Dissociative Experiences: Separating Body from the Mind
"Twilight of Consciousness," by publisher and author Robert E. Zucker, examines the dream state and how to achieve astral projection using simple, easy to follow, techniques.
Have you ever awakened and found that your body could not move no matter how hard you try? It can be a frightening experience. Or, it can be a gateway into your dreams.
Sometimes, if you awaken before the rest of the body makes any movement, you can find yourself somewhat suspended between the waking world and the sleep state. Your body may feel it is still asleep, but the scenes of the dream may still be playing out before your eyes. You feel momentarily paralyzed.
The brain does not always fall asleep, or wake up, exactly when the muscles do. In this situation, your body cannot move no matter how hard you try. It is a feeling of separation of the mind from the body. You are physically asleep and mentally awake at the same time. That odd sensation may last for a few moments, but then it subsides as you gain control of your limbs.
Disassociation of the mind from the body is a regular part of the sleep cycle. Sleep causes a dissociation or “separation” of consciousness. It’s not fully known where our consciousness goes or what it even separates from. It just seems to change its nature. Attention is withdrawn from the outside world and enters a world of unconsciousness mixed with fragmentary, elusive visualizations.
Some people who experience a dissociation of the mind from the body may view their body across the room, as if they were having an “out of body” experience (OOBE).
This trance-like state allows you to view your mental wanderings and still remain placid without acting out your dreams. While some people may feel uncomfortable during this phase, this is the best time to observe the remnants of a dream. This is when the body is relaxed and stilled.
Consciousness, once concerned with the body, can be centered on mental activities. Dreaming may continue as long as awareness doesn’t diminish while sleep progresses.
This experience of “dissociation” is similar to a hypnotic trance or meditative state. People who learn meditation often struggle to obtain this control of the mind over the body.
When you can gain some control over this process– sort of steering a ship through the choppy waters of consciousness– profound abilities begin to emerge as the two worlds of being awake and asleep pass like ships in the night. This is the gateway into lucid dreaming.
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