Technology that Dreams are made of

There is a state of consciousness in which anyone can experience anything imaginable in which each one of us holds within him/her infinite possibilities.

"In your dreams!!!" one might say. Yeah right - precisely what I want to say -  In our dreams, we are free. A man in a dungeon can dream he is a king in a castle, and while he dreams, it is so. In dreams, each of us holds within us infinite possibilities.

People have long viewed dreams as blessings or curses beyond our control. However, according to Tibetan Buddhists, who for a thousand years have been practicing a form of dream yoga where in it is possible to gain complete mastery over dreaming. Recent scientific research at Stanford University has begun to provide objective evidence for that claim. Its called Lucid Dreaming, which means, dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming.

Whenever we dream, we find ourselves in complete worlds, as richly detailed, moving and impressive as the world of waking life. This ability to create worlds is the natural endowment of the human mind. The worlds we create in our minds are so convincingly real we cannot easily tell them from the "real" world of waking. Lucid dreaming helps people recognize when they are dreaming. Once they know they are dreaming, they are free to do as they choose. This freedom, hard to imagine in our highly constrained waking reality, is astonishing, exhilarating, and inspiring. The laws of physics and society are repealed. The limits are only those of the dreamer's imagination.

Who would not want such a genie at their command? Today, lucid dreaming is a reality, currently being enjoyed and explored by thousands of people. However, for it to achieve its potential of expanding the horizons of all humanity, research advances are necessary so that an individual can "lucid dream" at will, thereby having reliable access to any imaginable or should I say hitherto unimaginable experience.

These days, thanks to research in modern dream laboratories in the USA and Europe, and thanks to the invention of state-of-the-art lucid dreaming devices, the path to lucid dreaming is faster and easier than ever before. One of these devices is the REM-Dreamer which helps you recognize and stabilize lucidity in your dreams.

In their work in dream laboratories researchers discovered that external world stimuli reach the dreaming mind but are "reinterpreted" within dreams in order to enable the dreamer to remain asleep. In this way the dreamer is protected from frequent awakenings.

For example, if a dreamer's face is sprinkled with water when he/she enters REM sleep, the dreamer might report rain in their dream. Or, if a dreamer is exposed to perfume, the dream might include a dancing partner and a ball.

The REM-Dreamer uses this technique of reinterpretation by providing the dreamer's mind with preset visual and/or audio cues (flashes and beeps) which help the dreamer understand that they are dreaming. The REM-Dreamer also features a new method of inducing lucid dreams. It enables two-way communication between the sleeping person and the REM-Dreamer. Researchers have confirmed that, while sleeping and dreaming, people move their eyes in the same directions that they do in their dreams. This fact helped inspire the creation of the TWC (Two-Way-Communication) technology. The TWC technology enables communication between the REM-Dreamer and the sleeping person during the dreaming state.

Research into the factors of brain and mind that underlie the lucid dream state could lead to breakthroughs allowing an individual to lucid dream at will, thereby having reliable access to any imaginable experience. This is much more than a remote possibility. Much is already known about REM sleep, the sleep state in which lucid dreaming occurs, and progress has been made in determining how brain activity changes when a person becomes lucid in a dream.

Current training in lucid dreaming takes more time and effort than most people are able to commit. Technology exists to assist people in attaining the state, but although it can greatly enhance a person's chances of having a lucid dream, cannot yet guarantee it. Experimentation in lucid dreaming is completely risk-free, so ideas in business, politics, ecology, athletics, or indeed, any endeavor can be tested in the model world of dreams. Practice in lucid dreams can improve performance, and prevent costly errors in waking reality.

The potentials of mental imagery and hypnosis will also be accessible to everyone, because dreams are the most vivid of all images, available even to those who do not have the ability to create vivid mental imagery or to enter deep hypnotic states while they are awake. This brings with it the possibility of enhanced healing capacities, hinted at in research on mental imagery. People may be able to use lucid dreaming to shorten the time it takes them to recover from illnesses or operations, and to stimulate the redevelopment of physical skills following injury.

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Article by Shrikant who blogs at Hedonist to the Core.

comment 2 comments:

kingkhan on June 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM said...

Lucid dreaming sounds good buddy... really a great invention from stanford's... u did a great work on posting this... Cool:):)

Shrikant on June 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM said...

Thanks pal!!

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