I ran across this amazingly long list of hundreds of different frequencies. The claim is that these frequencies effect different changes in mental and physical state through light, sound, or magnetic fields. I wouldn’t trust all of these frequencies, as a lot of the sources are questionable. I would think that the frequencies associated with Robert Monroe should be authentic, as he did years of research with subjects in sensory deprivation tanks, worked with sound engineers, doctors, and many professionals throughout his life. Look for the frequencies tagged with the EWI tag. A good way to sort through this is to use ctrl-f, and then type the name you want to look for. (To check out the other tags citing sources, check out the bibliography) I have no idea what the other frequencies listed might actually do, but it seems like a great playground for experimentation. These frequencies have various methods they are supposed to be administered, so not all of them are quite as easy to use, as generating electromagnetic fields is something most people don’t have the capability to do. (Thanks to Kris for the correction about methods of use) However, it’s relatively easy to create simple brainwave entrainment programs at variable frequencies.

A good choice for creating these brainwave entrainment frequencies is of course brainwave generator.The trial version lets you create your own frequencies, just not import pre-made files. I’ve posted in the past about BWGen,and some resources about how to create your own frequencies. Another option is option is SBaGen, a free brainwave program. I prefer BWGen, but SBaGen is a solid choice as well.

If you can’t figure out how to use either program, and still want to try out a particular frequency, leave a comment and I’ll try to make something to that effect. It will take me a while to get it finished though, so you’re better off trying on your own then just asking me first. Some classics in the binaural beats/brainwave entrainment field are covered in these two posts.

Happy brainwave entraining!

-Hatter

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I was checking the ld4all forums as I occasionally do, and I came across this exciting new technique created by Jayster. The idea is an old one, (alert yourself that you’re in a dream with outside stimulus) but the execution is a new take on things.

The exact method is still being refined and retested, but overall it shows promise. The idea is to wear a vibrating watch throughout the day and perform a reality check every time it goes off. Once you have a reflex established, it should filter into your dreams. So as you sleep, your watch goes off, and your reflex causes you to reality check in the dream. Presto chango, you’ve got a lucid dream.

Another forum member, Rarebreed, is working on creating a device specifically for this technique. It seems unclear if this will be available for purchase, but it is possible. More likely Rarebreed will post the steps he went through for anybody who wants to build one for themselves. There is also another watch on the market that already fits the description of the “lucid watch” fairly well, but it is priced at around 70 USD.

If you’re thinking that this sounds very familiar to the lucid mask project I did a while back, you’re right, it’s very similar. Here’s why I believe this has more potential for success:

This is a way to automatically associate reality checking with the stimulus. The flashing lights for the mask was something you had to ingrain separately.

An isolated vibration is a sign that you encounter rarely. I know, cell phones are a big exception, but if you wear the watch around your ankle or your wrist, you’ll come to associate it with only the sensation in that area, and how often does your left ankle vibrate? I thought so.

It’s fairly easy to fall asleep wearing. The lucid mask was abominable in this regard. Falling asleep as per the timer’s requirements, let alone staying asleep was a huge challenge. Sleeping through the night with the thing staying on your my was something I’ve only accomplished about twice out of my 30+ trials.

It’s highly customizable. You can decide how often you want it to go off, and for how long. This is important because it seems everybody has their quirks when it comes to sleep.

I’m looking forward to seeing how some other people do with this method, as well as Rarebreed’s progress in building a device. Perhaps this is a breakthrough technique, although I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to those at this point. This isn’t to say there aren’t great systems for achieving lucid dreams, (MILD and Infinity come to mind) but to say that are no simple, reliable, and easy methods for inducing lucid dreams, at least that I am aware of.

Let’s hope this is the first!

-Hatter

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I found a very interesting site today, called Dream Bank. This is a site with an indexed, searchable, database of over 22000 dream reports. (6000 of which are written in German)

I am blown away by this site. The sheer amount of information at your fingertips is astounding. Want to research trends in dreamers over a certain age? Easy. Search for all of the dreams with a certain word? No Problem. With so many different categories to search through, one could really extract some interesting trends by analyzing it.

I’m going to play around with it, maybe I’ll uncover an interesting trend.

-Hatter

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I just finished watching a series by Tim, the founder of Lucidipedia. I was thoroughly impressed with the overall quality of the information as well as the way it was presented. The series is comprised of 10 short clips (11 if you count the trailer style clip,) probably averaging 8 minutes or so. He begins by explaining what lucid dreaming is, some general information, and his favorite books.

What he does next is what makes it so well done and interesting.

He walks you through a wake back to bed technique. Starting with waking, recalling dreams, and everything up until actually going to sleep. During this he gives you a first person perspective for the wake up and falling asleep scenes to give you a better idea of what you should be doing and what the experience is like. He then gives a brief section on dream control and what a lucid dream is like, by putting you in a mock lucid dream.

I am very impressed by the quality of this information and the interesting presentation. So here it is:
Trailer for the series

Or, if you prefer to jump into it:
Beginning of the series

You should probably watch it in order, as it’s essentially one clip cut up.

-Hatter

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Today I am reviewing a semi-famous DVD in the dreaming community. You may have seen links for it on LD4all, or in other places as well. I am not doing this as a paid review, or anything like that. This is simply my opinion on the information contained in SaltCube’s DVD I hope that this review might help you make a decision if you were considering buying the DVD.

Information
The information on the DVD is very good, as well as very poignant. He has both basic information and definitions for the beginning dreamer as well as more advanced how to types of information. He also includes a few types of exercises to help you WILD. There’s a lot of great and varied information. I thought he really covered the basics and a little more above them. Most of it was stuff I’d heard before, but I read a great number of books as well as online information. Even I picked up some new stuff though, and the small tips have been very helpful. I’m not sure if I agree with his explanations for why everything happens like it does, but whatever the mechanism, the techniques are effective.

Presentation
The presentation in this DVD is good, if somewhat standard. While he is explaining an idea, he typically highlights the main ideas by putting them in text for you to read. Other times he’ll use images to help get the idea across, which was helpful in a few instances. The only really nonstandard way conveying information he used was when he was explaining how to observe things in dreams. He gives you a first person perspective of walking around and getting sensory information, directly showing how you might do it in a dream. This is about as direct as you can get as far as relaying information, being shown.

Organization.
The DVD is organized in a very general sense. It starts with basic knowledge and definitions and progresses into more advanced concepts later. Outside of that though, I didn’t really see a pattern in the information presented. Because he chose an organizational structure based more on difficulty than type of information, it makes it harder to go back and look something up. This isn’t a huge deal, because he tells you what is in part I and part II, but it’s just general locations. This does make it more beginner friendly though, as you are eased into the more difficult techniques as well as learning the basics and terminology first.

Overall
I would recommend this DVD to anybody who hasn’t been reading a lot of literature about dreaming. (If you only visit one site or forum, this DVD will probably have a lot of new things for you) If however, you’re more like me and tend to hoard dreaming information, there’s less of a benefit to buying this DVD. It still will probably fill some gaps in your knowledge, but it won’t put you leaps and bounds ahead of where you were. For anybody though, it is a well put together source of information.

-Hatter

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Since the lucid dream blogging niche is rather small and underpopulated, there are few good quality, “big” blogs out there. The three that follow make up the three biggest, most updated, and most informative blogs on dreaming and lucid dreaming out there. If these three bloggers somehow met up Yalta style, great things might be accomplished. Perhaps like beating back Lucid Dreaming’s version of Nazism: Ignorance and social stigma.

Dreaming Life Ben has been around for about the same amount of time I have, but he always seems to beat me with his update schedule. He posts about many interesting theories of reality, dreaming theories, and theories in general. He also frequently shares his more remarkable experiences with dreaming. The most distinguishing traits of his blog are the interviews with many individuals, distinguished and just well read, as well his reviews of products and of etheogens. Add this together and you have a very “big” blog.

Reality Shifter A reasonably new blog, coming in at around 5 months now, is run by Kris. She has already written a large amount of solid content, the biggest being the recently completed “Mastering the Art of Lucid Dreaming” series. With 26
episodes covering many aspects of lucid dreaming, this series rocks. Another distinctive trait of this blog is the Gamma Brainwave experiment, which involves testing high level brain waves. This cutting edge research and frequent update schedule make Kris’ blog a must read.

Lucid Blog A blog coming up on its first anniversary, Lucid Blog has some great content. Basics for beginners as well as some more advanced dreaming techniques for the more accomplished oneironaught. The updates may be infrequent, but the content is good, and unique. Bill tries some interesting techniques, and gives you an idea of what you can really do once you break through the basic barrier of achieving lucidity.

These three blogs constitute a fairly balanced “diet” of dreaming information. From new experiments to fringe techniques and lucid aids, you have many different pieces of unique content, as well as the basics. If you think there is another blog out there that trumps one of these blogs, I’d be interested in seeing it. This list is just my opinion, but I’d say these are the biggest players in the lucid dreaming blog niche right now.

-I’d keep an eye on these if you’re interested in dreaming. I keep tabs on all three myself.

-Hatter

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I ran across another great blog, one which I am really impressed with. Anmolmehta deals with meditation, enlightenment, and kundalini yoga. This witty and insightful blog deals with all aspects of meditation, and the author seems to be well versed in the subject. Here is the list of articles, a very long list indeed.

I think I’ll be practicing a few of these myself. This site is the best I’ve seen on these subjects, so I hope you too put some of this great information to use.

-Hatter

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The Lucid Plaza is another location that was created as a place for you to incubate. It was put forth that in order to incubate this environment more effectively, a type of 3D exploration of this location should be created. Luckily, Dreamport has a talented 3D modeler, Donoteat. He’s only been working on this for a few days, and it’s already looking great. The progress of the programming is a little harder to keep a tangible track of, but Ben says it’s coming along quickly as well. With any luck, you should be able to walk around the Lucid Plaza in under a few weeks. Here’s a few pictures of what he’s got so far:

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These will probably be outdated soon at the rate that he’s going, so check the forum topic to keep up with the progress.

I’m looking forward to the completion of this project because when it is completed, it will be the most detailed and interactive dreamscape made for incubation that I know of. It will even surpass the lucid crossroads! I should probably mention that this is also where the shared dreaming attempts for the Dreamport party will be made. I hope it’s easy to get to!

-Hatter

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I recently became aware of a very interesting blog, Reality Shifter. She has many good articles about the same type of subject matter I typically cover, and right now she’s doing some very interesting and exciting experiments with Gamma brainwaves and their effect on a person.

“Research by the Division of Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham indicates that Gamma activity is related to perception and consciousness, as well as higher mental activity. Another research study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated that Tibetan monks with 15 to 40 years of daily meditation practice exhibited much higher levels of Gamma activity not only while actively involved in certain forms of meditation but also while not meditating.”

I am very interested to see where this goes, as it could prove to be one of the most effective consciousness enhancing tools yet. While many of the brainwave frequencies such as alpha, beta, delta, and theta have been tested because of their appearance during sleep, the higher frequencies that represent the Gamma frequency have been relatively un-researched. This is another step to seeing what the brain is capable of doing.

-Hatter

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I found another interview with Robert Monroe.This interview is with about OBEs and is very in depth, about an hour and a half. This interview took place about a year before he died. (October 30, 1915-March 17, 1995)

In this interview he explains his very first experiences with OBEs, including the Monroe Institute, out of body research, and related topics.
Here is the other interview with Robert Monroe.

-Hatter

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