How I came across the concept of Daytime Lucid Dreaming? When is it that all started?.
I shot the video you see here last April, in Amsterdam, while I was staying at my dear friend and fellow explorer, Roger. Chrissi was also his guest and they both had joined me two nights before for a PandoraStar exploration event.
The plan was for me to offer the audience three different programs of the PandoraStar and let them experience just the music and the light patterns. But you see, I have this thing, I want always to give more.
The second program was Hypnagogia-17, a program designed to help to enter the hypnagogic state, between wakefulness and sleep, where imagery starts to arise and could be used for the initiation of a lucid dream that carries on as we fall asleep.
That's the difficult part. Not losing awareness while you reach that state, is an art. Most of the time you fall asleep straight away, other times you can't relax enough to have a dream but you're too awake and frustrated do something with yourself. Other times bizarre states of consciousness and experiences arise, sleep paralysis and dreams projected into the physical world are the most uncomfortable and scary, when you don't know what's happening. (And the more you are afraid - that is to say the more you are expecting them to happen, the more the chances they happen).
Many lucid dreaming practitioners surf their awareness while falling asleep, waiting for the perfect hypnagogic wave to kick-start a lucid dream with and ride until they lose lucidity, and fall unconscious.
Although the hypnagogic state is a state of consciousness and not a brain state, it can also be associated with a specific brainwave frequency range - around 7.80 - 7.83 Hz.
So, if you manage to bring your brain electrical activity to oscillate around that range, you can piggyback that and access hypnagogia, with all its preliminary dream activity. Neat, right?
The PandoraStar, the light machine I use in my workshops - although I should call it Consciousness Hacking Machine, helps to do that by emitting flickering white light at the frequency you want (0-200Hz) and offers a sort of a guide signal for the brain to mimic that frequency.
It's an interesting phenomenon called entrainment, present in nature everywhere. Google it.
So, I was saying, the program I wanted to run was perfect for incubating lucid dreams, as it allowed to reach that state and stay there for a little while!
Dream incubation is a technique used by lucid dreamers to use imagination or the memory of an old dream to create a sort of dream space and make it detailed enough and credible enough so that the brain takes it for a dream and experiences it as such. Dreams are much more enjoyable than imagination, apparently, have something more, don't you agree?
The problem is that the incubation, as with the spontaneous imagery of the hypnagogic state, either remains just an imagination or collapses while we fall asleep. Yet, although difficult, it's probably the most essential step to initiate a dream at will.
Are you with me so far?
In the hypnagogic state, we find random images but perfect dream conditions. With dream incubation we have coherent imagery, maybe even a story, but we are either too awake or too asleep.
With the PandoraStar program, I helped the brainwaves of my participants to oscillate with a frequency in the range associated with the Hypnagogic state. The flickering light also stimulated their visual cortex and visual centres, so the incubation process was incredibly assisted, creating the perfect conditions and the minimum effort for dream lucid dream activity.
So why I wanted to give more? And what did I do?
Well, I wanted to give them a glimpse of the Lucid Dreaming practice and in all honesty, I didn't want to leave it to the chance. The visuals offered by the PandoraStar are so amazing and beautiful that often people don't realise that you can do much more with it than staring at the shiny colours. So much more.
Also, I wanted just to give them an imprint of the incubation technique, so I guided them into a lucid dream incubation and gave them some freedom to make with it what they wanted.
When Chrissi shared her experience with me later I was the first one to be surprised, no, shocked!
I was yes expecting my participants to have lucid dreams, but for some reasons, I always considered a lucid dream while awake the poor cousin of the lucid dream while asleep. And for that limiting belief, in my own practice I was trying to incubate during the day, just as a way to train my mind do the same at night! Now I know I don't have to wait. They are equally powerful, but with the added bonus of higher lucidity and control in the case of daytime lucid dreams.
What Chrissi's experience reminded me of was, in particular, one incredible story shared by Robert Waggoner author of the book "Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self" and my first Lucid Dreaming Teacher - that I met in workshops led by Todd Acamesis, that is himself my OBE teacher and co-founder of the PandoraStar... I could go on!
Waggoner shares in his book of a dream where he becomes lucid in and feels uncomfortable around a certain dream character. He ask her what she represents and she reveals to be an aspect of his shadow.
I don't remember the story in detail, but he manages to lucidly integrate that aspect in his own psyche by having a conversation with it, like it was a person, and the following day he wakes up with a new found source of energy that allowed him to finally start writing that very book!
Chriss's experience made me realise, probably for the first time, the power of Daytime Lucid Dreaming. Ye, it took me another full year actually make sense of the enormity of that accidental discovery. In my defence, I was busy with hacking other states of consciousness... :)
Daytime Lucid Dreaming == Night Time Lucid Dream.
You see, it changes everything in the way we look at lucid dreaming, the way we can communicate with our subconscious. The way we study our own consciousness.
Suddenly we don't need to sleep and wait for a REM phase to access that amazing state in between. We can have it, right now.
Excuse me if I am excited!!!
Now, do you want to give it a try? Here are three easy steps to initiate a Daytime Lucid Dream
- Relax - how many ways you know by now that can help you relax?
- Incubate a dream - start simple, a simple room, a nice beach, a relaxing place in nature
- Transition into a dream by asking the dream to make some changes. ie: cross a door knowing that on the other side you'll enter a different dream space.
Let yourself be surprised.
We can do some deep work later. Want to learn more?