Interesting content in the Instant Lucid Dreams course today. Apparently we have a part of our brain called the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex. This area of our brain is responsible for certain cognitive processes, such as comparing a current situation with past memories. This is an essential function in waking life that is absent in the dream world because this part of our brain is inactive during sleep. This explains why in waking life if you found yourself talking to your deceased grandmother in a grocery store you would most likely be confused or alarmed (unless your accustomed to talking to the dead), but in the dream world you might not think nothing of it.
This area of the brain can be stimulated to become more active with electrical impulses and magnetic stimulation. Perhaps this is the area that was stimulated to produce lucid dreams in Dr. Ursula Ross’s latest research with electrical stimulation on the scalp, or perhaps not. However, Nick Madge in the Instant Lucid Dreams course suggests that stimulating this area of the brain to be more active during sleep can induce lucid dreams, as we are more likely to recognize when something is odd during our nocturnal journeys.
As most of us don’t have a an electrical or magnetic stimulation device to hook up to our scalps before going to sleep, in day three of his course Nick provides us with a device-free method of stimulating the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex called CoBraS. As it turns out, we have everything we need to activate this part of our brain during dreaming! I’m looking forward to trying this tonight.
Day 3 of the lucid dreaming course also talks about sleep paralysis, and the neurochemical cycles our body goes through everyday that regulate our sleep and waking cycles, and why timing your lucid dreaming activities in accordance with these cycles can accelerate your success with lucid dreaming.
I thought it was interesting that the description of dream paralysis (whole body vibrations, loud sounds like a train rushing past you or a strong wind), is similar to descriptions I have read of the beginning stages of having an out of body experience. Of course, some people say that lucid dreaming is a gateway to having an actual out of body where you are exploring the physical world itself with a type of energetic body. I remember reading a lot about this in Carlos Castenda’s books that featured a lot of lucid dreaming.
One of my biggest challenges is getting to bed at early enough time to set myself up for lucid dreaming success. Instant Lucid Dreams recommends 10:30 pm. I’m am going to set that as a target bedtime tonight.