August 29, 2008

Tricking The Body To Fall Asleep

I recall once in my early days of meditation I struggled a lot trying to keep my body still, due to itches I would often give up.

So one night before falling asleep, I decided to remain absolutely still and not give in to any urges to itch or shift my sleeping position and focus on my breathing. I used this thinking it would help me get deeper into my meditation. It did and took an agonising 45 minutes. I was unable to percieve my body - I felt like a tiny dot in this vast universe.

I've since not practiced this due to the effort required. After some quick research online I've found out it's a technique used to trick your body to fall asleep while you keep your mind awake.

Here's a link to a forum post I found at dreamviews that discusses this technique further: How to trick your body to fall asleep while keeping your mind awake.

I will attempt this soon at night time before going to sleep.

August 28, 2008

A Very Short LD and SP

This morning I woke at about 6:00 am and went back to sleep 20 mins later. I had several vivid dreams. In one dream I was repeatedly walking down a spiralling staircase. I'm not sure where I was. There were many other people who seemed to be in a hurry. I looked 2 floors down and noticed that someone was hurt.

I stormed down but the injured person was nowhere to be seen. I walk on into a hallway where a woman is walking on my right side. Ahead of us was a glass screen where the light revealed a reflection of the woman beside me. At first I was wondering whether I was a vampire or a ghost. Eventually failure to see my own reflection made me instantly realize I'm in a dream.

I began taking a better look at the woman and noticed more people in this hallway, suddenly the scene began to fade away and all was dark. I thought I had closed my eyes. With some strength, I opened them only to find that I was in SP, but I couldn't be too sure that I was in my bedroom. Struggling to see clearly I opened my eyes completely and woke up.

August 25, 2008

An Attempt to Meet My Spirit Guide

I woke up at 4:30 am listened to Develop A Powerful Memory but stopped half way through because of a knocking sound coming from somewhere downstairs. I went back to listening to the hypnosis and continued hearing banging and tapping sounds. Did a check to make sure my windows and front door were locked.

I decided to listen to hemi-sync 'sleep exploration'. After taking such a long break from hemi-sync it's odd that listening to this track I instantly felt energy swarming inside my head. The affirmation I used was to meet my spirit guide. I was conscious throughout the entire track - no 'clicking out' however I was still able to hear the same knocking, tapping and banging sounds coming from inside the house. Maybe it was just the neighbours and I was just being paranoid.

I fell asleep having the knowing that I was going to astral project eventually finding myself in the SP state. Then I had an odd sensation which I concluded had something to do with my root chakra. Speaking of chakras, lately I've been having sensations in my solar plexus, heart chakra and third eye chakra. I was lying down on my front and was able to see mostly my bed sheet, from one side of my bed I felt a presence beside me. I know I intended to meet my spirit guide but the last thing on my mind at that time was making that connection - I couldn't help but formulate irrational thoughts.

I closed my eyes and begged for the being to go away, that I was not ready. Nothing changed, same SP state and feeling of a presence. I had two options, fight my way out of SP or open my eyes and face the unkown. With some bravery I chose the latter - opened my eyes and faced whatever was there to face. Felt mild vibrations and the root chakra sensation increased in intensity. Soon they both subsided and I woke up.

August 24, 2008

Auto Meditating

This month I haven't been meditating regularly due to the noise level at home. However when I simply lie down and just relax without the intention of meditating I find myself in a meditative state.

Usually now when I prepare to go to sleep and close my eyes almost instantly images begin to pop up. It's a bit like astral phasing, but it occurs when I'm fully physically awake.

Recently I had several images gliding across like a slideshow. One picture was of a beautiful beach that had a serene atmosphere, I became drawn to the peaceful nature of this image. Had a desire to just drift away in this scene and with that the picture paused instead of moving onto the next and seemed to come to life. Shortly afterwards I fell asleep. This was the only one of these experiences that lasted for several minutes.

August 21, 2008

A Zillion False Awakenings

Somebody definitely woke up on the right side of the bed early this morning. Listened to Develop A Powerful Memory for 30 minutes followed by thinking happy thoughts and feeling great. I had the knowing that I will have an astral projection so I followed my breathing and soon enough felt myself floating. I was spinning anticlockwise and knew I was heading for the window.

My room was dark and on the wall I noticed a calender which I don't have in reality. Tried to check the year but my body/form having a mind of its own went out the window at which point I woke up and got out of bed. I walked downstairs to the living room where I found my nieces and nephews playing and my sister-in-law on the sofa staring at the TV.

I slouched on the sofa feeling somewhat groggy and noticed something strange about my environment. It was night time. I told my sis-in-law that this seems like a dream, she responded with a bemused look. I walked up to her and placed my hand on her shoulder which went through her. I walked to the hallway and noticed someone in the kitchen, looked like an elderly man. When I got in there the kitchen was empty. I headed for the garden when suddenly the lights began to dim. I shouted out for some light and clarity. Suddenly opened my eyes and woke up.

I heard the faint sound of an instrument playing in my ears. The sounds were sort of buzzing in my head. Two voices, male and female, chimed in and sang a song in hindi. The song was beautiful I just wish I could remember the words. I checked my arms and moved a little but didn't get up in case the tune stopped. My room was also in its right order. This is the first time something like this happened in my waking state. I continued to relax and just listen to the song making some effort to memorise it. I went back to sleep and had about a zillion false awakenings.

For The Zillionth Time
Eventually in this false awakening I meet a man and tell him how I've been having around a zillion false awakenings. He approaches two women sitting down and tells them about my zillion false awakenings. The two women are confused and begin to have a discussion about what a 'zillion' means. The man suddenly takes me by suprise when he grabs my arm and pulls me in front of a large computer screen. He brings up some images on the screen and shows me a device that looks like a camcorder. With a lot of excitement he begins to explain how it's state of the art, advanced technology. I tell him I have a camcorder like that at home, here I get conscious and end up in the SP state. Continued having more FAs.

Good Mood = Altered State of Consciousness
This was the last FA I had - Got out of bed and grabbed a pink book. It's an astral projection journal (does not exist in reality). I'm skimming through the book and realise that I never really record my moods prior to astral projection attempts. I recalled how good I felt earlier this morning and decided that my good mood was key to my astral projections in fact there were many other times I'd be in such an incredibly good mood prior to projecting. I kept wondering why I never thought of this before and made a note of doing it more often. Then I woke up.

I'm pretty sure I really am awake now that is unless these words begin to scramble.

August 18, 2008

Dream Themes

Some mornings ago during one of my dream I became lucid, however the dream just disappeared immediately, for a few seconds I was in the dark and eventually lost consciousness.

I've now recognised one recurring theme in my dreams - they involve people from my past who I no longer have any contact with. Another theme I've noticed is guns and shooting but I think I have these violent dreams because I watch action oriented movies. Recently I watched The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and on that night I dreamed I was being pursued by a gang of monstrous looking girls with machine guns.

I'm currently using Reality Checks to help induce lucid dreams.

August 10, 2008

Dream Exploration

I'm having longer dreams with more details than usual since listening to Glenn Harrold's Develop A Powerful Memory. I had a very disturbing dream this morning and it was so long that for once my dream had a plot. Usually they appear so randomly and in fragments. Also had several false awakenings this morning.

I'm also keeping a dream journal once again after quite a long time. Perhaps my focus and desire to have lucid dreams itself is increasing my dream recall.

I'm reading Exploring The World Of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge and I suspect I will find similar aspects to astral projections.

August 4, 2008

Improved Dream Recall

Last night after much difficulty trying to fall asleep I listened to Develop A Powerful Memory by Glenn Harrold. I listened to it with the intention of recalling more dreams. Listening time was 16 minutes and I ended the session due to feeling sleepy.

Upon waking up this morning I've managed to recall 8 dreams with much more clarity than usual.

August 1, 2008

Enhanced Spontaneous Visualizations

I'm experiencing more spontaneous visualizations before going to bed. It occurs as soon as I close my eyes. Images begin to take shape - it looks like somebody is drawing and I'm just simply observing. The other night a shape was forming, I could see lines and curves joining and there was an outer glow of a light blue shade which was getting brighter.

It lasts for a few minutes because eventually I have to break out of it coz I need to clean my bladder or I just simply fall asleep. This is interesting because when it does occur I'm fully awake and know that it will take some time before I actually fall asleep. Unfortunately I never really get to see any of the shapes completed.

I think these visuals could be the result of practicing the 5th meditation (focusing between the brows) from the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra.