After reading through the comments on this poll and seeing what that site had in it, I feel like I've tried WILD quite a few times, but without realising it.. if that makes any sense. I dunno how to describe it. The reason I say that is because whenever I've come out of the 'dream' (for lack of any better name), I've felt wide awake. I think too, I felt like I was conscious the entire time, even though my mind was wondering to where my dreams usually go and a state of feeling really peaceful.. I'm so terrible at explaining this
The only thing that confuses me somewhat about it is the whole sleep paralysis thing. I don't know that I've ever experienced that, because once again, from the way I've seen it described, I think I would freak out about it. That said though, I think your mind has to recognise it as being abnormal for you to freak out about it, so maybe I have experienced it, just not actually realised it.
Well I've read about MILD, too, mnemonic induced lucid dreaming. I've done this quite a few times, but never realized it. It is sort of like waking from a dream, then falling back asleep but aware of that dream and continuing it on by choice..know what I mean? And perhaps what you're referring to is just lucid dreaming period, idk XD All of this is so exciting to me. I cannot wait to try it again tonight
I do know what you mean, yeah. I guess that explains most of it, just minus the mantra bit, and the whole 'feeling like I'm still awake' bit. lol! I found the whole 'emotional-suggestible and physical-suggestible' idea to be pretty interesting though, just trying to figure out now which one I fall into, because I know I've never repeated any mantras to get me in that state. I've had a few 'waking up then realising I'm not awake, then waking up again and realising that NOW I'm awake' dreams, too. Although that was frustrating more than anything else, it wasn't stressful in that I wasn't thinking 'oh my god, I want to wake up, why can't I wake up?!'. I'll also say that for certain, it usually happens first thing in the morning for me. Not like 1am or whatever, but usually when I first wake up.
I feel like we should be discussing this in a chatroom somewhere. WHERE ARE YOU.
Yanno, I'm very borderline there, between spiritual and scientific. And for me, upon first experimenting it (I was 14) I was frightened out of my mind, not knowing any sort of scientific explanation for it.. so I was certain that it was spiritual, but not in a positive way, a negative way. Evil. The sort of dream I was having at the time before I woke in the middle of it, something I'd rather not share, as well.. the actual dream was of pure evil..So up until a few years ago, I read about sleep paralysis..and it put my mind at ease seeing a scientific reason..but every so often I wonder if I'm just accepting that so that I don't have to face that something like that had happened to me that is so negative, or if I'm just facing another case of science. Know what I mean?
In my original post I said experimenting it, but I meant experiencing it*
If I could go back in time and redo the whole moment, my mind containing all of the knowledge that I have now, and experience it once more, I wonder if that experience would be as full of terror. I think that's the only way I'll ever know, because being of Christian belief but also both very open to science and all of it's discoveries -- it's so borderline for me that I think the ability to travel back and redo it all would be the only way I could know! and for me, it isn't even a situation that I know the answer to deep down in my heart (as in, there is no instinctual voice pointing to either option a or option b).
i've experienced a lot of sleep paralysis. i haven't had the hag waking dream that's common with SP but i get a lot of hallucinatory/astral travel experiences while in that state. they're often like an abduction scenario with lights and a sensation of floating and shapes of people in the room with me. that's a typical waking dream i have.
ones that differ and stand out in my memory; i once had two old people sat in the room next to my bed talking about me... i couldn't open my eyes but i could hear them. another time i sat up in my bed but it seemed i was in a different kind of reality, and i was scared because i knew things weren't right, so i tried to call my mum on the phone except i couldn't dial the numbers properly and when i did all i got on the other end was white noise. i've had a few where i've got out of my bed and walked around the room and my body has still been on the bed, and others where i've flown around the house.
the one that disturbed me the most was a little like the hag scenario but with some differences. i had gone to bed and was trying to get to sleep when i felt myself almost being dragged into unconsciousness, like something was physically drawing me down, and i started fighting against it but the blankets were like concrete on me, pinning me in place. i could hear a loud mechanical grating noise coming from the other room, and every time i tried to move it broke up into a jagged choke that reminded me of laughter. i was suddenly aware of other things in the room and i could hear children laughing and talking. i felt something press down onto the blanket and move further onto my body, then there was an intense tugging sensation and i was dragged into a sleep state, into a dream i don't remember.
Very interesting experiences! I enjoyed reading about them. When I experienced it, it was like the earth was shaking, my bed sheets were being pulled off of me by someone terribly dark. So frightening. You should check out that link about wild, it's an incredible seeming experience.
That's the only reason I'm totally frightened haha. I attempted it, though, earlier after posting this... my impatience got me. It was odd, I started getting the muscle spasms right away... my mind was clear... my body felt so light and surreal, but at a certain point I was so afraid that i wouldn't be able to move my body, I had to shake out of it. I'm going to try again tonight huzzah!
well, i tried it last night and ended up falling asleep, and i did the same thing this morning and ended up sleeping through my alarm.... and didn't get up until past noon, so i'm not really sure if it was a good thing
If you're not familiar with WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming) I'd suggest this link. I am SO deeply fascinated with this.
I have experienced sleep paralysis, which has me very frightened to try WILD, mainly because I remember being so so afraid. Often, when one experiences sleep paralysis, it is because you wake up during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep -- the state in which we dream in -- and during that state, our bodies turn off our abilities to move so that we do not interact the dream. So you wake up unable to move, and since you are still dreaming, you can see parts of the dream in your room. I'll never forget my bed shaking and feeling like my sheets were flying off of me while feeling a presence in the room (And the reason for the feeling of an entity in the room is because the part of our brain that triggers that "oh shit, danger" sense even if one isn't in danger)
It makes me wonder...now that I know all the scientific bits (and it had been several years before I had learned what caused that experience) if I should be afraid of it any longer..