Last night was a bust. I didn’t have any out of the ordinary experiences at all. I did some tests later in the day to discover that one small error had made the actual part of the device that was important (the alarm part) broken. I fixed it, and am now reasonably confident it will go off at the prescribed time.Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have something interesting to tell you about.

-Hatter

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I’m taking another stab at the dream mask idea, except this time from another angle. Instead of using a face mounted mask, which had issues with staying attached as well as staying comfortable, I cobbled together a small little digital timer with a cell phone vibrator. I shouldn’t take credit for the idea, if you’re a long time reader, you might remember the few posts I did about VWILD, or vibrating watch induced lucid dream. I’m just implementing the concept. As a note, you could probably do about the same thing with a cell phone set to vibrate with an alarm. The advantage of creating it myself is control over the time, duration, and intensity of the vibration. It also leaves room for improvements, such as sleep state sensing (I’m working on it). For tonight though, it’s pretty simple. If you’re new to the concept of alerting yourself in a dream, here it is:

By setting some sort of alarm to go off at a set period during the sleep cycle, one that will be during REM, you can give yourself a signal in your dreams that you are dreaming. This is because external stimuli seeps into dreams. So in my case, I’ll try and drill it into my head that a buzz on my left arm means I’m dreaming. That is a fairly unique dream-sign that I shouldn’t experience in everyday life, so I should pay more attention to it in my dreams.

Hopefully this simple concept will yield some results. I’ll let you know tomorrow.

-Hatter

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A few days ago I was up late, and without any real clear idea of where it would lead, I took a picture of my hand with my cell phone. I set it as the background, and now whenever I open my phone, I remember to look at my hand to make sure they match. Over the past two nights (about 5 days after I first set it) this simple action has given me two low level lucid dreams. (Not by looking at my hands, simply by realizing it’s a dream) I have tried reality checks before, but never with this quick of success or even of effects. Given this could be coincidence, but it seems like a big one.

I believe the reason this worked is because I hit the sweet spot between strength of intention and attention to intention. I’ve done reality checks for months on end, with better and more thorough checks, more checks, as well as more frequently. I got results, but not nearly as quickly as this. I was too focused on the goal in the first instance, and in this one, it was just enough willpower to set it, but little enough to let it sit in my subconscious and grow.

This is all assuming it’s no coincidence of course. Either way, I think that using your cell phone’s background as a reminder for a reality check is a fairly good reminder.

-Hatter

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I went through another round of shared dreaming attempts recently, with my high level lucid dreaming friend I mentioned in my previous article. While success eludes us for now, our attempts did produce some rather interesting results. Before I get into that though, here’s our “techniques” for sharing dreams:
Both picture the same environment and try to meet there.
Try to meet in the dream counterpart of our real world place of residence.
Stepping through a mirror with the intention of being where the other person is
Googling where the other person was to locate them.

That last one was my friend’s idea, I thought it was rather funny. While I failed to become lucid during the week or so of attempts we did, she was lucid every night, so we got to see potential issues and troubleshoot rather quickly. Here’s a brief synopsis of the interesting events:


In one of my non-lucid dreams, I was trying to board a train to get to my friend’s apartment. I was at a different location then where my house should be, and I was waiting for the train. However, whenever a train got close, something stopped me from boarding it. Lacking a ticket, a last minute change of destination, and the most blatant dream-fighting-my-intention block: The platform spinning around when I would get to the end where the train was.


My friend tried to google me. She said that it kept changing and she eventually lost me before she could leave to get me. I guess I was having a particularly turbulent dream that night. She also tried stepping through a mirror, but that she said that had the same result. She would lose me.


The closest we got to success was a dream in which I remembered getting up in my friends apartment. The physical place was unaltered, except there were two cots in the kitchen, one of which I was sleeping on, the other was also occupied. I remembered doing a few things in the apartment. My friend had a dream that night of me and another person waking in her apartment, and then walking to campus. It was a very interesting coincidence, the disappointing (or perhaps not, depending) problem was that our descriptions of the third person weren’t very similar.


I won’t go into the different conclusions you could draw about the person showing up differently to each of us. Your view on the source and reality of dreams will influence the various interpretations you draw. There are many, many, interpretations. The simplest, which is what I’m sticking with, is that we weren’t sharing a dream, and that it was coincidence. If I err on the side of failure, any success will stand out all the more.


The most interesting effect of these attempts was that my friend found that the more she tried to find me and to connect to my dream, the less and less control she had. This effect continued to increase over the week of our attempts, until she decided to quit after we both decided the experiment was having a negative impact on her own personal dreams as well as our shared attempts.


This result has big ramifications! It suggest that if you were to mix the dream consciousness of two people, you would get a kind of average of their awarenesses, instead of two separate consciousnesses in a shared environment. It also helps to outline what might be necessary for two people to share a dream: a like mind and a sort of connection (to avoid a jarringly different joined conscious) as well as relatively equal and high levels of lucidity.


I am looking forward to our next experiment.

-Hatter

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I was dreaming about school and late homework assignments, something I’ve noticed I do when I’m stressed or worried about school. It was probably around 5:20 hours into my cycle, guessing by when I had gone to bed, and right in the middle of arguing with a teacher over what assignment I had turned in, I awoke to my alarm. This is where the sleep paralysis comes in. I reached for the alarm on my bed stand (my cell phone) and tried to pick it up. To my dismay, I only managed to kind of knock it around a bit before it hit the floor. This is when I noticed my fingers weren’t moving. After I realized this, they loosened up in a few seconds. This is a strange event for me, as I almost never encounter sleep paralysis. I typically fall asleep and wake up in a normal fashion, although I do fall asleep almost too quickly. This leads me to my next thought:

Is there any correlation to how lucid a person is in their dreams or how often the encounter sleep phenomenon and how long it takes them to fall asleep?

I was thinking about this because I recently found out that two of the people I know are natural lucid dreamers. What do they have in common? They’re troubled sleepers. I doubt there is a direct relation between ease of sleep and lack of dream phenomenon, (as in the harder it is to fall asleep, the more lucid dreams and sleep paralysis you would experience) but I bet that it certainly increases your chances of having such an experience. So I pose the question to you, my readers. How often do you experience sleep phenomenon (sleep paralysis, lucid dreams, hypnagogia) in a normal night’s sleep and how long does it take you to fall asleep/ stay asleep?

I’ll start. I don’t experience many interesting things. Maybe once a month at the current rate. I fall asleep on average of 10 minutes at first. When woken, it’s anywhere from 1-5 minutes. I can actually fall asleep between my 8 minute snooze intervals on my alarm. WILD has always been difficult for me.

-Hatter

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Galamantine and Choline: The Acetylecholine Boosters

(Note: if you’re a beginning dreamer you should probably go through the Introduction to Lucid Dreaming series before beginning this one)
Supplements may have unforeseen consequences, and using any brain altering substance may have consequences later.

Galamantine and Choline are going to be the primary aids that we use to help us induce lucid dreams. The combination of the two have specific effects on the neuro-chemistry of the brain, inducing a favorable state for dreaming. Simply put, both Choline and Galantamine increase the levels of acetylecholine (ACh) levels in the brain. Galantamine by inhibiting ACh’s breakdown and Choline by promoting its production. Why are increased ACh levels desirable? ACh and serotonin control the state of sleep we’re in. Serotonin promotes deep, dreamless sleep, and ACh promotes REM sleep. ACh has also been linked to memory formation and brain function. From my experience it helped my dream recall and my general awareness in the dream, from asking questions of the dream environment and using some of my waking logic although not actually gaining consciousness, to lucidity.

Now that you have a basic idea of how this works, Here’s how you use these two supplements to aid you in dreaming:

SAWBTB: Supplement Assisted Wake Back To Bed

This is not really a technique in itself, just as WBTB is a method for improving your success of other methods, so is SAWBTB. Used in conjunction with MILD, Simplified MILD, and WILD it can greatly increase your odds for lucidity. The technique is effectively the same as a typical WBTB:

Go to sleep around your normal time, do not consume any alcohol or caffeine or any other dream altering substances. Sleep for about 5 hours. (Anywhere in 4:45 to 5:05 is about right. Check out the REM graph to see the zone you want to land in. Remember you want to have some REM still left to dream in when you wake up) Get up out of bed when the alarm goes off (or when your internal clock does, or whatever method you use to wake up by.) My typical dose of Galamantine was 4mg and 500mg of Choline. Both are well below dangerous levels. Thomas Yuschak (The Author of Advanced Lucid Dreaming: The Power Of Supplements) recommends 4-8 mg of Galamantine and 250-500mg of Choline. The next part is dependent on how quickly you fall asleep and how groggy you are, as well as the technique you are attempting. You want to remain awake for a fair amount of time (or all of it, if you are doing WILD.) The peak blood plasma level of Galamantine is around 60 minutes, which is what you should try to land on for the end of your technique. For example, you’d want to fall asleep after having laid your intentions for MILD, or transition into the dream around now for WILD. I will leave the rest of the MILD or WILD details up to you, oneironaught.

Important Notes:

Choline Absorption

Choline increases the amount of ACh in the brain by a sort of diffusion. The higher the levels of ACh in the brain, the less Choline puts into it. This means that Choline is effective early on and not as much later, even though it’s peak blood plasma time is three hours. If you think you’re going to fall asleep more quickly then you want, you might consider taking a 500mg of choline to get more a higher ACh level more quickly. (Really put an effort not to, by the way. Adding a little choline won’t fix dosing off in a minute)

Galamantine Half Life
Galamantine plasma levels may peak relatively quickly (around 60 minutes) but the half life is a long one. This means that it takes a long time for it to filter out of your system. It takes roughly 48 hours to get the rest of the Galamantine out of your system. To avoid building up a tolerance to it (and ruining its effectiveness) try to space your attempts at least 48 hours apart. Three days is a nicer spacer. This also gives your sleep cycle a little time to recover from your meddling with the WBTB.

Using Galamantine or Choline Without a WBTB
Using these supplements before bed without a WBTB is a bad idea. As the REM chart demonstrates, the first half or so of the sleep cycle is mainly deep sleep. Taking Choline and Galamantine increase ACh levels, which promote light sleep. Pitting your body against external supplements does not cause success, generally it causes conflict and a messed up sleep cycle. (The reason this doesn’t happen as much in the second half of the sleep cycle if because it is primarily REM sleep.)

Part II may take a while to write. (Don’t wait around for it.) I do however plan to write it though, so it’ll be here eventually. I also plan on updating more frequently again, so check by again soon.

-Hatter

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As I’ve hinted at and alluded to a new series of articles that I would post soon. The time is nigh, and I present to you a recent and exciting method of achieving lucidity: Supplements.

SALD stands for Supplement Aided Lucid Dream. I italicized the “aided” to draw attention to the fact that although these supplements are a great aid to achieving lucid dreams, they are no magic pill. They will not give you the powers of a Tibetan monk or the equivalent value of practice. What they will do is give you about as favorable setup as you can ask for. These supplements work by altering brain chemistry (because of this, they aren’t recommended for anyone under 18, you don’t want to mess up what’s still developing) to give you various situations which are beneficial to dreaming.

The information I draw upon in these articles was gleaned from the book Advanced Lucid Dreaming: The Power Of Supplements. To Be clear about a few things: These articles represent my experiences with these substances.I recommend the book as it has a lot of great information about supplements and how to use them. One more formality: I am not a doctor, so everything in these articles is yours to use at your own risk, and should not be attempted if you are 18 or under. It is also worthy of note that supplements may have unforeseen consequences, and using any brain altering substance may have consequences later.

One more thing: These are more advanced practices, and won’t benefit the new dreamer as much. If you’re a new dreamer, I’d suggest going through my Introduction to Lucid dreaming, then coming back to this series.

Without further ado, here is the first in the series.

Part 1: Galamantine and Acetylcholine

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My “Dreaming Slump” as I deemed it several weeks ago continues. I still remember my dreams, despite getting little sleep lately, as well as not practicing many things I should be, due to lack of energy. I’ve hit that fateful problem of just being too tired to do anything when you finally are done with tasks and are ready for bed. I’m going to make more of an effort to plan in dreaming exercises, so this should change.

Then again… It seems to me like this is just a bad time for the dreaming community. I haven’t really seen a lot of progress on many sites, most of them seem to be in some form of hibernation. There’s activity to be sure, but nothing new is being done, no new innovations or exciting projects, with one exception:

A new blog and its sister site: Bliss Of Being and Healing Beats.While technically not directly dreaming related, they are both indirectly related. Bliss of Being is a broad reaching personal development site, and Healing Beats is a site dedicated to building a community around binaural beats. Healing beats looks to offer a lot once it gets some momentum, as it offers free binaural beats as well as a place to learn how to create beats as well as share them. The creator of these two sites is Wayne, who is an experienced mediator and binaural beats user. We should be seeing some guests posts from him soon, so keep an eye out for that.

I hope that I can make some progress soon, otherwise things might continue to hibernate. I hope the community as a whole wakes up a little more too.

-Hatter

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As you may have guessed by the fairly infrequent posting as of late, I’m in a bit of a slump. Since I think you can learn from just about any experience, I’m going to try and post about how I get out of this. I suppose the first step is realizing you’re having trouble, so I’m already on the road to recovery in my mind. The first thing I should learn from this is probably how to avoid getting in a slump in the first place.

3 Habits to Avoid to Prevent Slumps

Get adequate sleep! If possible, get more then the bare minimum as It really does help lucid dreaming.
Don’t lose your interest. Keep reading about lucid dreaming and stay active in the community.
Don’t overwork yourself. Make sure you aren’t falling into bed each night and then conking out. It also helps to keep your mind from racing.

I’ll keep you updated with my “recovery” from my dreaming slump.

-Hatter

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The mind enhancement program is designed to induce heightened Gamma brain activity to trigger a variety of results including but not limited to rapid development of expanded awareness, increased intuition, lucid dreaming, miscellaneous psi abilities, the achievement of higher states of consciousness, and many other fascinating possibilities.

From Reality Shifter’s introductory page about the Gamma Mind Enhancement Technology.

I have been using this technology for six nights now, and I have had some interesting and consistent results in the short term already. Here they are in list form:

Tingling
Loss of feeling in hands and feet
Easier to work with energy
More vivid visualizations
Increased energy in general, the biggest boost being right after the session

I also had two one time events which may or may be related to the Gamma technology:

This is fairly minor, but it hasn’t happened again, so I can’t put it up under the first category. I had increased dream recall after the first night, probably three dreams over normal. This was most likely a fluke.

The other occurance happened when I was sitting down and staring in a relaxed manner at someone, and I saw colors around them. This reminded me of Auras, and I was able to focus and do it for a few minutes, then I was unable to continue maintaining the focus required. I’ve tried to learn to see auras before, but never really wholeheartedly. I hadn’t seen colors around people until now, so it’s most likely due to the gamma experiment, but it’s too early to be anywhere near sure.

Interesting results thus far.

-Hatter

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