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  • Who Really Coined The Term Lucid Dream?
    developed the faculty of being often aware of my true situation while sleeping and therefore keeping sufficient control of my ideas to guide their development in whatever direction suited me So whilst Saint Denys coined the term lucid dream in a book on conscious dreaming his definition was somewhat different from our modern usage Essentially what we need to understand here is that the coinage of the term lucid dream cannot be attributed to a single individual It could be considered an ongoing and unspoken collaborative enterprise spanning generations We find that Saint Denys first introduced the term in relation to conscious dreaming it was then van Eeden inspired by Saint Denys work who took that phrase and polished and refined it Of course the term was then further cultivated by the researchers who followed such a Dr Celia Green Dr Keith Hearne Dr Stephen LaBerge and others Indeed the process continues today with the growing terminology to distinguish different varieties of lucid dream Language I m sure we can all agree is a fluid and evolving beast Q Do you assume that Frederik van Eeden read this book before he mentioned lucid dreaming in 1913 Yes almost certainly In Frederik van Eeden s classic A Study of Dreams he mentions the work of Saint Denys in such a way that implies he was familiar with his research In van Eeden s own words I know that Mr Havelock Ellis and many other authors will not accept my definition because they deny the possibility of complete recollection and free volition in a dream They would say that what I call a dream is no dream but a sort of trance or hallucination or ecstacy The observations of the Marquis d Herve Saint Denys which were very much like mine as related in his book Les Reves et les moyens de les diriger were discarded in the same way We can therefore assume that consciously or otherwise van Eeden was inspired by Saint Denys work It seems unlikely to be a coincidence that van Eeden would also pick the term lucid dream purely by chance considering the connection The most likely explanation is simply that van Eeden liked the phrase and replicated it adding his own distillation of its meaning Of course we can only speculate about the unwritten process that occurred in the minds of those long passed yet logic would dictate that this seems the most probable series of events So to definitively answer the question of who coined the term lucid dream The most honest answer is it s impossible to pin to one individual If we are looking at the timing context and the term it s Saint Denys If we are judging on our modern definition van Eeden is our man However the term grew and evolved out of their combined research both which were born through the study of conscious dreaming As with most human pursuits our knowledge and inventions owe a large debt to

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  • Do Babies Dream? - World of Lucid Dreaming
    dream about There is some evidence in adults that the direction of eye movement corresponds in a crude way to the content of the dream Dr Pollak says If they are dreaming about walking in a field he said the movement is most likely horizontal If they dream of looking up at a building or climbing stairs vertical eye movement is more likely to predominate We can t go further than that Sure the scientists can t go further than that But we can have fun guessing My guess as to what they dream about Babies dream of lying around pooping their pants watching the world go by and searching for giant nipples to suck on 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 the times don t draw our attention places that transform our memories places that the artist gives another dimension where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic as well as a multidimensional romantic point of view Latest 10 essential oils to boost lucid dreaming One summer the 19th century lucid dream researcher Marquis d Hervey de Saint Deny took a bottle of an unfamiliar scent on his travels to France He whiffed his scent laden handkerchief by day making an unconscious and emotional connection between the French countryside and his chosen scent On returning home he put the bottle away out of sight and out of smell His cunning plan was to have a servant sprinkle a few drops of the scent on his pillow at night Lo and behold Saint Deny recorded dreams that took place at his vacation spot the mountains of Ardeche Latest 22 optical illusions that belong in lucid dreams Lately I ve become a touch obsessed with the optical illusion paintings of Canadian artist Rob Gonsalves Everyone loves a good trick of the eye but these paintings seem to be

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  • Does Jet Lag Affect Lucid Dreaming?
    I awoke feeling the dogs sleeping at the foot of bed One of them was a heavy weight on my feet So I drowsily got up and put the dogs out the room shut the door and returned to bed Very soon I felt the dogs on the bed again Impossible For a second time I got up and shut the dogs outside only to find that when I got all comfy in bed again the heavy lump was back on my feet Frustrated I got up and put them out the room for a third time It took three goes to recognize that I wasn t getting out of bed at all I was only dreaming it So why is this more likely to happen when you re jet lagged There are a few good reasons for this but it all comes down to the REM rebound effect once again As a result I was experiencing lots of dreams with a certain level of consciousness some lucid some non lucid I was catching up on lost dream time and I was doing it at a time when my brain expected me to be alert and awake Throw in the fact that I was sleeping in a different bed under unusual circumstances and was thinking about the next day I d been away for a month and coming home felt pretty weird This is often the precursor to a false awakening In fact you ve probably had a false awakening happen to you even if you re not a lucid dreamer but they are definitely more common one you go down the road of lucidity False awakenings are also a little known backdoor to lucid dreams provided you remember to always do a reality check upon waking Manipulating Your Sleep Cycles I don t recommend all out sleep deprivation as an indirect route to having lucid dreams However there are some gentler ways to manipulate your sleep cycles to encourage more conscious REM sleep These include The Wake Back to Bed Method WBTB This involves waking yourself up after about six hours of sleep getting out of bed and reading about lucid dreaming for 20 60 minutes then returning to a dream filled sleep Check out the link for full details of the technique and how to maximize your efforts The Cycle Adjustment Technique CAT This involves alternating your daily wake up time by 90 minutes in order to trigger higher consciousness during your final dream filled sleep cycle If your lifestyle is already too hectic to afford any sleep loss then please don t attempt either of these methods However if you can get away with it they are powerful methods that are known to trigger lucidity in total beginners And if you plan to cross multiple time zones in future remember to brush up on your WILD technique and perform lots of reality checks The unavoidable combination of sleep deprivation and jet lag will do the rest Share

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  • What Do Blind People Dream About?
    does this mean for colorblind people do they dream in color As you might expect by now your waking experience dictates your perception of dreams So someone who has a red green color vision defect since birth affecting a surprising 8 of males with Northern European ancestry will dream in the same colorblind mode If you were born with full color vision but later became colorblind you may have full color dreams if you have sufficient intact long term memories of them This aspect of visual memory is interesting for instance people who became blind later in life report how familiar faces become blurry with time and they never age Black and White Dreams Do you dream in color For sighted people this seems like a pretty odd question If you see in full color during the day then you dream in color at night surely Curiously in 2008 researchers at the University of Dundee surveyed generations of people who grew up with black and white television which emerged throughout the entire first half of the twentieth century Even though they saw in full color in everyday life they still recalled dreaming in black and white By the 1960s when color TV became more widespread people reported fewer black and white dreams and shifted back to full color Incidentally if you can t recall any colors from last night s dream this doesn t mean it was in black and white It just means you don t recall that particular detail and increasing your dream recall and practicing lucid dreaming will improve this Can Blind People Lucid Dream Yes I believe so Blind people can have a highly attuned sense of self awareness just like sighted people In fact they are more accustomed to using what we consider back up senses as primary senses meaning they can be more aware of their own environment This could enhance your ability to notice whether you re dreaming and become lucid What would those lucid dreams be like 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

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  • Consciousness and Hypnagogia - Index
    surprises What are they Do Phenomena Equal Energy Like Events Problems with Energetic Events What To Do Developing the Mind Part V Mechanisms List of Methodologies The Problem of Seeding of The Unconscious Unusual Outcomes of Intense Learning Learning and The State of Trance Putting it all together Mind Situations Reviewing the Basic Information on the Unconscious More on the Super Conscious Part of the Unconscious Mind Wisdom and Synchronicity A Two Way Interaction with our Unconscious Reviewing The Process It is Important to Make it a Habit The Format of The Messages From The Unconscious Part VI Conclusions References About The Author 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 the times don t draw our attention places that transform our memories places that the artist gives another dimension where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic as well as a multidimensional romantic point of view Latest 10 essential oils to boost lucid dreaming One summer the 19th century lucid dream researcher Marquis d Hervey de Saint Deny took a bottle of an unfamiliar scent on his travels to France He whiffed his scent laden handkerchief by day making an unconscious and emotional connection between the French countryside and his chosen scent On returning home he put the bottle away out of sight and out of smell His cunning plan was to have a servant sprinkle a few drops of the scent on his pillow at night Lo and behold Saint Deny recorded dreams that took place at his vacation spot the mountains of Ardeche Latest 22 optical illusions that belong in lucid dreams Lately I ve become a touch obsessed with the optical illusion paintings of Canadian artist Rob Gonsalves Everyone loves a good trick of the eye but these paintings seem to be sprung straight from lucid dreams Maybe it s their surreal nature Or maybe

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  • Consciousness and Hypnagogia Part I
    of dreaming and of hypnagogia The perceptual imagery so formed tends to be automatic stemming from the unconscious processes of the mind Sometimes reverie may also be applied to mean the fantasies or imaginations a person experiences while awake Even though waking fantasies are not the same as reveries as just defined they may attract or induce hypnagogia as the experience I described in the introduction demonstrates The importance of the role of imagination in visualization cannot be over emphasized For example in the healing therapies visualization takes an important role in both the sick person and the healer Patricia Norris in her book with Garret Porter Why me Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human Spirit explains Gradually through a process of visualizations and imagery a bridge is built between conscious and unconscious processes which include cortical and subcortical processes the conscious and unconscious portions of the brain Evidence is mounting as to neurohumoral and biochemical mechanisms whereby this can take place With relation to terminology she explains that no uniform terminology exists to distinguish between visualization and imagery Visualization is the consciously chosen intentional instruction to the body Imagery is the spontaneously occurring answer qualifier and modifier from the unconscious Thus a two way communication is set up by the interplay of visualization and imagery The relationship between visualization and imagery can be thought of as a metaphor as the relationship between a transmitter and a receiver The visualization acts as a message to the unconscious including the subcortical parts of the brain and particularly the limbic system hypothalamus and pituitary The images are messages from the unconscious to consciousness much as dreams are Patricia Norris emphasizes the use of visualization and imagery in a person s own process of healing However a gifted healer also uses the same process of visualization and imagery to heal as for example in the case of the Daskalus a healer from Cyprus wonderfully described by Kyriacos Markides in his book The Magus of Strovolos The extraordinary world of a spiritual healer Visualization was one of Daskalos exceptional skills one that he also emphasized in the training of his apprentices In his practice visualization played a very important role in both the diagnostics and the determination of the location of the disease as well as in the healing process A Comment on the Term Hallucination In the literature the term hallucination is frequently linked to the visions seen by the mentally ill It is also linked to the hypnagogia we perceive while falling asleep or while awakening which is then called hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations However I consider that the term hallucination is more aptly linked only to the supposedly pathological imagery a person may see visions of non existing events or persons It is important to note that in spite of present conventional wisdom visions may be just a healthy phenomenon of perception a form of communication from the unconscious or possibly a real extra sensorial perception of an event happening

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  • Consciousness and Hypnagogia Part II
    as sentient with whom they communicated A few described scenes from what they believed was the future in other words prophetic visions Unfortunately his research stopped in 1995 he describes the conditions complications and results in his book DMT The Spirit Molecule The important point to be considered about the effects of hallucinogenic substances is that ALL bring mystical experiences or visions that may be interpreted as the further development of hypnagogia It is also important to note that shamans do not always use hallucinogenic substances to produce visions but have alternatively made use of methods such as the North American Indians sweat lodges the dances performed by African shamans as well as the Middle Eastern whirling dervishes Modern techniques have included breathing techniques something Yoga also suggests and sensorial deprivation See also the work of Christina and Stanislav Grof Hypnotic Reveries Historically the methods of healing developed by Mesmer called mesmerism has caused in some people a phenomenon that was called a crisis In the use of Mesmerism for healing it was believed that this crisis was necessary for healing to ensue However in the late 1700 s Armand Marie Jacques de Chastenet marquis de Puysegur discovered through the use of Mesmer s techniques on one of his employees Victor to treat fever and congestion in the lungs that he had fallen asleep peacefully in his arms However he soon discovered that Victor s sleep was different from the natural sleep and that it appeared more like the type of sleep commonly observed in somnambulism Due to this similarity he then called it a magnetic somnambulism or magnetic sleep among other variations because it was produced by the so called magnetic passes of mesmerism The development of both the techniques of mesmerism and the state that came to be known as hypnotic sleep later formed the theories and practices of what is known as hypnotism The term hypnotism is attributed to James Braid in the first half of the nineteen century The state of magnetic somnambulism is undistinguishable from what is now called hypnotic trance See Adam Crabtree for more on the history of hypnotism Milton Erickson during the 20th century discovered what could be called lighter states of trances or of common everyday hypnotic states or trances usually not recognized by a person in normal waking life These are subjective states of the mind that apparently parallel our everyday conscious states Erickson developed techniques to tap into and to influence these parts of the person s behavior so that he could effectively reduce certain problematic behaviors or control pain In comparison to the long and involved treatment practiced by psychoanalysis Erickson s methods came to be known as the fast therapy It took just a few sessions to achieve the therapy goal as opposed to the long term treatment required by traditional psychiatry My point in introducing the subject of hypnotism here is the fact that a person in a hypnotic trance may be suggested to experience imagery or visions that are generated on the spot So in this sense the person hallucinates Or the person may be influenced to not see something that is there which is a negative type of hallucination Also during the hypnotic trance it is possible to access what I would call the wise part of the mind which could be the super conscious mind as it has been introduced above The well known American medium Edgar Cayce accessed this part of the unconscious to become aware of cures for diseases as well as other information not related to health My other objective in talking about hypnotism is the opportunity to also introduce what is commonly defined as a trance More About Trance A trance is a state of the mind in which a hypnotized person is focused in the imagery suggested by the operator However as Erickson discovered there are many situations in our everyday awake life where we enter a trance Here is the surprise during our activities we may enter lighter or even deeper states of trance exemplified by our mind being intensely focused in one activity while the rest of the world goes unnoticed Driving a car to work while thinking about something that worries us then realizing we didn t notice the trip is a common event When we get so involved in the story of a book in such a way that we completely forget the distractions of the world or don t notice the passage of time is another common example of a trance Spiritist mediums use trance to allow for spiritual communication the so called incorporation of spirit and other activities However the spiritist medium induces a form of self trance as opposed to the way hypnotic trance is induced through the use of a hypnotist or an operator It is interesting that some of the behavior of spirit incorporated mediums is quite similar to the description of the mesmeric crisis as described in the time of the mesmeric healings of the late eighteenth century and nineteenth century and during the early times of the European and to some extent the American spiritism This form of spiritism is still widely used in Brazil where I have observed these crisis in which the medium would sometimes enter as a result of the incorporation of a spirit The spiritism brand of trance state is mainly used as a tool to allow for the incorporation of a spirit Also spiritism uses magnetic passes quite in the same way as in mesmerism which is understandable if we recall that Alan Kardec whose ideas are strongly reflected in the white spiritism practiced in Brazil as opposed to the African brands of spiritism was a contemporary nineteenth century of the hey days of hypnotism We should also not forget that there are religious Christian groups that practice entering a crisis frequently understood as demonic possession and the so called talking in tongues As related to the state of trance and to

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  • Consciousness and Hypnagogia Part III
    how my uncle would have sounded as he lives in the Minas Gerais state about 600 kilometers north of Sao Paulo I could not help but to think that man may have been my mother s deceased father who I have never met in life as he died before my mother had even met my father We are Able to Attract Hypnagogia We may attract hypnagogia by for example the act of remembering the sunset or the sunrise at down or how it feels to be floating in a swimming pool the annoying headlights during a night drive or an event of fireworks Remember now my experience as told in the beginning of this article That was an example of attracting hypnagogia that worked though unexpectedly More remembering The overwhelming sound of an orchestra during a concert the lightning and the sound of thunder the sound of rain falling on the roof and that of a careless walk at a beach with the waves crashing on our feet are memories that bring along emotion and are therefore good memories to recall while falling asleep for the purpose of attracting hypnagogia The vibrations you feel while riding on a motorcycle or that bumpy ride while driving on a not well maintained dirt road are also good memories to recall because they may cause falling dreams which are very common examples of kinesthetic types of hypnagogia Vibrations are another very common perception that we may feel while falling asleep and that depending on their intensity may be frightening Another interesting sensation that sometimes happens during the threshold of sleep and that some people use as a jump start for OBEs is the sensation of dizziness That sensation may appear along with the imagery of a tunnel quite like the ones described by people in near death experiences Distorted or Changing Perceived Imagery of Hypnagogia I have frequently observed geometrical figures that are colorful mostly while awakening Also I have many times observed perceptions that appear to be moving blobs on the field of view of my closed eyes that my mind transforms into images of a landscape or a person I have observed that when these blobs disappear it means I am fully awake and therefore distant from the ideal condition for hypnagogia While in the ideal condition for the formation of hypnagogia but with open eyes and usually right after awakening the mind may modify the view of physical objects to something else a form of unconscious interpretation of the object changing its perception into images of hypnagogia One example I know of is from Lon Milo Duquette in his book Living with the spirits where as a child he saw Jesus right after awakening which later he verified to be just a dress Also Momir Maksimovic an accomplished OBEer from Yugoslavia told me of awakening from an OBE and seeing a woman next to him After a while the image of the woman changed to the cloth that was hanging on the back of the couch where he was sleeping One of the most striking hypnagogia I have experienced was the sound of an explosion which was accompanied with the visual of lightning or flashing Fortunately the sound of explosions is rare for me However it is common that we sometimes hear our names being called while approaching sleep Also as already mentioned above it may feel as if somebody touched us or there is a sudden source of light or a double light moving from one side to the other of our field of view just like a car s head lights But also there may be peaceful visions of the sun or the moon like the one I talked about before Are these perceptions Hallucinations We don t know Robert Bruce talks about the possibility of entering the imaginary world of a picture hanging on the wall After being confused with the environment he entered after he left his body in one of his experiments with astral projection he realized that the environment where he was resembled the picture on the wall of his bedroom Astral projection is the traditional expression for the modern out of body experience Even though claims abound that astral projection is different from out of body experiences and lucid dreams in fact they are indistinguishable You enter a dream How While at the sleep onset an image of a door or landscape may appear and you go to it or enter it Or you just feel yourself already there as if by magic This is a traditional visualization technique designed to attract this door image which may be used to enter some dream or could it be astral world For example during the one workshop I attended specifically intended to teach out of body experiences organized by the Institute of Projectiology and Consciousness IPC founded by Waldo Vieira in Rio de Janeiro Brazil one of the visual imaginations we were suggested to do was to imagine a door and then attempt to enter it Or you don t We may perceive ourselves as if floating We can then catch the moment and move out of our body much like getting up from bed only our physical body will not move Then already out of our body we wander about our room or we can go outside by going through doors or walls and attempt to fly and go elsewhere and so on Brain Correlates We have seen that all our perceptions may be reproduced within hypnagogia Each sense sight hearing touch kinesthetic perceptions as well as emotions may be present within a perception of hypnagogia and beyond within the dream state The brain areas where these perceptions are represented will light up if a person is under observation in a sleep lab just as they would if experienced during waking life Example Brain correlate in OBEs Researchers from the University Hospitals of Geneva and Lausanne Switzerland have found that OBEs can be produced

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