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May 28

What Is the Hypnagogic State?

Exploring the Uncharted Regions of Your Mind

The most vivid and sometimes unusual dreams, the clearest visuals you can create in your mind and the most lucid symbolic encounters with creatures and beings from your most heavenly dream creations and worst nightmares alike are all a product of the hypnagogic state.

What is the hypnagogic state? Commonly referred to as the state of consciousness in which lucid dreaming occurs, this mental landscape can produce sensory changes that may often make you extremely sensitive to sounds and images, with the first dreams occurring in this state along with the activation of brainwaves just above normal sleeping patterns.

Hypnagogic State

The Power of Lucid Dreaming

Far from being a quick way to get your mind to generate fun hallucinations, lucid dreaming in the hypnagogic state is more like a type of meditation, rather than basic entertainment. More precisely, it is the realm where meditation and sleep collide, producing an endless array of inner mental projections and landscapes that, unlike with regular dreaming, you can explore while retaining full control over your awareness and level of consciousness.

Lucid dreaming can be used to discover unconscious beliefs and fears that may cause nightmares, phobias and many other problems we have to cope with on a day-to-day basis. Through the use of symbols and clarity of generated sounds and imagery, you can paint a clearer map of your mind’s interior workings to even explore old emotional wounds that still haven’t been healed, and gain complete awareness of their underlying source.

Hypnogogic dreams and hallucinations can be achieved through meditation by gradually reducing the number and intensity of your thoughts focused on the world around you, closing your eyes, and slowly directing your focus towards the first glimmers of dream-like ghost patterns, imagery and sounds, but without losing consciousness and falling asleep.

While difficult at first, this feat can be enhanced through the use of brainwave entrainment products such as audios based on alpha-frequency binaural and isochronic tones, as well as through constant meditation and practicing.

Dream Spinning vs. Basic Meditation

Simple meditation practices focus on a vague goal while maintaining two basic parameters of the mind: focus and relaxedness. As long as you are able to maintain these two factors stable, you can maintain a basic state of meditation in the alpha wave range.

Now, the hypnogogic state presents you with an opportunity to create vast and complex dream-like realities with your mind, and explore their visual appeal, symbolism or anything else you want to achieve. However, control is a very important factor here.

To keep control over your dream creations, you need to approach your meditations in a different manner than the regular, vague targeting system you have at first, focusing only on keeping calm, breathing and maintaining your focus. Instead, you need to add mental projections and suggestions that will make you feel like you are in charge of the conscious dream, instead of being just its observer.

As such, suggestions such as “I am in a relaxing meadow” take precedence over thoughts like “I wish I was in a relaxing meadow” or “I want to be…” etc. Statements placing you in the point of power will control the imagery, and prevent any unwanted elements from entering your lucid dream.

This process is called dream spinning, and it also works with guided meditations. Using the right suggestions and statements will help you “spin” your dreams in the hypnagogic state with ease, after some time practicing with brainwave entrainment products. Through the use of these audio tools, your gradual evolution as you venture deeper and deeper into the hypnagogic state will be much smoother and free of distractions or any sudden loss of consciousness.

Dream Spinning

How to Get into the Hypnagogic State

Even while reading this, you can do a small exercise to get into the hypnagogic state. Simply close your eyes, and cup them with your hands, but without touching your eyelids.

At first, you may simply see a few lines that represent the contours of the screen, but after a few seconds, you will start observing faint geometric lines and patterns that are somewhat like faint, ghostly images introducing your mind to the hypnagogic landscape. As you focus on them, they should become gradually stronger, and start forming familiar shapes and actual dream-like landscapes.

Of course, the more vivid and realistic the imagery, the harder it will be to maintain your calm and keep centered within your consciousness. Without being familiar with meditation or brainwave entrainment, most people would tend to fall asleep quite soon after trying out the above exercise for a few minutes.

This is precisely why you need the best guided meditations and brainwave entrainment products to help you reach your best results. Through very gentle brainwave alteration, these products will guide your mind to slowly decrease brainwaves to a point just beneath normal beta waves (around 11-12 Hz) and help you move on from there.

With time, dream spinning and even OBE (Out-of-Body Experience) can be accessible, as you practice probing your own mental landscape, and getting used to observing the dream-like images and sounds without reacting to them.

The Right Kind of Practice

For basic meditation, deep meditations and lucid dreaming, the same principle applies: you need to maintain your consciousness and avoid losing control, while keeping as calm and focused as possible on the clear goals you set in advance.

To start, you need to practice setting up goals for your meditations and seeing them through. As you become able to practice using lower frequency brainwaves, as well as deeper and deeper states of consciousness, lucid dreaming will become accessible, and that’s when you need to get ready to face both the “good” and the “bad” of your subconscious mind, sometimes having to face your deepest nightmares.

The most important thing to remember is that you can and will reach the level of control you desire in both your meditations and lucid dreams. Even if you are a beginner when it comes to meditation, well-designed binaural beat and isochronic tune based audios can keep you focused, centered and relaxed, so that you’ll be able to practice the creation and observation of subconscious dream imagery without failing to keep your conscious awareness.

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