Twilight of Consciousness
When the Astral becomes Lucid
These pages are from the new book on Astral Projection and dreaming techniques by Robert Zucker, "The Twilight of Consciousness."
"Dreaming is a real experience
And since dreams can be remembered
they must be a conscious experience."
Psychologists Yost and Kalish
Have you ever dreamed you were dreaming?
Did the.thought of it startle you andcause you to suddenly awake, perplexed and amazed?
Or... were you able to keep on dreaming and still know that you were asleep?
Once in a great while, in
the normal flow of a dream, a vivid flash of awareness may overcome us.
Suddenly, we realize we are dreamingl
The dream no longer seems
like watching a prepared television show. We become consciously involved
in a scene that takes on a surreal quality. The realization we are
somewhere else, participating in some strange environment rather than
lying in our bed sleeping, changes the dream into an experience rarely
conscious-dreaming, or lucid dreaming. It is unlike the normal dream
where we are caught up in an endless flow of uncontrolable situations.
Once it occurs to you that
you are dreaming, you have access to 'supernatural' powers to change
the dream world into the astral.
A dream of being lost on a
crowded street in some obscure city can be turned into a flying dream
which projects you above the people and buildings into the clouds to
soar to new adventures.
Awareness of being in a
dream while it is in progress does something unusual to the quality of
the dream. It no longer seems like a fantasy stage production
with-touches of reality thrown in to keep it believeable. For a moment,
the dream is no longer a dream. It seems real- lucid.
New possibilities begin to unfold with this realization.
If you dream of being
confronted by a hungry tiger who is contemplating you as, his next meal,
the mere conscious knowledge it is only a dream can give you that
desperately needed second to find an escape and divert a possible
Those stampeding bison can
instantly be turned into a stream of trickling water or a lushious
flowerbed within a moments decision. How many times have you wished to
change your dream and all of the sudden a new world emerged?
We are normally quite
unaware of the surroundings in our dreams. As we putter around we act
out our personal hangups, indulge in our ego, desires and subconsciously
create our own fantasies to live in.
Many dreams are built
around our sexual, personal and societal conflicts which we try not to
consclously deal with while awake. We find ourselves getting so
emotionally involved in the tribulatlons of our dreams that we don't
realize it can all be changed wlthin a second (not too much unlike the
waking world sometimes).
Usually, we give very
little attention, if any at aII, to our dreams while they occur. In most
dreams, we let ourselves be carried along In a continuous flow of quick
action situations and take part in them as though they were really
We accept the existance of
the dream surroundings as an actual experience. Our bodies believe what
we dream is actually happening, even though we lie peacefully in bed.
Scientists have measured
bodily responses to dream situations. A dream of frantically being
chased down the street by a gang of crazed hoodlums actually instills
fear in us. As we dream, we almost feel as though we are really
participating in the event. That gang of delinquents really seem to be
after us and we run like hell because we believe them to be real.
Suddenly gaining consciousness during a dream is one method of projecting into the astral.
But, because of the spontanity of its occurance, it is often the most
difficult method to master and hardest to maintain.
Many well intentioned
projections fail as the projector loses sight of the experience and
lapses back into the dream hallucinations.
Hypnogogic- the space between waking and sleep
Another, more practical, method to gain dream awareness can begin when our minds are most susceptible to both environments.
This happens in the short
time we pass from being awake to falling alseep- known as the hypnogogic
period. The few minutes we spend passing into sleep are ideal for
projecting into the astral.
Observe: As you
get ready to fall asleep, lie comfortable on your back. Relax. Take a
few, slow deep breaths to clear our your clogged and overburdened mind.
Look ahead into the darkness. Let all of the hassles and troubles
plaguing you in the waking world pass from your mind. Put all thoughts
out of your head. Enjoy these few moments of peace and serenity as you
retire. Let yourself sail away inside the quietness of your mind.
as you pass into sleep. This transition period, gives you a fleeting
chance to explore your mind as it passes from one consciousness into
As you lie, calm and
relaxed, the monotony of the surrounding silence and darkness will soon
begin to dull your mind. You feel tired and sleepy. You become less
aware of your surroundings. Your mind and body become untense and at
ease. The bed, pillow and sheets no longer seem to exist. The world
around you fades from interest. Let it go.
Awareness dims. Drowsiness
starts to overcome you. Your eyes feel heavy. Close them. Reality slips
away. Let consciousness meet the dweller on the threshold.
Feel your body start to
drift. Instead of drifting entirely into oblivion, let yourself' begin
to dream. Imagine some type of scene suspended in the darkness before
you. Hold it firmly in your mind as though you were actually looking at
Consciousness enters the dream.
occurs when the dreamer 'realizes' it is only a dream. This the first
step into the astral. The sights and sounds of the dream seem more than
just hallucinations. They become actual conscious experiences. The dream
state, which started as a flow of elusive sensations and images become
lucid, almost lifelike.
Anything can help spark
conscious-dreaming. The smell of a rose or touch of an object may be
enough to "awaken" the dreamer to the dream.