Halovision – dream like a boss!

28 01 2016

Michael of Lucid Code has refined his own REM detection system project known as Halovision which is great news for us interested in sleep and dream research.

Halograph dream headband with camera

The device measures subtle electrooculography (EOG) muscle changes by means of a small 5 megapixel camera over the eye which records your eyelid movements digitally frame by frame via your associated computer device. Read the rest of this entry »

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DIY lucid dream mask

21 07 2014
Milk carton mask and parts layout

Main components of dream mask

A DIY eye dream mask idea for use with a web cam, cycle lights and LED sensors.

Basically there are numerous ideas and hacks out there in the public domain for eye masks which attempt to promote lucid dreaming mainly on Instructables or various other electronics-type blogs and forums, including the Kvasar dreammask for example.

My simple do it yourself approach makes use of empty plastic milk cartons and basic electronic components for the hardware. The software is powered by lucidcode.

For more information on Project ‘DreamJacker’.





Lucid Dreaming For Dummies?

23 01 2014

Readers of this blog know the famous ‘For Dummies’  reference book series which have covered various subjects since the very first book ‘DOS For Dummies’ was released back in November 1991.

Now anything from Acne to Zoho is available, covering over 1,800 book titles since March 2013.

Well there is a ‘Dreams For Dummies’ book by the Author Penney Pierce (ISBN-13: 978-0764552977) which was first published back in December 2000.

There is even a ‘Dream Dictionary For Dummies’ written by the same Author.

 

What about lucid dreaming?

lucid dreaming for dummies book cover

Artist impression of book cover

You’ve seen the film (usually Inception,) got the t-shirt, but now all you need is the book!

You have heard of EWOLD because the abbreviated title reminds you of a cross between a furry Star Wars character and being AWOL, plus you are fed up of seeing new 4-letter acronyms for so-called lucid dreaming techniques being invented since.

 

If a For Dummies book were to exist then we would hope that it would bust some of the myths and fears that have built up around the subject that is lucid dreaming.

For example some people view the subject as something mystical; even occult, yet dreaming is a natural process. *Everybody does it whatever your race, colour or creed.

Dreaming is even mentioned in The Bible.

The term ‘sleep paralysis’ is probably still one of the biggest controversies amongst the lucid dreaming community in general.

A lot of myths still surround this subject especially. The student often has fears that attempting to lucid dream might bring it on, or that sleep paralysis and hallucinations are necessary to have a WILD (a Wake Induced Lucid Dream) for example.

It should never be confused with REM atonia nor the medical condition called sleep apnea.

Also various Hollywood films like The Matrix trilogy, the media and the growth of social networking on the Internet have catapulted lucid dreaming into the mainstream. It is seen as more pop culture than New Age nowadays. Even science accepts it.

The agreed definition of lucid dreaming is being aware that you are in a dream whilst asleep. The vast majority of people tend to only realise they are dreaming when they wake up, often disappointed. That person for example finds they haven’t got the winning lottery ticket, nor are they in a passionate embrace with George Clooney or Jessica Alba after all!

Then there are the people who don’t remember their dreams for whatever reason. It maybe that people are simply not interested or because they live a busy lifestyle.

Having some form of a bedside dream journal in the form of a written notebook or some form of dictation device or recorder can prove invaluable.

You will be able to recall more dreams with practice. It helps to notice your personal dream signs and themes which is where your journal comes in handy again. Recalling your dreams accurately should be your goal initially.

Daily awareness in your routine and reality checks can be useful too providing you carry them out with proper conviction rather than half-heartedly.

Do not believe the people that say lucid dreaming is easy. It takes dedication. Sure there are the naturals who used the skill to control their nightmares as a kid but lost the idea how to do it maybe when they grew up.

It takes hard work and practice; however it is worth it when you achieve your first realization.

Finally do not give up. Never give up. The adventure is about to begin!

 

*(Unless there are medical reasons.)

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Reality Check – The light switch

29 09 2011

The term ‘Reality Check’ (often abbreviated to ‘RC’) is a useful technique to learn which will give you more awareness.

Tip: Basically whilst awake in the day try looking at your hands, look away, then look at your hands again, observing them whilst doing this action. The reason being whilst dreaming, the action of looking at your hands, then looking again to see if there is any change in their appearance.

E.g. Are your hands blurred or distorted?

Note: Looking at your hands whilst having a (lucid) dream can stabilize it.

Light switch_RC -jpg

Similarly, a reality check can be performed on a simple light switch by flicking it ‘on’ or ‘off’ whilst awake. The theory being that you (usually) cannot do this action during an actual dream without something ‘odd’ happening.

With practice, you will gain dream awareness which increases your chance of becoming lucid.

Good luck!