Well, I just had an amazing experience. It confirmed suspicious I had previously had, that the dream state could be used to accomplish things very
similarly to psychedelics. Before I get into the experience, let me give a little bit of background. Timothy Leary, one of the leading researchers of
psychedelics, came up with the '8-circuit model of consciousness.' There are four that are beyond what is typical of the modern human. The 5th being
body-awareness-intelligence, the 6th being brain-awareness-intelligence. According to him, the psychedelic experience is generally characterized by an
activation of the 6th circuit, awareness of the brain's signals, though psychedelics can sometimes activate the 7th and 8th circuits.
I laid down to go to sleep. As I relaxed, I decided to pay attention to the images that appeared in my mind. This, it turns out, is a good method for
maintaining awareness as you enter the dream state. This was actually also the first time I had done that in a while. Anyways, as I went deeper I
began to feel the energies that characterize either the transition to/from sleep or sleep itself. With these energies, I tried to recall one of the
main things I have been thinking about recently, namely letting things exist on their own terms, and non-control. As I did this, I became aware that
all of these sensations and images were being produced or mediated by the brain. I realized that the brain was doing all of this on its own, and I
simply had to give up conscious control and observe the brain itself.
At this, I began directly perceiving the signals being fired in the brain, and how these signals were mediating everything. As I gave up conscious
control, I began to feel the signals more and more intensely. One of the main things I noticed about the brains signalry, is that it is absolutely
non-relative. Meaning that, it's functioning has absolutely no sense of a particular location, or point of view. As I gave up control, and the
intensity of the signals increased, the images became more and more profound as well. The colors became more and more intense and vivid, and the
images were rapidly morphing and melting into each other. As I was observing, without trying to define or control relative to 'me' at all, the ability
of the images to flicker and morph was increased, and the images continuously became more profound and beautiful. At a certain point I realized I was
literally having a psychedelic trip.
So, this experienced definitely opens up a lot of possibilities, in my mind. I have long felt that I was kind of 'missing out,' cuz I am currently
unable to get psychedelics, and I have read extensively from the leading psychedelic researchers and have a very deep understanding and appreciation
of what they can do for you. I have suspected for a while that these same benefits could be achieved in the dream state, but this experience was a
clear experience of the 6th circuit, brain-consciousness, and this is the circuit that generally defines the psychedelic trip. I am very excited about
the possibilities in going forward, and trying to work on this.
edit on 3-9-2012 by TheJourney because: (no reason given)