My earliest hint of lucidity

While reviewing some recent dream journal entries a couple of days ago, one of my earliest hints of lucidity came back to mind. I wanted to share it as it was arguably my introduction into the lucid world. I must have been about 12 or 13 at the time. There were two characters in the dream; me chasing me, and my consciousness and attention was in the one being chased.

Now, I don’t think I knew what the meaning behind that dream was at the time. Usually, fleeing in dreams represents fears and anxiety, i.e. running or wanting to run away from something in waking reality. In this case though, I wasn’t scared, I was enjoying every minute of it, I was having fun.

On to the lucid bit, I’d never heard the phrase “lucid dream”. I knew nothing in particular about dreams and had never experienced lucidity before. In this dream, on some level I knew that I was dreaming even if I wasn’t able to perform a reality check or voice it in the dream. I also had the knowledge that once the chasing ‘me’ caught up and merged with the conscious me, I would wake up.

I skated around, hovered, flew over buildings, and all the while the chasing ‘me’ got closer. Eventually, the chaser caught up, and did just merge into me before I woke up with a jolt.

It was a very strange experience, and one that stuck with me. It’s certainly the earliest lucid experience that I can remember. I also found the idea of knowing that when I was caught I would wake up strange.

In one moment of awareness I was conscious in waking reality, and in the next I was suddenly in the midst of a fluid and evolving situation, prearmed with knowledge that I’d never knowingly received, “once the shadow ‘me’ catches up with me, I’m going to wake up.” The dream scene was already in progress, I was mid running when I ‘clicked in’ to it. From my perspective, I had been running on one track in waking reality, then in the time between two moments, I’d ‘phased’ off that track and onto another continuous experience. As I write this experience down, it could be that I only just clicked on to this track right here, armed with years of memories.



My earliest hint of lucidity written by Adam Palmer at Astral Zen. I’ve been consciously practising lucid dreaming and exploring the out of body state for over 10 years. Now I want to help others share the experience.

3 steps to guarantee tonight’s lucid dream

With such a bold title, I’ll get straight to it. I guarantee that the more effort you put into diligently following these steps, the greater your chances at experiencing the full glory the universe has to offer you tonight.

Step #1

Try to spend at least two sets of ten minutes in meditation. If you can manage fifteen, that’s ideal. You don’t need to worry about holding uncomfortable positions or chanting ‘om’. Just sit comfortably in a chair, shut your eyes, and focus your attention on the sensation of your breathing in and out. Breathe in for about 3 seconds, hold briefly, and breathe out over 7 or more seconds. Do whatever feels comfortable, don’t strain. The important thing to remember is that it should be a comfortable and effortless process. So long as the breaths out are longer than the breaths in, and you are able to maintain your awareness, you’re doing just fine! If you notice that you’ve lost your focus and are day dreaming about what you’ll have for breakfast tomorrow, just return your awareness to your breathing and continue as before. With practice, you’ll find yourself able to keep your attention on your breathing for longer and longer periods.

Step #2

Try to perform a reality check at least every half an hour. Not just for the sake of it, but with clarity and purpose. Look around – really stopping to focus on each object you notice. Ask yourself if this is really real, try to push your hand into a solid object. Try pinching your nose and seeing if you can still breathe. Try to push your finger through your opposite palm. Really question where you are and why you’re doing it. Really expect your reality check to work. The more reality checks you perform in waking, the more likely you are to find yourself performing the same reality checks in dreaming, only to realize that you are in fact dreaming!

If you can extend this into slightly longer and more detailed periods of awareness, then that’s ideal and also builds upon the meditation practice in step 1.

Step #3

As you are falling asleep, mentally reaffirm, “I am lucid dreaming. I love it.” As in the step above, the more you repeat it, intend it and visualize it, the more likely you are to find yourself in the dreaming world repeating the same mantra.


Extra Tip

If you happen to wake up at any point in the night, either for a toilet visit or sip of water, take the opportunity to aim for a lucid dream. If you’re really drowsy, just take a sip of water and stay up for perhaps 5 to 10 minutes. You don’t want to wake up too much, or you might be unable to go back to sleep. As you’re falling asleep, again mentally recite the mantra in step 3. This is the time when you’ve generally got the greatest chance of entering into a lucid dream.



3 steps to guarantee tonight’s lucid dream written by Adam Palmer at Astral Zen. I’ve been consciously practising lucid dreaming and exploring the out of body state for over 10 years. Now I want to help others share the experience.

Follow the Scout

In “The Art of Dreaming”, Castaneda talks extensively about using the dream world as a spring board to further realities. I’d like to specifically examine his concept of the “scout” and “consensus environments”. Castaneda initially describes the technique of hand gazing within lucid dreaming in order to stabilize and deepen the experience. This has the same effect as the “spinning” technique that others commonly use, where the dreamer spins round in circles in to stabilize and extend the dream.

Once the dreamer is proficient in finding their hands within the dream world, the next step is to locate the scout. Castaneda describes the scout as a presence from an alternate reality that will make itself known in the dream world, once the dreamer becomes of clear intention and solid awareness. The scout will “stick out” from the other dream characters and scenery, and should be quite obvious to the dreamer as an odd and mismatched character or item within the dream.

Regular dream characters are known as often being “dumb” – sometimes unable to communicate altogether. Trying to talk to them is usually hopeless and will result in silence, one word answers or a vague disinterested gesture. The scout on the other hand will appear quite distinctly as solid, aware and able to interact, although it could take any form. Castaneda describes how once we have located the scout, we should follow it in order to locate other realities beyond the initial dream world.

Although Castaneda does not explicitly use the phrase “consensus environment”, he describes the world beyond the initial dream in a similar way. A consensus environment within lucid dreaming is a metaphysical concept. The theory is that realities exist beyond this one that real “people” or energies inhabit. The more populated the environment, the more fixed it’s natural laws become. It becomes increasingly difficult to violate whatever “laws of physics” have developed there. If no one can fly for example, it is unlikely that you will be able to just start flying. I am unaware of any discussion on how a consensus environment’s laws are formed. I would assume it to be an unconscious agreement that its inhabitants form as they grow in number. As for how a consensus environment itself begins, it seems intuitive to me that it was intended or imagined by another dreamer.

In that sense, we live in a consensus environment in waking reality. The theory does leave open the possibility that violating established natural laws could be possible with sufficient intention and awareness.

One reported example of a consensus environment that a fellow dreamer shared with me is that he had arrived at a pub where the only thing that was being consumed was beer from large beer tins. Some of inhabitants were caught in what seemed to be extended loops; drinking, then moments later forgetting they had drunk and drinking again. The dreamer tried to explain to one of them that he was stuck unaware, drinking in the pub, and that he should come outside. The inhabitant became angry and he along with others begun to move aggressively prompting the dreamer to leave.

What separates these types of experiences seems to be the complex nature and autonomy of the environments and those within it. They are far more vivid than the initial lucid dream, and it is difficult if not impossible to violate the environment’s natural laws.

Next time you become lucid, I recommend pausing and trying to become as calm, grounded and aware as possible. Set your intention to find the scout, and when you do, follow it.



Lucid Dreaming to Overcome Fears written by Adam Palmer at Astral Zen. I’ve been consciously practising lucid dreaming and exploring the out of body state for over 10 years. Now I want to help others share the experience.

Why don’t I have lucid dreams?

I would like to start this letter of by requesting a moment of silence, for the wonderful creature that finally passed after months of my neglect and unknowing abuse. Yes, I have a confession to make. Though he was once a dear friend, I started ignoring him, and during the few times I actually remembered him I expected the world of him and expected him to carry around my own dead weight. He gave me wonderful insights, kept my mind sharp when few others even noticed me, and never once complained. My excuse for what I was doing was one that had served me well before, though it was completely empty. I said that ‘life’ was catching up with me, while the truth was that my own bad decisions were what was catching up to me. I could have spared five minutes here and an hour there to pay attention to him, to feed him, to tell him that I was willing to give him what he needed to keep on going rather than expecting him to keep on running on empty, with me fighting him, actually.

You see, I was told that there were many ways to gain lucidity, to bring myself to life in my dreams. Repeat a phrase here, look at my hands there, and maybe even try to stay awake while falling asleep. It is only now that I realize that, while those may hold truth, there was another, more powerful ally I had, off of whom many of those techniques were based. I knew all this on some level, but I was too busy hitting the bed way too late and getting up way too early to notice him. I came home from work Friday, walking like a dead man, and when I woke up yesterday, having gotten a tiny bit of sleep into me, I found him laying there, where he had always stayed, waiting on me to acknowledge him even if I wouldn’t feed him.

So please join me in dedicating a moment of silence to the one I lost. The funny thing is that I can still almost see him, waiting right there for me to accept him as he always had. Rest in peace, awareness. You will be missed.


Dreams: Nothing New?

At times our dreams can seem pretty intense, and we might not have the slightest idea where things came from. Towards this, there are many different theories about just where the stuff we dream comes from and whether or not in can be interpreted with any degree of accuracy. The content of your dreams, however, may not be so alien as you might think.

According to Mortal Mist member AspirationRealized, many of the things we experience while we’re asleep are just compilations of things we experience while we’re awake. The example given was flying, and how even though no one can fly in real life, the experience of flying in dreams was very possibly a combination of different things that we have felt while we were awake, such as feeling wind in our face, being on a roller coaster, and even just jumping or falling.

This is an amazingly simple concept, but if you were to think on it for a moment, you might see that there is something to this theory, and it is a good look into just where our mind gets the stuff that goes into our dreams. For example, have you ever had a dream where you were in a strange house? Perhaps you later described it as being sort of like your childhood home, but different. It is very possible that what made the house different from your childhood home was something from another house you either visited or saw on television or in a picture that your mind combined in with the more familiar setting of your old home to create an entirely (well, mostly) new experience.

The same thing holds true in other aspects of dreams as well. One other area that we’ll cover in relation to this is dream strangeness. Extrapolating from this theory, what if the quirks in our dreams was just our mind not knowing exactly how to render something. I’m not talking about the giant pink elephant reading the book in the corner, mind you, but rather the small things, such as biting into something and not tasting anything or sticking your hand into a fire and not feeling any pain.

This would, of course, require more experimentation and research to confirm with any degree of accuracy, but it does provide a good explanation as to how the basic blocks of the dream are formed, even if it says nothing about the storyline. Next time you are looking back on a dream you had, perhaps you should ask yourself where some of the things in the dream came from.

Until Next Time,


Inception Deception

Is the movie, Inception, potentially damaging to lucid dreaming?

(Originally published in The Erratic Oneironaut issue #46, Mortal Mist’s newsletter)

The recent blockbuster motion picture, Inception, has created a second peak of public interest in lucid dreaming this year.  (The first was from an interview with James Cameron, talking about the influences leading to Avatar.) Most of Inception takes place in dreams and “dreams within dreams”, with the plot pivoting around the presumed nature and limitations of the dream world.

While I really enjoyed the movie, I came away puzzled by the way the dream world was presented.  The director, Christopher Nolan, has talked about how lucid dreaming was a major influence.  As a practicing lucid dreamer, however, I saw precious little that reflected what lucid dreamers experience.

(If you have not yet seen Inception and are planning to do so, be warned that the balance of this essay contains general plot spoilers.  You may want to come back and finish this after seeing the movie.)

One of the big problems lucid dreamers deal with in sharing their experiences with the uninitiated is stubborn persistence of myths about lucid dreaming.  Some of these myths are rooted in ancient beliefs, while others are the result of fear and ignorance.   It is difficult to pick the most egregious of the new myths that Inception has imposed on an ignorant populace, so here are a few of the big ones in no particular order:

Five Minutes Sleep Equals One Hour Dreaming

False. Laboratory studies by Stephen LaBerge and others have confirmed that in most cases lucid dreaming consciousness happens in real time.  Lucid dreamers sometimes deliberately practice time dilation, but it is a skill that is developed rather than a fixed and immutable relationship.  Dreams that seem to span days or weeks are occasionally reported, but they are the rare exception rather than the rule.

Dreams Within Dreams Multiply Dreaming Time

False. Dreams occurring within dreams are not uncommon experiences, and there is no time multiplication factor involved.  Lucidity is not easy to attain for most people, so the time spent lucid dreaming is precious.  If this multiplication effect was true, the first goal of any lucid dreamer would be to go to sleep again so lucid dreaming time would be vastly increased!  Sadly for us lucid dreamers, this is not the case.

Dying In A Dream Makes You Wake

False. I know from personal experience that this is not always so.  Death in a dream can lead to many different kinds of experiences, from truly waking to false awakening to experiencing disembodiment.  Many lucid dreamers seek death experiences in their dreams just to see what might happen, as the experiences are unpredictable and fascinating.

Dying In A Dream Within A Dream Makes You Fall Into Eternal Limbo

False. THERE IS NO LIMBO.  There is no risk of falling into a state that will be perceived as an eternity that will leave you a brain-dead idiot in waking life.

Basing Your Dreams On Real Places Can Result In Confusing Dreams With Reality

False. While dream worlds can seem perfectly solid and convincingly real while in the dream, they are inherently unstable.  Lucid Dreamers rarely pre-determine the settings of their dreams, though constructing a dream world is certainly possible for those with experience and skill.  In any case, a simple Reality Check (RC) will usually determine whether you are awake or asleep.

Inception has indeed brought new and welcome attention to lucid dreaming, but has brought with it a whole new set of myths to be dispelled.  Rather than presenting Lucid Dreaming in all its limitless possibility and bizarre glory, Nolan has twisted and distorted lucid dreaming to create an appropriate setting for his thriller.  In the process, he has cast the dream world as a foreboding and dangerous place, when in reality it is a magical world of unlimited possibility, where the only restrictions come from what you believe and can imagine.


(From the May 22, 2010 The Erratic Oneironaut, the Mortal Mist community newsletter.)

I recently joined up with a couple other dreamers in a sort of three-way cooperative effort to share goals and results on a daily basis.  We’re using PM and chat and trying to help one another stay on track by reporting our goals and results to one another for a while.

During the conversation leading up to this arrangement, we were discussing the basics – those things absolutely necessary if we hope to enjoy the amazing experience of lucid dreaming.  We’ve all seen that short list what seems like a million times; you must be able to recall some of your dreams, you need a technique or two to work on, and you need to be able to stabilize and remain in the dream once you are lucid.

Then the rather abstract subject of intent came up.  Intent is more than just knowing why we want to experience a lucid dream – it is acknowledging that desire and committing ourselves to the goal.

If you think about it, just about every worthwhile achievement begins with intent; from learning to play musical instruments to successful relationships to completing college degrees and landing jobs to building lucid dreaming communities.  It is the initial setting of intent that really starts us on the journey to realizing our dreams.

Like any other art or discipline, Lucid Dreaming requires commitment, dedication and effort to achieve and master.  Before commitment, dedication and effort, however, comes intent.  We need to want it badly enough to set our intent.

Intent is probably the most fundamental requirement for successful lucid dreaming – the intent to stick with it long enough to achieve the goal, and each and every night the intent to achieve lucidity and then remember it.

Flatland – The Sequel

A metaphorically laced  sequel to Flatland, by Edwin Abbott.

Written by J.M.K. and S.E.D.

After many years of reflection, A-square began to again consider the broader implications of the world around him. His initial set of analogies were well received, and the topic of many stoned conversations at the creek with his buddy B-square. Decades had past since his initial exposure to these concepts. Maybe it was time to dig back in.

One day, A-square was reflecting on his younger, more exploratory days where he sometimes visited rabbit holes. Now, trips to the rabbit hole aren’t always what they sound like. In fact, A-square had his first visits to the rabbit hole at roughly 7 and then 13 years of age. There are many kinds of rabbit holes. They are all around us. Throw a rock in a random direction and you will probably hit one. Anyway … he had heard about a new way to get very deep in the rabbit hole. There was something very compelling, very powerful about this story. A-square somehow knew he had to try. So he did. He went very, very, very deep down the rabbit hole. What he found was not what he expected. In fact, it was beyond explanation. But he knew there was something important in relation to this experience. He felt compelled to get his hands around it.

At around this time, A-square rekindled his interest in lucid dreaming. Again, he somehow knew that this experience was very, very important. On a subconscious level, he knew he had to master the experience. He also began to realize that there was a relationship between the rabbit hole, and the lucid dream space. He started having more and more lucid dreams. It was getting easy. He also started to experience other strange events, such as the ability to predict things in the future. Things he otherwise had no linear space time connection to. But of course, A-square being well versed in multi-dimensional theory, was not intimidated by this new found ability. Rather, he decided to better understand it.

A-square began reading. A lot. He read on Buddhism. He read various treatments on lucid dreaming by authors trained in Western psychology. He read on Quantum physics. He read on PSI phenomenon. He continued to go down the rabbit hole.

One day, it dawned on him that if there were in fact all of these missing dimensions that Ph.D. physicist types were predicting, that perhaps the dreamspace was a projection into some of those dimensions. The lucid dream world seemed to be a macroscopic realization of the mind/matter interactions that quantum physics clearly demonstrates. This was a provocative insight, but one that was pretty damn hard to prove.

Along the way, A-square stumbled upon a very special way to visit the rabbit hole. He vowed never to elaborate on the precise method. “The world is not ready for certain things” he said to himself. He never goes back on his word. Now be careful here. Not a special rabbit hole, but a special way to visit it. This new way put a completely different perspective on the Buddhist term “clear light”.

It dawned on A-square, that perhaps the problem we have here, is none of these experts in their respective fields are listening to each other. And for heavens sakes, no one is listening to the Shamans. The Psych guys have their view, the Buddhist have theirs, the scientist believe something else, and the Shamans are caught up in all together different stuff. Maybe, just maybe, what is required here is a bridging of concepts. Someone who can walk the fine line between these worlds, and cherry pick the relevant portions of each.

At around this time, A-square had a powerful compulsion, based on a journey to the rabbit hole. A compulsion to explore a new method of lucid dream induction. Before long, he was having good success, and others were able to coorborate it, for the most part.

He also had a very powerful visionary experience. Well, several really. In one, it was clear that the brain holds onto concurrent stories, any one of which can manifest at any point in time. In another, it was clear that some of these “missing” dimensions intersect each other, with only subtle points of overlap.

Now, A-square was always a graphical thinker. With that said, two pictures developed in his mind.

In one picture, he was in his purely 2-D world. Another 2-D world intersected his own, at a perfect right angle, making it completely orthogonal to his own. He realized, that this orthogonal space was at times an exact replica of his real space. His journeys into this orthogonal space were preceded by vibrations, that seemed to realign his awareness into this perpendicular world. If this dream world was sufficiently identical to his real world, it turns out that objects in the dream world were linked hyperdimensionally to his real world.

In another picture, he pondered the multi-verse theory, and a tree model of wavefunction collapse. He postulated that branches (karmic threads) very close to his real branch, maintained certain synergies with his real space. He realized that branches which had long deviated from his present branch, were nonsensical, and contained otherwise crazy and unthinkable weirdness. So even when lucid, a journey to a far branch, did not maintain sufficient hyperdimensional closeness, from a vector based Euclidean distance perspective, and hence was not of interest, you know, other than having lucid sex fantasies and so forth. He imagined a small wedge, which encompassed his real branch and some of its temporally recent neighbors. He claimed that anything within the wedge constituted an out of body experience. Anything outside the wedge was a plain old lucid dream.

A-square developed a PSI experiment that leveraged the framework he had theorized. He got very good results, at least from a statistical perspective. He learned new rules, and built new insights. One such insight was that the hyperdimensional links are only propped up during transitions from one space to the next. If a transition to a third space occurs, spaces 2 and 3 are likely to be hyperdimensionally linked, not 1 and 3.

One day, as he was trying to strengthen his crazy grand unifying theory, it dawned on him that nature is a bi-directional beast. You know … action/reaction, conservation of energy, push/pull, karma etc …  If I have this model that suggests a hyperdimensional linkage between these orthogonal spaces, and if info can flow from the real world to the dream world, then it has to be able to flow the other way – he postulated.

But how would I do this? What rules would apply? How do I exploit these hyperdimensional linkages in the other direction? Well, experts in string and M theory postulate that a force in an alternate dimension would potentially impact his space as a change in one of the fundamental forces of gravity, weak/strong nuclear forces or electromagnetism. A-square took his first swipe at this problem, in the most obvious possible way.

A-square, in trying to pull together this larger story, pulled up his e-mail one day. Amazon had sent him a suggested piece of reading, based on some of his prior purchases. “Hmmm, this looks like an interesting book” he said. He ordered it.

A-square read this book. Then read it again, noting certain key passages. He then re-read the passages of interest. It dawned on A-square, that this book proposes certain concepts that seem to complete his long standing puzzle. “I’ve got it” declared A-square. So that is what Buddhist talk about when they discuss the true nature of the human mind. BUT … this was all from a more scientific perspective. This is why it resonated with A-squares world.

Knowing full well that creativity is a short term phenomenon, A-square went to work like a busy little bee. After all, look at history. A-squares favorite band put out the 6 most brilliant albums in their genre in 5 years, then kinda fizzled out, less the occasional great album once a decade. Most artists tend to fizzle. They get locked into a very narrow view, and regurgitate the same crap over and over again. An unfortunate consequence of human nature. A-square wrote down the following notes, insights and conjectures in an attempt to capture where he was in his research:

– He developed an “internalized” model of karmic threads and wavefunction collapse. This model suggests that the brain holds onto state information at specific points in time. Then when spawning a dream based on an existing thread, the brain attempts to extrapolate where the story would be (it acts like a “quantum computer”). However this ability to extrapolate from old state information is quite flawed, especially if much time has passed.
– The dreamspace is a projection into some of the missing dimensions predicted by physics.
– Certain dreams remain well linked hyperdimensionally to his real world, others do not.
– Info can flow in a bi-directional sense between hyperdimensionally linked points.
– The brain is not only a filter, it’s a reflector. After all, it takes energy to prop up a multi-dimensional projection.
– The zero point energy field is the likely source of the energy that the brain knows how to harness.
– Our reason for dreaming is to project or otherwise create a world to experience the unknown, a fundamental need that traces back to our reason for being here in the first place.
– Karma manifests in more ways than the obvious ones. There is such a thing as conservation of experience.
– If we travel far from our reality while in the rabbit hole, there is no need to travel far while dreaming. This will help us to visit our dreamspace such that it remains well linked to our real world.
– It became obvious to A-square what receptor system in the brain was most responsible for PSI.
– It became a reasonable conjecture, that the brain can be somewhat rewired.
– A-square’s “externalized” model of karmic threads and wavefunction collapse was more in line with the model proposed by fans of the multi-verse theory. A-square firmly believed that a forking and permanent change in quantum threads was indeed possible, but only via a NDE. The NDE itself was a bit of an illusion. In fact, the being continued along one quantum thread and was extinguished along the thread that deviated at the point of death. A-square’s historical knowledge of the correlation between PSI and NDE’s was deemed “very interesting”.

– Perhaps most importantly, our world is propped up by the collective energy of the 100’s of millions of conscious humans on the planet. This effect is so profound, that we view our world as a stable, unchangeable “real” world. The dream world, especially when out of body, left A-square on a quantum thread in which he was probably the only sentient being from his 2-D world. As such, he did not have to compete with or otherwise challenge the consciousness of other beings. This he claimed was why this world functioned as a more “macroscopic” realization of the mind/matter interactions predicted by quantum theory. Of course it was theoretically possible for another being from his 2-D world to meet him here, giving some small credibility to the idea of dream sharing.

“This last point was an important one”, declared A-square. After all, the Buddhist practitioners of Sleep and Dream Yoga insist that the dream world and real world are equivalent. Insubstantial projections of the mind. A conclusion that has been developed over thousands of years of practice and reflection. A recent trip to the rabbit hole created a visual that told A-square the same thing, but in a pictoral sense. Of course there was quantum physics too. This notion of wavefunction collapse and all. How hard would it be to fight the reality and wavefunction influence of every other sentient being on the planet. Yes, this was a heuristic arguement, but it was based on science. A-square liked science, for the most part. A-square was a firm believer that proof of anything usually comes from a multi-tiered perspective. After all, it’s hard to get a ladder to stand up on its own, but a tripod does not have this limitation.

The only thing A-square continued to struggle with, was the actual way to interact with his dreamspace, such that he could reliably send info back into his real world. Ironically, it turned out to be some writing from a Pysch guy that gave him an idea. Now I say ironic, since A-square had long gravitated toward mathematical, scientific and visionary insights to drive his work.

A-square was able to prove to himself, with about 95% certainty, that he could do what he set out to do. He also realized that his discovery appeared to be the first measurable example of telekinesis in history, even if it was extraordinarily indirect. But hell, if telekinesis was as simple as staring at a salt shaker and pulling it across the table, someone would have figured that one out a long time ago. A-square considered the other common areas of PSI phenomenon. Clairvoyance, telepathy and precognition are relatively easier to demonstrate, but they all suffer from the fundamental problems of human subjectivity and the limitations of statistical inference. After all, statistical inference can only imply … it cannot prove. But telekinesis, that’s a whole different issue. It’s measurable in a truely objective sense.

Now, A-square is a pretty decent all around guy, but he does have this little personality flaw with occasional cockiness. He considered his options. He also realized, that many would consider him to be a lunatic, a liar, or at best a misguided eccentric.

A-square reflected on a recent insight. It goes something like this:

– if 10,000 people can do what you do, you have a problem.
– if 100,000 people can do what you do, you’re screwed.
– if you are the only person on the planet Earth who can do what you do, and no one can say with certainty how you do it … you’ve got something.

A-square peered into the history books. He reviewed stories about crazy people. People who claimed the world was round, or that we were not the center of the universe. Other lunatics who predicted that we would send a man to the moon, or have devices in our houses that were the size of a large book and could do millions of computations per second.

A-square thought long and hard about this, and said “fuck it”. Who cares if most are not going to believe at first. 25 years from now, what I’ve found will seem as basic and common as the phonograph. So A-square wrote another chapter, a sequel if you like, and started sharing some weird little video clips. He made plans to tighten up his dream performance, and convince the world he had found something.

Now A-square is not without a reasonable big picture view of the world, and on occasion becomes a little philosophical. He realizes what he seems to have pulled together, was done so not by being brilliant. Not by being an expert in any one field, and not by focusing on a strictly Western or Eastern view. He did it by pulling together bits and pieces, little jewels if you like, of insight and motivation. He opened his mind to the possibility of a purpose for being here, that far exceeds any mundane purpose that he had previously considered. He hoped that in due time, there is perhaps a small lesson to be learned here. A-square felt momentarily humbled.

Finally, A-square reflected on his senior year quote from 24 years ago:

“We were born to go as far as we can fly, turn electric dreams into reality”

a quote which has four blatant predications of what his future would hold! So, did A-square even come up with this stuff by himself? Maybe someone else figured it all out, and A-square simply developed a method to send this info backwards in time. Who knows? After all, it was Einstein who was so completely convinced that space and time are non-linear.

But that is the paradox we are forced to deal with. We will never know.

The Tonocololocai – A Cautionary Tale

The Tonocololocai – A Cautionary Tale

by Pete Celano

Some time ago, a species of small, furry creature vaguely resembling a fluffy cockroach evolved in isolation on a tiny island near Tuvalu.  In spite of their ridiculous countenance and facial features that looked to be in a state of perpetual dumbfounded astonishment, they had no natural predators other than humans, who at first thought they were kinda cute.  Soon large colonies of these creatures had become firmly established  and were driving the natives to drink.  The creatures were called “tonocololocai” by the islanders in their native tongue, though the ability to pronounce this tended to be inversely proportional to how inebriated the annunciator happened to be at the time.  (A popular pastime on the island was to see who could drink the most without mispronouncing “tonocololocai”.  One of the more common alcohol-induced mispronunciations sounded something like “tonoloco-loco-loco”, and some etymologists believe this to be the true origin of the term “loco”.)

After depleting their limited stores of Caribbean rum, the natives began distilling an amazingly flavorful and potent concoction using relatively scarce sugarcane juice and molasses combined with copious amounts of coconut milk, the juice of annatto seeds and the readily available (and, it turned out, mildly hallucinogenic) droppings of the tonocololocai.  So successful was the pacifying sedative effect of this liquor that the natives soon forgot about their island being overrun by by the tonocololocai and instead occupied their few collective sober moments building a community processing plant for their new concoction, the centerpiece of which was a monumentally gigantic and ornate still built in the style of Louis XIV.  In all, it was a raging success and a strange synergy gradually developed between the tonocololocai and the islanders, who began welcoming the creatures into their homes, schools and places of worship.  The tonocololocai multiplied, while the islanders mostly continued drinking.

One late Thursday, while the afternoon shift of the still boiler tenders were distractedly engaged in a spirited game of loco-loco, a marauding gaggle of tonocololocai intent on finding out for themselves what all the fuss over gathering their dung was about passed much too close to the boiler fires.  Their fur caught flame and they scattered, carrying the fire into the walls and floors of the still and throughout the processing plant.  Before anybody could sober up enough to respond, the entire plant was ablaze.  Fire quickly spread, and once the liquor holding tanks were breached the entire island was quickly engulfed and completely destroyed.

None of the tonocololocai survived, and the only islanders who lived to tell the tale happened to be some distance from the island on a small fishing vessel, themselves playing the loco-loco game to relax after a grueling day of hard drinking.  On seeing their island home erupt into a giant inferno, they quickly downed all of the tonocololocai liquor they had with them and passed out, except for one young man who somehow managed to remain conscious.  He couldn’t believe his eyes as he watched his entire world – his home, family, culture, people and every aspect of his life – reduced to smoldering cinders before his eyes.  This was beyond belief; the worst of all possible nightmares.  Out of habit, he pinched his nose shut and tried breathing through it. . . and discovered that he was dreaming.

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The Tonocololocai

DR. JAMES KROLL INTERVIEW – Investigating the PSI Phenomenon

Lucid Dreaming and PSI Phenomenon – an XZone Interview

Dr Kroll is an electrical engineer by profession. He earned his Ph.D. degree from SUNY Stony Brook in 1997 and has gone on to work on the development, design and management of various telecommunications projects with a number of highly visible telecom equipment providers.

Dr Kroll has also had a lifelong interest in dreaming, stemming from a number of unusual dream re-entry experiences and intense nightmares he had as a child. He had his first off the cuff lucid dream back in 1998. He found it to be a fascinating experience and read up on the subject in an attempt to induce these experiences more reliably. Early attempts met with only modest success.

In 2006, Dr Kroll rekindled his interest in lucid dreaming. By now, technology had improved and numerous web sites had popped up dedicated to the art of lucid dreaming. With all this additional information and options, he found it fairly easy to learn to lucid dream on demand. He has now experienced well over 800 lucid dreams in the last 4 years.

Dr Kroll is a subject matter expert on use of supplements to modify neurotransmitter levels in the brain to induce brain states that are conducive to lucid dreaming. He also holds a recent patent application on the use of cranial electro stimulation to induce lucid dreaming. Dr Kroll also has a lifelong interest in PSI phenomenon. He is now coupling his interests in lucid dreaming and PSI phenomenon to investigate the use of this unusual altered state of consciousness to design experiments that will hopefully shed some light on the connection between the dreaming mind and PSI. –

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