An English translation of the German lucid dreaming blog series by Alexandra Enns.
With today's post, I'd like to introduce you to a new, experimentally oriented series, called: "Awake is sometimes too vague".
If you are just wondering why I have chosen this title - What does it imply? Here's a little brainstorming of mine on this keyword:
Is life an approximation to something "big" that should open one's eyes?
Is a change of perspective necessary to free oneself from frozen views?
What does one even know?
What is an illusion?
How are illusion and knowledge related to the process of lucid dreaming?
Can lucid dreaming logically illustrate existing knowledge, possibly beyond the current state of understanding of the dreamer?
With this series of articles, I intend to take a different direction, which has so far predominantly moved in the 'spiritual paths'.
The alternative 'route', which has interested me at least as much since my childhood, is that of scientific nature.
In the context of this series, I will mainly carry out lucid dreaming experiments on the branches of physics (like quantum physics, cosmology and astronomy) and then present them to you.
The big questions are:
What holds the universe together at its core?
How is everything connected?
The emphasis lies on lucid surrender and openness to the results.
As always, you are invited to share your experiences on the topics I am discussing.
In my opinion, the exciting thing about lucid dreaming is that every dreamer may share a personal journey that does not have to agree with any other.
I’d be glad if you follow this blog post series and even become inspired by its content.
Dream mindfully and lucidly!
Letting go consciously
My dear dreamers!
As already announced, the lucid dreams in this series have scientific relevance. In order not to overstrain your reading time, I will intentionally restrict my dream reports to excerpts with crucial dream moments.
In the beginning, I opted for specific 'simpler' goals, which I have called "cosmic warm-up exercises."
What is the best way to start looking at the (dream) world from a different perspective?
You have to leave everything behind first to blow the cobwebs away.
Read below, how I have accomplished this goal in one of my lucid dreams:
The night before, I read the new book by Daniel Love, "Lucid," which trimmed me "on the lucidity course" with its short, contemplative sections. At night, I become lucid through a WILD after the WBTB technique.
I end up in a rather dull dream environment and discover that spinning helps me to remember yesterday's goals.
So I call out to the dream: "Tell me the actual number of stars in our universe!"
It's the first time I see a number written down in dream air. I have to change the line of sight several times to perceive it accurately: Ten to the power of twenty five.(1) That's an unimaginable number, I think, and I must immediately compare it with the one I noted yesterday in the Science Busters audio-book (2): Ten to the power of twenty one. (3)
It is interesting that the number is not the same, even if the result is purely speculative!
Then I remember my next goal and start looking for a "bright spot" with a clear sky, so the opposite of where I'm currently. For this purpose, I walk around the area, pat a bar door and casually ask the bartender one of my favourite questions as suggested by Paul Tholey:
"What do you represent?"
I did not expect this answer: "Four cocktails!"
I decline with thanks because I firmly stick to the motto: all good things go in threes (maximum) and, moreover, never consume unknown stuff in dreams.
And a reproach to myself in physical reality is: "You are far too principled!"
Using a door, I finally reach a desired sunny landscape and ask the dream:"Let me fly into space at the speed of light!" (3)
First, I look around nervously. Then I let myself fall, i.e. I expect nothing and try to focus on my dream body.
I am amazed to find that it is slowly becoming weightless so that I glide up gently without my intervention! I get faster and faster until I am merely surrounded by the void, feeling like a racing rocket.
As it is pitch dark and at the same time completely noiseless, I close my eyes and try to concentrate on rhythmic breathing, feeling the 'dumb wind' rushing past me.
Will I wake up now?, I muse. At least I seem to have no mass here; otherwise, I would never reach the speed of light. My, that's fast! ...
Conscious breathing helps me to stay calm and focused.
Thinking whether I'll ever decelerate, I feel like I'm sliding down until I can feel the ground under my feet again in a dark environment.
From daylight into the night. What a journey.
I have a look around with interest ...
But that's an entirely different story :)!
What fascinated me most about this lucid dream was the relatively "realistic" universe:
While my previous lucid dreams spontaneously ended in the cosmos littered with stars as in a picture book, complete darkness prevailed here.
And I have to admit that for the first time in my life I had the opportunity to experience absolute silence.
It seems that I have travelled through interstellar space in this lucid dream (i. e. vacuum). In this context, it is indeed called “interstellar void”.
Coincidentally, the next day I was in a theme park in the most beautiful spring weather, and I have to admit that the roller coaster driving directly after the above mentioned lucid dream has felt like a gentle breeze and my looks in the sky provided me with poetic thoughts ...
Dream mindfully and lucidly!
© by Alexandra Enns aka Traumlektuere
1. The following day, I do a Google search and come to this mathematical term:
Ten quadrillions. 10 000 000 000 000 000 000 000. I am infinitely fascinated by how incredibly vast the universe could be.
2. The (German) audiobook is titled, "The Universe is a crappy area" and is recommended to those of you who (like me) find the combination of universe facts and humour irresistible.
3. We remember here: the speed of light is 300,000 kilometres per second.
Love, D. (2018): Lucid: The Tao of Dreaming, [Kindle Edition], Enchanted Loom Publishing.
Oberhummer, H. et al. (2015): Das Universum ist eine Scheißgegend, München: Carl Hanser Verlag.
About the Author:
Alexandra Enns is a German writer and blogger with the primary focus on lucid dreaming; this article represents an adapted, translated version from the original blog series published on her blog “Traumlektuere” (i.e. “A Read about Dreams”).
These diary entries are based on real lucid dreams, whereby the described experiences, as well as the derived conclusions, do not have to correspond to the (future?) facts or hypotheses of today's scientific research.
Credits: Artwork by Beeple