Twilight of Consciousness

Living Inside Your Dreams

Chapter 4:
Dreaming: Stepping into the Astral

Everyone dreams.

Each night, we rhythmically drift between a deep, unconscious sleep and a light semi-conscious sleep. This light stage of sleep is where most of our dream experiences take place.

We are physically asleep, but the mind is partially awake. It is awake enough only to be fleetingly aware of the flow of images which dart through our minds.

For every eight hours of sleep, one and a half hours or about 20% is involved in dream episodes. After falling asleep, every nighty minutes we rise from a deep sleep and dream for a few minutes.

We dream five or six separate time during one night of sleep.

The images first appear in short bursts and increase in length and complexity every ninty minutes as the depth of sleep decreases. Dreams may last up to a half an hour during the last phases of the sleep cycle.

As we wax and wane between a deep and light sleep, our bodies go through numerous physiological changes.

Many of these can only be observed by machines which measure and record activity as brain waves, breathing patterns, heart rate, body temperature, muscle responses and eye movements to name a few.

When watching a person sleeping, it is sometimes hard to determine whether dreaming is occuring or not without the use of machinary. To the sharp observer, the sleeping body may twitch, grimmace or mumble during dream episodes.

Science has yet to discover how to record actual dream experiences. They can only measure the body's responses to the experience. The dream still remains a personal and private event.

Scientists Jose Delgado and William Penfield demontrated that our brains store huge amounts of "recorded" information within its cells. When these neurons are somehow stimulated, they react intensely by releasing whatever experiences are imprinted in them. Feelings, memories, visions, frames of music, colors, odors, thoughts, all impressions stored in the mind can be evoked into awareness when the brain is in the right conditions.

External sounds also seem to affect dreams. The part of our brain which alerts us to consciousness is constantly semi-aware of the outside environment and continuously receives any stimuli within its perceiving range. Outside sounds as a dripping water faucet, a thunderstorm, music, conversations, sirens, etc. may be incorporated into the content of the dream without the dreamer realizing it.

Since dreams are associated with a light, trance-like sleep, consciousness is still aroused to any passing impressions.

A police car comes streaming down the street while you happen to be dreaming. You may "hear" the approaching siren, but it may not be enough of a stimulus to arouse you into fully waking up. Instead, the siren becomes a part of the dream.

You may start to dream of yourself being chased by the police or someone you fear. Some people may not even react to the siren at all. There are as many varieties of responses as there are individuals who associate different experiences to how they feel or act to the outside noise.

A sleeping mother may awaken immediately upon hearing her crying baby, but sleep soundly without a stir during a rain storm. A sleeping father may dream of the mother attending the baby or some type of dream he may associate with the baby's sound. We seem to set our own standards to what stimuli we will respond and how we will respond to it.

Next: Chapter 5: Twilight: projection into the Astral

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