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Relaxation exercise

I picked this one up on the net, tried it myself and was quite appreciative of the results. It was designed to cut off any external influence on the brain so that the subject could relax and enter a vision favorable state.

So what you need is a pair of headphones, a white noise sound played on loop over the headphones, 2 halves of a ping pong ball which will be placed over your eyes (or taped over your eyes) and a source of red light.Basically the white noise smothers any outside stimulus like noise (also I find it to be very relaxing) and the red light projected through the ping pong ball does pretty much the same halting any disturbing light phenomenon allowing to your brain to enter a dream like state while you are still awake. After you have set it up just relax and enjoy.

I tried this method on several occasions but without the ping pong balls and although I didn’t have any impressive visions or hallucinogenic experiences, I did find the state very similar to a deep meditation – trance like state. It was very pleasant and very useful in getting a clear picture of my thoughts. I did this the other day for about 1 hour and i hardly felt the time go by. I do remember that at one point I did enter a state where my mind was completely clear of any thoughts, and I was in between sleep and awareness; probably that is why I lost track of time. It a also a very refreshing experience, and in just 1 hour I was felt very lively after a full day of physical labor.

Overall i do recommend you give it a try, at least with the white noise over the headphones, if not with the red light and ping pong ball.

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Dream

The first conscious dream I experienced happened way back when I was a little boy, around the age of 10 I believe.

At that time one of my main concerns was blasting monsters and the likes on my PC screen, or spending my day out playing sports. But on that particular day I spent most of my time in front of the PC screen. When it was at last time for me to go to bed and I was quite joyful. I feel in a deep sleep almost immediately, and found myself in a dream where I was being chased by 2 skeletal figures. I remember feeling terrified and that I was running and constantly looking backwards to see if I had lost my pursuers.

Up until one point.

I stopped. I turned around to face my attackers. And it slowly became clear that I was actually sleeping and that this was just a dream. Mind you, I had not awaken, i was still very asleep without feeling my body nor experiencing any awake state characteristics. I slowly looked down toward my hands, and the moment I saw them, it was crystal clear that I was indeed asleep and this was just a dream. A dream I had created and in which I held the power. By this point my pursuers, ghastly figures from my subconsciousness, were quietly sitting in front of me several meters from me. A thought crossed my mind, that they were unable to harm me in any way and also that it would be nice if i had a sword in my hand. And there it appeared in my left hand (which is kind of weird since i am right handed). The next thought focused on me slashing the figures with my new found sword, and the hand executed itself immediately. Afterward I  awoke being quite amazed at the “dream” i just had.

Also all of my dreams, including this one, are in color. 🙂

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State of mind – 1st of October

I find myself once again in a mental state which i cannot clearly define. It feels as though my head is spinning but my attention is quite clearly focused. As if I was high, but obviously that is not the case. In this state I feel as if I’m highly focused on my thoughts and emotions, but at the same time I’m not paying attention to the world around me. Also for the past 24 hours I’ve been experiencing aggressive tendencies towards the most mundane of things and this does not feel like me at all. Even more intriguing is the detachment with which I find myself viewing them, as if they belonged to somebody else. So right now 2 persons inside me are strugling for control, one as I said, quite aggressive where as the other in a weird trance like state of calm.

Should I believe either one of them is me? Can this “me” be defined through a state of mind. Or am I just sleeping and dreaming of others?

I choose not to give in to any of these states, and just watch their development.

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