follow her. She and I run in perfect synchronization, we run as one. I jump up and grasp the branches of the trees and as I do, my casts begin to unravel. As I reach the mountain, flipping and moving through my environment seamlessly, I ran up it and grasped a rock and begin to climb. My casts shattered at that moment.

   As I flew through my environment, I look around, and notice I am back in the city. I am back in the courtyard. I am standing before the young man and the wall. Completely confident in myself, I run at the wall without fear. As I climb over the ledge, the man smiles at me, and takes off. I run after him. We blow through our environment as if we are one with the city. I look to my left, and I see the girl, running and flashing her brilliant, all-knowing smile. To my right, I see the man, and I instantly realize why he looks so familiar.  He is Derek. He is Jason. He is my brother. He is Demon, and David Belle, Sebastien Foucan, Danny I., M2; He is me. We are all the same, drawn by our connection to the Flow. We are all one. We are all Free. We are all Traceurs.

  We run as one, in perfect synchronization, and double-leg as one off the edge of the building. I am happy, and suddenly wish that I would fly forever, that this dream would never end. As if on cue, the world around me begins to fade as I land.


  I wake up in a light sweat, breathing heavily. I look down at my arms, knowing they are still injured, but that doesn't bother me. I can't go back to sleep after that. I smile, get on the ground and begin to do sit-ups. When my arms heal, I won't take another moment for granted.

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So, yeah, that was my dream. My philosophy is slowly becoming more and more mature. Has anyone else ever had dreams like this? Do you guys dream Parkour?  :o


EDIT: So I went back and re-read it and realized there were a lot of errors. Half of it was in present tense, half in past, I went ahead and changed it all to present tense, cleaned up the sentences to make it easier to understand.
« Last Edit: March 09, 2010, 11:14:29 AM by Mel Martinez »

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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 01:35:31 PM »
*sniff* that's beautiful.  :'(
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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 01:42:19 PM »
googling Lucid Dreamer.....
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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010, 01:47:11 PM »
ahh yes.  I usually experience this kind of thing after I've fallen back asleep after sleeping for awhile.  Like on weekends, I don't have anything to do.  I'll sleep for like 8 hours, wake up, go to bathroom, then fall asleep, and I'm aware/remember that I'm dreaming.  Cool stuff bro,  I don't do it all the time though.

I dream about climbing stuff. Alot.
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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2010, 03:05:00 PM »
THis needs to go into the creative writing section! it's awesome!
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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2010, 03:06:20 PM »
Wow.  :o

That was legit inspirational.



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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2010, 03:15:37 PM »
Very inspirational, I woke up this morning at like 4 am, went and got some water and went back to sleep, and i was having a lucid dream, walking on this gravel trail in the forest, just pulling off front tucks like no ones business. And then i woke up, sad because i cannot do front tucks outside of the gym.

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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2010, 03:17:22 PM »
Well, I'm glad you guys like it so much! To be honest, I was thinking I was going to be mocked for posting such a sappy topic.

THis needs to go into the creative writing section! it's awesome!

You think so?

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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2010, 03:42:01 PM »
THis needs to go into the creative writing section! it's awesome!

We have a creative writing section? But yes I agree, that was beautiful.
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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2010, 03:58:50 PM »
wow that just makes me want to go run and hit the gym at the same time.

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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2010, 03:59:33 PM »
Mel! What a great experience you've had, too powerful to just call it a dream. I can't stress enough how awesome it has been to meet you, train you, and practice with you! Even if you are stuck right now, just hold out for a few more weeks to let yourself heal. Remember Jason and I, and the rest of the team too! are right behind you giving you our support.

I like how she brought up Sight and Flow to describe energy. Sight, being able to see more and more possibilities of what a place holds as you learn more about yourself and what you are capable of; Flow, being able to apply yourself confidently into what you find through Sight. As we are made of energy also, we are simply discovering how to best fit ourselves over, under, and through the rest of the world, regardless of the physical shapes around us.


P.S. If there were an "Inspirational" section of the forums, this should be there. Creative writing implies fiction ;D
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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2010, 04:13:40 PM »
I like how she brought up Sight and Flow to describe energy. Sight, being able to see more and more possibilities of what a place holds as you learn more about yourself and what you are capable of; Flow, being able to apply yourself confidently into what you find through Sight. As we are made of energy also, we are simply discovering how to best fit ourselves over, under, and through the rest of the world, regardless of the physical shapes around us.
Yeah, the little girl really is an unbelievable creature. She usually comes into my dreams when something bothering me or when I desperately need to explore something. Lucid dreaming really rocks sometimes.

Mel! What a great experience you've had, too powerful to just call it a dream. I can't stress enough how awesome it has been to meet you, train you, and practice with you! Even if you are stuck right now, just hold out for a few more weeks to let yourself heal. Remember Jason and I, and the rest of the team too! are right behind you giving you our support.


P.S. If there were an "Inspirational" section of the forums, this should be there. Creative writing implies fiction ;D

Ah, thanks buddy! You guys rock too! Hm, if you guys like it that much, maybe I should clean it up and submit it as a front page entry?
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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2010, 04:52:19 PM »
edit it a bit and submit for front page...well written.  I found it a bit corny at parts, but I enjoyed the piece as a whole...didn't seem fake or like an attention whore writing to write.  Cool dream, hope you heal up soon.   

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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2010, 05:49:03 PM »
i cuncur, go to front page and submit this article!  :)
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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2010, 06:25:01 PM »
Im very interested in lucid dreaming. Was it something that comes naturally to you, or something you learned, as I know you can do that.

As for the article, that was amazing. I've always wondered if dreams are some sort of message, and this just seems to prove it. Very interesting, very cool
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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2010, 06:30:04 PM »
Im very interested in lucid dreaming. Was it something that comes naturally to you, or something you learned, as I know you can do that.

As for the article, that was amazing. I've always wondered if dreams are some sort of message, and this just seems to prove it. Very interesting, very cool

Originally, I couldn't Lucid Dream, in fact, I couldn't remember any dreams. After a year of practicing I learned how to Lucid Dream. In fact, I tend to have 2-3 a week. If I take a lot of B12 vitamin, I could have somewhere around 3-4 in a night.

And yeah, I think it's amazing because it proves that I love Parkour enough that it even permeates my dreams, which adds to the irritation that I can't train for a few more weeks.

And thank you all, I'm glad you guys like it.  ;D To be honest I didn't expect this kind of response.

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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2010, 06:32:40 PM »
Initially, I thought this was a troll roll. :P But then, I knew you just wrote it in pretty language, so it seemed made up. :)

That was the most beautiful writing I've read in a looooong time. The words are so vivid that I can see exactly what's going on. Yes, this should be in the creative writing section, and even on the front page!

Sorry to hear about your arm, but you seem to be over it :)

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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2010, 06:33:00 PM »
It took a year? That seems like a long time. From what I've seen and read, it usually takes 4-7 months at most. But I guess if you had no dream recall previous to training, then it might have taken you a little longer
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2010, 06:38:05 PM »
Initially, I thought this was a troll roll. :P But then, I knew you just wrote it in pretty language, so it seemed made up. :)

That was the most beautiful writing I've read in a looooong time. The words are so vivid that I can see exactly what's going on. Yes, this should be in the creative writing section, and even on the front page!

Sorry to hear about your arm, but you seem to be over it :)

Ah thanks, man! Means a lot coming from you! And yeah, I'm past the worst of it. Should be fully healed in another couple of weeks.


It took a year? That seems like a long time. From what I've seen and read, it usually takes 4-7 months at most. But I guess if you had no dream recall previous to training, then it might have taken you a little longer

Hah, yeah, 4-7 months to have your first Lucid Dream. That's on average though, since there's a lot of people who take a looong time, and a lot of people who are naturals. After a while you learn to do it at will. It really isn't that long. The exercises to learn how to induce Lucid Dreams take about 10 minutes per day, so... not all that long to be honest.

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Re: Tapping into the Flow
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2010, 10:17:29 PM »
I have never felt more touched by a post on this forum until now. This needs (and I emphasize that) to go into the creative writing section, I haven't read anything more inspirational ever before.

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