Is it possible for us to dream while awake? Yes, we all know about lucid dreaming, but what I am asking about is something a little different.
I experience something that I call Dreaming Awake. This involves, as I experience it, a blending of two different brain states. It blends waking and sleeping states. I think its like how dolphins can allow one hemisphere to shut down while keeping the other “on” in order to get some much needed rest. I discovered that I could do this just before I had my awakening experience, and it was later refined during awakening into what I know today. The trick for using this method is pretty simple. I have to be tired, but it has to be during the day in order for it to work. My own physical rhythm is such that if it is much later than, say, 4:00 p.m., I will just fall asleep. For me, I find that I get sleepy right about three in the afternoon. For me, this is the best time to use this technique. The reason for this is that my mind is vigilant and this means I wont simply drift into sleep. This detail is important. When I was working 70 and 80 hour weeks blowing glass, this method allowed me to turn off for a short period of time without having to take a nap. The result was that I felt afterwards as though I had just taken a two-hour nap. Refreshed, I could then go back to work and continue working until midnight or later. I learned that being tired has everything to do with the brain state. Yes, we simply DO get fatigued, but so much of my sleepiness is directly tied to my BRAIN.
SO this is what I do. I wait until I feel like I could just fall asleep. For me, this happens at about three in the afternoon. I have to seize the moment, though, because if I don’t, I can phase out of this fatigue so that I can’t be tired enough for this trick to work. I take a moment to sit comfortably in a chair upright and close my eyes. Since I am self employed, this has been easy for me to do, and I am most often working alone, so there are no distractions. Being free to just nod off is important. Except you don’t really nod off. You stay awake. But your brain THINKS you are asleep and so something very interesting happens.
I sit quietly and allow myself to just be very very still and I drift into sleep. The fact, though, is, I can’t fall asleep. It is daytime, I am sitting upright, and this keeps some part of my brain vigilant. I can’t really fall asleep. But I do. I have come to the conclusion that the brain will THINK the body is asleep if you are still long enough and are tired enough to fall asleep. What I experience is a sudden buzzing feeling that overtakes me. It is literally as though some part of my brain is just tuning itself out. I sense or feel as though “static” is falling down all around me and I can hear a crackling kind of noise a lot like tuning a radio. This comes through me like a wave. Once the wave moves all over me, I am left feeling calm, refreshed, and ready to continue with my day. It is really quite amazing. But there is another part that is interesting, and this is the dreaming part. I do this while I am awake.
I know that this may sound strange to some people, or hard to even relate to, but here is the thing; Tibetan Monks have a practice that is identical to the one I discovered while doing this little meditation. It is a way to have lucid dreams while being awake. Its not hard to do. It is a mix of sleep and meditation. As long as you aren’t a Type A personality, I think just about anyone can do this.
If I allow myself to drift a little further from the state I was in that led to the vibrations, I can induce a waking dream. It is quite interesting. It is like I am exploring unusual worlds and realities, which is basically what I like to do. Since a kid, an adventurer. Instead of jungles, its states of mind and dimensional awareness.
I was reminded today of this while I was doing school work. I took a break and felt that heaviness overtake me. I just slipped into it, happy to fall asleep, if that happened, or to do something else. I began to dream. But the dream was itself more…..how to explain this….it was more brilliant. I felt very awake, very aware of all the qualities of awareness that were bringing this dream to me. So I slipped into the dream a little more. I became aquainted with a whole world of people from this world near ours. In it, I was being shown how someone had developed a way to transfer data through people’s feet. It turned out that this scientist was able to transfer information in a subliminal way through energetic impulses. This person was developing a shoe that would help to amplify these signals for people who needed a signal boost. When I realized that this information was going to be used to feed information to people without their knowledge, I essentially woke up out of the dream. The idea of the concept was itself an amazing discovery for this person, but he had chosen to use it for either government, corporate, or military use. He was in the beginning stages of this. The idea horrified me. So many really cool ideas have been militarized in one way or another. What if we were to allow people to learn amazing cool things that THEY wanted to learn in this way instead of finding a way to “dope” (fill) sidewalks with a material that would itself be conductive for these signals to flow through? It was Big Brother on a scale that was….well….creepy. But on waking up I realized that we are struggling with similar things in our world here that I find just about as creepy. Certainly our forays into Mind Control during the 40’s through the 80’s was certainly creepy. More than that, we are spied on in so many ways it boggles the imagination. With intelligence networks capable of scooping up ANYTHING via phone and internet, it effectively means that all video that business or government has can be captured and observed. With laws that were changed via the Patriot Act, we are now all possible terror suspects. I know. Big Brother. this need to control is everywhere. I suspect that “we” are dealing with all different aspects of this in many places in order to learn the lesson of what control is all about.
Okay, so maybe TMI. But the idea here is that you can land in some interesting places sometimes, like a visitor who experiences dreaming in a whole new way. I have been able to go and do things that were pretty interesting. I have been able to do this without having to fall asleep. I did, though, have to induce a deep state that is akin to covering myself with the DRAPE of sleep while taking it gently off once it happens. To do this there has had to be certain conditions to make this phenomenon more favorable. I know its possible because I have done this a number of times and I think it points to our potential as human beings. Imagine solving problems with this method. I think the potential is there. To do cool things. Cool stuff. I think that me transferring data through your feet is cool. Governments using it? Not so much!
The first step is to learn how you can allow this “buzz” move all over you and NOT fall asleep. If you can reach that state and then go a little deeper, you can begin to have lucid dreams in this state. Your brain at this point has effectively shifted into the place necessary for dreams to take place. I find that I have to let my brain do what it does best to conjure the dream, but once it initiates the process, I can direct it more. I find that this process of dreaming awake is a kind of partnership between different parts of myself. Not all of it is necessarily clear at all times, but if you can trust yourself, you might just find that you can master this and be like a modern Tibetan Monk, dreaming awake.
Until then……sweet dreams.