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Hypnagogic Theater Technique

Introduction

The Hypnagogic Theatre technique is an adaption of Shamatha, a form of dream yoga.

 

It was first released on the German language blog of Alexandra Enns in 2016. It received its name as she prepared her work on precognitive hypnagogia for the IASD in 2017. 

The technique is primarily used to induce WILDs but as with mall WILD techniques may result in DILDs.

The Technique

  1. Perform a WBTB (optional).

  2. Lie down in a comfortable position where you are undisturbed.

  3. Relax as deeply as you can by breathing into tense body parts, especially the facial muscles around the mouth and the eyes.

  4. Finish with three deep breaths, and continue your meditation by following the rhythm of your breath or the movements of the belly.

  5. Wait, breathing calmly and without straining your eyes, for the appearance of a hypnagogic image by maintaining an open mind. Watch the area in front of your eyes as if it was a theatre screen with a movie about to start any moment.

  6. "Wait" passively on the conscious entry into the dream, the transition methods might include:
     

a) A picture/scene that you see in front of your closed eyes becomes so vivid and clear that it zooms you promptly into the dream;

b) As at the beginning of an out-of-body experience, your dream body floats into the forming dream, which feels deceptively real (most likely the dream starts from the place where you fell asleep so that you might experience a false awakening),

c) Out of nowhere, a dream scene forms around you;

d) A colourful undertow pulls you into an emerging dream scene;

e) You initiate an out-of-body experience.

Author/Inventor:

Alexandra Enns

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Lucid Dream Type:

WILD

Effectiveness:

Medium/High

Hints & Tips:

  • If you are interested in the practice of Shamatha, it is recommended to read the book “Dreaming Yourself Awake: Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Information” by Alan Wallace.

  • Be patient. “Wait” for a WILD even if it seems hard to achieve and watch the hypnagogia as long as possible.

  • If you fall asleep, don't feel discouraged—if you keep practising your projected internal movie will last longer and you will be more successful.

  • Use IMP if you notice that sleep paralysis has occurred.

  • Do not forget to perform a reality test.