Expriment : Lucid Dreaming #1
For those of you who don't know what's "Lucid dreaming", it's the ability to take the control of a dream by becoming fully aware in it, and to "visit" this alternate reality.
(Note : GuyFrom7up made a instructable about an experimental lucid dream machine here )
In most of our dreams, we're simple spectators.
In fantasy, our imagination has to do all the work.
In "lucid dreaming", the "dream world" is not generated by the same aware part of the brain that manages "imagination". The "dream world" is created "somewhere else" in our subconscious. So, becoming aware into this "dream world" is like an immersion into a video-game, or a virtual reality ...
It is said that our awareness has the ability to change the content of this "virtual reality", that we are able to "create" objects just by imagining them, and that we can touch and manipulate them like if they were real, etc ...
(it would be possible to write books or compose complete symphonies there for instance)
I've just experienced my first lucid dream this morning.
It was not a frightening experience at all.
Thanks to it, I learned a lot about myself.
When you're starting to sleep, a lot of random pictures and scenes appears in your mind. Most of them don't make sense at all ... Most of the time, when your brain tries to understand them as they appear, this interrupt them and you wake-up.
When they come back, if your brain is too tired to analyse them, then, they "catch you" and you fall asleep.
If you manage to "watch" them without interrupting them, your awareness will "follow" them, and you'll become aware into them.
During my experience, I noticed something very interesting : My "awareness" was kind of separated in two parts :
- there was my bad side who was controlling my "dream body" and acted like an evil entity who had just escaped from hell ................
- and there was my wise side who was silently witnessing my other-side doing "evil things" ...
(both were into the same dream body though. They were just thinking independently, like if they were no more mixed together, like if they were both "pure" ...)
And at one moment, my wise side said : «Come on <insert my first name>, look at what you're doing ...»
And then, I had the choice to continue, or to wake up. And I woke up.
Then, the question I asked to myself was : « who is aware ? »
(or in other words : did I noticed, thanks to this experience, that my awareness of the everyday life is, in fact, a composite of two "struggling forces" of opposite nature, mixed together and acting like one in a same body, and separating from each others during the sleep ?)
Also, this first experience was very unstable :
- it was difficult to remain into this "dream world", because the awareness tends to use physical senses (physical eyes, physical ears, etc) instead of the "dream senses", and the dream tends to fade ...
- also, I noticed that the dream was not clear and bright, probably because my "physical sight" and my "dream sight" were mixed together (there was some light into my bedroom that was filtering through my eyelids)
That was a very interesting experience.
I will try again, with the hope that my "evil side" will calm down a little and will let my wise side explore that inner universe in more serious way .............