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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Big news in the lucid dreaming community! Dreamport has announced the next Shared Dreaming Party. Here is the most pertinent data:

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 22 2007
Shared Dreams Dates: Periodically between the above and below dates.
Expected Shared Dreaming Finale Date: Saturday, August 11 2007

At the moment the party is in the very beginning of the planning stages. This is a great time to jump in and help co-ordinate. The planning is taking place on the Dreamport forums, and unfortunately, you’ll have to register if you want to view or contribute to the planning. If you want to help with the planning, you’ll have to register. The good news is that registration is short, there is no validation email. I should also mention that this party is experimental, to my knowledge nothing on this scale has been accomplished before. This isn’t to say it wont’ be successful, just that it won’t be a free ride.

Now, here’s a little information about how the planning looks to be going thus far: (Nothing final, just the general ideas that have been floating around)

The method for training people to become lucid for the dream is looking like it’s going to be infinity. This will ensure everybody has the ability to lucid dream come the night of the party.

It has been suggested that we do several smaller and frequent parties leading up to the last party, which will be sort of a big bang to end the whole experiment.

The methods for getting everybody together are looking to be either having small groups who try to find each other and then the main group, or where everybody has two other people to “wake up” for the party. Which it will be is undecided, who knows, others will be suggested.

I hope to see you all there!

-Mad Hatter

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So far we’ve discussed using lucid dreaming to give you more time/help you absorb information and how to get ahead at work or school. Today, I’ll be discussing uses for dreaming in relationships. Not limited to romantic relationships, but any interaction you have between you and somebody else.

Let’s start with a story, shall we? Let’s go back to the office example I used earlier. This time, you’ve worked for a company for a long time, have been a faithful and hardworking employee, and haven’t made any major mistakes. You’ve languished under the clock from 8 to 5 for a great while now, and you’re thinking that it’s about time for a raise. You really deserve it, management’s been pinching pennies lately, and you think it’s time for them to stop imitating scrooge. The only problem: You’re not really sure how to actually ask for a raise. You’ve thought about it, and you’re not really sure how your boss will react, but you pull together the guts and go for it. You walk into your boss’s office, and, rather nervously, ask for a raise. Your boss shoots you down with : We don’t have the money right now. You’d better get back to work. Rather dejected, and now disheartened by the likely probability that your raise will probably be delayed much longer now, you walk back to your office and look out of your window. You sit and watch the window cleaners squeegee the windows for a while, and then go back to work.

Now let’s see what you could have used lucid dreaming for in this situation:

While dreaming, you have access to your subconscious, which knows a lot about your life and your world. It also knows the people you interact with. You can, while dreaming, ask your subconscious to make the most realistic and lifelike version of __________. (for this example we’ll use your boss) You then have a very good imitation of your boss in the dream with you. There are many directions you could go from here. You could become your boss, by whichever mean you prefer, it doesn’t really matter as long as your subconscious understands that you are now playing the role of your boss, and experience the same emotions they do. You could then have a dream version of you come and ask you if they can have a raise. Make sure to analyze your feelings and reactions as the boss. Have your dream self re-enact this with different approaches, and see which one seems best to you as the boss. This may be a little to abstract or flat out weird for some, so if you’d prefer, you could just ask your boss in a candid manner about a raise and what you’d have to ask to get it. Both methods give you insight into you another person’s perspective on things.

Now that you’ve thoroughly examined your boss’s viewpoint, why not scrutinize yours? You can examine different aspects of your personality through your subconscious in the same manner you examined your boss. Ask your subconscious to show all of the different sides of your personality in a house of mirrors, for example. Or maybe have them show up as people. You can use this to see what you really think about that raise. Why not ask paranoia what they think, or confidence? Using this tool, you can also examine why something is bothering you, or why you’ve been depressed lately. Maybe you see that you actually think you don’t deserve the raise, or think that somebody else deserves it more. This gives you great insight into yourself.

Now that you’ve got more information about your boss’s feelings and your own, you have one thing left to do to make sure you don’t botch the raise. Using your subconscious to set up the environment and people, you can practice any situation you want, as many times as you want. Try and re-create your boss’s office, and then put your boss in it. Then you can walk in and see from your point of view exactly how the boss reacts to those various approaches you found out earlier. While you’re at it, why not practice asking that co-worker out for coffee? You can practice any situation to give you confidence. Have a presentation coming up soon? Practice it!

So let’s see how this works out after you’ve prepared in dream time:

You have, after examining the boss, noticed that there isn’t actually any really good to ask. You simply couldn’t find any approach to make him budge. So you decided to practice asking him why raises have been so scarce for the workers lately. You walk into his office and, in the manner you practiced, ask about the budget. He starts pulling his hair, and mentions something about the CEO and lawsuits, and then asks you to leave. Oh, you think walking back to your office, I guess this really isn’t a good time to ask for a raise. When you get back, you see an email from a fellow co-worker warning you to avoid the boss today, he’s in one of those moods. You make a mental note to check your work email before doing anything with the higher0-ups next time.

Remember that this example is quite specific, and that you can use the methods of viewing a situation from someone else’s view, exploring your own opinions, and practicing a situation to many ends. You can use it for romantic relationships, asking somebody out, seeing why a friend is depressed, or virtually anything involving you and another person.

In Part IV of the series, I’ll discuss improving your physical coordination in dreams. (practicing for sports, martial arts, and the like.)

-Hatter

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This series is dedicated to showing you why you should learn lucid dreaming, and some of the more productive uses for this skill. This series is less of a how-to and more long the lines of the possibilities that dreaming provides. People typically ask the question: But why would I want to learn lucid dreaming. These articles are the answer to that question.

Part I: Information Overload
Part II:How to Get Ahead With Dreaming
Part III: Dreaming for Relationships
Part IV: Physical Coordination (Unfinished)

-Hatter

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In my first part of this series, I explored why you need to learn lucid dreaming to keep up with the incredible amount of information out there. In this segment, I’ll explore using dreaming as a way to get an advantage in life.

Let’s take this fictional example to demonstrate how dreaming can be used:

You walk into the office, it’s a Monday, and you’re looking at another long week in a cubicle without any natural light. You are surprised that your old cubicle neighbor now has their own office, and with windows no less. How did that happen? The other person was more efficient, worked longer, and had these killer ideas you couldn’t keep up with. There was nothing you could do, you were already at the breaking point, and you really needed to go get coffee twice a day to stay awake. Now your co-worker got the promotion, and you’re stuck in cubicle-land hoping they decide to put in skylights. At least, if you want to see the sky anytime soon.

Now let’s take that example, and see what happens if you had been a lucid dreamer:

Your motivation is high, and so is your productivity. You know what you’re going to do and when and how you’re going to go about it. That’s because you’ve already planned it out the night before, during your sleep. You are organized and well planned. Instead of letting your quality of work slip or getting behind, you actually do better work than your motivated colleague. You accomplished this level of motivation by using your subconscious, because While dreaming you have access to your subconscious, as I mentioned in part I. By telling your subconscious that it will keep you more on task, focused and efficient, you can effect a sort of self hypnosis. Your subconscious will act on these suggestions, and you’ll start to find yourself getting more done. If you would prefer a less abstract approach, you could physically plan out your day, and then give yourself the information to remember, so that you know what you should be doing and when.

Now instead of being tired and groggy in the morning, you’ve relegated your alarm to emergency duty, and you wake up with your internal clock. This leaves you feeling awake and alert, and less apt to go grab another cup of coffee later. This in turn also helps your productivity, and your stress levels. It might even save you a little time in the morning getting ready.

Instead of falling behind the other worker’s ideas, you’re keeping pace. You go home every night and while you dream, and use your subconscious for inspiration and ideas. Maybe that remote controlled stapler is a good idea, maybe it isn’t, but you have all kinds of creativity at your fingertips. Just keeping a watchful eye out in dreams yields all sorts of interesting ideas. Many artists use lucid dreaming for composing music, paintings, you name it. You’d be surprised with some of the ideas you had inside of yourself.

When you walk into work on Monday, you feel ready to tackle the day’s work, and finish off that project you’ve had going for the last few weeks. It’s all planned, and you’re brimming with ideas on how to finish it off. You’re about to sit down when your boss tells you that he’s got some good news for you: You’ve been promoted, and you now have a real office. Eager to check it out, you follow the boss to your new workstation, eagerly anticipating what kind of a view you’re going to have. You turn the corner, admire your new desk, and- your windows look right out into another building not 10 feet away. Better luck next time, but at least you’re got a new desk!

Dreaming isn’t some magical cure-all for life, as this example shows, but it certainly can push you ahead of your competition.

If you have any suggestions for this series, feel free to add them in the comments. In part III, I’ll explore how you can use dreaming for relationships.

-Hatter

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In this article, I am going to attempt to show you why you need to learn lucid dreaming. That’s right, not why you should, but why you need to.

In todays world, life is hectic. The clock is something very few people are on speaking terms with, let alone like. We are bombarded with a deluge of daily information, and it is impossible to keep up at this point.

“Wait a minute there Hatter, if the world is such an overflow of information, how does everybody else keep up with it? How does Ted always seem know how his favorite sports team is doing?”

The sad answer is that you have to pick and choose what you know about in this day and age. Unless he dedicates most if not all of his free time to keeping track of things, Ted is probably going to be out of the loop. Ignorant of his what his government has done lately, ignorant of the latest astrological anomalies, and ignorant of the medical miracles that happen on a near weekly basis. (These are just examples, I’m sure you can think of much more pertinent things you’d like to know more about.) Hopefully now you’re agreeing with me that there’s a lot of stuff out there you would probably like to keep up with, or at the very least should keep up with. Dreaming is one of the few ways left of keeping yourself sane, and keeping up with the world. You’re probably thinking:

“How does dreaming accomplish this?”

Glad you asked.

A very direct method of information control through dreaming would be improving your memory. You say, oh, they make pills for that now. I say those pills cost money and don’t work very well, and have weird side effects. Pill jokes aside, your memory is already near perfect. It is scientifically accepted that the brain processes much more information than we have conscious access to. The subconscious stores this information, perhaps for later use or to be lost in the oblivion that is your total memory. Lucid dreaming helps you recover access to that information. While you are conscious during a dream, you are in an altered state of consciousness that is extremely helpful for communicating with your subconscious. Used in this way, dreaming can be a very direct and concrete way of getting more information into your conscious mind.

A more abstract method of accomplishing the same thing is by re-scheduling your relaxation time. Really, do you actually need a two hour “TV break” to help you relax? Let’s not kid ourselves here, most people spend a lot of time watching the television or browsing the internet where they could be doing much more productive tasks. Plug your favorite activity into your dreaming (yes, sex is a possibility here) and you have a new time for relaxation. This keeps daily life much less stressful, and makes night time a lot more fun than if you were simply remembering things. This might be a good option for those of you who prefer doing work in waking life, and prefer saving the zaniness of dream time for fun.

Not sure you could handle working like a dog all day? You could take the last idea to a new level with dream time extension. It is possible to skew dream time so that you perceive the thirty minutes of real time as three hours, three days, or three weeks. I have heard of people going for longer, and while my personal experience is limited to two days, I believe more is possible. I seriously doubt anybody is going to turn down the chance to do whatever they want for practically however long they want. Also, I should mention that this is all as real as waking life.

If you have any suggestions for this series, feel free to add them in the comments. In part II of the series, I’ll discuss how you can use dreaming to get ahead at work.

-Hatter

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