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In all our dreams
October 22nd, 2010 by admin · 6 Comments

Recently, an amazing statistic emerged from a little known sleep laboratory at the University of Swansea in Great Britain: namely, that the number of people in Western society experiencing a lucid dream has increased by up to 40 per cent in the last 30 years.

In fact, current estimates are that most of us — eight of every 10 people — will experience a lucid dream at some point in our lives.

In a lucid dream you are, in a sense awake; you remain aware that you are dreaming and so can consciously manipulate the dream’s events. This neat ability was recently highlighted in the movie Inception, where Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page are able to custom-design their dreams in order to blow up cafes, curve streets into the heavens and in general bend reality to their will.

This ability used to be relatively rare — a mark of the gifted psychic or sensitive. But according to Professor Mark Blagrove, one of Britain’s leading authorities on dreams, our dreaming patterns are drastically shifting. These days far more of us are able to delve into our dreams and consciously control them.

A different mechanism
Lucid dreams appear to involve a very different mechanism than ordinary dreams. During ordinary waking consciousness, our brains operate at a fast clip, using beta waves (around 13-40 hertz, or cycles per second), but slow down drastically during sleep.

Light dreaming or meditation leads to a preponderance of either alpha rhythms (slow, high-amplitude brain waves with frequencies of 8-13 hertz) or the slower theta waves (4-7 hertz), which typify the state of consciousness during deep sleep.

However, something very different happens during lucid dreaming. Researchers have recorded very high brainwave frequencies of up to 40 hertz in the frontal areas of the brain ((behind the forehead) in test participants during lucid dreaming.

This is a brain that is very alert and working hard, with the kind of mental ticking over that occurs during the waking state. Nevertheless, during lucid dreaming, research shows that the brain’s overall activity markedly differs from that of ordinary waking consciousness, which indicates to scientists that lucid dreaming is a third state between sleeping and wakefulness.

Similar personalities
Another interesting aspect of the research is the evidence that has emerged about the type of person most likely to have a lucid dream. Blagrove and others find that lucid dreamers tend to share similar personality traits.

They tend to be creative and problem-centred, viewing life’s difficulties clinically as a problem to be solved, not a personal issue inspiring anger or defeat. They also tend to have a high sense of personal responsibility about their lives, rather than expecting society to solve problems for them.

This fascinated me, because these also appear to be the self-same personality traits of people most likely to experience ‘peak experiences’, or transcendent moments — those beyond the limits of ordinary or material existence.

This refers to the kind of epiphany astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced after returning from his flight to the moon. Staring out the window of the Kittyhawk, he felt a profound sense of interconnectedness, as if all the planets and all the people of all time were attached by some invisible web.

It was an overwhelmingly visceral feeling, as if he was physically extending out to the furthest reaches of the cosmos.

Peak experiences
At the end of his life, US psychologist Abraham Maslow, best known for “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs’, turned his attention to ‘transpersonal psychology’ or peak experience.

In Maslow’s view, those most likely to have transcendent moments are ‘self-actualized’. After reading the biographies and writings of historical figures he considered self-actualized, such as Albert Einstein, Aldous Huxley, William James, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Schweitzer, he was struck by the fact that they also shared this quality of creative problem solving and personal responsibility. Consequently, many did have both transcendent moments and transcendent dreams.

So lucid dreaming may share the same source as mystical experiences – as a gateway, in a sense, into the Field.

Balanced brain
Peter Fenwick, a British neurophysiologist, has also extensively studied transcendent states. Some of his most interesting scientific evidence concerns the fact that they are caused by an integration of the brain’s left and right hemispheres.

Until now, scientists believed that the two sides of the brain work more or less independently. The left side used logical, analytical, linear thinking and speech, the right, for spatial orientation, music and intuition.

However, it is now understood that the brain works best when it can operate as a totality, and that speech and many other functions result from both sides of the brain.

Furthermore, during mystical experiences, not only does new activity occur in the brain but, also, both sides act in a particular harmonious manner.

Eugene d’Aquili, and Andrew Newberg of the University of Pennsylvania who carried out a study of Tibetan monks discovered that feelings of transcendence, such as during peak moments, show up as more activity in the brain’s frontal lobes with less activity in the parietal lobes (at the back of the top of the head).

In this situation, the person loses the sense of self and other and enters a perception of oneness. So in lucid dreaming (which creates similar brain activity), we also experience that rare feeling of unity.

Unique geomagnetic effects
A number of fascinating studies also show a strong correlation between geomagnetic activity and an increase in dreams or psychic activity. In extensive studies by psychologist Stanley Krippner, lunar cycle, sunspot activity and changes in the GMF all appear to affect the outcome of dreams.

We now know that earth is presently experiencing a number of unique geomagnetic effects. The past few years have seen a record number of sunspots — the highest for a thousand years.

According to NASA’s Sun-Earth Connection Office, we’re also experiencing a record number of X-ray flares, coronal mass ejections – blobs of gaseous material hurled toward earth by the sun – and solar storms, causing more and more displays of the Northern lights in more southern regions of the world, as occurred in England a month or so ago.

We’re also experiencing a record number of earthquakes, hurricanes, and landslides (as our headlines reveal), all of which also affect the human psyche. Russian scientists predict that we are undergoing a shift in the magnetic poles of the earth.

Canadian neuroscientist Michael Persinger, who has long demonstrated that human temporal lobes are an antennae picking up fluctuations in the earth’s electromagnetic and geomagnetic fields, believes that large cosmic changes, energized by ‘intense geophysical forces of nature’, can create mass changes in human consciousness.

Lucid dreams may be yet another sign that we are experiencing a general reorganization of human consciousness and a greater move toward oneness.

If so, the world isn’t coming to an end in 2012, but coming to its true beginning.

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Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.

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