Lucid dreams is a phrase to describe the state of someone knowing that they are dreaming. What I am looking for is a single word that describes that moment of realization. A friend suggested lucidity, but its definition doesn't quite fit right for what I am seeking.
I would use anagnorisis, which is the moment in a Greek narrative when the protagonist has a sudden realization of their true identity.
I am not sure how specialized moments of realization are in English. Using words that just mean that (in varied forms):
- click — "And then it clicked: I was dreaming!"
I am unable to think of a word that is reserved for a special subject of realization. Different terms have their typical uses but I think the emotional feeling or suddenness is more of a deciding factor.
The verb form of "surface" may be appropriate. It seems to capture the notion of partial emergence without complete exit.
Epiphany --> moment of realization
You could call it a moment of lucidity.
I was flying, I saw the sheep in the field below me. Then, a moment of lucidity, this was but just a dream, and none of this was real.
I like "quicken" or "quickening."
The first moment of realization of a lucid dream is, to me, not unlike a feeling of rebirth. So, I think it would be appropriate to describe the sensation using a word which means "the first movements of a fetus."
Not direct answers, but they may help in your quest:
- Hypnagogia — the state between being awake & asleep (Greek for "to lead away", ref)
- Hypnopompic — the state between being asleep & awake
- Somniferous — sleep inducing
Check the Wikipedia reference, there are tons of articles on sleep that may help you find your word.
I like "awakening" but it could be misleading on its own.
in a sense similar to emergence phenomena attributed to anaesthetic medications.