That Brief Moment

May 14, 2013

That Brief Moment

“You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming?”

Personally, I love that place. I love That Brief Moment before sleep when your mind begins to go a little wonky and the world sort of collapses. Your body feels heavy against the bed and you couldn’t move if you wanted to, not that you’d ever want to. With paralysis creeping over your limbs, you’ve never been so comfortable.

I find that in this Brief Moment, my mind sort of melts. My thoughts form this endless stream of absurdities with myself as the only sane constant. The laws of physics fall to shambles as the world spins and blackness slowly consumes my consciousness. Any flicker of thought instantly takes over my mind and manifests itself before me. It is in That Brief Moment that I can have the most vivid fantasies.

Not fantasies that I can control. I’m usually too tired to focus or to try and wrangle in the loose cattle of my mind. It runs rampant and paints whatever picture it wants for me. Usually, these visions are ones of hysteria. Everything seems heightened, exaggerated, and they only last for a few seconds before something else takes their place.

But these vivid images that take over my mind in That Brief Moment are usually…spectacular. One second, I’ll dive into an electric blue ocean, then I’ll open my eyes and find myself in a free-fall. Or maybe I’ll simply be running. Or sometimes I’m struggling to squeeze through a quickly closing gap. More often than not, however, I see myself grab someone’s hand. Someone that was just about to fall from a very high height. And I say: “Gotcha.” I don’t see my face or the person’s face, I just see our hand’s clinging.

That Brief Moment only has one flaw. It’s brevity. Couldn’t it last a few seconds longer? Isn’t there another ocean to plunge into? Another cliff to fall from? Another person to grab? But I suppose I can just look forward to the next time my body becomes filled with sand, and my brain filled with illusions.

I suppose I’ll just wait.

-Brian Wiegand (An Idiot, A Superman in training)

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Attempting Lucidity

October 4, 2012

Recently, we’ve been learning about dreams in Psychology. Dreams and what they mean. And to say that I find it fascinating is an understatement. Specifically, I’ve become very intrigued by the idea of a Lucid Dream.

Now, I’m not the kind of person who remembers their dreams. Very rarely do I recall a dream after I wake up. And even if I do, they’re gone in an instant. But we’ve been studying dreams and how to remember them and what they could mean and, most importantly, the possibility of Achieving Lucidity.

A Lucid Dream, for anyone who may not know, is a dream in which the dreamer realizes they are in a dream and can therefore manipulate their surroundings. It is a dream that can be controlled (to an extent.) To put it quite bluntly: it’s totally like Inception.

I’m not going to pretend I’m trying to Achieve Lucidity for noble reasons. I’m definitely just doing it for kicks and giggles. Some of the articles I’ve read on them say that any number of things can be achieved in a Lucid Dream: Flight, teleportation, shape-shifting, almost anything that can be imagined.

Not only do Lucid Dreams hold entertainment value, they can also be used to face irrational fears. In a Lucid Dream, when one is encountered with some kind of terror, they have the power to overcome this fear. They have the power to abolish this horror. In this way, the conscious can take an active part in the correction of the subconscious. Your ability to be aware of the dream gives you the power to affect your own inner thoughts.

So, I plan to Achieve Lucidity.

Today at Cross Country practice, all we found ourselves talking about was dreams and the possibility of having a Lucid Dream. A teammate of mine, Brady, decided to join me in a quest to Achieve Lucidity. Over the next month or so, we’ll run periodic tests on what can induce Lucid Dreams. Tonight is the first test.

Our methods will vary from white noises, dream journals, reality checks, periodic awakenings, tracking our REM Cycle, and Binaural Beats. All of these tactics involve relaxation and the enhancement of our ability to perceive when we’re in a dream. White noise and Binaural Beats are used to relax us. Dream journals help us notice patterns in our dreams, therefore allowing us to recognize a dream when we’re in one. Reality checks, (pinching ourselves, watching the passage of time, noticing if we have the correct number of fingers, etc.) used frequently enough, will become a routine in our subconscious and it’s possible to make our dream selves check the reality of the situation, usually resulting in a realization of the dream.

Overall, I am skeptical. It does seem very “out there” and I’m not 100% positive that it will work. But the possible rewards are too great to turn up an opportunity to try. So, Brady and I will work to Achieve Lucidity. If it happens…if I do, in fact, receive a Lucid Dream, I’ll be sure to write a post all about it.

For now, though, this has been a very bizarre post and I’ll leave it at that.

Who knows? Maybe tonight I’ll face my fear of spiders. Maybe I’ll fly. Maybe I’ll become Superman. Maybe I’ll face my fear of growing up. Or maybe I’ll just sleep the whole night and not remember any of my dreams. I suppose I just have to try.

-Brian Wiegand (An Idiot, A Superman in training)