Alot of people die in their sleep. It makes me wonder how often this happens. How often is REM sleep occuring when this happens? Part of me thinks
it must happen fairly often. The body also releases '___' when we die so you can be pretty sure the brain is doing something when this happens, and
there is a vivid experience taking place. I guess a quick way to research this would be to find out what hour people that die in their sleep usually
die. Is it early in the night, or closer towards the morning? If its closer towards the morning it's more likely they were dreaming, as that's when
the longest REM cycles occur. If it is early in the night, then a much smaller portion of their sleep had dreams. But I would say that once the body
releases '___' while you are sleeping, you are going to also have some sort of experience.
Not a bad way to die. In the event that you die while in deep dreamless sleep, well you certainly aren't going to feel anything there either, and if
you gain awareness there it is an amazing experience from what I have read.
I'd bet sometimes what happens is a person tries to wake up, because they know something is wrong. They want to wake up to get to their medicine or
so they can fight. This could lead to a bad experience, because that's like trying to wake up from a nightmare that you can't wake up from. Maybe
you succeed and you wake up and live, but the tricks to waking up from a dream is to close your eyes and let it happen basically. I do this at times
when someone is calling or trying to wake me up, I panic and try to rush to wake up - it never works, it's unpleasant, and it makes me be drowsy and
imbalanced for the next couple of hours. I'm trying to teach myself to stop trying to force myself to wake up and just let it happen, don't panic
cause it does no good. (You can be very calm in a dream and the moment you "wake up" find your body ready to go and literally leap right out of bed,
but not a moment before you have truly woken up)
Also, it is quite possible in dreams to be absent of pain even if your body hurts very bad. I experienced this one time I had a very nasty flu (I
know it's just a flu but it was very painful for some reason). I went lucid in the dream and was simply astounded at how easy it was to breathe in
the dream and how there was NO pain. I'm willing to bet that if your body is exhausted and in pain, it's MORE likely to be absent of pain in a dream
(because that's what your mind is disconnecting from intentionally). Of course it is possible to experience pain in a dream, but more often than not,
pain is not near as realistic and acute in a dream. It's not like Inception where the guy gets shot in the leg, well really Inception is not accurate
at all when it comes to dreams, but a good movie.
Now if there is an afterlife and we go flying around as a spirit when we die, then I would expect the dream to slowly fade away and then you begin to
experience the white tunnel or what is commonly told to us about NDE's.
I can't imagine a better way to die than to die in a dream. Your body can be aching all over and in a dream it's very possible and likely that you
don't feel any of that pain. The pain of suffocation especially.
I think that if there is an afterlife, (and I do) it will be sort of dreamy. But I think it's above dreams. I think you could go back to "dreams" as
a spirit and incarnate there, or "just visit" because while the realms will differ, it's not flesh and so a spirit could fit in quite well in these
heavenly realms. You could go in and out of dream worlds and spiritual realms, the same way you could in theory fly from one planet to the other.
But you could/would also enter different states, the same way we fall asleep and wake up now.
A lot of what I think the spiritual existence will be like is based on my dreams. I guess just experiencing a few possibilities makes it sort of make
sense. Sort of how we take our life on earth for granted even though it seems scientifically impossible that anything exists, we certainly believe
it. Once you feel and experience something you just believe it. I once dreamt that I visited my parents in their heavenly retirement cabin, in their
afterlife. They were very happy and simple and wise. The people in this place went down to the river every day and sat on benches in the river with
their feet in it, to "wash the dust" off their feet.
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