Layers of Dreams and the Void

•May 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

May 10th, 2016

Gosh, it’s been so long since I last wrote here… A lot happened here, but not much on the dream scene. That might change soon though…

I have been thinking on the different kinds of dreams we had, and I made up a small theory that puts what we experience in dreams in layers (maybe I’ll explain how I made it in detail in another post).

According to my theory, there are 3 different layers in our dream perception:

  • Deep dreams: these are the useless dreams that we do everyday, made on-the-go by our subconscious as a sum up of our days.
  • Dreamscape structures: these are the recurring dream objects that we see in our dreams, and have a strong connection with us. They often are buildings or items that we often see in dreams and that hold a special importance in our mind.
  • The Void.

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It would be easier for an external being to reach the outer layers.

What is the Void? Let me put here all the data I have gathered with a few skilled dreamer friends and myself.

  • It is a giant, seemingly endless place that has nothing. I personally see it as white empty space, but other friends see it as engulfed with either normal darkness or one that is the infinite sum of endless dots of colours.
  • The most obvious feature of the Void is its emptiness. There is nothing to see here. However, nothing prevents anyone from creating things here. Yet I have the feeling that they last a while there before disappearing…
  • The place is mostly seen between dreams, while switching from one to another – like a kind of transitionnal space between them. It is also very used by LDers as a starting point for a WILD – they imagine being in a place, then dreams usually appears, they enter one and work on rendering it more stable. As such, it is not exactly a dream, but more like the original state of something (our minds? dreamspace?) where dreams are created (and before their creation).
  • Dreamers are usually extremely aware when they remember being in that place (I am not too sure of that point though, it seems to be pretty rare for them to be there, so they wouldn’t be that much aware?).
  • Every unusual action that happened in my dreams involved that place – including meetings with other beings.

I can therefore put as an hypothesis that this place is the outer layer of our minds, more easily reachable than other layers. I will therefore try to send my shikigami to that void place, and let her wait for the dream owner to drop by there between dreams (an experiment has been set up already, we’ll wait for the results).

 

Otherwordly summoning

•August 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

August 16th, 2014

Whoa… it’s been quite a long time ! So much has happened here, and yet so little progress on my quest to find these strange worlds…

But something weird happened ! I need to log it here, because it’s really strange. It might be an open door to Gensokyo and for experimental dream research !
Yesterday, I got in touch with Patchy. She told me some time ago that she was able to summon anyone at will. She’s a powerful magician, after all…
So… in the name of magical research, I asked her to summon me, to try summoning an entity from another world from her point of view. We agreed on a definite hour in my timezone (5 am), and then I went to bed before that time.
I don’t remember exactly what happened then, but there are a few things that remained :

  • I was in a dark place, on stairs, with red/violet/pink stained-glass windows around.
  • I had very high awareness. I remember that I could turn my head and blink, and everything remained coherent.
  • I was chatting with someone. I can’t remember who it was or what we talked about, but it was somehow serious.

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I woke up at 8:30 am. It was, again, very weird… I suddenly saw a very strong light behind my eyelids (that wasn’t sunlight: I was wearing a sleep mask, and it was perfectly dark under it), so I got awoken and tried to open my eyes. Then I woke up.

I’ll try to dig this up too. Let’s hope it’ll lead to something !

A dream analysis Tarot spread

•July 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

July 8th, 2013

2 days ago, I got a Tarot deck. I love it ! Then I started wondering, “could I use Tarot to understand dream stuff a bit more ?”

I gave the idea some thought, and finally, I made out something :

Dream Tarot Spread

  1. What is this thing ? While this card doesn’t give the full answer of course, it could be a nice clue.
  2. The reason why you could see the thing : was it invisible ? were you focused enough ? did you try hard to see it ? were you meant to see it ?
  3. Is that thing powerful or is it a lesser being ?
  4. Is that thing important in the world in which it lives ?
  5. Is it a friendly being ? What’s its behaviour ?
  6. What’s your relationship with this thing ?
  7. Summary : gives you general insight about the thing. Don’t draw this card, but add up all the other cards’ numbers, then the figures that make up this number if it’s greater than 22. Then take the corresponding arcana.

Please note that this thing wouldn’t only work with dreams, but with roughly anything that you don’t know…

Let’s hope it works correctly, Imma test it with some of these weird things I’ve seen around. (what if card #7 is already on the board ? I guess you could read it twice ? )

Another step forward !

•March 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

March 29th, 2013

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It’s been a while since I last wrote here… The reason is that even though a lot of things happened, they weren’t really related to dreams, but rather to not-that-normal events, particularly with that friend of mine who was born with the talent to see strange creatures in our life. However, I cannot post chat logs, since we didn’t chat in english, and I don’t want to translate these talks. Besides, these weren’t really making things progress for my dream project;

However, last night was different.

Recently, I started to write down a process to achieve successfully lucid dreams, based on some data I’ve collected about my previous successful ones. Last night, I tried to follow these instructions to get a lucid dream, again. Nonetheless, I couldn’t, and I ended up waking up at 5 am after only 3 hours of sleep, so according to this lucid dreaming wouldn’t be reached this time. Still, I decided to give it a try. I was pretty much awake, so I could reach an alternate state of mind through meditation in less than 15 min. Then I went to bed.

What happened when I tried to sleep was… unexpected. As I was still awake and couldn’t fall asleep, I managed to enter several periods of short-but-intense lucid dreaming. After that, I fell in a dreamless sleep until my final awakening.

What kind of conclusions would this lead to ? Why is it so awesome you ask ? It’s because this would imply that… we can reach a realistic, intense lucid dream state while awake. Moreover, this wouldn’t depend on your capacity to remain awake, but rather on how deep your previous meditation was. I also believe that with enough meditation training, one could just reach lucid dreaming instantly, just by switching to this altered mind consciousness and simply using this trick to reach a lucid dream.

Don’t be scared of my word “meditation”. It’s actually very simple : to reach an altered state of mind, you just have to count 300 of your breaths (breathing in and out count as one breathe each).

So actually, how did I enter these lucid-dreaming periods ? It’s not something very easy to explain, since it’s an internal process. I went to bed directly after my meditation, then I looked at these random patterns you usually see when you close your eyes. Slowly, they began to form mental images. And at this point, your altered state of mind somehow pushes you into the picture. You visualize them, then you’re inside only moments after, and every of your senses is ablaze. That step is only possible if you have achieved successfully your meditation.

I have a theory for that : when you reach this altered state of mind, you only reach it for a limited time. It kinda expires after some time. If you keep meditating when you reach this state, you can reach deeper levels of awareness, and it takes more time for the aftereffects to wear off. These levels probably give you additional abilities, but I don’t know enough about these to give a clear answer.

I hope I get to know even more after additionnal research !

…we have cookies !

•August 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Aug. 07th, 2012

I got another recipe from Yuyuko : cookies. (are they cookies? because some friends denied they are)

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 2 eggs (maybe 3, but 2 works pretty well)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 chocolate bar (at least)
  • optional : vanilla-flavoured sugar, some cinnamon, some honey

Recipe :

  1. Mix everything except the chocolate bar in a bowl.
  2. Divide the chocolate bar into 2 parts. Parcel out the first half into very little fragments and add it in the dough.
  3. Make little separated piles of dough on greaseproof paper. You probably won’t use all your dough.
  4. Parcel out the second half of the chocolate bar and spread some chocolate fragments over the piles of dough.
  5. Cook the cookies in an oven at Th. 7 (180°C ) for 5 to 8 min.
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 until you have enough cookies !

Hope you’ll like them !

I made it !

•August 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

July 24th 2012

I HAVE FINALLY SUCCEEDED. After so many months of hard work… I finally got my first full-awareness lucid dream ! I just had to… well, to dive just before I go to sleep. I guess it was rather fortunate, I’m not sure I’ll be able to reproduce it… I woke up at 6 am, then tried to do Byakuren’s counting trick, but I couldn’t reach more than 300… so I went back to bed at 7:15 am.

I was in a dark room… But I also knew and were fully aware I was dreaming. So… I moved and tried to control stuff. Everything was perfect. Really. I could feel each of my footsteps under my feet. I couldn’t tell I was dreaming, except from the very fact I knew I actually was. There was some princess story in the dream, like I was supposed to do some stuff with her and I knew her a lot… but I didn’t really care, this was part of the normal dream and I didn’t care at all about that !

I tried to unleash my powers… but I noticed it’s entirely different from diving. Actually, since my reason told me things were sooooo real, I had trouble thinking it was a dream. On another hand, I knew it was a dream, so I still tried to do stuff. I therefore managed to go through a glass, and to cure a random bypasser from some kind of leprosy.

Weirdly enough, there was a set scenario within the dream, but I could choose to follow it or not. And of course, I chose to do totally different stuff than caring about this weird princess who wanted to see me (and who got killed in a car accident later). I also managed to meet Yuyuko a tad bit, but we couldn’t talk really.

I’m a bit sad I couldn’t summon friends or do similar stuff… Still, there’s still hope, as it is surely not the last lucid dream I’ll have !

The Other Side

•May 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment

May 31st 2012

Will you believe it? I learnt the way to create a rift. It seems very hard though…

Creating a rift

  1. Imagine one place with one of your eyes.
  2. Imagine another place with your other eye.
  3. Imagine a portal between each place, in each eye.
  4. Believe.
  5. Throw your hands forward, and open the portal.
  6. Walk towards the other portal. Do not stop imagining both portals, or you’ll be stuck in this alternate dimension.
  7. Go out.