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  • 10 Animals with Self-Awareness
    directed responding behaviors like grooming hard to see places picking their noses making faces and blowing bubbles at themselves 4 Gorillas Although most gorillas fail the mirror test one specific gorilla named Koko has passed it Koko is famously known as the talking gorilla recognizing more than 1 000 words in American Sign Language and 2 000 words in spoken English Born in 1971 in San Francisco Zoo Koko is the subject of a groundbreaking science experiment to determine the true intelligence of gorillas Although she can t vocalize like a human she can understand spoken words and communicate her thoughts and feelings with hand signals Her trainer Dr Francine Patterson has also seen her invent new signs of her own like the combination of signs for finger bracelet to describe a ring Koko even demonstrated that she feels emotions much like a human being She once asked if she could have a cat and chose out a gray male Manx as her pet which she cared for as a baby Later that year the cat escaped and was hit by a car When Patterson explained the cat had gone Koko signed bad sad bad and frown cry frown sad After that Koko the gorilla was able to pick out two new kittens which became her surrogate babies Today Koko is 42 years old and describes herself as a fine gorilla person amazing her friends and caregivers with her intelligence and emotional depth Her astonishing story is revealed in the documentary Koko A Talking Gorilla 5 Bottlenose Dolphins Aquatic mammals have also been awarded with mirror self recognition Although the set up had to be tailored a little differently In 2001 two Bottlenose dolphins were exposed to reflective surfaces after being marked with black ink applied with a water filled marker or not being marked at all The researchers predicted that the dolphins who had previous experience with mirrors would not show social responses would spend more time in front of the mirror when marked and would move to the mirror faster to inspect themselves All the predictions bore true In fact the Bottlenose dolphins went one step further by consistently selecting the best reflective surfaces to view their new markings The self awareness observed in Bottlenose dolphins may result from their relatively large brains and advanced cognitive abilities though not all dolphins have such large brains or are known for their problem solving skills The researchers also noted how the fact that both Bottlenose dolphins and primates share self awareness despite their profoundly different brain evolution and organization represents a striking case of cognitive convergence 6 Elephants You may be surprised to know that elephants demonstrate self awareness too A study in 2006 involved placing an 8 foot mirror in the elephant enclosure at the Bronx zoo in New York while researchers kept a close watch over the three inhabitants The elephants did not greet their reflections as if they were other elephants but instead used the mirror to inspect themselves and the inside of their mouths They also tried to look behind it which showed they recognized the mirror was not merely an extension of the enclosure Finally one of the elephants passed the colored dot test by touching with its trunk a newly painted mark on its head Elephants were already known for their superior intelligence complex social systems ability to feel empathy and altruistic behavior Now they are the only non primate land mammal which passes the mirror test to show true self awareness 7 Orcas Though the details were less publicized in the media a 2001 experiment published in Behavioural Processes revealed the self reflective nature of orcas killer whales Using the same style of mirror test as with Bottlenose dolphins orcas did indeed show signs of contingency checking in the mirror reacting to the mark as if they expected their image to look different Some signs of self awareness were also seen in false killer whales and the researches suggested that they appear to possess the cognitive ability for it 8 Bonobos Bonobos are an endangered ape species and more peaceful and social than the common chimpanzee In fact genetically they are most similar to us and share many behavioral traits such as walking upright and having very similar facial expressions Like humans it is also easier to distinguish facial features between different individuals such that humans can easily differentiate one bonobo from another They too have passed the mirror test back in 1994 And like Koko the gorilla two well known bonobos have been taught language Kanzi and Panbanisha have a vocabulary of about 400 words which they type using a keyboard of lexigrams geometric symbols They can also respond to spoken sentences Quite possibly our most intelligent cousins the leading primatologist Professor Franz de Waal claims that bonobos are also capable of altruism compassion empathy kindness patience and sensitivity For a fictional take on the study of language in bonobos check out Sara Gruen s Ape House 9 Rhesus Macaques It was only recently in 2010 that scientists accidentally discovered that monkeys can pass the cognitive divide between the highest primates and the rest of the animal kingdom Researchers had placed head implants in two rhesus macaque monkeys in advance of doing a study on attention deficit disorder To their surprise the macaques who would normally fail the mirror test by reacting to their reflection as if it were an invading monkey showed clear signs of self awareness The monkeys observed themselves in the mirror while grooming and examining their foreheads near the implant They also examined parts of their body that they hadn t seen before and turned themselves upside down to do so Finally they grasped and adjusted the mirror to get an enhanced view However the self realization had no permanence when the mirror was covered up these behaviors disappeared 10 European Magpies The final and quite unexpected entry into the list of 10 animals with self awareness 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  • Brainwave Entrainment for Lucid Dreaming
    function stress relief pain headaches pre menstrual symptoms and behavioral problems How does it achieve these results Your brain treads many different frequencies every day each depicting your current level of consciousness Beta 16 31 cycles per second shows focused concentration Alpha 8 15 cycles shows relaxed alertness and creativity Theta 4 7 cycles shows meditation dreams and light sleep Delta 0 1 3 cycles shows unconsciousness and deep sleep Armed with this knowledge sound engineers created recordings that guide your level of consciousness with descending frequencies Binaural Beats work by playing two separate frequencies into each ear eg 130Hz in the left 136Hz in the right The brain compensates for the difference in frequencies heard in the right and left ear creating an internal frequency eg 6Hz thereby entraining a Theta operating state Isochronic Tones play evenly spaced pulses of a single tone to create a brainwave entrainment effect The effect excites the thalamus and causes a frequency following response where the brain internally recreates the frequency which dictates the level of conscious awareness Whichever technology is used the effects are measurable with an EEG which measures your brainwave frequencies Over the years people have extracted all kinds of applications for this technology from deep meditation to super learning states In a study conducted by The Other 90 in San Francisco 87 of research subjects who had never meditated before entered the Theta State of advanced meditation with binaural beats as measured by EEG Brainwave entrainment is so effective because it creates an automatic response You don t need to do anything special to feel the effect The only requirement is to lay down peacefully with your eyes closed The sounds you ll be consciously aware of include whooshing and buzzing often disguised by sound effects like rainfall waves or flowing streams Poor quality products do not disguise these sounds very well which some people find irritating I definitely have a preference for white noise that is disguised by more flowing sounds and this helps me slip into the meditative state faster What Does Brainwave Entrainment Feel Like People respond to brainwave entrainment differently The most important factor is probably how relaxed and attuned you allow yourself to become how willing you are to just go with it Nonetheless there are some common features we can all look for when immersing ourselves in the meditative realm of brainwave entrainment Within the first few minutes you ll begin to feel mentally relaxed and your mind chatter will disappear This can be difficult and sometimes impossible to achieve through a silent breathing meditation unless you are well practiced which is why this technology is ideal for beginners Typically within 8 minutes you ll be led into a deeper state of mental and physical relaxation marked by hypnagogic imagery the swirling light patterns that appear when you fall asleep at night as well as gentle imaginary tactile sensations such as floating or drifting You can guide these sensations yourself This is a

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  • Music in Lucid Dreams: Exploring The Creative Subconscious
    recreated the song Lucid from a lucid dream see his guest article on how to create music in lucid dreams to learn more Improving Your Procedural Memory I believe you can also enhance your piano playing skills or whatever instrument you play in a lucid dream For instance when I find a new song I want to learn I listen to it several times and allow it to run through my head while I fall asleep This is virtually automatic like when you get the same song stuck in your head It stays there in the background while I practice the MILD technique and set my lucid dream intention Then I make a point to incorporate this piano song in a lucid dream If you deliberately play the instrument in the dream the amazing result is that it actually improves your procedural memory when you wake up This is the automatic unconscious memory for performing certain actions in this case hitting the right keys at the right time Scientific evidence shows this is often the case performing something in a lucid dream creates the same muscle memory as if you had done it in real life This basis for procedural memory is another benefit of lucid dreaming used by all kinds of professionals from surgeons to athletes Final Thoughts However even if you don t play a musical instrument you can still experience vivid music in lucid dreams Have you ever stopped to listen to music in a dream lucid or otherwise Did you ever wonder where that sound was coming from It is all coming from your memory and your creative unconscious It demonstrates the potential for you to consciously create intricate musical patterns while also allowing input from your dreaming unconscious mind So don t hold back Give your innate musical ear a chance to work on its own Allow your creative unconscious mind to create music in lucid dreams Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination He s also a school teacher and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams Latest 12 awesome Inception style dreamscapes Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where a space of surprises creates a space that creates surprises Based on photos of Istanbul Buyuktas explains We live in places that most of

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  • What is Reality?
    travel are all forms of one subjective reality Consensus reality is based on the opinions and observations made by a group of people A few individuals may decide on an interpretation of an event which spreads across entire societies and becomes a consensual truth Religion is a good example of a socially constructed reality Non reality simply means that there is no such thing as objective reality Every possible observation or interpretation is tainted by subjectivity and therefore does not constitute truth Nothing is real The latter is supported by quantum theory which states that nothing is real until we measure observe it Read In Search of Schrodinger s Cat by John Gribbin for an excellent introduction to this topic This revelation about the nature of reality was prompted by one of the most mind boggling experiments of all time the Double Slit Experiment The Double Slit Experiment When quantum physicists stumbled upon the Double Slit Experiment they were in for a shock This famous quantum experiment proves how tiny particles behave differently when they re being measured Put another way until we observe reality it exists as a wave of probabilities Only by measuring reality do we collapse the wave function and make it choose a determined path of action This handy video explains The Copenhagen Interpretation developed by Neils Bohr in 1920 says that quantum particles exist in all possible states at once until we observe them Albert Einstein found this idea abhorrent Do you really think the moon isn t there if you aren t looking at it Einstein don t tell God what to do replied Bohr Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it Neils Bohr The two geniuses were locked in a fierce debate over quantum theory until John Bell produced a groundbreaking equation in 1964 He proved that either information travels faster than light or particles exist in many states simultaneously It was a victory for Bohr and to this day many scientists accept The Copenhagen Interpretation The alternative explanation is known as the Many Worlds theory It supposes that for every possible outcome the universe splits to accommodate each one This takes the observer out of the equation Great Now we have infinite realities Final Thoughts So what is reality Is it an illusion Is there a multiverse Does reality exist in all states and not at all until it is measured Is our human brain perceiving just one possible interpretation of reality Are there more dimensions of which we re not aware It s a tantalizing field of research The truth about reality is out there And it is definitely much crazier than we can imagine Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more

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  • Levels of Lucidity: The Spectrum of Lucid Dreams
    2 A Fully Lucid Dream To enjoy a fully lucid dream you need a little more practice at lucidity That s my experience anyway Don t get me wrong my early lucid dreams were highly exhilarating But in no way did I have control of my dreams at least as much as I wanted at the time First I had to get to grips with staying lucid for more than ten seconds This is actually the really easy bit when you know now Next it was a challenge to control my immediate environment It finally struck me that all of this becomes so much easier when you become fully lucid To heighten the intensity of your conscious awareness as a priority Then you can start controlling stuff A fully lucid dream means having no doubt whatsoever that you are in the mental construct of the dreamworld You understand profoundly that everything you see and feel is the creation of your own mind and that you can manipulate any element at will It follows through flawless logic that in this fake reality you can teleport across the universe at the speed of thought or morph yourself into a tiger But lucid dreaming is not just about dream control Anyone who has ever experienced a lucid dream knows that It is about having conscious awareness of the dream state which is often even more intense than waking reality in its own way You can float above the city and observe hundreds and thousands of dream characters in the streets below going about their business You can passively observe the dream while allowing complex plots to unravel on their own while still playing a central character This is the real beauty of lucid dreaming It is your gateway to an alternate reality world where you can exist in a far richer context Level 3 Dissolving The Dream As far as Tibetan Buddhism goes there s an even higher level of lucidity which passes beyond the dreamstate The ultimate goal in Tibetan dream yoga is to attain a fully lucid dream then dissolve the dream That doesn t mean waking up It means moving past the visual imagery the tactile stimulus the sounds and smells and tastes of the dream Deprived of any physical or conceptual dream sensory data yet fully lucid and consciously aware it s possible to experience the purest form of conscious awareness That sounds like an excellent goal for any lucid dreamer Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid

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  • Dream Induced Lucid Dreams (The DILD Method)
    signs creates spontaneous in dream lucidity 3 Meditation and Dream Incubation Meditation is an excellent primer for lucid dreaming because it hones several different skills conducive to lucidity Here are two easy breathing and guided meditation techniques to improve your visualization skills and self awareness Through visualization you can incubate your desired dream themes 4 Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams MILD Dr LaBerge s famous MILD method combines several individual DILD skills described here dream recall journaling reality checks affirmations self hypnosis and visualization He created it while studying at university to have lucid dreams on demand 5 Reality Checks To perform a reality check while you re awake means to question your conscious experience even though you know quite obviously you re awake But to question it inside the dreamworld creates a whole different revelation 6 Self Hypnosis It has myriad applications in the world of personal development and self hypnosis can help lucid dreamers too Through meditation and affirmations self hypnosis produced some of my very first Dream Induced Lucid Dreams 7 Subliminal Induction of Lucid Dreams SILD Subliminal stimuli affect you below your threshold for conscious perception We decided to see if it was possible to induce lucid dreams subliminally by creating two animated videos giving rapid fire lucid dream triggers See for yourself 8 Wake Back To Bed WBTB This is another sleep cycle adjustment technique It involves creating a period of alert wakefulness in the early mornings before returning to bed This promotes greater consciousness in your dreams and improves dream recall Final Thoughts Do some people DILD naturally without even knowing it You bet Sometimes readers tell me they have been lucid dreaming their whole lives only they didn t know it was called lucid dreaming and they assumed that everyone dreams that way This is a startling admission Natural lucid dreamers You d think they d be shouting from the rooftops But when you grow up with the ability to have DILDs without effort it becomes routine You take it for granted Similarly although you may have spent decades experiencing only non lucid dreams it is possible to entrain the mindset to have multiple DILDs a week The more you practice the more DILDs you ll have and soon it will become second nature Your dreaming mind will present you with multiple cues and moments of lucidity and it will be your choice to embrace them The Dream Induced Lucid Dream like all the techniques described on this website is a totally learnable skill Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and

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  • Self Hypnosis for Lucid Dreaming
    warm feeling of relaxation Systematically release each muscle group heightening the sense of relaxation every time Spend extra time on your shoulders upper back and jaw which hold a lot of tension Visualizing soothing water or a golden glow may help to free up the muscles 3 Visualize Your Way Down Visualize yourself at the top of a staircase This represents your consciousness As you descend each stair one at a time drift deeper and deeper into your soothing relaxing trance state Count the steps if you like starting from 10 Try rolling your eyes gently back into your head and keep your body still 4 Place Auto Suggestions Once you reach the bottom of the staircase you are ready to begin your auto suggestion script Softly repeat one or more of the following phrases in your mind choose whichever feels right for you I can remember my dreams I can have lucid dreams I can become conscious in my dreams I can realize when I am dreaming I can control my dreams Of course you can introduce any type of auto suggestion Just remember to make every phrase positive and in the present tense I am calm and relaxed I am strong and confident I am in control of my destiny I can have everything I want I am healthy and energetic 5 Wake Up Gently Repeat your chosen affirmation as many times as you want Revel in the feeling of deep relaxation Visualize yourself achieving your goal When you re ready prepare to wake up from your trance Tell yourself you will count to 10 and with each step you will slowly return to full awareness Then count upwards as you climb the steps in your mind Take a deep breath when you reach the top then open your eyes Sit for a moment if you like and remember to stand up slowly Final Thoughts Self hypnosis is a deeply relaxing state I believe everyone should try it I used self hypnosis a lot when I was learning to lucid dream I became very familiar with the hypnotist s voice on the tape Even in the first few seconds of hearing his voice my mind was triggered with a rush of thoughts about having more vivid dreams and becoming lucid It became self perpetuating It s good to fall into a self hypnosis routine perhaps by listening every night just before sleep or when you wake up early in the morning Your mind will relate the feelings induced with relaxation and lucid dreaming In NLP this is called anchoring and it s a good way of quickly inducing a feeling or state of mind There is no better time to do this than when you are in bed ready to dream To listen to self hypnosis audios for lucid dreaming see The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track Choose from Day and Night versions depending on your schedule and the guided visualizations and auto suggestions help incubate lucid dreams every

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  • Dream Journal
    life issues that are going on right now For instance you may be suffering from a broken heart Over time you will be able to link your unconscious dream symbols with real life issues Step 7 Give the dream an appropriate title Nothing flashy just something to remember it by If you became lucid at any point in the dream write L for lucid in a circle by the title Identify what caused you to become lucid unless it was a WILD Dream Journal FAQ How often should I write in my dream journal Write down your dreams whenever you get the urge It doesn t have to be every day a few times a week is usually enough But obviously the more you remember the better Sometimes you won t feel bothered because real life just seems more important A wise choice In fact I would be worried if you did put your dreams before real life How can I improve my awareness of dreams If you have difficulty remembering dreams your journal may look a little bare Don t worry Start by writing down little snippets anything at all and watch your dream recall improve over time Try listening to self hypnosis recordings which remind you to remember your dreams It may help to sleep in for an extra half hour on weekends Just before you wake up you are flirting on the border of consciousness and REM sleep This is the best time for remembering dreams and having lucid dreams How can dream themes help me become lucid Finding common themes and symbols will also help you create lucid dream triggers Over time see if you can find any recurring themes such as running away from something Remind yourself to become lucid every time this happens The next time you are running away from something in a dream you may be pleasantly surprised by a conscious realization Dreams digest the meals that are our days Astrid Alauda Your Lucid Dream Journal Let s not forget that the main reason for keeping a dream journal is to have lucid dreams These can be recorded the same way in your normal journal Make sure you mark them as lucid dreams and describe the moment you became lucid if it was a Dream Induced Lucid Dream or DILD Decide what it was that made you realize you were dreaming This could be a useful trigger for having lucid dreams in future Then go on to describe your lucid dreams in as much detail as possible How you felt how you achieved greater clarity and how long you thought the experience lasted for in real time For step by step tutorials on lucid dream induction and exploration check out The Lucid Dreaming Fast Track my online study program for beginners and beyond Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner

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