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Sometimes the word hypnagogia is used in a restricted sense to refer to the onset of sleep, and contrasted with hypnopompia, Fredierick Myers’ term for waking up. However, hypnagogia is also regularly employed in a more general sense that covers both falling asleep and waking up, and Havelock Ellis questioned the need for separate terms. Indeed, it is not always possible in practice to assign a particular episode of any given phenomenon to one or the other, given that the same kinds of experience occur in both, and that people may drift in and out of sleep. In this article hypnagogia will be used in the broader sense, unless otherwise stated or implied.
Other terms for hypnagogia, in one or both senses, that have been proposed include ‘presomnal’ or ‘anthypnic sensations’, ‘visions of half-sleep’, ‘oneirogogic images’ and ‘phantasmata’, ‘the borderland of sleep’, 'praedormitium’, the ‘borderland state’, ‘half-dream state’, ‘pre-dream condition’, ‘sleep onset dreams’, dreamlets, and ‘wakefulness-sleep transition’ state (WST).
My 3 yr old daughter has woken up twice in the last 3 days at approx. 3am. Came into my bed and started to hallucinate. (She had done this once before approx. 1 mth ago, seeing bugs) She was clearly awake. It lasted the 1st night about 2-3 hours before she fell asleep and the second night not as long.
She vividly described what she was seeing. She woke up with pimples on her body, then saw them on mine. She then saw letters falling from the sky. She saw a monkey, a boy on the ceiling fan, and other various things. She would wisper [sic] and point to things and tell me what she saw. I could tell that she was scared and unsure when I told her that there was nothing there. I kept telling her to close her eyes and think of happy thoughts but she couldn't fall asleep. Finally she said she wanted to leave my room. When we went to leave she looked on the ground and jolted, turned to me and frantically asked me to pick her up because there was stuff all over the ground. So I carried her to the bathroom 1st. We both went potty (lol) so I knew she was completely awake! Then went to her room. I thought it seemed like she was finally getting better util it started to happen again. But it only lasted aa short time before she fell asleep.
Originally posted by The Cusp
There is no way to know for sure if what you're seeing is something you created or something real, other than to learn how dreams are formed and master dream control. I'm highly suspicious of anything that resists my attempts to control it, but that's only because I've spent many years honing my control techniques.
[edit on 9-8-2010 by The Cusp]
Originally posted by itsallmaya
reply to post by daisyglaze
I can relate. When I’m zoning from doing some mundane chore like folding clothes or washing dishes I frequently find myself having mental conversations without realizing it until afterwards.
A few days ago I posted an experience I had when young looking for answers. I never heard of hypnagogia. With my episodes it was most likely stress related. I wonder if its possible to self induce?
Here is my post: www.abovetopsecret.com...
Your theory on shifting dimensions sounds interesting. I once had a strange thing happen when I took a parapsychology class. The topic was psychometry. We were asked to pair up with someone we didn’t know and hold something that belonged to them. We wrote down anything that popped in our heads. I held this man’s watch and got impressions of him traveling to Hawaii, a younger man dressed in uniform and a funeral procession. He was shocked. He had recently gone to Hawaii for his brothers' funeral and the younger man was his nephew who was able to get leave from the military to attend (in his uniform). It was weird.
Anyway, that’s a small part of my life. LOL It’s nice to be able to relate to other peoples experiences. Hope to hear from you. M.