> Does anyone know of any good mental techniques for learning to lucid?
> Dream? I just read the first LaBerge book, and I have tried some of the
> Techniques mentioned there. I have tried reality testing (as often as I
> Can remember) and I have tried MILD. Neither of these has helped me
> Become lucid yet. I have never had a lucid dream, but the experience
> Sounds very interesting. Maybe I'm just impatient, but I would appreciate
> Any suggestions.
> --Mike Hi Ho, Fun seeker Mike,
Yeah, try meditation. It's what I use. Though lately I've been away
From it, when I use it, I have plenty o' lucid dreams. You might also
Start recording (writing or tape recording) your dreams.
Personal Self-disclosure (P.S.): When giving a dinner party on an
Iceberg, be sure to avoid open flames.
Darren Hardy (email@example.com) wrote:
: I had a distressing experience involving a combination of pot and
It's just that alcohol really helps our mind free by weakening' our will to
Drive it but the regular state of lucidity is about more control possible.
Well, these two abso-bloody-lutely different states can resemble each other
In nothing' but non-awakens. In this case death can also be added to this
List of them mind states. :)
: This could have had serious consequences and since then I have
: Had trouble convincing myself 100% that I am asleep when I have become
: Conscious in a dream.
Very same here! I couldn't tell my lucid dream I had before from the reality.
But I tried to do some unreal things like flying', Tallinn' with you mom
In proper Chinese to prove yourself asleep.
In <Dt3rHs.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Darren Hardy <email@example.com> writes:
>I had a distressing experience involving a combination of pot and
Back in my salad days, when I was smoking a few joints, I discovered that
Falling asleep while stoned made the dreams too vivid and too realistic -- too
The point that I had a hard time distinguishing reality once I woke up. I
Once dreamed that I killed someone and buried the body in the basement, and
It was so REAL that I was scared to go into the basement and look! I have
Never tried lucid dreaming while "under the influence," and I don't think it
Would be a good idea -- at least not for me.
I just wanted to share a quick experience to everybody here. This past
Weekend in Ottawa, On., I visited the I maz/ Omnimax Theater and enjoyed a
Film called "STORMCHASERS". It was about violent storms... tornadoes,
And Hurricanes. During the film I realized that it was exactly the same
Feeling I get during the best lucid dream possible only that I had no
Control over events. It was very "trippy" and for anyone who really has
not experienced a lucid dream go to an Imax theater and enjoy it.
Anyone who has lucid dreams go there and check it out and compare it to
your own dreams. It is THE most amazing thing you can do to your mind
when you are awake.
>It is THE most amazing thing you can do to your mind
> when you are awake.
> Bouche Hi Ho Funseeker Bouche,
It is fun. I once saw an Imax-type presentation in New York, I'd have to
kind o' disagree. The most fun I have with my mind is driving my truck
while meditating and arriving at work to give a presentation in a full
Self-hypnotic trance state.
That's quite trippy also.
Enjoy the journey.
Personal Self-Disclosure (P.S.): Preverbal children won't post.
Conscious Dreams and Consciousness (Version 2) (Brouillon: draft)
I have discovered and scientifically explored conscious dreams in I976 and published about that in I979/I98O/I98I in France(AGRESSOLOGIE,MASSON eds. Paris) and in Italy in 1976.In my articles I described what distinguishes this form of dream from normal oneiric phenomena and I also analyzed different states of consciousness. The work I did is, apparently, the most advanced which has been done in this field, by following the scientific methodology. Of course, conscious dreams have been explored since a long time by the Tibetan monks but they had no knowledge of present-day scientific analysis. Conscious dream is, wrongly, called "lucid" dream in English .I will describe, here, a simple and efficient method in order to induce this kind of dream. Moreover, I strongly believe that when most people will be able to enter, voluntarily, in the virtual world of their dream world this will change, drastically, society. Manipulating your own mind in conscious dreams cannot be compared with the highly primitive manipulations of computer generated virtual realities...
It is far easier to enjoy the virtual reality which is in your own mind than trying to enjoy primitive virtual realities generated by computers! To that effect, you need no money, nothing, except exercising! Moreover, by doing so you start to learn a lot about what is consciousness as, for instance, in dreams you are frequently conscious of things which are non-existent in the waking state reality .How you can be conscious of things which never existed is an important discovery which opens the scientific exploration of what is exactly "consciousness" .I analyzed this, in detail, in my article of 1980.
How to achieve conscious dreams
In order to become proficient in conscious dreams you need to exercise at least one hour per night, very, very regularly. Regularity is of prime importance in order to be able to penetrate, voluntarily, in your endogenous world or ENDOREALITY.Going, at will, in your endoreality is one of the most rewarding experience you can have in your life as you enter in the reality which is completely yours and where nobody, no Inquisitor can follow you to prevent you from just enjoying yourself. When you can achieve this, the exogenous reality or EXOREALITY becomes less "real", less stressing, less borring as you can, now, consider willingly exoreality as dream-like, even it is not a dream! But being able to consider exoreality as oneiric-like, oneiric-mimetic, gives you much more freedom and self-confidence as you have now new values, new ways of seeing important things, like, for instance, the death of your loved ones or your own death.
So here are the exercises you should, regularly, do in order to learn to penetrate consciously in your endoreality:
I. Before going to sleep, sit or lie in your bed for at least 3O minutes.
2.In total darkness, just FOCUS your attention on darkness and try to VISUALISE simple images, like the image of a triangle, a square, a leaf, or something which gives you pleasure. For instance, focusing your visual attention on sexual images will ameliorate your concentration!
If you are a man you can focus your attention on images of a breast, of buttocks, of legs, etc
If you are a woman focus your attention on a part of man's anatomy which triggers your sexual desires.
The purpose of this exercise is to teach you how to activate specifically, some of your memory zones in order to achieve the generation of controlled hallucinations. This is a very difficult exercise but it will train your consciousness to control itself. Focusing your attention is extremely important in the discovery of your memory and consciousness.
In the beginning if you focus your attention on, let say, a triangle, you will observe the appearance of a faint triangular shape in the darkness and you will discover that this triangle will have a strong tendency to move, rotate, or simply disappear to be replaced by another faint image. Such faint images are called DISSATENUATED images. A clear and controlled hallucinated image is called a completely disattenuated image, while faint images are called partially disattenuated images. We will explain this later.
To see a memorized image as clearly as a real image means that you activate the metabolism of a memory zone where this image is stored. Selective metabolic activation of memory zones gives you a lot of power in your dreams and, also, surprisingly, in the exoreality where we all live.
3.While focusing your attention on INFORMATIONAL OBJECTS (a stored image of an object perceived in exoreality is called likewise) try your best to forget the boundaries of your body.
4.Try not to move at all and breathe deeply and regularly like someone who is sleeping.
5.When 3O minutes or more have elapsed, just go to sleep but you still have to wake up in the early morning!
6.Wake up early in the morning, between 4 or 5 and just repeat the whole exercise.
7.When you next wake up write, as fast as possible, everything you can remember of your dreams. Slowly, slowly you will discover that you remember more and more dreams and in increasing details.
8.During the day, when you have time, just focus your attention on complex objects such as flowers, the ripples of water in a river, the shape of trees, leaves, examine carefully the content of books, etc. This teaches you the same thing as before: how to better focus your consciousness on reality.
After some weeks or months of such a training it will, once, happen that you will make your first conscious dream, in the second phase of your exercise, that is in early morning. You will remember that as an extraordinary experience as you will discover that reality is only made of perceptions. Reality for all of us is what we consciously perceive. It does not matter from where the incoming information flows, from exoreality or endoreality. Evolution has put in our central nervous system (C.N.S) a mechanism which erases the consciousness of our dreams. If it did not do so, all of us would have chosen to live in our respective endorealities and our species would just be extinct!
Just see how people are running into exceedingly primitive computer-generated virtual realities. Imagine what would happen if all people could go, at will, in the ultimate virtual reality of their own mind!!! The mercantilistic society which now prevails would just become extinct as, in our endoreality, we can achieve everything we want at no cost at all. The only cost is learning. Life would me more tranquil as people would cease to compete and to run, desperately, after "exoreal" objects in order to run, instead, after their own informational objects...When you can access to the informational objects stored into your memory you do not need anymore money and power to realize your desires. It is far more easy to learn how to gratify yourself with informational objects than working like a mad to become a millionaire who will have LESS than you because he can only possess exoreal objects!
The discovery of our endoreality will be the new "alphabetization" of the human kind as this will be a complete revolution, which will transform our societies in ways we cannot yet imagine. Endoreality exploration is the first prerequisite in order to analyze and understand what is "consciousness".
There are two ways of penetrating into a conscious dream
I. In the first case, when you will do your second round of exercises, now lying in your bed, you will notice the following phenomena which will tell you that you are on the verge of crossing the frontier between exoreality and endoreality: you may notice a buzzing sound in your ears or, more often, you will feel, suddenly, that your body "becomes light" and moves upwards. Then you may, all of a sudden, see a very bright three-dimensional image just in front of your eyes. Do not become excited, do not panic! Stay very calm because if you become excited or even just move your finger, then the marvelous image will instantly disappear and you will have lost the opportunity to make your first exploration of your endoreality! Be tranquil, observe the image. Suddenly, you will become a part of this image and you will find yourself with an informational body, that is an oneiric body which is, exactly, like your exoreal body. Do not be too excited. Breathe slowly now that you are in your dream reality! Then go for exploration.
2.In the second case, you will feel the same phenomena but no image will appear and you may just think you are still in your exoreal bed. Don't be so sure! Leave your bed and try to put some light .If you fail ,this may mean you actually penetrated in your endoreality as, often, in conscious dreams lights do not turn on. If there is no light, just open your window. Then look at your room for details. Is everything in its correct place? If your room differs from your normal room, then you can be sure you are in a dream and, of course, if you slept at let say 4:3O and when you opened your window you discovered a full sunny day, with modifications of the surroundings, you will now, for sure know that you successfully penetrated, consciously ,into your own memory! Then do the same as explained before: go for exploration, quietly. If you do not remain calm, you may just wake up.
What to do in a Conscious Dream?
This is not an obvious question. The first thing you should do in a conscious dream is just to observe your endoreality and compare it with exoreality. Try to meet oneiric people, speak with them, kiss them if you like, think about how they can perceive you:do they really have "sensory organs"? Compare their behavior with the behavior of exoreal people. Test their will .Do they have "free will"? Make experiments with them in order to evaluate "their psychology". Ask them questions: do you know we are in my dream? What do you do when I am awake! Are you aware that we all share the same central nervous system?, etc, etc. After a while you will fully realize that endoreality and exoreality are similarly vivid, "real" and that you were, before, just like a child who never learned to read. You did not know that so many things happened in your mind when you were sleeping! You always, erroneously, believed that "dreams" were "only" dreams and could be distinguished from exoreality. And you believed so because you suffered from amnesia due to lack of training. You will realize, especially if you are a neuroscientist, that there are no clear-cut differences between the two realities except that both obey to different laws: exoreality obeys to the physical laws discovered by Science and endoreality obeys to the laws of the neurophysiology of memory. You will soon discover that exoreality is devoid of EXTRAORDINARITY while endoreality is full of extraordinarily. In your endoreality any extraordinary thing can happen: you may speak to a cat or be transformed into a woman,if you are a woman; you may transform yourself in another person or in a passion-fruit flower, you may become, simultaneously, two or three persons AT THE SAME TIME, etc.
You can divide yourself into two persons, let say a woman and a man, and just, then, make love with yourself! This is an extraordinary fulfilling experience which cannot be described in exoreal terms. You have to discover it by yourself. All these virtual experiences will make you see exoreality into a totally transformed way as, endoreality, will then be to you like a space of great freedom while exoreality will be considered like a form of prison, because exoreality is, totally, devoid, of extraordinarily.
Slowly, slowly you will also get a sense that exoreality is, perhaps,not as real as we think but that it might be just a part of an unknown hyper-reality of which we are totally unaware. Already modern physicists can guess of such hyper-realities into which our own reality would only be a small, "illusory", part .For instance, Andr _$Brq_(J Linde, a renown physicist ,described a model of the universe(called the inflationary fractal universe)which just looks like what we could guess of hyper-reality.
When you are in a conscious dream, you will first enjoy, meet loving women or men, make oneiric friends, visit Tahiti or Havai'i, the moon or mars ,etc .Of course all these experiences are imaginary but so is imaginary your own life in exoreality!
After that, you should analyze the oneiric world ,for instance you can try now to evaluate what is the degree of freedom that you and your oneiric partners have in the endoreality. Doing this, you will, one day, discover that oneiric people are HYBRIDS between yourself and between what you think you know about others .For instance, oneiric people can answer to any question the same exoreal people could not answer. They can be influenced by your thoughts, etc .They are not always free to behave like they do and, most often, their volition is very weak in front of your own volition. One of the most important thing in the endoreality is that you can study, first hand, how your memory works. In a way you become your own Sherlock Holmes and this is highly exciting as you are scientifically exploring a world where no scientists have gone before you! You are on your way to become a pioneer of the "mind".
There are a lot of things to explore and analyze in conscious dreams. I will explain, now, some of the things I have discovered, since I976,when I first penetrated into a conscious dream.
About different states of consciousness and "new" concepts(I976)
I will explain, later, in more details, why I call hallucinations "disattenuated images". Basically, this stems from the fact that our brain is equipped with a structure called the ATTENUATOR of which the function is to control, like a kind of potentiometer, the quantity of information flowing from memory to consciousness. An imaginary image of an exoreal object is, thus,a fully attenuated image while the same hallucinated image is called a fully disattenuated image. When we dream the Attenuator ceases functioning and so information flows freely and unhampered to consciousness. Hallucinogens are, in fact, disattenuating molecules while serotoninergics, like the specific serotonin re-uptake blockers, are pro-attenuation molecules meaning that they increase the degree of attenuation of recalled stored memories .Conversely, disattenuating molecules increase the degree of informational flow from memory to consciousness .This process is called "disattenuation".
The brain is also equipped of another very important structure called, in French, the D_$BqS_(Jepix_$BqM_(Jisateur,which could be translated, into English, as the "Disrepixelisator" or D.R.P. The DRP is responsible of the continuity of our consciousness during waking time. During dreaming, the DRP also stops functioning, thus introducing discontinuity in our thoughts which become fragmented, like in schizophrenia. In fact, schizophrenia is, essentially disease of the DRP which is malfunctioning. The DRP is so responsible for the normality of our consciousness during our waking time. We do not know yet which brain structures are involved in the DRP but one structure which seems to be a part of this system is the hippocampus.
The DRP controls the informational structure of our consciousness and maintains the stability of this structure. The DRP is ,very probably, a system which controls the intensity of metabolism in those zones which give rise to consciousness. When metabolic activity is low in these zones, then we have our normal structure of consciousness. The structure of consciousness is also called a "pixelisation pattern"(motif de pix_$BqM_(Jisation, in French).When metabolic activity becomes elevated, then our consciousness dissolves into a mosaic of unrelated informational events. During our waking time, the DRP maintains a low metabolism in the zones of our brain responsible for consciousness. So the DRP(and also the Attenuator!)is a metabolic modulator. Understanding how the DRP works is understanding many different states of consciousness ,from the normal waking type of consciousness to the dream or schizophrenic types of consciousness.The functioning of the DRP and the Attenuator are interelated .Depending on these interelations you will get different states of consciousness. There is also another system which is fundamental in order to understand different states of consciousness.It is called the S.B.E.M(syst_$BoN _(Je de blocage des _$BqG_ (Jf_$BqS_ (Jences motrices)in French and I will keep the same acronym in English.The S.B.E.M is a neuronal system which blocks motor efferents during the onset of dream but which does not work during schizophrenic states, were it remains inactive. This is why schizophrenics express an oneiric way of thinking while awake.
Different states of consciousness are generated via the mutual interactions of the Attenuator, DRP and S.B.E.M.
The way the DRP, the Attenuator and the S.B.E.M work together determines differents states of consciousness, depending upon the states of activity or inactivity of these integrated structures.
For instance, the normal waking state of consciousness will be defined likewise:
The normal dreaming state will, thus, be:
The conscious dream state will be:
The hallucinatory schizophrenic state will be:
The non-hallucinatory schizophrenic state will be:
Hallucinatory states, drug induced, will be:
Attenuator: More or less inactive
Make yourself proficient in conscious dreams as this will be the next human revolution to come,a revolution as important as the discovery of fire or of writing.
Continuity and Discontinuity of Consciousness
The main characteristic of the dream and schizophrenic state of consciousness is discontuinity. When we are awake our consciousness is continuous and this is the reason why we can express ourselves in a verbally "logical" way. On the contrary the consciousness of the schizophrenic or the dreamer is made of continuous and discontinuous parts, alternatively.The nature of these discontinuities come from the way our memory is organised and structured .Biological memories are not sequential memories: they store information both in a continuous and discontinuous way. Discontuinity comes from the fact that our memory classifies information through motifs, patterns. In fact ,the brain has nothing to do with the computer analogy as a brain is, actually, a PATTERN ANALYSER not a sequential analyser like computers. Computers will become intelligent only when they will work as artificial pattern analysers. As long as they will work sequentially they will continue to be complete imbeciles! In fact, as a neuroscientist, I am amazed about how computers can be stupid. One other reason for their lack of any intelligence is that they cannot make mistakes and mistakes are the basis of emerging intelligence.
Our memory so stores information according to patterns. For instance spherical objects will be stored in the same memory area, triangular objects will be stored in their own memory area, etc.
An area which stores homologous pattern is called ,in French, a "Domaine d'homologie motifielle" which may be translated as "homologous pattern domain". For instance all the heads off people we have seen in our life are stored in a common homologous pattern domain which can be called ,for convenience, a "pattern domain of heads"!
In the consciousness of normal people, those domains are ,always,in a very low metabolic state.Thus,the patterns stored in these domains do no t RADIATE outside .Metabolically inactive patterns, then, do not enter into consciousness making our consciousness rather continuous. If the metabolic status of these domains is increased ,then these domains start to radiate in all directions of our memory, introducing discontinuity,as our consciousness will start to flow according to pattern homologies.This can be very well observed with the psychotropic cannabinoids as cannabinoids,specifically,enhance the metabolism of homologous pattern domains thus giving rise to the typical discontinuous thoughts of a person intoxicated with cannabinoids.This,in fact,is the beginning of madness as pure madness will be characterised by a still higher metabolic activity in these domains.The thoughts of schizophrenics will so be,essentially,discontinuous and this discontinuity will ,naturally,put them in a state of total confusion as their consciousness will,then,become ILLUSIONISED.The French psychiatrist,Dr.Joseph Moreau de Tours seems to have understood this phenomenon in his book "Du Haschich et de l'Ali_$BqO_(Jation Mentale",published in 1845 already...,one of the greatest ever book written on the mind.
The Illusionised Consciousness:Towards an understanding of Consciousness
When your consciousness is illusionised you can no longer recognise what you perceive from exoreality. To be properly conscious of an exogenous pattern this specific pattern should be compared to its endogenous counterpart stored in our memory.If is is,erroneously,compared to a different pattern then our consciousness is illusionised:we are no more in adequation with the external(exogenous)reality.This is the essence of madness and of dreams where we are "conscious"(aware)of things which never existed in exoreality like false memories,etc.False memories generated in dreams are,wrongly,interpreted by non-scientists as "recollection" of "past lives"! When you can experience the illusionised state by yourself,first hand,then you can understand how people can be convinced of the real "existence" of non-real events.
When homologous pattern domains are very active metabolically then proper recognition of exogenous patterns is disturbed and consciousness becomes "fragmented" because it,in fact,radiates in different stored homologous patterns.So,schizophrenia is a state of hypermnesia.There is a limit to the quantity of homologous patterns which can be recalled per unit of time.When this limit is crossed,then we become crazy or we start,also,to dream!(This limit is called,in French,the SEUIL D'ILLUSION").This means that no drug will ever be invented which could intensify our recalls indefinitely as indefinite recall just generates consciousness radiation,that is confusion! Cannabinoids are memory enhancers but,under their influence,we remember so many things that we just forget them nearly as soon as we have remembered them!!! To the outside observer,this looks like amnesia but this is,actually,hypermnesia.This physiological limit to proper conscious recall reminds,a bit,the problem of uncertainty discovered by Heisenberg.However,creative individuals by continuously and nearly obsessively think to some ideas enhance the metabolic status of the areas where their ideas are stored giving rise to a phenomenon of interaction/synthesis in homologuous pattern domains.This interaction/synthesis is the BASIS of Creativity.
Creativity is a Process of Spontaneous Informational Self-Organisation
Memory is a "Structure Informationnelle Auto-Organisatrice",that is a self-organising structure.This means that the content of memory spontaneously reorders itself to make more complex informational structures.
This is done through continuous interaction/synthesis phenomena, going on in the homologuous pattern domains which,progressively,complexify the informations stored in biological memories.This is the very essence of creativity where new ideas suddenly appear when they are sufficiently self-organised.Biological memories,constantly,create ORDER,through interaction/synthesis in homologous pattern domains.Then one level or order proceeds to a higher level,and so on.Cannabinoids can stimulate this natural phenomenon by enhancing the metabolism of memory zones.This does not mean that everyone can become creative with cannabinoids because,in order to be creative,you need to study and accumulate a lot of conflicting data in your memory! Moreover,as we have seen,the hypermnesia induced by cannabinoids leads to spontaneous amnesia:ideas are forgotten nearly as soon as they are discovered because consciousness,under cannabinoids,radiates in a multitude of homologuous pattern domains(these new ideas are visual in nature and one can learn to see his or her thoughts self-organising)!
When two forms of drug-induced amnesia mutually cancel...
This explains why the combination of benzodiazepines and cannabinoids(two molecules inducing "amnesia")can lead to mutual suppression of their side-effects on memory as benzodiazepines lower metabolism,meaning that they also diminish consciousness radiation.By adjusting the doses of a benzodiazepine(like clonazepam,for instance)and of a cannabinoid you can enhance your recall abilities without falling into pseudo-amnesia,and get interesting scientific or philosophical insights.
Introspective observation with cannabinoids gives you a good understanding of the dreaming,or schizophrenic,mind as cannabinoids are,primarily,illusiogenic molecules.You do not get the same insight with hallucinogens as hallucinations and illusions are completely different phenomena.An illusion is a state in which an exogenous pattern is not correctly identified while a hallucination is a state in which you perceive something which just exists in your memory.In an hallucination you memory adds something to the exogenous perceived reality while in an illusion your memory wrongly identifies an exogenous pattern.
Illusions are fundamental in order to understand the oneiric and schizophrenic states of consciousness.
The only known illusiogens are,till now,the psychotropic cannabinoids.
Salvinorin,a diterpene hallucinogenic molecule from Salvia divinorum,may be also illusiogenic but I have not tested this molecule yet.
Cannabinoids have a lot of properties different from the hallucinogens.For instance,they disrupt the speed of attenuation.
This speed is decreased under cannabinoids and this phenomenon gives rise to "time dilatation" observed under these drugs.
Time perception is strongly modulated by serotonin.For instance,the specific serotonin re-uptake blockers,such as fluvoxamine or zimelidine,suppress the perception of time as thoughts are decreased in consciousness.The number of spontaneous thoughts per unit of time is essential in our subjective perception of time flow.When we have few thoughts per unit of time,then time flow seems slowed.On the contrary,when we have a lot of thoughts per
unit of time,then time flow seems augmented.
So cannabinoids and serotonin reuptake blockers act on opposite direction as far as time perception is concerned.
On the other hand,psilocin has an usual effect on time perception as the movements of people under psilocin seem to be decreased! People seem to move more slowly than usual.
This may mean that the speed of attenuation is increased,contrary to haschich.However,subjective time perception is not modiffied.
Endoreality is like a coral!
In exoreality we all express only one person:ourself.In endoreality,on the contrary,we share a common imaginary space-time with other people who are stored representations of what we know about them.Our memory is so quite similar to a coral where myriads of polyps inhabit the same domain.Each endoreal person,including yourself,can be compared to a polyp inhabiting this space:memory.
So in our endoreality many people live together in a same imaginary(virtual)space-time.But to appear in this space-time the memory zones containing those people have,of course,to become metabolically active.When we dream a very small percentage of our memory is highly metabolically active.If everything was active,then dream would not mirror exoreality but be a space of total confusion!This is what seems to happen in the mind of those people who have experienced an inefable mystic experience where their consciousness,apparently,radiates in many homologuous patterns,simultaneously,giving to the mystic this feeling that he can comprehend "everything" at the same time.
We have no "free will":Everything we think reflects the Biochemistry of our Nervous System
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Introspective psychopharmacology and the study of different states of consciousness clearly demonstrate that what we think,we do,or we say is merely a reflection of the particular biochemistry going on,at a certain time,in our central nervous system(CNS).This is why,for instance,mankind is so irrational.
Experiments of mine have shown that by slightly modifying brain neurochemistry we can think in completely opposing ways and argue,for instance,with pseudo-logical arguments to justify unconsciously this brain neurochemistry.
For instance if I modify my brain biochemistry in a more dopaminergic way,or more serotoninergic way or if I experiment such a sociabilising molecule as gamma-hydroxybutyrate or still ingest female hormones,then I will see very clearly on myself how my thoughts only reflect my CNS biochemistry.
This can be quite spectacular,sometimes,as you may find yourself arguing "logically" in opposing ways,depending on the induced biochemical modifications!
For a psychopharmacologist there is no such thing as "free will",etc.This belief is only a prejudiced judeochristian cultural belief and a delusion.There are only states of consciousness expressing a particular CNS biochemistry.This is an extremely important scientific and philosophical observation as it teaches us that any human discourse is always SUSPECT as someone will always just express ,VERBALLY, HIS PARTICULAR CNS BIOCHEMISTRY.
When you become aware of this crucial fact you do not feel,anymore,an urgency to communicate with others,in a pseudo "communication", as words are merely a way to alter the brain neurochemistry of someone else so he may share the same delusions as yours!Words are thus similar to psychotropic drugs and such words as "love" or "hate","freedom",etc,are particularly hallucinogenic.Politicians are experts in using hallucinogenic words in order to manipulate the mental states of others.So are playboys with their victims!
All great dictators,such as Hitler,etc,have always been very keen at manipulating the biochemistry of others through words-induced emotional hallucinations,which are called cortico-limbic hallucinations.These hallucinations are far worse than cortical hallucinations induced by molecules like psilocin or other "hallucinogens".Cortico-limbic hallucinations mostly go unrecognised in nature as people are not aware that they are,very often,hallucinating cortico-limbically.This is why I also call these everyday hallucinations "unidentified hallucinations".These hallucinations are the most dangerous forms of hallucination for the human species and have been and are at the root of man aggressive and violent behaviour intra-specifically.All wars,all conflicts start with cortico-limbic hallucinations...
A human being CAN NEVER have perfect objectivity and the examples are so numerous in Science itself to discourage us from trying to attain an authentic objectivity as scientists,like everybody,mostly express,in their discourses,their own frustrations or delusions.Science IS NOT objective even though it tries to reach objectivity.Science is the expression of the human mind and we can conceive that very advanced intelligences could be completely at odds with what we believe they should do as their "science" will also reflect the organisation of their "central nervous system" or equivalent.
Human communication is highly primitive
Man is still a primitive species as his symbolic sequential means of "communication" has a very low flux of "bits per second" and because such a language has a huge noise to signal ratio.Human "communication" is embedded in noise and thus the level of distorsion between 2 communicating persons is always very high.
It is very probable that advanced intelligences do not use anymore symbolic sequential communication but,instead, non-symbolic non-sequential communication as this form of communication is extremely accurate and fast.I guess that in the future the human species will modify its CNS functionning,through a new science,yet to be born,and called NEUROMORPHOGENETICS.With this knowledge we will create de novo new communicating structures capable of transmitting and receiving non-symbolic non-sequential information.This will create a big gap between the present-day homo sapiens and the new homo yet to be borned.
In fact,a lot of reflexions on this topic leads me to think that there are levels of intelligences and that the superior level has no logical interest to even try to "communicate"with the lower levels.
This is why I believe people like Carl Sagan,etc,who replaced the quest for God by the quest of Extraterrestrial Intelligences(ETI)are,unconsciously,deluding themselves in the desperate search for a meaning and transcendance of life.
I firmly believe that there WILL NEVER be any form of "communication" between homo sapiens and ETI.
Homo sapiens,for instance,does not communicate with mice because they are separated by a big gap in intelligence.Likewise,ETI capable to reach our planet will certainly not waste their time with such a primitive species as homo sapiens.Very probably ETI capable to reach the Earth would already use a non-symbolic non-sequential means of communication,the result of this being non-communication between the two species!Another thing which would certainly fundamentally separate ETI from us is that they should have learned not to age as ageing and death are the most fundamental problem for any intelligence.
When homo sapiens will have given rise to new more advanced homo (and probably non-mortal, as death is a kind of genetic disease which needs to be repaired)he will soon fade away and I feel this may happen quite fast,maybe just in a millenium.It is science-fiction to think that homo sapiens will remain the same in a near future.Homo sapiens are doomed to disappear rapidly and give rise to more advanced beings.In a way the real human,as I conceive it,still does not exist as homo sapiens still share a lot in common with animals.
One day there will be real humans but we ARE NOT yet those humans.We are pre-humans,still very bestial and doomed to a grotesque destiny because of senescence.
What is Consciousness?
The study of dreams and schizophrenia demonstrates that consciousness,as a whole,is the summation of small amounts of consciousness.
Consciousness is,basically,a process involving pattern recognition.
Pattern-recognition does not,automatically,lead to objective consciousness as we can be(in dreams or in schizophrenia)conscious of non-existent "memories".
In dreams or schizophrenia WE CAN BE CONSCIOUS OF THINGS WHICH NEVER EXISTED in exoreality. Why? Because our consciousness is illusionised,like this can happen under high doses of cannabinoids.To be conscious of false memories is a highly exciting experience which opens you a quasi infinite number of subjective imaginary experiences!
To develop all this here is time consuming and needs some drawings!
Suffice to say that when an exoreal pattern is compared(in our memory)with its corresponding endoreal pattern we become conscious of things which really exist in exoreality.
But when an exoreal pattern is compared to a slightly modified endoreal pattern then we become conscious of non-existent things.This is the basis of most dream or madness experience.
What regulates this proper or improper pattern recognition is the METABOLIC STATE of memory areas involved in specific pattern recognition.A high metabolic rate in homologuous pattern domains will give rise to erroneous pattern recognition as homologuous pattern domains start to radiate in the imaginary space-time of memory.
Consciousness is a story of pattern recognition and metabolism.This is why consciousness is strongly modified by drugs enhancing or diminishing brain metabolism in memory zones.
For instance the specific serotonin-reuptake blockers decrease metabolism and thus consciousness becomes empty,lethargic,while enhancing dopamine neurotransmission leads to enhanced metabolism and thus enhanced consciousness.
Serotonin is,mostly(keeping apart the story of 5-HT2A receptors!),the molecule of tranquility,placidity.It makes us non-reactive to events,such as stress,sexual desire,etc.Serotonin decreases all base-line behaviours.
Dopamine,on the contrary,is an ubiquitous metabolic activator and it stimulates activity,confidence,clarity of consciousness(up to the frontier of illusion where,consciousness,starts to radiate and thus becomes "confused"!).Overconsciousness is thus equal to apparent confusion for an external observer,as demonstrated with experiments involving cannabinoids and benzodiazepines.Things are very clearly recalled but quasi-instantaneously forgotten because of consciousness radiation.
When does Consciousness arise?
Consciousness arises when exoreal and stored endoreal patterns are compared.
The informational content per se of these patterns is NOT so important as the COMPARISON
process itself.If the comparison process is successful,then "consciousness" arises INDEPENDANTLY from the objectivity of informational content.This is the reason why we can be conscious of things which never existed in the exoreality.I became clearly aware of this process around 1979 and I refer the reader to my articles for more information.
Consciousness is nothing else than a Metabolic Activity in a Memory Zone!
When informational objects are metabolically inactive,by definition they are UNCONSCIOUS.
At any moment our memory contains billions of informational objects which are metabolically inactive or in a very low metabolic state.This is why we are NOT CONSCIOUS of their existence.
Any informational object starts to EXIST for us when the metabolism of the memory zone where this object is stored is increased.
When the increase of metabolism of this object reaches a critical intensity then we,all of a sudden,become CONSCIOUS of its existence.
We have already seen that we can be conscious of any simple informational object(like the image of a person,for instance)or be conscious of complex informational objects consisting of subunits and displaying a length of time of existence:for example the vision of a whole non-existent situation,like in dreams or schizophrenia.
From what we already know we can make the following summary:
I.When an informational object is metabolically inactive,it does not exist for us.
2.When an informational object reaches a critical metabolic intensity then it becomes conscious.
3.When an informational object becomes metabolically very active, to the point of the illusion level,then it starts to RADIATE in many homologous pattern domains(MHVs).
Consciousness becomes,thus,spread all through these MHVs and we are thus conscious of a lot of things simultaneously.
But this gain in consciousness is made at a cost:the cost of time.
In such a state we can be conscious,simultaneously,about a lot of informational objects but for a very short time.This reminds Heisenberg's dillema!
In our normal waking state of consciousness we can be conscious of a few things only but for an extended period of time.In a radiating state of consciousness we can be conscious of a lot of things but for a very short time only.
We saw before how we could modulate consciousness radiation through cannabinoids and benzodiazepines.
But the fact to be REMEMBERED here is that consciousness is nothing else that a metabolic activation of a memory zone!
Consciousness becomes then easily understandable and is not mysterious anymore!
In particular we do not need anymore to introduce crazy mystical ideas or crazy ideas arising from quantum mechanics(!)in order to understand what is consciousness!
The study of consciousness is a problem of informational neurobiology.
It has nothing to do whatsoever with religion or physics.
Claude Rifat(To be continued)
Méthode d'induction d'hallucinations contrôlées.
(Controlled induction of Hallucinations)
As I said somewhere else(How to Learn Conscious Dreaming)the learning of inducing
controlled hallucinations by FOCUSING your attention on informational objects in
darkness is a powerful tool in order to learn how to enter,voluntarily,in conscious
dreams or just being able to make conscious dreams.
Specific hallucinations are difficult to generate as this requires that you learn how
to specifically activate,metabolically,a memory zone where the informational object
you want to retrieve is stored in an inactive form(due to low metabolism).
Unspecific hallucinations are easier to generate because the natural tendency of
consciousness and thought is to evolve through MHV(Motifs homologiquement
To generate a specific hallucination(more precisely called a Disattenuation)you need
to maintain voluntarily the metabolism of a memory zone where you want to retrieve
something(let say the image of a rose)to a level where your thought does not radiate
Focusing your attention on darkness
The easiest way to start all that is to sit,quietly,in darkness for an hour or two and
What you need first is to OBSERVE this darkness and ANALYSE it:
What do you see in this darkness?
Is darkness "flat" or three dimensional?
In the beginning darkness will appear to you like something flat,with no depth.
You will see everchanging phospenes.
Now if you try to concentrate your VISUAL attention on an informational object,such as
a rose,you will notice that it is difficult for you to pinpoint "where" this rose is.
The attenuated image of the rose does not appear instantly in front of your eyes!Even
children can notice this phenomenon very clearly.
The rose seems,at fist,somewhere else like,"behind your head" for instance.
With more work(children under 8 can do this very easily as compared to "adults"!)you
will succeed to "move" your rose from "behind of your head" to "in front of you".
This rose will look like a faint transparent object in darkness.
You can,barely,distinguishes its contour as a difference of contrast in
darkness:darkness starts to be less dark!
What you can notice,also,is that you cannot focus properly your attention on this rose
for more than a fraction of a second,as the rose will disappear to be replaced by
something with a similar motif,because of "MHV jumps".
At that time you will start to notice that darkness becomes three dimensional instead
Reiterated Disattenuated Images
When you learn to focus your attention onto darkness you will reach a
pre-hallucinogenic step which is the step of REITERATED IMAGES.
Such reiterated images can,also,be observed under hallucinogens(more properly called
Reiteration seems to always PRECEDE the generation of complex images by the brain.
Reiterations express something FUNDAMENTAL about the workings of the CNS and how it
works in order to synthesise complex three dimensional images.
My examination of this phenomenon leads me to think that the famous Dutch artist
Escher had pre-hallucinations of this sort and that he drew them as art.
Reiterated images are always in ROTATION
This can be observed either with this method or under disattenuating molecules,such as
The rotation of the reiterated image is SLOW.Perhaps about 5 seconds per gyration.
While rotating these images can change into other reiterated rotating images.
This is VERY BEAUTIFUL to observe as now you can also start to see faint colours in
these splendid and intricate images.
Synthesis of complex Three Dimensional Images
This step comes after the step of the reiterative images.
When you start to see such images they are,at first,evanescent.Focusing your attention
on them make them more clear.
Things start now to get beautiful colours.The tendency of those colours is to change
if you do nothing to keep them.
The tendency is the same for those images you can see.
They change through MHVs,that is by following a rule of pattern modification.
Focusing your attention on known or unknow things give different results!
This is something interesting.
If you focus your attention,let say,on the face of a person you know,it will be
relatively easy to keep a STATIC image of this face in front of your "eyes".
But,if you focus your attention on an unknown face you will notice that it
changes,constantly,into other faces!
Inducing rotation of an informational object
Something which I and children have noticed(without any interference)is that if you
want to to put in rotation a visual image,you CANNOT change its speed of rotation
Rotation always jumps quantically from one observed "speed" to another.
Children of friends of mine first noticed this phenomenon by themselves,in
Tahiti(French Polynesia) in 1985,when I asked them to just observe darkness!
Cheers in your quest of Conscious Dreams!
Normally I dont post to a group the first time I read it, but I wanted to
ask this question. Fist, I remember my dreams in pretty vivid detail. And
I remember them quite frequently. Once I think I remember knowing that it
was a dream, but I don't remember being able to control anything. What I
want to know is: What should I do to try and take the next step and be
able to control my dreams? Is there some sort of FAQ for this? Sorry if
my questions are stupid, but real life is too boring and unfulfilling
-CSG Chris Gorski WWW Home Page:
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[babble about halucidreams snipped]
I think one has to consider whether or not your dreams are for your education
or entertainment. I can't imagine that using substances for more
frantic/colorful/vivid dreams bring about any more insight than LSD does to
ones waking life. If you're into dream interpretation I would never, ever
trust a freams that was so coersed and concocted.