Lucid dreaming is creepy

January 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm 3 comments

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream may just be the most bizarre Wiki article I have ever read.

I saw the article, and, because I’ve never had a lucid dream, skipped straight to the “Induction methods”. Here’s an excerpt: “One easy-to-apply method is to count yours or other people’s fingers during the day, making sure it is done diligently and reaches the expected number. If this is done frequently when awake, similar behaviour continues into the dream, where by some discrepancy from reality, the dreamer will realise he or she is dreaming and the dream will become lucid.”

It gets better; “During the actual transition into the dream state, one is likely to experience sleep paralysis, including rapid vibrations, a sequence of loud sounds and a feeling of twirling into another state of body awareness, ‘to drift off into another dimension’, or the feeling like passing the interface between water into air face-front body first, or images or sceneries they are thinking of and trying to visualize gradually sharpen and become ‘real'” All the fun of a bad acid trip, with none of the health risks!

More on reality checks: “It involves performing an action with results that will be different if the tester is dreaming. By practicing these tests during waking life, one may eventually decide to perform such a test while dreaming, which may fail and let the dreamer realize that they are dreaming.”

One of my favorites is “Look at your surroundings. If the placement of the buildings is different from what it ought to be, you are in a dream (for example, the Great Pyramids next to your house).” The whole thing reads like a way of countering insanity, except that the goal is to actually achieve the “Holy shit! This isn’t real!” response, once you’re asleep.

I think I’m actually going to give this a shot, because exploring a dream world is too cool to pass up. I’ll probably be counting my fingers and poking myself for a week afterwards.

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  • 1. HyperHacker  |  January 15, 2009 at 1:43 am

    I’ve tried this, but no matter how many times I do these tests in real life, they never come up in a dream.

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  • 2. Jerimiah Molfese  |  January 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

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  • 3. Dan S  |  January 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Is it actually a coincidence that you posted this the same day that the Boston Globe published “Hack your brain: How to hallucinate with ping-pong balls and a radio”?

    Enjoy! (Carefully.)

    “Picture yourself in a boat on a river…”

    Reply

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